News - 2018

2018 Fall Fly-in

Photo #1: Don Bell's N3N Stearman; Photo #2: Four GIA cooks/servers - Debbie, Sonja, Sue, Mema; Photo #3: Kent Ingram's R44 Robinson Helicopter

     Our Fall Fly-in for 2018 was a huge success, probably the best one we've had yet. After experiencing an active cold front with thunderstorms, lots of rain, and wind on Friday, we were worried about the weather on Saturday, but Saturday's weather turned out to be absolutely beautiful and near perfect. We could not have asked for better weather. The temperatures were comfortable, the winds were light, almost no chance of rain, and not a cloud in the bright blue fall sky. Some 35 fixed wing aircraft and one helicopter (at last count) flew in. We had over 100 guests (we stopped counting after that) for lunch. GIA members served up a delicious meal of BBQ, sloppy joes, fried chicken, hot dogs, various vegetable dishes, casseroles, desserts, and beverages. Everyone came away well fed and happy. After lunch, we had a cash drawing, which was won by Kathy Self of Wexford Airpark. Then, we sat around watching planes depart, socializing, and relaxing. Kids enjoyed running and playing outside as well. By all indications, everyone had a great time, and we had many positive comments on the fly-in. The grand finale was Mr. Don Bell flying in from his private "Farm Airport" in his Stearman N3N WWII Naval warbird and ending the fly-in by showering the airpark with smoke. Thank you all for coming and making it a great day. Click on either of the 3 photos at top to view photos of the fly-in compliments of Eddie Price.

Farewell Neil & Millie

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     A farewell dinner was held for airpark resident, Neil Deye, at the Flight Deck restaurant in Lexington, SC on Thursday, February 1st, 2018. All his life, Neil had dreamed of owning a home and hangar on an airport someday. He finally realized that dream at Gilbert International Airpark (GIA-SC45) when he purchased the former Currier home in 2006. He later built a nice hangar next to it. Since that time, he has enjoyed flying and socializing with his airpark neighbors. Unfortunately, Neil will be leaving us sometime in mid-February to be near his family and original home in Ohio. Neil's lifetime partner, Millie Hoemer, also resided at GIA with him for most of that period, but she left in 2017 due to illness in order to be near her family in Ohio. We are indeed sorry to see them leave our airpark family, but we wish them both well in the next stage of their lives. Neil insisted on treating everyone who attended for dinner. Thank you, Neil and Millie, for being great airpark members and allowing us to be part of your dream.

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