Fall is Here
I've had the fall theme in the newsletter for a while now but at least now it is officially Fall. It's my favorite time of the year. Watch for the special Pumpkin Spice edition of the newsletter soon. You will be able to hold your phone up to your nose and actually smell pumpkin spice.
This weekend the October events kick off with the Stearman Fly-in in Jennings, the Siever's Field Fly-in in Duson, and the EAA Chapter 697 Fly-in Series event in Slidell.
Just a reminder that the 2018 Louisiana Fly-in Series will be cranking-up the remainder of the season with events 5 weekends in a row. You need to make sure you get some or all of them on your schedule.
Watch for more details on all of these events in the Events section of the news.
- Event No. 3 - October 6 - EAA Chapter 697 Fly-in - Slidell Airport (ASD)
- Event No. 4 - October 12-14 - Pineville Fall Fly-in, Camp Out & Splash-in - Pineville Municipal Airport (2L0) - Sponsored by CENLA EAA Chapter 614
- Event No. 5 - October 20 - Andouille Festival Fly-in - Port of South Louisiana Executive Regional Airport (APS) - Sponsored by the Port of South Louisiana
- Event No. 6 - October 27 - Wings & Wheels Fly-in - St. Tammany Regional Airport (L31)
- Event No. 7 - November 3 - Cajun Fly-in - Houma Terrebonne Airport (HUM) - Sponsored by the BIll Fornof Memorial EAA Chapter 513
Oh, and the pumpkin spice thing was fake news.
Louisianians Inducted in IFOF (Part III)
Four members of the Louisiana Aviation Community, Bill Adams, Alice Fanto, Mae Marquet and Jim Riviere, were honored as 2018 inductees into the International Forest of Friendship (IFOF), in Atchison, Kansas during ceremonies on September 21-22. The Forest is a living, growing memorial to the world history of aviation and aerospace.
I covered the Friday night reception in the last article. Saturday started with a fly-in at the Amelia Earhart Airport. There was also an opportunity to see the last remaining Lockheed Electra 10E which is the type of aircraft that Amelia was flying around the world when she went missing.
They plan to build a museum at the airport and this beautiful aircraft will be the centerpiece.
That was followed by a luncheon at the Atkinson Event Center.
Here is keynote speaker: Lt. Gen (R) Bob Allardice, USAF, who was also inducted into the IFOF.
After the luncheon, everyone moved to the International Forest of Friendship for the induction. I will cover that in the next edition.
As promised I am continuing to feature the 2018 inductees one at a time….. So here is…...
Mae Marquet, of Lafayette, LA was honored as a 2018 inductee into the International Forest of Friendship, in Atchison, Kansas during ceremonies in September. The Forest is a living, growing memorial to the world history of aviation and aerospace. She was recognized by the NOLA 99s, the New Orleans chapter of The Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots.
Mae is passionate about flying and sharing this adventure with other women. She has flown in several transcontinental air races; helped her chapter grow from Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Hammond and New Orleans; and is currently the Governor of the Southeast Section of the 99s encompassing seven states after serving in various other positions.
The International Organization of the Ninety-Nines has over 5,500 members with 730 of those in the Southeast Section. Its mission is to mentor and provide camaraderie, scholarships and support of women in aviation desiring to break the glass ceiling! The NOLA 99s support the Forest of Friendship by nominating hard working members.
Mae’s passion for aviation is exemplified by her participation in multiple transcontinental Air Race Classics (2007, 2009, 2011). No stranger to helping young girls reach their potential through her many years of involvement in church ministry, Mae relishes the chance to mentor, inspire and support young girls and women to achieve their flying dreams through the EAA Young Eagles and activities of the NOLA 99s such as Fly It Forward, Aviation Career Education Camps and scholarship fund raising.
To read Mae’s full bio click
The granite plaques for Mae, Alice and Bill by the Louisiana Bald Cypress tree.
The International Forest of Friendship was a gift to America on the Nation’s 200th birthday (1976) from the City of Atchison (Amelia Earhart’s birthplace) and the Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots. It is made up of trees representing all the 50 states and 35 countries around the world, including a “moon tree” grown from a seed taken to the moon on Apollo 14. Among the more than 1500 honorees are such internationally recognized flyers as Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, the Wright Brothers, Sally Ride, Eileen Collins, and Chuck Yeager. The public is invited to the induction ceremonies which are held during the 3rd weekend of September (it will be September 20-21 in 2019). More information about the Forest, and points of contact are at www.ifof.org
Andrews is Back in the Lower 48
Mason Andrews is continuing on his journey to establish a new World Record as the Youngest Solo Pilot to complete a Circumnavigation of the globe. He’d also like to bring the record back to the USA, where it belongs!
Mission Update -
Tuesday Morning Update: Mason is back in in the lower 48 states after a 6 hour, 16 minute flight from Edmonton, Canada, to Casper, Wyoming, yesterday. He had to deviate significantly to the east to get out of snow showers.
Mason is a rising Junior in the Louisiana Tech University Professional Aviation Program who has earned the FAA Private Pilot Certificate along with his High Performance and Complex Aircraft Endorsements. He is flying his 1976 Piper Lance PA32R-300 aircraft, The Spirit of Louisiane in honor of Louisiana’s rich French Heritage!
You can follow Mason on his around the world flight with his Onboard Tracker which you can access by clicking HERE
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O'Neal Named DOO at Chennault Intl.
Mitch O'Neal has been named Director of Operations at the Chennault International Airport. O'Neal is a nine-year member of the Chennault team, having served as our operations specialist and airfield superintendent. He's a 24-year Air Force veteran.
Louisiana Tuskegee Airman Passes
Acadiana is mourning the loss of a World War II hero and a legend who died Sunday at age 93.
Opelousas native, Charles Clifford Chenier lived an amazing life.
He is most remembered as one of the last surviving "Red Tail" Tuskegee airmen who served in the 332nd fighter group during World War II.
News Ten was there when Chenier attended a premier of George Lucas' blockbuster "Red Tails" at the Grand theater in Lafayette in 2012.
He was recognized by the President of the United States with the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Help the La Tech WAI Chapter
Buy a shirt or make a donation to help support the Women in Aviation International chapter at Louisiana Tech University. Our fundraiser is designed to raise money for 10 girls in our chapter to attend the conference in Long Beach, California. This conference will help us connect and network with others who share the same passion for the aviation industry! To buy or donate click HERE.
Win A Ride With the Aeroshell Team
Have you ever dreamed of flying with the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team? Now's your chance!
Four tickets will be drawn and the winners will take an Orientation Flight with the team.
Here's the catch.... YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN, as the ride will take place October 13, 2018 after The Best Little Air Show in the World at the Vicksburg Tallulah Regional Airport! The drawing will take place between 3:00 pm and 3:30 pm.
You can't win if you don't buy a ticket!
Tickets will be sold all the way up to the drawing!
To buy tickets click HERE
Bill Adams Memorial Fund
Gabriel Rincon is pleased to report that sufficient funds have been raised to build the Memorial for Bill. I will report on the construction and finished product as things proceed. Thanks to all that contributed....
SHAF Jeep Raffle
To purchase tickets to enter the raffle for this jeep and other prizes click HERE
Louisiana Aviation License Plates
Would you like to have a “Louisiana Aviation” license plate on your vehicle?
It would be available to pilots, A&P Mechanics, inspectors, dispatchers, airport engineers, DOTD employees, airport management, employees of FBO’s and other businesses that support aviation and airfield operations, such as fuelers, catering and airport security, ….. essentially anyone that is a member of the Louisiana aviation community.
It would really help show that Louisiana Aviation is a very large and important community that touches all parts of this great state.
Please email Don Blanchard at Bayouair1@aol.com if you would be interested in obtaining one of these plates. We need to have documentation that at least 1000 folks are interested in obtaining one of these plates before the state will make them available. The current number of interested folks that have emailed Don is 255 so we are just over 25% of the way to the goal. Please share this as widely as possible with your aviation friends.