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  • The Walk

    Posted on January 16th, 2010 cwmoore No comments

    I was at the airport by 0945 waiting for the General Partner to show up for the “Hangar Walk Through” for this winter. It is about 1/2 mile of walking in and out of each hangar at the airport to check of contraband articles – like avgas in open containers, electrical heaters that are just running & running , etc. We found one heater running blowing hot air into an engine compartment. That is about $20 per month just for one heater. As usual there was a controversy or two. Two doors had been re-keyed and we could not get inside. Also, one the renters is a bit petulant. However, all-in-all everything was pretty good this winter.  The winter is about half over and I am ready for warmer weather. 

    The General Partner told me that electricity usage was double what the previous month was and I attribute this to the cold weather plus the electric heater I mentioned above.  The cold weather was a factor because we have two hangars that have Propane heat and the air blowers are on a lot in cold weather.

  • Brandon’s Granduation

    Posted on June 6th, 2009 cwmoore No comments

    My nephew Brandon Doty graduated from high school and his party was today.  In August, he is to enter the United States Airforce.  We are really proud of him and his accomplishments.  One of the real good kids.  My brother and sister and their families attended the event and I appreciate the fact that they came from a long way to do this.  SAM helped sister  to perform the miracle of this event.  So nice.

    I awoke early to go to the TSA airport work day.  I got there about 15 minutes late and the whole crew was there working away.  I mowed grass for 4 hours.  The crew finished early and the grounds looked much better when we were finished.  Mike B put on a feed after the event and everyone was appreciative.  Everyone thanked everyone – especially the machinery providers.

  • Bits & Pieces

    Posted on May 20th, 2009 cwmoore No comments

    The ITS Michigan Annual Exposition 2009 has come and gone. It was nice to meet with old friends and network a bit. Who knows, I might get some consulting jobs out of the deal. At least one person mentioned that he could use me for some field consulting. It would be fun to try.

    Last week we spent the second week on the boat and it was sort of a non-event. We did get work accomplished by refinishing the cutting boards and they look very nice now. In addition, we refinished and varnished the red/green navigation lights and I re-crimped all the connections. The look much nicer now. SAM got in a lot of walking, we used the heater every night, saw the sun go down at Oval Beach two nights and bounced around in the high winds – the barometric pressure high was 30.45″ and that is quite high for this time of year.

    Today I worked at the airport with Mike doing maintenance on the hangar doors. We got two doors done and participated in the TSA Hangar Owners executive committee meeting. I think we have about 4 or 5 more doors to go. We discussed the possibility of getting a jet on the field and the Board of Aviation actions regarding that subject. It would be nice for the airport to have a jet based there.