EAA Chapter 1467 Fall Fly-in
Saturday, November 6th, 2021
10:00am - 3:00pm

The fly-in crowd at our 2021 Fall Fly-in on 11/6/21. Click the photo above to see more photos.

        We had been viewing the weather forecast all week long, and even several weeks leading up to the fly-in date. We had planned to announce a GO or NO-GO decision for the fly-in by Wednesday, 11/3/21, but the weather forecast for the planned date of Saturday, 11/6/21 looked rather dismal, with a forecast of high winds of 12 mph plus almost directly across the 9/27 runway from the NNE. Unfortunately, the alternate date of 11/13/21 appeared about equally bad, and possibly even worse, with rain likely. Therefore, we waited until Thursday morning, 11/4/21 to make the final GO or NO-GO decision, and on which date. At that time, the 11/6/21 forecast looked just slightly better with fairly high crosswinds, but no rain forecast. The 11/13/21 forecast appeared even worse, plus it was a longer range, and therefore, more unpredictable forecast. Food and other preparations had already begun by then, the tables and chairs had been set up, and everyone was "chomping at the bit" to go, so we called "GO" for 11/6/21. Unfortunately, only 24 hours later, the forecast for 11/6/21 looked even worse, with a great possibility of rain sneaking in from the south that appeared it would get to SC45 just in time for our fly-in. Drats!

     Fortunately, in spite of the weather, we had a very good turnout. The winds were fairly high (12mph +), they were crossed from the NNE, and it was chilly, but the rains held off just south of us down around Barnwell. Ron Angerman and Angela had their hangar nicely heated for us though, so we were warm and cozy inside. We had a great lunch with plenty of food for everyone. In fact, we had plenty left over, so we could have fed even more. Thanks to Debbie Hardy, Debbie Phibin, and the other TTF and GIA ladies and gents who brought food items. We counted 119 people who attended the luncheon. However, only two brave souls flew their planes in, Dave Gardner and Carla Mueller. We were ready for a big turnout of planes though. Corey Kroll had set us up a nice base station outside, Mike Moore and Don Schmotzer were ready on the radio, and Eddie Brennan and Justin Hibpshman were ready with their orange batons and safety vests as marshallers. Jeanette Hibpshman, assisted by daughter, Elise Hibpshman and others, presented some great prizes and awards in various categories. Leonard Self and Kim Brennan sold tickets for the 50/50 drawing, half of which went to Jim McClain as the lucky winner, and half came to the chapter to help defray the cost of food. Incidentally, Jim McClain later donated his winnings back to the chapter, so thank you, Jiim!

     Although the weather spoiled our plans to some extent this year, we'd still call our 2021 Fall Fly-in a success. All in all, we had a great "fly-in/drive-in" and everyone socialized, ate a delicious lunch, and had a wonderful time. It turned into more of a "drive-in" than a "fly-in, but folks still came and supported it. Thank you all for making it a success!

     For photos taken at the fly-in by chapter photographer, Steve Preston, click on the photo at top of this page

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