We departed Sedona, Arizona with a couple of quick loops around the area to get some air-to-air against the beautiful red rocks before heading out to KPRB – Paso Robles, California. We flew as a multi-ship formation enjoying conversation on “short-count” (123.450 mhz) and pointing out the sights along the way – Lake Havasu, the Google Power Farm, Edward AFB, the LA basin and shooting up the central valley.
Upon arrival we joined with some new Rally attendees and fell into a very well-choreographed agenda that included interesting local sights as well as some fantastic wines from the local region. A trip to the Estrella Air and Car Museum was very interesting even for well-seasoned aviation types which was followed by a presentation by Paulo Iscold, formerly of Brazil, about his record breaking aircraft designs, the CEA-308 and the Anequiem (which did over 325 mph on an IO-360 Lycoming). What a relevant presentation to Lancair owners and pilots that kept us entertained for the better part of 2 hours.
After a drive through the country in some vintage automobiles our final dinner was held at the Eberly Vineyard Estate where we toured the wine cave and sampled some of Paso’s best while watching a beautiful sunset with Lancair friends. This is what the Lancair Rally is all about!
Special thanks to Dave Fretwell who spearheaded the Paso Robles event. Dave, a Legacy FG owner/builder, did an amazing job of putting this event together and keeping us all on schedule and entertained. WE WILL BE BACK!
Next stop is Redmond, Oregon to visit friends where Lancair grew up and is the mecca of composite E-AB aircraft and the Lancair DNA exists in new projects like the Stratus and Epic aircraft. It is not too late to join the Rally and you can jump on or off the route as you please. Go to rally.lancair.com to see the route and schedule and the easy registration form. Come fly with us!