Upcoming Dinner Program

Corbis-U1817458Our June 17th dinner program features Tom Heinsheimer, a pioneer in scientific ballooning.  Tom began his ballooning interests while working with the French Space Agency in the 1960's, and joined Malcom Forbes in a perilous attempt to balloon across the Atlantic in 1975.  He built and flew the first super-pressure balloon to collect air quality and polution movement data, and revived the Gordon Bennet Balloon Race in Southern California.  Tom has also served on the Rolling Hills City Council for 42 years, including eight terms as mayor.

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Special Announcements

Fly-In and Model Expo.  Fellow DAFer Rhon Williams wants to spread the word about the upcoming Fly-In and Model Expo taking place at Compton Airport on Saturday, September 27 from 9AM to 3PM.  This is sponsored by EAA Chapter 96.  Click here for all of the details.

San Luis Obispo There will be a lunch fly-in to San Luis Obispo (KSBP) on September 6th. More details to follow. 

Sedona in the fall: A fly-in to Sedona, AZ is scheduled for October 10-12. There is a block of rooms reserved  for the DAF, but the block expires on September 9. Don't delay, reserve today!

DSC 0619This yea's Hangar Party theme was Casablance, and it was a dapper batch of DAFer's that showed up at Rick's Cafe Americain. There was great food, thanks to the crack grilling team of Curtis and Larry. The wine and margaritas flowed, the movie ran in the background, and there was even a little karaoke late in the evening! As always, thanks to the volunteers who came Saturday morning to set up and decorate the hangar, and came back Sunday morning to help clean up. Barbara Benson came up with our theme, and once again thanks to Lambi and Sally for volunteering the use of their hangar. Another great DAF Party!


IMG 2556The July 12-15 Fly-In to Gold Beach was another fun weekend for the Del Amo Flyers. With 21 DAFers and 10 planes arriving at three different airports, Gold Beach turned out to have a little something for everyone. We spent one day jetboating up and down the Rogue River (getting soaked) and another day picnicking and visiting two of the many great state parks in Oregon, including a lighthouse. Tu Tu Tun Lodge was a treat for everyone. The grounds were absolutely lovely and the breakfasts and dinners were outstanding. A return trip might be in order someday. Thank you for joining us. Liz and Peter


airplanevolcanoThe July dinner meeting was a movie night, with film editor Larry Chapman showing his special "Critic's Cut" of that classic aviation film, "Airplane vs Volcano!" FAA approval for Wings credit will surely be coming soon, as the essential rules of volcano flying were delivered in a clear and cogent form. 

For those who were unable to attend, and need to get this vital information before their next flight to Reykjavic or Krakatoa, contact Larry for more info.

In other news, Maggie Smith was applauded for passing her check ride and becoming the clubs newest pilot!


We had a great turnout for the June dinner meeting featuring Tom Heinsheimer, a pioneer in scientific ballooning.  Tom had some great stories of his experiences with super-pressure balloons, as well as long distance ballooning. His work reviving the Gordon Bennet Balloon Race was of particular interest, as well as his experiences with Malcom Forbes attempting to balloon across the Atlantic. All in all, an exciting evening.


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