Newsletters:Aug2011

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EAA Chapter 87 NEWS August 2011 by Leo LeClair

The next Chapter meeting will be held at KBXM Tuesday September 13th, @ 7:30 P.M.


The Chapter 87 Young Eagles Rally at Lewiston on July 21st flew 14 Young Eagles. This is light for a turnout, but the morning started with heavy fog and it didn’t clear until after 10:A.M. The next Young Eagles event will be held Saturday October 1st in Wiscassett in conjunction with their open house event.


The “Blues” are nestled into Hangar 6 for the evening on Thursday because of a severe front that rolled in late in the afternoon

The “Blues” are nestled into Hangar 6 for the evening on Thursday because of a severe front that rolled in late in the afternoon

The Great State of Maine Airshow, 2011

is now in the books. Unfortunately, Mother Nature decided it was only going to be a two day event rather than the original 3 day event planned. Because of localized fog banks rolling in and out, the event logistics were constantly upside down from Friday morning thru Saturday evening. All of the performers showed up, but the military static displays were not allowed to leave their home bases. This left a pretty big gap in the display area. Bring on the Texas Flying Legends who, based at Wiscasset, at the 11th hour, graciously offered their planes for the static display area as well as some show time demo flights.

Morning fog on Friday and Saturday totally hosed the Performer schedules. On Friday, the performer practice session was to start at 10:00 a.m. We received two schedules before then, and finally the Airboss just winged it from then on. It did clear to provide great weather for the Fri. evening show ending in one of the best fire works display I’ve ever seen. Saturday, the airport was socked in. The flying was supposed to start at 9:30 with the powered parachutes, but they didn’t get airborne until well after 11:00 a.m. Because of time constraints, a few acts were scaled back for time or just scratched from the roster all together. Once again, our flight schedules handed out at the performer meeting was little more than recyclable paper.

The Airboss, Jim Gibson though, appeared to take much of this in stride. Or at least he made it look like he did. Had I been a spectator, I would have had no clue as to the chaos that was continuously evolving minute by minute. The Show, at least from where I was able to watch it, seemed to go off without a hitch.

I would like to mention Shawn, the Operations Manager. He is a young man with an ambition level that is off the charts. This kid was on screech from start to finish. He pretty much coordinated everything that did not have to do with flying airplanes. Always on the radio, or in constant demand by others for his attention. This looked to be one of the most stressful positions on the field. All in all, a great experience and honor to be selected to work this great event. All of the volunteers in my section can’t wait for the next air show.


Mark Hayden found his niche as the tug operator for the smoke oil rig

Mark Hayden found his niche as the tug operator for the smoke oil rig. Here Craig and Richard are assisting Airshow performer Dan Marcotte from Vermont load smoke oil into his Ultimate 200 biplane. (Can you picture a line of baggage trailers behind Marks tug?)