Chapter Fly-Outs

There’s more great flying weather on the horizon!  So, check your calendars and take advantage of the following opportunities!

4/27/19 – 4/28/19 – Copper Queen Mine tour with an overnight in Bisbee (P04) at one of the historic hotels. So, I haven’t done any trip coordination/logistics.  Plus, my wife and I will be in the Bahamas enjoying the beaches and ocean waters of the Out Islands.  (Of course, we’ll travel in our plane!)  So, unless I hear from folks this week, we will cancel this particular Getaway…

6/20/19 – 6/24/19 – Visit Cortez, CO (KCEZ) and see the ancient pueblos at Mesa Verde built 1400 years ago!  Then, continue a little further north and enjoy Telluride, CO (KTEX).   With this Getaway, we’ll combine two trips into one.  Mesa Verde has been on our list for a while.  And, since Telluride is just a short hop further north, we’re making it a “twofer”!  Both destinations are unique attractions and make excellent summertime escapes.  We’ll spend the first night in Cortez, rent cars, and do a driving/walking tour of Mesa Verde the next day.  Then, we’ll make the short flight up to Telluride and stay a couple of nights.  Besides great food and drink in Telluride, we can amuse ourselves with hiking, biking, walking paths, and whatever is happening up there at the moment.

8/22/19 – 8/25/19 – Using Paso Robles, CA (KPRB) as a base, we’ll go wine tasting.  The plan is simple: stay in Paso Robles, rent cars, and visit a plethora of nearby wineries.  With 200+ wine tasting rooms in the Paso area, settling for a select few will be a challenge!  Of course, you’ll want to leave some capacity in your luggage compartment for a case or two of that special vintage…

10/28/19 – 11/2/19 – Overnight at the famous Hangar Hotel in Fredericksburg, TX (T82) and then continue to New Orleans, LA (KNEW) and its diverse attractions.  Last year, our New Orleans trip was scuttled due to adverse weather.  Hopefully, Mother Nature will cooperate next year.  Since the flight from Mogollon Airpark to New Orleans is a tad long (~1109 nm.), we’ll break up the trip by spending a night at the Hangar Hotel in Fredericksburg, TX.  Noted for its elegant rooms and 1940s decor, it’s a boutique hotel resembling a WWII airport hangar.  (Accommodations are limited.  So, we’ll need reservations well in advance.)  Once reaching New Orleans, Getaway participants will have four full days to enjoy the Big Easy’s many attractions.

Another possibility:  Visit Copper Canyon (in the Sierra Madre Occidental mountains of Northern Mexico) by train!  Several EAA members have expressed an interest in this trip.  Although it has been quite a few years since my wife and I did this trip, I know it to be a great experience.  (Mexico’s Copper Canyon is actually deeper and wider than our Grand Canyon!)  At this point, it needs further planning to identify the best time of year and associated logistics.

Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in any of the aforementioned Getaways.

Simple caveat:  As a Getaway departure date approaches, I will provide lots of additional trip information to pilots and passengers.  However, in all cases, PICs are solely responsible for the safety of their flight and the well-being of their passengers.

Questions?  Feel free to contact me either by email or cell phone: or (480) 776-9358.

Blue skies & tailwinds,


Craig Albright, Events Coordinator
EAA Chapter 1044

Be sure to check out photos posted from prior trips in our Photo Gallery!