Mountain Family Fly-In returns to McCall Aug. 13-15
The 18th annual Northwest Mountain Family Fly-In, scheduled
for Aug. 13-15 in McCall, is designed to attract families, aviation
enthusiasts and pilots. Sponsored by the Idaho Transportation Departments
(ITD) Division of Aeronautics, the weekend event features a range
of activities that appeal to pilots and non-pilots alike.
This years event promises to have something
for the entire family, says Frank Lester, ITD Division of Aeronautics.
McCall is a gateway to the Idaho wilderness, and the community
provides an ideal destination point for pilots and their families.
Now in its fifth year in McCall, The fly-in has adopted
the theme Idaho Wilderness: Join the Adventure, for this
year its fifth in McCall.
An overview of event highlights includes
A Saturday, Aug. 14 dinner will feature pilot Bill
Johnson speaking on Laughs and Tears from 64 Years of Planes
and Flyin, a humorous journey from a J3 cub to a Citation,
with B-17s in between. His self-proclaimed love affair with aviation
began at age eight and has never waned. After serving as an Air
Force pilot, Johnson went on to earn a commercial pilots license.
His recent experiences include flying high-performance gliders and
helicopters, and a free-fall sky dive from 13,500 feet to celebrate
his 70th birthday.
Native Idahoan from Grangeville, C.W. Butch
Welch, a.k.a. Cee Dub, will lead two Dutch oven cooking classes
on Saturday. Welchs stories and recipes come from his years
in the backcountry as part of river and hunting trips, and as a
conservation officer for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.
Welch is the host of a television cooking show and has authored
New this year is a lineup of activities that expand
into the local community. Saturday activities include mountain biking
at Brundage Mountain, golf, a tour of the Tamarack resort, a walking
tour of McCall, and a land/lake tour in an authentic WWII Amphibious
DUKW. Activities especially for children include free airplane flights
with the Experimental Aircraft Associations (EAA) Young Eagles
(for children ages 8-17), a visit from Smokey Bear, face painting,
McPaws Regional Animal Shelter, learning about and looking at llamas,
and the opportunity for Boy Scouts to earn their aviation merit
Pilot safety seminars and density altitude clinics
will be offered Friday and Saturday. Topics include mountain and
canyon flying, pilot decision-making, canyon meteorology, using
global positioning satellite tools and backcountry survival.
Fly-in participants also can take advantage of two
Federal Aviation Administration-sponsored pilot and aircraft safety
programs. Wings provides general aviation pilots the opportunity
to sharpen flying skills while training with volunteer flight instructors.
PACE (Pilot and Aircraft Courtesy Evaluation) is a hold-harmless
program that offers an aircraft maintenance evaluation with an FAA
airworthiness inspector and a courtesy flight with an FAA operations
The Family Fly-In is open to the public and fees apply
for some activities. For program details and to register, visit www.familyflyin.net
or call the Idaho Division of Aeronautics at (208) 334-8775 or (800)
426-4587 (toll-free in Idaho only). For lodging, call In!Idaho at
(800) 844-3246 or visit www.inidaho.com
The event is organized by the Idaho Division of Aeronautics,
the FAA, the city of McCall and the McCall Area Chamber of Commerce.
Other supporters include McCall Mountain/Canyon Flying Seminars and