National Gathering @ 7S5 Independence, Oregon

Date(s) - 06/21/2018 - 06/24/2018
All Day

Independence Airpark


Location is 7S5, Independence, OR.

National Gathering Fly-In June 23-24

This year’s Wrench and Elbow Bending session will be postponed since our principal gurus, Roscoe Rosché and Ken Blackman are unable to attend. Mark and Kelly Matthews will still host a fly-in for the weekend. If you have purchased airline tickets, there still is the Thursday, June 21: early arrival – Polk County Chapter of the Oregon Pilots Association Monthly Potluck dinner with a guest speaker. Friday, June 22: Optional tours of the Evergreen Air and Space Museum or a hike around Silver Falls, or a flight to the Oregon Coast weather permitting. Housing will be provided for those staying extra days.

If you’re even just thinking of coming, please rsvp to Kelly Matthews
at, so we can make some estimates for food planning. Early arrivals welcome.

June 23: Saturday
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Brunch at the Flight Deck Restaurant.

Fly to Salem Airport, KSLE for brunch at the Flight Deck Restaurant & Lounge.

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM: B-17 Alliance Museum and Restoration tour.

Tour of the B-17 Alliance Museum and Restoration tour. ($10.00 Donation)

We will enjoy a group tour of the small museum and huge restoration effort of the Lacey Lady B-17. Enjoy this up close and personal tour from the dedicated volunteers restoring every rivet of this project. The restoration hangar is located at Salem Airport.

After the tour it’s a short 10 minute flight or 30 minute drive to Independence Airport where we will enjoy a tour of the many projects underway on the airpark.

3:30 PM – 5:30 PM: Taxiway of Dreams Tour.
The Independence Airpark has more than 200 homes, each with taxiway access to the airport. The Taxiway of Dreams Tour will include an overview of the airpark, EAA Chapter 292 hangar tour  (  and a visit to several airpark home hangars to see what interesting and quite amazing projects are under way.

6:30 PM till ??: Dinner: Hosted by Mark and Kelly Matthews

Featuring homemade lasagna, salads, vegetables, breads plus homemade apple pies and our local Tillamook ice cream for dessert. Finish off the evening with a gathering around the fire pit and some elbow bending.

June 24: Sunday

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Breakfast available on-your-own at the Starduster Cafe on the field at Independence Airport. Meet at 8:00 for a group meal.

9:30 AM: Mini impromptu Wrench and Elbow Bending morning session. As a group, questions and answers and some hands on with our local A&P’s.

Afternoon Departures.

If anyone wishes to stay a few more days and explore more of Oregon, housing arrangements are available with plenty of advice on optional activities and/or flying routes.

Rental Cars

Rental cars are available in nearby Salem – Hertz, Avis, Enterprise and some independents are all located there. Shuttle delivery to the rental car office available on request.

Housing Info

Airpark Host Homes: Having our event at the Independence Airpark allow us to
offer free housing from many of our neighbors who generously open their homes to visiting pilots offering their spare bedrooms. Host families do not provide
food, just a place to sleep and a warm shower. You must contact Kelly Matthews
at ahead of time to arrange for a host family. Do not wait to the last minute as separate arrangements need to be set up with each host
family. Dogs are welcome.

College Inn, 3.5 miles at 270 Pacific Avenue North, Monmouth, Oregon. Estimated cost is $75 per night. Morning and evening van service available for airport transportation.

If you are planning on renting a car or driving to the event, hotels are also available in Dallas and downtown Salem.

Free Camping: For those that love sleeping under the stars, camping is
available. Camping facilities include a restroom and a warm shower, laundry and clean towels. You must contact Kelly Matthews at to arrange for your camping facilities. (State airport rules prevent us from
offering “camping under your wing” if tied down on the airport ramp. However you can camp with your plane on the residential airpark side. Prearrangement with Kelly needed.)

Other Services

If you are unable to fly your Grumman to the event and plan on flying commercial to PDX, HUT Shuttle provides shuttle van transportation to Salem. We can arrange to meet you in Salem and bring you out to Independence.

Information will be posted on The Grumman Gang as well as here on the GPA website. Plans are still being made and soon will be more formal so watch for updates. For now, just put these dates on your calendar and make whatever plans needed to attend.

2 thoughts on “National Gathering @ 7S5 Independence, Oregon

    1. I think that would take too long to do all. If there is commonality maybe one.

      Also, I live at Indy Airpark and would be glad to let my ’77 Lynx 150HP be used for demons. The canopy track work would be good for it. Cliff Hansen did the last annual and Ken Blackman did the original upgrade and STC installs many years ago

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