VARGA • SHINN • MORRISEY
SEPTEMBER 10, 2007
(by Lee & Pat Beery)
We thought the last newsletter was a good one and would draw some comments from
the squadron members but we have been disappointed. There was little said about
developing a new VG-2 1 website; no feedback at all about the “hold your
breath episode”; and the maintenance item on that subject, which was a
The product review brought one
comment claiming that our article was more like product bashing rather than a
review. There were no inquiries about dealing with the loss of medical due to
prostrate cancer treatment. No comments either about the Aircraft Data Sheet
included in the newsletter. There were some mixed comments on the subject of
club caps. The basic request was for decals and caps with an aircraft
It is hard for the two of us to devote the necessary time and effort producing
newsletters when it is such a solo job and draws little attention. As founders
of this club, we have a sincere interest in the continuation of the club, but
due to what we perceive as a lack of interest, the final newsletter of the year,
Number 59, will be our last. This was not an easy decision for us to
make, but we feel we may be the reason for the lack of interest and that it is
time for us to step away.
Money is the not issue so please do not send money.
Unfortunately, we recently received a very flattering letter from Cliff Shinn
thanking us for what we have done for the club along with a very nice donation.
If no one takes over from us, we intend to return his donation.
Loss of Medical
(by Lee Beery)
Whoopee! I have my medical back. Based on what I have heard from other pilots
who were denied a medical due to prostrate cancer, I was very lucky to get my
certificate back so soon. I think the reason it happened so fast was due to
getting the AOPA involved. Once the AOPA had copies of all my documents that I
had provided to the FAA, things started to happen. Two weeks later I had my
medical. Let me assure you, I sent the young lady at AOPA who was helping me a
great big thank you.
Vargafest 07 - Oct. 5 - 7
(by Dave Casey)
The second annual Central Coast Fly-In will be at the same location as last
year, Santa Maria Airport (KSMX). There is a Raddison Hotel right on the field.
Cliff Shinn’s E-Mail
I hope Cliff Shinn doesn’t mind, but we thought his e-mail was so interesting
we wanted to share it with all of you:
“I purchased the manufacturing rights
for the Morrisey Aircraft from Bill Morrisey who had produced 10 airplanes,
largely without any production tooling. Since my company, Shinn Engineering,
Inc., had extensive experience in the production of aircraft and space vehicle
components for all the major prime contractors, I constructed complete
production tooling with which to build the plane and renamed it the ‘Shinn
2150-A.’ I constructed 35 Shinns before selling the project to George W.
Varga, a friend of mine who was in the military and civilian aircraft spare
parts business. The tooling is still used today for spare parts!”
Dave Casey and Jon Proehl invited me to join them to make it a 3-ship fly-in to
the EAA gathering at
. Dave has a cabin at
just one block from the runway and keeps his Morrisey there during the summer.
Jon has his Varga tied down next to Dave’s plane. Dave and Jon have been best
of friends for many years, both serving in Desert Storm as F4 pilots and as
senior pilots for American Air Lines. Jon is on leave from AA as he is at the
present time, the commanding officer of the Nevada National Guard Air Wing.
As it turned out, Jon was called back to
so it was a two- ship formation to
. We had hoped to include the Clarks (East Sound, WA) but their plane was down
because of exhaust pipe problems and Carl Hamlin (Camano Island) reported his
was down for its annual. We did stop by for a short visit with Janet and Bill
Clark on our return to
Dave and his brother fixed the best seafood I have ever had. The catch came
right off the boat. I think the EEAers at
did an outstanding job. It was a well run show. As an example, when you exited
the runway, a guide on a motor scooter latched on to you and escorted you to
your parking spot. Also on this trip, I was able to stop at
to visit long time friends of ours, Don and Donette Wright. They
were both United employees; Don a pilot and Donette worked in Flight Operations.
Their home is right at the
bridge and they keep their RV6 nearby at
. I had a great visit with them. Overall, the flying trip was great although I
did turn back one time to wait for better weather.
Letter from Member David Shirey
We are sending along excerpts about his 2180 tail dragger that is in desert
camouflage with British markings. He has owned this airplane since July 1993
with 735 hours. Now with 1450 hours, with two overhauls. Once when cam and
followers were shot and at 1440 hours because the overhaul shop had used
reconditioned followers and the surface flaked off. He’s had the airplane to
Oshkosh 3 times, Sun & Fun once, toured the east coast and the Hudson River
Corridor in New York a year before 9-11 and has some beautiful pictures of the
From 1990 to 1995 he owned 8421J, a 1980 2150A. He and his 19 year old son flew
to Augusta Kansas to buy 5600Y after seeing it advertised in Trade-A-Plane. He
goes on to say that the trip back with his son in the 2150A and him in the
2180TG was one of his fondest memories. They got a lot of attention wherever
they landed. He also owns a Cirrus SR2O, Mini Max and is building a Fisher
He wrote to set the record straight. While looking at the Varga/Shinn website,
he noticed it says 56002 was the last Varga built and one of the two tail
draggers. They also show 56002 as #188-82 when that is, in fact, his
serial number for 5600Y.
Pat & Lee Beery
Maintenance Item #30