Wamm Fly-In, May 2009

A report and photos from the May 14-17 Fly-in at Porterville, CA (PTV)

Attendees report:

Early birds arriving Thursday: Bill Vandersande (Camarillo, CA), Ernie Buenting N496M (Upland, CA), Dave Rutherford (Abbotsford, BC), David Favrholdt (Vancouver, BC), Gil Gilbert N4121 (Kent, WA), Ben Favrholdt N66MX (local) Don Deaton N120C (local), Doug Triplat in his M-20C N78882 (Rosamond, CA), and local Michael Harms N201MM (Porterville Almonds).

Friday: Dave Mazzola N380A (Watsonville, CA) by car, Steve Krisman and Dave Rush N4105, both from the New York area, by Harley Davidsons rented in San Jose, Ed Mandibles N325M (Lompoc, CA), Porterville local Herm Price, Michael Magnani N4064 by car (Valencia, CA), We were pleased to see Michael Haiston and Eric Sweeney of Auburn Airplane Works who arrived in a nice two-seater Messerschmidt-Blohm Bo 209 "Monsun" (Auburn, CA).

Saturday: Scott Lewis N4096 (Santa Monica, CA).

Dining schedule:

Thursday evening: La Fuente.

Friday: breakfast - Nelson's Cotton Center Grill, served by the owner, Alice; lunch - Airway Cafe at PTV; dinner - Randy's Pasta Steak & Seafood on Olive Ave.

Saturday: breakfast - Airway Cafe; lunch - Rustler's Steakhouse & Saloon at Lake Success; dinner - El Nuevo Mexicali restaurant on Main St.

Sunday: breakfast - Perko's Koffee Kup on Henderson Ave., served by Melissa.

Weather conditions: Skies clear, temperatures increasing daily, from 84° on Thursday to 104° on Sunday (tying the record).

Attendance: People 18, Mites 7 (4 local, 3 visiting). Special thanks to Bill Vandersande for providing his hangar for seating, shade, and cold drinks.

At Randy's on Friday night (L to R) (Left photo): Michael Harms, Bill Vandersande, Ernie Buenting, Gil Gilbert, Doug Triplat, Dave Rutherford, Ben Favrholdt, Ed Mandibles. (Middle photo): Steve Krisman, Michael Harms, Bill Vandersande, Ernie Buenting. (Right photo): Dave Rush, Ed Mandibles, David Favrholdt.
Hangar flying on Friday (Left photo): Ed Mandibles, Michael Magnani, Gil Gilbert. (Middle photo): Michael Harms, Doug Triplat, Ernie Buenting, Dave Mazzola. (Right photo): Ernie B., Dave M., and our special guests from the New York area, Dave Rush (new owner of N4105) and his friend Steve Krisman.
Steve K. Gil G., Bill V. At Rustler's for the traditional 2-taco lunch on Saturday (L to R) (Left photo): Dave F., Ben F., Michael M., Michael H., Scott Lewis. (Right photo): Ben F., Michael M., Michael H., Scott L., Ed M., Don Deaton, Michael Haisten, Eric Sweeney. Eric once owned N4065.
Two of the three out-of-town Mites: Ernie props N496M for departure, while Michael M. stands guard. On the right, we were pleased to welcome new owner, Ed Mandibles, and see that N325M is in good hands. On their way to PTV for the 18th (?) time, the two Daves at their favorite watering hole, the Lengthwise Brewpub in Bakersfield.

Photos by Dave Rutherford.
Notice: next WAMM Fly-In will be October 2 - 4, 2009.