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Mother Nature Comes Through for EAA Skiplane Fly-In


EAA Ski-plane Fly-In
Tracy Buttles takes off in his Husky Chaser II.

January 23, 2012 - Under bright, winter sunshine, Pioneer Airport welcomed hundreds of aviation enthusiasts to the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In on Saturday, January 21. A last-minute snowfall Friday sufficiently covered Pioneer's grass runway to allow 33 skiplanes from three states to land and take off. Volunteers from Minnesota and Wisconsin helped marshal the planes in temperatures that rose from minus 8 degrees early in the morning to the lower 20s at mid-day.

The gathering was also a celebration of Audrey Poberezny's birthday, and attendees enjoyed celebratory chili, soup, and birthday cake inside one of the Pioneer Airport hangars.

EAA's Sweepstakes Cub sporting new TrickAir wheel-penetration skis was a popular participant. Several admiring attendees decided on the spot to enter the Sweepstakes, win the Cub this fall, and fly it back to Oshkosh for next year's Skiplane Fly-in.

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Watch as Cub owner Mat Klatt arrives at Pioneer Saturday morning:

Pilots, skiplanes in attendance
Jerry Ness, Cub
Mark Unertl, Aeronca Champ
Paul Buss, Avid Flyer (Experimental)
Mat Klatt, J-3 Cub
Tracy Buttles, Husky Chaser II
Rick Discher, Maule
John Wehner, PA-18
Neil Robison, Citabria
Ken Reese, Aeronca Champ
Gene Selchow, Kodiak Cruiser
Paul Ogwanski, Super Cub
Mitch Wohl, Cessna 170
Charles Slinger, Cub
Harry Fenton, Champ
Bill Liimatainen, Champ
Bill Weber, Champ
Diethard Loess, Cub
Shane Weber, Champ
Ed Myers, PA-22 Colt
Drew Bruwe, PA-16
Pat McKinzie, Cub
Tom Anderson, Kitfox
Sam Kelso, Champ
Rick Kluver, Cub
Donny Stine, Cub
David Johnson, Citabria
Doug Reichel, Scout
Rick Lutes, J-3 Cub
Jeff Mack, Husky
Doug Osterberg, Citabria
Matt Sanger, Maule MX7-235
Mark Lee, Stinson 108-3
EAA Sweepstakes Cub


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