Winds Flip Planes at Baton Rouge
While the Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas were largely spared from a storm that hit Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, some areas were severely impacted.
High winds flipped a pair of Cessna 152s at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport overnight, spokesman Jim Caldwell confirmed.
At least one of the planes was tied down, but gusts were strong enough to snap the ties, he continued. He didn’t know the exact distance the craft were thrown but said one was launched “some distance” and landed outside the airport fence line.
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Wings & Wheels Fly-in Report
We too had a very successful event with approximate 800 to 1000 guest. Airplane rides took place from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. Over 150 rides were provided by Air Reldan. At times we had 2 Cessna 172’s, Mooney and Seneca flying tours of the North Shore. Cars and Airplanes were arriving literally all day. At one time we had 40 planes on the ground and over 100 show cars and bikes on display. Several gifts were presented and everyone who wanted a bag of Camellia Beans left with dinner! Sweet Daddy’s BBQ served nonstop from 10AM-4PM.
Special thanks to the folks at St. Tammany Parish Facilities Management. They provided the entire infrastructure for this event. Without them it could not be done.
It was an amazing day with spectacular weather, great attendance and the ideal venue to promote Louisiana Aviation, Classic Cars and Bikes! Going to be hard to beat next year!
To see a video of event photos click HERE
More Reklaw Fly-in Photos
To see a photo album of many more spectacular images like these of the 2018 Reklaw Fly-in by photographer Ferdara Mark Broussard-Hubbard click HERE.
CAP Holds Open House, Honors WWII Vet
By Lt Col William M. Hunton, Commander, LA-093, CAP
New Orleans, - Pontchartrain Cadet Squadron, LA-093, of the Louisiana Wing Civil Air Patrol (CAP) held an Open House demonstrating to the community the history and mission of the Civil Air Patrol. Lt Col Hunton utilized the opportunity to honor a local WWII Veteran, Louis Perez. Lt Daniel Stoute, the Louisiana Wing Public Affairs Officer, presented Lt Perez’s historic military career of flying missions over the Himalayan Mountains where nearly 1500 airmen lost their lives supplying critical cargo to allied forces. Lt Perez was also presented an American Flag which had been flown over the nation’s capital and an honorary membership to the Pontchartrain Cadet Squadron. Capt Michael Giroir accepted the squadron’s Aerospace Education Excellence Award and then presented certificates of the same award to the cadets who had participated. Major Robin Soroe, the Deputy Commander for Cadets, presented numerous cadet promotions and recognition awards. Major Dennis Eschmann was recognized for his years of service to Civil Air Patrol and for his accomplishments of rebuilding the squadron’s diminished membership after Hurricane Katrina.
Breakfast With Santa Tickets Now On Sale
The Southern Heritage Air Foundation will hold its annual Breakfast With Santa event on December 1. As usual there will be 8AM and 10AM seatings and you need to act fast to buy your tickets because they always sell out quickly.
To purchase 8 AM seating tickets click: HERE
To purchase 10 Am seating tickets click: HERE
Cajun Fly-in is "Festival of Aviation"
Get an up-close and personal look at some of the area’s most unique flying machines Saturday at the 16th annual Cajun Fly-In.
Hosted by the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Houma Chapter 513, everyone is invited to attend the free aviation gathering from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Houma-Terrebonne Airport, 10264 E. Main St.
The event showcases airplanes, helicopters and jets, along with military, police, fire and emergency medical services equipment that make it like no other aviation show, organizer Ray Pierce said.
“Most fly-ins only include aircraft, aircraft owners and enthusiasts,” Pierce said. “Our Houma EAA chapter wanted to provide a way for the general public, especially young people, to access aviation up-close and in-person. As with all things on the bayou, the Cajun Fly-in has become a festival of aviation. It’s grown larger and larger every year.”
The fly-in is being held on the airport ramp alongside the aircraft, which is the one and only day of the year the general public is offered access to that part of the airport, Pierce said.
The event doesn’t only captivate aviation enthusiasts but also captures the imaginations of young people who dream of flying, Pierce said.
“Everyone dreams of flying,” he said. “It’s human nature to wish for abilities beyond our limits. If you ask most people what superpower they would like to have, being able to fly is at the top. Aircraft gives us the ability to defy, if only temporarily, earth’s one constant force that is gravity. It seems that flight in all forms takes us beyond our two-dimensional world. The one comment everyone has when landing after their first flight is, ‘It looks so different from up there.’”
The Cajun Fly-In also offers much more than aircraft, Pierce said. In addition to the multiple planes and helicopters on display, visitors will be entertained by live music and will have the opportunity to satisfy their appetites by purchasing gratins, pastalaya, hamburgers, hot dogs, sweets and cold beverages.
A car show registration will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and will be followed by an awards ceremony at 1:15 p.m.
One of the attractions on display at this year’s fly-in is the airplane of 18-year-old Louisiana Tech University student Mason Andrews, who recently completed a record-breaking 75-day solo flight around the world.
“He is now the youngest person to fly solo across the Atlantic, across the Pacific and to completely circumnavigate the globe,” Pierce said. “He did it all in that family-owned single-engine airplane.”
Some of the flight schools will also be on-hand to answer questions about flight lessons and air tours, Pierce said. The opportunity to have a discovery flight over the area will be available for purchase.
For information, visit the Cajun Fly-In’s Facebook page.