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Air Show thrills locals and visitors to Catalina for high flying event BY JIM WATSON In case you didn't notice, a CF- 18 Hornet flew over Avalon a few times last Saturday as part of the Third Annual Scheyden Catalina Air Show. The fighter/attack aircraft thrilled spectators, rattled win- dows and made housecats all over Avalon swear to the bird gods they would never kill another starling as long as they lived. According to Captain Doug Fetteroll of the L.A. County Sheriffs Department, the aircraft's six passes over the town also prompted a few com- plaints, Jeff Heyden, owner of the show's primary sponsor Scheyden Precision Eyewear, was very pleased with the entire event. "On a scale of one to 10, I'd give the show a 10," he said. "We had per- fect weather, great performances, incredible music and food. "It was a lot of work from my standpoint of organizing this event and trying to do it safely," said Heyden. After several morning practice runs by various aerial perform- ers--including the CF-18--the show began in earnest at around 1 p.m. with performances by "Super Dave" Mathieson in his Scheyden MX2, the Tiger Squadron in their fleet of five vintage Nanchang CJ6A's and Russian-built Yak 52's, Vicky Benzing, John Melby and others, including Rich Piccirilli's Just In Time Skydivers. In addition to the Nanchangs and Yaks, vintage plane aficiona- dos delighted as always in seeing Clay Lacy's Douglas DC3 and Doug Matthews' P-51 Mustang. The CF-18 Hornet, known bet- ter in the States as an F/A-18 Hornet, is the property of the Royal Canadian Air Force and was piloted by Captain Adam Runge. According to Heyden, Capt. Runge's performance on Saturday was his very last per- formance in a Hornet "ever in his life." Heyden said the pilot--nick- named "Manic"---is preparing to ship off to Iraq soon. "He'll never have as much fun as he did at the show on Saturday," he said. "He'll be carrying weapons and bombs from now on." After the show, the fun con- tinued out at Casino Point where revelers rocked to the sounds of a number of musical perform- ers, including legendary guitarist Robby Krieger of The Doors as well as Dave Brock, "tribute per- sona" of The Doors' lead singer Jim Morrison. WELCOMING Anna Pearl... Heyden said he had a lot of peo- ple to thank for helping put on the event, including Steve Montague, Steve Wooly, Maggie Maki, Eric Geerdes, - Jacob Bowker "and many others." He also singled out Rich Coffey of Catalina Freight Lines and Blanny Hagenah. "She (Blanny) was wonderful ." Regarding the CF-18 Hornet fly-overs, Capt. Fetteroll said the Avalon Station received "a half dozen phone calls druing the prac- tice routines from apparent elder- ly people in the community..." Fetteroll said the callers expressed "concerns regarding the safety of the event." Fetteroll said the callers were informed that the event was "fully vetted by the FAA and all possible safety precautions were in place. "My hat goes off to Captain Gary Black of the L.A. County Fire Department for the work he did with the event organizers and safety personnel to help ensure the event was safe for the performers and fun for the spectators," he said. As far as next year is con- cerned, Heyden said he has "every intention" of coming back next year for what would be the Fourth Annual Scheyden Catalina Air Show. Fun, Exciting & Unique Toys For All Agesl Pet Supplies Games Puzzles./rfs and CraFts Books Educational Toys Video Games Indoor/Outdoor Sports Items And so much more! It was a post high season weekend that brought many visitors to Avalon last weekend for the air show, In addition to the planes dancing through the sky, there was p!eo of after hours yfn to be had:: : Photos by Dave smithson Espresso Bar Born 10/5/14 to the HIBBS family. Congratulating Sean& Nicole and big brothers Peter & Caleb. Love, Grammy & Grampy THE CATALINA ISLANDER -Hand-Dipped Strawberries Iced Coffee - Flavors of Salt Water Taffy 220 S, Guava Cheese Danish. Jalapeno Cheddar Biroche Ginger Green Tea Muffin. Lemon Cranberq Friday, October 10, 2014 i 9