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rbrochey

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Coming out of the deep and dark December I keep thinking how great it would be for for the HBA folks to get together... Fly in, walk in, drag your project behind an old Chevy pickup, whatever. A FUN event with cookouts, camping, coffee and doughnuts... but most importantly the love of personal
aviation... we can do this, count me in. If you would like it here in western New Mexico, I certainly could help put it together. But it can be where
it will work for everyone. That's it, have a great day!
 

wsimpso1

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We do an HBA gathering every morning through OSH at Homebuilder's Headquarters. I understand that most years there is one at Sun 'n Fun too.
 

rbrochey

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I'm just throwing ideas out there... may volunteers who could do woodworking techniques related to aircraft... Don could bring hi rivets down for a lesson in aluminum construction.... tig welding demos... there is a lot of talent floating around in here.
 

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We could have a preparatory event right now, with COVID measures in place.
Do it virtually, and have topics and group conversations online. Post videos and pictures of your project or topic of interest, get feedback. We could even have one-to-one sidebars (call them "conversations").
Like we do every day. :)
 

BJC

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A great place to meet and have all the amenities for camping in a beautiful setting is Triple Tree in SC. COVID drove cancellation of the 2020 fly-in, which normally is the week of Labor Day.

Another option, assuming that at least a few people are serious, would be to gather at one of the nice museums. I enjoyed meeting V1 a few years ago when my son-n-law and I visited the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, OH. Don’t know about camping opportunities there. Pensacola and the NMNA could be a good wintertime location.

BTW, I was just out on the golf cart, and met a young lady from Maryland who is off work for a month, and is flying her C150 around the SE. Gave her a few suggestions about where she might fly this afternoon. What she is doing, and what Matthew is posting about in another thread, are great ways to exercise our freedoms, meet interesting people, and enjoy sport aviation.


BJC

Edit: Another option might be to arrange with Sun n Fun for limited use of their facilities. That would require a financial commitment and considerable coordination by someone here other than me.
 

rv7charlie

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My wife & I have hosted frequent alt engine gatherings here at Slobovia Outernational (MS71) in the BC era, and intend to resume when AC is finally here. Happy to expand the scope a bit as long as it's manageable for us in terms of food supplies, etc. Space isn't really an issue; we're on a 4800' strip & have 50' x 80' of hangar space.

Y'all please be careful if you do something near-term. We're all human (well, most of us, anyway), and we all manage to do stuff without thinking that we later regret, like family reunions gathering from around the country and thinking it will be ok 'because we're all family'. Followed by 15 people being infected and a couple of them dying.

Charlie
 
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