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- Published on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:24
- Written by David Kromka
December 9th, 2017: EMPOA Christmas Party with visit to the famous Christkindlmarket and aviation gameshow, Nuremberg EDDN (Germany)
- 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 Sunday, 11 June 2017 18:36
- Written by David Kromka
The flying season 2017 is well under way and we did already experience quite some surprises on the meteorological side. In March we were able to greet more than ten aircraft for the Fastflyer meeting at Paris-Lognes. Thanks to the support of our friend Jacques Callies we were able to comment the landing performance of the arriving speedmachines from his roof terrace whilst sipping on a glass of cremant or red wine. Great times with a high pressure system that presented all Mooniacs blues skies for flying into and out of the French capital.
A bit more challenging in this regard was the way to Dôle where our own Tom was nevertheless able to greet quite a few airplanes. According to reports received this meeting was a great success both in aeronautical and culinary aspects. Little wonder with this organiser.
Lots of snow and freezing temperatures in April and a summer heat wave late May don’t keep us Mooniacs tied to the ground. And Werner and myself hope that we will soon be able to take to the skies again. Currently bids are being taken whether our « Silver Beak » will be able to take off with its newly overhauled engine and redesigned panel just in time for the France trip.
Talking about France : our vice-president Philippe Coffinet was a little worried by times about the low response rate for this year’s trip to Troyes and Île d’Yeu. But in the meantime there is a large enough group that has signed up. The program promises to combine aeronautical and culinary highlights and Philippe deserves a big Merci for presenting his home country from the very best and tasty side. We will all see each other again in Champagne – my crew by « terrestrial transport » if necessary.
This year’s Annual General Meeting at Troyes will feature elections for the board and this time it looks like there will be a real choice to make. Therefore this date is very important for all members because this is where we will decide upon the direction into which our association will be heading. Together with committed members the acting board has achieved quite a bit. EMPOA has been able to increase the number of it’s members by 25% to more than 250 Mooniacs who can register themselves electronically and enjoy support with a response rate of mostly far less than 48 hours. The treasury and membership administration is a field that deals with data and numbers and the work behind is often underestimated. Therefore I would like to use this opportunity to thank Lothar Lucks for his extraordinary commitment in this field. When Lothar will be presenting his financial report at Troyes we can all be assured that the numbers are in the hands of a professional whom we can trust.
Our website is consistently tri-lingual : always new content and the web forum as well as regular updates from the board guarantee that navigating to our virtual clubhouse is always worth the visit.
Besides the virtual world, EMPOA wants to put special emphasis on spreading out into the real airspace as well. Travel is what our aircraft are being conceived for and therefore I am especially proud that we were able to organise far more than a dozen larger and smaller trips within the past years. No matter whether two or five days, four or 24 Mooneys : our flying program featured something for practical everyone. New regions were discovered and new friendships formed – a lot of fun was included as well.
We would like to continue this direction with and for you and do therefore hope for your trust and support in the upcoming future!
And this summer an old saying is valid again: happy landings and fly fast!
- 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.