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- Published on Tuesday, 13 February 2018 08:09
- Written by David Kromka
A trip for all Mooniacs by Lothar Lucks and David Kromka
On Thursday, Juni 14, there will be our Annual General Meeting of EMPOA at Aschaffenburg / EDFC in Germany. We want to take this date as an opportunity to once again reunite as many Mooniacs as possible and make new discoveries during our classical five-day-trip. It should be a lot of fun!
Lothar and David have joined forces this year and worked out a program that hopefully many of you will find inspiring. The destinations of this year’s trip are Aschaffeburg in beautiful lower Franconia as well as Pilsen in the Czech Republic. The intermediate sector on Saturday is not a long one for our speedmachines but by this we hope that we will be able to do this trip as planned even if weather conditions should not be as favorable as they have been on our past trips. Insiders know: both cities are well known and famous for their “hops juice”, more on this in just a bit.
On Thursday, June 14th, our speedmachines will be touching down on the airfield of Aschaffenburg-Großostheim (EDFC). The well-maintained asphalt runway is homebase for our chief treasurer Lothar Lucks who will be greeting us there. After some happy cheering we will be taking a transfer to our hotels. At 6:00 p.m. we will attend EMPOA’s 2018 Annual General Meeting at „Goldener Ochse“ hotel. We hope to see a large turn-out participants-wise and are looking forward to your ideas and suggestions. Thereafter EMPOA is inviting all attendees of the AGM and their partners to our traditional Mooney dinner.
On Friday, June 15th, we have to get those notepads ready after breakfast. Lothar has organised a seminar on Mooney-specific technical issues. The owner of Aschaffenburg-based maintenance provider Spessart Air Service, Wolfgang Kerkhoff, will be ready to share his in-depth knowledge around Mooneys. Since owning a Mooney goes hand in hand with technical challenges we are already looking forward to a lively discussion and many new insights. For the non-flyers we will have a parallel program: the Schoenbusch park and his English landscape garden is waiting with some nice walks and a creamy Cappuccino. For lunch the two groups will reunite again in the Schoenbusch Inn or the beergarden before we are heading to famous Dirker distillery on the outskirts of Spessart forest. The owner and master distiller himself will teach us the secrets of schnapps destillation and we will be tasting the stuff as well. Those interested may stock up on liquor for their personal bar.
Later that day we will be heading back to Aschaffenburg downtown. During a city walk we will get to know the highlights like Stiftskirche and castle. In the evening we will be enjoying our social program: the bar district awaits and at Hofgut Hoerstein a tasty menu is prepared for us.
On Saturday, June 16th, we will have enough time for a hearty breakfast. Thereafter the shuttle bus takes us to the airfield where we prepare our Mooneys for departure: hopefully with the sun shining. Our destination will be Pilsen-Line (LKLN) airport in the Czech Republic. The flight time will be around one hour only and should not pose a major problem. There are no complicated airspaces in between either. Line is a larger former Soviet Union military airfield and the athmosphere there still breathes the charme of the communist era. There will be a friendly reception anyway: beer (the famous Pilsener Urquell) will be served directly at our aircraft door and a small buffet will bet he culinary prize for a safe flight.
Since the Czech republic is well known for aerobatic flying, we have made preparations for a special treat: Line is homebase to a YAK-18, a rare four-seater aerobatic airplane. This will be the day for those of you who always wanted to dance in the skies together with partner and/or friends. This will be organised by the local flying school and we therefore ask for your expression of interest as soon as possible (individual booking and not part of the trip).
Thereafter we will head straight to the historic center of Pilsen where we will check into our hotel. Later we will make a short walk to the famous Pilsener Urquell brewery, where Pilsener style beer was invented. We will enjoy an exclusive visit through the production facilities. The evening will be devoted to all Bohemian cuisine and tasting the golden hops juice. It will be an “All you can drink”-Pilsener evening in the brewery’s own restaurant and those of you who always wanted to learn tapping a Pilsener beer in style will have the chance of a respective lesson with a master beer tapper for free.
The ones who are not ready for bed after this will head off for a pub crawl in town later.
On Sunday, June 17th, we will enjoy a hearty breakfast together at our hotel. Thereafter we will make a guided city-tour on foot. Right thereafter we board a chartered bus to Plas in order to visit the well-known baroque monastery. The huge complex has been founded in the 12th century and was permanently enlarged in the times to follow. For lunch we will head to another typical Bohemian restaurant in the area of Plas. The trip will then take us to a truly strange place: the Zruc Air Park Aviation Museum. A Czech family has been collecting dozens and dozens of aircraft, helicopters, battle tanks and other technical machinery on their private land for years. Not all exhibits are in perfect or complete shape but the sheer mass is quite impressive. There will be great opportunities for pictures and moments of awe in any case.
The bus will then bring us to Pilsen where we will have a short break at our hotel: the perfect time to check the weather and/or plan our flight for the next morning. That way we will be all set and ready for the final dinner of this tour: a stylish craft beer brewery or the town’s oldest restaurant “U Salzmannu” await. Lots of new experiences will wet the appetite for some more touring in the not too far future.
On Monday, June 18th, our shuttle will drive us back to Pilsen airfield after breakfast. This will be the end of our trip and all Mooniacs will head back to their homebases once again.
This year we want to offer you three different packages around the trip in order to accomodate those of you who possibly want/can only partake in a certain part of this trip.
Package 1: „All-Inclusive“ includes all four hotel nights in the hotel (mostly 4*, all with breakfast) at EDFC and LKLN as well as all transfers in Aschaffenburg and Pilsen. Equally included are all entry fees for the tours described. Furthermore the described lunch and dinner meals including „All-You-Can-Drink“ in the Pilsener Urquell brewery and two drinks (beer or softs) respectively per person in the Czech Republic as well as the distillery visit and tasting and dinner at Hofgut Hoerstein (Aschaffenburg) without drinks.
Additionally you will get a personalized T-Shirt for the trip as well as special souvenir in Aschaffenburg and Pilsen.
Not included are particularly all drinks in addition to those described, lunch at Schoenbusch and landing fees.
Price for package 1: 600 € per person in double room, 765 € for single room.
Package 2: „Book your Own Aschaffenburg“ inlcuded all benefits from package 1 excluding the hotel accomodation at Aschaffenburg. Those opting for this package should book their accomodation at Aschaffenburg on their own. At the hotels Dalberg and Goldener Ochse we have reserved an allotment of rooms under the name of EMPOA until end of March 2018. Room prices are in the range of 100 to 140 € per person per night in double rooms inclusive breakfast.
Price for package 2: 460 € pro person in double room, 510 € for single room.
Package 3: „Infrastructure Aschaffenburg“ includes only transfers and events at Aschaffenburg as well as the dinner on Friday, June 15th. Hotel booking at Aschaffenburg has to be done independently as in package 3.
Price for package 3: 105 € per person (independent of type of room).
We are looking forward to a numerous participation and we are sure that we will once again have a great trip this year. Due to logistical reason we will have to limit the number of participants to 45 for this trip. Reservations will be made on a “First come First serve”-basis. Closing date for reservations will be March 31st, 2018.
The small-print: this journey is formally a Type 3 travel as stated in EMPOA executive decision 2017. With your application you do specifically agree not to receive any detailed or individual cost accounting after the trip. Regarding cancellation you will be entitled to a 50% payback until April 30th, a 33% payback will be granted if you cancel until May 15th. Thereafter there will be no paybacks in case of cancellation or if you can’t make the trip at all.
- 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.