Bits and Pieces
Interprovincial Fly-In Brings Three Chapters Together at Disley
By Greg MacGillivray, EAA 863341
How much fun can a few folks have at the end of a fine summer?
A bunch if they attended the first annual EAA Western Chapter Fly-In at Disley, Saskatchewan, in late August. An intrepid group of aviators and aviation enthusiasts led by Jeff Seaborn from High River Chapter 1410, Jack Neima of Winnipeg Chapter 63, and Perry Casson of Regina Chapter 154, departed their home bases Saturday morning enroute to Disley, SK, where they were welcomed by their gracious hosts Vic and Breeze Zubot.
Vic’s private 2200 foot turf strip is located one-half mile east of Disley and about 20 miles northwest of Regina, just beside the Q’Appelle Valley. Vic was good enough to provide guests with specifics on the strip, good local bets for av gas availability for visitors from the west and east, and a hearty course of Saskatchewan hospitality. Vic warmly welcomed arriving guests, helped them tie down, and provided nametags to help with introductions.
While some new arrivals went about the business of pitching their tents, all eventually joined the growing crowd in Vic’s hangar. Aircraft from Regina were Vic and Breeze’s Citabria, Parry and Yvonne’s RV-10, and Earl and Eleanor Hickley arriving in their Mooney. Also attending from the Regina chapter were Norm and Jake Seiferling, Malcolm McCloud and Shirley Miller, Jeff and Sheila Leach, Carl Luhning, Garth Robson, and Haward and Jim Parr.
Some of the attendees from Winnipeg Chapter 63 included Dani Pokornik and his son Wilem in their Zenith CH250, Adrian Meilleur and Perry Chromiec each flying their own Landafricas, Mark Odegard and John Blackner in Mark’s Cessna 172, Tom and Joyce Stoyka in their Ercoupe 415E, Harry Wiebe and Arie Lazarus in Harry’s clean Cessna 150, and Ben and Lynne Hoeppner in their oh-so-comfortable motor home.
In similar fashion, Bob Kelly and his stalwart lab companion, Cody, drove another motor home from Calgary, along with other High River Chapter members that included Jim and Valerie Gunnlaugson in their spiffy Sportsman, Jeff and Clark Seaborn in Jeff’s freshly-built RV-7, Jean Dueck and Guy Bourgois in Jean’s sporty RV-9A, and Jack Dueck and Greg MacGillivray in Jack’s shiny 1947 Luscombe. Lars Oyno and family coming in a BD-4, Dennis Voth with his RV-7A from Calgary, and Jill Oakes and Rick Riewe coming in from B.C. in their Acro Sport II were late scratches enroute due to a couple of challenges that got in their way on their cross-country trek.
With a cool beverage in hand, old friends reconnected and new acquaintances were made, which by the end of the weekend became new friendships for many. As folks were sharing stories and kicking tires, they were pleasantly interrupted by a visit from long-time EAAer Rem Walker, who dropped in with airplane partner Bob Meyers in their 1929 Gypsy Moth - talk about a crowd pleaser!
As the afternoon drifted into the evening, guests enjoyed an outstanding prairie twilight barbeque dinner courtesy of the shopping and cooking talents of Perry and Yvonne Casson along with a few helpers willing to learn. As dusk fell, a bonfire was sparked and the cool drinks and camaraderie spilled into the night, slowly ebbing as folks drifted off into tents, hotels, and homes in nearby Regina.
A hearty breakfast Sunday morning, a little more visiting, and folks were off to their points of origin - all the better for the experience. As one person observed, “When we arrived on Saturday, we watched planes land. When we left on Sunday, we watched friends leave.” (Click here for more photos) To organize an event like this in your area, contact Greg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-270-0232.
Greg MacGillivray, EAA 863341, is a long-time aviation enthusiast who’s just now getting the drive to pursue his passion more seriously. After back-to-back visits to Oshkosh in 2008 and 2009 with his young son Mike, Greg has found new energy for aviation thanks to EAA. He agrees with the observation made by his uncle, former Royal Canadian Air Force Chaplin Father John MacGillivray (EAA 3974) after the 1964 EAA convention at Rockford, Illinois, where John met “more swell people than I can remember."