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Old 06-20-08, 02:34 PM
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Notes from the Fly-In

The event was challenged by weather, weather to the east, weather to the west, and of couse weather to the south. Big T-Storms. Lots of red stuff on the Radar. In spite of this we had a very respectable turn out.
Day 0
Herb met several of the people at AZO, and went north to MCD, Mackinac Island. It was a great trip, and Tom Van Hare, our featured guest speaker, flew with Herb. At one time, 5 Skymasters were parked on the ramp at MCD. Herb got to practice low level search and rescue on the way back. Meanwhile, Jerry and Larry were watching the inbound aircraft on FlightAware, and Jerry met them at the airport, made sure they had transportation, and generally served as our airport greeter. Larry was stationed at the Radisson, to insure that the arrivees had their information packets, and were welcomed to Kalamazoo.
The convention and visitors bureau had welcoming packets, with maps, brochures, etc. Herb had created name tags, coupons for dinner, drinks, agendas, DVD's. It was great.
The first drink on us event was Mixer on the Mall, which was really far more crowded, and less fun, than I thought it would be.
Day 1
Day 1, Thursday started off with introductions all around, then our featured speaker was Kim from L-3 Electronics. She talked about Storm Scope, and had great pictures and information. She flies the company Mooney. That's pretty cool. She showed a picture they took, flying from TN, to GRR, where nexrad showed a lot of stuff to the right of the direct route, and nothing from Nexrad on the direct route. However, StormScope showed a very large number of lightning strikes on the direct route. You can see this at http://www.stormscope.com/

To be continued
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Old 07-19-08, 12:12 PM
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Slide Show

SOAPA 2008 was held June 12 - 14 in Kalamazoo, MI. Everyone had a great time and this slide show highlights the event hosted by your Michigan Flyers. We did some flying, we had speakers, we visited Islands, we landed F18's on carriers, lots of war birds, good food and drinks, wonderful accommodations and the best SOAPA committee to put all together. A special thank you to Thomas Van Hare, our keynote speaker and former Brothers to the Rescue pilot.

Get ready for 2009 because your SOAPA committee is already at work to put together another quality event like those in the past.

Enjoy the slide show.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCmfYl-NqxQ
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Old 07-20-08, 09:35 PM
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Smile SOAPA 2008 Shirts Available

If you would like to sport the SOAPA colors we have shirts available for sale. These
beautiful shirts were featured at the SOAPA 2008 meeting in Kalamazoo, MI. Most of the attendees purchased shirts but we have some left over. Please support SOAPA and wear a Skymaster. Buy 2 or 3 so you can give them away as gifts. The tee shirts are $10.00 and the nicer sport shirts are $15.00. What a bargain. All proceeds go to SOAPA for next years meeting.

You can e mail or call Herb or Larry and we will ship these out to you. Thanks!

Herb - hharney@nuwool.com 616-890-0854

Larry - ljb@safetyservicesinc.com 269-330-8308

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Old 11-09-08, 09:29 PM
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It would be a great Christmas present

I still have some great t-shirts and golf shirts left. These need to go on your Christmas list. Have your spouse or kids e mail me so that you can have one of these nice souvenir shirts from the 2008 SOAPA fly in under your tree this year. They are limited and going fast.

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