We can tell from all our email, notes from members and phone
calls, that everyone is really looking forward to the “Gathering” this year at
Brodhead. There should be plenty to do
again this year with the very top item on the list being to watch Piets in the
sky and visit with Piet friends on the ground.
That’s what it’s all about! There
will be some old stand-by activities and some new ones too.
Some old favorites: BPA will be setting up our registration booth
this year along with all our other “items of interest” in the brown hangar on
the East side of the airport. There is a service door right next to the “Porta
Pottys” which we’re sure everyone can locate - the big hangar door facing the South
will also be open. Everyone can stop by
and pick up a free name tag so it’s
easier to get to know one another. Check
to make sure we have your member photo and also register for a door prize and
check with the ladies on
how you’re doing with your membership dues.
Back by popular demand this year there will be the tables
set up for the “Silent Auction”.
Just mark your bid on the sheets and the
highest bidder will be announced at 4:30 on Saturday. We already have some quality
in for this event and are wide open to getting more. Proceeds from this event
benefit BPA and also
our hosts – EAA Chapter 431.
Something new: In response
for assistance to the Chapter 431
folks, who have so much to do in hosting this event, BPA member Skip Gadd (probably
assisted by his
lovely wife Cinda) will be in charge
of giving out the traditional white cap to
any pilot upon the initial landing of his Pietenpol airplane for this
event. So watch for Skip upon landing
and if he happens to miss you, check in at the BPA booth in the brown hangar
and we’ll make sure you hook up with Skip and get your 2013 white cap.
The first annual Pietenpol “Spirit Award” will be presented Saturday night just before the Pork
Chop Dinner. “This trophy will be to award the Air Camper that exemplifies the
Golden Age of Aviation and celebrates the simple genius of the design. It will
reward the Air Camper that captures
the spirit of B.H.Pietenpol and the
era from which it came. A perpetual trophy has been procured and a check-list
for judging has been finalized.” See Larry
Williams for further details
about this event.
Make sure you check out the
Saturday Forum Schedule on page 15 of this issue.
Start off the day with Jack McCarthy (Stevensville MD) telling us about
the FAA updates
and how they may affect you and your Piet.
Then PF Beck (Barnwell
will be talking about the Pietenpol/Riblett airfoil comparison project he and Don
Harper undertook and their
results. Right after lunch William
Wynne (Orange Park
FL) will be updating us with the
latest Corvair engine happenings and Pietenpol related topics. Then Pat
Ripp (Janesville WI)
who is an aviation instructor at
Blackhawk Tech will be exploring the mysteries of the magneto and some fuel
system considerations. Ken Perkins
will wrap up the Forums with his presentation on making metal parts.
After the forums are complete, Larry
AR) and his team will then
present the 1st annual Pietenpol “Spirit Award.”
Following this presentation, BPA will conduct the drawing of
member names for presenting some “membership
awards” with the traditional Chapter 431 Pork Chop Dinner closing out
the Saturday activities.
you're planning on attending AirVenture this year, stop by and visit with Doc and Dee at the Monday and/or Thursday Forum.
be doing two forums again this year:
of Pietenpol Homebuilding”
• Monday – July
– 10-11:15 am
Forum Pavilion 02 GAMA K09
• Thursday –
– 11:30 am-12:45 pm
Forum Pavilion 09 Honda Generators K09