Greetings to all Aviators!

We continue to plan for the Static Display of Gen Av and Military Aircraft and Open House At Mactan Cebu International Airport on Dec 18-20. The 19th Anniversary Day is Friday, Dec 18.

Lt Gen Nat Legaspi, 2nd Air Div Commander paid me a visit at my office yesterday morning. He has given his full support to the project, in fact offering to open Mactan Air Base too to visitors, so entry via airport will not be too crowded. The Christmas Bazaar at the Base starts on Dec 16 at the Open Air Museum of the Base. He will spruce up/light up the C-123, F-86, UH-1H and the N22 Nomad displays there too. And he has volunteered to put up an Air Force night at the grandstand area in the evening of Saturday, Dec 19. and open to all particuipants.

The general apron assignment for the static display is General Aviation, at the South Ramp, adjacent to the Terminal Main Ramp, and the Military Aircraft at the Military Ramp. This way, the general public can view the Gen Av display, while witnessing Commercial Aviation operations, and then go farther away for the PAF and PN aircraft display.

There will be many Cessna 152s and 172s in different Flight School livery. PAF T-41s will come from Fernando Air Base, as well as the SF260MPs. Gen Legaspi assures the display of UH1H, N22 Nomad and even a C-130 from the Base. Strike Wing Aircraft may come from the deployed areas and will include the MD520MGs and the Turbo SF260s. We may have OV-10 Bronco too. We’ll see if an S-211 can join the Display. Nat Legaspi will ask the Navy for the BN Islanders. We may even get lucky to have a Presidential Bell212, if there’s a movement that time.

There will be a couple of Ultralights too from Mactan as well as an Amphibian. Aviatour will display their Twin Seneca as well and some Cessna 182s. We’re hoping for Civil Rotary Wing Aircraft too. We are requesting Aboitiz Executive Jet and another perhaps.

It will be great to time the probing flight of PAL’s first B777-300ER at that time too. (RP-C7777). If this will occurs, it will park at Bay 1, nearest the Gen Av display.. I have yet to re-connect with Cebu Aeromodellers Club (Attention Obi and Mel) and Tamiya, and we can use the MIP Lounge for such displays.

We need help on the Participants’ meetings/ socials, mini-summit. Have not yet worked with the Tourism Organizations and the Hotel and Resorts Association.

Gen Legaspi suggests and I agree that fly-in may start Thursday (DDay-1) Display starts Friday, Dec 19 and open for partipants and organizers and guests of Anniversary only. Opening to the Public will be Saturday and Sunday. And fly out on Monday.

Joy is also doing some planning there in Manila. Raul and Toto are helping out with Eme Magnaye of A-5, in finalizing PAF particpation. Too bad, Iren’s Alpha Jet is out.

Something has started small and we are growing. I had a Press Con for the airport a week ago and mentioned this event.