Reading BPPP Live


April 1 was a BPPP Live event hosted by the American Bonanza Society at the Reading, PA Airport (KRDG). We had about 57 people signed up but only about 27 showed up due to weather. Actually the sun was shining all day but a line of weather went through in the morning and a line of violent thunderstorms in the evening. I think that all the weather information we get these days is exaggerated by advertisers who want us all to click and see more ads. I call it clickbait. The reality is that lines of storms are easy to deal with, just don’t go there, stop & wait for it to go by or go there ahead of time.

The 30 people that cancelled missed great presentations by Tom Turner (who flew the ABS Bonanza from Wichita), Greg Keshishian, and Parvez Dara.

May 6 – KPOU, Poughkeepsie, NY. Brunch at Paula’s on the Airfield. Eat at 10AM, presentation afterwards by Sacha Botbol, who imported a Ukrainian Yak 18T as the Russians were invading Ukraine. After brunch we will move over to the FBO that has a conference room we will use. If the weather is good he will fly it over from where it is based nearby.

Please sign up on the web site. I made a reservation at Paula’s for 10 people. I will beg for more if I need to but we may have to sit separately. Paula’s is very busy these days (isn’t every place?).

June 1-4 – Hyannis, MA. I have landed at Hyannis but never stayed there. This village on Cape Cod is known for its wide beaches and the private Kennedy Compound. The John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum chronicles the assassinated president’s family vacations through videos and photographs.

At the Hyannis harbor, the Cape Cod Maritime Museum has boat building exhibits.
Main Street in downtown Hyannis is known for specialty shops, restaurants, and attractions.

As for lodging, the Hyannis Harbor Hotel looks to be the place where we can gather, socialize, and depart for various activities. I have already made my reservations; less than $1K for 3 nights with fees. I have no idea what FBO to use, if anybody has a suggestion, let me know. I’ll rent a car.

August 13-19, St. John’s Newfoundland. I am already getting inquiries about this trip; people are excited. If you are new to flying internationally, I have a write up about how to fly to Canada. You can request it from me, and I will publish it in the newsletter as we get closer.
Approximate schedule, subject to change (as you wish):
— August 12 – Ginny & I will fly to Bangor & stay downtown, probably in a Marriott property. If you are joining us there, let me know.
–August 13 – Fly to St. John’s, Newfoundland. PAL Aviation seems to be the place for the piston crowd. Comments talk about $125 (C) Handling charge but that includes 3 nights parking, so I guess OK (I think that is $90 US). Fuel is very expensive so if you have tip tanks you will want to tanker fuel in.

o Last time we stayed at the Sheraton hotel downtown, which is a 4 star hotel, in a great
location, and cheap. 4 nights.
o Enterprise will deliver cars to the FBO. I recommend a bigger car (SUV) for 2 couples to

— August 14 – day trip to Terra Nova National Park.
— August 15 – day trip down the west side of Avalon peninsula
— August 16 – historic walking tour of St. John’s
— August 17 – Travel to St. Pierre and Miquelon, France. It’s a short ferry ride or a shorter flight. They do get fog there. If you bring a car over, you need French insurance. Stay 2 nights.
— August 19 – Fly to Bangor, ME to clear customs. Ginny & I will stay overnight Saturday night & fly home early Sunday. If your airplane is in St. Pierre France, you can overfly Canada and fly direct to the U.S.

BANKING – Chris Nowak, our treasurer is still trying to unravel our banking issues. Meanwhile, we have had no access to our bank account for some time.
The great news is that NEBG member Brian Seltzer from Harrisburg is now helping. He is somewhat in the banking industry, and I am optimistic.

NEBG still owed me $1,209.26 prior to the April 1 BPPP event. I bought bagels & donuts for breakfast and sandwiches and salads for lunch on April 1. I collected $20 per person which would have worked out but 30 people didn’t show up due to weather. So now I am in the hole another $598.91 for a total of $1808.17. I seem to recall that we had $8,000 in the old bank account; now we are not even allowed to check balances. Money collects on our web site from dues, which Paul Stavrides collects every so often. We use the money collected for ground transportation at events (or used to).


May 6 –Poughkeepsie, NY lunch
June 1-4 – Hyannis, MA. Stay downtown, JFK museum, beaches, shopping, great restaurants
August 13-19 – St. Johns, Newfoundland. Side trips to St. Pierre, France, Bonavista Coast (great history),
Terra Nova National Park, Avalon Peninsula.
October 6-8 – Kennebunkport, Maine
November 4 – Reading, PA annual planning meeting.

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