Asheville, NC – 195 Club “Caravan”

May 20-22, 2016

After a 1 year hiatus, the International Cessna 195 Club’s Caravan returned for its 2016 edition with the destination being Asheville, North Carolina. The choice of Asheville was a bit selfish as it had been on our “Fly To” list for a few years. The big draw for us was to see the Biltmore Estate. We had flown to Newport, Rhode Island in the summer of 2011 (the first year we had our 195) and toured The Breakers, which was a summer “cottage” built by Cornelius Vanderbilt II. After seeing that cottage we were really interested to see the “home” in Asheville built by his younger brother George Vanderbilt II.

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Aviation firsts

  • First airshow – Sun ’N Fun, Lakeland, Florida on April 24, 2015
  • First flight in our 195 – from Waterloo airport to Alf Beam’s private strip on May 20, 2015
  • First cross country trip in our 195 – to Burlington, Vermont on May 23, 2015 to spend the weekend at the Milton’s cottage
  • First airline flight – to Vancouver, BC on June 20, 2015
  • First helicopter ride – near Revelstoke, BC on June 25, 2015 for a 25 minute sightseeing tour around the mountain peaks and a glacier with Aunt Michelle
For many people, these aviation firsts don’t happen in their first year of life.  Hudson is a very lucky little man!

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Middlesboro, KY

October 30 – November 2, 2014

After work on Thursday, October 30, Kurtis and I departed in the 195 from CYKF.  We were meeting up with friends from the Cessna 195 Club for a 3-day long weekend getaway in Middlesboro, Kentucky.  Aubie had planned out the meeting place, which was where his Dad’s family was from.

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195 Club Fly-In Harbor Springs, MI

September 17 – 21, 2014

It’s hard to believe that this was only the 6th International Cessna 195 Club annual fly-in that we have attended, because it really does feel like a family reunion.  Over the past 6 years we have developed strong, life-long friendships with so many of the 195 Club members. The Cessna 195 truly does attract and bring together the most wonderful people!

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Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

September 3 – September 6, 2014

A week of extremes… from camping in a muddy field in Iowa to staying in a beautiful resort in Pennsylvania.  Gotta love aviation!

On Wednesday morning, after a nice breakfast, we made our way to Landmark Aviation FBO on the north side of Pearson airport.  We met up with our friends Richard and Marilyn Cooper, loaded our luggage into C-FFUN and were ready to make our way to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, located southeast of Pittsburgh.  The flight was very smooth and we made it to the resort mid afternoon.

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Blakesburg fly-in

August 29 – September 1, 2014

We departed midday on August 29 trying to time things right to avoid the worst of the weather making it’s way westbound along our flightpath.  The flight was good and we really only had to skirt through one bigger line of showers when we were getting closer to Blakesburg, Iowa.  It had definitely rained in the area but it was hard to tell how wet the ground was.  We flew over the Antique Airfield and did a low approach to get a closer look at the strip.  The flagmen were waving us in, so we went around and came back in to land.

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New Mexico, etc

(October 1 – 14, 2013)

Since purchasing our Cessna 195 (in November 2010) we have focused our travels on interesting and fun places that we can fly ourselves to.  As 2012 came to an end and the new year was upon us it was time for us to start thinking about where we were going to explore in 2013.

An annual travel tradition that we started in 2009, when we began the search for a Cessna 195, is attending the International Cessna 195 Club annual fly-in held each year in September.  The 2013 fly-in was scheduled to take place in Tupelo, Mississippi from September 26 – 29 and this was definitely on our 2013 travel calendar.  In looking at our various vacation options, we figured that since we were going to be in the south-central US for the fly-in we might as well tack on a two week flying adventure right after.  Now we just had to figure out which direction we would travel from Tupelo – east or west?

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