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Amigos Del Cielo hosts fly-in November 2-5

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– Ron Keller, NM State Liaison

I arrived at Amigos (NM90) Thursday afternoon, after stopping to visit RAF member Ron Orozco at his ranch and airstrip.

Airplanes started arriving Friday afternoon. The RAF-sponsored windsocks were much appreciated as they indicated winds worse than forecast at 15 knots gusting to 20, but right down runway 17. A nice cozy hangar was waiting for the planes and the tents.

On Friday evening we watched Alaskan Bush Pilot videos in the theater behind the hangars.

Saturday morning started with New Mexico piñon coffee, followed by more arrivals challenged by those same sporty winds. Three adventurous souls enjoyed horseback rides. The rest of us chatted and got to know fellow pilots and spouses. Saturday afternoon we visited the Chiricahua Desert Museum to view rattlesnake species and other desert dwellers, followed by a short drive to Portal, AZ to see Vista Point in the Cave Creek Recreation Area. The evening meal was a great catered dinner of chicken and beef fajitas with all the trimmings followed with more videos. The former sheriff – a local historian – gave a presentation about Chiricahua Apache figures and the photographers who captured key moments. I presented a power point on New Mexico backcountry airstrips before the evening ended.

Sunday morning started again with piñon coffee and cheerful goodbyes. All together, 12 airplanes and 25 people from CA, AZ, TX, and NM attended the weekend fly-in, which pleased owner Peter Jarosak and me to have hosted some great pilots!