Category Archives: Fly-In

Upcoming Events: Antelope Valley 99’s Poker Run

Here’s the flyer: AV99s_BBQ_Registration_form_2014, and the entry form: AV99s_BBQ_Registration_info_2014, for the 99’s annual poker flight.  The Bar-B-Que/prize time will be at WJF and the airports to fly to for poker cards and Mojave, Rosamond,Cal City, Tehachapi and Inyokern.  Cards are available at 9:00am and MUST be turned in by1:00pm.  If you choose not to fly or can’t make all of the airports, there are cards for ALL airports at WJF.

 For more info call 760-375-2958 or e-mail  n51EZ@yahoo.com   

Sierra Soaring Club @ CalUAS Day

CalUAS day was huge.  First off, the numbers don’t lie.  The organizers expected about 1,500 people or so… 4,500-5,000 came to visit.  That’s about one person out of every five in Ridgecrest!  There was a lot of flying going on, and many very interesting presenters showing their support for the CalUAS effort at Inyoken showing what they can do and planned to do.  There were a lot of UAV demonstrations in the big hangar.  Too many to list them all.  There was also a some manned aviation in the mix.  Chip Yates made a demo flight of his record setting electric airplane, Axel Alvarez and his friends in the SoCal Ravens Formation Flying Team showed their skill too with some very nice formations in some beautiful homebuilt Van’s aircraft, Matt Menza made a few passes too in his Yakolev 52 before bringing it out to the ramp so kids could get their photos taken in it, there was an L-39 Albatross jet trainer that also came to visit.

Sierra Soaring Club represented itself at the event with a booth.  We were intending to bring out a glider too, but forecasts for winds up to 50 convinced us not to test the forecast.  Too bad the forecast was wrong!  It was beautiful, sunny, and clear.  Thankfully we had everyone there to meet all the people asking about flying gliders!  Tom Wilkins, Tom Serkowski, Nick Stelmashenko, and I were answering questions, handing out brochures (Aleta, my wife, outdid herself on these and Tom Wilkins found a great printer to make them up for us), showing soaring videos, and having an outstanding time talking about flying to hundreds and hundreds of new friends!  Thankfully Karen Serkowski and Aleta were there to keep everything else going behind the scenes and bring us all lunch!  It was a great event and I think the club did very well for itself promoting gliding and hopefully convincing several people to come out and fly with us.

 

The crew, ready to go, just before the gate opened. Lots of great handouts and publications to give away and we showed a nice set of quick videos on soaring that got a lot of attention.

The crew, ready to go, just before the gate opened. Lots of great handouts and publications to give away and we showed a nice set of quick videos on soaring that got a lot of attention.

Chip Yates Record Setting Electric Airplane Fly-by

Chip Yates and his electric long-EZ on display while Chip does post-flight checks.

Chip Yates and his electric Long-EZ on display while Chip does post-flight checks.

 

The Ravens on their first formation fly-by.

The Ravens on their first formation fly-by.

Local aviatior Axel Alvarez in the lead on this formation (right after a planned formation break off) in his RV-4.

Local aviatior Axel Alvarez in the lead on this formation (right after a planned formation break off) in his RV-4.

 

Axel’s Fly-In 2013

As always lots of neat airplanesP1030612 P1030609 Harmon Rockets arrived for those with a need for speed. P1030613Also some with more than excellent work on their looks.P1030630Of course it wouldn’t be Axel’s birthday party without formation flying!P1030635Happy Birthday Axel!

Mojave Experimental Fly-In April 20th

Mojave Fly in and times

The Mojave Experimental Fly-In is scheduled for April 20th from 10 AM to 2 PM. Quite the interesting collection of airplanes have planned to attend.  So far they have jets, electric airplanes, air racers, unique personal aircraft, and the list is still growing.

Axel’s Birthday Fly-In @ KIYK, March 9

Axel Alvarez will be hosting his 5th annual ice cream social and fly in for his birthday at Inyokern Airport from 11 AM to 2 PM on Saturday, March the 9th. Axel, with the help of friends and pilots from all over southern California, hosts an outstanding fly-in. He provides ice cream for all who want to come out and enjoy a beautiful day at the airport and look at all the airplanes, and that can take a while. Last year Axel and pals filled the main ramp at Inyokern with experimental homebuilt airplanes and classic aircraft. The Ravens formation team Axel flys with also do some nice formation flying over the airfield near the end of the festivities. That’s not all, the airport generously pitches in by offering a substantial discount on fuel ($4.94/gal for 100LL, normally it’s $5.59/gal) all weekend.

If you would like to attend Axel asks that you please email him at axel_alvarez@hotmail.com with your name and the number of people so he has an idea of how many will be there. He doesn’t want anybody to go without ice cream. Kids (of all ages) are guaranteed to have a grand time. Don’t miss out; it’s a real treat!