Upcoming events

    • February 21, 2018
    • Lantana, FL

    Windward Aviation announces its first maintenance and operations Clinic. Jim and Reese Leach of Windward Aviation have selected a Wednesday for this event to avoid the Presidential TFRs that halt operations at their airport during winter weekends. They intend to make a contribution to the ABS Air Safety Foundation as part of the clinic.

    Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 (Bad Weather Day: February 22)

    Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

    Place: Windward Aviation on the Lantana Airport (KLNA)

    Fee: $60.00 per person
    (One third of fee to be distributed to the winner of a drawing of those in attendance, one third to the ABS Air Safety Foundation, and one third for food expenses. Drawing to be held at the ice cream social.)

    Registration: Register by phone with Windward Aviation at 800-546-8668.

    Deadline for registration is 5:00 PM EST Monday, February 19, 2018.

    Schedule of Events:

    9:00 AM

    • Welcome – coffee, donuts, fruit juice
    • Welcome by ABS President Howard Johnson

    9:30 AM

    • Demonstration inspection of a Beechcraft Bonanza
    • Learn what to look for on a Bonanza/Baron. Inspection to be performed by Windward Aviation in accordance with ABS Maintenance Clinic guidelines. 

    11:30 PM

    • Lunch
    • Presentation: “Understanding Hypoxia” by Fred Furgang MD, BPPP Flight Instructor

    1:00 PM

    • Tour of Palm Beach Aircraft Propeller
    • Palm Beach Aircraft Propeller is a factory service center for both Hartzell and McCauley propellers. See for yourself how a propeller is repaired and overhauled.

    2:00 PM

    • Presentation: “How to be a Better Aircraft Owner” by Jim and Reese Leach, owners of Windward Aviation
    • A presentation on caring for your Beech Aircraft. Lots of tips based on maintaining hundreds of Bonanzas, Debonairs, Travel Airs, and Barons for the past 19 years.

    3:30 PM

    • Ice Cream Social

    4:30 PM

    • Depart
    • February 22, 2018
    • February 25, 2018
    • New Smyrna Beach, FL

    American Bonanza Society Service ClinicFor more information, go to the ABS Service Clinic page.

    • March 24, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Apalachicola, FL
    • 33

    Join us for lunch at the Owl Café and Wine Room in Apalachicola, FL! This restaurant, in the heart of Apalachicola, is just a 10-minute ride from the airport. Plan to arrive a little early and enjoy exploring the town on foot – there is a lot to see in this historic seacoast village and it is easily accessible without a car in the compact town center.


     9:00 am - 11:15 am  Arrivals at KAAF 
    • Park, secure your aircraft, and order fuel
    • Pick up your name tag and take SEBS van shuttle to downtown area.
    • Last shuttle to downtown departs at 11:30 am.
    • Late arrivals = transportation on your own.
     9:00 am - 11:55 am  Explore downtown Apalachicola on your own!

     12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  Lunch at the Owl Café and Wine Room
    • Check in with Trip Captain, Pete Grass, for your pre-ordered lunch selection reminder
     2:30 pm - 4:30 pm  Shuttles to airport
    • Last shuttle to airport departs at 4:30 pm unless shuttles are completed earlier

    Pre-Registration Required:

    All participants must register online and pre-order their lunch choice by Saturday, March 10th; no walk-ins will be permitted.

    Fee: Depends on lunch choices selected

    Fee Includes: 

    • Lunch at the Owl Cafe to include shareable table appetizer, pre-ordered lunch choice, non-alcoholic beverage including water, soft drink, ice tea, or coffee, cookies, tax, and gratuity
    • Shuttle van to/from the airport as noted on the itinerary.

    Registration is limited to the first 50 people that register due to space limitations in the dining room.


    Prices are all inclusive and include choice of one lunch item listed below: shareable table appetizer, American Blue Crab Dip with Flour Tortillas; choice of soft drink, ice tea, coffee or water; plate of Appalachia cookies with hazelnut and English toffee for table; tax and gratuity

    Sandwiches (Served with Slaw on the Side)

    • Crab and Shrimp Salad Roll $17
    • Apalachicola Oyster Po'Boy on a Hoagie Roll with Lettuce, Tomato and Onion $17
    • Fried Grouper on Toasted Bun, Lettuce, Tomato, and Onion with Chipotle Tartar $21
    • Jalapeno Chicken Salad Club -  Bacon, Cheddar, Lettuce and Tomato on a Croissant $17
    • Half Pound Cheeseburger with Cheddar and all the trimmings $17
    • Half Pound Burger with all the trimmings $17

    Entree: (Includes Side Salad and Bread) 

    • Fried Jumbo Gulf Shrimp with Fries and Sauces $21

    Kids 12 and under

    • Chicken Fingers with Fries $11

    Special Meal

    • Vegetarian, gluten free or other special diet? Select Special Meal and the individual will be contacted directly to work out a lunch option. $21

    Ready to Register?

    • Make sure you (and your guests) have reviewed the menu and be ready to make selections for you and your guests.
    • You will need to provide your expected ETA and tail number.
    • Have your credit card ready.

    Register Online Now

    Need help? Contact Jackye Cocoros at 864-508-0593. Missed calls will be returned within 24 hours.

    Airport & FBO:

    KAAF - Apalachicola Regional Airport

    Centric Aviation
    (850) 290-8282

    • Fuel discounts, day parking fees, and other details are currently being negotiated with the FBO.
    • March 24th is Aviation Day at the airport. 
      • No airshow activities or aerial demonstrations are part of the event.
      • Its purpose is to reintroduce the community to the airport and the new FBO, Centric Aviation
      • SEBS will have a dedicated parking area away from the public zones and will use a separate entrance/exit to town.
      • Centric Aviation will have details on the event posted on their web site.
    • If you would like a rental car, please notify the FBO in advance for a reservation with Enterprise Rental Car.
    • Please consider tipping your line staff for their parking and fuel assistance.

    Want to Extend your trip?

    Apalachicola is a great place to visit and you may want to stay longer than our KAAF fly-in lunch allows. Consider staying in one of the several Inns, B&B’s or lodges in the town. (Be sure to watch for two night stay requirements at some properties.) Walking around town is fun, and you can soak up the panhandle ambiance and the sights of the forgotten coast. If you stay in that general vicinity, it is easy to get around and restaurants are within walking distance of the center of Apalachicola.

    For more information on lodging, restaurants, and sites to see, visit the Apalachicola Chamber of Commerce at:

    Need a rental car? Contact Centric Aviation at (850) 290-8282 to make a car reservation prior to your arrival.

    Check out the following article from Garden & Gun magazine, Why We Love the Gulf - Know your Oyster: The Apalachicola

    Have Questions?

    If you have any questions about the fly-in, please contact Trip Captain, Pete Grass, at (859) 433-3329 (voice or text) or email


    If you need help registering online or need to cancel, please contact Jackye Cocoros at (864) 508-0593 or email

    Cancellations received by Saturday, March 10, 2018 will incur a $5 cancellation fee per person. There will be no refunds for cancellations received after March 10, 2018 because of financial commitments for the lunch and transportation.

    • April 10, 2018
    • April 15, 2018
    • Lakeland, FL

    This is a non-SEBS event but in our backyard! We're not taking registrations for this, so go to the Sun 'n Fun site to learn more!

    • May 03, 2018
    • May 06, 2018
    • Columbus, GA

    American Bonanza Society Service ClinicFor more information, go to the ABS Service Clinic page.

    • July 23, 2018
    • July 29, 2018
    • Oshkosh, WI

    For more information on this year's event, go to EAA AirVenture page.

    • October 10, 2018
    • October 14, 2018
    • Beechcraft Heritage Museum Tullahoma, TN

    Annual Beech Party at the Beechcraft Heritage Museum in Tullahoma, TN.  This is a non-SEBS event although many SEBS members attend.  

    For more details and registration, go to the Beechcraft Heritage Museum website at

    • November 03, 2018
    • November 07, 2018
    • Bahamas

    Beach at Cape Santa Maria ResortSave the dates November 3 - 7, 2018 and join us for SEBS's signature trip to the Bahamas!  We are returning to Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort on the northern tip of Long Island. The beach is consistently included in the 10 Best Beaches Worldwide list! Activities available:

    • Beach combing
    • Scuba diving
    • Snorkeling
    • Deep sea fishing charters
    • Long Island Tours
    • Iguana Tours
    • And more!

    Details will be announced soon!

Past events

February 02, 2018 BPT In-Person Weekend Clinic (KLAL) - Non-SEBS
January 13, 2018 BPPP LIVE - Non-SEBS
November 15, 2017 Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort, Long Island, Bahamas (MYLS)
October 12, 2017 Beech Party 2017 (KTHA) - Non-SEBS
September 23, 2017 SEBS Reserved Seating at ABS Banquet
September 21, 2017 ABS 50th Anniversary Homecoming - Non-SEBS
July 24, 2017 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - Non-SEBS
June 01, 2017 BBQ Picnic at Private Horse farm
June 01, 2017 Lexington, KY Weekend Fly-In (KLEX)
May 04, 2017 ABS Service Clinic Columbus Aero Services (KCSG) - Non-SEBS
April 04, 2017 Sun 'n Fun, Lakeland, FL (KLAL) - Non-SEBS
February 23, 2017 ABS Service Clinic Winward Aviation (KLNA) - Non-SEBS
February 03, 2017 BPT In-Person Weekend Clinic (KLAL) - Non-SEBS
January 19, 2017 Naples, FL Weekend Fly-In (KAPF)
January 14, 2017 BPPP LIVE - Non-SEBS
November 13, 2016 Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort, Long Island, Bahamas (MYLS)
October 12, 2016 Beech Party 2016 (KTHA) - Non-SEBS
August 25, 2016 Dayton, OH Weekend Fly-In (KMGY)
July 25, 2016 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - Non-SEBS
June 18, 2016 The Art and Science of Operating Airplanes in Short Environments (KTHA) - Non-SEBS
May 19, 2016 Beaufort, NC Weekend Fly-In (KMRH)
April 05, 2016 Sun 'n Fun, Lakeland, FL (KLAL) - Non-SEBS
February 18, 2016 ABS Service Clinic Winward Aviation (KLNA) - Non-SEBS
February 05, 2016 BPT In-Person Weekend Clinic (KLAL) - Non-SEBS
November 08, 2015 Cape Santa Maria Beach Resort, Long Island, Bahamas (MYLS)
November 06, 2015 BPT In-Person Weekend Clinic (KORF) - Non-SEBS
October 29, 2015 Weekend in Peachtree City, GA (KCCO)
October 14, 2015 Beech Party 2015 (KTHA) - Non-SEBS
October 01, 2015 American Bonanza Society 2015 Convention & Trade Show
September 12, 2015 Runway Cafe Fly-in Lunch Greenville, SC (KGMU) and Triple Tree Fly-in Woodruff, SC (SC00)
July 20, 2015 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh - Non-SEBS
June 18, 2015 ABS Service Clinic AviatMall (KILM) - Non-SEBS
June 04, 2015 ABS Service Clinic Wingnuts Aviation (KM91) - Non-SEBS
May 28, 2015 Chattanooga, TN Weekend Fly-in (KCHA)
April 21, 2015 Sun 'n Fun, Lakeland, FL (KLAL) - Non-SEBS
March 28, 2015 Apalachicola, FL Fly-in Lunch (KAAF)
February 19, 2015 ABS Service Clinic Winward Aviation (KLNA) - Non-SEBS
January 22, 2015 River Ranch, FL Weekend Fly-in (2RR)

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