Heavens Landing Fly In 2014

heavens-landing-001The AirCam fly in at Heaven's Landing beat the numbers of all the other fly ins AirCam has had in the past. Was it because of the beautiful mountain scenery and the convenient location? One thing for sure, the weather cooperated fully.

By Friday nine AirCams had arrived including Lefty and Joe in AC#2. Jeremy Lezin came the farthest from Santa Cruz,Ca., but he cheated by coming commercial. Richard Costello and Justine Harrison traveled from Las Vegas in Richard's Cessna Corvallis.

Our hosts, Mike and Holly Ciochetti, couldn't have shown more Southern hospitality to us and our aircraft. Hangers were provided for each and every AirCam thanks to them and Ernie Merkelis.

Early morning flying was exceptional with cool temperatures and a light mountain fog lifting.

Phil and I stayed busy giving demo rides both in the prototype enclosure and in the open. In fact we were so busy we didn't get a break to demonstrate the 30 minutes it takes to remove or replace the enclosure.

Some of us opted to go whitewater rafting leaving Kingwood Country Club and Resort in the morning and returning mid afternoon. An owners and guest's only golf tournament kept us off the course on Friday and Saturday, but there were other courses that a few played 18 on. We won't talk about their scores!

Friday dinner at the Heaven's Landing Clubhouse was a complete sellout, with 78 in attendance. The food was great and the company even better. AirCam people are a good lot. Dessert was served with an impromptu exhibition by Max Maiden in his father's AirCam. Max may be to young to drink.

As things wound down on Saturday a large group of us went to Keith and Karen Campbell's lake house on beautiful Lake Rabun. Everyone made it up the 85 or so steps from the boathouse to the deck. What a charming and calming view of the cove it was from there. I found myself gravitating to the Nova Salmon with cream cheese as well as the drinks. It was all topped by a very pleasant boat ride on the lake. Many thanks to Karen and Keith.

Saturday dinner for 35 was served at Fortify Grill in Clayton.

What a delightful event this turned out to be. We thank everyone for their attendance and we would like your feedback on whether you would come if we had another one next year at Heaven' Landing.

By: Robert Meyer