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Scholarships Awarded, Air Fair Canceled

07/01/2018 12:17 PM | Chris Haven (Administrator)

From Wayne Mooneyham, President 

By now it’s general knowledge that our airport will not be hosting an air fair this year. Several obstacles loomed large midway through the planning, implementing and organizing all the pieces of an event of this caliber. The sudden and tragic passing of Dan Buchanan, hang glider pilot, who was to be the featured attraction and performer was the coup-de-gras in making a “Go, No- Go” decision regarding the event. There were other mitigating factors such as slow commitments of funding and a lack of volunteers for some key positions that contributed to the eventual disappointing cancellation. Having hosted the event for many years, our members understand what it takes to put an event like this together and we extend our thanks to the team for all their commitment and efforts. 

There’s good news though - Auburn Airport is a hub of activity this summer with a variety of functions. Friday Flydays is held on the 3rd Friday through September and Mach5 movie nights will be on the following Saturday each month. Additionally, our EAA Chapter 526 has their Young Eagle program (ages 8 - 17 yrs) and this year they are adding something new. Adults interested in learning to fly can participate in a mentoring program which will provide an introductory flight and information on flight schools if the participant wants to start lessons. 

Our June meeting was very special. Three scholarship recipients were announced - Frank Bell and Renata Mackenroth received $2,500 each and Kelly Bruno received $1,000. Additionally, awards were presented to Jaian Jimenez and Jeanie Marshall for their excellence in their class at Sacramento City College. They each received $1,000 to cover the cost of the required test in order to get their mechanic’s license. Their proud instructor, Kevin Goehring, Professor of Aeronautics, was also present. We had over 60 in attendance! 

That’s it for this issue. I’m off for some Idaho Back Country flying with a few of our Auburn pilots. Thought for the month: Tomorrow is a new day - use it wisely! 

Wayne Mooneyham, President

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