Aero Club announces 2014-2015 speakers

Gary Vacin

The Sun Lakes Aero Club (SLAC) has announced its slate of speakers for the first four gatherings of the 2014-15 year.

The November 17 speaker will be retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Carl Schneider, a pilot who trained at Williams Air Force Base (now Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport) and flew more than 100 missions in Korea and Vietnam. He was scheduled to speak to the club last fall, but had to withdraw at the last minute because of an injury.

“Dog is My Co-Pilot” is the topic of the December 15 gathering. This organization is made of pilots who fly animals from areas of the country where they are not wanted to areas where they are welcomed.

On January 19, 2015 Don Palmer, a former General Electric engineer, will speak on “Why the U.S. won the moon race and why the Soviet Union lost.”

The February 16 meeting will feature a presentation “The Battle of Midway: Search and Dive-Bombing” by Ted Kraver, a member of the Midway Round Table, a national organization devoted to study of the Battle of Midway.

Speakers for the March 16 and April 20 meetings will be announced at a later date.

Articles in the Splash will provide additional information on each program in the coming months.

Now in its 18th year, SLAC sponsors programs the third Monday of each month November through April at the Sun Lakes Country Club. The programs are open to all Sun Lakes residents and others interested in aviation. More information on the club is available from Bob Walch at895-8869 or Gary Vacin at 298-7017, or at the club’s web site, at