This past weekend, 10 people in five aircraft ventured up to Durango, CO to take in the local sights and experience a “blast from the past” – a picturesque train ride through the San Juan National Forest. Powered by a coal-fired steam locomotive, this historic railroad has been in continuous operation since 1882! Both the locomotive and “rolling stock” are well-maintained examples of a bygone era when mining was the primary business in the region. These days, tourism provides most of the commerce. And, with a daily round-trip schedule between Durango and Silverton, passengers can enjoy a brief retreat from our high-tech “civilization.”
Of course, the town of Durango is also worth exploring. Little did we know that Durango would be home to a major motorcycle rally over the Labor Day weekend. Combined with typical holiday crowds, restaurants were doing a brisk business. However, as you can see, our Getaway group was all smiles.
You can check out all the images here.
EAA AirVenture 2018 is now in the history books, but by all accounts it was huge success! The event was attended by airpark residents Jon Middleton, Gary Towner, Larry & Jennifer Driver and their granddaughter Lindsay, Jeff Davidson, Jack Lawless and Larry Cranton. In addition, our two latest scholarship recipients, Julia Reidhead and Matthew Robinson, were in Oshkosh attending the EAA Air Academy and were able to take in all the excitement that is AirVenture. Next year’s AirVenture will be July 21-28. We hope to see you there!
You can read more about this truly incredible yearly event by clicking here. The statistics are sure to amaze!
2018 marked the return of the EAA Chapter 1044 Pancake Breakfast Fly-In to Mogollon Airpark. The event was a huge success by any measure, thanks in no small part to all of our wonderful volunteers… over 40 in total. Hundreds of breakfasts served and dozens of airplanes from around the state flew in to celebrate the event.
You can check out all of the photos of the event, by clicking HERE.
Four local youth are currently working on restoring our chapter’s KitFox. First steps are to remove the old fabric covering in preparation for recovering and painting. Be sure to check out all of our photos by clicking HERE. Progress photos will be added as work on the project continues.
First Two Young Eagle Flights of the Year!
We asked our scholarship recipients, Matthew Robinson and Julia Reidhead to be our first Young Eagle flights of the year. Both will be attending EAA’s Advanced Air Academy this July.
If you know of a Heber-Overgaard youth between the ages of 8 and 17 interested in a Young Eagle flight, have their parents fill out a request form on our website by clicking HERE. Our Young Eagle coordinator will contact you to set up the flight.