Weather an issue at Fly-In
By RON PRESTON
The pancakes, sausages and hot coffee were the highlight to many who came out to the 21st Annual Abilene Aviation Association Fly-in Saturday morning.
With temperatures hovering in the mid 30’s, strong winds out of the north and a light steady mist falling it didn’t dampen the spirits of the crowd who came out to enjoy the food, friendships and the sights and sounds of a few pilots who braved the unusual May weather to take part in the annual event at the Abilene Airport.
One of those pilots was Ed Doyle who lives 12 miles north of Manhattan on a farm and is a member of the Abilene Aviation Association who attempts to get to get the fly-in every chance he gets.
“All these people over here in Abilene are my friends and buddies, and I always try to come to the Abilene fly-in whenever I am in the area,” Doyle said.
“Lots of time, especially this time of year, I’m in Alaska. I’ve had the opportunity to go out to the Alaska Aviation Show in Anchorage, which is this exact weekend and then the following weekend is the Valdez, Alaska short landing and takeoff competition,” Doyle added.
Two years ago in 2011, he won the Valdez Short Landing and Take Off competition and set a world’s record.
“I had lots of fun doing that,” he said.
Doyle flew his 1950 Piper Super Cub to Abilene Saturday morning and it is the same plane that he has taken to Alaska many times.
“The older Piper Cubs were a J3 models, this is just a little bit newer model, but you can tell by the numbers 1950, it’s no longer a new model by any means,” Doyle said with a chuckle.
“I’ve owned this airplane for nearly 20 years. I go to quite a few fly-ins around the country as I enjoy the different fly-in activities and the aviation community,” he said.
“It keeps my wife and me in the air and flying quite a little bit,” he added.
“I don’t do anything commercially with my plane, it’s a toy, like some people have hot-rod cars, well I have my airplane, this is my hobby,” Ed concluded.