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EAA Skiplane Fly-In Goes On As (Re) Scheduled

February 2, 2005 - Numerous aircraft ranging from an ultralight Quick Sprint on a monopod float to a Maule M-4-210C on wheel skis appeared at EAA's rescheduled Skiplane Fly-in Saturday at Pioneer Airport. The event was made possible by the previous weekend's snowfall, which ironically postponed the event due to adverse flying conditions. Slightly overcast skies kept the plane count down to about a dozen of the 39 originally registered, but many people from the area were drawn to the hangar to enjoy piping hot chili, chicken soup, and of course, loads of hangar talk.

James Hoeppner arrived in his Quick 
Sprint on a monopod float.

Ultralight pilot, James Hoeppner, flew in from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, about 55 nm to the south. He sent a short note describing his open cockpit flight to and from Oshkosh, as well as summing up the sentiments of those attending.
"It was a little chilly on the way up, but everything warmed up fine once I finally got there. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. The chili was great. I only wish I'd had more time to hang out and down more of it.
"I met some old friends and made a few new ones before it was time to gas up and head home. Fortunately the afternoon temperatures warmed up a bit and I even made a short detour to check out Lake Sinnissippi and Lac La Belle on the way back to Oconomowoc.

"I'm already looking forward to next year's fly-in, but it may be time to rethink the Quick's open cock-pit."

Skiplanes lined up along the east side of Pioneer's snow strip.

Rick Disher taking off in his wheel ski-equipped Maule.

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