President's Message

September 1999


Hurricane Dennis was a weak tropical system that was chugging up the coast. It wasn't going to impact the majority of our area - EXCEPT the southern end! Flight service had very encouraging words for our Garnsey fly-in.The hitch was that HPN, my home base and fog capitol of the east, was zero-zero but would improve after 10 or 11. As the weather started to improve, filing IFR would entail an hour delay.I requested a special VFR but when we got to the runway, it was VFR! The weather was great and the rest of the day was too. Guess what? We finally got our plane back! We flew old 8500D up and back; it came out real good. More on that later. The day, weather, people, food, etc. made for one of our better fly-ins.We were greeted by Zene & Marcia who was driving a mini-tractor to transport our food and drink to the "picnic pavillion" complete with tent covering. We had a pretty good turnout with about 35 people and 15 or so planes. It was interesting to note that the taildraggers were in the majority. We also covered most of our geographical area and more. Remember we are a chapter that spans two countries - heh, heh! Those attending were: 
Mike Archambault Tri-Pacer Freehold, N.Y.
Noel & Andy Anderson Colt GBR (Mass)
Bud Hickey PA22/20 Cornwall, Ontario 
Glenn & Jake Guilfoyle PA17 Cooperstown,NY
Ray Gould & Cody Eick PA11 Ft. Plain, N.Y.
Andy Seligson Tri-Pacer White Plains, N.Y. 
Gloria Fields " Joe"  & Carol DiStefano PA20 Ft. Plain, N.Y.
Rico Cannone PA28 Brookhaven, N.Y.
Dale Privadera" " Bev Jewett PA20 Guelph, Ontario
Dale & Ray O'Donnell Luscombe POU(NY)
Hank&Debbie Clark J-3 Garnsey's 
Paul & Justin Fleming PA20 ASH (N.H.)
Dave Adams & Joe Costa PA17 MA18 (Mass) 
Mike Purcell Tri-Pacer Northampton, Mass 
Dave Lampron Sr.&Jr. " Steve,Joyce,&David Sevits Drove Hudson,NY 
Marty & Mary Gleason Drove Whitestone, NY 


Of course the Garnsey's base their Colt and C-172 at this great grass strip adjacent to their  home and the Hudson river. We can't thank you enough for your continued unfailing hospitality! There were some very good looking aircraft at this fly-in. Right from the first plane we saw, Ray Gould's PA11, there were some mighty fine aircraft including Joe DiStefano's Pacer, Glenn Guilfoyle's friend's Vagabond that he flew in. as always Ray & Dale O'Donnell's Luscombe, Bud Hickey's PA22/20, Bev Jewett'sPA20 with new wings, and -yes-N8500D. All that saw it would agree that it did come out nice both in and out. Hey it ain't no Grand Champion, but it sure looks better than when I gave it in! When was that??? Oh yeah, 18 months ago!! Was it worth the wait? I have to say yes. I can't thank Gary Corwin enough for the use of his Tri-Pacer during this time. By the way, Gary is NOT selling the plane. He's going to appeal the FAA medical wizzards and continue hangaring the plane at Mahopac. Anyone out there considering a partnership with a great guy and a great pane at a great grass strip should get in touch with Gary! We had our business meeting complete with the elections. The results are: Andy Seligson-Pres.,Dave Adams-V.P., Marty Gleason-Sec.,Margaret Archambault-Tres. Noel Anderson agreed to continue as newsletter editor. Thanks Noel! disusd the need to fulfill our obligation to send the $100 check for our donation in memory of Joe Dille. If anyone out there knows someone enrolled in a college aviation program please get in touch with me so we can submit that person for a SWPC scholarship. Steve Sevits is having his engine majored at Mattituck. That's my next step. We had the pleasure of having dinner with Mike Hirsch and his wife Carol along with Bruce Clark and his wife. Mike has left American Eagle captaincy for Northwest Airlines. Best of luck to you. Bruce seems stronger than ever and I'm sure we'll see both of them real soon; we better! Our calendar was set as follows: Sat. Sept.25th EAA Fly-in Klinekill Airport, Ghent N.Y. (NY22) It's a fly-in breakfast so get there in the morning. If this one is rained out, the Aero Club of New England is having their 14th annual fly-in to Basin Harbor, Vt. on the 25th & 26th so consider going to Basin harbor for Sunday. There's no agenda other than to have an interesting place to go. Talk up the chapter, we need new members. There will be NO message on the 800 line for this one. If it's VFR (within your capability) go-enjoy. I won't beable to make this one due to work. Sat. Oct. 16th with the 17th as the alternate to Cooperstown, N.Y. Sat. Nov. 20 with the 21st as the alternate (if possible) to tour the world famous aircraft paint facility at Oxford, Maine. Steve Sevits ismaking the arrangements. We will hold our annual Holiday fly-in at Meadowgreens at Columbia County Airport in Hudson, N.Y. This will be on Sunday Dec.12 with the alternate of Sunday the 19th so that we can parak of Meadowgreens famous buffet brunch. As always, we'll schedule some kind of interesting program for ourselves. Any suggestions? Call me a.s.a.p. Since it was a warm day many of us swam in the river including our shi-tzu Mini who made her third flight in a plane, first time swimming, and first SWPC fly-in. The food and drink were great. Marty Gleason didn't let us down. He brought copious amounts of cheesecake for our sweet tooths. Thanks again Marty. We want to extend a hearty welcome to new member Paul Fleming who has a Pacer based at Nashua, N.H. as well as former(but hopefully rejoining) memberMike Purcell who is rebuilding his Tri-Pacer along with his student Dave Lampton who flew up in his Tri-Pacer from Northampton, Mass. Welcome and we hope to see alot of you. If you were'nt there we missed you and you missed a good time. Believe me I understand the difficulties of a holliday weekend. One person who was to fly up on Saturday was Jackie Van Valkenberg. She called me on Saturday morning with a bit of concern about the weather down in central western New Jersey. It turns out that the line from that storm coming up the coast came right up to her area and in fact as far as HPN about an hour after I landed. You made a wise choice Jackie but we missed you. I look forward to seeing all of you as soon as weather and scedules permit. Until then- safe flying to you all     
Hurricane Dennis was a weak tropical system that was chugging up the coast. It wasn't going to impact the majority of our area - EXCEPT the southern end! Flight service had very encouraging words for our Garnsey fly-in.The hitch was that HPN, my home base and fog capitol of the east, was zero-zero but would improve after 10 or 11. As the weather started to improve, filing IFR would entail an hour delay.I requested a special VFR but when we got to the runway, it was VFR! The weather was great and the rest of the day was too. Guess what? We finally got our plane back! We flew old 8500D up and back; it came out real good. More on that later. The day, weather, people, food, etc. made for one of our better fly-ins.We were greeted by Zene & Marcia who was driving a mini-tractor to transport our food and drink to the "picnic pavillion" complete with tent covering. We had a pretty good turnout with about 35 people and 15 or so planes. It was interesting to note that the taildraggers were in the majority. We also covered most of our geographical area and more. Remember we are a chapter that spans two countries - heh, heh! Those attending were: Mike Archambault Tri-Pacer Freehold, N.Y. Noel & Andy Anderson Colt GBR (Mass) Bud Hickey PA22/20 Cornwall, Ontario Glenn & Jake Guilfoyle PA17 Cooperstown,NY Ray Gould & Cody Eick PA11 Ft. Plain, N.Y. Andy Seligson Tri-Pacer White Plains, N.Y. Gloria Fields " " Joe & Carol DiStefano PA20 Ft. Plain, N.Y. Rico Cannone PA28 Brookhaven, N.Y. Dale Privadera " " Bev Jewett PA20 Guelph, Ontario Dale & Ray O'Donnell Luscombe POU(NY) Hank&Debbie Clark J-3 Garnsey's Paul & Justin Fleming PA20 ASH (N.H.) Dave Adams & Joe Costa PA17 MA18 (Mass) Mike Purcell Tri-Pacer Northampton, Mass Dave Lampron Sr.&Jr. " Steve,Joyce,&David Sevits Drove Hudson,NY Marty & Mary Gleason Drove Whitestone, NY Of course the Garnsey's base their Colt and C-172 at this great grass strip adjacent to their  home and the Hudson river. We can't thank you enough for your continued unfailing hospitality! There were some very good looking aircraft at this fly-in. Right from the first plane we saw, Ray Gould's PA11, there were some mighty fine aircraft including Joe DiStefano's Pacer, Glenn Guilfoyle's friend's Vagabond that he flew in. as always Ray & Dale O'Donnell's Luscombe, Bud Hickey's PA22/20, Bev Jewett'sPA20 with new wings, and -yes-N8500D. All that saw it would agree that it did come out nice both in and out. Hey it ain't no Grand Champion, but it sure looks better than when I gave it in! When was that??? Oh yeah, 18 months ago!! Was it worth the wait? I have to say yes. I can't thank Gary Corwin enough for the use of his Tri-Pacer during this time. By the way, Gary is NOT selling the plane. He's going to appeal the FAA medical wizzards and continue hangaring the plane at Mahopac. Anyone out there considering a partnership with a great guy and a great pane at a great grass strip should get in touch with Gary! We had our business meeting complete with the elections. The results are: Andy Seligson-Pres.,Dave Adams-V.P., Marty Gleason-Sec.,Margaret Archambault-Tres. Noel Anderson agreed to continue as newsletter editor. Thanks Noel! disusd the need to fulfill our obligation to send the $100 check for our donation in memory of Joe Dille. If anyone out there knows someone enrolled in a college aviation program please get in touch with me so we can submit that person for a SWPC scholarship. Steve Sevits is having his engine majored at Mattituck. That's my next step. We had the pleasure of having dinner with Mike Hirsch and his wife Carol along with Bruce Clark and his wife. Mike has left American Eagle captaincy for Northwest Airlines. Best of luck to you. Bruce seems stronger than ever and I'm sure we'll see both of them real soon; we better! Our calendar was set as follows: Sat. Sept.25th EAA Fly-in Klinekill Airport, Ghent N.Y. (NY22) It's a fly-in breakfast so get there in the morning. If this one is rained out, the Aero Club of New England is having their 14th annual fly-in to Basin Harbor, Vt. on the 25th & 26th so consider going to Basin harbor for Sunday. There's no agenda other than to have an interesting place to go. Talk up the chapter, we need new members. There will be NO message on the 800 line for this one. If it's VFR (within your capability) go-enjoy. I won't beable to make this one due to work. Sat. Oct. 16th with the 17th as the alternate to Cooperstown, N.Y. Sat. Nov. 20 with the 21st as the alternate (if possible) to tour the world famous aircraft paint facility at Oxford, Maine. Steve Sevits ismaking the arrangements. We will hold our annual Holiday fly-in at Meadowgreens at Columbia County Airport in Hudson, N.Y. This will be on Sunday Dec.12 with the alternate of Sunday the 19th so that we can parak of Meadowgreens famous buffet brunch. As always, we'll schedule some kind of interesting program for ourselves. Any suggestions? Call me a.s.a.p. Since it was a warm day many of us swam in the river including our shi-tzu Mini who made her third flight in a plane, first time swimming, and first SWPC fly-in. The food and drink were great. Marty Gleason didn't let us down. He brought copious amounts of cheesecake for our sweet tooths. Thanks again Marty. We want to extend a hearty welcome to new member Paul Fleming who has a Pacer based at Nashua, N.H. as well as former(but hopefully rejoining) memberMike Purcell who is rebuilding his Tri-Pacer along with his student Dave Lampton who flew up in his Tri-Pacer from Northampton, Mass. Welcome and we hope to see alot of you. If you were'nt there we missed you and you missed a good time. Believe me I understand the difficulties of a holliday weekend. One person who was to fly up on Saturday was Jackie Van Valkenberg. She called me on Saturday morning with a bit of concern about the weather down in central western New Jersey. It turns out that the line from that storm coming up the coast came right up to her area and in fact as far as HPN about an hour after I landed. You made a wise choice Jackie but we missed you. I look forward to seeing all of you as soon as weather and scedules permit. Until then- safe flying to you all