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Thorp 2014 Events

Sun n Fun 2014
April 1st-6th
Lakeland Linder Regional - KLAL

Thorp Dinner - Low Country Boil
Wednesday 04/02/2014
Refreshments at 5:00 PM
Dinner at 6:00 PM
Location : Special Events Tent next to the pavillion/museum

Cost $15.00 per person for all you care to drink and eat or until it's gone.

East Spring/Summer Gathering 2014
June 6th-8th Gulf Shores, AL
Jack Edwards Airport - KJKA

A block of 15 rooms at the Staybridge Suites in Gulf Shores, AL have been reserved at a discounted rate (not much but some). The block is reserved from June 5th - 8th (Thurs - Sun), if you would like to come in on Friday that's fine too, just let them know what day you plan to arrive.

http://www.ihg.com/staybridge/hotels/us/en/gulf-shores/pnssb/hoteldetail

The phone number is 251-975-1030

The Group Name is "Thorp T-18 Group" and the Group Code is "EG1".

The block will be released after May 15th so please make your reservations before that.

This place is not on the beach and around 1 mile from the airport but is very nice. I'm assuming that some of us will be renting cars and or utilizing the FBO's shuttle to get around.

I will be contacting the FBO and notifying them of our plans as well as setting up a few group meals at the local restaurants.

West Spring/Summer Gathering 2014
June 20th-22nd
South Valley Regional Airport - KU42

FBO - Leading Edge Aviation

Contact : Fraser MacPhee
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phone: (801)301-9936

Airventure/Oshkosh 2014
July 28th-Aug 3rd
Oshkosh Wittman Regional - KOSH

Kentucky Dam 2014
October 10th-12th
Kentucky Dam State Park - M34

The dates for the 2014 T-18 Weekend at Kentucky Dam are Oct 10, 11 and 12. A block of rooms has been reserved for October 10th and 12th. You must specify you want the Paine Party in order to get the special rates. The lodge may be full other than those rooms reserved for our party.

Your reservations need to be made prior to
September 15th, 2013
Reservation requests received after this date will be filled if space is available.
Call 1-800-325-0146 for reservations

Camping and cottages are also available on a first come, first served basis. Contact the resort for more information.

Kentucky Dam State Park Airport (M34) is 30 miles east of the Cunningham VOR (Paducah) on the 90 deg. radial, 8 miles South of V178. The runway is paved and 4000 feet long. The airport is approximately a mile from the resort, and transportation is available both to and from the airport for those who do not wish to walk. Please bring your own tie downs.

For additional information on the Fall get-together, E-mail Lee Walton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Welcome to the new T18.net (Again!)

Welcome to Version 3.0 of the Thorp online community! Over the past year or so I've become increasingly frustrated with the platform the "main site" was running on. As the new Thorp Supply business gets up and running the two sites will be closely integrated thus I wanted a new and consistant look and feel across both sites. I plan to add more rich content to this site in the near future so stay tuned.

Lee Walton
Thorp T-18 Mutual Aid Society

Oshkosh Airventure July 27th - August 4th

An update on the Thorp Related activites during Oshkosh Airventure 2013

Monday July 29th. Thorp Formation/Demo pre-airshow/early afternoon (This is Tentaitive)

Wednesday July 31st. Thorp Homebuilders Review EAA Homebuilders Hangar (time TBD)
Wednesday July 31st. Thorp Formation/Demo pre-airshow/early afternoon (This is Tentaitive)

Thursday August 1st. Annual Thorp Lunch/Forum EAA Nature Center Tent #1 12:00 - 2:00PM
Thursday August 1st. Donation of Thorp Engineering Documentaion EAA Museum Library 2:00PM

Friday August 2nd. Thorp Dinner/Awards Banquet Roxy Supper Club 571 N. Main Street Oshkosh, WI 54901 7:00 PM

T-18 FALL GATHERING
KENTUCKY DAM VILLAGE STATE RESORT PARK

The dates for the 2013 T-18 Weekend at Kentucky Dam are Oct 11, 12 and 13. A block of rooms has been reserved for October 11th and 12th. The private dining room has been reserved at Catfish Kitchen for Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Please make reservation with the park directly.

You must specify you want the Paine Party in order to get the special rates. The lodge may be full other than those rooms reserved for our party.
Your reservations need to be made prior to
September 15th, 2013
Reservation requests received after this date will be filled if space is available.
Call 1-800-325-0146 for reservations

Camping and cottages are also available on a first come, first served basis. Contact the resort for more information.

Kentucky Dam State Park Airport (M34) is 30 miles east of the Cunningham VOR (Paducah) on the 90 deg. radial, 8 miles South of V178. The runway is paved and 4000 feet long. The airport is approximately a mile from the resort, and transportation is available both to and from the airport for those who do not wish to walk. Please bring your own tie downs.

For additional information on the Fall get-together, E-mail Lee Walton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring Fly-In at "The Valley" June 7-9th

The Spring fly-in is only 5 weeks away and it is time I started nailing down some of the details.

If you have not attended one of our previous events here; "the Valley" is 61AR and on your K.C. sectional near Mountain Home, AR.  The Marion County Airport (KFLP) is just south of us.

In fact when you are on right downwind to land on our runway 10 you are also on a wide left base for runway 22 at KFLP.  That is one reason our pattern is flown at 1100'—it keeps you well below any traffic that may be going into KFLP.  Our runway 10-28 is 2800' x 25' and the elevation is 450'.

Our pattern entry is from the north and one should overfly the center of the runway, observe the wind socks/tee and turn left to enter left downwind for runway 28 or turn right to enter right downwind for runway 10.  The steep bluff on the north side of the valley predicates all patterns on the south side of the White River.  

If landing on rwy 10, a grove of trees will obscure the touchdown zone while you are on base leg.  Don't sweat it, just follow the valley floor as it curves around and it'll line you right up with the runway.    It is common for first timers to end up too high and have to go around on their first attempt to land on runway 10.

We have several neighbors offering spare bedrooms to our T-18 bunch and I suspect we can accommodate most of you in their homes right here.  

If you have your heart set on going to a motel, I think I'd recommend going all the way into Mountain Home.  There is a motel in Gassville, but I do not recommend it.  There are several nice motels in Mountain Home.

Some of them are:

The River Rock Inn (870-425-5101) at 1350 hwy 62W
Ramada Inn (870-4259191) at 1127 hwy 62E
Super 8 (870-424-5600) at 865 hwy 62E
Executive Inn (870-425-2300) at 869 hwy 62E
Holiday Inn Express (870-425-6200) at 1005 Coley Drive
Hampton Inn (870-425-0344) at 995 Coley Drive
 
I would appreciate emails from each of you telling me which day you expect to arrive, if you are by yourself or a couple and if you want to stay with one of the local neighbors.  That will sure simplify planning.
 
I think we'll have a burger burn or fish fry on Friday evening, a pancake breakfast Saturday morning, and a low country boil on Saturday evening.
 
Gary Green
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