Hello again everybody. It is now high summer, and with all the rain we've been having, the grass keeps growing like corn in Iowa. Thank goodness I was able to get my Weed Wacker repaired (thanks to Scott Annis) for suggesting I go to Amazon.com and order a new carburetor for it. I got it running last weekend and I cut a path through the berm just like George Patton did to the Ruhr Valley on his way to Berlin. Too bad the ethanol-free high-octane gasoline substitute costs as much as the carburetor. The field is in great shape and lately the Winds of Spring have diminished, so that the air is much more user-friendly. The only real problem now is wicked high humidity, so bring plenty of fluids and sunscreen, and replenish frequently as needed.
Unfortunately, club member participation has diminished significantly, and as a result the raffle that we have been doing for at least 20 years continuously can no longer pay for itself. I have been nursing it along for several months, but unfortunately I must temporarily (I hope) discontinue it until such time as we have more participating members to keep the raffle solvent. I plan to keep bringing raffle swag with me for every meeting, but if the head count is too low, I will have to postpone the drawing for that month.
I am looking forward to August and our participation in the second annual Plains Park Float Plane Fun Fly. (If you can say that three times fast, you are better than I am) Strap some floats onto a plane, check your linkages and make sure your water rudder is working correctly and show up with your own food and beverages on August 12. It will be in the same place as last year, which was the boat landing just south of the flying field.
I have been working with several new novice pilots who have shown up at Bill Martin Field from time to time, with good results. Unfortunately, they didn't come back for more. What can I tell you? I tried to roll out the welcome wagon to the best of my ability.
Keep checking yourself for tics if you go into the high grass to retrieve an airplane, and watch out for the wasp nest under the rafters inside Billy's Barn. We may have to resort to chemical warfare to reclaim what used to be our sanctuary.
Keep safe and keep having fun.
Respect fully, John Holcomb, Vice President MMAC.