From the President, November 2023


We had our meeting at Reading Airport on November 4th with many ideas discussed and lots of participation.

We look forward to another great year of flying and enjoying travel in our wonderful machines during 2024. Collectively we layed out these events for the coming year:

  • February 10 – Aram Basmadjian – will present, “Use of the Autopilot in Instrument Flying,” Lancaster, PA KLNS. Aram is a former airline pilot, current FAA Designated Pilot Examiner, and current owner of a V Tail Bonanza. 
  • April 20, Montauk, NY for lunch.  Walk to the great restaurant.  Michael Madigan to organize.
  • May 18, Westfield, MA (KBAF), great lunch spot and there is a museum to peruse.  Michael Shehl to organize (I’ll help).  Tentative date.
  • May 30 to June 2 – Chatham, MA (KCQX) on Cape Cod.   On the Atlantic Ocean, known for its beaches, including Lighthouse Beach near the landmark 19th-century Chatham Lighthouse. The Chatham Railroad Museum exhibits model trains and train artifacts in a former depot dating from 1887. To the south, Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge provides a vast habitat for migratory birds.  Michael Madigan and I will organize.
  • June 6-9 – Formation flying clinic at Barnes (KBAF), Paul Stavrides to organize
  • June 23 – 29, Twillingate Newfoundland and Blanc Sablon, Quebec (near Labrador).  I have been to Twillingate and it really is the iceberg capital of the world.  Twillingate is a 2-hour drive north from Gander which has good FBOs but no 100LL.  For those without Tip Tanks, Deer Lake has fuel.
    • Blanc Sablon does have 100LL.  In Blanc Sablon, the Red Bay Basque Whaling Station was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in June 2013. In the 16th century, thousands of Basque whaling ships swarmed Red Bay to hunt whales and export them to Europe, and today you can walk through the whaling town of Red Bay and rewind the history.
  • August 24 – KSCH Schenectady – Lunch and museum visit.  Michael Shehl to organize (I’ll help).
  • September 21 – Basin Harbor (B06) for lunch.  Maritime museum on site, great hiking trails, option to stay the weekend at the resort.  Runway is 3000’ of grass in good condition.
  • October – Harley Davidson factory tour, York, PA (KTHV).  They suspended factory tours for covid but plan to restart them for 2024.  Fly into York, PA airport & we’ll get ground transport.
  • November 2 – Back to Reading (KRDG) for our planning session. 

Mike McNamara