January 19, 2020 Meeting

Change of plans. This month we’ll hear the folks at Cal Fire talk about how they prepare for emergencies at the airport. We’ll also talk about the new ADSB rules.

Upcoming Events

January 19th

Rob Swanland will be talking about his addiction to Bellancas! Most of his collection is in some stage of restoration – below is a picture of one of his 14-19-3 models, the last of the “triple-tail” series. The fuselage was then redesigned with a single, more modern vertical tail and became the Viking line.

Rob Swanland Bellanca

Coming in 2020

We have a bunch of good speakers lined up for 2020 so stay tuned for when they will be speaking. Paulo is coming back to tell us about his progress on the Nixus and Morgan Hall will talk to us about what it is like to fly it. Tom and Jacob will talk about their experiences buying an RV9 and Lancair. Jim Raticheck will be back to talk about more mods to his Lancair. We’re hoping to get a Sling builder to talk about his progress and Rob to talk about restoring Cessna 140s.

We’ll be having a Young Eagles event on May 2nd as well as several Old Eagles events after the meetings when the weather cooperates.


For many years Vince Rabutsky took careful notes at each of our meetings and published a monthly newsletter that summarized the meeting, added a bit of flying information that you might not have known about, and previewed the next meeting. This page is an archive of his work and will contain a shorter summary of current meetings.

Current Meetings

January 2020

Fireman We had lots of questions for the fireman who drives the fire and rescue truck. When everyone had all of their questions answered, we spent some time talking about ADS-B. A newcomer, Ted, won the raffle for a trip back to KSMX in Vance’s rotocraft.

December 2019

Waco Barry Branin regaled us with tales of flying his 1931 Waco .

November 2019

EDM900 Dan and Joe presented their experiences installing an EDM 900 in Dan’s Piper Arrow.

October 2019

Seaplane Dan Hutchinson talked about the history of his 1947 Republic RC-3 and a lot about how he got into seaplane flying.

September 2019

September EAA Fly-In We had five planes and pilots to give some stick time to six “Old Eagles” on our Fly-In to Santa Ynez.

August 2019

Airventure Panel Presentation Liz Dinan, Tom Del Rey, Robert Swanland, and Barry Branin were our panelists for a discussion of AirVenture 2019. TLDR; You should go!

June 2019

Joe Deszo Presentation Everything Airplane Pilots Don’t Want to Know About Helicopters

As most of you know Joe Deszo was part of the team that developed the Robinson R22. He talked about the development and some pitfalls that catch unwary helicopter pilots at our June meeting.

May 2019

Paolo Iscold Another great presentation by Paolo Iscold—even though it was hard to hear over the downpour. This time he talked about the failure of the wings on Nixus and the process of rebuilding them with the help of Cal Poly students. The sailplane took advantage of the long runway at Castle Airport in Merced and made its first flight in March.

April 2019

Young Eagles The fog never cleared so we didn’t get to fly.

March 2019

Jim Schaefer Colonel James Schaefer talked about Operation Eagle Claw, the training in the desert southwest, the bureaucratic hoops they had to jump through, the sandstorm on the way, and the crash that led to the cancellation of the mission.

February 2019

Liz Ruth About 20 people braved the rain for Liz’s talk about NASA’s SOFIA 747-based telescope.

January 2019

Austin Ditto A very informative talk about issues facing older pilots, hypoxia, and flying to Mexico.

December 2018

ADSB Don talked about ADSB. Click to get caught up before the meeting so you know the terms.

November 2018

Jim Ratichek Jim Ratichek talked about his months-long upgrade of the panel in his Lancair. He made a new panel to fit the PFDs, ran hundreds of wires to monitor and control everything, and made hundreds of splices to connect them. After months of the planning and many more months to install, Jim is in the final stages of testing.

October 2018

Paolo Iscold Paolo Iscold shared his experiences starting as an undergrad in Brazil to currently teaching at Cal Poly. Read More


Vince’s Newsletters

Vince put out a newsletter just about every month since May of 2009. I’ll be removing phone numbers and email addresses from them and publishing them here as time permits. Here are a couple to get you started.

September 2018

Tom Del Re talked about his time with Northwest Airlines and Oscar Bayer talked about his 31 years of service in the US Air Force, working as a CFI, and building a Starduster.

August 2018

Tim Williams talked about buying and learning to fly his T-6 Texan, then flying it to Oshkosh.

July 2018

We visited Bob DeVries’ hangar to see his meticulously restored Ryan STM-2.

June 2018

Jim Gregory, a longtime Arroyo Grande resident and author of four books about Central Coast people and events, talked about Central Coast Aviators in World War II.

May 2018

Vance Breese talked to us about things with wings that go round in circles but aren’t helicopters.

April 2018

Paul Kendrick organized a wildly successful Young Eagles event in lieu of an April Meeting.

March 2018

We had an informtive talk by Matt Mihalco, Fire Captain and Air Attack Officer, who is based at the Paso Robles Airport. The CAL FIRE Aviation Management Program is a branch of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

February 2018

We met up with CHP officers Robert Shannon and Shannon Slover and their aircraft, respectively Cessna T206 and helicopter Airbus (AirStar) H125.

January 2018

We didn’t have any speakers for this month so we talked about our “Annual Experiences”.


May 2009

The program was a presentation by a Cal Poly Senior Project Team. They call themselves, the Aircraft Performance Data Collection Team.

June 2009

Dean Billing, Ernie Billing’s Dad talked about “The Fuel Crisis in Sport Aviation”.

July 2009

This month’s program was devoted to SBP Airport Day planning.

September 2009

Cliff Clark told us of his 20-ish solo flying trips to Alaska and a couple of flights on to Siberia.

October 2009

Gary Corippo, a director and one of the founders of the Estralla Warbirds Museum at the Paso Robles airport, spoke to us about the early start of the museum and especially about Glenn Thomson, also a founder of the museum.

November 2009

Mark took us to his brightly lit, clean, neat and orderly hanger to view his S-51 project. One distraction that was hard to ignore was the beautifully maintained 1964 Cessna 185 that sat proud as a peacock and occupying a good share of the hanger space. Nevertheless, for the moment the disassembled parts of Mark’s S-51 project captured our attention.

December 2009

Liz Dinan receivedd the Wright Bros. Master Pilot Award and Peter Garrison talked about building the Melmoth at the Annual Dinner.


We meet on the third Sunday of every month at noon in Paul’s hangar. It’s right behind Aerocademy on the west side of KSBP. 4349 Old Santa Fe Rd, Hangar 49

From San Luis Obispo

Head out of town on Broad Street. Turn right on Tank Farm Road and then left on Santa Fe Road. After the bridge, bear right onto Hoover Ave. Pass by the end of the runway and turn left on Old Santa Fe Road. Follow it almost to the end and turn right into the parking lot. Park anywhere and look for the gate between the two buildings. Give us a yell and we’ll let you in.

From Highway 101

Take the exit for Los Osos Valley Road. Turn right and the shortly after turn left on South Higuera. Tank Farm Road is the second light. Turn right on Tank Farm Road and then left on Santa Fe Road. After the bridge, bear right onto Hoover Ave. Pass by the end of the runway and turn left on Old Santa Fe Road. Follow it almost to the end and turn right into the parking lot. Park anywhere and look for the gate between the two buildings. Give us a yell and we’ll let you in.

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Contact Info


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901 Airport Drive, Suite 9
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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