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Clear Skies and Many Thanks, Max Platts
Double congratulations are in order and we are all excited for Max Platts, our past Vintage Executive Administrator.
First, we congratulate Max on his recent engagement to Tobie Stamsta. Many of you were lucky enough to meet and get to know Tobie during OSHKOSH 2014.
Sadly, we must also congratulate Max as he begins a new career journey at CubCrafters as Kit Marketing Coordinator for the Carbon Cub EX.
Max and Tobie are in the process of relocating to Yakima, WA this week and Max begins his position there on December 15th. (read more)
Welcome VAA Administrator Erin Brueggen
VAA welcomes Erin Brueggen as our new Vintage Executive Administrator effective December 1st. The VAA Executive Board and Board of Directors each interviewed Erin at their November meetings and unanimously agreed to offer her the position.
Erin holds a BS degree in Aviation Management with a minor in Flight Operations. She currently holds her private pilot license, instrument and commercial ratings.
Airport Action: Felts Field, A Slice of History
Spokane Washington is one of those towns with its own peculiar character. It’s not too big or too small. It gets just the right amount of rain. It has diverse geography including rugged mountains, pleasant valleys, lots of lakes, acres of prime farm land and a beautiful river running right through the heart of it.
And it just so happens that right on that river, just three miles from downtown, is one of the sweetest airports you will ever have the pleasure of landing at: Felts Field.
Not only does this historic field have two parallel paved runways pointed at 40 degrees toward the magnetic north pole, it has a grass strip in between them and to top it off, a seaplane base! The mighty Spokane River is just a few hundred feet north of, and parallel to, the northern runway. The field sports a control tower that operates 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (read more)
Board Welcomes New Director Susan Dusenbury
Susan Dusenbury, who served as an Advisor to the Board of Directors, has accepted appointment as a Director, replacing Jerry Brown who has moved up to VAA Treasurer.
Susan began flying at the age of 15 on a private airport (Overton Field) located near her shared hometowns of Andrews and Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. She earned her private pilots certificate during her senior year in high school. Susan is a graduate of Francis Marion University holding a degree in accounting and business administration. While in college Susan earned her Commercial, Multi-engine, Instrument and Flight Instructor Certificates. (read more)
December Mystery Airplane
Can you identify this aircraft?
This large, attractive cabin monoplane appeared in the early 1930s, poor timing, as the depression and hard times had just descended on the country with bankruptcies devastating aircraft industries. The aircraft’s good looks along with its excellent performance, however, generated a lot of interest as well as a few sales of the airplane.
Click here or on the image above to view full size and see our other mystery airplanes.
October Mystery Identified
As expected the aircraft proved to be a tough one for our members but a single correct identification was received, that submitted by Wayne Muxlow. Congratulations, Wayne!
Click here or on the image above to read what Wesley Smith’s research has uncovered about this little known biplane—the Morton Nightingale.
EAA Holiday Online Auction: Dec. 2 – Dec. 9
Check www.eaa.org for details.
EAA will again be hosting an online holiday auction beginning December 2-9, with proceeds benefiting EAA’s programs and activities. There is a variety of EAA, AirVenture, and aviation items available ranging from aviation artwork and signed memorabilia to EAA lifetime memberships and AirVenture perks.
A complete list of the auction items will be available online next week.
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July 20th thru July 26th, 2015
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