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Dear EMPOA-Mooniacs!

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!

David Kromka