Volk Field Air National Guard Base held its once per year GA fly-in on October 13. The event is organized by the Wisconsin DOT Aeronautics Division in conjunction with the FAA and Volk Field. It includes a series of IFR and VFR seminars which qualify for FAA WINGS credits. The event is GA pilots' sole annual opportunity to land on the base - other than for emergencies of course. Over 50 aircraft were registered and 32 arrived. Volk has established protocols for those flying in. Along with required preregistration for any person attending, arriving aircraft signed up for individual time slots between 8 - 10 AM and were provided with a page of arrival guidance. Visual entry points were established north and south of the field for check-in with tower prior to preceding to the traffic pattern.
I was scheduled to be one of the afternoon seminar presenters and with a flight student booked at 7 am that day could not make the 8-10 AM arrival time. Volk staff were very accommodating and allowed me to land with a 1 pm arrival. Mother Nature was not as accommodating, slowing down enroute progress with a 24 knot headwind and increasing turbulence. Volk's single runway is 9-27. While on short final to runway 27 the winds were reported as 190 degrees at 21 gusting 31 and they certainly felt it! Fortunately the sturdy 175 that I had rented knew what to do, although tower staff must have been entertained by the wave-riding action and final gust-induced balloon.
Volk staff were very welcoming, with vans at the ready for arriving aircraft crew. The day included 6 seminars and attendance was quite good. It appeared that over 100 pilots attended. My presentation was an accident case study of the Ephraim-Gibraltar fatal crash in September 2016. The NTSB report on that accident was released in July of this year. The final seminar ended at 3 PM and since the Volk tower closes at 4 PM the ramp became a controlled but no-delays mass departure scene. Dozens of aircraft started their engines and created a conga line to the runway. Mother Nature (MN) had relented a bit and winds were initially 240 degrees at 11 knots for the runway 27 departures. That must have been a huge relief for the light sport aircraft that had flown in as it was similar to the morning arrival conditions. However, MN had a final trick up her sleeve. I was third from the end and just before taking the runway winds shifted to 210 degrees and increased to 17 knots. The silver lining from such winds was a nice tailwind on the return to Green Bay. While as always less than the headwind component on the flight down, TAS occasionally passed 150 and it was a pilot's treat to consider the difference between what would have been an almost-3 hour drive versus the 42 minute flight.
Once again Mother Nature showed up and put a slight "damp"-er & low ceilings for our annual pancake breakfast. It didn't deter 4 powered paraglider pilots showing up and putting on a little show. The weather didn't keep away drive-in's either. A success! Thank You to all that attended & of course, all the volunteers!
Our 3rd ever brat fry fundraiser was a complete success! A nice sunny day with strong north winds kept the temps down but didn't keep patrons away from the smell of brats on the grill. Thank You to all that volunteered!
Karen KalishekKalishek, Preidecker Named to NAFI Board*The National Association of Flight Instructors named two new members to its Board of Directors, and reelected officers at its meeting over the weekend at its offices in Kalamazoo, Michigan."Please join me in welcoming new NAFI Board Members Paul Preidecker and Karen Kalishek. We're excited to the have their enthusiasm and expertise as part of the NAFI team," Bob Meder, NAFI Board Chair, said."Many of you have also met and worked with Karen at the EAA AirVenture Pilot Proficiency Center, where she worked tirelessly to coordinate instructors and pilots during the event. Her enthusiasm and skills in working with volunteers, along with her extensive aviation experience, will be a great contribution to NAFI and to the aviation community as a whole."Karen Kalishek is a CFI, CFII, MEI, CFI-G, AGI, IGI, NAFI Master Instructor and FAASTeam Lead Representative. She holds an ATP certificate and has ASES and Glider Commercial privileges. She has held officer positions in and is actively involved with several aviation organizations. She is also a captain in the Civil Air Patrol, serving as a CAP volunteer flight instructor, check pilot, mission pilot and cadet orientation pilot. She is an independent flight instructor, has a particular fondness for antique aircraft and enjoys spending quality time with her RV-6.Before becoming a full-time flight instructor, she was an executive in the banking industry, taught graduate school, and as president of her own corporation spent over 20 years providing international consulting services in 37 countries.
*snipped from "eMENTOR" - The National Association of Flight Instructors Newsletter, March 2018
For those interested, we could get together as a group and head down to see either see the "Aviation Adventure Speaker Series" at the EAA Museum or "Movie Night" at the Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin. (Updated for 2018)
Aviation Adventure Speaker Series
Movies at the Aviation Heritage Center
"Cockpit climbs" following the presentation.
- August 16 - Col. Lavern Griffin:
Col. Griffin flew secret missions in
F-86 Sabers modified with cameras.
Griffin led pilots of the 15th Tactical
Reconnaissance Squadron on three
top secret over flights of Soviet air
bases in far eastern Siberia.
GRB History... (permalink on the left menu) Thank-You to Dick Powers and Don Pansierfor providing this excellent piece of local history.
Our treasurer, Karen Kalishek, happy following her successful examination for CFI-Glider.Karen received her commercial glider certificate in 2015 and since then has enjoyed flying sailplanes in Wisconsin, California, Arkansas, Tennessee, Arizona and Vermont. She is a member of the Wisconsin Soaring Society based in Hartford, Wisconsin. Karen invites powered pilots to experience the fun and skill development that is part of non-powered flight.
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