Winchester Wings & Wheels 2019

Message from the President of EAA Chapter 1031:

I want to personally thank every volunteer that showed up for this event today. We had a fantastic turnout of volunteers and the event manager, Mike Woods from AOPA, pulled Tim Boan and I aside and told us the operational success of this event would not have been possible without the outstanding involvement of our volunteers. Linda Boan stamped many Ambassador passports, but I was a little disappointed that we didn’t have more people take interest in our EAA Chapter 1031.

I want everyone to know that the security of our EAA exhibit planes was a total success, and not a single adult or child was allowed unauthorized access to any of the protected aircraft. Our aircraft were the only ones protected by stanchions and rope with Chapter volunteers policing the interior of the perimeter.

Kevin Cornwell, as one of our volunteers and our stellar web site administrator, took numerous photos of our aircraft and the event. I’m sure a number of these prints will make it to our web site soon.

The W&W planning committee had worked out a parking plan, which a number of our volunteers helped put in place. There were two main parking lots in front of and adjacent to the airport terminal, and an overflow lot down by the Civil Air Patrol building. Due, I believe, to the outstanding weather, not only were both main lots filled, but some were sent to the overflow as well. There are estimates that between 2000 – 2500 people attended the event.

The EAA aircraft were about the first to be parked this morning and Tim Boan designated the ramp traffic director for the event, another fine job by one of our volunteers. EAA Chapter 1031 had six aircraft on exhibit and secured, but as the 10:00 AM opening time kept getting closer and closer more and more aircraft showed up to exhibit. In fact the ramp filled up quickly and Tim was having to tell many disappointed pilots that the exhibition ramp was closed and they would have to park on the South ramp for fly-in aircraft. They had a John Deere tractor pulling a wagon with seats and steps to convey people who flew in from the South ramp to the event. Every time I saw this tram it was full of people either coming in going back to their planes. I think Nick got a lot more event aircraft traffic than he anticipated.

All in all, it was a truly successful event in part due our volunteers.

The upcoming Young Eagles manager from EAA Chapter 186 in Manassas approached me at the event, and asked for volunteers (pilots and ground crew) for next Saturday’s YE event at Winchester Airport. I know Juergen sent out a message about this, but they obviously have a number of Frederick County DARE fifth graders who are signed up to take flights and probably not enough planes or ground crew. He is going to send me an email later that I will forward to you and anyone interested can get back in touch with him.

Thanks again to all who participated,

Dave Ames

Proud President of EAA Chapter 1031

Photos of the event:

Setting up

Setting up Markus "Zeke" Zechini's recently purchased RV-6 beside Tom Parry's Cessna Cardinal

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Setting up the chapter tent

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Setting up Bob Metcalfe's, Bob Jacob's, and Markus "Zeke" Zechini's Club Taylorcraft L-2

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Jim Thill arriving in his RV-8

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John Munroe taxiing his RV-6 to the display area

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Dan Christian's Pilatus P-3 heading to the display area

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Piper Cub arriving to the display area

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Wings

Dan Christian's Pilatus P-3

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Jim Thill's RV-8 on display

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Aero Commander 520

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Aero Commander 520

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Aerolite 103 - This young man flew this in himself from Warrenton

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Pereira Osprey II

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Fairchild 24

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Jim Greer's Comanche

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Piper Saratoga II TC

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Piper Seneca II

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Lockeed Model 10 Electra

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Ryan Navion

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Cirrus SR22 arriving

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Cirrus SR22 on display

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Piper Cherokee

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Wheels

1955 Plymouth Belvedere

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Lotus Elise

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Dodge Viper

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Lamborghini

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Ferrari

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Bob Metcalfe liked this Porsche best out of the newer model cars

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DeLorean

More event photos

Ultralight arriving to the event

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Tim speaking with AOPA

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Bob speaking with Cirrus representative about the SR22

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Group visiting the chapter tent

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DeLoreans and SR22

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Jim Thill departing the event in style

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