Here's our Fall Newsletter from Bryan written November 6, 2006.
Hi Challenger Fans,
Halloween has come and gone but we're still flying on floats here in Southern Ontario where the palm trees sway in the gentle breezes. Well, okay, so no palm trees, but today the forecast is sunny and +10C! Snow though is in the cards so soon the amphibs will come off and the wheel/skis will go on - always something to look forward to!
Here's a quick Fall news update for you:
BARRIE CHALLENGERS RELOCATED
The Challenger fleet in Barrie, ON has moved to new hangar and office facilities at Edenvale Aerodrome about 15 minutes to the northwest of our old base at Springwater Airpark.
Edenvale Aerodrome is a former RCAF base used in WW II for advanced pilot training in Harvards. It has been resurrected by owner Milan Kroupa who has done an amazing job of turning an abandoned airfield into the best recreational flying venue in this corner of the universe. The aerodrome is also home to the Edenvale Flying Club, the Collingwood Classic Aircraft Foundation and COPA Flight 143.
Directions are in the Contact Us section of our web site:
Note that our phone number, mailing address, etc remain unchanged.
EXPERIENCES - SEVEN LEAGUE BOOTS
In July 2006 Kris Falk flew Challenger C-IJBN - call sign One Jelly Bean - 3,000 km from Montreal to Edmonton. It was flying for the sake of flying. It was wonderful sights and amazing hospitality from strangers. It was celebrity status achieved by arriving at a remote lake or a small town in a Challenger on amphibious floats.
In "The Adventures Of One Jelly Bean" we have reconstructed the voyage from messages and pictures emailled between members of the Challenger community as they followed the track west. Head over now for a great browse and don't forget to click the pics for enlargements:
Also, in the Hot Shots section, we've uploaded a great shot by Robb McCahgren of One Jelly Bean heading off Into The Sunset:
Kris will be at Montebello in January - be sure to say hello!
Speaking of Montebello, a reminder that our 17th Annual Challenger Winter Rendezvous will be held January 26-28, 2007. Details will be published on challenger.ca soon. Make sure it's marked on your calendar!
INSPIRATIONS FROM THE CHALLENGER COMMUNITY
In our last news update we wrote about Challenger owner Andreas Ruttkiewicz in Sooke, BC who has risen in a remarkable way to some very difficult situations life has thrown at him. We received many messages of encouragement from the Challenger Community.
Challenger owner John Woudstra, a very enthusiastic Challenger builder and flyer in the Ottawa area, wrote:
"Andreas, I had the opportunity to read about the challenges you have faced in the note Bryan Quickmire sent out today. I am inspired by your demonstration of courage and willingness to deal with the present and forge ahead with the dream. You will enjoy the Challenger as an aircraft which allows for four seasons of fun and gives you the opportunity to slip away from the things that drag you down. I wish you and Michele all the best in your quest to set up an airstrip in Sooke. Life will challenge you again but never give up the fight to follow the dream. Regards, John C-IGUG"
John started out in gliders as a teenager then spent decades in General Aviation but only found the elusive fountain of magic in a Challenger. Read all about it in his COPA Flight article entitled "Get At It And Don't Procrastinate!" which is in the Experience section of our web site:
For those who may have missed the piece on Andreas you can navigate to it from our home page or go direct via this link:
AND IN CONCLUSION ...
Well that's the Challenger news for now - it's sunny and warm here - time to go flying!
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