Hello everyone, I hope y’all are having a fantastic aviating summer. I for one am enjoying (questioning) the ownership of my very first airplane. Yes I’ve joined the ranks of “The Hole In The Sky Gang” (In which to throw money) recently with the purchase of a 1956 Cessna 172, located for me by my good friend (Hmmmm) Jerry Barkley. It’s Official (according to the FAA) I am now the registered owner, after waiting for six weeks for them to process their backlog of registrations and such.

I have been flying quite often lately, as well as doing regular maintenance, repairs, and upgrades, with the help of another friend Greg at Galvin Flying service. We have installed one of the uAvionics SkyBeacon wing tip ADS-B out units. Very simple installation, with 3 screws, 2 wires and an App on the IPhone to program the unit, and it’s ready to fly. Wow, works great and not one single error in the FAA ADS-B public report.

Since June, when I flew it back from Jerry’s place in Chelan to Yakima, and home to Paine Field, we’ve managed to put nearly 25 hours on it. So needless to say I have gathered at least 15 WPA PassPort stamps along the way at Lopez, Orcas, Yakima, Chelan, Darrington, Mansfield, South Whidbey Air Park and Port Angeles to name a few.

For the record I would like to say the oddest, hard to find if you don’t know where it’s hiding, stamp location is the one at Darrington. I won’t spoil it for you and your Easter egg stamp hunt, but you won’t be shocked once you locate it. LOL

My wife Karen and I had a great day at the Orcas Fly In and Car Show, with a nice walk into town for Fish and Chips. The Arlington Fly In was great this year as usual, and I made several new friends, and ran into an old friend Peter Hauten (sp) sitting in the pilots seat of the PBY, I hadn’t seen in 25 years.

So on to a little official business, as of this writing The Paine Field Chapter of the WPA has 207 members, which is about our usual average membership for the last several years. Some where along the way we have lost about 30 members, so happy trails to all of them. We have however gained 30 brand new ones this year. So I would like to welcome our new members, and we all look forward to getting to know you.

And last but not least, I am looking for a KX170C nav/com radio replacement for my old MX170B, If anyone has one for sale or knows of someone with a spare one, please contact me.

Enjoy the rest or your flying summer!