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- Published on Monday, 25 February 2019 11:50
- Written by David Kromka
Dear EMPOA Mooniacs!
The new year 2019 has already seen ist first month pass by and some of us have been taking advantage of sunny days for some nice flights with our speedmachines. Especially in winter it is nice to see what kind of speeds we can see when our Mooneys roam the sky and the white landscape passes by down beneath us. And I find it particularly nice to see that more and more members of our club team up together to do such spontaneous trips in the good company of others.
2019 will see quite a few activities in our club. One major event will certainly be our Annual General Meeting (AGM) that will see elections to the board again. It will be paralleled by our traditional five-day-trip that will be organized this year by our Regensburg Mooniac Fritz Kaiser as well as our Austrian friends Gerhard Hobiger and Hannes Taborsky. We look forward to a nice time along the river Danube when we will be touching down at Regensburg and Krems.
During our AGM we want to discuss and vote with you about some changes and amendments to our by-laws that need some clarifications and improvements after ten years in service. Your involvement and activities are being asked for and if someone has ideas or even some direct input for new articles, you are very welcome to get in touch with the board. Furthermore we would like to enlarge the board from three to five members: the positions of spokesperson as well as the Technical Director are supposed to become full members of the presidency.
Shortly you will be receiving mail from a new member to our association: Timm Preusser from Aschaffenburg is unfortunately not a real Mooniac (yet) as he is flying a Cirrus airplane, but the training programs from his COPA University might be of interest to some of us as well.
Once again I would like to point out the activities of our Tom G. who is again offering a diverse program consisting of several trips this year. We will continue to inform about his offers via our EMPOA list, but those of you who want even more direct information should register for their Fastflyer newsletter directly at: www.thefastflyers.com
Just for the completeness of it we would like to inform you that the programs of Timm and Tom are formally no direct events of EMPOA, but rather events according article 3 of the EMPOA board decision (as is by the way the Regensburg and Krems trip) and are being run on the account and risk of the respective member.
While talking about trips and events we would once again like to call upon all members to think about your personal involvement regarding the organization of such venues. Could it be you who is setting up something for your friends in the club? Our association offers maximum freedom in this regard and the board is happy to help if needed.
We would like to wish all of you many happy landings – fly fast!
- Published on Monday, 25 February 2019 11:33
- Written by K-H Schmidt
|With the EMPOA Annual General Meeting in Regensburg in May, the first highlight this year is getting closer and closer. Fritz Kaiser has put together an interesting supporting program for this part of the journey. Please note the deadline for registration on 17 March. Further information follows here:
On Saturday we will continue from Regensburg to Krems in Austria, where Gerhard Hobiger and Hannes Taborsky will lead you through the beautiful Wachau. Again, the registration deadline on May 22 is to be considered, as longer no hotel rooms can be reserved. This trip can only be booked through the travel agency "SunnyDreams". Further information follows here:
- 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