September/October, 2009

By: Gary Vacin, Publicity Director


The following article will appear in the October 1st Sun Lakes Splash and in the
San Tan News:  (See below for an additional Splash article)


The Sun Lakes Aero Club has announced the following activities for the coming months,

according to Earl Cuyler, the club Activities Director. 


October 17th       Field trip to Skydive Arizona, including breakfast, at Eloy

November 1st      Welcome back cookout at Sisk Park in Palo Verde

November 21s     Fly-in to Ryan Field west of Tucson for breakfast

November 28th    Field trip to Challenger Space Center in Peoria

December 19th    Fly-in to Sedona for breakfast

January 16th        Fly-in to Marana Airport north of Tucson for breakfast, with a stop at

Pinal County Airport on return trip to view mothballed aircraft

January 23rd        Field trip to Rotoway Helicopter facility in Phoenix

February 27th      Field trip to Hawker Beechcraft facility at Mesa Gateway Airport

March 27th          Field trip for tour of Mesa Gateway Airport 


Information on these activities and other information on the club is available at the

Aero Club’s website,


The Sun Lakes Aero Club meets the third Monday of each month from October

Through May.  More information about any of these activities, or the club in general, is
available from Earl Cuyler, 480-895-5525; Bob Walch 480-895-8869 or Al Galvi,



Following is another article that will appear in the Sun Lakes Splash on October 1st:

Mark Patterson, a World War II historian and owner/operator of Pathfinder Tour in Chandler,
will be the featured speaker at the Sun Lakes Aero Club meeting Monday, October 19 at the Sun
Lakes Country Club Mirror Room.  The meeting will begin with coffee and fellowship at 6:30 p.m.,

 followed by the program at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

            Patterson was originally scheduled to address the Aero Club in March, but was forced to
cancel at the last minute because of an illness in the family.

            Patterson will cover various aspects of World War II history, with emphasis on D-Day

 airborne operations and the Normandy invasion.  He will bring a number of World War II artifacts
 and memorabilia, including a German MP-44 sub-machine gun, an authentic German Knight’s Cross
with oak leaf swords and diamonds -- the highest award available to German pilots, and an unnamed
U. S. World War II Congressional Medal of Honor.   He has studied history for more than 30 yeas,
traveling extensively through Western Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland.  

            Now in its 13th year, the Sun Lakes Aero Club is open to anyone interested in any aspect of
aviation.  Additional information is available at the club’s website, or by
contacting Bob Walch, president, 480-895-8869 or Al Galvi, vice-president, 480-802-0104.

This photo depicts U. S. Army paratroops boarding a C-47 aircraft.
This scene was repeated many times as troops dropped behind enemy
lines in support of the D-Day invasion of Europe during World War II.