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Our West Coast Fly-In 2018
              [Updated 6/1/2018]

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...takes place Friday, June 8 through Sunday, June 10

at the Columbia CA Airport.

Come join us at the 2018 West Coast Fly-In! Great fun to be had for all attendees.
Some items on the agenda this year - Spot Landing and Flour Bombing contests: you could hold the winner's title. The Saturday off-airport activity will be a fun trip into downtown Murphy's for a walking tour and wine tasting. Of course, we will still have our informational Owners Roundtable Sessions to share recently acquired knowledge and experiences, and the always informative Dan Torrey Maintenance Presentation before Dinner, Drinks, Awards, and Raffle Prizes. The Airport Campground has been getting some upgrades: There is a new community fire pit and volleyball court and the horseshoe pits have been repaired. You do not want to miss this year's event - fun times, great weather, a lot of great Bellancas and new friends.

Vic Manuelli, Committee Chair

Columbia, CA Almost There!

This will be our 19th Annual West Coast Fly-In held in Columbia, California in the heart of Gold Rush Country. This Mother lode of Fly-Ins has become the largest gathering of Bellanca and Champion Aircraft on the West Coast, perhaps anywhere. Attendees can expect a weekend of beautiful airplanes (spanning several decades), wonderful food and drink, a chance to visit with fellow aircraft enthusiasts, and it all takes place in an idyllic, picturesque setting. We invite all members and their guests, and non-members to join us for this most enjoyable fly-in weekend.

Bellanca, Champion or whatever you fly or drive: Come Join Us!

This is a good opportunity to see our Club in action!


Friday: Registration begins, followed by a Pasta Dinner and an evening of socializing.

The late Ozzie Levi compiled an exciting tour of towns and historical sites around Columbia, CA. Air Tour participants, enhanced by Jim Kilbourn and now led by Jim Spee, will receive maps and a guide to spotting local historical sites such as Columbia State Historical Park, Sonora, and Angels Camp from the air; the flight will last approximately one hour. A "low-altitude" option is available to those prone to nosebleeds.

Spot Landing & Flour Bombing
All Lined Up

Vic Manuelli has selected several off-airport activities for those so inclined. You can download this list, which includes the updated event itinerary as well. A bag of goodies will be given out with every registration, filled with items provided by our generous commercial supporters.

Flour Bombing and Spot Landing Contest will be held on Saturday morning.

Raffle:   We'll be selling tickets to some great prizes (drawing Saturday night Dinner Meeting) solicited by Committee member Robert Swanland and donated by our generous supporters in support of the works of the Club:
  Note: Now you get 8, not 6 tickets for $5

Raffle Prizes to date:
  •     - LED Landing light from AeroLeds,
  •     - Pair of Emblems from the Cruisair (courtesy of the Club),
  •     - Gift Certificate (LARGE) from Jon Goldenbaum, for any Poly-Fiber, Randolph or Ceconite materials,
  •     - Handheld Radio courtesy of Icom America ,
  •     - Several CO detection systems and USB power units courtesy of CO Guardian,
  •     - Gift Certificate from Chief Aircraft,
  •     - Gift Certificate from ACI Jet,
  •     - Gift Certificate from McFarlane,
  •     - Sealed Aircraft Batteries - courtesy of Concorde,
  •     - Headset from David Clark Company,
  •     - Handling In-Flight Emergencies Course courtesy of Rod Machado,
  •     - Gift Certificate from Wag Aero
  •     ... and more coming.

Cold drinks and Club souvenirs will be available for purchase during the three days of the Fly-In. Breakfast will be offered Saturday and Sunday mornings in the clubhouse.

Friday, we'll run our the Gold Country Air Tour (see above), meet newcomers;

Steve Krikorian Steve Krikorian, an A+ student of flying: USAF, airline, and his Turbo Viking "Precious", will share his knowledge and experience on getting home safely and more.

Roundtables on mods and maintenance on Saturday afternoon:
        ... High-Wing Champions & Aeroncas - moderated by Robert Szego
        ... Triple-Tails - moderated by Al and Adam Pontious
        ... Vikings - moderated by John Christensen

...and of course, there will be time to visit with everybody individually.

Saturday evening we will enjoy another wonderful meal * (catered by chef Josh Heller), and the camaraderie of this wonderful Bellanca-Champion group. There will be recognition for the People's Choice for a high-wing and a low-wing airplane, the oldest airplane in attendance, and for the longest distance flown to the fly-in. Then we'll draw the winners of the Raffle Prizes.

This year's event will be catered by chef Josh Heller, wife Cindy and son Nate of Arnold, CA.We will have colorful, pre-printed name tags waiting for all advance registrants.

Please note: No taxiing is allowed between the two rows of airplanes. We want those already parked to stay clean and dust-free; there is also the safety issue of sharp props and people. On arrival, taxi to either end or the middle (by the registration booth), shut down and we will help push it in place. This does not apply to the Viking area since we only park on one side and face in, but please push back and turn perpendicular when departing. Thank you.

If you are flying in, bring your own tiedowns.
Monitor AWOS on 124.65 (209-536-9384) and UNICOM 122.975 for airport and runway conditions.

        Vic Manuelli (Committee Chair)          email        
        Bellanca-Champion Club HQ             email        

                                    Preparation for an event like this is a very complex and time-consuming effort. We would like to recognize and thank the Club's hard-working West Coast Fly-In Committee:
                                                    Vic Manuelli (Chair), Robert & Julia Swanland, Jim Spee and Robert Szego.

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