Aerobatic Pilot to speak At Aero Club meeting


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††††††††††† Pitts S-1-11 bi-plane


Persons attending the Sun Lakes Aero Clubís Feb. 18 gathering will hear a presentation by aerobatic pilot Jon Melby, shown above flying his highly-modified Pitts biplane.


††††††††† Aerobatic pilot Jon Melby will be guest speaker at the Sun Lakes Aero Clubís (SLAC) next gathering Monday, February 18 at the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room.The event will begin at 6:30 a.m. with coffee and camaraderie, followed by the program at 7 p.m.†† The public is invited to attend.

††††††††† Melby will give a multi-media presentation about his flying experiences, including how he keeps in practice flying complexaerobatic maneuvers.


††††††††† Melby has 36 years of flying experience.He has flown dozens of aircraft types and currently performs in a highly-modified Pitts S-1-11 bi-plane.He first learned to fly at age eight, when he created a pile of leaves in his Duluth, Minn. lawn, climbed into the roof of his two-story home and jumped like a bird into the leaves.


††††††††† At age 12 he was inspired by the legendary airshow pilot Bob Hoover to pursue a dream of flying. A few years later, he made it a goal to solo in a sailplane before his 16th birthday.He achieved his goal after only eight flights.


Melby purchased his first airplane at age 19 and hired an instructor to learn to fly it.He received his pilotís license after flying every day over the next three weeks.†† He owned several Cessna aircraft during the ensuing years, then purchased a Pitts S2B bi-plane in 1996, spending three months training to compete in aerobatic contests.


††††††††† He has been on the airshow circuit for several years, performing at up to a dozen events each year.His logbook details performances in eight states and Canada.


SLAC meets the third Monday of the month November through April in the Sun Lakes Country Club Mirror Room. The public is invited to attend all meetings.Additional information is available on the clubís web site,, or by calling Bob Walch at 895-8869 or Gary Vacin at 298-7017 or