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Americas Region, President Larry Wolfsen

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2014 SOUTH CENTRAL IFFR FLY-IN

AOPA  REGIONAL FLY-IN (MINI SUMMIT)

SAN MARCOS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT (HYI)

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS—APRIL 26th

So. Central chair: Jack Welge

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On Saturday, April 26, 2014 IFFR members enjoyed AOPAs first regional fly-in at San Marcos Municipal Airport in
San Marcos, Texas.

 

More than 2,500 people and 350 aircraft joined with us at the San Marcos airport—a tremendous turnout for
an overcast MVFR day with a foreboding weather forecast.

 

At first, I was worried about how the weather would affect attendance, but it didnt scare many members
away and certainly kept the heat down. WP Michael Graves flew his Aerostar into New Braunfels, bringing
with him Rocky Miller and Jim Moore, while George Valentine and his wife Sheri, and O.F. "Dink" Jones drove in.

 

By the time we all assembled, only Dink Jones had the opportunity to partake of the pancake breakfast at
the AOPA site.  Michael, Rocky, Jim, and I opted for an IHOP experience on the way in from New Braunfels,
and met up with George and Sheri in the parking lot on the way in to the AOPA event.

 

The AOPA Regional Fly-In (Mini Summit) was a resounding success and a great opportunity for IFFR to “get
the word out” to the Rotarians we found in attendance. But, in describing these events, think more regional
fly-ins than Summits or Expos, as the Booth Displays are minimal and tucked away inside a large events tent.

 

However that was the only negative as the feel of the event, participation at the event, and ever present
love of aviation, and camaraderie of like-minded individuals was at a high-level. It was also fun to see the
CenTex Wing Hangar of the  Commemorative Air Force housing a very-rare flying P-39 Bell Airacobra, and
the U-3A "Administrator" along with 3 AT-6 Texan types, a Japanese Zero replica, built for the movie
Tora, Tora, Tora, a Chinese-built CJ-6A trainer, the Beech T-34A Mentor, and a Lockheed T-33 "Shooting Star"
jet trainer.

 

The successful fly-in ended after an extended mix and mingle and picture taking sessions; with an eye on ever
encroaching weather we departed just prior to the end of the AOPA event.

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