Hammond Airshow Very Successful
After a 26 year break, the Hammond Northshore Regional Airshow returned in style. I was there all day on Sunday and turnout was great. Everything that I saw seemed to be running smoothly and there was a quality air show act in the air throughout the event. Here are a few spectacular photos from Photographer Ferdara Mark Broussard-Hubbard that will give you a feel for the event.
To see more of Ferdara’s great photos click HERE. I plan to add more photos to the album as I find them but his are going to be a tough act to follow.
I hear a rumor that they might be planning another show in two years. Congratulations to everyone that was involved for holding this quality event and thanks for all of your hard work.
This Week-end’s Events
One more weekend to go in October and it’s packed with activities again. In Louisiana there is the Wings and Wheels Fly-in in St. Tammany and the Pilots for Patients event in Shreveport. If you go west into Texas there is the always fun Reklaw Fly-in and if you go east into Mississippi there is Ronnie Smith’s annual fly-in near Lucedale. If you go a little further east there’s the AOPA Regional Fly-in in Gulf Shores which is the closest that one of their regional events has ever been to Louisiana. As always you can see all of the details in the Events section later in this news email.
Cajun Airlift in the News
MEXICO BEACH, FL (WAFB) - You don’t have to look far to find someone who’s heard of the Cajun Navy, but not many people know about the Cajun Airlift. They’re another Louisiana group playing a big role in helping Hurricane Michael victims get back on their feet.
The Cajun Airlift is a group of volunteer pilots who came together and organized after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in 2017. They take donations and fly them to hurricane-ravaged areas.
“We do it because we can. We are lucky enough that we get to fly and this is a way to get supplies there quicker,” said Kelli Kuntz.
Kuntz loaded up her plane Monday morning and took off from the Baton Rouge area. All of the items were donated anonymously. After her plane was loaded, she headed for Florida, where Michael leveled some areas. Along with Kuntz was another volunteer pilot, Julie Jones.
To see more click HERE
LA CAP Wins National Awards
Left to right: Lt Col Victor Santana, Lt Col Todd Scioneaux, Lt Col Kathy Beauford, Major Al Spain, and Lt Col Clyde Woolfolk.
New Orleans, - Louisiana Wing Civil Air Patrol (CAP) won an unprecedented 5 national level awards at its National Conference in Anaheim, Ca., on August 25, 2018. Lt Col Kathy Beauford, Director of External Aerospace Education, won the Frank Brewer Memorial Aerospace Award. Lt Col Victor Santana, Director of Cadet Programs, won the Jack Sorenson Cadet Programs Officer of the Year Award. Lt Col Todd Scioneaux, Louisiana Wing Inspector General, won the Inspector General of the Year Award. Major Alfred Spain won the Lt Col T. Keith Riddle Aircrew Member of the Year Award. Lt Col Clyde Woolfolk, Jr., won the Col. Edwin W. Lewis Jr., Incident Staff Member of the Year Award.
New Aviation Video Channel
Brennan Mutz is an aviation major at ULM graduating in December and is an Air-Traffic controller in the Louisiana National Guard. He has started a YouTube Channel called AviNation and here to watch one of his videos just click HERE
It was filmed during the recent Pineville Fly-in and Splash-in so you can see some of the aircraft as they taxi out. You might want to subscribe to his channel after you watch it.
Pilots For Patients Luncheon
Another PFP Luncheon has come and gone and we are so thankful for the wonderful turnout we had. This luncheon was particularly special as it marked our 10 year anniversary here at PFP! We have been blessed to help so many people in need over the last 10 years and we know that with His guidance we will continue to grow and help more of our friends and neighbors over the NEXT 10 years. In case you missed it, here are some pictures of the event held this past October 13th, 2018. We thank everyone who was involved in the planning and set up process leading up to the event and especially thank everyone who came out to support us and our ministry.
Click for Photo Album
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 260 so we are just over 25% of the way to the goal. Please share this as widely as possible with your aviation friends.