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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.
Update: 2021-04-29 I finally got around to removing phone numbers and email addresses from the newsletters. There a couple from 2008 and then starting in April of 2009 it looks like Vince never missed a meeting. Paul and his RV and David and his Humel are featured frequently. Vance makes frequent appearances as well. The page is password protected to keep out the bots. The password is KSBP.
We had planned on a Young Eagles Event but didn’t get enough pilots, probably because of the AirFest airshow in Santa Maria.
Ben Chance brought his Eagle project to the meeting. It’s an old Piper that he fixed up and made child-safe for interactive display at a museum or Boy’s and Girl’s Club.
A nice turnout for Mike Dalyrmple talking about flying to Alaska, Colorado, and the Bay Area.
The speaker for May couldn’t make it but several students and new pilots stepped in for an interesting meeting.
Aerodynamics for Pilots presented by the SLO 99s and Cal Poly Aerospace Engineering Students
Farmington to Kingman: Delighting your passengers with a birds-eye view of Monument Valley, Lake Powell, and the Grand Canyon.
Another good day for a meeting. JP thrilled us with his story about racing for the first time at Reno. He’s building a wing that should improve his times and placement dramatically this year.
The weather broke long enough for the biggest turnout we’ve had in a while. And James didn’t disappoint us. You can read his slide show at the link.
Great weather again for today’s meeting about the path to getting your multi-engine rating. Eric had lots of comments and imput from other multi rated pilots and Frank talked a bit about getting his multi and owning an Apache and Aerostar.
Great weather for today’s meeting about the path to becoming an Airline pilot. Sam was great even though he was jetlagged after returning from Australia. Lots of good questions from the audience.
This was a record length for a meeting at three hours of fascinating conversation with Vance Breeze, exceeding even the length of time when the airport fireman brought over one of their trucks. Vance started off his presentation by talking about his famous father, also named Vance Breeze a famous test pilot. Vance has graciously written up the contents of his talk for those who missed it so here it is.
Paulo and Kurt showed off the control room for the telemetry project they’ve been working on for Cal Poly students taking his 400 level class. Kurt flew the school’s RV over Avila Bay and we got to watch parameters on the aircraft as he did stalls and steep turns. Eventually the SR22 that just arrived will be controlled remotely from the control room.
We had a great turnout for our second meeting of the year, with around two dozen members. Four local pilots who went to AirVenture talked about their experiences. And Tom was back with real hot dogs.
A good turnout for the July meeting. It was nice to have a meeting without wind for a change. James brought his Affordaplane fuselage and talked about the build process. Wings are next and should take 250 hours to build.
Morgan Hall brought his Bellanca Citabria restoration project to the meeting. It looks like a brand new airplane. He and Julie have flown it about 25 hours so far and it performs flawlessly.
Rob Swanland brought his Viking to the meeting (one of his five Bellancas) and talked about the performance of the plane and his recent purchase of the Bellanca company.
The April meeting fell on a holiday so we combined our meeting with the Mustang Flying Club meeting and flew a bunch of Cal Poly kids. Dan and Carl brought their planes to show off.
Todd came down from Washington with his CubCrafters NXCub. This airplane was built in the factory by the original owner in the owner-assisted quick build process. Todd bought it by accident when his plane was in for maintenance and he struck up a conversation with the owner.
The Omicron variant is slowing down but infections and deaths are still high so there won’t be a meetings this month. There’s not a whole lot of chapter news this month but I found a couple of things you might be interested in.
The Omicron variant is rampant so there won’t be any meetings for a while. There’s not a whole lot of chapter news this month but I found a couple of things you might be interested in including a Stratolaunch Roc test flight, SOFIA news, and some odd things.
Carl brought his Maule to Sunday’s meeting and regaled us with tales of short takeoffs and landings. It’s a four-place plane but he usually flies it with two people. There’s room in the back for his mountain bikes and a trip to Sedona can be done without stopping for fuel.
Morgan shared the story of his restoration of an Aeronca. The amount of work required is incredible, especially if you have Morgan’s fanatical attention to detail. Prepping and painting the fabric wings was hundreds of hours of labor.
Once again, COVID infections and deaths are too high to have a meeting. I’ve put together some interesting aviation tidbits to tide you over.
Jacob talked about his experiences buying a Lancair and how it took a year and a half to get it here—still not working right.
Paulo shared his tricks for getting the most out of his pilot and plane while conforming to strict racing rules.
We had a huge turnout for our first post-COVID meeting. I counted about three dozen people including a dozen new members. Thanks again Tom for making the hot dogs.
Not alot of news this month. There will be some airport closures, including during the day this summer and fall so be sure to check the NOTAMs.
We don’t get much in the way of weather here and I suspect most of you have the same three categories of weather that I do; Wow it’s nice, I should go flying; I wonder when the fog will burn off so I can fly; and Oh hell no, I’m not going out in that. I put together some links that you might not know about to help you get into the air.
Once again not a whole lot happening with our members this month, but I found some interesting stuff: a local company made parts for the latest Mars rover, there’s video of another Victor Glover spacewalk, and the FAA has issued guidance that requires pilots to wait 48 hours after receiving a vaccine before acting as PIC.
Not a whole lot happening with our members this month, but I found some interesting stuff: the Library of Congress has digitized old sectionals, NASA’s SOFIA observatory is still taking amazing photos, and Victor Glover made his first spacewalk.
Lots of local pilots in the news this month. Oscar Bayer passed away, Harry Moyer made a celebratory flight on his 100th birthday, and Cal Poly alumnus Victor Glover piloted the Crew Dragon spacecraft to the ISS.
I hadn’t planned to send an newsletter this month, but then this discovery was announced this week. Since Liz Ruth spent some time talking to us about SOFIA I thought you might want to know about one of its new discoveries.
“It was, in fact, the first time SOFIA has looked at the Moon, and we weren’t even completely sure if we would get reliable data, but questions about the Moon’s water compelled us to try,” said Naseem Rangwala, SOFIA’s project scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley. “It’s incredible that this discovery came out of what was essentially a test, and now that we know we can do this, we’re planning more flights to do more observations.”
A new member of our chapter, Nick Hellewell had recently gotten his pilots license and purchased a Piper Pacer. He was in poor weather conditions in the Shenandoah Mountains when he crashed.
This month we’re featuring videos from the History Guy and exhorting you to get your vaccinations.
Since we can’t have meetings, I put together some interesting videos on YouTube for your enjoyment and edification. Mike Patey has more energy than 10 of me and he’s building his 14th airplane now. After watching Trent Palmer and his friends, a taildragger will be on your bucket list. Lew Dix and Jon Kotwicki have an interesting approach to flight training. I’m not much for podcasts and I missed most of the info on the Hudson River ditching 10 years ago, but I recently found a podcast with Chuck Rosenberg and Sully Sullenberger that was interesting.
The recent accident in Santa Maria is a reminder that even though student pilots are by far the safest group of pilots, they sometimes have accidents too. When I was learning to fly there were two fatal accidents on takeoff from KSBP; I witnessed a ground loop; and I taxied past an airplane that had almost had it’s wing cut off a few hours before by another airplane. Surprisingly enough I finished my PPL. Since we aren’t having a meeting this month, I thought it might be useful to review the accidents at KSBP over the last few years. A few of our members make an appearance, fortunately they are still with us.
No meeting again this month, but I did have a chance to scan in some articles from the early 80s that I think Frederick Cook saved. Garrit Vanderziel shows us how to land gear-up, and makes several appearances with his biplane. Darrell Radford makes an appearance with his Christen Eagle. Chuck Borden shows off his garage-built Thorpe T-18. I don’t recognize the Orgel (Danny?) Dever, Pete Wurtz, Bob Benefiel, Kent Blankenburg, Dick Shapely, Rod Levin, John Dagle, Victor Voyce, Glen Peck, and Harry Eckelberger.
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.
Dan Hutchinson talked about the history of his 1947 Republic RC-3 and a lot about how he got into seaplane flying.
We had five planes and pilots to give some stick time to six “Old Eagles” on our Fly-In to Santa Ynez.
Liz Dinan, Tom Del Rey, Robert Swanland, and Barry Branin were our panelists for a discussion of AirVenture 2019. TLDR; You should go!
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.
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.
The fog never cleared so we didn’t get to fly.
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.
About 20 people braved the rain for Liz’s talk about NASA’s SOFIA 747-based telescope.
A very informative talk about issues facing older pilots, hypoxia, and flying to Mexico.
Don talked about ADSB. Click to get caught up before the meeting so you know the terms.
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.
Paolo Iscold shared his experiences starting as an undergrad in Brazil to currently teaching at Cal Poly. Read More
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”.
The program was a presentation by a Cal Poly Senior Project Team. They call themselves, the Aircraft Performance Data Collection Team.
Dean Billing, Ernie Billing’s Dad talked about “The Fuel Crisis in Sport Aviation”.
This month’s program was devoted to SBP Airport Day planning.
Cliff Clark told us of his 20-ish solo flying trips to Alaska and a couple of flights on to Siberia.
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.
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.
Liz Dinan received 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.
Our mailing address is:
901 Airport Drive, Suite 9
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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