Bellanca-Champion Club West Coast Fly-In: June 8-10
The Fly-In Committee of the
Bellanca-Champion Club has announced their first 'Gold Country Air
Tour' as part of their annual West Coast Fly-In.
Program chair Ozzie Levi has compiled 'an exciting tour of towns
and historical sites' around Columbia, CA, site of the Fly-In, June
8 through 10. Briefings for the Air Tour will begin at 3 pm on
Friday, June 8. Participants will receive maps and a guide to
spotting local historical sites such as Columbia State Historical
Park, Sonora, and Angels Camp from the air. The flight will last
approximately one hour and will end with the opening Friday night
Spaghetti feed at Columbia Airport.
Another addition to this event is the arrival of two
Back-Country Scouts from Bob Hannah of Northwest Back Country
Aircraft (shown below in a Tom Gideon photo). These airplanes are
optimized for unimproved field operations and feature 31”
The Fly-in Committee, chaired by Jim Spee, is making
arrangements for the eighth running of this extremely popular and
successful event. The location is central to all states of the
West, and one that has an excellent airport, a fine campground,
nearby hotel/motel facilities, and considerable historic interest.
The Club notes that, "During the three-day period, our activities
will be geared toward a mix of flying, eating, education, and lots
of time for socializing. Our aim is maximize the fun and minimize
the formalities. We hope to attract lots of interesting airplanes -
from Champs to Bellancas to whatever our guests fly in."
Non-members with an interest in these airplanes and the Club are
A spaghetti dinner on Friday and a steak dinner/meeting
(Saturday evening) are planned, as well as spot landing and flour
bombing contests, several presentations and Owner Roundtables
during the day Saturday. Advance Registration is strongly
encouraged; forms, lodging and other information are on
The Bellanca-Champion Club serves the owners and enthusiasts of
the Bellanca Cruisair, Cruisemaster, Viking, Champion, Citabria,
Decathlon, Scout, AviaBellanca Skyrocket and derivative lines of
aircraft with information, publications, technical assistance and
their newsletter 'B-C Contact.'