Friends of Green Castle

December 23rd, 2013

The club would like to hear from anyone who has ever done anything out at the airport.  The following is a link to a quick survey.  Please help us by filling it out and passing it along to others who have been or are at Green Castle.

If you have any questions or issues please email Ryan Story at r s t o r y 1 @ g m a i l . c o m (Remove the spaces. This is for spam control.)

Take the survey.

The direct web address to the survey is http://goo.gl/g6T9hE

Please share it with others.

Thanks,

Green Castle Aero Club Board of Directors

MINUTES of the January 21, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting

January 29th, 2015

The meeting was called to order by President Tim Scheer at 6:30 PM.

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Rick Treiber, Randy Stannard, Bob Dunn, Calvin Colony, and Ryan Story

MEMBERS PRESENT: Mike Mango, Terry Koehn, Trey Castillo and Ashley Foster, Brett Lenz, Chris Lenz.

The Minutes of the last meeting were unavailable because of weather conditions so were waived.

OLD and NEW BUSINESS:

  1. Treasurer’s Report: Randy gave a report on our financial status.
  2. Terry reported dues are coming in and was asked about any feedback about the special assessment. He didn’t report anything notable, but Ryan said he had heard a couple of comments from people who are members who don’t fly about it. That led to a conversation again about a possible alternative membership for social members and/or teen membership. Ryan moved with second by Randy that we look into that. Ryan will draft a proposal for the next meeting to discuss options. Any feedback or comment should be directed to Ryan.

With the weather threatening it was decided to make it a brief meeting. Bob moved with second by Randy that we adjourn. Vote taken; Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 6:51PM.

MINUTES of the January 14, 2015 Board of Directors Meeting

January 29th, 2015

The meeting was called to order by President Tim Scheer at 6:30 PM.

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Rick Treiber, Randy Stannard, Bob Dunn, Calvin Colony, and Karo Stigler

MEMBERS PRESENT: Don Nelson, Mike Mango, Terry Koehn, Trey Castillo, Dave White, Brett Lenz, Chris Lenz, Jim Beeghly, Tomasz & Izabela Korwel, Merlin Weissheier, Al Schmidt, Kent Johnson, Mark Elbert, Dick Minette, and Mark Eads.

The Minutes of the December 17, 2014 Board of Directors meeting were read by Karo. Bob moved with second by Rick that the minutes be approved as read. Vote taken; Motion carried.

OLD and NEW BUSINESS:

1. Treasurer’s Report: Randy gave a report on our financial status.

2. Airplanes: The general status of the airplanes was discussed.

3. No new members.

4. No date set for spring ground school session.

5. Scholarship student is flying.

6. Terry rewrote the pre-solo test given to students before their first solo.

7. Discussion was held re procedure to award our next scholarship. Rick moved with second by Randy that the scholarship be awarded to Trey Castillo. Vote taken; motion carried. Congratulations Trey!

8. Discussion was held re funding new hangars.

9. Discussion was held re having people interested in getting a pilot’s license come out for a free ride on a day certain each week or month or maybe meeting nights this spring and summer.

Bob moved with second by Rick that we adjourn. Vote taken; Motion carried. Adjourned at 7:07 PM.

MINUTES of the December 17, 2014 Board of Directors Meeting

January 15th, 2015

The meeting was called to order by President Tim Scheer at 6:30 PM.

OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Rick Treiber, Randy Stannard, Bob Dunn and Calvin Colony.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Don Nelson, Mike Mango, Terry Koehn, Trey Castillo, Dave White, Joe Demaria, Brett Lenz, Chris Lenz (& Paige), Jim Beeghly, and Mark Eads.

The Minutes of the December 10, 2014 Board of Directors meeting were read by Mark. Rick moved with second by Bob that the minutes be approved as read. Vote taken; Motion carried.

OLD and NEW BUSINESS:

1. Treasurer’s Report: Randy gave a report on our financial status.

2. Airplanes: The general status of the airplanes was discussed. The 180 is still out for its annual.

3. We do have one new pilot, Rich Canby, who got his Sport Pilot License today in his Champ. Other new pilots recently were Joe Reinhardt, Private 9/25; Cory Hodapp, Private on 10/7; Julie Bockenstedt on 10/6; Carroll Altman, Sport Pilot on 10/24; Joe Keeney, Private on 11/20; James Jensen, Private on 11/23; and Ryan Story, CFII, 11/28.

4. We had a very nice party Saturday night. About 40 people attended.

5. Tim brought up the need for three new hangars. There will be multiple new or rebuilt airplanes soon needing cover. We need plans for size and for determining whether to do it with volunteer labor or hire it done or a combination of those. We need input from anyone.

6. There will be no meeting for the next two weeks for the Holidays. See you next year.

Bob moved with second by Rick that we adjourn. Adjourned at 6:47 PM.

Windsock repaired

December 23rd, 2014

This post is overdue, but we would like to thank member Mike Mango for helping us get our windsock rehabilitated. The structure is better than ever and we’ve got brand new windsocks out now.

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“Iowa City Press-Citizen”

December 18th, 2014

Hakes: ‘All I want for Christmas is my pilot’s license’
Dick Hakes For the Iowa City Press-Citizen 11:46 a.m. CST December 15, 2014
(Photo: Dick Hakes / For the Press-Citizen omitted)

“All I want for Christmas is my pilot’s license.”

That’s not my personal battle cry, but it may top the Christmas lists of others around this territory bitten by the desire to spread some serious wings.

Learning to fly a plane is not cheap, but it can be done for about $5,500, says Chief Flight Instructor Terry Koehn of the Green Castle Aero Club. This group operates the small, tidy rural airport by the same name four miles west of North Liberty.

That fee includes about 55 hours of flying time with an instructor, a ground school to help you pass the written test, plus the required oral exam and flying session with a pilot examiner. If you started at Christmas, you could be done by September.

Koehn says the club’s flight school rates, plane rental rates and even hangar rental rates are a bargain, mainly because of low overhead and volunteer labor.

Former Iowa Highway Patrol pilot Don Nelson bought the original grass air strip acreage in the 1970s and developed it with hangers, a hard-surfaced runway, a flight school and airplane dealership. In 1993, he leased the facility in a “sweetheart deal” to the club, which now operates it on a non-for-profit basis with the help of about 150 members.

The little airport stays busy year round with 28 planes on site, eight of which are owned by the club and used for training and rentals.

“We think we’re pretty unique out here,” Koehn said. “We may be the best-kept secret in the Corridor. Even pilots who have been flying around here for 10 years don’t know about us.”

A flying family atmosphere contributes to that uniqueness. Pilots gather at the airport for a steak fry every Wednesday, plus there are Christmas parties and other family events. Fundraisers include an annual “pumpkin drop” and “flour drop” in which members of the public can make a donation, then be taken airborne to try to drop the items into a barrel for a prize.

“Nobody ever makes it,” Koehn says. “Six feet is about the closest anyone has gotten.”

The proceeds help fund a scholarship that pays for half of the training costs for a deserving young pilot.

“Our biggest challenge is maintenance — of both the facilities and our aircraft,” Koehn says. Pilots can handle some routine maintenance, but the planes are flown to a mechanic in Bloomfield for anything beyond that. Volunteers keep the grass mowed in summer and plow the 4,000-foot lighted runway in winter. That runway includes a 1,400-foot grass strip used for pilot training. A video at the club website at www.greencastleaeroclub.com shows volunteers spreading tar on runway cracks.

It’s clear that Koehn, the three other flight instructors on staff and many other leaders in the club are in tune with Nelson’s vision to “keep aviation a part of this community.”

Koehn urges visitors to drive out and take a look and those with a yearning to soar to start flight training anytime they want.

“We have a lot of people sign up and they’re airborne with their first lesson the very same day,” he adds. “Sometimes it develops into a lifelong love of flying.”