Next Meeting: May 4th 2013, The Peebles’ Hanger at 6:00 PM
Marle Hewett to Speak on May 4th!
Our very own resident Marle Hewett will present an evening of stories and behind-the-scenes tales from the Redbull Stratos mission, Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking skydive last October that captured the imagination of the world.
Next meeting: The Benzing’s Hanger at 6:00 PM April 6th 2013
Our very own, Rex and Melissa Pemberton, have created one of the most unique husband and wife airshow performances in the world! There individual stories are remarkable on their own, but together they’re a force on the world stage of airshows on all continents.
Young Eagles at Columbia
There’s an EAA pilot who would love to take you on a free Young Eagles flight!
Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will be required to complete and sign a Young Eagles Registration Form prior to flying for each participating child. For more program information see www.youngeagles.org or visit the local EAA site at http://www.eaa1337.org/?page_id=230
For event information contact:
Brigadier General Bob Cardenas to Speak on March 2nd
Where: The McGowan’s Hanger at 6:00 PM March 2nd 2013
The PMLAA is thrilled to have Brigadier General Robert “BoB” Cardenas, World War II veteran, “Right Stuff” test pilot, member of the San Diego Mayor’s Veteran Advisory Board, and Director on the Board of the Veterans Memorial Center & Museum as our guest speaker in March.
BG Cardenas was selected by Colonel Albert Boyd in the summer of 1947 as Officer in Charge of the X-1 project at Muroc, California, and Capt. Chuck Yeager as pilot, Lt. Bob Hoover as back-up pilot and Capt. Jackie Ridley as Project Engineer. As commander and pilot of the B-29 launch aircraft, Cardenas was the B-29 pilot on all of Yeager’s flights up to and including the first supersonic flight on October 14th, 1947. In December of 1947, Cardenas made his first flight in the Northrop YB-49 “flying Wing”. Cardenas was designated Principal Project Pilot for the YB-49 test program and flew the evaluation tests from which a US Government decision to purchase the YB-49 would be made. Al Boyd selected Captain Glen Edwards to replace Cardenas as the project pilot while Cardenas completed his engineering degree. Cardenas checked out Edwards in the YB-49 on May 20th and 21st 1948. On June 5th, while Cardenas was taking his new bride to meet his parents when he heard on the radio that the Wing had crashed killing Capt. Glen Edwards, Maj. Danny Forbes, 1st Lt. Ed Swindell and civilians Mr. C. Lesser and Mr. C. H. LaFountain. Cardenas was ordered to return to finish the testing and find out what had caused the crash of theYB-49.
Come March 2nd and hear more amazing stories from a true living legend
February 2nd: First PMLAA meeting of 2013
Julie Clark (http://julieclarkairshows.com/) will be our guest speaker @Lee Behel's Hanger
A pilot for more than 42 years and a retired Northwest Airlines Captain, Julie Clark has logged more than 31,000 accident-free hours in the air and is rated in more than 66 types of aircraft. Marking her 32nd year as a solo aerobatic air show pilot, Julie has earned the admiration of fans everywhere and garnered many awards and honors. Read more about Julie Clark
COME JOIN US FOR AN OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS
We would like for you to come help us celebrate an Old Fashioned Christmas, here at Pine Mountain Lake with the Pine Mountain Lake Aviation Association.
We are planning an Old Fashioned Christmas Dinner /Dancing along with the 50/50 raffle, gift drawings and a contest for the best Christmas attire or costume and worst Christmas sweater. Prize for best and worst Attire or costume is to be decided as of yet. We are planning on serving a Christmas Goose (Diestel turkey) dinner with all the fixings.
I realize it is quite early to be thinking about Christmas parties, but I wanted to make sure that everyone knows so you can plan ahead for the season.
The Christmas party will be held at the Buchner hangar 20885 Hemlock, on the corner of Hemlock and Woodside, Groveland, CA, December 1, 2012 with a no host social hour, dinner at 7:00 and dancing to the band “Home Grown” at 8:00.
We will be accepting unwrapped gifts for the needy children in our area, which PMLAA will distribute to Helping Hands to deliver to the children. Please feel free to bring them if you wish. We will not be wrapping gifts at the party.
A flyer is at http://www.pmlaa.org/Docs/christmas2012.pdf . Admission is $10.00 per person. Please send in your reservation and monies to Kay Smith by November 25th at P.O. Box 131, Groveland, CA 95321
Pine Mountain Lake Airport Day
On Saturday, October 6th, The Pine Mountain Lake Aviation Association will be hosting our annual Airport Day event at the Pine Mountain Lake County Airport in Groveland. As traditional, we will demonstrate our flying skills with formation flybys, skydiving, spot landing and flour bombing contests, airplane vs. car / motorcycle races, and remote controlled airplane flying demonstrations. The fun starts at noon and runs until 5:00 PM. Our refreshment stand will keep all attendees well fed and hydrated.
Sep 8 PMLAA meeting: VIETNAM LEGACIES
Vietnam: it's almost a mythic era now. Not "The Good War" Brokaw wrote about, but the war that caused great schisms within our nation. Each war, whether popular or unpopular, however, is fought by the young warriors whose turn it is to wage it. And these warriors always have stories to tell.
It's summertime! Balmy nights, good food, and lots of fun and prizes await us in the hangars on the back taxiway. Be there at 5:30 and let the fun begin!
June 2nd – Commander Kenny Fields, United States Navy Retired & Colonel George Marrett, United States Air Force Retired present "The Rescue of Streetcar 304"
at 6:00 PM at a pot luck at Suzanne and Mel's Hangar
Next Meeting May 12th
May 12th – Our Own Dr. Ken Orloff, Aircraft Accident Investigator, Consultant, Expert Witness Extraordinaire
Next Meeting - April 7th
Einar Enevoldson, NASA's High Flying Test Pilot and Current Sailplane World Altitude Record Holder
Next Meeting - March 3rd
William M. Behrns, An American Ace in WWII's CBI, presenting:
Next Meeting - Feb. 4th
J. R. Williams, President of the League of World War One Aviation Historians
PMLAA Christmas Party
Christmas Party for PMLAA Members Saturday, December 3 at 6:30pm at Buchners' hangar. $25 per person for dinner and dancing. Reservations required by November 23. Click here for all the information and reservation form
October 29th, Stan Stokes, Aviation Artist, Muckels' hangar
Next PMLAA meeting is October 29 at 6:00pm at the Muckels' hangar, Guest speaker is famed aviation artist Stan Stokes.
Prints of his art work will be available for a donation to the Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship fund.
John Muckel is generously providing a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, featuring Diestal turkey and potatoes, stuffing, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce and rolls from The Home Place in Sonora. Members are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert to share.
September 24 - Airport Day
Community Airport Day at Pine Mountain Lake Airport Sept. 24 - Noon - 3:30pm
All Welcome - Free Admission
September 24 - Young Eagles
The Pine Mountain Lake Airport will host a Young Eagle Rally on September 24th. Pilots' and volunteers meets at 8:00 AM at the new hangars and flights start at 9 AM. For more info click here.
September 3 Janice Brown, Solar-powered Aircraft, McGowans' hangar
The next Aviation Association event is Saturday, September 3rd at 6:00pm, at the McGowans' hangar. Special thanks to Suzanne for arranging Janice Brown-Sullivan's visit.
Ms. Brown-Sullivan's presentation will cover the testing and development of the world's first solar powered airplanes – the Gossamer Penguin and the Solar Challenger. Join us for a potluck at the McGowans' hangar, Saturday, September 3 at 6:00pm.
The next Aviation Association event is Saturday, August 6. We'll be having a "block party" on the back taxiway - between the Barbers' and Margraves' hangars. The guest speaker is Michael Higgins, founder of Flying Adventures magazine. Don't miss his presentation on the "Top 10" flying adventures in the West. PMLAA will be cooking hamburgers. Please bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert to share (lately we've had too many desserts and could use more appetizers or sides). There will also be a donation jar to offset the cost of the hamburgers. See you at the PMLAA Block Party!
Visit to Modesto Tower
Dick VanGrunsven - July 9th
In addition to our regular PMLAA meeting at 6:00pm, guest speaker Dick VanGrunsven has agreed to give a technical talk for RV pilots, RV builders and friends at 3:00pm at the McGowans' hangar.
For our regular 6:00pm event, PMLAA will provide hot dogs and burgers. Please bring an appetizer, salad or dessert, and remember to pack a serving utensil. Margarita Mike will have La Machina running too!
July 4th, 2011
"Flying Adventures with Skychick!" Ramona Cox
May 7th, 2011
On May 7th, PMLAA is honored to host Peter Garrison from Flying Magazine as our guest speaker. Mr. Garrison is a self-taught aeronautical engineer who writes about what makes airplanes work and how to improve them.He has written for Flying Magazine since 1968 and currently contributes two monthly columns, Technicalities and Aftermath.
He also contributes to Smithsonian Air & Space and Conde Nast Traveler. Peter will speak about the Melmoth planes he designed and built, the process, the technology, and how he achieved his design goals. Join us at Kay Meermans' hangar at 6:00pm on May 7th for a potluck dinner and to meet and learn from Peter Garrison.
Young Eagles at Columbia
On April 16th, the EAA had a successful Young Eagle Rally at the Columbia Airport. Ed Sunday and the EAA Chapter 1337 board want to thank all the pilots and volunteers.
The Next Young Eagle event is October 1st at Pine Mountain Lake.
Visit To Norcal Approach
April 1st some members visited the Nor-Cal TRACON (NTC)
Visit To Norcal Approach
April 1st some members visited the Nor-Cal TRACON (NTC) is off the north end of Mather. Eric Henderson is the local coordinator.
The plan will be to fly to Mather, or drive if that is the best option at the time. We can work out ride sharing as we begin to understand who is going and which airplanes will be flying there. We should plan to park at Atlantic Aviation at MHR.
Please contact Eric if you plan to attend (209) 962 0832 or
April 2 at 6:00pm at the Peebles' hangar on the northside of runway 27
Guest speaker is Lauran Paine, Jr. noted aviation author and columnist.
He has written the"Plane Talk" column in EAA Sport Aviation for the last ten years, after winning Flying Magazine's "Bax Seat Award." Lauran has written about his adventures in military training, as a commercial pilot, observing Oshkosh, and building his own plane. In his Pilot Getaways articles, Lauran has introduced us to great flying destinations all over America. At our April meeting, we'll be fortunate to hear some of his best stories
Next Meeting: March 5th
"Racing at Reno" Lee Behel and Kevin Eldredge
February 5th, 2011
February 5 potluck dinner meeting at 6:00pm at the Buchners' hangar, corner of Hemlock and Woodside Way. Speaker: Col. Rob Rowe, Lockheed Chief Test Pilot of U-2 and X-55A Advanced Cargo Composite Aircraft Topic: U-2 Adventures - then and now!
December 11th, It's a wrap (PML). PMLAA and Helping Hands will provide chili. Bring unwrapped gifts. It will be at Tuolume Trails.
See the wrap Flyer by clicking here
"Flying Tigers" "Honoring the Past –Looking to the Future" Saturday, November 6th, 6PM at the Gais' Hangar. It is a Potluck dinner, bring food for six people.
As many of you know, Larry and Nina Jobe spend a lot of time in China. A few years ago they became passionately interested in the legacy of the Flying Tigers, This week Larry and Nina were honored at the home of Chinese Consul General Gao, in San Francisco where Larry presented a Flying Tiger historical presentation. Now, we get to hear it too and learn about these remarkable men.
For several years now Larry and his volunteer team have been working on a project with the citizens of Lingui County in China to build a historical and memorial park honoring and remembering the Americans and Chinese who, side-by-side, fought to defeat a brutal and determined Japanese enemy in WWII. Their battle was long, their battle was tough, but through mutual cooperation and trust they emerged victorious.
The Flying Tiger Heritage Park in Guilin, China will honor the memory of American forces who fought in China in WW II, collectively known as The Flying Tigers by the Chinese, the American Volunteer Group, (better known as the AVG); as well as the Hump pilots and China-Burma-India theater forces; and the 10th and 14th Army Air Forces under General Claire Chennault.
The AVG entered China before the US entered the war to help the Chinese defend against heavy bombing of Chinese cities and civilians by the Japanese Air Force. With never more than 98 pilots and only 69 operational air planes, under the leadership of Claire Chennault, they were able to stop a Japanese Air Force of over 1000 planes while compiling an aerial combat record that has never been matched.
When the US entered the war against Japan the only route of supply lay over the Himalayan Mountains. Transport pilots flying out of India and Burma hauled in tons of war material and supply to keep the Chinese army and Army Air Forces fighting. They did this at great risk and peril. The Hump route was one of the most dangerous routes you could fly due to high terrain and unpredictable weather. The Japanese Air Force regularly patrolled the route shooting down many unarmed transport aircraft. Proof of how dangerous this route was lies in the fact that more Hump pilots were killed than fighter and bomber pilots combined. That route is sometimes referred to as the aluminum trail because of all the aircraft wrecks along it.
The respect and admiration between the American forces and Chinese in WW II has left us with a legacy of friendship that we hope to be able to show and honor in the Flying Tiger Heritage Park
Larry's presentation will cover the memorial project and the amazing achievements of these dedicated and brave men.
October 2nd - Airport Day at Pine Mountain Lake (E45)
Annual Airport Day/Open House on October 2 from 12:00 – 3:00pm at the Pine Mountain Lake County Airport. This is a great fun and free way to see our airport and lots of interesting aircraft.
Special events include a radio controlled model airplane demonstration at noon. At 12:30pm fly-overs and flying demonstrations begin. See amazing aerial work by Clay Lacey and stunning formation flying by “The Beech Boys” (Beech Bonanza pilots) and the West Coast Ravens (RV formation pilots). Jim Mead, an extraordinary air-show announcer from Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose, will be describing the events.
Flying contests begin at 1:30pm – including flour bombing and precision landing contests. In between special events, visitors can see vintage planes up close.
PMLAA will be selling hot dogs and soft drinks. Admission is free. Please use the Elderberry Way entrance to the airport.
Register to participate and volunteer at http://pmlaa.org/AD-form.html
October 2nd - EAA Young Eagles (PML)
October 2nd, 2010, 9:00 a.m. at Pine Mountain Lake airport.
Free flights for kids ages 8 - 17.
Kids must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian who must fill and sign a Young Eagles Registration form in person at the event.
We need volunteers and pilots. Please confirm your availability to help with Ed Sunday (Young Eagle coordinator) at 209-533-1405.
For more information visit our Young Eagles page
Poker Run - September 25th, 2010
EAA Chapter 1337 invites all pilots to attend the annual Poker Run that will be followed by a picnic, and the EAA Chapter 1337 members meeting.
TIME: 9 a.m. first card available at Columbia airports
At noon, after the poker run, bring your own picnic, the EAA chapter will provide soft drinks.
We need prizes for the Poker Run. If you are interested in donating, please contact Dennis Smith (209) 962 4950.I hope you will be able to join us for a fun Saturday of flying
Pictures courtesy of Jam Adams- Flickr Creative Common License
September 4th, 2010, 6 PM
Regular PMLAA meeting (PML) at Carol Simpson's hangar.
The speaker is Michael Scuro, Navy Helicopter Pilot who was responsible to rescue Apollo Astronauts upun re-entry from space.
Scuro was selected as part of the Apollo 14 Moon Mission Recovery Team, and flew as co-pilot of the Swim One Helo, recovering Alan Sheppard and his crew. Upon return Lcdr. Scuro was designated as an Aircraft Commander and began training new pilots under his command.
Lcdr. Scuro and his family have lived in the Palm Springs Area for forty years and three years ago purchased a home in Pine Mountain Lake and have decided to live their summer months in the beauty of this friendly mountain paradise.
June 18, 19 & 20th
Father's Day Fly-2010 (Columbia) - http://www.fathersdayflyin.com/
June 5th, Airport Fund Raiser for Pine Mountain Lake Airport
EAA Chapter 1337 and PMLAA are organizing an important fund raising even at the tuolumne Trail Campt on June 5th, 2010, to benefit the Pine Mountain Lake Airport. See the full description at:
Please donate generously using the following form:
Thank You for your support
Please book your dinner and see the fliers by clicking here.
Pictures courtesy of heidielliott Flickr Creative Common License
March 6 Presentation at the Buchner Hangar, 6 PM
“Obsession” A film by Ken Codeglia
It's a Wrap
14th Annual Toy Drive For Needy Children All are welcome!
Bring a toy, a game or two. You’ll feel good through & through.
Saturday, December 12th,
Graciously hosted by Kay Meermans in her beautiful hangar at 20850 Elderberry Way
This year, the event will be an appetizer and dessert Pot
Luck with a chili feed!
Happy Holidays to all !
November 7th: Next Meeting
Our next meeting is Nov. 7th, and will be held at the McGowans’ hangar, with guest speaker Dennis Wisely.
Dennis was a naval aviator and served our country for 33 years. He flew over 350 combat missions in Viet Nam, commanded the Blue Angels, and was captain of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy. “America the Beautiful” is the theme of the potluck dinner. See you there!
October 17th: Upcoming Safety Seminar In-flight Emergencies
Joe DeNunzio has organized another safety seminar to be held in a hangar on the Pine Mountain Lake Airport public ramp on October 17th from 9 AM until 1 PM. The subject will be "Handling In-Flight Emergencies". It will discuss real life emergencies that have been experienced by our local pilots. Guest speakers will include the representatives from the CHP, Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department, the Civil Air Patrol and the GCSD Fire Department. FAA Safety representative Harlow Vorhees will also attend. Lunch will be hosted Greg & Dora from Dora’s Tea Garden; a donation of $5 would be appreciated.
This will be both a Historic Aircraft Display Day and a FAA Wings Program providing another good reason to attend this worthwhile event. We hope to see a lot of fly-in attendees along with many local PML pilots. For more information, contact Joe DeNunzio at email@example.com
October 3rd: Young Eagles Rally
We need your help to make this event a success, please volunteer to fly the Young Eagles or help put on the event. Please contact Ed Sunday, (our Young Eagles Coordinator) who will organize and run the event, he can be reached at home, 533-1405 or on his Cell at 743-6350 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 3rd: Next Meeting
The Pine Mountain Lake Aviation Association will be hosting its Annual Airport Day/Open House October 3rd from Noon to 3 PM at the Pine Mountain Lake County Airport. You will be able to look at vintage planes, private aviation aircraft up close and personal. There will be fly bys, flour bombing and spot landing contests. There will also be a radio controlled model aviation demonstration that will provide some thrills as well for the day. This is a great opportunity to check out your county airport, observe dozens of aircraft on display and meets many of our local pilots that make up our community. PMLAA will be selling hot dogs and soft drinks for your convenience.
The official Airport Day begins at 12-noon and runs to 3:00 pm. We will have aircraft on display, which will tie into the monthly Aircraft of Historical Significance display dates, Ken Helling (962-7597) coordinator. We will have a display and flying of remote control model airplanes, John Andrews (962-7264) coordinator. We have scheduled Flour bombing and Spot landing contests and we are looking for some brave pilots to fly these missions. Mike Lella (962-1822) is coordinator for bombing. Joe De Nunzio (962-4425) is coordinating the spot landing contest. Call them to sign-up.
During the afternoon we hope to have several fly-bys a various aircraft types including a Jet, Beech 18, Porter, and maybe a Tiger Cat. Formation fly-bys are also a possibility. Wayne Handley (962-7868) will be the air boss for the flying events and is the overall coordinator for Airport Day. Please give him your support and hel make this a great day for the community.
PMLAA will be selling hot dogs and drinks (Patty Peebles coordinator); and it is recommended that you bring a folding chair, hat and sun block. Parking will be on Elderberry Way. Please do not block any drive ways or park on private property.
The Blankenburg museum will not be open this year, they are moving and we will miss them. Remember this event runs on volunteers; we need you to please sign up and volunteer.
Call 962-1990 or any of the team above.
8:00 am....................................... Airport set up
18:00 - Regular PMLAA meeting with a guest speaker and a potluck dinner.
It will be held at Kay Meermans’ hangar at 6:00pm, 20850 Elderberry Way.
Our guest speaker will be our own Ken Orloff. Ken is a very knowledgeable and entertaining speaker and has many interesting stories about aircraft mishaps and what went wrong.
The dinner theme will be Oktoberfest and there will be some BBQ brats available. Hope to see you there.
September 5th at 6:00pm at Alan & Yuni Gaudenti’s hangar. Our speakers will be Carol Foy and CarolAnn Garratt who flew a single engine Mooney around the world.
CarolAnn Garratt is a former manager with a Fortune 500 company. After her mother suffered and died from ALS, she flew around the world in 2003 to raise awareness and donations for ALS. CarolAnn spent 18 months planning for her world record attempt and with co-pilot Carol Foy, set out from Orlando International on December 2nd, 2008.Crossing over 20,780 nautical miles at an average speed of 115 mph, Garratt and Foy broke the 20 years old world record of 54.6 mph.
June Meeting - What you may not know about GPS
June 6th at 6:00pm
The June meeting speaker is Keith Thomassen, who has combined his 50-year passion for flying with experience from his career as a scientist and teacher to develop a GPS training business in his retirement.
Keith learned to fly in the summer of 1958. Along the way he earned Commercial Certificates in airplanes and gliders, and Instructor Ratings in Airplanes, Instruments, Gliders, and Advanced Ground. He owns a Cessna 210 and a Lancair ES operated out of the Grass Valley Airport.
Since 2002 he has been teaching GPS courses on the Chelton EFIS and Garmin 430/530 and 480 IFR panel mounts, and has written full color training manuals for each of them, which have been widely used around the world.
His talk is intended to give some insights into GPS devices, how they work and what they can do, along with some very fascinating information on the GPS system not generally known.
The meeting will be held at Camp Tuolumne Trails Great Hall on Saturday, June 6th at 6:00pm. The address is 22988 Ferretti road. It’s about 3 miles East of the airport on the left side, look for the sign.
It will be pot luck as usual and the theme is Summer
Fun. Hope to see you there.
May 2nd Meeting - Norm & Patty Peebles’ hangar at 6:00pm. The theme will be Cinco de Mayo and there will be Margaritas! The speaker will be Rico Sharqawi who is producing a film called “A Pilot’s Story.” The film’s purpose is to educate, motivate and inspire a new generation of pilots and future astronauts. The film will bridge the gap between pilots and the public to entice members of the public to take a role in general aviation. This documentary film will illustrate how and why pilots began their passion with flying or pursued careers in aviation. Many interviews with pilots with various backgrounds will unearth the common threads between them and their love for aviation and what it means to them. Please come and enjoy this talk with us.
There will be a special setup and teardown time for this meeting. We will set up on Friday May 1st at 4:00 pm. We will tear down on Sunday at noon and we will clean the tables and chairs between noon and 2:00 pm. Your help will be appreciated, thanks in advance.
Next Meeting. April 4th is at Antonella & Silvano Gai's hangar at 6:00 pm.
Rehearsal Dinner for Luca and Anthinula
You are all invited!
The groom will also be the speaker: He will speak about flying in Europe.
Dinner at 6 PM, Speaker at 7 PM
with the 10 piece swing band the “Flashback Band”
Don’t miss it!
Please wear elegant attire.
This will be a pot-luck dinner: Dessert will be provided.
Next Meeting. March 7th will be our first meeting in 2009 at Antonella & Silvano Gais’ hangar at 6:00 pm.
The speaker will be our own Colleen Keller, who has recently completed work on the search for Steve Fossett.
Colleen is an operations research analyst working for Metron, a small business based in San Diego and Washington DC that does mathematical analysis and consulting for the US Navy and Department of Defense. Metron has worked extensively with the US Coast Guard in developing search planning tools for overwater search; Colleen applied this experience to the inland Search and Rescue (SAR) problem during the Fossett search. She will talk about the original search effort, her investigation and research, and follow-on search efforts to find Fossett across this past summer...and she’ll explain where Fossett’s crash was finally found and what’s being done to improve SAR techniques for future searches.
This will be a pot-luck dinner.
2008 It's a wrap
13th Annual toy drive for needy children
Bring a toy, game or two. You’ll feel
good through & through
Hosted beer, wine, champagne, soft drinks & water and a visit from Santa.
Make your check, for $26 per person, payable to
PMLAA Fund Raiser
PURPOSE: To raise funds to help offset the cost of the two prop strikes that took place at the PMLAA air show in June. These pilots volunteered their time and aircraft to help make our show a success. We would like to help out with their expenses and get their planes back into the air.
GOAL: To raise $10,000 and donate these funds to Dan Vance for his P-51, and Jason Wondolleck for his Staudacher. Excess funds collected, if any, will go into a PMLAA airport improvement account.
WHEN AND WHERE: Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 6:00 pm. The location will be the new and beautiful heated hangar of Suzanne and Mel McGowan, which is located on the north taxiway at PML airport.
SUMPTUOUS MENU: Egg Roll, Cashew Chicken, Beef with Broccoli, Fried Rice, Chow Mein, Fortune Cookies & back by popular demand, Cup Cakes.
No host bar with the famous margarita machine and music for dancing.
Reservations due by October 24th! First Come, First Served • $20 per person Space is Limited to 225 people (Postmark date will determine reservation priorities.)
October 4th - TIROS (Television Infrared Observation Satellite)
Our next meeting will be the Oktoberfest on October 4th at 6:00 pm. The
The October meeting will be held at Kay Meermans’ HEATED hangar on the
Next meeting is scheduled for September 6th with a start time of 6:00 pm at the PEEBLES’ hangar.
The speaker for our September 6th meeting is Bill Cox.
Bill is a very entertaining writer and speaker. His stories are printed every month in Plane & Pilot and Pilot Journal.
sAugust 2nd Speaker
In 1996, California engineer Carmelo “Nino” Amarena took on the challenge of building a new generation of rocketpacks that would break the barrier plaguing all previous pack designs and embarked on an investigation of what needed to be done, modified or invented to make longer flight a reality. It was a challenge that required much more than merely copycatting. Amarena was trained and educated at the Buenos Aires University of Engineering, in Argentina where he obtained his masters degree in electro-mechanical engineering and upon immigrating to America in 1979, made his home in California’s Silicon Valley.
There he was able to interact with talents in cybernetics, aerospace and electronics industry, allowing him to acquire a set of skills, which forged his “technical generalist” background. His broad technical knowledge eventually landed him the development of a peroxidebased reciprocating engine for GeorgiaTech Research Institute’s “Entomopter” a biomimetic robot that flies like a “dragon fly” insect, a joint project between NASA and GeorgiaTech planned to be sent with a landing Mars probe mission by the end of the first decade of the 21st century.
June 21, 2008 Site: Meermans-Henley Hangar 6:00pm. The Famous Diestal Family Turkey Ranch Barbecue Meet the air show performers. Enjoy music.
Here are just some of the scheduled activities:
PMLAA members and guests only. Reservations and pre-payment required
Next months meeting will be held at the Peebles hangar on May 3rd at 6:00 pm. The topic will be flying ARMY HELICOPTERS in one of the most inhospitable environments in the world. Heat, humidity, dirt, rain, mud, jungle, water just to mention a few. There were some pyrotechnic devices also that spiced up the mix at times. The place was Vietnam in the late 60’s.
The speakers, all members of PMLAA, will be Norm Peebles, Joe Riley, and Ed Peters. Our stories will be focused toward educating the audience on what it was like to be a crew member on these aircraft. They will also be on the lighter side of war and I feel you will find them informative and entertaining.
April 5th at the Benzing's Hangar. Two guest speakers:
March 8th, regular meeting at the Gai's hangar. The speaker will be Tim Just an expert in UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). Read this very interesting description of different types of UAVs.
The meeting is at 5:30 PM, an Italian Potluck.
At the Buchner's hangar,
February 2nd 2008, 6PM.
It's a wrap
Saturday December 8th at 6 PM at the Blankenburg Museum. You need to reserve.
One Six Right: The Story of the Van Nuys Airport
The Romance of Flying
Come to thethe Blankenburg Museum., November 3rd at 5:30pm for an entertaining talk by Brian Terwilliger, with scenes from One Six Right. The hangar is on the north taxiway, approximately mid-field.
It is a potluck dinner.
The survival seminar is being hosted by our EAA Chapter and the speaker, Doug Ritter, is a well known authority on pilot survival equipment and methods. The seminar will start at 10:30 AM.
Chapter 1337 will also be providing Historic Aircraft Display certificates for those that want to display their aircraft durning the seminar. A "burger burn" lunch will be held after the seminar for those that want to stay for lunch. Donations will be accepted.
Jim Thomas President, Chapter 1337
Behind the Scenes with BJ Worth,
World Champion Skydiver and Hollywood Aerial Stuntman
Come to Carol Simpson’s hangar, October 6th at 5:30pm for Oktoberfest and an entertaining talk by BJ Worth, on skydiving and stunts. The hangar is on the north taxiway, midway between Benzings and Peebles. We’ll bring the beer and brats, you bring a potluck salad, veg or dessert.
“Flyboys” – the WWI Lafayette Escadrille with David Ellison
Join us at the Buchner’s hangar, September 8th at 5:30pm for a potluck dinner and an entertaining talk by David Ellison on the Lafayette Escadrille and the making of Flyboys.
June 2 Airport Day
The PMLAA Community Airport Day and Air Show on June 2 will be a spectacular event—even better than last year.
PLEASE READ OUR SAFETY PROCEDURES AND CHECK NOTAMS.
Here are just some of the scheduled activities:
Note reservations and pre-payment is required; please use the form in the newsletter..
Cinco de Mayo
How to Save your Airport
May 5th at 5:30 PM at the Gai's hangar. It is Cinco de Mayo, so plan your potluck accordingly. Please bring a Mexican style dish to share (not Chile) or a dessert. Margaritas will be available too!
“TINS” Tales Memoirs of
a Naval Aviator
Mark your calendars and come join us at the Peebles hangar on April 7th.
Our very own Dr. Ken Orloff is our speaker for the March 3rd PMLAA meeting, which will be held at 6:00pm in the Benzings’ hangar.
St. Valentine’s Day Massacre Ball
Keep the wraps on this one, baby!
The hootch is being delivered February 3rd and we will celebrate in real roarin’ twenties style. Conni “Crazy Legs” and Alan “Machine Gun” Buchner are opening “Buchners’ PMLAA Speak Easy” for one night only. Flappers are always welcome, men should be dressed to the nines, but please check your violin case at the door. We will be dancing the night away with the always popular Home Grown Band. To keep the heat from ruinin’ our fun, please be sure to knock three times prior to entry- no more no less. Crazy Legs doesn’t want to clean-up after the Tommy Guns blare. Cover charge is $10.00 per person to pay protection (and the band).
Please bring an appetizer or dessert enough for 6 persons. Date: February 3, 2007 Time: 6.30 P.M. Place: Buchners Speak Easy (formerly Buchners Hangar) 20885 Hemlock Street
It's a Wrap 2006
December 9th, at 6 PM
August 26th is the no-hangar party!
We are celebrating the wonderful
area we live in and the great flying we have done this summer by having an
evening fly-about (neither a fly-in nor fly-out!) and BBQ.
July 8-12th, Fly-out to Idaho, exact dates to be finalized
June 3rd, Full Day Flying Fun hosted by Vicky and Jeff Benzing
May 6th, Author Michael Maya Charles, 6:00pm,
April 1st, Great flying destinations with John Kounis, 6:00pm.
March 4th, Idaho Backcountry with Bob Hoff and friend, 6:00pm, Benzing Hangar
Our Own Ken Orloff:
The Pine Mountain Lake Aviation Association is proud to
present the return of Dr. Orloff on
6:00 p.m. Saturday, December 10, 2005
October 22, 2005, 6:00 p.m., The Pine Mountain Lake Aviation Association is honored to welcome the National Aviation Hall of Fame inductee Dick Rutan at the Blankenburg Museum. Voyager: One World, One Flight
September 10, 2005, 6:00 p.m., The Pine Mountain Lake Aviation Association is honored to welcome the remarkable Brian Binnie at the Buchner Hangar. Making History with SpaceShipOne. Brian Binnie Captures the X-Prize with SpaceShipOne.
The event is a regular potluck: bring either a salad, main dish, dessert, or appetizers.
Past Guest Speakers
The Pine Mountain Lake Aviation Association has had many Great Guest Speakers over the years. We have and continue to record every Guest Speaker so if you are interested in seeing a particular guest speakers presentation then please contact us and we can provide you with a video of the event.
August 13, 2005, 6:00 p.m., The Pine Mountain Lake Aviation Association is honored to welcome Colonel Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson at the Buchner Hangar. Colonel Clarence E. “Bud” Anderson is a WW II Triple Ace fighter pilot and a veteran military experimental test pilot.
June 4, 2005, at the Buchner Hangar, Guest Speaker Barry Schiff, Award Winning Aviator, Journalist, Author and Educator 26,000 Flight Hours - 5 World Speed Records - 52 Years of Flying. Catered Dinner $25 per person. Reservations are required. Make your check payable to and remit to PMLAA, P.O. Box 131, Groveland, CA 95321.
May 7th, 2005, 6:00 p.m., at the Buchner Hangar, Lane Wallance, Flying Magazine, Aerospace Writer, Editor and Author - hors-d-ouvres, main dish, salad or dessert potluck.
March 8th, 2005 The Women’s Pilot organization known as the 99’s will repaint our runway markings at Pine Mountain Lake to reflect the new CTAF of 122.9. Anyone wishing to help out can contact Jim Thomas office for further details (email@example.com or 209-533-5685). You can also just show up see if any additional help is needed.
March 5th, 2005 6:00pm - Hap Halloran: "A WWII POW’s Story: Surviving and Healing" at Buchner Hangar - Potluck Soups/salads/desserts
February 23rd, 2005 from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM second and final Public Workshop on the Master Plan for Pine Mountain Lake Airport. The workshop will be held at the Groveland Community Hall. This is the last Public Workshop where the public can review and comment on the plan before the preparation of the final draft document, making it an important step in the overall master planning process. If you want to have input on the future development of Pine Mountain Lake Airport, please make plans to attend the workshop.
February 19th, 2005 from 9:00am-12:00pm at Dick Collier’s hangar, Lunch available, Hands-on Workshop includes:
February 19th, 2005 from 2:00 to 5:00 Larry Jobe is sponsoring a Wings seminar at his hangar . The Subject is Lessons Learned and it is an audience interactive seminar. The intent is to have pilots verbally share events that have caused them to learn a valuable lesson. The goal is to share these experiences with the group so all may learn and hopefully avoid the same situation. Jim Henry of the FAA has sanctioned this Wings seminar but will not attend so the group will feel free to openly communicate. No Charge.
February 19th, 2005 STCHS (Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society) Monthly Programs at the Groveland Community Hall at 7:30 PM: "Rich Lundin: Archeological Digs in Groveland".
February 10th, 2005 Pine Mountain Lake Airport (E45) will be changing the Unicom/CTAF frequency to 122.900 MHz
February 9th, 2005 Columbia Airport (O22) will be changing the Unicom/CTAF frequency to 122.975 MHz
January 8, 2005, 6:00 p.m., at the Buchner Hangar, the return of Dr. Orloff, an aviation accident detective and reconstruction expert. - Soup, Salad, and Dessert potluck.
December 9th from 6:30 PM to 8:30: Pine Mountain Lake Airport Master Plan Public Workshop The development of the PML Airport Master Plan has come to the point where we will be holding our first Public Workshop on Thursday December 9 th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at the Groveland Community Hall. Those who are interested in learning about the Master Plan process, the forecast data collected, and the airport development alternatives being considered should plan to attend this workshop. This will also be an opportunity for the public to express their desires and concerns regarding the future development of the airport.
December 11, 6:00 PM at the Buchner Hangar, It's a Wrap -8th Annual toy drive for needy children - Bring an unwrapped toy, game or two: You’ll feel good through & through. Catered Dinner, reservation required.
November 6th - Colonel Herbert E. Ross - USAF (retired) - Adventures of a P-38 Ace 6:00pm at the Buchner Hangar - This event is a pot luck.
October 2, Saturday, 5:00 p.m Aviation’s Living Legend Bob Hoover.
Bob Hoover is the greatest pilot I ever saw.
Bob Hoover is the greatest stick & rudder pilot who ever lived.
at the Blankenburg Museum.
Saturday October 9th, the EAA Chapters 1337 is holding a Young Eagle rally at Columbia Airport from 8 AM to noon.
October 30th. Kittytails presents: 1940 ’s Moonlight Swing Costume Ball &Dinner Show at the Blankenburg's Hangar. Reservations: 962-1001.
Our September 4th speaker will be No Kum-Sok a.k.a. Kenneth Rowe. He was the 21 year-old North Korean pilot who defected and delivered the first MiG-15 to the Americans on September 21, 1953. His book, A MiG-15 to Freedom, will be the subject of his talk. The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Buchner's Hangar. Please bring your favorite SALAD, BREAD or DESSERT to share.
Saturday September 11th, the EAA Chapters 1337 is holding a Young Eagle rally at Pine Mountain Lake Airport from 8 AM to noon.
Sept 20th, 1:30 P.M. Airports Committee Meeting. Columbia Airport “Lorick Hangar” 1000 Technology Drive.
September 24-26, 2004 Lakeport, California: safety seminars. Coast Guard demonstration, Vertigo Simulator, and more. For more information contact Terry Campbell at NorcalAviation@aol.com or (209) 736-4554 or Steve and Mary McCaughey at www.strangebirds.com or (707) 768-3199.
August 7th, NASA Astronaut Janice Voss, PhD 5:00pm at the Buchner's Hangar - Mapping the Earth in 3-D and Views of the Earth From Space
July 3rd, Boat Parade. The parade will start at 5:00 PM.
July 4th, Fireworks celebration over the lake, just after dusk.
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