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Our West Coast Fly-In 2019
              [Updated 5/22/2019]


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...takes place Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9

at the Columbia CA Airport.

Come join us at the 2019 West Coast Fly-In! Great fun to be had for all attendees.

Our first West Coast Fly-In was in 2017. We were still brand new plane owners (bought in 2015) with not quite 40 hours in the Bellanca. It was a fantastic time to put faces to names and to listen to more great wisdom from those who'd flown more hours in the BSV than I had total time! The one mistake we made that year was to lodge at the local motel - Columbia Inn Motel. Not that the accommodation was bad - it was very comfortable. But being there took us away from some of the best times at the fly-in, as we discovered last year.

Folks, the way to go is camping! Yes, Myrna and I love camping so we're predisposed to the idea, but being there, on-site, gives you the opportunity to be immersed in everything that makes the West Coast Fly-In a totally Not-To-Be-Missed event. Popping over to the clubhouse first thing for a coffee and donut and chat with other Bellanca enthusiasts was worth the registration on its own. Saturday is the real action day, with flour bombing, spot landing, aircraft judging, and model specific roundtables (man, you can learn a lot of stuff there). Then there's the invaluable session in the afternoon, normally masterfully led by Dan Torrey. Last year, with him up north, Steve Krikorian led us on a wonderful flying adventure from the non-flyers point of view. It made me think hard about things that I do, which I know are OK, but could easily be perceived with some amount of horror by non-flying passengers (usually your spouse!). Since that talk, I never run even my Aux dry; Myrna thanks you Steve!

But maybe camping really isn't your thing - fair enough. See your options under "Lodging & Transportation" above. But whatever you decide, decide to attend. You won't regret it, you'll make new friends, learn some stuff, and, best of all, have fun. Oh, yeah, it's a dog-friendly Fly-In as our Cavashon, Gatsby, will happily attest to. Cheers, Ian Shere



Columbia, CA Almost There!

This will be our 20th Annual West Coast Fly-In held in Columbia, California in the heart of Gold Rush Country. This Mother lode of Fly-Ins has become the largest gathering of Bellanca and Champion Aircraft on the West Coast, perhaps anywhere. Attendees can expect a weekend of beautiful airplanes (spanning several decades), wonderful food and drink, a chance to visit with fellow aircraft enthusiasts, and it all takes place in an idyllic, picturesque setting. We invite all members and their guests, and non-members to join us for this most enjoyable fly-in weekend.


Bellanca, Champion or whatever you fly or drive: Come Join Us!

This is a good opportunity to see our Club in action!

EVERYONE IS WELCOME


Friday: Registration begins, followed by a Pasta Dinner and an evening of socializing.

The late Ozzie Levi compiled an exciting tour of towns and historical sites around Columbia, CA. Air Tour participants, enhanced by Jim Kilbourn, will receive maps and a guide to spotting local historical sites such as Columbia State Historical Park, Sonora, and Angels Camp from the air; the flight will last approximately one hour. A "low-altitude" option is available to those prone to nosebleeds.

Spot Landing & Flour Bombing
All Lined Up
Vic Manuelli has selected several off-airport activities for those so inclined. You can download this list, which includes the updated event itinerary as well. A number of items provided by our generous commercial supporters will be available in the Clubhouse.


Flour Bombing and Spot Landing Contests will be held on Saturday morning. Dave Gerken will be lead, assisted by Vic Manuelli - meet near the Registration table.

Raffle:   We'll be selling tickets to some great prizes (drawing Saturday night Dinner Meeting) solicited by Committee member Robert Swanland and donated by our generous supporters in support of the works of the Club:
  Note: Now you get 8, not 6 tickets for $5


Last Year's Raffle Prizes were:
  •     - LED Landing light from AeroLeds,
  •     - Pair of Emblems from the Cruisair (courtesy of the Club),
  •     - Gift Certificate (LARGE) from Jon Goldenbaum, for any Poly-Fiber, Randolph or Ceconite materials,
  •     - Handheld Radio courtesy of Icom America ,
  •     - Several CO detection systems and USB power units courtesy of CO Guardian,
  •     - Gift Certificate from Chief Aircraft,
  •     - Gift Certificate from ACI Jet,
  •     - Gift Certificate from McFarlane,
  •     - Sealed Aircraft Batteries - courtesy of Concorde,
  •     - Headset from David Clark Company,
  •     - Handling In-Flight Emergencies Course courtesy of Rod Machado,
  •     - Gift Certificate from Wag Aero
  •     ... and more coming.

Cold drinks and Club souvenirs will be available for purchase during the three days of the Fly-In. Breakfast will be offered Saturday and Sunday mornings in the clubhouse.

Friday, we'll run our the Gold Country Air Tour (see above), meet newcomers;

Steve Krikorian Steve Krikorian, an A+ student of flying: USAF, airline, and his Turbo Viking "Precious", will share his knowledge and experience on getting home safely and more.

Saturday:

Roundtables on mods and maintenance on Saturday afternoon:
        ... High-Wing Champions & Aeroncas - moderated by Robert Szego
        ... Triple-Tails - moderated by Al and Adam Pontious
        ... Vikings - moderated by John Christensen

Dan Torrey, highly respected caretaker of our airplane types, will share his knowledge of all Bellancas and Champions in a presentation called "Maintenance Experience"

...and of course, there will be time to visit with everybody individually.

Saturday evening we will enjoy another wonderful meal * (catered by chefs Josh & Cindi Heller), and the camaraderie of this wonderful Bellanca-Champion group. Picture-slot plaques will be awarded for People's Choice, Best High-Wing, Best Triple-Tail, Best Viking and Best Aeronca, Oldest airplane in attendance, and Longest distance flown to the fly-in. Then we'll draw the winners of the Raffle Prizes.




This year's event will be catered by chef Josh and Cindi Heller of Arnold, CA.We will have colorful, pre-printed name tags waiting for all advance registrants.

Please note: No taxiing is allowed between the two rows of airplanes. We want those already parked to stay clean and dust-free; there is also the safety issue of sharp props and people. On arrival, taxi to either end or the middle (by the registration booth), shut down and we will help push it in place. This does not apply to the Viking area since we only park on one side and face in, but please push back and turn perpendicular when departing. Thank you.

          Advance Registration has ended, but please join us at Columbia and register on site.

If you are flying in, bring your own tiedowns.
Monitor AWOS on 124.65 (209-536-9384) and UNICOM 122.975 for airport and runway conditions.

QUESTIONS?  
        Vic Manuelli (Committee Chair)          email        
        Bellanca-Champion Club HQ             email        


                                    Preparation for an event like this is a very complex and time-consuming effort. We would like to recognize and thank the Club's hard-working West Coast Fly-In Committee:
                                                    Vic Manuelli (Chair), Ian Shere, Robert & Julia Swanland, and Robert Szego.

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