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Mogollon HOA Board of Directors Elections

Well, we’ve had a contentious two years trying to work with the current Mogollon Airpark Board of Directors.  With my “View from the Peanut Gallery” (how the board describes the member attendees) I’ve tried to make all property owners knowledgeable about the activities of the board.  Weekenders, those who are not here on a regular basis, those invested in property planned for future retirement use, or own property as an investment, typically have no real way to know what our board does.  The official meeting minutes are certainly not informative, as pointed out recently by Ellen Randoll’s “The Rest of The Story”.

So, I write about a few subjects as best I can without boring readers. Today’s issue is a bit long-winded, but I can’t help it.  We have a board election coming up.  Nominations for those running for the next board will be received by the board July 8th.  Ballots will be mailed out soon after.

The Mogollon Owners & Pilots Association thinks it is time to elect a new slate of candidates.

Fortunately, we have a considerable number of very qualified people who are aghast at what has been going on.  Ten have volunteered to run for the board.  MOPA believes that a board consisting of a majority of these candidates will work to repair the damage caused by the last board to the Airpark’s reputation and our property values.  These people are:

Karol Taylor – Property owner since 1996, Lot 194.  Live here full time.  University of Wyoming and ASU graduate.  Degreed accountant.  Served on our HOA board for 9 years as either president or treasurer.  Did the accounting for the airpark for several years when not on the board.  Wife of Paul Taylor, an active pilot, retired USAF Lt. Colonel, retired SWA Captain, RV-8 enthusiast and EAA member coordinating Young Eagle flights.

Mike Kelly – Property owner since 2000, Lot 204.  Live here full time.  SWA Captain and Check Captain.  Active pilot flying my RV-4.  EAA member pretending to build a Super Cub clone.  Currently, General Contracting the build of our dream retirement home at the airpark.  Served as a member of our HOA board in 2007.

Pat Forbes – Property owner since 1993, Lots 107, 108, 108A.  Graduate of Carnegie Mellon.  Will be living here almost full time when our under-construction dream retirement home is completed.  Active pilot flying our Cessna 210 and RV-12.  EAA member.  Served 4 years on the board of Int’l Organization of Women Pilots (99s).  President, Trinity Center Volunteer Fire Department.  Commander, San Mateo County Sheriff Air Squadron.  Wife of Dave Forbes, retired UAL Captain and restoration/home-building enthusiast.

Norm Smith – Property owner since 1996, Lots 188, 239.  Live here full time.  Retired computer hardware and software engineer.  Active pilot flying my Piper Malibu frequently, often to SoCal where my wife Sheri works.  EAA member supporting youth educational activities and Young Eagles.  Served multiple terms on several HOA boards, including 5 terms on our airpark board with 2 years as president.

Kathryn Collins – Property owner since 2005, Lots 202 & 236. Full-time resident.  Champlain College and University of Phoenix (UOP) graduate.  Have associates degree in accounting, bachelor’s degree in business administration, master’s degree in information technology.  Work full-time remote as a software developer for UOP.  Have experience in business management and accounting from prior positions.  Wife of Dennis Collins, an active pilot at Mogollon Airpark flying a Lancair and building an RV-8.

Dave Hagan – Property owner since 2012, Lot 213.  Live here full time.  Semi-retired airline Captain.  Active pilot flying my Cessna 401.  EAA member building a Super Cub clone.  HOA Board of Directors member at my Valley home for 24 years.  President of the Valley HOA Board for 15 years, without ever resorting to expensive legal engagements.

Marion Davis – Property owner since 2014, Lot 245. Full time resident. Retired Higher Education Administrator with Masters in Public Administration and Certified General Accountant designation. Committed to preserving the beauty and lifestyle of the airpark for all residents. Currently serving on the HOA board as treasurer, focused this year on reformatting financial statements to meet fund accounting standards, pass realistic on-time budget, and instill fiscal responsibility into the Board decisions. Enjoy cross country trips with my husband Jeff in our Grumman Tiger.

Craig Albright – Property owner since 2014, Lot 112.  Weekender from the Valley heat.  Retired engineer, entrepreneur and business owner.  Active pilot flying my Cirrus SR-22.  Active flight instructor. EAA member.  Served an unexpired term of a board member who left.  Served another term as the board president.

Alan Roberts – Property owner since 2010, Lot 244.  Full time resident since 2012.  Retired American Airlines Captain.  Extensive aviation experience with type ratings in Citation, Learjet, DA-50, DHC-8.  Active pilot flying my Cessna 180J.  No previous HOA experience, just want to help make Mogollon Airpark great again.

Matt Packard – Property owner since 2000, Lot 18.  Weekender from Fountain Hills with my wife Valerie.  Retired AA Boeing Captain.  Successfully argued for pilot seniority positions during merger of America West and US Airways.  Real Estate license, worked with Grande Valley Development Corp. in residential planning and development.  Active pilot, lifetime member Commemorative Air Force, AZ Wing.  Type rated in B-17.

These people are well educated, have experience with, and knowledge of business and financial budgets, HOAs, and understand fiduciary responsibility, being responsive to the members rather than pursuing personal agendas.

You will note that 8 of these people live here full time.  All are actively involved in aviation.  Five have previous experience on our board.  Five have professional CRM (Crew Resource Management) training, in other words, how to attain maximum cooperation amongst individuals to attain a goal.  Two are investing heavily in the future of the Airpark by building their retirement dream homes.  One has recently completed her retirement home.  These people represent the best future of the airpark.

All these people know each other and interact congenially.

In my opinion, and the opinion of the MOPA Editorial board, a board consisting of these people can begin to bring the airpark to normalcy without contention.  That will go a long way to re-building our reputation and help restore our property values.  And, they will do so in a fiscally responsible way.  All want to build a vibrant airpark community… a place retiring military and airline pilots would have at the top of their list of places to be living with your plane.

These candidates will unwind and undo the many draconian provisions that have been promulgated in the past two years.  As much as possible, they will seek to return our Airpark to “Arizona’s Finest and Friendliest Airpark”.

They will focus on healing the wounds between the Board of Directors and the HOA membership.  And they will focus on healing the wounds between Mogollon Airpark and the surrounding communities: Heber and Overgaard.

These candidates share the view that recent Boards have not represented the majority of Airpark residents with the actions they’ve taken.

A proper board will not waste $20,000 of members’ dues pursuing personal agendas in the guise of legal mumbo-jumbo.  When you are considering whom to vote for in this election, remember, that Warren Brown, who admitted that while there were many other opinions about acceptance of EAA insurance, only he was right – and he spent our money, in a wasted effort, to prove it.  Also, remember his request for $20,000 was approved by a majority of the current board.

We will have more to say when we learn who the other nominees are.

This is an important election.  Please consider the candidates carefully, and please remember to vote !

Fly safe,

Edd Weninger
Lot 255

A Record Turn-Out!

We had a fantastic turnout for our 4th of July Breakfast Fly-Out to St. Johns. 14 aircraft and 25 folks launched from Mogollon Airpark. Almost filled the ramp and the restaurant! Everyone had a great time and it was wonderful seeing some of the new faces!


The Rest of the Story…
May 2017 Board Meeting Minutes

Official meeting minutes are the responsibility of the Board Secretary and should be an overview of discussions and decisions made at a board meeting. They should contain enough information to be a useful resource and include reasons why a decision was made. As the vast majority of homeowners don’t attend the board meetings, minutes are the only way they know what is going on in the airpark. The information in our articles bridge the gap between what owners read in the official minutes and what really happened. Several members of the current HOA board have recently called this ‘spin’. Mr. Greco and Mr. Dunkelberger’s comments aside – I think it’s really, ‘The Rest of the Story’ (thank you, Paul Harvey for this catchphrase). Read more…

Wonderful Day for a Pancake Breakfast Fly-In

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, 11 aircraft and 22 people launched out of Mogollon Airpark for the annual Show Low EAA Chapter 586 “Deuces Wild! 2017” Pancake Breakfast and Fly-In. Not a cloud in the sky, calm winds and a great breakfast. Who could ask for more? You can click on image above for more photos.

Miss a previous edition of A View from the Peanut Gallery?

An archive of all A View from the Peanut Gallery emails is now available on our website. Just navigate to Peanut Gallery Archives under the News menu item… or click here.

The Spring 2017 edition of “The Mogollon Flyer” is now on line.
Click here to view.

National Experimental Aircraft Association
Responds to Mogollon Airpark’s ‘Public Notice’ in Mogollon Rim News

Letter to the editor:

In the March 3 edition of the Mogollon Rim News, a public notice was published regarding Young Eagles flights by EAA Chapter 1044 at the Mogollon Airpark. This notice unfortunately contained a number of inaccuracies that demand a response.

The Experimental Aircraft Association has responded on several occasions to requests for proof insurance for Young Eagles operations. This is the same proof of insurance certificate provided for hundreds of Young Eagles flight rallies nationwide, at both public and private airfields, and meets all legal requirements. The Mogollon Airpark Homeowner’s Association is welcome to contact our insurance brokers and underwriters, which are listed on the certificate and cover thousands of events of all kind around the world each year, for confirmation of this fact.

EAA has worked with our insurance underwriters to set adequate and prudent insurance levels for Young Eagles operations at all airports throughout the country. More than 70,000 young people fly on Young Eagles flights each year, with the 2 millionth Young Eagle since 1992 flown just last summer. For each of these flights, high standards of safety are maintained. That includes providing our chapter’s insurance accepted by aviation facilities nationwide, except for Mogollon Airpark. Why the leadership or the homeowners association is demanding coverage 20 times beyond best industry practices is baffling.

Equally baffling is why leadership of an airpark, which one would assume supports aviation, would want to prevent aviation activities at its facility. It appears that the leadership is determined to set successively more demanding obstacles to recreational flying -not matched anywhere in the country- at facility designed for expressly that purpose.

We are happy to continue working with the airpark homeowners association, but as it felt the need to publicly state it’s perspective with its inaccuracies, we must respond to set the record straight.

Dick Knapinski, Director of Communications
Experimental Aircraft Association
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Spring FAA Wings Seminar Held at Mogollon Airpark

Spring FAA Wings Seminar

This past Saturday, local EAA Chapter 1044 hosted a spring FAA Wings seminar at the Airpark presented by FAA FAASTeam Lead Fred Gibbs.  The topics of this seminar were piston engine management, including LOP and ROP operations, and a look back at 2016 Arizona fatal accidents. The seminar was well attended and received and another is in the works for this coming fall. Thank you to all those attended, including guests from the nearby communities of Taylor and Payson.

SARL “Thunderbird 500” and Mogollon Airpark
Generate Positive Coverage in General Aviation News


These race-themed balloons were hangar décor at the 9th Annual Texoma Air Race earlier this year. The pre-race party at the Thunderbird was at a private hangar on the Mogollon Airpark, and featured a potluck the residents hosted for the racers. Residents also opened their homes for some of the racers to stay at the airpark. (Photo by Rio A. F. Dubois)

Aviation writer, pilot and Sport Air Racing League (SARL) competitor William E. Dubois shared his experience from the recently held SARL “Thunderbird 150” in General Aviation News. Airpark resident and SARL member/racer Dennis Collins coordinated the 150 nautical mile race, which was held over Labor Day Weekend. Racers were invited to join us for a potluck the evening before here at Mogollon Airpark. Below is an excerpt from the article of Dubois’ impressions of our Airpark and residents…

Sharing the flying experience

Speaking of sharing aviation, we were exposed to a whole different type of sharing in Arizona.

For background, a Sport Air Racing League (SARL) tradition is the pre-race party. Like everything else in the league, the party varies from race to race. At the Bob Axsom Race we had a Dutch-treat meal at the Mexican restaurant in the parking lot of the official race hotel. At Texoma, Race Director Pat Purcell threw a hell of a hangar party with Texas-sized steaks and football-sized baked potatoes, with black and white checkered flags, banners, and balloons setting the tone. At the Big Muddy, racers and the locals partied at a local microbrewery. And at the Thunderbird the party was a potluck dinner.

A potluck?

Well, not for the racers. We weren’t required to fly in with a dessert or salad. But the residents of the Mogollon Airpark, AZ82, threw a potluck hangar party for us at their mountain strip at Overgaard, Arizona, 45 miles southwest of Holbrook.

The private airpark features a 3,436-foot paved runway with parallel taxiways down both sides. Dozens of feeder taxiways weave through the tall pines that surround the field, connecting individual hangars and houses to the runway. Nestled in the trees, each house is like a private island — you’re hardly aware of other homes and hangars — and yet the residential airpark is home to 166 flying families (with room for more, as I understand it).

Residents Curt and Ellen Randoll kindly moved their Mooney out onto the apron behind their house and set up tables, chairs, and a buffet line to turn their hangar into a banquet hall. And, wow, what a hangar it is: Insulated and sheet rocked, with heat and air conditioning, doors featuring giant windows for light, and a floor featuring the most beautiful epoxy-style coating you’ve ever seen.

Really, we didn’t need the tables. The floor was so clean we could have eaten off of it.

There was pulled pork, turkey, Shepard’s pie, casseroles, enchiladas, hot dogs for the kids, and salads and desserts galore. Someone brought a bottle of Clos du Bois cabernet sauvignon. I took it as a good omen and had a glass. Or maybe two.

It’s hard to tell when you’re drinking wine from a plastic picnic cup.

The Randoll’s hangar, big enough not only for the Mooney, but for an under-construction mountain bush plane, was packed with happy, noisy people. People sharing the love of flying. With the cool night air and pine forest all around, it felt more Colorado than Arizona to me.

The gathering made me think about the bonds among flying folk. We’re a flying family. My mom and I. Rio and my wife Debbie. Lisa, my adopted sister.


William E. Dubois flew the 300 miles from his home base at KSXU to Holbrook, Ariz., solo due to the high terrain between the two cities. As the race was the closest of the season, the rest of the Dubois clan followed on the ground. The racer has switched to a blue race shirt as cockpit reflections from his historic white shirts made Race 53’s new digital electric attitude indicator unreadable. (Photo by William E. Dubois)

Racers, in a broad sense, are a family, too, and those of us in the Sport Air Racing League are yet another family.

And this large community of neighbors in the mountains of Arizona is also a family, sharing the joys of flying and the camaraderie of a common bond.

(Excerpt used with permission of the author and General Aviation News.)

[If you would like to read the full article, click here.]


Another Magnificent Fall on the Rim

Click image above to start slideshow. Enjoy!

This past Friday we went in search of fall colors. We were told this might be the last weekend before the trees lose their leaves. Although we have lived here at the Airpark full time for about five years, we never seem to “find the time” to enjoy the beauty in our own backyard. Knowing it might be our last chance, we headed out very late in the day on the 300 Road past Woods Canyon Lake looking for shimmering, gold aspens. Disappointment began to set in as all the apsen had already dropped their leaves However, we decided to take a chance on continuing towards Bear Canyon Lake on Forest Road 89. Luckily, our hunch paid off in spades… we were treated to a beautiful stand of maple in all their glory about three miles from the lake. And the full moon from the Rim overlook near Woods Canyon wasn’t too bad either!

Larry & Jen Driver
Lot 259

A First for the White Mountains…
Sport Air Racing League
2016 Thunderbird 150

SARL 2016 (25)On September 4, 2016, the Thunderbird 150 Air Race was flown in our Central Arizona area. The race was held by the Sport Air Racing League (SARL) under the direction of Dennis Collins and his wife Kathy, neighbors here at Mogollon Airpark. Dennis has belonged to the SARL for several years and races in other SARL events when he has the time to attend. He decided to organize a race here so our local pilots could participate, and perhaps get the “bug.”

The race course originated in Holbrook, flew around the Meteor Crater, down to Mogollon Airpark to show it off to other pilots, around Taylor Airport, and back to Holbrook… a distance of 161.33 miles. Dennis would have preferred to have the race originate and finish at the Mogollon Airpark, but red tape made that difficult. In fact, Dennis was not able to get any participants to fly in for the pot-luck supper on the evening before the event, though a few did drive down. Dennis added, “Maybe next year, so we can invite our local neighbors to enjoy the event”.

Eleven planes registered for the race, but a few could not make it. Seven planes flew the race. The first across the finish line was Airpark resident Theo Mulder in his Lancair IV at a speed of 266.78 mph. Airpark member, Larry Cranton, with his wife Ella, flew his Twin Cessna 310 to a 2nd place finish at 210.89 mph, edging out the 3rd place plane by 1 second.

Alas, Dennis could not fly as he was the official timer for the event. That will change. The complete race results can be found by clicking HERE. And be sure to visit our Gallery Photos page for pictures from the race!

2016 Thunderbird 150 Racers

2016 Thunderbird 150 Racers

2016 Major Achievement Award

This past Saturday, July 30, Ellen Randoll was presented with the EAA 2016 Major Achievement Award at the Chapter Leaders Breakfast held at AirVenture in Oshkosh. Congratulations, Ellen, and thank you for all your hard work!

2 Millionth Young Eagle Flown

What an incredible milestone… during EAA’s AirVenture 2016 this week, actor/pilot Harrison Ford flew the 2 millionth Young Eagle. Young Eagle flights have inspired so many in our country. One of our own, Jamie Clark, went on to be an Army helicopter pilot and attributes her passion for aviation to her first Young Eagle flight out of Mogollon Airpark. It’s a real shame certain members of our Mogollon Airpark Board of Directors have chosen to ban Young Eagle activities from OUR airport, denying the same opportunities to so many youth in the Heber-Overgaard area. Our Chapter 1044 has a current waiting list of over 30 local youth waiting for their Young Eagle flight and has flown over 700 area youth since the Chapter’s inception. You can click below for Fox 11’s story about the historic flight.

Harrison Ford Flies 2 Millionth Young Eagle

Letter To the Editor

Good timing for the newsletter. I am currently at AirVenture, and yesterday I spoke to a resident of an airpark near Carson City Nevada. He moved there three years ago after considering many other airparks. Mogollon AIrpark was on the list, but he didn’t feel it warranted a visit after looking at the website. His unsolicited comment was that we appeared “very unfriendly with the threat of a $1000 fine to those who show up uninvited.” This mirrors many comments heard by those of us who fly to other destinations.

I am sure the last round of aviation unfriendly moves by the board has done much damage to the airpark’s reputation. The board members behind the attack on EAA are clueless that their handling of this airpark has hurt home sales badly. It is no coincidence that EAA was denied access to the airpark after Bob Greco got upset that EAA Chapter 1044 unanimously voted to fund a local youth scholarship to EAA Air Academy instead of his favorite charity. One of the current board officers, Pat McLeod, wrote in an email dated June 1, 2015,  “I would recommend to the board that the EAA-1044 be immediately dissolved or banned from the airpark so that this continued contention will be eliminated.”

The rift in our airpark community that these board members have caused has not gone unnoticed by the realtors and the Heber/Overgaard community at large…  again, to the detriment of home sales and values.

For over 20 years, EAA Chapter 1044 and the airpark worked together. I know the entrenched board members will rail against this letter and outright lie about the facts. After all, after the last election, when confronted about the lies and distortions in the letter mailed to homeowners in 2015, Warren Brown said “It’s an election, you can say anything.”

Sadly, the real victims are the kids in the Heber-Overgaard area. EAA Chapter 1044 has a list of over 30 kids who want to go for their first airplane ride. The selfishness and vindictiveness of some board members has denied what could be a life-changing experience for our area youth. The proof is that several of the local kids have already gone on to aviation careers after their Young Eagle flight at the airpark.

Yep, guess I am as naive as Warren’s letter said. I prefer plain old honesty. The entrenched board members have to go. It is a shame, but it is common among HOA’s that the ones who would run for election are those who should not be given unbridled power. Until enough homeowners get fed up and do something about the entrenched board, we will continue to live in a community run by those who continue to destroy it instead of the premier and much sought after airpark Mogollon Airpark could be.

This website says it all:

Curt Randoll
8/14 – 8/16 Board Member
EAA Chapter 1044 Vice President

Naming the Airpark as an Additional Insured – Is This a Good Idea?

In a recent Special Newsletter sent from the Mogollon Airpark it was requested that all homeowner pilots name the Airpark as an additional insured. But is this really a good idea?

It has been stated by one board member that this costs you nothing. However, in the interest of providing all of the possible ramifications of your adding the Airpark as an additional insured, here are some possible issues you should consider before doing so…

Dilution of Your Limits

Defense Conflicts

Loss of Defense Control

Providing Unintended Coverage to Airpark

We would encourage you to do your own research but have provided a few Internet links below to assist. Or you can simply Google “additional insured and dilution of coverage”.

“Certificates of Insurance” and “Additional Insured” Coverage: Maximize Value and Avoid Pitfalls”

“Additional Insureds: Manage the Added Risk”

“Additional Insureds – when, why, and should we?”


EAA Chapter 1044 Selects First Aviation Scholarship Recipients

2016 Scholarship RecipientsOVERGAARD, AZ— Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1044 has selected two local teenagers to receive fully-paid scholarships, including tuition and roundtrip airfare, to the EAA Advanced Air Academy summer 2016 program.

The Air Academy offers young people the opportunity to meet and work with aviation professionals, while living and learning the arts, sciences, and lore of aviation in both classroom and workshop settings.

They join many other young people in the aviation program.  Several days of the Academy take place during the world’s largest and most exciting aviation event – EAA AirVenture 2016.  Participants in the EAA Air Academy come from around the United States and several foreign countries.

Academy activities will include flight experience, workshops, and classroom study.  EAA’s Director of Museum & Museum Education, Bob Campbell, says, “The EAA Air Academy teaches young people new skills and instills a pride of craftsmanship.  More importantly, it develops their leadership potential and broadens their understanding of both aviation and themselves.  The EAA Air Academy is a benchmark of personal experience…and an aviation experience that will last a lifetime.”

EAA Chapter 1044 chose as our first two scholarship recipients Tobias Tomlinson, a freshman at Mogollon High School, and Tristen Martineau, a senior, also attending Mogollon High School.

Larry Driver, Chapter President said, “These scholarships would not have been possible without the generous support of the community, including the Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce.”

Chapter Vice-President, Curt Randoll added, “One of the missions of our Chapter is to provide youth with an educational opportunity to learn about aviation and aviation history.  This isn’t about sending kids to summer camp – it’s about opening their eyes to new experiences and potential new career paths.  The Air Academy fulfills this mission, and being able to send two youths this year, the first year we offered the scholarship, is fantastic.”

Anyone interested in attending any of EAA’s Air Academy Programs, should write to: Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc., Resident Education Office, PO Box 3086, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54903-3086. Applicants need not be EAA members.  The prime consideration is an interest and enthusiasm for aviation.

Funding for our Aviation Scholarship is through various fundraising efforts.  EAA Chapter 1044 has recently received tax exempt status as a non-profit charity under I.R.S. section 501(c)(3). Under the new I.R.S. non-profit designation, donations to Chapter 1044 are now tax deductible.

For more information on EAA Chapter 1044, please visit our website at or on Facebook at

EAA Chapter 1044 is based at Mogollon Airpark.  In addition to our aviation scholarship, which is part of our youth education program, the Chapter has a very active homebuilder community with about a dozen aircraft in various stages of construction or refurbishment…everything from experimental Super Cubs to Bearhawks to RVs and Rans. 

EAA Chapter 1044 Receives Chamber Donation

CoC Donation

Larry Driver, EAA Chapter Pres.; Cyd Chilleen, Chamber Mgr; Curt Randoll, EAA Chapter V-P; Norm Johnson, Chamber Board Member; June Call, Chamber Pres.

Christmas came a little early to Mogollon Airpark’s EAA Chapter 1044. This week they were presented with a check from the Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce.

Funds raised during the Tall Pines Raffle were distributed to numerous area organizations as part of the Chamber’s “Share With The Community Project.” Our local EAA Chapter was selected as one of the lucky recipients. This donation will enable the Chapter to send a second area youth to the EAA Air Academy Summer Camp in July of 2016. Applications are being accepted until January 25, 2016. More information and the application can be found on the EAA Chapter 1044 website.

A BIG Thank You goes out to the Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce!