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Offline cfurnweger

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2009 Canards de Mayo program announcement
« on: April 08, 2009, 06:01:21 PM »
Hi All!

Executive Summary

Canards de Mayo is an annual gathering of around 100 canard enthusiasts in the California gold country at the Columbia, CA (o22) airport.  This year's event will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 1, 2 and 3.

The Saturday night dinner is $22 and reservations must be made with Don Denhard.  See below for address and dinner choices.

Presenters this year will be Larry Lombard of Featherlite, Burrall Sanders of Freeflight Composites, Gary Hertzler of Hertzler Props, Jim Price (single engine altitude record holder) and Joe Hull (Cozy builder).  I am really excited about the topics these gentlemen will be presenting.  See below for presentation titles.

There will be plenty of campsites available at the airport as well as a sheltered meeting room for the presentations and for the dinner.  See website for more details.

The Canards de Mayo website is at:


This year will be the 5th Canards de Mayo fly-in.  This yearís dates are May 1, 2, and 3.  The previous 4 Fly-ins have been a great success and we intend this year's to be the best!  Last year, we had 91 canard enthusiasts for dinner, over 100 throughout the day and 52 canards on the flight line.


If you have not yet signed up for the dinner on Saturday evening, please do so as soon as possible.  We need to let the caterer know how many meals to prepare. 

Reservations should be sent to:

Don Denhard
15800 Cardinal Ct
Sonora, CA 95370

Please include a check for $22 to cover the dinner.  Also, specify which of the following choices you would like:

Pork loin with mushroom sauce
Chicken cordon bleu

Both meals include:
   Beer, wine and soda

Program for 2009
I am delighted to announce a fantastic program schedule for this year.  We have some great presenters lined up to speak about interesting and informative topics.  Below is a summary of the schedule for the event. 

The "Seminar" page on Donís website has been updated to include the schedule, program details and biographies of the presenters.  The updated page can be found at:

2009 Canards de Mayo Schedule
NOTE:  The following schedule is subject to change, however, I do believe this is the final version.

Friday Afternoon, May 1st, 2009
All day: 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

Saturday Morning, May 2nd, 2009
All day Wandering around the planes &
        talking to Canard enthusiasts

9:00 A.M. Presentation:
          "Making a hobby into a business, the story
           behind Feather Lite" 
           by Larry Lombard

10:00 A.M. Presentation:
           "My Plane Loves Me" or "Safely flying an EZ
            in 10 easy steps and two hard ones"
            by Burrall Sanders

11:00 A.M. Presetation:
           "Efficient Pusher Engine Cooling and Drag
            by Gary Hertzler

Saturday Afternoon, May 2nd, 2009
Noon      Lunch

2:30 P.M. Presentation:
          "A Tale of Two Engines"
          by Joe Hull

3:30 P.M. Presentation:
          "Everything you wanted to know about vortex Generators &
           were afraid to ask"
          by Jim Price

4:30 P.M. Presentation
          "Silver Bullet Propeller Design and Construction"
          by Gary Hertzler

Saturday Evening, May 2nd, 2009
6:00 P.M. Dinner
8:00 P.M. Movies:
          1. Cozy MKIV DVD
          2. Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines or
             How I Flew from London to Paris in 25 hours (1965)

Sunday Morning, May 3rd, 2009
Morning: Wandering around the planes and
        talking to Canard enthusiasts

Noon: End of the 2009 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

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

Donít 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

       Cozy MKIV; #1394
       Chapter 10

Offline Dave in Eugene

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Re: 2009 Canards de Mayo program announcement
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2009, 08:14:17 AM »

Really crunching the weather right now to see if we can make it from Eugene...thanks for all the work you are doing!

Sorry to hear about your engine...glad you are safe.

Dave and Pam
408 EZ Long EZ 0235-L2C / Great American 62X62 / IFR / GU canard

Offline Chairboy

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Re: 2009 Canards de Mayo program announcement
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2009, 04:43:01 PM »
I was flying in from Eugene too but turned back about a third of the way between Redding and Columbia.  Some nasty weather out!  I'm trapped in Red Bluff for a bit, I think, and won't be able to make it this year.  Hopefully 2010 will be sunnier!

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Re: 2009 Canards de Mayo program announcement
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2009, 10:51:44 PM » Don, How did it all work out?

Can't believe the weather..geez.

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Offline dorr

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Re: 2009 Canards de Mayo program announcement
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2009, 04:34:17 PM »
Denhard commented to me: Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate for the entire weekend, in fact it was a" perfect storm" it started raining Friday morning and continued right through to Sunday evening. Of course today is sunny and bright. I didn't cancel the event because there were people driving in from long distances and I could not contact them because they were already on their way. As it happens the event was not a total wash out We held 2 seminars on the Saturday afternoon. Larry Lombard gave a very good talk on his days at RAF and how he turned a hobby into a business. Jim Price gave a very informative talk on the development of his Long EZ leading up to his successful attempt at the world Altitude record for single engine aircraft at 35,100 ft .Jim also explained how VG's(Vortex Generators) were fitted to his Long EZ canard and wings .Jim also used twin electronic ignitions. I will try to get copies of both presentations and post them on the Haltonbrat web site. We had 13 for dinner at a local Restaurant on Friday and 24 for dinner Saturday. I am glad I didn't cancel the event because we had some people who drove a long way.
John Smith flew to Oakland from Ogden UT by commercial and then drove to Columbia with his young daughter .Beagle gave them both rides in his aircraft under the 2,000 cloud base with rain showers, quite impressive. I won't do the list of long distance attendees but here's a synopsis, 3 from Washington State, 1 from Arkansas, 2 from San Diego, 1 from Boise ID. 3 from Reno/Carson City. Char Spencer and Gary drove from Lone Pine CA. and did a great job with registration. There were 3 Long EZ on the ramp. Dave Vilgierchio from Davis CA. David Orr with Cherie from LA and Ben Harvey from Mohave. There was also a Cessna from Long Beach with Yoshikane and a companion.

One weather year in five isn't bad - and I had little trouble either way - from the south, Beagle

David A.C.Orr

Offline Dave in Eugene

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Re: 2009 Canards de Mayo program announcement
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2009, 07:25:21 PM »
Good to hear what we missed. Glad it went off well all things considered. Planning for next year!

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