Make WRENS Great Again! - WRENS GA Fly-in 2021 - Oct 1-2

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2021 is the year to put WRENS back onto the map!

Mark your calendar and do whatever it takes to BE THERE!

Drop a note here if you're gonna try to make it.

Mark

 
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At the moment, these are the folks who I’ve heard plan to attend... some definitely, some maybe:

GEORGIA

- Paul V. (not on RWF) Flying-In Tango Gyro

- Steve (Steve McGowan) Maybe Flying-In Sparrow Hawk

- Rex G. (not on RWF) Flying-In Baby Ace fixed-wing

- Liviu M. (not on RWF) Flying-In Cicare C7 HELICOPTER

- Trell N. (Not on RWF) Bringing Purple Haze Dominator

- Kurt (rogue) Bringing Yamaha CLT Air Command

- Gerg (N962GT) Bringing "Wicked" Tandem Yamaha Air Command

- Me (NetPilot) Bringing Jake Gyro

- Gary (Gary W)

- John P. (Jpipe)

- Bo (Bo Collins) maybe riding down on the Harley.

- Jon (jcarleto)

- Terry E. (not on RWF)

- Harold (Scagmo)

- William R. (not on RWF?)

- Roger B. (not on RWF?)

- Mark S. (not on RWF?)

- Chris I. (not on RWF?)

- Wayne P. (not on RWF?)

- Phil R. (Phil Ruffin) Bringing T-Shirts!!

CAROLINA

- Scott M. (not on RWF) Bringing Tango Gyro

- Barry T. (?not on RWF?) Bringing Rotax 670 'stunt' Dominator!

- Stephen C. (?not on RWF?) Actually will be hauling Barry T's gyro for him!

- Brian B. (not on RWF)

- Steve W. (MyTech)

The lists will grow…
 
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A little history...

2003/2004
– The predecessor of the Wrens Fly-in, Rotors over Carolina (ROC), in Aiken SC, hosted by PRA Chapter 13, had grown into a hoppin' event with around 25 to 30 gyros in attendance. Gyro life was good.

2007 – The Fly-in moved to Wrens GA, hosted by EAA 172, and kept reasonable momentum through 2008. After that though, the event sputtered-along with relatively light gyro attendance.

2013 – Wrens hit an all-time low on a COLD late-October weekend with only 2 gyros and about 6 gyronauts in attendance! It was fun even still.

2014 – Enough was enough! With some focused activity here on RWF, mixed with cool videos and pictures, and a lot of word-of-mouth, Peach State Rotorcraft, and Carolina Barnstormers spearheaded the effort to build the fly-in back to greatness….

2015 – A move from late-October to mid-September (to avoid the colder late-October temps) seemed to help too… at least for a while

For 4 glorious years, up through 2017, the Wrens tarmac was hoppin’ with attendance growing to OVER 200 people, and around 30 (or more) gyros, and a swarm of cool fixed-wings, ultralights, trikes, and helicopters, etc. What’s more, folks were actually FLYING-IN with gyros (especially with euro-gyros) from Florida, Tennessee, Massachusetts, and other states! Life was great! :cool:

Paradise couldn’t last forever though… right?

2018 – Unwittingly, that move to mid-September had placed Wrens slap-dab into the PEAK OF HURRICANE SEASON! As a result, in '18 HURRICANE MICHAEL forced everyone to flee home by Friday evening. Bummer. :(

2019 – low gyro turn-out.

2020 – Even in the midst of Covid, Wrens was going to happen... but was eventually cancelled due to HURRICANE SALLY!

That makes two hurricane wash-outs! Dang it!

So, 2021 brings a scheduling change to early-October so neither hurricanes... or cold weather... are as likely to be a factor.

BE THERE IN 2021!
 
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Thanks for sharing that.
I'll send this out in the next PRA batch email.
There is a very slim chance that Ron Stoble and I will be there with an Argan 915. N4446S.
But that depends on how long it takes to get my Sport Pilot add-on, and with 2 hours and 16 cycles, so far I suck at take-offs in the Cavalon.
 
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I've heard nothing but raving about this fly-in from all newbies PRA/I have sent there.
They know how to throw a party!!!
 

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Oh, crap. That's a lie.
There was one who called me back and complained they were stuck up and did not greet him.
When I inquired did you go up and ask questions about their rides or how to fly one?
No!!!
So I explained that reality and not being SHY and not expect everyone to know you are a newbie or have questions or rush up and give you a huge.

You have to be the one who ASKS anything. Then come tell me they are stuck up!!! Geeeeeeeeee! He does not count as it not a valid complaint.
 

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Ha ha! Thanks John!

Yes, that absolutely does happen at fly-ins. As much as I personally try to spot new faces and greet them if they look interested, sometimes it is hard to tell, and more than that, we tend to get so busy with the event that it's easy to miss some of the new folks...

Like you said, all it takes is to ask a question or two and a newcomer will likely get a flood of answers. We love to talk about these things to anyone who will listen! 🚁 That's how I started my journey... in 2008... at Wrens no less!

...soooo, if you're a newcomer and come to Wrens, find me... I'll get 'ya oriented!

Mark
 

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Ha ha! Thanks John!

Yes, that absolutely does happen at fly-ins. As much as I personally try to spot new faces and greet them if they look interested, sometimes it is hard to tell, and more than that, we tend to get so busy with the event that it's easy to miss some of the new folks...

Like you said, all it takes is to ask a question or two and a newcomer will likely get a flood of answers. We love to talk about these things to anyone who will listen! 🚁 That's how I started my journey... in 2008... at Wrens no less!

...soooo, if you're a newcomer and come to Wrens, find me... I'll get 'ya oriented!

Mark
Thank you Mark for getting the word out to our community!!

Newbies, and oldies but goodies, do not miss this fly-in!!!!
 

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Check-out the videos below of four great Wrens events from 2014 through 2017.

…more gyro FUN than you can shake a stick at!

Wrens 2014:

Wrens 2015:

...another 2015:

Wrens 2016:

Wrens 2017:

See you in October!

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...another 2017:
 

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Those are some good times….. great memories!!!
Sorry I’m gonna miss this one! 🥲😩
 

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Hi Barry, Thanks for postin'... yeah, you mentioned recently that you have a conflict on that date. Bummer for us, but hope you have fun with the alternate plans.

Well... guess that means that TWO 'new' Carolina folks will need to show up to replace your typical 2 gyros in tow... right?

Good news is that it looks like Scott M. will be there to show-off his new Tango... so that's one of of the two right there!

Maybe Ron and/or Barry T. will bring one or both of their 'new' Dominators to backfill too! I'm thinking neither of those machines has been to Wrens.

Either way, we're looking forward to a great turnout from Barnstormers and Carolina even though the King can't hold court this time. LOL! :p

...jus' sayin!

Mark
 
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I'll batch email El Mirage and Barnstormers adding a few of the video links tonight!!
 

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What no Barry!!!! I am sure that is against some state or federal law?
 

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I sent out the batch email just now.
It will automatically resend it on 9/11 to any who did no open this email.
Here is a screenshot of 1/2 of it. The history follows.

BarnStormerEmail.jpg
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It's a Party you do not want to miss!!!!
 

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Hey John….. thanks for putting the word out 👍🏻
FYI….. the Wrens Fly In is not a Barnstormers sponsored event….😁
 

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Hey John….. thanks for putting the word out 👍🏻
FYI….. the Wrens Fly In is not a Barnstormers sponsored event….😁
Well, I have to screw up something, it's becoming my trademark?
 

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Hey John,

Lets call the one in this thread simply the "Wrens Fly-In" and please update that the dates are OCT 1st and 2nd (and possibly some folks will show up earlier.

Officially EAA 172 sponsors this event, and historically it is for all types of aircraft, but gyros often come in droves.

There is a Barnstormers event later in October.

Can you update the email blasts?
 

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Hey John,

Lets call the one in this thread simply the "Wrens Fly-In" and please update that the dates are OCT 1st and 2nd (and possibly some folks will show up earlier.

Officially EAA 172 sponsors this event, and historically it is for all types of aircraft, but gyros often come in droves.

There is a Barnstormers event later in October.

Can you update the email blasts?
Thank you will make the corrections and send out another one on Saturday.
Email me so I can send you a test email before I send this out you can add photos and make corrections.
[email protected]
 
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