Florida Antique Biplane Association June 2010
Copyright 2009-2010 - Newsletter Editor: Larry Robinson
Editor In Chief: Kathy Robinson
C HA L E T SU Z A N N E
The last of the official functions for the 2009-2010 season has come and gone. The season is
history. With any luck, there is always next season to make up for lost time. The reality is
that you can NEVER make up for lost time. Miss an opportunity and it's gone forever.
Those of us who did take to the air and roadways to meet at Chalet Suzanne were rewarded
with good camaraderie and an
excellent breakfast. We took
over and filled the private
dining room and were well
served by the staff. Eric
Hinshaw is now a full time
Innkeeper of Chalet Suzanne
as he's given up flying the
silver tubes. He welcomed us
upon arrival and made sure
accommodated. It is always a
pleasure to revisit the Chalet
The N2S wasn't really inverted. I was just seeing if you were paying attention. We had a fair
showing of antique biplanes at this perfect venue for our type of flying. And, as usual, there
was no lack of yakking going on.
The other guests at the Chalet
for the morning all came out to
see our birds and joined in the
It is always good to get together our members from all quadrants and catch up. We would
probably never have made these friends if it weren't for the Florida Antique Biplane
Association. Next year, make the commitment to come join us and get to know the very
interesting folks involved with this cult.
As for the rest of the summer, we'll be meeting at air conditioned airport restaurants around
the State. These are opportunities to invite your friends who would not normally be involved in
our membership activities during the regular season. The summer meetings are "Dutch Treat"
functions and not supported by the treasury. If you think you'd like to organize one of these
meetings, let me know and I'll put out the word.
Thanks to all the wonderful hosts for making our functions possible. Without them, we would
not operate within the great parameters we are privileged to realize.
The 2010-2011 season will commence in late October or early November with an overnight
function at River Ranch. Stay tuned for details. Until then, the official newsletter will be
Y A N K E E D IV ISIO N O F F A B A
Check out this you tube site: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_k6DllxA8RA
Elinor Smith, a pioneer aviatrix recently passed away. She used to come here to Bayport/Long
Island, New York once in a while and had owned a Bird.
Two weeks ago her son asked us to scatter her ashes over Calverton National Cemetery. A
flight of five biplanes, 2 Birds, 2 Stearmans, and an N3N carried out his wishes. Her son flew
as a passenger.
That's my 1930 Brunner Winkle Bird BK with a Kinner engine in the foreground.
B IR T HD A Y P A R T Y
AVIATOR’S 94TH BIRTHDAY
CELEBRATION ON JUNE
13TH , A SUNDAY, AT OUR
WHERE: TREASURE COAST
AIRPARK. TAKE NORTH
ENTRANCE LOOK FOR OLD
15351 Navion Drive, Port St.
Lucie, Florida 34987
IT IS FOR MY WIFE’S (JAN)
FATHER JOHN BOYCE WHO
IS A RETIRED EASTERN AIRLINE PILOT AND FABA MEMBER. HE RETIRED IN 1976.
FLEW EVERYTHING AND STARTED OUT IN AERONCA C3 BATHTUB AND FINISHED IN
WHAT TO BRING? YOUR FAVORITE SANDWICH, WE WILL PROVIDE EVERYTHING ELSE.
TIME: 11:30 TO WHENEVER
A PICNIC BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
WE WILL PROVIDE
COLD DRINKS, WATER, SODA, ETC., POTATO SALAD, CAKE, DEVILED EGGS, CHIPS AND
SALSA. PLATES, FORKS, KNIVES, TABLES AND CHAIRS.
WE WILL MORE THAN LIKELY BE INSIDE WITH THE AIR CONDITIONER ON IN THE HANGAR.
SIDE DOOR WILL BE UNLOCKED. PARK ON THE WHITE ROCK ROAD IF BY CAR AND NOT ON
THE TAXIWAY OR THE GRASS UNLESS INSTRUCTED TO DO SO. PULL ALL THE WAY IN AND
DON’T WORRY ABOUT WHEN TO LEAVE. PROBABLY FINISH AROUND 3PM.
RSVP IS APPRECIATED: [email protected]
R O C K Y M O U N T A IN HIGH A D V E N TU R E
On June 16, a gaggle of three Cubs with three "mountain goat" pilots will be lifting from Aspen,
CO on the way to Johnson Creek, Idaho for the annual bush plane/outback fly in.
I'm lucky enough to be included in this adventure
and learning experience of flying "in" the Rocky
Mountains. It's 600 miles, as the crow flies, but I
doubt we'll be taking a direct route. You can track
us on a SPOT that will be along for the ride.
User Name: geoapsen
Pass Word: snowmass2 (all lower case)
There is also a web cam at Johnson Creek for you to access to take a look at the airplanes that
inhabit the airfield during the function. http://www.ruralnetwork.net/~yellowpinecm/
This place is remote to say the least. Bush planes from all over the NW come to this fly-in
Once at Johnson Creek, Cully Culwell (Chief Pilot) has made arrangements for us to stay at the
Yellow Pine Ritz in town. All the others attending this function will be camping under the wings
of their aeroplanes at the field. Our accommodations include full access to the general store
which directly adjoins our luxury suite. The "Roman Baths" are out back.
MEERR NNOOTTIICCEE &
All information contained herein is believed to be correct. However, it is intended to be for informational purposes only and is
not to be relied upon. You are reminded that Federal Air Regulations Part 91 places primary responsibility for ensuring the
airworthy condition of an aircraft on the owner or operator. Any person who maintains, modified or otherwise changes an
aircraft must do so in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations and all applicable FAA regulations. You should
independently verify any of the information contained herein. No warranty is expressed or implied.
The Florida Antique Biplane Association Inc. does not project or accept any responsibility for participation by readers of the
“Flying Wire”, non members or members at fly-ins listed in this issue. This publication is produced as a medium of
communication for those antique biplane enthusiasts and members of Florida Antique Biplane Association, Inc.
The Florida Antique Biplane Association Inc. is a 501C6 corporation incorporated in the State of Florida. It’s purpose is to
promote the preservation, restoration and safety of flying antique biplanes. Membership in FABA Inc. is open to all antique
biplane owners, whether or not the airplane is airworthy. An antique biplane is defined as one having had its original type
certificate issued on or before 1950.
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FABA MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
CITY: _____________________COUNTY:______________ STATE:____________
OCCUPATION : (If Retired, From What?)__________________________________
Must Be An Antique Biplane With Original Type Certification Prior to 1950.
IS THE AIRCRAFT LICENSED?: ______ “N” NUMBER:___________
NAME & A/C LOGO TO APPEAR ON YOUR NAME BADGE:
YOUR SPONSOR IS:_________________________________________________
$48.00 PER YEAR PAYABLE TO FLORIDA ANTIQUE BIPLANE ASSOCIATION,INC.
YEAR’S DUES ARE PRO-RATED IF YOU JOIN DURING THE YEAR.
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DAVID GAY-Vice President
JON RISING-Immediate Past President
352 245 3834
HERB CLARK-North Division Executive Director
LARRY ROBINSON-South Division Executive Director
Pattie Duffy – Photographer