Celebration of Jeanne Williams Life

You are invited to attend an informal gathering of Skypark and EAA #1268 friends to hoor and share memories and stories about Jeanne.

When: noon on Sunday, January 26th
Where: Skypark/EAA Clubhouse

Snacks and drinks will be provided. Please bring your photos, memories, and stories about Jeanne to share.


HAPPY NEW YEAR !!! It was a beautiful day to start the new flying year. I flew over the hill to Petaluma for the PAPA chili lunch and to be entertained watching one of the largest reciprocating round aircraft engines run statically. A number of Skypark pilots visited Sonoma Valley Airport for its free New Year bar-b-que.

SKYPARK CHRISTMAS PARTY – Friday night December 6th was a cold and rainy night but it didn’t deter one hundred twenty Skypark folks from enjoying good friends and excellent food. Kathy Carmichael & Marilyn Avrit directed twenty four of us Thursday night in decorating hangar A-3 and setting up the tables & chairs etc. The table decorations, lights, Christmas tree and music really made the hangar a festive place. Friday evening we enjoyed Rafe Tomsett & Randy Reyes pouring skills accompanied by numerous appetizers, all the while we were entertained by a talented young accordionist. The party attendees were very generous bringing lots of gifts for the Toys-for-Tots program. The large box of gifts was delivered to the Shellvista Fire Station Sunday afternoon Gardiner Bride called everyone to dinner with his trumpet at 7:15 pm. The Skypark Air Explorer Post members acted as the servers for the hot food items doing a very nice job. The turkey and ham were excellent accompanied by a wide variety of hot dishes and plentiful salads. The desert tables were awesome.
Curtis Presten debuted his standup comic act ably assisted by his straight man brother, Ben Presten. The Presten team presided over a revised White Elephant gift exchange to everyone’s pleasure. The hot item seemed to be a large framed picture!!!
I want to thank everyone who pitched in to plan our party, set it up on Thursday evening, serve and organize the wonderful food Friday night and finally those that came out Saturday morning to clean the hangar and return the tables and chairs.

A sad note: A longtime fixture at Skypark, Ken Thompson passed away in Fallon, NV on December 4, 2013. Ken was reported to be battling cancer recently. Ken had been a Navy pilot and came to Skypark in the late eighties to repair John Thomason’s Cessna 210. Soon after that he set up shop here and was responsible for many repairs and most of all for extensive total rebuilds of Grumman SeaBee’s. About ten years ago he moved to Fallon, NV and into a new large hangar to exclusively restore and repair SeaBee’s. RIP Ken.

Airport Calendar
January 11, 12 Display days for Historical Aircraft. From 12 pm to 4 pm
January 12 The first Young Eagle event of the New Year. It starts at 9 am and continues to noon. Come to the airport to fly youth, age 8 to 17, help with registration or just talk with parents & enjoy the coffee.
January 14 7 pm. EAA Chapter 1268’s monthly dinner meeting in the Skypark clubhouse. Everyone is invited, dinner and drinks for $6.00.
January 24 Movie night. Movie and popcorn at 6 pm, pizza, drinks and the feature film at 7 pm for five bucks. This month’s film is a new release titled, “Air Racers”. See you there.

Tailwinds, Ron Price

SONOMA, CA 95476


AIRPORT HAPPENINGS- the Thanksgiving weekend weather was spectacularly warm and clear. I hope some of you aviators were able to give a few valley rides to your out of town guests. I could almost see the Sierra’s from 4,000 ft. over Sonoma Mountain on Friday noon. Young Eagles was well attended Sunday, Nov 10th. Twenty nine young people were given valley rides in ideal conditions. I personally gave three young people their first ride and that is really gratifying. I think two of them will be back for more experiences. You don’t have to be a pilot to help out on Sunday morning and catch the excitement in the air. B K White always has coffee and juice out to accompany donuts and bagels but you have to get there at nine if you are a donut person. Bob Berwick has been busy right up to December first giving rides in his Costal Air Tours, 1926 Travel Air biplane in the late fall warm weather. I think Bob celebrated his birthday, December 1st flying his sea plane up to Lake Berryessa for an afternoon on the water. Rafe Tomsett is working steadily on a neat entrance sign for Skypark in a unique location. You should be seeing it soon.

HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS- The airport office will close early on December 24th and be closed all day Christmas. The following week the office will close early December 31st and will be closed all of New Year’s Day. I am not sure if the Petaluma Area Pilots Association will have their Chili lunch at noon, New Year’s Day. Check our web site or with the Skypark Office for an update.

YOUNG EAGLES SUNDAY- There is no formal Young Eagle event in December. EAA members can obtain a permission slip to give an individual ride any day of the week in the Skypark office. The next scheduled event will be January 12, 2014.

MOVIE NIGHT- Our regular Friday movie night will take place on Friday, December 27. The Serial with free popcorn and drinks begins at 6 pm. Pizza and drinks are served at 7 pm for a five dollar donation. The featured film this month is Pixar’s latest release, “PLANES” with an always informative introduction by our own movie impresario, Rafe Tomsett.

All of us in the Skypark Office wish you Happy Holiday’s and a wonderful New Year.
Ron Price, Jorge Oros, Jasmine Villasenor, and Jeanne Williams


Friday Movie – 11/22/13

Join us n the airport clubhouse for our monthly Friday Movie on November 22! We’ve moved the date up one week, because of Thanksgiving.

Free popcorn and drinks at 6:00 pm, pizza and drinks at 7:00 pm for $5.00, followed by the feature film. The film this month is: “Lafayette Escadrille”, starring Tab Hunter.


SKYPARK CHRISTMAS PARTY- The date is Friday, December 6th for Skypark’s annual Christmas Party. We will be holding it at the airport. The festivities begin at 6 pm, with appetizers and beverages. Dinner will be served at 7 pm.
Please bring a dish to share. If your name begins with:
A – E  Green salad/pasta salad
F – N  Hot dishes
M – Z  Appetizers/dessert
Some special wine has been offered by our airport winery friends to supplement our beverage selections. Skypark will provide Holiday turkey and ham to complement all of your great offerings. ENJOY!
Skypark’s party organizer, Kathy Carmichael, and I met recently and we decided to re-institute the White Elephant gift exchange which was fun in the past. We want to limit the number of gifts to one per couple or family in the interest of time. You have plenty of time to come up with a unique gift to wrap and pass on.
If you feel inclined to bring an un-wrapped child’s gift we will have a large gift box available that will be passed along to the Shell Vista Fire Department Toy Collection program. I hope you can come and enjoy good food and holiday cheer with airport friends and families.
Set-up will be Thursday, December 5th at 4 pm in Hangar A-3 on the East end of the airport. This has been an enjoyable late afternoon project. Refreshments are served to the volunteers and anyone is welcome. Clean-up will be Saturday morning at 9 am.
AIRPORT HAPPENINGS- John Thomason became a new grandfather recently when Scott and Jessica Thomason welcomed Ella Elizabeth into their lives Oct. 18th. The young family is living in Napa and Scott is flying the same corporate jet that Kyle Cooper is flying out of the East Bay. To us old timers it seems like just a few years ago that these new dads were learning to fly at our airport. Yesterday, Kyle Cooper and his two year old son Wyatt Cooper were at Skypark visiting Rich and Nelleke Cooper. I believe I heard that Wyatt is going to have a sister about January 5th, 2014.

The airport seems much quitter without our flight school activity although flight instruction is still going on. Since John Carmichael has returned from Montana it seems like he has been flying non-stop giving instruction here and at the seaplane base in Sausalito. Today John’s student, Joe Greenwood took off for his Instrument Rating check ride. He passed! That is a big one.

Last weekend I accompanied Jay Caldwell in his 1946 Luscombe on a nice flight down to southern California for a brief visit with his son (a freshman) at Pitzer College, part of the Claremont Consortium. They have beautiful campuses and high academic standards. We landed at Cable airport in Upland after 4:20 flying time. We experienced really nice flying conditions both Friday and Sunday until we arrived back over the reserve fleet in Suisun Bay. 4:30 for the return trip.

Young Eagles on Sunday the 13th was well attended by eager riders but most of our usual pilots were absent. Frank Russo stayed busy giving single rides until Rich Cooper & Trevor Meeks arrived to take some of the pressure off. A few kids were turned away but 16 rides were given. The last Young Eagle event is November 10th.

Last Friday night’s movie was well received with 26 or 28 movie goers in attendance.

Don’t forget our Burger’s & Dog’s BBQ each Saturday from noon to one thirty pm.
November 9 & 10 Display days from noon to 4:00 pm for aircraft of historical significance.
November 10 Young Eagle airplane rides from 9:00am to noon for young people age 8 to 17.
November 13 EAA Chapter 1268 dinner meeting at 7:00pm with a speaker following dinner. Everyone is welcome.
November 22 Movie night at the airport clubhouse. Free popcorn and drinks at 6:00 pm, pizza and drinks at 7:00 pm for $5.00, followed by the feature film. The film “Lafayette Escadrille” starring Tab Hunter. Note; this is one week early, so no conflict with Thanksgiving.
December 6 Annual Sonoma Skypark Christmas party.
SONOMA SKYPARK AIRPORT 21870 Eighth Street East Sonoma, California 95476


AIRPORT HAPPENINGS- Yesterdays rain showers cleared the skies for a beautiful sunny October first. Tom Palmer is the first takeoff this morning in the Palmer’s J-3 Cub.

Jasmine VillaSenor has returned to Skypark working in the office on Tuesday and Wednesday and we are happy to have her back. Jorge Oros is still working for the airport, but working around his Santa Rosa Jr. College schedule. He and Curtis Presten have taken over the cooking duties in the clubhouse on Saturday’s at noon.

Travis Morton closed his flight school, Carneros Aviation as of September 30th. We will miss having Travis and Zorah here at the office and seeing the pilots and students flying N530ER and N8564V. Travis says he wants to fly Young Eagles and do a little instructing after a short break, mean while he has begun working for Brad Buchanan.

Last Sunday morning, Colin Carr, who had just turned 16 on September 21st, demonstrated three perfect landings in front of his dad and his instructor Travis Morton. Way to go Colin, good job, now you just have to wait for your 17th birthday and the Private Pilot License check ride.

Last Saturday morning Skypark was visited by Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy” fame and bestselling author, Dr. Uben Alexander. They were at the airport for airplane rides with Skypark pilot, Jay Caldwell. While they were flying with Jay, their wives took a ride with Bob Berwick in his Coastal Air Tours, 1926 Travel Air biplane.

Kirsten Cooper Dahm and her young daughter Kaley were visiting Skypark Saturday also. Grandpa Cooper was giving Champ rides and reacquainting Kirsten with the Champ. Kirsten said she has been recalled back to United Airlines, effective December 3, 2013. Saturday, really was a busy day, Trevor Meeks was celebrating his tenth year as a pilot and his 27th birthday. Wish you were twenty seven?!?

Debbie & Eric and son Ben Presten were in Riverside, California at the Flabob Airport Fly-In last weekend and reported that it was another good event with lots of flying of vintage airplanes. Conditions were so right (no wind) that Eric got to fly their wing warping 1911 Bleriot for the crowd. Eric sold a bunch of books too.

John Thomason will soon have the hours flown off his RV-9A. I got a ride with John’s son Scott Thomason last week and that plane really covers the ground quickly. Soon John can go more than 25 miles in a straight line from the airport and take advantage of the efficiency of his RV.

John & Kathy Carmichael are planning to rejoin the Skypark family on October 15th after three months flying float planes in Whitefish, Montana. Maybe they can be a program for an EAA meeting soon.

The Beede Jet has been repaired and installed as our Wind Tetrahedron once again. Peter Gauthier & Travis did the repairs and Mathew Hubner gave it the new glossy paint job. Last Sunday, as we watched Colin Carr solo, Mathew and I re-installed it. Remember to land in the same direction as the Beede is pointing.

FAMILY FUN DAY- Our Board of Directors decided to postpone this event until the spring of 2014. The directors were having scheduling problems and a plan to have the event in the spring seemed to allow for more planning time and more personnel to carry the load. Please put your thinking hats on for ideas to make our open-house more fun. Write your ideas down for Silent Auction items and raffle gifts.

MOVIE NIGHT- Last Friday night “Murphy’s War” was the featured movie and was well attended. The movie and Walt Lewis’s popcorn are free. You are asked for a $5.00 donation for the Pizza and Drinks. Watch for the posters of the coming attraction that are posted in the Airport Office and the Clubhouse. The next movie night is, October 25th, 2013…
Tailwinds, Ron Price

October 8th EAA Chapter 1268 dinner meeting, 7pm in the clubhouse.
October 9th Petaluma Area Pilots Assoc. meeting, 6pm Petaluma clubhouse.
October 12th & 13th Display days. Noon to 4pm.
October 13th Skypark Young Eagle flights. 9am to noon.
October 25th Movie night at Skypark clubhouse. 6pm, feature film 7pm.

21870 Eighth Street East
Sonoma, California 95476


HAPPY NEW YEAR, I wish all of you a healthy and fulfilling year ahead.

To get things started in an aeronautical manner on New Year’s Day, the Petaluma Area Pilots Association (PAPA) is hosting a chili & corn bread lunch. They are serving from 11am to 1pm at their club house along-side the approach end of Rwy 29. A number of Skypark pilots are planning on flying over there. I hope you are one of them.
Our airport Christmas party was a really nice evening and a good beginning to the holiday season on Friday night December 7th. Kathy Carmichael & Jeanette Woods organized us, starting with the decorating gang on Thursday night. Marilyn & Bob Avrit created the festive table center pieces that added the final touch to the table settings. Friday night brought wonderful hor d`oeuvres and drinks expertly poured by Rafe Tomsett & Debbie Presten. We enjoyed many excellent salads and vegetable dishes to accompany the roasted turkey and ham. Gardner & Shelia Bride, owners of Petaluma Coffee Company provided lots of super coffee to accompany the numerous tasty desserts brought by the guests. The guest were very generous donating toys for the “Toys-for-Tots collection and the sale of the Christmas Center Pieces provided $200 for the Air Explorer Post 1268. It was a fun evening with good food and good fellowship.
Sam McIntosh was able to get away from his nursing duties and join us at the Christmas party to report that Bea McIntosh was showing lots of improvement. Sam expressed his thanks to all of you that have expressed concern. I am happy to report that Bea was able to return home just before Christmas and is making good progress with her rehabilitation.
Carneros Aviation, our flight school, has been very active in December in spite of the rainy weather. They are one of the featured articles in the quarterly glossy SONOMA Magazine accompanied by wonderful pictures inside and outside the plane flying over the valley. They have received their FAA paperwork for scenic tours, so bookmark: for the occasion when you need a unique gift or have visitors who would enjoy a Tour over Sonoma and Napa Valley or an Aerobatic Ride!!! Carneros Aviation: 707-939-8333,
2013 looks to be a good year if we don’t go too far off the fiscal cliff. All of our winery neighbors are going full speed ahead finishing a record harvest for the 2012 vintage. EAA Chapter 1268’s Young Eagle program always attracts eager young faces and willing pilots always appear to share the flying experience each month. Early this coming year we will see the topping out of the Historical Lighted Airway Beacon Tower in the center of our parking lot. Bev Morgan started collecting money for the Memorial Beacon Fund purchase in 2002. It took a while but I think it will be a notable educational asset for the future. We will have to get Bev to return and cut the ceremonial ribbon. The Skypark motor glider fleet has grown recently and the respective owner/pilots are all checked out so we should see more glider activity. The amphibian airplane fleet has grown to three so Skypark should be represented at the Clearlake Sea Plane Fly-in. On January 8th Curtis Presten turns sixteen and plans to solo in the Champ. From now on he will be cooking burgers for gas money on Saturday! As the rest of us mature, it is always encouraging to see another sixteen year old take to the skies.

January 8 EAA Chapter 1268 Dinner meeting at 7:00 pm with a speaker following dinner. Everyone is welcome.
January 12 & 13 Display days from noon to 4:00 pm for aircraft of historical significance.
January 13 Young Eagle airplane rides. Rides from 9:00 am to noon for young people age 8 to 17.
January 25 Movie Night at the airport club house. Free popcorn and drinks at 6:00 pm, pizza and drinks at 7:00 pm for $5.00, followed by the featured film. This month’s feature will be announced by Rafe.
Tailwinds, Ron Price

21870 Eighth Street East
Sonoma, California 95476

Skypark Holiday Party

Get ready for another great Skypark party on Friday, December 7th! It’s potluck as always, and we’re looking forward to seeing you all there.

Click here for more info: Christmas Party Flyer


Skypark Family Fun Day. Wow, all of Jeanette Woods planning came together on a warm Saturday in October. I want to thank everyone in the Skypark family who lent a hand setting up the airport, advertising the event, soliciting donations, cooking the food, greeting the airport visitors, donating rides in their aircraft, driving the hay wagon tractor, selling raffle tickets and parachute bingo chances, and cleaning up after the big day. All of your efforts were appreciated by our guests and very beneficial for our airport.
Both of the candidates for County Supervisor and the four candidates for Sonoma City Council were present seeking votes. We served 400 plus hamburgers and hot dogs. The silent auction, raffle and parachute bingo raised just over $3,000. for Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and Air Explorer Post 1268. Thank you to everyone who helped makes this event successful!!!!

Skypark Christmas Party. The date is Friday, December 7. The festivities start at 6:00 pm with hors d`oeuvres and beverages. Dinner will be served at 7:00 pm.
Please bring a dish to share. If your name begins with:
A thru M Salad or Dessert
N thru Z Hot Vegetables, Potatoes or Pasta
The airport refreshment fund will provide Holiday turkey and ham along with beverages for the party. I hope you can come and enjoy good food and holiday cheer with airport friends and families.
Santa Claus will visit to hand out presents, be sure to bring something for him to give to your child. If you are without a young child we are suggesting you bring an un-wrapped gift that we will pass along to the Fire Department Toy Collection.
Please RSVP to the airport office. (707) 996-2100
Carneros Aviation. Our flight school reports that David Perry earned his private pilot license in September and Blaine Transue earned his private pilot license in early October. Congratulate both of them when you see them at the airport. David and his son have been learning together but David doesn’t have to wait to turn 17. Another young pilot Colin Trainer will solo on his 16th birthday, November 7th.
November 7th. The day after you voted I hope. We will be visited by a restored Huey Helicopter on the 7th as part of the ceremony greeting the visit of “The Wall” to Sonoma Veterans Park. On Sunday November 11, Veterans Day, Skypark pilots have been asked to do a fly-over of Veteran’s Park at noon.
Contact Darrel Jones (707) 996-4494, if you can participate.

I wish all of you a wonderful fall season of flying and anticipation of the holidays ahead with friends and family. Say a little prayer for Bea McIntosh’s speedy recovery from her terrible accident.
Tailwinds, Ron Price

21870 Eighth Street East
Sonoma, California 95476

Bea McIntosh Injured

Update from the Press Democrat:

Bea McIntosh, wife of Skypark pilot Sam McIntosh, was seriously injured Monday while cycling with friends on Hwy 29 north of St. Helena. Bea is being cared for at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa. Our best wishes go out to Sam and Bea, and we will post updates when available.


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