The Lancair Owners group was quite active at Oshkosh. Several board members attended the annual Type Club Coalition meeting on Tuesday of EAA. There were about 20 representatives from many of the type clubs present. There was also an NTSB representative on hand and several EAA advisors. The EAA made a presentation on their efforts to further the mission of the type clubs.
We held the traditional Lancair Forum on Wednesday morning. About 40 people attended to hear updates from LOBO President George Rosel, Events director Sandy Gainza, and Safety and Training Director Jeff Edison. Jeff provided an overview of the LOBO training system, TRUST, and outlined his plan for improving the number of LOBO members and Lancair/EVO owners who pursue LOBO endorsed initial and recurrent training. Jeff has an idea to create a ladder based on proficiency and dedication to the standards set forth in the LOBO training syllabi. He has established mentors for new Lancair/EVO pilots, so that when a new owner gets trained, they have someone to call who has more experience and can offer advice if needed. Jeff expects to identify these mentor pilots through the TRUST system, a Training Records Tracking System which LOBO is developing. The TRUST system, when implemented, should increase training events, ensure standardized training, facilitate the paperwork, and make it easier for the aircraft owners and the instructors to get the most out of their time together. LOBO hopes to have the TRUST system operational later this year.
Also announced were the dates and location of the next LOBO Landing. Asheville, North Carolina will host our group from October 6-8, 2022. We selected the Hilton Biltmore Park as our host hotel, and are already planning for a great gathering. We hope many of our LOBO East Coast members will be able to join us for this meeting. As always, if you would like to assist in the planning, please contact Sandy Gainza at s.gainza [at] lancairowners.com to let her know how you would like to help. She needs ideas for sponsors, presentations, activitities and auction items.
The LOBO Flygirls, organized by Judy Pastusek met for a lunch on Wednesday during AirVenture, with about ladies present.
The Lancair International company did not attend Oshkosh this year. They remain supportive of LOBO and of the fleet and are working to get more parts in stock. Bob Wolstenholme and Kim Lorentzen of Evolution aircraft were in attendance at all LOBO functions, and had a booth at Oshkosh. They are featuring a new engine, called Adept. Contact Kim for more information at kiml [at] evolutionaircraft.com.
Several LOBO sponsors and supporters attended the LOBO banquet on Thursday evening. Representatives from Airframes, Inc., Risse Racing, Gallagher Insurance, LancairTalk, Advanced Aviation and Evolution Aircraft were on hand. The guest speaker, Jim Parker of Caribbean Flying Adventures, told us tales of his many trips guiding caravans of aircraft to destinations in the Caribbean including the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, Cayman Islands and even Cuba. We had about 110-115 in attendance at the Best Western in downtown Oshkosh. Mark your calendars for EAA 2022, our banquet will shift to TUESDAY of Oshkosh week, at the same location .