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Memorial Weekend Fly-In to Castle Airport (KMER)

May 26th, also know as Memorial Day is a day dedicated to remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces but, the weekend preceding Memorial Day is know as the beginning of Spring.

While trying to come up with some ideas to not only pay respect to our nations fallen men and women but, to plan our next fly-in. I kicked around several ideas including, a fly-in to Salinas for a BBQ lunch. But I soon scrubbed the idea when logistics and cost became too much. What I finally came up with was a reasonably cheap fly-in to Castle Airport (KMER) in Atwater, Ca. Quarterly, the Castle Air Museum host an "open cockpit" day" and as luck would have it, the next date is scheduled for May 25, 2014. Each one of the many aircraft at the museum will be open and available to tour; aircraft like the B-17, B-52 and B-25. Not only can you get up close and personal with each plane, there will be pilots who flew either these aircraft or ones like them available to talk with.

After touring the aircraft, the museum has a food court area where we can purchase lunch (cost unknown) and, according to one employee at the museum, several food vendors along with souvenir vendors make an appearance on open cockpit day as well. She assured me "you'll find something to eat."

Another thought. You can always pack a lunch and bring it with you or, we can plan a potluck type lunch. Cold-cuts, chips, soda, etc.. But, that's a call I'll leave in your hands.

Late Note:  I just got an email from one of the museum narrators, Joe.  Here's his reply to my request for a picnic area:  "The Museum does have a Picnic Area near the SR-71 display near the front of the Museum that would be available. Unfortunately the nearest restroom would be in our Gift Shop across the parking lot."  So, if you'd like, we can do a pot-luck type lunch.  Just let me know via the message board below.

The cost to attend the museum on open cockpit day are as follows:
Adults: $12.00, Seniors (60+): $8.00, Youths (6-17): $5.00
Children 5 & under (with paid adult): FREE
Active duty military personnel (with I.D.): FREE
Family Pass: $30.00

I also talked with the tower personnel today. There are no worries or issues flying into Castle. For the past 18 years, it's been a Class "D" airport and nothing more. I was told there;s ample parking with tie downs and there are no fees for parking. Once on the ground, transportation from the tarmac to the museum and back will be provided by the museum at no cost to you.

Please RSVP when you can. There is a slight chance I may be able to get a group rate if our numbers are 20 or more.

I've listed both NavAids and the Castle Air Museum links below.

http://skyvector.com/airport/MER/Castle-Airport
http://www.airnav.com/airport/KMER
http://www.aopa.org/airports/KMER http://www.castleairport.com/
http://www.castleairmuseum.org/visitorinformation/

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  • Tony "Skippy" A.

    Great meeting you Tammie. We got a wave from your "shuttle" driver after he dropped you guys off.

    May 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was fun! Thanks for organizing. Sorry we caught the Airport Limo ride back to the plane and you guys missed it. ;)

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • Tony "Skippy" A.

    My pleasure Paul. Great meeting everyone. Just wish it wasn't 9000 degrees on the tarmac today.

    1 · May 25, 2014

  • Paul

    Yes, we did saturate the pattern on both sides. Gave the controller a workout. He made me 360 for spacing! Thanks for pulling this together, Tony. See y'all soon. Great event.

    May 25, 2014

  • Mark N.

    That was kick-ass. Crazy that we all arrived landed at the same time.

    May 25, 2014

  • Michael R.

    OOp last minute cant make it..;-[

    May 25, 2014

  • Chris

    Diamond Star 722PA will be there around 10 am. See everyone there!

    May 25, 2014

  • Mark N.

    I'm flying a C172 N19897. Please post ur tail numbers if ur going so we can watch for you.

    1 · May 24, 2014

    • Tony "Skippy" A.

      N52702. The 180 conversion because. I have A LOT of extra weight going. Flight plan is scheduled for a 1000 departure from TCY. Should be at Castle around 1040 latestest.

      May 24, 2014

  • Paul

    Remos N266RA

    May 24, 2014

  • Paul

    Thanks Tony. Tammie and I will depart E16 as soon as wx permits. Should be there before 1100. Looking forward to it!

    May 24, 2014

  • Tony "Skippy" A.

    We're all set. Meet at the FBO at 1100 and the museums bus will pick us up; drop us off and bring us back. See you all Sunday.

    May 22, 2014

  • Mark N.

    I'll be there. I have the plane reserved all day, so can get there anytime. Maybe arrive closer to lunch time?

    1 · May 20, 2014

    • Tony "Skippy" A.

      Okay. I'll let Geli know her buddy won't be there.

      May 20, 2014

    • Tony "Skippy" A.

      PS Mark. Let me know what weekdays you have off so I can plan a SQL for breakfast then, a Bay Tour with you. Thinking a share ride but, you'll have to grab me from TCY. I take of the comms while you PIC.

      May 20, 2014

  • Joseph

    Does ~11:00 am at the FBO sound right?

    1 · May 20, 2014

  • Tony "Skippy" A.

    Working on the final touches for this trip this week. Just really need final numbers for those going so I can confirm either a free shuttle ride to the museum or a courtesy car.

    Also, what time does everyone want to meet? There is an FBO at GA parking called Gemini Flight Center (www.geminiflightsupport.com). They have a pilots lounge so, we can meet there as a group and catch our ride from there also.

    Thanks.

    May 18, 2014

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