Cottonwood Fly-In & Safety Seminar
By Timothy M Pebler
The seminar was attended by about 52 people from Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Rimrock, Flagstaff, Prescott, Mesa, Deer Valley, Glendale and Sedona. Fred had an educational presentation on winter flying weather with lots of positive comments from those who attended. Morgan Scott and the City of Cottonwood really went out of their way in hosting the seminar. They put together gift bags, for those who attended, with souvenir items from the City of Cottonwood, information about the area and discounts to be used at Old Town restaurants. Morgan also arranged for BOMBAZ Grill, a local food truck, to be on site for those who wanted breakfast and for a city shuttle bus to transport anyone interested to Old Town for a couple of hours following the seminar. Unfortunately, the information about the shuttle bus didn’t get out early enough, so no one took advantage of it.
Philip Brown, manager of the Southwest Wine Center at the Verde Campus of Yavapai College, did a short presentation on the Verde Valley industry and the future of that industry in Cottonwood and Verde Valley. Bill Jump, owner of Out of Africa, was also going to give a short presentation, but things were breaking up by then.
Anyway, the weather couldn’t have been better for those flying in/out and 100LL was only $4.19 per gallon. Along with an Out of Africa tour, we are also looking at hosting a fly-in sometime this year with an emphasis on attracting high school and college students who have an interest in aviation. More details on that to follow.