ChapterGram: June 2013
Chapter 10 - Tulsa, Oklahoma - Learn to Fly Day 2013
With low ceilings and limited visibility, Chapter 10 (Tulsa, Oklahoma) got off to a slow start with its Learn to Fly Day event on June 18, but with several aircraft on display and free hotdogs and cold drinks, we were able to visit with people and help educate them about our sport and our organization. The event was held at our chapter hangar, which is located on Gundy's airport in Owasso, Oklahoma.
On display were a GN-1 Air Camper, a Siemens Schuckert, a Fokker D.VII, two light-sport CTLSs (one on floats and one from local law enforcement), a Fairchild 24, a Breezy, a couple of Rans Coyotes, several Cessnas and Pipers, a Grumman Tiger, and a Robinson R-44 helicopter. Of the 16 aircraft on hand, nine fixed-wing and the R-44 offered rides. Our plan was to operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., but the weather didn't allow us to start until noon. Once we did, we stayed pretty busy for two straight hours and managed to fly 80 passengers.
In addition to full-scale, we also enlisted the help of several members of our local RC club, the Tulsa Gluedobbers, which promoted itself and the Academy of Model Aeronautics. They brought several examples from lightweight foam flyers to a quadcopter and even a couple of giant scale models. We also set up RealFlight 6.5 on a large flat screen so that everyone could safely try flying model aircraft. These guys were a big hit, especially with the youngsters, and we were glad to have them participate.
Thanks to our excellent volunteers, we conducted a safe and efficient operation while promoting the spirit of aviation.