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Upcoming events

    • June 24, 2023
    • 11:00 AM
    • KTDW "Props n Pistons" Air Show and Car Show

    Jon Kuehler has recently became an SWBS member, and he is the manager at Tradewind Airport (KTDW) in Amarillo, Texas.  Tradewind was one of the original Beechcraft sales centers in 1947. Jon has pictures of Walter and Olive Beech sitting with Shelby Kritser, the founder of Tradewind Airport, in 1946.

    Jon is opening a new museum and there is also a restaurant on the field. Jon looks forward to showing off their trove of Beechcraft memorabilia and is pleased to host this one-day event, especially since it coincides with:

    Props & Pistons Car Show & Fly-In
    Presented by Bomb City Hot Rods
    June 24, 2023 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

    There are still more things to do in Amarillo and some may choose to spend the night before or after the lunch. See these KTDW links for additional information on fly-in deals (lodging specials) and fuel prices.

    Event registration is encouraged so we may provide the restaurant with a headcount and perhaps try to arrange a common parking area for SWBS.

    • July 24, 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Oshkosh, WI


    Are you going to Wisconsin in late July? Thinking of B2Osh? Or flying yourself? Many SWBS members will be there! Join us for a SWBS meet and greet social hour at the B2Osh tent in the North 40 on Monday evening, July 24th, 5 pm - 6:30 ish. Snacks and drinks, ice , etc. provided, but BYOB.

    Invite your friends!

    Please register , so we have an accurate headcount predicted

    • September 23, 2023
    • 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • KRFI

    SWBS is going to crash the party at Rusk County's Airshow/ Fly - in!

    Actually, we have been invited. Come join the party!

    Stay tuned for additional details.

    • October 06, 2023
    • October 09, 2023
    • Albuquerque New Mexico
    • 50


    Please register now so we can cross check who is going, with the list Mark Campbell has. This registration at this point is for informational purposes only.

    For now we need to know who is going, how many guests and some of your preferences.  There will be questions you must answer during the registration process.  Once we get a good idea of head count, a cost to attend the event will be published and invoiced to you.


    Friday the 6th, KABQ or KAEG arrivals, lodging at Clyde Hotel.

    Saturday the 7th, Bus ride to Balloon Fiesta and dawn launch, 5 am

    Sunday the 8th, choice of another Balloon Fiesta day, or other activities on your own.

    Monday the 9th, departures

    Below is information from Mark Campbell, our local SWBS Albuquerque resident, who is spearheading this event for us.

    Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta 2023

    So I hope your all excited to fly to my neck of the woods. I need to get some commitments and answers to lock in transportation, lodging and events.

    Name________________________ Tail #___________ SWBS #__________


    The event dates are Friday October 6th to Monday October 8th but you can arrive early and stay after if you let the hotel know when you book your room (transportation will be on your own for those days).


    • o  Check you will be Using Bus Transportation #_____
    • o  Check if you will us rental car (Book Early)
    • o  Check your choice of  #_____ Estimated Time_____ Below


    • 1.    Friday the 6th
    • Fly in to Class D Double Eagle. Tie downs are $10 per day, first day waved with fuel purchase. Over 50 tie downs, only two or three hangers on a first-come first-served basis $35 per night for hangar, only two or three rental cars on first come first serve basis, they do have a restaurant on airport 8AM to 2PM.
    • o  #_____ Estimated Time_____
    • Flying into Class C Albuquerque International (KABQ) fuel at cutter $.50 discount for our group. Over 50 tie downs on first come 1st served basis, $25 per day first day waved with fuel.
    • Rental cars available Book early at this time unlimited availability.
    • o  #_____ Estimated Time_____
    • o  Check box if you will be using shuttle bus from airports #_____ of passengers. Bus Shuttles from Airports to The Clyde Hotel every hour 10am to 6pm.
    • Dinner on your own

    Please provide number of rooms type of room, (King or Double Queen) and number of nights and dates

    # Of rooms______ Type Room King____ Double_____

    Dates Staying________________

    • 2.    Saturday Morning the 7th Bus ride to Balloon Fiesta Park @ 5am Back to Hotel @1pm please check and provide number that will be going to balloon fiesta on the bus.
    • o  Attending  #______#_____Using bus

    If you’re driving your rental car suggest you use park-and-ride

    Around 4pm Bus ride to Nuclear Museum

    #Using Bus_______

    6pm Catered Dinner at Museum #______

    Bus back to Hotel @9pm

    • o  Check if you would like a bar Service at dinner

    3. Sunday Morning the 8th is a backup day if weather is bad on Saturday> Schedule will be the same as the 7th without the Nuclear Museum With other activities around Albuquerque.

    Please check interest and number for interest in other activities for Sunday

    • o  #_____ Trip to Sandia Casino and Resort for Gambling and Food
    • o  #_____Trip to Unser Racing Museum
    • o  #_____Trip to Old Town for Shopping and Dining
    • o  #_____ Trip to Sandia Peak Tramway
    • o  #_____ Trip to Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

    That’s it the just start. When you return the survey we will send you a code to reserve your room. Book ASAP


    • 3.    Monday Morning the 9th
    • Take pilots back to Airports Starting at 7am every hour till noon.
    • Please let me know estimated time and number for trip on the bus back to the airport you’re tie down at?
    • Time______ #_____


    Look forward to seeing you all


    • November 04, 2023
    • Texas

     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, winner announced back at the first airport. Optional dinner and drinks and overnight stay to follow.

    Since it will be in November , we are planning on a Texas location for chances of better weather. 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

    • December 03, 2023
    • December 05, 2023
    • Galveston, TX

    Christmas 2023! 

    The SWBS Christmas/ holiday celebration fly-in will be in Galveston, TX this year. Looks like we are staying at the San Luis Hotel & Resort at a very reasonable rate, and it looks like fun!

    The interesting twist? We are arriving on a Sunday (the 3rd) and departing on Tuesday (the 5th). Mark your calendars now, and plan for that! More details to follow!

    • April 07, 2024
    • April 08, 2024
    • Fredericksburg, TX

    Fly into Fredericksburg, TX to be dead center of the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024. There are limited rooms (approximately 8) available to disperse amongst SWBS members at the Hangar hotel on April 7th. Register here now if you would like to be considered in the drawing to get a room in the booked out hotel.

    Even without a room at the Hangar Hotel, organize your own lodging arrangements, and join SWBS in Fredericksburg on April 7!

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