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- Published on Saturday, 16 July 2016 16:23
- Written by David Kromka
It was a little different design for the EMPOA Annual Club trip in 2016: instead of five we only ventured off for four days and instead of two destinations we had a single homebase this time. Flying and the fun associated with our Mooneys did not fall short nevertheless as weathergod Peter did once again favor us this year.
Some Mooneys arrived at Graz and Fuerstenfeld as an early commando already on Wednesday in order to celebrate the birthday of our former president Rainer Hutz. The party at Lannach was quite a success and a sampling of Styrian wines gave us a first impression of this very special grape juice.
„High time“ started at Thursday around noon on the 700-meter-runway of the local flying club at Fuerstenfeld: sometimes with only a minute in between 20 Mooneys landed from all over Europe. Despite challenging weather conditions overhead Germany and north of the Alps all registered planes made it safely to Styria. The longest distance was covered by crews from the Greater London area, the Southwest of France and Denmark. Sunny skies over Fuerstenfeld greeted crews after long flights in and in between the clouds as well as a cool beer.
Due to the large number of participants the crews were lodged in three different places and the EMPOA crewshuttle was busy bringing them to their rooms. In the evening we met at Fasch Inn for the hearty Styrian specialty of baked chicken. The meals were that big that absolutely no one had to go to bed hungry. Furthermore we had the traditional shirt sale from Stefan Schlenk's Mooney Classic collection that featured a particularly nice long-sleeved polo.
20 Mooneys had to be airborne within one hour on Friday morning as participants took to the skies headed for Portoroz, the day trip's destination. As winds were quite cross and constantly changing this was quite a challenge for the pilots who had to show their precise flying. But it was the last aircraft taking off with Werner Wohlfahrt and David Kromka that experienced problems with the turbocharger and had to divert to Graz airport. According to reports from the participants the visit to Portoroz was nice even without David's guidance and the day on the Slovenian Adriatic was beautiful. Only the European meet of Harley Davidson bikers was responsible for heightened noise levels in Piran and Portoroz.
In the evening one was able to witness the return of the speedmachines to Fuerstenfeld airfield. The local tower crew was talking quite respectful about the professional flying skills of our pilots. The evening was at everyone's leisure: some went to the local brass music festival while others checked out Fuerstenfeld's restaurants and bars.
After a hearty breakfast on Saturday morning our minibus convoi headed off to Riegersburg castle: this oldest and strongest fortress in Styria sits atop a large rock and has never been conquered. During a guided tour we learned everything from the castle's history to the wars against the Turks and the witch trials.
Directly thereafter we went to a nearby Buschenschank, the Styrian variant of a beer garden. Under a sunny sky we enjoyed huge plates with local delicatessen and fine wines. The afternoon went by pretty quickly and some Mooniacs had the chance for a small and private tasting.
After a short siesta in Fuerstenfeld we went by minibus to Kapfenstein castle where we were welcomed by the owner family Winkler-Hermaden. Before we could indulge into a tasty dinner, EMPOA members had to do some work at the Annual General Meeting. On the AGM we discussed the past year and made plans for the new one (see the separate report of spokesperson Birgit Hutz). The delicacies from the castle's kitchen quickened the appetite for more but shortly after 11:00 p.m. all Mooniacs had to return back to Fuerstenfeld.
The departures on Sunday morning were all on time and despite rainy and cool weather north of the Alps all aircraft arrived well at their homebases. According to reports everyone liked the trip and Mooniacs are already looking forward to next year's EMPOA club trip from 22 to 26 June 2017.
- Published on Saturday, 16 July 2016 10:00
- Written by Super User
EMPOA Annual General Meeting 2016 in Kapfenstein/Styria
June 18, 2016
After welcoming the 26 participants our president David Kromka reported about the activities of the EMPOA in the past year:
The annual trip to England and the Isle of Man in June 2015 with 17 Mooneys, the French-German Christmas Fly-In to Vesoul in December 2015 with 30 participants and the Fast Flyer Meeting to Avignon which was organized by Tom Grossgart.
Birgit Hutz spoke about the flying event of the EMPOA for kids having Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Until 18 June in Germany 21 kids have flown, most of them accompanied by their brothers or sisters or one parent. Thanks a lot to the pilots!
Lothar Lucks presented the financials, in 2015 the EMPOA made an excess of 7,600 €.
Our financial auditor Rolf Bienert reported about his audit and disburdens Lothar.
After that Andi Hoegl asked for the exoneration of the presidency: one after another David Kromka, Philippe Coffinet, Birgit Hutz and Lothar Lucks and Rolf Bienert were disburdened. The members of the board thanked the participants.
David asked Klaus Ostenfeld, our international counsellor to report on his activities whereupon he referred to his list of proposals. One proposal is a Technical/ Maintenance Workshop. Rob McEwan already started organizing a seminar in spring 2017.
The presidency proposed to nominate Bernd and Thomas Hamacher, the two founders of the German-speaking Mooney-community „mooney.de“, from which the EMPOA emerged, as honorary members. The partcipants of the general meeting accepted this proposal with one voice (and one abstention). Bernd Hamacher came to the general meeting and said “Thank you” also in the name of Thomas. The honorary membership is awarded by the presidency with a certificate.
As outlook Tom Grossgart presented the next Fast-Flyer Meeting from September 15 to 19 to the island of Porquerolles in France.
At the common dinner afterwards we were discussing about our Mooneys and further Fly-Ins.
For the Presidency
David Kromka – Philippe Coffinet – Lothar Lucks – Birgit Hutz
- Published on Sunday, 17 April 2016 15:08
- Written by Super User
These year's spring greetings will be a bit different from the regular outlook to the upcoming flying season : I would like to share some personal thoughts with you.
A couple days ago we have returned from the Fastflyer meeting at Avignon and two things impressed me once again : that we have great personal airplanes and that there are extraordinary people in EMPOA.
Within a two day window almost every flight can be undertaken within Europe almost every time. And it is always fun to experience the power of our speedmachines up close.
Tom Großgart's Fastflyer meeting has established itself and found its niche as a quick and pretty trip for in between : flying to a beautiful destination and meeting nice people. « Ordinary people » was the dictum during our evenings in France and EMPOA will continue its work for exactly this audience. Flying high without being aloof, assembling ordinary people for events far from the ordinary, that will continue to be our goal.
Pilot's comradeship : the word often sounds banal but on my recent birthday party I could experience just that. Apart from old friends, family and colleagues there were quite a few Mooniacs present and I believe to be speaking for many of them when saying that the enocunters away from cockpit and airfield have become equally important and valuable.
Our Christmas Fly-In with the Coffinet family was a big success in an outstanding setting and shortly we will be representing EMPOA at Aero in Friedrichshafen. At the booth of Troyes Aviation Horiot we will be raising our flag and I would like to thank all volunteers involved for their extraordinary support.
The upcoming Fastflyer meetings, the EMPOA club trip in June and our Annual General Meeting on June 18th at Kapfenstein castle in Styria are additional highlights for this year. I am sure that there is something for everyone of you and look forward to many memorable moments.
Therefore as always at this point: happy landings and fly fast!
- Published on Friday, 15 January 2016 17:08
- Written by David Kromka
We have the sad obligation to inform you that our Mooniac Peter Marton from Hungary has passed away after encountering a severe illness.
Peter was an EMPOA Mooniac of the first hour and many of you knew him personally. Unforgettable are the three Fly-Ins to his homebase of Jakabszallas/Hungary (LHJK) which Peter planned with his very own attention to detail and which allowed us to spend wonderful hours at the airfield as well as in the Puszta.
But also on many other EMPOA events Peter showed us that he was to be counted to the innermost circle of our Mooney club. We will miss his combination of sarcasm and charm at the same time. Nevertheless we are sure that he will keep an eye on our speedmachines from his future lookout up high in the skies.
Always safe flights – for the whole board
David Kromka, President