Upcoming Dinner Program

aviation-christmas-eveWell DAFers, it's time for the Del Amo Flyers Annual Holiday Party.  The festivities start at 6:30 PM on December 8 at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. There will be great food, drinks and dancing to the DAF house band - The Time Machine. The price is $75 per person, which includes two bottles of wine per table. A No-Host bar and corkage at $15 per bottle will also be available. Reservations are essential and payment needs to be sent in advance. This is a great way to end what has been another fun and successful year for the club. We hope to see you there!


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Save the date! The annual DAF Christmas Party will be on December 8th at the Palos Verdes Golf Club. There will be dinner, music, dancing, and a general good time. Details to follow, but get it on your calendar now!

Interested in Joining the Board? New board positions are opening up for the 2016-17 term. This is a fun and great way of becoming more involved with the club. If you are interested in joining the board, or would like more information, please contact any existing board member.

Our dinner meeting on November 18 was jam-packed. We presented a Wings award, named the winner of the 2015 Mystery Fly-in and learned about trike flying in the South Bay.

The coveted Wings award was presented to Al Gibbs for all of his imaginative contributions to our recent Hangar Parties. Al was responsible for the perfectly rendered bar sign for the Pancho Barnes themed party, as well as the corral set used for photos at the party. He was also responsible for the great palm trees used at this and last year's parties.

Larry Chapman gave a short summary of the quiz and the associated results. Finally, the winners were announced - Maggie Smith, Jim Pavlick & Rose Lee, and Laurice Churchill & Robert Beckwith. Only Robert was present to receive the trophy, and was able to keep his emotions in check during what was obviously one of the high points of his life. It is unclear whether Robert will share the trophy with others on his team.

The evening was capped off with a very interesting presentation by Pacific Blue Air based at Hawthorne Airport. Pacific Blue Air flies two high-tech Revo Evolution weight-shift sport aircraft and offers both training and sightseeing flights over the South Bay. They definitely gained some potential customers as a result of their presentation. For more info, check out their website at www.pacificblueairla.com.

Congratulations to Al for his well-deserved Wings award and to the Mystery Fly-In winners!


Our annual Mystery Fly-In was held on Saturday November 7. Participation was excellent - 18 people grouped into eight teams took the quiz for a chance in winning the coveted Mystery Fly-In Trophy as well as to determine our fly-in destination for the day. This year's test format was a little different. Points were awarded or deducted based on the time it took to complete the quiz, and a few "difficult to Google" questions were included. As quizzes were turned in, an additional letter of the destination airport's name was revealed in scrambled form.

The destination turned out to be Hemet-Ryan Field. Twenty-four people in eight aircraft made the trip and were treated to an excellent lunch at the Hangar One Cafe. Barbie, the owner of the cafe, came in just to make sure we were well taken care of. The food was excellent (especially the home-made pies) and you could not have asked for a nicer day to fly.

A special thanks to Peter, Wayne, Dane, Mitch, Joe and Larry for coming up with the quiz and grading the results.


Twenty-two DAFers in nine aircraft and one Lexus eventually made it up to Gold Country's Columbia Airport for a fun weekend. Because of weather in the LA basin and over Gorman, two aircraft were delayed until Saturday morning. Ten participants camped at the airport's campground, with the remaining 12 staying at a hotel in nearby Sonora.

Larry and Jodie hosted a BBQ at the airport's campground pavilion on Friday night with a Happy Hour followed by BBQ chicken and beef shortribs. A second Happy hour followed.

Saturday involved a little shopping, sightseeing and bar hopping in Sonora and the winery town of Murphys. Those camping started the day with a great group breakfast in the pavilion. The highlight on Saturday was dinner at the historical City Hotel in Columbia, which is located in a horse-drawn vehicle only area. Although we had a private dining room, DAFers were able to roam back and forth to the bar and occasionally outside. A talented street musician playing outside the hotel was convinced to setup just outside our dining room, where he serenaded us throughout the evening.

Sunday arrived with low IFR weather in Columbia which cleared by early afternoon. Many flew back IFR in order to get into the LA Basin. The VFR pilots had stories to tell.

Many thanks to Larry and Jodie for a really well organized and fun event and to those pilots who didn't give up getting to the destination.


Due to a lot of scheduling conflicts, turnout for our September dinner meeting was the lowest in recent memory. But we still managed to have the meeting and attendees enjoyed a video on the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) presented by Larry Chapman.

Wine Drawing winners were Patti Lagrelius and Craig Narr. The photo shows them holding up their vouchers for their free bottle of wine (somebody forgot to bring the bottles). They are free to redeem their wine by coming to the DAF headquarters building between 6:35 and 6:41AM of the first Monday of the month (three forms of ID will be required).

Thanks to all those who were able to come - your attendance prevented us from having to cancel the meeting.


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