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Please read the statement on our COVID-19 precautions below

     Our chapter was forced to cancel a number of meetings in 2020, and again in 2021, due to conditions and restrictions forced upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor McMaster and SCDHEC have provided COVID-19 guidance to all South Carolinians regarding restrictions during the pandemic.  EAA has also provided guidance to EAA chapters. Click here to view that EAA guidance. Fortunately, the governor's orders have not been overly restrictive thus far. Most SC businesses and organizations can now open/operate as long as certain PRECAUTIONS are taken. Consequently, we will do our best to abide by those precautions. The Governor's Executive Orders are full of legal terms and hard to follow, but SCDHEC has published a simplified list of recommended precautions on their website. Click here to see view the SCDHEC guidelines. Here's where you can find the CDC guidelines. Those guidelines are constantly changing, so please keep abreast of them.

     As you know, COVID-19 is a very serious disease, so your attendance at this meeting is ENTIRELY VOLUNTARY. If you are fearful of catching the virus, then we'll understand if you decide not to come.
If you are sick in any way, we request that you please DO NOT COME. If you have any type of underlying health condition(s), we suggest that you consider whether or not you really should come. However, if you are tired of being stuck at home, this is an excellent opportunity to socialize with your like-minded aviation friends. If you do come, I am requesting that you bring and wear a MASK, AT LEAST THROUGH THE SERVING LINE. Also, it's very important to practice SOCIAL DISTANCING and WASH YOUR HANDS often. Those safety measures are intended as much, if not moreso, for the protection of others as for yourself. At least 6 feet is the recommended social distance between individuals.

     Thank you all for for your cooperation and understanding of our predicament during these challenging times. It's the only way we can reasonably and safely resume our chapter activities. State and local regulations are constantly changing, so if there are further restrictions, we may have to curtail our chapter meetings.

Next Meeting - Gilbert International Airpark (SC45) - April 11th, 2021 - 12:00 to 4:00pm EDT

     Our next chapter meeting is planned for Sunday, April 11th, 2021 from 12:00pm until 4:00pm EDT at Ron Angerman's hangar at Gilbert International Airpark (SC45). Our normal meeting date is the 3rd Sunday of each month, which would have been Sunday, April 18th, but the Sun-N-Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Florida runs from April 13th - 18th, 2021. A number of us will be going down and likely won't return until late Sunday evening, April 18th, or after. Therefore, the chapter voted to meet on April 11th, 2021 with a possible alternate date of Sunday, April 25th.

     Members and guests start arriving and socializing from about noon until 1:00pm. Lunch is normally served from 1:00pm until 2:00pm. Preliminary plans are that lunch will be oriented around various stews, like chicken bog and beef stew, supporting items, like salads and casseroles, desserts, tea and various beverages. The business meeting and presentation (if any) usually runs from 2:00pm until about 3:00pm. However, sometimes our meeting/presentation runs over. Also, people often linger and socialize longer, and planes depart between 3:00pm and 4:00pm. Thus, our EAA liability insurance approvals run from noon until 4:00pm.

     We have a great presentation lined up for you today. Local "pilot extraordinaire", John Pipkin, volunteered to make a presentation complete with video clips of some of his adventures flying for Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). Click the highlighted name for more about MAF. John holds ATP, CFII, fixed wing, helicopter, and other advanced ratings. He's also flown various aircraft from his personal Aeronca Champ to helicopters to jets, and many types of aircraft in between. In fact, when I spoke recently with John about making this presentation, he was just back from test flying the Atlanta Falcons jet. He's also flown into and out of many remote regions of the world as a pilot for MAF, from short and narrow airstrips in jungles to high altitude mountainous regions, including Alaska. Interestingly, he was in Haiti when the devastating earthquake hit there some years back. Fortunately, he was lucky to have survived and has since flown humanitarian missions back to Haiti. He also often flies the helicopter and other aircraft for the Lexington County Sheriff's Department. It's even rumored that he once flew Hillary Clinton. John's plans are to give the presentation personally, but if duty calls him away, his wife, Joyce, will make the presentation. In fact, John has so many adventures to share that he may be making more presentations in the future. So, be sure to join us for this interesting presentation. Incidentally, if you are going to Sun-N-Fun, chances are that you just might see John working in the MAF tent there.

     Check back here about a week or so before April 11th for further updates and details.

Lunch Menu


Chicken Bog/Stew (1 large crockpot) - Libby & Randy Berry
Cowboy Soup - Debbie & Larry Philbin
Crockpot of Chili - Donna Flanagan
Fajita Chicken Casserole - Sherry & John Smith
Quesadillo Casserole - Kathy & Leonard Self
Garbanzo Bean Soup - Tony Scribner
Manhattan Clam Chowder - Kelli & Steve Hill
Sausage, Chicken, Peppers & Tomato Soup - Debra & Dave Hardy
Slaw - Libby & Randy Berry
Pasta Salad - Debbie & Larry Philbin
Bread & Butter Pickles - Libby and Randy Berry
Pan of Cornbread - Donna Flanagan
Oyster/Soup Crackers - Libby & Randy
Banana Pudding - Libby & Randy Berry
 Black Forest Cake - Debbie & Larry Philbin
Keylime Pie - Debra & Dave Hardy

A dessert - Bruce harrison
Tea (Diet Sweet, 1 gallon) - Randy & Libby Berry
Coke, Diet Coke, Unsweet Tea - Debbie & Larry Philbin
Coke & Diet Coke - Debra & Dave Hardy
Tea - Sherry & John Smith
Ice (40 lbs) - Randy & Libby Berry

Beverages (could use more, especially tea) - Who Else?

Bowls, Plates, Plasticware, Serving Utensils, Paper Towels - Debbie, Libby, Ron, Others
Other Food Items (salads, casseroles, veggie tray, desserts, etc.) - Anyone Else?

Green - Agreed to provide
Gray - Unconfirmed, but probably

Red - Need volunteers

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Upcoming Aviation Events

All chapter meeting dates are on Sunday, unless otherwise noted.
All chapter activities, dates, times and locations are tentative and subject to change.
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Dates & Locations
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April 11, 2021 Next TTF Meeting 12pm - 4pm Gilbert International Airpark (SC45), Ron's Hangar Right Arrow
April 13-18, 2021 Sun-N-Fun Fly-in All Day Each Day Lakeland-Linder International Airport Right Arrow
July 26 - August 1, 2021 AirVenture 2021 All Day Each Day Wittman Regional AIrport (KOSH) Right Arrow
September 20-26, 2021 Triple Tree GA Fly-n Daylight Hours Each Day Triple Tree Aerodrome Right Arrow
October 2-8, 2021 Nall in the Fall Daylight Hours Each Day Triple Tree Aerodrome Right Arrow
See the Triple Tree Website Triple Tree Aerodrome Events constantly changing due to COVID-19. Click the red arrow to check their website ( Triple Tree Aerodrome (SC00) Right Arrow
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Green = Planned Chapter Meeting
Brown = Holiday (or) Other Event
Light Gray = Already Held