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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

CT Fly-In / Page, Az

8th Annual 2014 Page, AZ. Fly-In

Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Grand Canyon, Bullfrog Marina Resort... 

Make those reservations now. It's time again to work on -In. We changed a few things last year that added some new fun. We did the river raft trip the day before the actual Fly-In day. It was a great raft trip. I would highly recommend it.

We changed up some of the routes last year which turned out well so we'll do it again.

The Page, AZ. Fly-In date is October 16-19, 2014 We will fly the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley (breakfast), Zion Canyon and Bryce Canyon (breakfast), Bullfrog Marina and Resort (breakfast).

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

UFOs (United Flying Octogenarians) spotted at local airport

 July 24, 2014 11:15 am • Debbie Balzotti Correspondent

Four Utah pilots met at the Spanish Fork-Springville Airport on Tuesday. They are proud members of the elite international United Flying Octogenarians -- the UFOs.

“We are hosting today,” said Don Davies, 86. “To be a member of this club you have to be over age 80 and able to fly an airplane legally. You must have been a pilot in command after reaching age 80.”

Davies arrived in his Cessna 117RG, better known as a Cardinal. He typically flies four hours a month to stay proficient as a pilot. “I fly for business and for pleasure,” he said. “Because I am doing some developmental engineering on flight instruments I fly for business, but I fly because I love it, too.”

Russ Roberts, 86, parked his light sport Flight Design CT in the hangar where the pilots gathered for a brief meeting. He flew out of the Cedar City Regional Airport close to his home in New Harmony. “We have nine members in our group,” Roberts said. “We’ve decided to meet regularly at each others' airport location since some of us have never met each other. We all enjoy flying. “It’s in the blood -- it keeps you young. We have to stay physically fit to fly, so it gives me a reason to stay healthy and in good physical shape.” Roberts is a Korean War veteran who served as a Navy pilot. He remembers his first solo flight. “Your first solo is always one of your most memorable,” he said. “The Navy gave us precisely 10 hours of training then sent us up solo. Their intention was to eliminate some of us right away -- which it certainly did.”

Don Pantone, 86, lives in Pleasant View and flew in from the Ogden-Hinckley Airport. He was too old to go to flight school after he graduated from the University of Utah, so he was sent to aircraft maintenance school. “I grew up liking airplanes,” Pantone said. “I read everything I could about them and really wanted to be a pilot. "I first flew a plane in 1945 when I got three hours up in a plane as a high school graduation gift. After I got off active duty in 1957, I got my pilot license.” Pantone owns one-quarter of a Beechcraft Bonanza, and he and his three sons own a Piper Super Cruiser. They bought the Piper from Ralph Woodhouse, who was a pilot and business owner at the Spanish Fork-Springville airport. “I mostly fly the Piper," Pantone said. "It’s my psychiatrist. It’s expensive to fly a plane, but cheaper than paying a psychiatrist. "My favorite flight is over the west side of the valley above the Great Salt Lake, the Spiral Jetty and up to the meeting of the two railroads at the Golden Spike memorial.”

Ralph Cravens, 85, has passed his love of flying on to the next generation of his family. He flies out of the South Valley Regional Airport since he lives in Midvale, but his daughter and son-in-law fly out of airports all over the world. “My daughter flies a 757 for Delta," Cravens said. "She and my son-in-law are pilots for Delta, and their two children are at the Air Force Academy. I guess it’s in our blood." “I got my license in 1946 and since then I’ve flown all over," he added. "I think my most memorable flight was while I worked in South America as a mining engineer. I flew with the Chilean Flying Club, and I’ll always remember flying from Santiago, Chile, then over the Andes to Mendoza, Argentina, and finally to Iguazu Falls on the border of Argentina.”

Ed Helmick, owner of Diamond Flight Center at the Spanish Fork-Springville Airport, took the pilots to lunch after their meeting at the airport. “I think it’s absolutely amazing that they are still flying,” Helmick said. “I think it is great that they have an association of their peers. "I’d heard of the UFOs, but never met any of them. I think any pilot who is still flying and is over age 80 should definitely join them.”

For more information or to sign up as a UFO visit

Friday, July 25, 2014

FAA Releases New Hangar Use Policy

FAA Releases New Hangar Use Policy
Homebuilding now a protected activity under proposal

July 24, 2014 - The FAA released a long-awaited hangar use policy this week that addresses non-aeronautical use of hangars at federally obligated airports. EAA worked with the FAA to create the policy, which is designed to alleviate confusion stemming from a 2012 letter to the city of Glendale, Arizona.

The letter was widely circulated in the airport community and was interpreted by some as general policy. It suggested that the only objects that were acceptable in hangars at federally-funded airports were aircraft and a very limited list of aircraft-related items such as tow bars and wash racks, and the bare minimum of furniture and personal convenience items necessary for flight planning.

Because it suggested that all non-aeronautical objects in hangars constituted a violation of airport sponsors’ grant assurances, this letter led to many airports tailoring their own local hangar use policies to mimic the letter for fear of losing federal grant money.

The recently released policy, on the other hand, allows that “the incidental storage of non-aviation items that does not interfere with the primary purpose of the hangar and occupies an insignificant amount of physical hangar space will not be considered to constitute a violation of the [airport sponsor’s] grant assurances.” The policy also reiterates that the FAA is willing to work with airports with insufficient aviation demand for its hangars to use airport structures for interim non-aeronautical use, albeit at higher, non-aviation rental rates.

The policy explicitly recognizes for the first time “final, active assembly” of aircraft as a protected aeronautical activity. Homebuilders in the past often found themselves unable to rent a hangar because their aircraft were not yet airworthy and their local airport required airworthiness as a prerequisite for hangar rental, which left the homebuilder in the awkward position of being unable to finish the aircraft and transport it to the airport for inspection and flight testing. This new policy eliminates that situation and codifies the aeronautical nature of homebuilding.

The FAA is accepting comments on the proposed policy, and EAA members are encouraged to read the policy and offer comments to the agency. EAA is reviewing the policy and will submit formal comments, which will be made available to our membership.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Tom Rathbone, sad news.

Tom and his wife Delta were wonderful members of our EAA Chapter.
They were present at our meetings and we are going to miss them very much.  We regret to inform you of Tom's passing.
Here is a letter from his daughter Jane:

Dear Friends of Tom Rathbone,
It is with a heavy heart and much sadness that we share with you that our father, Tom Rathbone, 86, passed away June 17th.

He passed peacefully and is free of pain. We know that he is in a better place; seeing his dear mother, who passed when he was 9 years old, and his many relatives and friends. He was extraordinary! He was a father to 4 children ("one of each kind", he would say), husband of nearly 64 years, friend, pilot, musician, inventor, dreamer, visionary, comedian, entrepreneur, engineer (just a draftsman, he would say), veteran, and... He would always add "and humble, don't forget humble".

Daddy requested no services at this time. He was cremated and we will keep him at home for the time being. We will have a joint service in Star Valley Wyoming, when our Mom passes. They will both be buried in Afton, Wyoming. Mom is 89 and is not doing well. She misses him already. We do not anticipate that they will be separated too long.

He leaves behind our mother, 2 siblings, 4 children, 18 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous relatives around the country. What a legacy!

Daddy asked for this poem, a pilot’s prayer, to be shared in his memory:


Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silver wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-spilt clouds – and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of – wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence.
Hov’ring there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, nor even eagle flew.
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

-John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Daddy was a strong supporter of the EAA Young Eagles Program. If you would like to make a donation in his name, you may do so online at:, select Contribute, then, Young Eagles, and in the notes box, please state the donation is in memory of Tom Rathbone.

Best Regards from his children on behalf of our mother, Jane, Tim, Amy and Nancy

Friday, June 20, 2014

AMA Vote Reveals Dirty Secret of 3rd Class Medical

AMA Vote Reveals Dirty Secret of 3rd Class Medical...

Association of physicians committee votes to oppose driver's license medical. By Robert Goyer / Published: Jun 10, 2014 AMA meeting Enlarge Photo From a pilot's perspective, the enemy of positive change is self-interest and bureaucracy, and both were well represented during this week's meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) in Chicago. At this gathering of delegates, an AMA committee voted to oppose the FAA's proposed driver's license medical by directing lobbying efforts in Washington, D.C., to defeat the rule change. As you probably know already, the change in the FARs would allow pilots to practice the privileges now afforded by a third class medical certificate to demonstrate their fitness with a current state-issued driver's license. Flying has long supported such liberalization and has encouraged member organizations, including the AOPA, EAA and GAMA, to stand behind the change, which they have.


Friday, May 9, 2014

Gary Thornley Hawes

Gary Thornley Hawes

St George

The great Enthusiasm, Love of Life, Excitement and Vitality that was Gary can never die. He still abounds. He is as real today as he was yesterday. We, who are left behind, will just have a harder time accessing his essence. He absolutely loved the life he lived, and he lived each day to the fullest. Our best wishes go with him on his onward journey.

Gary Thornley Hawes was a Valentine Baby, born 14 February 1939 at his Grandmother's home in Aberdeen Idaho, the oldest of seven children of Clair and Afton Thornley Hawes. He died in a tragic airplane crash near Santa Clara, Utah on 7 May 2014.

Gary was a graduate of Aberdeen High School where he served as Student Body President. A yearly occurrence was to return for Aberdeen Days each year for a Picnic in the Park and enjoy a high school reunion. He was already planning to attend this June. About ten years ago, he was privileged to give the graduation address at Aberdeen High, and this was one of his life's highlights. 

Gary had a life long desire to become a pilot, and attended the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs for two years. However, a greater call came, and he resigned from the Academy in order to accept a mission call, where he served in the Northern States Mission. Upon his return he enrolled at the University of Utah and joined the ROTC. He married his sweet Suzan in the Salt Lake Temple on 24 January 1964 and embraced her family as his own.

Gary and Suzan were blessed with four beautiful children, and nothing brought him greater joy than being with his children and grandchildren. His family was his first priority.

He also loved his nation, his flag, and the United States Air Force. He and Suzan had many moves: Arizona, California, North Carolina, England, Germany, and Korea. After military retirement, Gary became a pilot for SkyWest Airlines, and moved to St. George. After SkyWest retirement, Gary flew for private individuals, which included taking several airplanes to Africa, and what he calls the "Icing of his Flying Life" which was being hired by Yeti Airlines in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he spent six months flying tourists around the top of Mt. Everest. For the last several years, Gary has worked as a private pilot for Nathan Ricks, and has so enjoyed the friendship he and Nathan shared.

Gary also loved the Scouting program. He never received his Eagle Scout, but was instrumental in so many young men- especially his own sons and grandsons - achieving this goal. He loved giving them flags which had been flown over the United States Capitol building.

Gary loved his church. He has served in numerous Bishoprics and Stake Presidencies. His most loved call was being Bishop, but he also loved working in Scouts, the Young Men's program, serving a mission with his wife to the DI, and serving a Family History Mission. 

Gary is survived by his wife of 50 years, Suzan Skye Maycock Hawes,

His four children: Gary and Wendy Hawes of Herriman, Utah, Sean and Kendra Hawes of St. George, Utah, Star Hawes Hill of Logandale, Nevada, and Christian Hawes of Las Vegas, Nevada. He has 15 grandchildren- Austin, Sydney, Jackson, and Shelby Hawes, Kenzie, Jake, Jordan, and Hudson Hawes, Skylar, Kaleigh, Keaton, and Skotlyn Hill, Micah, Ellie, and Finn Hawes. Gary is survived by siblings: Dallas Hawes, Danny and Anne Hawes, Hope Heaney, Gary and Joye Neal, and Ryan Hawes.

As I write this, I think about that smile that was always on his face and will always be on our minds.

Funeral services will be at the Bloomington Hills Stake Center at 1130 East Brigham Road, St. George Utah at 1:00 pm on Saturday May 10, 2014. There will be a viewing prior to the funeral from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. Arrangements are under the care of Heideman Hughes Mortuary 435-674-5000.