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     ****This event has been postponed until March ***.

    Join the SWBS Poker Run! Exercise your airplane and your pilot skills. This will be a round -robin event; starting and ending at the same airport. Morning briefing, flying and poker hand collected, and then closing ceremony, (chili tasting.see below) and winner announced back at the first airport. Optional dinner and drinks and overnight stay to follow.

    We will combine this with a chili cook off contest! The weather should still be cool enough.

    Do you have ideas? Would you like to help plan the Poker run? email Ron Nelson at with inputs and ideas.

    Last year's winners (2022):

    TOT (time over target) : Trey Segura (within 3 seconds of assigned time)!

    Landing competition: Harold Kennedy

    Poker Hand winner: Rich Faust

    • April 07, 2024
    • April 09, 2024
    • Fredericksburg, TX (T82)
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    Don't look at the Sun!

    Well, there is usually a time when rules should be broken. This is the time! Come to Fredericksburg to join SWBS to view the Total Eclipse of the sun in April 2024. 

    Update: Names for the remaining rooms at the Hangar Hotel have been selected! Watch this video here as Cam Gulley randomly selects the 7 winners from the 13 that were in the running.

    SWBS would like to thank Cam Gulley for his foresight in reserving this block of rooms years in advance. 

    If you don't have a room at the Hangar hotel, you will need to arrange your own accommodations. Fredericksburg is selling out quickly that weekend! Look now! Other options would be to fly somewhere close by, such as Kerrville or BoerneStage and drive in to be in the path of totality in Fredericksburg, and join us for dinner, etc.

    Trip itinerary will include an Eclipse party on the evening of the 7th, followed by the viewing of totality mid day on the 8th, and another dinner/Fredericksburg day that afternoon/evening. (April 7th is a Sunday). Watch the video for more planning details! Winners will soon need to contact Cam Gulley to firm up details. there is a list of alternates of the other 6, in random selected order, if there are cancelations off the primary selected names.

    For those who need instant info, the 7 names selected at random were:

    1. Locke
    2. Sasser
    3. Nelson
    4. Campbell
    5. Winkler
    6. King
    7. Barlow

    Also, of note, The Thunderbirds will be in San Antonio the weekend prior, April 6th and April 7th at The Great Texas Airshow ( Kelly AFB. If you would like to include that viewing activity, you could fly into one of the nearby airports and then join us in Fredericksburg on the afternoon of the 7th.

Past events

October 06, 2023 2023 Albuquerque Balloon Payment
September 23, 2023 Rusk County Fly-In (KRFI)
July 24, 2023 Oshkosh AirVenture SWBS Social Hour
June 24, 2023 Amarillo, TX Fly-In Lunch - KTDW
May 27, 2023 SWBS 2023 Annual Meeting
April 21, 2023 Branson, Missouri Fly-In weekend
March 18, 2023 March lunch fly-in - Ponca City, OK
February 04, 2023 College Station lunch fly-in (KCLL)
November 12, 2022 Weatherford, OK Museum Fly-In (KOJA)
October 08, 2022 SWBS 1st Annual Poker Run
September 21, 2022 ABS 55th Anniversary Convention
July 25, 2022 Oshkosh SWBS Meet n Greet
June 11, 2022 BBQ lunch fly-in!
May 14, 2022 SWBS 2022 Annual Meeting
April 08, 2022 Hot Springs 2022
February 26, 2022 BBQ lunch fly-in Stephenville, TX (KSEP)
January 01, 2022 Future events list
November 19, 2021 SWBS 2021 Christmas Party
May 08, 2021 SWBS Annual Meeting
October 02, 2020 Grand Lake Fly-In
August 15, 2020 Grand Lake Interest Survey
April 03, 2020 Canceled: Hot Springs Fly-In April 3-5
December 06, 2019 SWBS 2019 Christmas Party, League City, TX
September 06, 2019 Memphis TN - Fly-In September 6,7,8th
August 17, 2019 Pecan Plantation Breakfast Fly-In August 17th
July 22, 2019 Canceled due to weather - Oshkosh Air Adventure 2019 Gathering
June 08, 2019 June 8 Fly-In at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (KTYR)
May 30, 2019 SEBS Nashville Fly In May 30 - June 2nd
May 04, 2019 SWBS 2019 Annual Meeting May 4th
December 07, 2018 2018 SWBS Christmas Weekend
September 28, 2018 Fall fly-in at Grand Lake, Oklahoma
May 05, 2018 Annual Meeting 5-5-2018
April 14, 2018 Fayette Regional Apr 14
April 07, 2018 Gillespie T82 Airport day
March 24, 2018 LakeWay (3R9) Fly-In Fish Fry
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