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Dogpatch will be open for landing beginning May 5th Tuesday

Dogpatch will be open for landing beginning May 5th Tuesday. Please do your best to observe social distancing especially while ride sharing up the hill. Open bed pick ups would be a great option for getting up the hill. We are a “high profile” group and WDFW will be keeping a eye on how the public is using the newly “opened” areas. Please let’s be mindful and not give them reasons to shut us out again.

Enjoy the sky!
Tina and Larry

2017 Annual Meeting is Saturday 18-November

Abridged from CJ’s e-mail sent to the CBCC listserve:

Our annual meeting is on this coming-up Saturday evening, at the Swepstons. You don’t have to be at the meeting to vote, but you DO need to send your vote via email or text or phone call to any of the BOD members before the voting takes place on Saturday evening.

The ballot is as follows, all positions appear to be uncontested:

  • Pres: Ron Barbera
  • VP: Aaron Swepston
  • Sec: Kerie Swepston
  • Treasurer: Tina Jorgenson


  • Eric Ollikainen
  • Tom Johns

Must be present to vote. Default is current people stay in their positions if they don’t resign and there’s no competition for the slot.

2017 Chelan Cross Country All-Summer Classic – Final Message from the Meet Director

The 2017 All-Summer Classic is over and the results have now been compiled and finalized.

In total, 10 pilots entered the Classic. Only four pilots turned in their GPS track logs for scored flights. Per the rules, the only method allowed to verify and score flights is the submittal of each pilots’ GPS track log information.

Starting in the Single Surface category, two pilots entered, but neither turned in track logs. Therefore no winner could be determined.

In the King Post category, two pilots turned in their flights. In second place, with a total score of 551 points, is the new comer from Glenoma, Eric Ollikainen. In first place, with a total of 1353 points, is the veteran pilot, Everett’s finest, Tom Johns.

In the Topless category, two pilots turned in their flights. In second place, with a totally wimpy score of 378 points, is the washed-up pilot, from Lake Stevens, Lenny Baron. In first place, with a total of 1220 points, is the sky god pilot, from Alder, Jeff Beck.

The two winners will each receive very fine, eagle-emblazed- over-the- American-flag plaques.

Thanks to all of the pilots for their participation and Chelan Butte site donations. Thanks to the CBCC staff: Stas Zee, Thomas Haddock and Ron Barbera. Thanks to the meet staff: Tom Johns, Lori Lawson and Aaron Rinn.

Hope to see you all next year, flying and supporting the Chelan Butte flying site.

2017 Chelan Cross Country All-Summer Classic – August Update Message from the Meet Director

The All-Summer Classic is nearing its finish! The weather this summer has made for some tough sledding in terms of X/C miles. First the high pressure in early July followed by the smoke from those pesky Canadian wild fires in early August. But perhaps there could still be an epic flight or two left this season.

For competing pilots please submit all of your worthy flights ASAP. You may have held onto a flight’s tracklog from a few weeks ago but now is the time to send it into Aaron, the score keeper, to get your deserved points. We will need all of your to-date track logs in order to compute all scores prior to the final weekend.

The final flying day of the meet is quickly approaching, Saturday, August 26. Even if you haven’t so far entered the meet, you can still enter, fly and perhaps bang out a winning flight. If we have a big enough turn out, we were planning on having a called-task day to give pilots the chance to compete head-to-head in the sky.

For timing, on August 26, please arrive at the Chelan Falls soccer field LZ at between 10:00 and 11:00. While there we can admire the brand new LZ informational kiosk and windsock placed there through Lori Lawson’s awesome efforts and your generous donations. At 11:00 we’ll coordinate rides up the hill. On top we can decide whether to do a called-task day and choose the task itself. At 6:00 we’ll begin the BBQ/Picnic at the LZ pavilion and compute the final scores. At 7:00 will be the awards ceremony.

Sunday, August 27 will be a non-contest day, so it might be really a good chance to enjoy a fun flight there.

Hope to see you at Chelan for flying and to support the spectacular Chelan Butte flying site.

For more information and to register, e-mail at or call (425) 275-2162

Lenny Baron, 2017 Chelan Cross Country All-Summer Classic Meet Director

2017 Chelan Cross Country All-Summer Classic – July Update

The All-Summer Classic is underway! We kicked it off on the last weekend of June, 10 pilots began racking up X/C miles. Nothing epic yet… Alert!!! Competing pilots you must send in your track logs to get scores! Even if you think it wasn’t a very good flight, please send it in anyway…you never know.

The upcoming weather for the Fourth of July weekend looks really good and I’ll be over in Chelan to fly and to register more pilots. It’s certainly not too late to register to get in on the hot action of the meet.

For pilots uncertain about getting a ride up the hill, we’ve begun the protocol of meeting at the Soccer Field LZ every morning at 11:00 am and coordinating/carpooling rides up the hill. If you bring along a driver and radios, it will be even better.

I forgot to include maps of the waypoints. They are also available in paper form from me directly.

Separately, pilots have been donating to the Chelan Site fund. Thank you all very much!

For more information and to register, E-mail at Lenny at or call: 425 275-2162

Lenny Baron, 2017 Chelan Cross Country All-Summer Classic Meet Director

Chelan Classic Restricted Airspace and Areas

Chelan Classic 2017 XC maps