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!