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Canards de Mayo Fly-in In Columbia, CA

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I figure this heading can get reused on down the line as there are no dates attached to the heading.

Nobodies said boo about this 2008 spring flying kick-off event yet but it a big gathering here in the Western states.

Beautiful setting in a Gold mining town in the Sierra foothills. Very nice runway and camping next to same. Very short walk into town where there is good food and places to sleep if you dont want to camp. Heard said already there are almost 30 canards registered. A nice fellow named Charles Fernweger has set up several presentations by accomplished Cozy fliers and etc over the 3 days. May 2 afternoon /evening-arrival, Sat the 3rd and Sunday the 4th are the dates. Theres a list of times and better info on it over on the Canard Mailing list. Several Cozys always attend. I am hoping Jack might make it in his Eracer, and Lynn is swamped with work but maybe he might blast off up there in the EvoEze for Saturday afternoon. Every bodies welcome to the fun. This always bring some great people and their airplanes...the weather is very mild...you'll be glad you made it.

Self confessed Wingnut.

Now think about it...wouldn't you rather LIVE your life, rather than watch someone else's, on Reality T.V.?

Get up off that couch!!! =)


Progress; Fuselage on all three, with outside and inside nearly complete. 8 inch extended nose. FHC done. Canard finished. ERacer wings done with blended winglets. IO540 starting rebuild. Mounting Spar. Starting strake ribs.

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Hi Jon! Would you post the following flyer on your Canard Zone forum? Thanks!

Bye... :-) Charles Furnweger, Cozy IV, http://cozy.caf.org


Hi All!


Less than two weeks before the start of the 4th annual Canards de Mayo fly-in on May 2nd, 3rd and 4th! If you have not had a chance to send in your check for dinner, please do so now. Don needs to pay the caterer for the meals to be served and for the rental of club house and for other miscellaneous expenses. Here are the details:


Dinner will be catered Saturday evening at 6:00pm in the clubhouse at the campground.


The menu is a choice of tri-tip or chicken. Each comes with a salad, vegetables and desert. Wine, beer and sodas will be available. If you need a vegetarian meal, please let Don know.


How to request a dinner:


Cost: $20 per person

Specify whether you want tri-tip or chicken Send a check payable to Don Denhard to:

15800 Cardinal Ct

Sonora, CA 95370


WoW! This year´s event is going to be FANTASTIC!!!! There will be many well known members of the Canard community attending, many of them will be making some exciting and informative presentations throughout the day.


I´ve had one canard enthusiast from Australia tell me he was planning a business trip around this event. He really got excited when he heard Marc Zeitlin, Craig Catto, Keith Spreuer, Dave Ronneberg and Jeremy MacDonald were all giving presentations on topics he found exciting!


Below is a summary of the schedule for the event.


The "Seminar" page on Don´s website has the details of each presentation and a biography of each of the presenters. The web page can be found at:




Here is a quick summary so you can plan your weekend:


2008 Canard de Mayo Schedule



Friday Afternoon, May 2nd, 2008

3:00 P.M. Participants begin arriving

5:00 P.M. Meet in airport terminal parking lot

5:15 P.M. Walk to town for a no-host dinner


8:00 P.M. Presentation:

Prop Loss - Desert Center - Emergency

Landing in a COZY MKIV

by Marc Zeitlin


Saturday Morning, May 3rd, 2008

All day Wandering around the planes &

talking to Canard enthusiasts


9:00 A.M. Presentation:

How To Keep Your Wood Prop On

Your Plane With Less Work

by Marc Zeitlin


10:30 A.M. Presentation:

Propellers, Safety and Balancing

by Jeremy MacDonald


Saturday Afternoon, May 3rd, 2008

Noon Lunch


3:00 P.M. Presentation:

Berkut becomes an Optionally

Controlled Mobius Aircraft

by Dave Ronneberg


4:30 P.M. Presentation:

Is a 3-Bladed Propeller Really Better?

By Craig Catto


Saturday Evening, May 3rd, 2008

6:00 P.M. Dinner

8:00 P.M. Movies:

1. Some tough crosswind landings at the

2007 Canards de Mayo.


2. Gossamer Condor: Docudrama on

the design, building and winning

of the Kremer prize for the first

successful human powered aircraft.


Sunday Morning, May 4th, 2008

Morning Wandering around the planes and

talking to Canard enthusiasts


7:00 A.M. Meet in parking lot to walk to breakfast


9:00 A.M. Presentation:

P-51 Scoop Style Cooling

by Keith Spreuer


Noon: End of the 2008 Canards de Mayo


About the fly-in and Columbia California


Columbia airport info can be found at:



The campgrounds at the airport are nestled in a beautiful forest.

There are clean flush toilets and hot showers available. The campground also includes picnic tables and a couple of barbeque grills, though many attendees take the short walk into the historic gold mining town of Columbia for meals.


If you have not visited Columbia you are missing an experience.

Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains it is a jewel not to be missed. Columbia has been preserved as it was in the heyday of the 49ers Gold Rush. It is a fun place to visit and explore.


The town has 4 good restaurants and an authentic Hotel from the gold mining period. The Fallon House Theater has live, professional, theatrical performances that are first class. Show information can be found at http://www.sierrarep.com/


The official Canard de Mayo website is at: http://www.haltonbrat.com. There are links to hotels, information on the Saturday evening dinner, camp ground information and a link to the town of Columbia.


Don´t forget to sign-up for the dinner. Information can be found at:




I certainly hope you will consider joining us this year.


Bye... :-)


Canards de Mayo

Program coordinator

Jon Matcho :busy:
Builder & Canard Zone Admin
Now:  Rebuilding Quickie Tri-Q200 N479E
Next:  Resume building a Cozy Mark IV

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