Posts Tagged ‘GA Serves America’

Cloud Nine suspends operations

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Back in 2010 I wrote about Ted DuPuis and Cloud Nine, a nonprofit organization he created to conduct animal rescue and other types of humanitarian flights (“GA Serves America: The More the Merrier,” January 2011 AOPA Pilot).

Ted had recently acquired a windfall in the form of Sugar Pop, a donated Cessna 310 that would enable Cloud Nine to conduct more far-flung missions with its better range and weather equipment. (The photo shows Ted with Cloud Nine’s Piper Aztec, which he is in the process of selling.) Unfortunately, Sugar Pop was close to needing overhauls when she came into Cloud Nine’s fleet. Now she absolutely must have them, to the point that she is grounded and Cloud Nine has ceased operations until it can acquire the funds.

At least $55,000 is needed to do the work. For more information, see this page, or go to Cloud Nine’s website.

Crazy time in Napa

Sunday, September 27th, 2009

If you’re a tourist in Napa Valley now, harvest time, you’re paying $300 to $500 a night, if you can find a room, and sipping wine in tasting rooms. If you are very lucky, you are getting to watch the wine production and may even receive an exclusive invitation to a five-star meal in a wine storage cave. If you are a winemaker like Ehren Jordan of Failla (Fay la) Wines and Turley Wine Cellars, you are going crazy. Jordan is constantly in motion, supervising the harvesting, crushing, and storage of this year’s wine crop. His Cessna 340 is much like his pickup truck–a tool to reach Turley’s second vineyard 200 nm away. He flies there two to three days a week at this time of year. Since he was always in motion last week, so were AOPA Pilot Chief Photographer Mike Fizer and myself, trying to trap him in a corner long enough to gather material for a story on the importance of his aircraft to wine production. It didn’t work, and it soon dawned on me that “Chasing Ehren” is the story, and title (or maybe “Crazy Time in Napa”?), for a future issue of AOPA Pilot. Watch for it. (By the way, I played, in my exaggerated opinion, what I consider to be a crucial role in the production of the 2009 Failla Wines “Pearl Essence” chardonnay. I picked out stems, bugs, leaves, anything that didn’t belong there.) It will be out in 2010.