April, 2019 Meeting

We are going to have a Young Eagles Event again this year on the April 27th—the last Saturday of April.

Upcoming Events

April 28th or 29th

We will be hosting a Young Eagles Event at the end of April, day to be determined. There will be no April meeting. Volunteers are needed and must be EAA members who have taken the EAA Youth Protection Policy and Program. The course itself only takes a few minutes to complete and you usually get your certificate in a couple of days, but they recommend that you take the course at least 10 days before the event. The training and background check are good for three years.

2019 Events

Paolo Ischold will be back soon with a hands-on presentation.

We don‘t have any more events scheduled for 2019 so if you have any ideas, please share them with us. We especially like hearing from people who have built their own airplanes, written books, or gone somewhere exciting.


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

Monthly Board Meeting Minutes

Board of Directors We have a Board of Directors meeting each month where we discuss upcoming events, finances, and actions the board needs to take.

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.

Social Media

@EAA_KSBP on Twitter

Twitter We post meeting announcements and other stuff on Twitter.

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Contact Info


Contact Our mailing address is:
901 Airport Drive, Suite 9
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Our yahoo.com email address is EAA170.