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- Published on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 13:15
- Written by Super User
EMPOA Club trip 2018
ASCHAFFENBURG (EDFC) - PILSEN ( LKLN)
After Austria and Croatia, after Troyes and the Île d’Yeu, it was Germany and the Czech Republic to receive our Mooney squadron for the traditional club trip around the Annual General Meeting of EMPOA. 18 aircraft followed the call of our president David Kromka and that of chief treasurer Lothar Lucks and took part on this trip.
On June 14 the weather was pretty fine and the speedmachine were able to touch down without problems on the runway of the nice airfield Aschaffenburg EDFC which is the homebase to our treasurer. After some very moving greetings and a warm reception by Lothar and Anneliese there was a coach ready to bring all of us to their respective hotels.
Aschaffenburg is an especially beautiful little city full of history. Because of its microclimate it has been called the « Nice of Bavaria » and is dotted with several buildings that bear witness to her former being part of the Holy Roman Empire of German Nation. Later on Aschaffenburg joined the Federation of the Rhine. Its castle from the 17th century sits majestically on the banks of the river Main. Ludwig 1st of Bavaria has shaped the face of the city with his Antique’s museum, the famous Pompejanum, which is an architectural replica of the House of Dioscure in Pompeji in Italy.
This setting with historic charme formed the backdrop for the Annual General Meeting of our association in a meeting room of « Goldener Ochse » hotel.
President David Kromka held the traditional Welcome speech and explained the main acitivities of the past year, especially travels and procurement of safety equipment. He also described the development of the membership base and asked for EMPOA to become even more European as presently there is still a heavy majority of members from Germany.
Lothar Lucks presented the report of the treasury which was certified by the financial controllers. He also answered questions from the public. All members of the board were exonerated by hand :
- David KROMKA, President,
Another highlight was the picture presentation of our friends Tina and Gunter Haug which took place right before the general assembly. They had been touring South America with their Mooney 252 for six months. Patagonia, Fireland, Ushuaia and the Andes mountain range : names of places that let everyone dream and wake up the spirit of adventure in each and everyone of us. And the fact that you can fly 20.000 miles and 120 hours with not more than the regular maintenance did show that you can rely on the quality of Lo Presti’s airplanes when you need it most.
On Friday morning the pilots met again at the airport to listen to a presentation of Wolfgang Kerkhoff, managing director of « Spessart Air Service ». The tasty catering of Lothar’s daughter with some nice patisserie made this a particular treat. The non-pilots meanwhile had the chance to explore the highlights of Aschaffenburg’s old town during a walking tour of the city.
Shortly after noontime, the groups met again at the beautiful garden of Schönbusch park to have lunch at the beergarden.
The afternoon brought us to the famous Dirker Distillery where we discovered their secrets during a private tour. Especially interesting and tempting was the tasting of more than ten different spirits and liqueurs from their production…
Another pleasant surprise was the arrival of Jacques Callies from « Aviation et Pilote » and together with his friend Alain which we later met at « Hofgut Hörstein » right in the middle of a wine-growing estate. We are talking a lot about the EMPOA and the aircraft but restaurants and wine are important subjects as well.
After a filling breakfast the bus drove us on Saturday, June 16, to the airfield where our Mooneys were already anxiously waiting to get airborne. After preparing our horses with wings we calmly take off, heading east towards Pilsen in the Czech Republic. The airport there is a former Russian airbase from the times of the cold war. Most that remains are 2200 meters of runway and some buildings in a state of ruin.
In the shade of a huge Antonov-2, sandwiches await our hungry stomachs. While some go straight for the pique-nique, others opt for a sight-seeing flight with an old Yak-18 and its radial engine.
David had prepared a dense and varied program, that features aviation and alcohol, in this case beer : visit of the famous brewery « Pilsener Urquell » that was founded in 1750 and has been modernised to highest standards ever since. The touring of the brewery’s underground cellars with their 20 Kilometer long storage room sis impressive and shows the approach to quality and uniqueness of a brand that is today known all over the world. The brewery is the true temple of beer in the Czech Republic and the curing aspects of the liquified hop scan be checked out right away : it helps us to digest a dinner of giant proportions : meat, meat and meat. And in order to keep this remember this memorable evening, there are personally engraved beer mugs with everyone’s names for every participant.
Sunday morning brings us back to the times of the Cisterciense monks while visiting their abby from the 11th century. The whole place has been rebuilt later in baroque style of the 18th century. It remains a very nice chapel for Saint Benedict (his rules and duties were rather strict compared to the pretty hedonistic lifestyle of us Mooniacs) as well as an impressive double staircase and the abby’s pharmacy in a particularly good state of preservation.
After a traditional and tasty lunch in a typical restaurant, we went straight back to aviation again in the afternoon. Our visit to the « Zruc Air Park Museum » was a quite surprising one, to put it mildly. Contrary to the name this is not a real aiviation museum but rather a private open-air collection of objects without apparent relationship : war material of all sorts, once pride or the Red Army, is trying to withstand wind and weather but still faces the tooth of times. Without explanation you wander from a Mig-21 fighter to the famed Mi-24 attack helicopter gunship, from a F-104 Starfighter to a Russian attack tank T-72, all under the watchful eyes of a metal statue of Josef Stalin…
For us and some others this journey ended here on Sunday evening. Despite some raindrops overhead the Black forest, from which our TLS Bravo was not spared, the lake of Vesoul (LFQW), our homebase, appeared finally in the light of a beautiful sunset after four days of almost perfect joy.
Once again, this annual trip of EMPOA was a sign of a strong and sincere friendship between the participants, but also expression of our passion and the human values we share. It is just fair to take it as an opportunity to remember the truth of our Mooney slogan « Life is short, fly fast » and maybe even the more profound and antique « Carpe diem », feel the joy of the moment … especially for us, who are lucky enough to experience those moments not only on earth but in the skies as well.
Doktor Philippe COFFINET
- Published on Monday, 05 November 2018 19:33
EMPOA AGM Aschaffenburg 14JUN2018
Date: June 14, 2018
Location: Hotel Goldener Ochsen, Aschaffenburg
The AGM was opened by EMPOA’s President David Kromka at 7:05 PM. At the beginning there was a short introduction of all members present.
David Kromka: gave a short overview oft he development of the membership base. In total there are 285 members at EMPOA to this date. They are 80% from Germany, 10% from France, 5% from Austria and Switzerland and 5% from other European countries. There was a notable influx of new members from Austria and Switzerland. Sergio Petrig was introduced as our new representative for Switzerland. Overall there were 30 new members joining the club last year, five have left the association. David Kromka also gave a brief review of past events.
Lothar Lucks: gave an extensive overview on the club’s finances. The club presently has 56 000 € in the bank with an overall positive result of 14 000 € last year.
Werner Wohlfahrt: performed the checks on the treasury and concluded that Lothar Lucks had done an immaculate and outstanding job as treasurer.
Philippe Coffinet: held a speech as vice-president of EMPOA and specially focused on French-German relations within the club.
Lukas Straubinger: gave an overview of investments that had recently been done at the club. They consist oft wo seawaterproof boxes that complement our sea-survival rafts. They are equipped with special sea-survival equipment (VHF handheld radio, signalling mirror, water dying tablets, strobelight, whistle). They will be rented out in the same manner as and together with the survival rafts. Further details are to be found in the EMPOA webforum. Every pilot is responsible himself for the functioning of the equipment. Due to the pyrotechnic nature of the rescue equipment it is to be held and operated by persons age 18 and up only. Additionally it is planned to purchase four sea-survival suits within the next year (2*L, 2*M).
Ines Bauer: exonerated the members of the board in separate votes. All votes were unanimous with one abstention each.
David Kromka: was requesting all members to participate at the organisation of activities for the club. There was also an outlook to future projects:
End of the meeting: 20:30 Uhr
Notes: Lukas Straubinger
Members present: Jürgen Hack, Oliver Becker, Eugen Straubinger, Britta Hasskerl, Klaus-Peter Sternemann, Rolf Bienert, Werner Wohlfahrt, Uwe Bieber, Joachim Schulz, Björn Nolting, Sergio Petrig, Hannes Taborsky, Gerhard Hobiger, Dirk Toepfer, Lorenzo Cavalli, Gunter Haug, Klaus Ostenfeld, Paul Ring, Peter Loeprick, Birgit Hüffer, Wolfgang Hüffer, Dieter Hoch, Joachim Hofmann, Norbert Hohmann, Reinhard Kammerer, Hans Dietrich, Fritz Kaiser, Markus Beiber, Ines Bauer, Ingo-Julian Rösch, Alex Haselmann, Lukas Straubinger, Lothar Lucks, David Kromka, Philippe Coffinet.
- 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