From President Wayne Mooneyham
“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” was a product of all the ﬁres in our state for the month of August which reminded me of a popular song by that title written in the early 30’s and recorded by many well-known artists. It ﬁnally made Number One on the charts by the Platters in 1959, coincidentally, the same year that I acquired my Private Pilot’s License. This whimsical connection to the hazy smoke conditions coupled with some record temperatures made for unfavorable ﬂying weather - which meant mostly ﬂight pattern practice for most of us.
Mather Airport is celebrating its 100th anniversary of service in conjunction with California Capital Airshow this September 21st, 22nd and 23rd. The USAF Thunderbirds are featured along with a lineup of world class performers and an amazing array of static aircraft and displays. If you have never, or even recently, attended this annual airshow, then I suggest now is your opportunity to check off this Bucket List item.
Friday Flydays at our airport has proven to be very well attended and the last one for the year turned out to be, ﬁnancially, the most rewarding of all of them. A reduction of the smoky air and cooler temperatures seemed to be key components of the well attended event. Kudos to all who organized and participated in this “airport friendly” gathering.
Our AWOS (Automated Weather Observing System) is scheduled to be operative September 4th or 5th and the runway LED lights installation begins September 10th with completion by (hopefully) the 15th. This LED lighting phase will be done during the night hours in order to minimize airport down time.
Here’s hoping we have some CAVU (Ceiling and Visibility Unrestricted) weather conditions for the month of September which will encourage us to ﬂy a bit more!
Enjoy your Labor Day holiday and be safe.