- Published on Sunday, 22 October 2017 18:48
- Written by David Kromka
Dear EMPOA Mooniacs!
A great summer full of flying lies behind us. And while forests and vineyards show off a spectacular array of colors from the air, we are already preparing ourselves and our Mooneys for the next trips.
Our trip to France led us to Troyes and Île d’Yeu in June and thanks to the extraordinary preparation of our vice-president Philippe Coffinet this was a great success; the Annual General Meeting at Troyes even boasted a new record participation with 27 aircraft touching down at Troyes. There will always be different opinions in a club, but nevertheless we are very happy that after the discussions at Troyes we are once again established at a smooth cruising altitude. 15 Mooneys were taking part at our weekend in Franconia and Kulmbach did show that the famous EMPOA spirit is very much alive. That those Mooneys can also deal very well with shorter runways and high terrain, was being proven during our fine Mooney Mountain Flyer Camp end of September at Gap airfield in the French Alps.
There have been some organizational changes at EMPOA: Birgit Hutz has left the board after ten years of work for the club and we would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank her for the work and commitment that she has devoted to our cause. We would like to wish Birgit and Rainer many safe flights and happy landings in the future. We also would very much like to continue Birgit’s project of flying for boys with the Duchenne disease and are waiting for members step forward and volunteer by taking a young boy into the skies.
A big Thank You goes out to Andi Hoegl, who has helped so many members as Technical advisor in our group. We hope that we will be able to count on Andi again one day in the future when his big project of hangar construction in the southwest of France comes to a finish.
At the same time we are very happy to welcome new members on board the EMPOA crew: Lukas Straubinger is not only our youngest active member, but also our new public relations person. Lukas has already completed many flights with his father Eugen, is well known to the group and is an IFR-rated pilot. As free-lance author for general aviation magazines he knows how to put our hobby into perspective by chosing the right words.
Also new to the extended board is Alex Haselmann, our future Mister Motor. As technical advisor he will be responsible for the specialty tools and offer his expert advice around airframe, engine and avionics. We hope that we learn quite a bit from this specialist on American big block engines. Whilst talking about this we would like to stress that the position of technical advisor at EMPOA can and should not be seen as replacement for your own repair shop and personal involvement. And the EMPOA webforum also deserves your attention in order for problems and solutions being made public to a greater audience.
During our past travels we have shared many beautiful and unforgettable moments. Nevertheless there has obviously been the need for some formal clarifications. Therefore the board has come up with an unanimous decision that we distribute to you as attachment to this newsletter. It was very important for us to offer as much freedom as possible for any potential organizer and we hope that this will lead to an even greater involvement of many members. Our own Tom has already started to prepare some attractive offers and has created his own company “The Fastflyers” that will be dealing with travels for members. Our board decision does not need to be the final version and we would love to hear your input which will then be discussed within the club.
Lothar und David are already in the position to share the date for an excursion around next years Annual General meeting. From June 14 to 18 (Thursday through Monday) we will offer a five-day-tour to Aschaffenburg/Germany (EDFC) and Pilsen/Czech Republic (LKLN), our AGM is scheduled for June 14 at Aschaffenburg.
Furthermore we would like to invite all members and their partners to our third EMPOA Christmas party: Nuremberg and its famous Christkindlmarkt are the perfect setting for our meeting on Saturday, December 9. From noontime we will be there at the Nuremberg International airport (EDDN) with gingerbread and hot red wine. Thereafter we head to the Christkindlmarkt and start the dinnerparty at Kopernikus restaurant in the historic Krakau tower. The party will also feature a little quiz around Mooney. We ask you for early and binding reservations as we were only able to secure 35 seats in the restaurant.
Finally we wish all of you a great take-off for fall 2017, safe flights with always happy landings and look forward to seeing all of you during our next excursions, travels and trips!
- Published on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 21:24
- Written by David Kromka
December 9th, 2017: EMPOA Christmas Party with visit to the famous Christkindlmarket and aviation gameshow, Nuremberg EDDN (Germany)
- Published on Monday, 18 September 2017 19:44
- Written by Lukas Straubinger und David Kromka
Great was the interest in the journey to Troyes and the Ile d'Yeu organized by Philippe Coffinet. In various ways the Mooniacs traveled from all over Europe to Troyes. A total of 27 Mooneys, a Piper Malibu and a car crew with three Mooniacs could be greeted in Troyes by a small snack at the facility of Troyes Aviation before the check-in to the nearby hotel was completed. The annual general meeting and a wonderful late night dinner was the further highlight of the day.
In the evening, our bus driver took us to Colombey-Les-Deux-Eglises to visit the former residence of the French General Charles de Gaulle. Impressed by the entire complex, the tour group stayed on the spot to finally return to the common hotel at the Troyes airport, as the highlight of the day was yet to come. The EMPOA invited the entire group to a Galadiner in the Hostellerie La Montagne, which has no less than a star in the Michelin Guide. In a very nice ambience sounded the evening many new acquaintances were made, as well as existing maintained.
Off heading West
After a sumptous breakfast our Mooneys took off into sunny skies overhead the Champagne region. Only our vice-president Philippe needed a second try since a temperature indication gave strange values. But thanks to professional support of the crew at Troyes Aviation it was possible to rule out a serious deficiency and D-ETLS was on its way to the west as well.
Some Mooneys landed on the way in order to refuel since Île d’Yeu does not offer AVGAS. The island is located some 25 kilometers of the coast and approaching it is fairly straightforward. Nevertheless it is an aviator’s dream since landing on the runway in the northwestern corner of the island permits some nice coastal sightseeing before touchdown.
The local flying club reserved ample parking space for our speedmachings on the little hard-surface apron and a marshaller arranged our Mooneys in a nice formation. Since eating is a serious issue in France and must not be forgotten, directly after landing we went off into a tent at the airfield that was being put up just for us. We were being served a nice „Choucroute de la Mer“ in which several kinds of fish and seafood were being mixed with potatoes and kraut and this was being washed down with lots of wine and beer. Some Mooniacs did not want to leave to the hotel at this time and a little circle of friends stayed to enjoy the airfield ambiance with red wine and cigars.
The Mooniacs were being lodged in two different hotels in the small port town of Port Joinville and ventured off to explore the waterfront and the numerous cafés. But soon they had to board a bus that brought them to the opposite side of the island where one finds the charming lobster port of Port de La Meule. After a little walk to the nearby chapel or along the harbor all sat down at the restaurant where a home-made punch was being served. After a starter with clams we enjoyed fish again. The evening passed way to fast but the hard core of party-hungry Mooniacs went to dive into the local nightlife with the French pilots. Live music and lots of other people set the stage for a night out that lasted until way after midnight.
On Sunday morning the himmel was a bit hazy at the beginning and temperatures were fresh. But this was no problem for our island sightseeing with the little tourist train. During two hours we were being acquainted with all important points on the island.
Some Mooniacs had to head back home to homebase on Sunday already. Our friend Henri-Jean invited some crews into his home where we could enjoy a little apéritif. In the course of the afternoon around half of our crews took off towards the continent. The other Mooniacs spent another nice evening at the Port Baron restaurant in Port Joinville before heading home the next day or continuing their tour towards Belle Île. A successful EMPOA tour came to a close during which the aviation as well as culinary quality of France was shown from its best perspective.
Lukas Straubinger & David Kromka
Slideshow Troyes – Île d’Yeu 2017
- Published on Friday, 28 April 2017 17:49
- Written by Philippe COFFINET
On June 22 a total of 27 Mooneys found their way to the Annual General Assembly at Troyes. At 19:00 hours, the meeting was formally opened by president David Kromka at Hotel Golden Tulip.
At the beginning all participants rose for a minute of mourning for our late Mooney companion Dr. Matthias Winkler, who died during an instrument approach to Saarbruecken airport late October last year.
David Kromka reported on the pleasant development of membership numbers at EMPOA which counts around 260 members to date. Around 80% of those members are from Germany with another 10% of the population being in France. Austria and Switzerland sum up to another 5%. Seven events in total were organised in 2016 and an outlook for 2017 was given. A special thank you goes to our Tom G., whose Fastflyer meetings have established themselves as an important format within our club. Suggestions for the upcoming Christmas 2017 party are highly welcome.
Lothar Lucks informed the assembly about the association’s accounts. In clearly arranged graphs the expenditures and earnings were compared to those of one year ago. As in the previous years a clear surplus was being reported. The detailed report of the treasury can be requested via the presidency if demanded.
The verification of the accounts was being conducted by Dr. Rolf Bienert. He attested Lothar Lucks an immaculate and exemplary management of the association’s accounts and suggested his exoneration.
The exoneration of the board was then conducted by Tom and consented to by the majority of the members present.
In 2017 there were rotationally elections to the board scheduled and presented on the agenda.
As candidates for the post of president Dr. Birgit Hutz and David Kromka were available. Dr. Birgit Hutz presented herself as candidate and explained her program during a presentation. Lawyer Ingo Roesch agreed to act as the election supervisor. It was voted that the election should be held in secret. Within a secret vote David Kromka was being elected for another term. Due to the advanced hours the assembly was then being interrupted since the dinner at the hotel’s restaurant could not be postponed any longer.
Thereafter it was decided that the rest of the board should be voted upon by hand signal. The following members were elected to positions: Philippe Coffinet (Vice-President), Lothar Lucks (Treasurer), Werner Wohlfahrt (controller of the treasury), Dr. Rolf Bienert (controller of the treasury), Lukas Straubinger (spokesperson).
In the absence of respective activity our international consultant Klaus Ostenfeld abstained from giving a related report.
There were no formal proposals and due to time constraints no further discussions were initiated.
The assembly was closed on June 23rd at 01:05 hours.