2018 Fall Fly-in
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
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.
2017 Fall Fly-in
Our 2017 Fall Fly-in was held on Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at Gilbert Airpark (SC45). This was the most successful of our fly-ins thus far with around 100 attendees and 34 airplanes. We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather with mostly sunny skies, low of around 58, high of around 80, and light winds from the east. Planes started arriving around 9:30am with most arriving just before lunch. Some groups stood around chatting, while others just sat around relaxing and watching the planes land. Members of Gilbert Airpark prepared and served up a smorgasbord of delicious BBQ, fried chicken, vegetables, salads, and other succulent dishes, desserts, and various drinks starting about 12:30 pm. We had many positive comments on the delicious food. TTF president, Randy Berry, and Gilbert Airpark president, Dave Hardy, welcomed everyone and made opening comments. Leonard Self sold tickets for a drawing, the proceeds of which went directly toward the food costs. One pilot came all the way from Daytona Beach to be with us today and was awarded a Gilbert Airpart shirt by GIA Secretary, Donna Flanagan. After lunch, we checked out the many aircraft and just sat around socializing and enjoying the mild weather. Everyone seemed to genuinely have a great time. A special thanks goes to Ron Angerman for allowing the use of his very nice and huge hangar, to all of those who prepared the food, and also to Gilbert Airpark for hosting the event. Also, thanks to TTF member, Don Schmotzer, for giving air traffic advisories. Most of all, thanks to all of you who attended and made our fly-in a huge success! The rain held off until after our fly-in ended and all attendees had departed. Dave Hardy took a photo of a beautiful rainbow to cap off the day. Finally, thanks to Eddie Price for taking photos of the event, which you can view by clicking on the image above.
Total Eclipse of the Airpark
Like many Americans, members at Gilbert Airpark witnessed and celebrated a total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st, 2017. It was a grand spectacle and great day enjoyed by all. The Flanagans hosted an "eclipse party" at their home and hangar on that date. Here's a photo of the group ready for the eclipse with their ISO 12312-2 approved solar sunglasses.