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- Published on Tuesday, 06 March 2018 08:32
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Ein ausführlicher Bericht von der Jahreshauptversammlung folgt hier in Kürze.
A detailed report from the Annual General Meeting will follow soon.
- Published on Thursday, 01 March 2018 09:13
- Written by Lukas Straubinger
Tina and Gunter Haug at Fin del mundo in Ushuaia (Argentina)
Dear Mooniacs !
With carneval just coming to a close we are all looking forward to an interesting and most of all safe flying season 2018 aboard our Mooneys. With regards to EMPOA we are hosting a trip from June 14 to 18 to Aschaffenburg and Plzen in the Czech Republic. And we are already preparing our Annual General Meeting that will take place on June 14, 6:00 p.m., at Aschaffenburg (EDFC) and we would already like to cordially invite all of you.
It is very good news that EMPOA is enjoying a sound financial situation. Therefore we would like to ask all members to start thinking which project we want to start and support in the future. Your ideas concerning purchasing and investments are greatly appreciated and we would like to hear from you before our AGM in June. Why not get several Personal Locator Beacons for longer trips, another life raft or some special tools for Mooney maintenance? The sky is the limit...
Flying our Mooney is great fun – we surely all agree on that. But flying together is even greater fun. Therefore we would like to encourage all members to come forward with ideas for future fly-ins and organise them respectively. As a club we need this involvement of our members and you can rest assured that EMPOA will do everything to support your initiatives.
A very special adventure is on at this time for our Mooniacs Tina and Gunter Haug from Mannheim EDFM. With their Turbo Mooney N228RM they have been crossing the North Atlantic, flown over North America, the Caribbean and South America all the way to Tierra del Fuego and Chile. Presently they are in Texas on the return trip. If you want to keep up with those long-distance-travellers you can do so on Facebook at “N228RM” and on the forum of the website www.EuroGa.org
We wish them all the best for their winterly return flight and look forward to seeing them at Aschaffenburg and Plzen where they will be touching down with us again.
-Fly safe - and fast!-
|(By clicking on the map you can see the route of Tina and Gunter Haug)|
- Published on Monday, 18 September 2017 19:44
- Written by Lukas Straubinger und David Kromka
Great was the interest in the journey to Troyes and the Ile d'Yeu organized by Philippe Coffinet. In various ways the Mooniacs traveled from all over Europe to Troyes. A total of 27 Mooneys, a Piper Malibu and a car crew with three Mooniacs could be greeted in Troyes by a small snack at the facility of Troyes Aviation before the check-in to the nearby hotel was completed. The annual general meeting and a wonderful late night dinner was the further highlight of the day.
In the evening, our bus driver took us to Colombey-Les-Deux-Eglises to visit the former residence of the French General Charles de Gaulle. Impressed by the entire complex, the tour group stayed on the spot to finally return to the common hotel at the Troyes airport, as the highlight of the day was yet to come. The EMPOA invited the entire group to a Galadiner in the Hostellerie La Montagne, which has no less than a star in the Michelin Guide. In a very nice ambience sounded the evening many new acquaintances were made, as well as existing maintained.
Off heading West
After a sumptous breakfast our Mooneys took off into sunny skies overhead the Champagne region. Only our vice-president Philippe needed a second try since a temperature indication gave strange values. But thanks to professional support of the crew at Troyes Aviation it was possible to rule out a serious deficiency and D-ETLS was on its way to the west as well.
Some Mooneys landed on the way in order to refuel since Île d’Yeu does not offer AVGAS. The island is located some 25 kilometers of the coast and approaching it is fairly straightforward. Nevertheless it is an aviator’s dream since landing on the runway in the northwestern corner of the island permits some nice coastal sightseeing before touchdown.
The local flying club reserved ample parking space for our speedmachings on the little hard-surface apron and a marshaller arranged our Mooneys in a nice formation. Since eating is a serious issue in France and must not be forgotten, directly after landing we went off into a tent at the airfield that was being put up just for us. We were being served a nice „Choucroute de la Mer“ in which several kinds of fish and seafood were being mixed with potatoes and kraut and this was being washed down with lots of wine and beer. Some Mooniacs did not want to leave to the hotel at this time and a little circle of friends stayed to enjoy the airfield ambiance with red wine and cigars.
The Mooniacs were being lodged in two different hotels in the small port town of Port Joinville and ventured off to explore the waterfront and the numerous cafés. But soon they had to board a bus that brought them to the opposite side of the island where one finds the charming lobster port of Port de La Meule. After a little walk to the nearby chapel or along the harbor all sat down at the restaurant where a home-made punch was being served. After a starter with clams we enjoyed fish again. The evening passed way to fast but the hard core of party-hungry Mooniacs went to dive into the local nightlife with the French pilots. Live music and lots of other people set the stage for a night out that lasted until way after midnight.
On Sunday morning the himmel was a bit hazy at the beginning and temperatures were fresh. But this was no problem for our island sightseeing with the little tourist train. During two hours we were being acquainted with all important points on the island.
Some Mooniacs had to head back home to homebase on Sunday already. Our friend Henri-Jean invited some crews into his home where we could enjoy a little apéritif. In the course of the afternoon around half of our crews took off towards the continent. The other Mooniacs spent another nice evening at the Port Baron restaurant in Port Joinville before heading home the next day or continuing their tour towards Belle Île. A successful EMPOA tour came to a close during which the aviation as well as culinary quality of France was shown from its best perspective.
Lukas Straubinger & David Kromka
Slideshow Troyes – Île d’Yeu 2017
- Published on Friday, 28 April 2017 17:49
- Written by Philippe COFFINET
On June 22 a total of 27 Mooneys found their way to the Annual General Assembly at Troyes. At 19:00 hours, the meeting was formally opened by president David Kromka at Hotel Golden Tulip.
At the beginning all participants rose for a minute of mourning for our late Mooney companion Dr. Matthias Winkler, who died during an instrument approach to Saarbruecken airport late October last year.
David Kromka reported on the pleasant development of membership numbers at EMPOA which counts around 260 members to date. Around 80% of those members are from Germany with another 10% of the population being in France. Austria and Switzerland sum up to another 5%. Seven events in total were organised in 2016 and an outlook for 2017 was given. A special thank you goes to our Tom G., whose Fastflyer meetings have established themselves as an important format within our club. Suggestions for the upcoming Christmas 2017 party are highly welcome.
Lothar Lucks informed the assembly about the association’s accounts. In clearly arranged graphs the expenditures and earnings were compared to those of one year ago. As in the previous years a clear surplus was being reported. The detailed report of the treasury can be requested via the presidency if demanded.
The verification of the accounts was being conducted by Dr. Rolf Bienert. He attested Lothar Lucks an immaculate and exemplary management of the association’s accounts and suggested his exoneration.
The exoneration of the board was then conducted by Tom and consented to by the majority of the members present.
In 2017 there were rotationally elections to the board scheduled and presented on the agenda.
As candidates for the post of president Dr. Birgit Hutz and David Kromka were available. Dr. Birgit Hutz presented herself as candidate and explained her program during a presentation. Lawyer Ingo Roesch agreed to act as the election supervisor. It was voted that the election should be held in secret. Within a secret vote David Kromka was being elected for another term. Due to the advanced hours the assembly was then being interrupted since the dinner at the hotel’s restaurant could not be postponed any longer.
Thereafter it was decided that the rest of the board should be voted upon by hand signal. The following members were elected to positions: Philippe Coffinet (Vice-President), Lothar Lucks (Treasurer), Werner Wohlfahrt (controller of the treasury), Dr. Rolf Bienert (controller of the treasury), Lukas Straubinger (spokesperson).
In the absence of respective activity our international consultant Klaus Ostenfeld abstained from giving a related report.
There were no formal proposals and due to time constraints no further discussions were initiated.
The assembly was closed on June 23rd at 01:05 hours.