MDPA news July , 2006 Concord, CA 925-685-7073 Volume 33 Issue 7 Meeting Notice Date: August 18, 2006 Place: MDPA Clubhouse Dinner: 6:30PM Program: 7:00PM Board Meeting: August 16 July 2006 Mt. Diablo Pilots Assn. Page1 FAA to Spend Millions to Upgrade Buchanan Control Tower !
Ok, well not exactly, but this is what the control tower looked like on August 4th, 1946 when the Neld was turned over to civilian use. This is cause for a huge 60th anniversary celebration. Articles on the celebration are inside.
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Membership@mdpa.org Facilities Manager Russ Roe 925-228-0138 Facilties@mdpa.org Secretary: Maureen Bell 925-381-7679 Secretary@mdpa.org Director at Large: Bob Belshe 925-376-7677 Atlarge@mdpa.org Past President: Richard Roberts 925-939-0173 Pastpres@mdpa.org Aviation Advisory Committee Russ Roe 925-228-0138 Safety/Maintenance: Stewart Bowers 925-254-0804 Web / Newsletters : Patrick Miller 925-685-3354 Dave Evans 925-300-6437 Steve Kennedy 925-370-0828 Webmaster@mdpa.org Articles and photographs for the newsletter should be e-mailed to Newsletter@mdpa.org July 2006 Mt. Diablo Pilots Assn.<br><br> Page2 President 9s message-August August is here and MDPA is doing Nne. MDPA membership could use a little help though. We have not met our goal of 100 members for 2006 so we are asking all of you to invite a friend to one of our dinners, to go on one of our trips or just join MDPA.<br><br> You have a friend who has talked about joining MDPA or seen pictures of one of our trips soooo ask them to join our ranks and become a member. In addition, when was the last time you asked a non-pilot if they wanted to go Oying? There are neigh - bors, co-workers and friends who would love to go up for a sightseeing trip around the bay or Oy over to Half Moon Bay for lunch.<br><br> Like the Nike slogan says, cJust do it d or in this case cjust ask them d. KCCR will celebrate its 60th birthday on August 5th with an open house and static displays. MDPA will have a booth to let visitors know about us and what we do.<br><br> We need some help with two time slots, 1 PM to 2PM and 2PM to 3PM. If you can help man the booth let me know. We will also have our Saturday breakfast at the PSA hangar; we will be cooking for the people that are working the booths and the open house.<br><br> We will start at 8:15 so everyone can get breakfast and be ready to work on the open house by 9:30. Don 9t go to the MDPA clubhouse for the Saturday breakfast because we will be at PSA! Maureen and PSA will put on a party on August 4th at PSA in the eve - ning.<br><br> Tickets are available at PSA until July 30th ONLY. Sorry no tickets available at the door. $15.00 each for great food and a fabulous live swing band!<br><br> Your Nrst drink is on PSA. Prizes for the best 1940 9s costume, (if you ex-military types can still get into your uniform, you 9ll Nt right in). You know any party Maureen puts on will be great and there are a limited number of tickets left so get over to PSA and purchase yours soon.<br><br> See you on the 4th. The summer picnic on the grass of the MDPA clubhouse was a great suc - cess. We had about 50 people show up for the dinner.<br><br> After dinner people actually stayed and talked for along time. We auctioned the VLJ trainer off; Richard was the auctioneer and did a great job. In fact, he did such a good job he got Vince & Diane to pay $425.00 for the plane!!!<br><br> Diane re - ally wanted that for her grand son! George Ann donated the VLJ trainer to MDPA and we owe her a big thank you. We will see everyone on August 4th at Maureen 9s party.<br><br> Keep the blue side up. Vince July 2006 Mt. Diablo Pilots Assn.<br><br> Page3 July 2006 Mt. Diablo Pilots Assn. Page4 AVIATION 9S DIRTY LITTLE SECRET One of our members has been Oying most of his life, and has one of those minds that spots myths a mile away.<br><br> One of his pet peeves has been the fact that the average age of pilots is going up pretty much year for year with the passage of time. So if the average age of pilots in 2000 was 50, the average age in 2010 will be 60. Run that out for a couple of decades, and you have a depopulated activity that the non-Oying public will refuse to protect.<br><br> Why have an airport somewhere, if no one ever lands there? We are Nghting to keep airports open and safe from developers; they only have to wait a few years, and most of the smaller ones will be closed due to lack of use! Our member brought those facts up to Phil Boyer a couple of years ago when Phil was here for one of his town meetings.<br><br> His response was a sort of shock, (he almost dropped his coffee cup) and a couple of minutes of tap dancing around for a plausible reply. AOPA just didn 9t seem to be really talking about this ticking time bomb. They had their Mentor program, but no one seemed alarmed.<br><br> After all, those facts could be used by the enemy and who wants to expose his underbelly needlessly? And who wants to sound so morose; that doesn 9t sound like a fun group you would want to join. They will, of course say that they had been talking about this all along, but not in a way that got our attention.<br><br> Look at your AOPA Pilot for July. Phil Boyer, in his column, describes how AOPA contracted out a research Nrm to target the most likely demographic for new pilots. Who is this guy/gal?<br><br> Married, with children, 40 to 49 years old, annual income of $100k or more. How many of them are there estimated to be in the US that said they would be interested in learning to Oy? 3 million!<br><br> And the kicker is 80% of them know a pilot! Compare this to the fact that there are only about 650,000 pilots and only about half of them Oy much at all! Remember, it wasn 9t that long ago when we had a million pilots.<br><br> Just to make sure we cget it d, Thomas Haines also writes in his column: General aviation as we know it is on the brink of extinction. Without some serious efforts at rejuvenation, certainly GA as we know it-recreationally ying single-engine piston airplanes most anywhere and whenever we want-will be gone in a generation&&The solution to GA 9s malaise can be summed up in two words: pilot population. Holy mackerel, they get it!<br><br> Now what? Well, 80% of the solution knows you and you know we need them. Seek out those people and give them a nice introductory Oight.<br><br> Help them Nnd an instructor if they 9re interested in learning to Oy. Get the packet from AOPA on mentoring. cHow will I know it 9s really them? d If you let people know you Oy and just ask them if it sounds fun, they 9ll let you know.<br><br> Where can we do this meeting and mentoring? A really good place would be at a great new clubhouse, where we could put on events and the airport staff could do some education in a more productive setting than they now are able to do. This is why some of us are so passionate about a new clubhouse.<br><br> It becomes the catalyst for so many good things. (Remember to let the decision makers know how much you feel the need for a new clubhouse, no matter who builds the project.) What about the tremendous cost? Hey, I watch American Chopper; how many $65,000 dollar choppers are they turning out every year?<br><br> And they don 9t even have any rear suspension! Ever looked at how many Hummers are cruising around? Now, I am biased, but there 9s two pretty useless, gas guzzling toys!<br><br> There 9s money if there is passion, and that 9s our job! Do I sound like a cheer leader? Well, I have 2 granddaughters and they are crazy about Oying.<br><br> I want them to be able to grow up enjoying the incredible experience of Oight that I have enjoyed so much. I 9ll bet you 9ve got a child, grandchild, relative, etc. who loves to go on an adventure with you.<br><br> What a fabulous, positive activity you can do with that cranky kid who is either on the phone or playing video games all the time! Get them interested, too. If we don 9t help get new pilots started, we are just going to have to get used to fewer airports, higher costs, and more ridiculous regulations foisted upon us by an uncaring public.<br><br> In the words of the old radicals of my youth, cAre you part of the problem or part of the solution? d I 9m getting off my soapbox now! Just try to help get people Oying and help us get a new clubhouse, OK? We have more aviation opportunities in California than in just about any other state.<br><br> I love to Oy and I July 2006 Mt. Diablo Pilots Assn. Page5 know you do, too.<br><br> I don 9t want to see it all go away because I didn 9t do anything to help aviation grow. Oh, and who was our member who, if he didn 9t focus Phil, must have at least got him thinking? I 9m sure most of you know because he has talked about it to you, Jerry Alves.<br><br> Richard. Website: www.pacifccoastairmuseum.or g Wing Walker, U-2 Dragon Lady, C-17 Demo and Military Jet Performances Round Out Line-Up for the 8Wings Over Wine Country 2006 9 Air Show Santa Rosa, Calif., July 19, 2006 -- The PACIFIC COAST AIR MUSEUM (PCAM) today announced the complete line-up of the performers, aircraft and special guests featured at its annual cWings Over Wine Country d Air Show, to be held August 19-20, 2006 at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, Calif.<br><br> Northern California 9s premier air show event, Wings Over Wine Country will feature many Nrsts this year, including a U-2 Dragon Lady Oyby, a C-17 Globemaster III demonstration, and a wing walker. Air show organizers are also proud to welcome NASA Astronaut and USAF Colonel Pamela Melroy as a special guest. Melroy has piloted two space shuttle missions and logged 562 hours in space, and will be available to share her experiences with visitors to the show.<br><br> This year 9s show will also feature exciting military jet demonstrations, precision aerobatic Oying, vintage warbirds, static aircraft displays, aviation memorabilia and more. Presiding over the event will be Grand Marshals Col. H.D.<br><br> Polumbo, Jr. and Col. Domenick M.<br><br> Eanniello, Commander and Vice Commander, 9th Reconnaissance Wing, Beale AFB, Calif. respectively. Come to Buchanan 9s 60th Birthday Party.<br><br> Saturday Aug 5th from 10 am to 3pm Booths, games for the kids, static aircraft displays. Bring a non- pilot friend and show them what the airport is all about. We 9re fun people!<br><br> July 2006 Mt. Diablo Pilots Assn. Page6 July 2006 Mt.<br><br> Diablo Pilots Assn. Page7 Upcoming Schedule of Events Plan your trips and RSVP NOW!!! August 4th, PSA Dinner Dance Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Buchanan Field.<br><br> Purchase tickets at PSA before the end of July. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR! August 5th: Buchanan Fields 60th Anniversary celebration.<br><br> 10 am to 3 pm. Sign up to work the booth. Aug 19, 20: (Overnight) Solder Meadows NV.<br><br> A repeat of a very popular Oight in to a historic working cattle ranch in NW Nevada. Land on the ranch 9s private airstrip and enjoy a weekend of relaxation featuring the local hot springs. More details as to date as we Nnalize this trip.<br><br> RSVP now if you are interested. August 26: (Day) Chili Cook off Pollack Pines Day Trip. Fly in to Placerville Airport to attend this day long chili extravaganza from 12 pm to 4 pm.<br><br> Or if you want to complete, cooking begins at 9 am. At least one MDPA entry is planned (Pat Miller). Sept.<br><br> 16: (Local) Half Moon Bay: Fly in to Half Moon Bay and park at the far south end of the Neld at 11:30 am. Then a short walk across the creek to Princeton-by-the-Sea for a great lunch at one of the many restaurants there. Sept.<br><br> 23: (Overnight) Ashland Or, Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Plan to Oy to Medford Oregon for an overnight stay. Transportation will be provided from our hotel to the Festival in Ashland to see the Merry Wives of Windsor performed on the outdoor Elizabethan stage beginning at 8 pm.<br><br> Tickets are $57.50 per person. If you are interested in this outing please contact Pat Miller immediately so we can book our reservations at a group rate no later than June 30. After that you will be on your own to make reservations.<br><br> Oct 21: (Overnight) Surprise Valley Hot Springs, Cedarville, CA. Fly in to Cedarville then courtesy car to the resort where each room has its own private outdoor hot tub fed by natural mineral water from the local hot springs. Messages are available and recommended.<br><br> Relax in rural elegance. Rooms are limited (only 10) so RSVPs encouraged now so we can make Nrm reservations Nov 18: (Local) Watsonville, A scenic Oight down the coast to meet at 11:30 at Zuniga 9s Mexican Restaurant on the Neld for lunch. A great day trip with good food.<br><br> RSVP Now to email@example.com Blue Skies and Tailwinds to: In This Issue: 1 Buchanan Field 2 Presidents Message 4 Aviations Dirty Little Secret 5 PaciNc Coast Air Museum Airshow 7 Upcoming Events Mt. Diablo Pilots Association PO Box 273073 Concord, CA 94520 First Class Mail Address Correction Requested