Wednesday, April 16, 2014
A former pilot is coming back to visit Iowa 25 years after his plane crashed in Sioux City. Al Haynes will speak at the 2014 Iowa Aviation Conference. Haynes was the captain of United Flight 232 which crashed in July, 1989 at the Sioux Gateway Airport. The flight from Denver to Chicago suffered an engine failure and it crashed on the runway during an emergency landing. Sadly, 112 people died, but Captain Haynes was credited for saving 184 lives that day. Haynes will speak on April 22nd at the West Des Moines Sheraton. The event starts at 7 p.m., it's free and open to the public.
18 Mar 2014 BAPA Meeting Minutes The weather allowed for outside grilling; we also had a good assortment of tasty potluck dishes. We reviewed and discussed BAPA involvement for the outing for the Boy Scouts’ Aviation badge. Dave Morgan is the primary contact. We are expecting approximately 150 scouts on 26 Apr 2014. The program will have 4 concurrent, 50 minute sessions. Each session will be directed toward a generalized area of aviation. Station 1-- Will deal primarily on the forces and dynamics of aircraft flight using models. Station 2-- Pre-flight inspections, planning, etc Station 3 -- Careers in aviation such as pilot, mechanic and ATC, etc. Station 4 -- The Scouts will “build” a balsa model, and decide which runway on a BNW mockup to use and discuss accordingly. This will be an opportunity to bring real world situations into the discussions. There will be six presentations for each session during the day so we will need reinforcements and any help will be appreciated. If you can help out on any of these sessions, contact Dave Morgan at 515-432-1018 and let him know your availability and area of interest. Some of the sessions will be held at the Guard facilities, some at our main FBO and some at W&C Aircraft coordinated by Keith Campbell. Talk to Keith directly if you wish to help out with touring of W&C Aircraft. Our treasurer reported us as being solvent and 2014 dues are due. They remain at $15/year for a member or family. You can pay dues at the meeting, leave dues with Dave or Connie, or send to Alice Laabs, 19599 515th Ave, Ames, IA 50014. The condition of the airport sign was discussed and who is responsible for upkeep. Fran volunteered to talk to Keith to determine more details. Future activities: 1) A weekend flyout to either Sully or Amana was discussed. Dates ruled out: Mothers Day and RV Day Flyin Day. We will be looking for a decision on date. Other suggestions are welcomed. 2) Farm Progress show will be at Boone this year, Aug. 26, 27 & 28—2014. Put this on your calendar and start considering if you are able to help out and in what capacity. 3) PilotPalooza will again be held this year. Details are yet to be firmed up. Chuck McDonald of the “Iowa Aviation Promotion Group” is helping out on this one. Contact Dave or Chuck for further details. Fran Laabs Secretary Pro-Tem