April Phoenix 99s Ak-Chin Regional Airport Camp-Out

by Karen Hausteen, PHX 99s member

The Phoenix 99s and Ak-Chin Regional Airport hosted the 2nd Annual Spot Landing Contest and Camp Out the weekend of April 8, 9, and 10, 2016. Several RVs arrived on Friday afternoon to enjoy camping on the airport grounds, the beautiful weather, and watching airplanes and then stars!

Early Saturday morning activities started in anticipation of the Spot Landing Contest, with the lunch to follow. There were 6 contestants and many fans. It was an exciting contest made a bit more challenging by a crosswind and some non-contestant arrivals to challenge the pilots in the pattern.

The first place award was earned by 99 Courtney Smith in a Cessna 172, with one of her three landings right on the line! Second place went to Kevin Pettiette in his Husky, and third place was taken by Ryan Cable, for the second year in a row, in his aunt-in-law’s Cessna 172. There had to be a “fly-off” for third place – between Ryan and the aunt in law!

Everyone enjoyed lunch following the event and the raffle table items being distributed.

First, we would like to thank the wonderful generosity and support of the Ak-Chin Airport manager, Tim Costello, and airport staff, Henry Pane. We also were supported by Andy of Desert Rat Aviation who provided assistance with radio communication and more support on the ground, and he also provided the terrific trophies. Desert Aero Club and Kevin Gallagher helped us with judging and photography.

We are very grateful as well for the support of the Ak-Chin Indian Community. Members came with breakfast burritos, and a reporter for the newspaper of the tribe attended the event, taking lots of photos and writing a story to share with the tribe in their paper.

We had several items donated for our raffle table, and jewelry and t-shirts for sale – all proceeds to build the PHX 99s scholarship fund.

Thank you all for the support and fun times had by all!

See you next year!


April’s APA Happy Hour at Harold’s!

by Mary James & Susan Wearly

Our Spring Social at Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek on Thursday, April 28th was loaded with fun, food, and lots of stories! We hosted sixty-eight pilots, spouses, aviation enthusiasts, and honored military people. Guests came from all over the Valley and even from Tucson. It was wonderful to see old friends chatting and new friendships forming. Tables were set with red, white, and blue flowers, toy and wind-up airplanes, flags, and more. APA President, Tommy Thomason, welcomed everyone and helped announce the winners of the Question Board Raffle. Two questions were posed and Question #1 had 6 correct answers. Tommy drew from these 6 and congratulations went out to Tim Greer for correctly answering the question of who founded the Arizona Air National Guard – Barry Goldwater. Tim and his wife Lynell took home a liter and a half of Maker’s Mark Bourbon as their prize. Question #2 had 3 correct answers and kudos to Robin Gerblick for her winning answer to the question of who owns the Gray Ghost – Tommy Thomason. Robin and her husband Jim walked away with a fifth of Glenfiddich Scotch. Way to go, Tim and Robin! The party went on well past our 7 pm ending time! It was a great way to welcome in the Double Circle Ranch Fly-In scheduled for April 29-30.

Organizers Susan Wearly and Mary James wish to thank Tommy and all of the APA staff for allowing them to run with their party planning and for helping. $140 was raised toward our Scholarship Program. We had a great showing of just how impressive the APA is as a volunteer organization.

Watch for news of a Fall social later this summer – this could be habit forming!!

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