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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Mark's Remarks - HL 276 (2)

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Dear PCN (of over 2600 subscribers),

Time for a road trip to Dayton?
I recently visited WPAB Museum and it was great!  It is time you plan the trip.  There is no better aviation museum in the world and it is air conditioned and FREE!  The new 4th hangar is open and the display of air force ones is wonderful.  Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy’s planes on full display with the access to walk on board for a pass through.  The picture below is of “Sacred Cow’s” cockpit, the 1st Air Force One for Roosevelt.  This museum is absolutely top notch.  So what are you waiting for.  Hop in the fliver and set the GPS for Dayton Wright-Patterson.  When you arrive you will be fascinated by the terrific displays.  From 1st flifht to WWI then WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War.  Lots of history totally open and on display.  Below I’m standing in front of the the aircraft  my dad flew in the Africa-Italy campaign of WWII as a nightfighter member of the famed 415th NFS. 

Here I’m standing in front of the Bristol Beaufighter.

Beau cockpit…. A British wonder!
                      Cockpit of Roosevelt’s Sacred Cow DC-4 (1st Air Force One)
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Finance - HL 276

Helpful miscellaneous articles regarding our retirement plan and planning.  Like you, I review my retirement nestegg and plan from time to time.  Recently, I went though some continued education for some credentials I maintain and it occurred to me that we all could use a review about these issues.  So with your help, we will share and post articles and info that may be helpful and of interest to many of you in this section.

Reply from last article about IRA and RMD:  Gerald is correct with his input about 401k’s if you still own one.

Date: 7/14/2017 6:03:19 PM
Subject: Re the IRA article in HL275

Not covered in the article on IRA's is the requirement for RMD's on any 401(k) plans you may have.  If you have a 401(k) plan it requires a SEPARATE withdrawal from your regular IRA and is calculated using the same method. You can't lump this in with your regular IRA RMD.

(As with any of these informative articles, anyone who needs someone to talk to about

this very subject contact me and I can direct you to a knowledgeable advisor).

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Insurance - HL 276 (1)

Date: 7/14/2017 11:01:57 AM
Subject: News for You, from Your ITDR Trust Board

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Inside This Issue:
Medicare Card Changes Coming Soon
Do You Need Financial Assistance with Medical Bills?
Express Scripts - New Features
Food for Your Bones
Your Personal Health Advocate
Bonus Content:
  • Salmon Recipe
  • Let's Get Physical

Medicare Card Changes Coming Soon

By April of 2019, all Medicare cards will be replaced, and they will no longer list your Social Security number as your identifier. This change will help protect your medical and financial information. It will also be a time to be very diligent and watch out for scammers.
Below is some helpful information regarding this change:
  • New Medicare cards will be mailed out beginning April 2018. This transition is expected to take until May 2019.
  • Your Medicare benefits WILL NOT CHANGE.
  • You will be able to begin using the new Medicare card as soon as it is received.
  • The new Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI) format will be clearly different than the current Health Insurance Claim Numbers (HICN).
  • Spouses will have separate MBI numbers.
For more information, visit cms.gov or, if you do not have access to a computer, call 1-800-633-4227.
Stay informed and watch for red flags!
Medicare will NEVER call you to verify medical information, personal information or charge you a fee for the card. They will also NEVER threaten to cancel or change your benefits.
If this happens to you, it is a scam and you should report it to the Better Business Bureau Scam Tracker at www.bbb.org/scamtracker/us.
Scammers may think this transition time will be a golden opportunity to try and steal your identity. Stay current and learn more about scams and identity theft at www.bbb.org.

Keep Your Feedback Coming!
Visit us online at www.ITDR.com and check the Message Center often for updates. Send your suggestions to trustmailbox@itdr.com. Contact a Personal Health Advocate™ with any personal claims, benefits, or administration-related questions or concerns at 1-877-325-7265, Option 2. Remember your Trust Board cannot receive your protected health information (PHI).

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Pension - HL 276

Updated Court schedules for our DP3’s representation of the retired Delta pilot’s case:

Roughly delayed by 1 week!

Next few months will have a lot of court action on our case.  Stay Tuned!

Please see schedule on DP3 member page.  

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Events - HL 276 (2)

Date: 7/13/2017 9:41:36 AM
Subject: Delta Golden Wings - New Orleans Reunion Registration and Membership Opportunity

The Delta Golden Wings is having the Annual Reunion in New Orleans in September.  Membership and Reunion Application forms are included in the links in the below information. Delta Golden Wings membership is open to active Delta pilots at age 50 and any retired pilot who has worn the Delta uniform  Membership fees are $40.00 for member and spouse.
 Please forward this in your next PCN.  Thanks for all that you do for the Pilot group with your PCN!
Dave Ewing
Webmaster DGW
Reunion Information and Link to
Your Registration Form
SEPTEMBER 17-20, 2017

     Registration Fee Deadline                      Hotel Official Deadline
            August 23, 2017                                   August 24, 2017

Registration Fee: $220.00 per person, $440.00 per couple
Registration fee includes:
Welcome banquet buffet with cash bar
Tours and tour lunches, Bus transportation, Hospitality Room, Wednesday Evening Buffet Banquet.
All gratuities and taxes
You may click on links in green above for more information on the tours and restaurants.
If you don't intend on taking in a particular day's activity, you may deduct the following from the fee.
  • Sunday Buffet Dinner: $40.00 per person
  • Monday Swamp Tour & Lunch: $60.00 per person
  • Tuesday City Tour & National WWII Museum: $65.00 per person
  • Wednesday Farewell Buffet Banquet: $55.00 per person

For questions or more info:    Al Dvoracek (817-729-5551, either call or text), email:     advor@charter.net
Subject: ReUnion
Should be made separately at:
Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center, New Orleans
September 17-20, checking out on the 21st.
Phone: (504) 525-1993
Group Name: “Delta Golden Wings”

Room Rates (tax not included):

King Suite:  One King, one pull out $129

Queen Suite (Two Queen Beds), $149.00

Includes breakfast
6:30 - 9:30 am M-F, 7:00 - 10:30 am SS

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From: smcgreevy@comcast.net
To: dwskjerven@aol.com ,
Sent: 7/31/2017 5:03:10 PM Central Standard Time
Subject: Re: September 13th DAL/ORD fly-in
Dave, and Leo,
Here are the details for the DAL/ORD fly-in.

It's that time again, time for the 2017 DAL/ORD Fly-in!  Steve and Dee McGreevy are your official hosts, and your un-official hosts are Steve (jr) and Katie McGreevy.  The location is the same as 2015, Steve and Katie McGreevy's home and hangar located at the west end of C77 (Poplar Grove Airport). The date is set for September 13th. Arrivals are welcome anytime after 8:00 am, with coffee and pastries for those early birds. Lunch will be served around 12:00 noon.  Please RSVP to Steve and Katie, contact information is included below. This is a rain or shine event, so if the weather is not conducive for flying in, our address will be included for those driving out.

What: DAL/ORD fly-in 2017
Where:C77 (see attached taxi diagram for hangar location)
              Address 1020 Beech Bay Road
                               Poplar Grove, Illinois. 61065
When:September 13th, 8:00 am till ??
RSVP to Steve and Katie at:   smcgreevy@comcast.net or call (815) 436-4059
Menu: Pulled Pork
             Macaroni and cheese
              Cole slaw
              Potato salad
              Assorted desserts
Parking: Auto and aircraft parking will be the same as last time. Use the grass lot west of          McGreevy's property. It is rolled and mowed.

Again please do not hit reply to this email but reply to,
Or call (815) 436-4059

Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing everyone in September.

Steve, Dee, Steve, Katie McGreevy

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Investment - HL 276

Hey PCN,                                (Cincinnati and Indianapolis locations!!)

 Retirement Help Needed?

  Is your retirement portfolio a little OFF COURSE and ONE DOT LOW?

If your Investment or retirement flight path is a little off course maybe you need a better  ARC?

Maybe you need a little less hand flying and a little more autopilot!

Broaden your horizons and firm up your nestegg by taking the "Broadview!"

This firm (Broadview Financial Advisors) has helped me out and I know they can help you as well. Watch the R.I.S.K. (Retirement Investment Survival Kit) video then click the contact @ for more information. Mark Sztanyo

      ARC Video                         Contact BFA

Securities offered through ValMark Securities, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. Investment Advisory Services offered through ValMark Advisers, Inc. an SEC Registered Investment Advisor. 130 Springside Dr. Ste. 300 Akron OH 44333.  Broadview Financial Advisors is a separate entity from ValMark Securities, Inc. and ValMark Advisers, Inc.
© Broadview Financial Advisors

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Misc - HL 276 (3)

The Wonderful World of OSHKOSH:
As the week of Oshkosh just finished, one can only imagine how many hearts and minds have yet again been impressed by the wonder of flight.  Being involved in aviation is indeed a terrific thing and a person in love with flying almost never loses their deeply held love for flight.  Oshkosh is the pinnacle celebration each year of the fun that can happen once airborne.  If you went and wish to share a report, please feel free.  As I retire (for the second time) next year’s show it is at the top of my to do list.  Maybe I’ll see ya there!

EAA 2017 boasts biggest turnout ever, thanks to unbeatable weather and engaging lineup

Nate Beck, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Published 5:47 p.m. CT July 30, 2017 | Updated 10:00 p.m. CT July 30, 2017

OSHKOSH – Under the shade of an umbrella, Dan and Michelle Ortega and their 2-year-old son Chase are soaking up the last few hours of a last-minute jaunt to the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture convention Sunday. 
They left for Oshkosh late, at about 6 p.m. on Friday, from their home in Oswego, Illinois, a Chicago suburb. With chores and Michelle Ortega's work for a master's program done for the weekend, they piled into their motor home and raced north. 
The Ortega family are three of about 600,000 that made the trip to EAA this year — a record for the yearly fly-in. Used to following Dan Ortega's interests to motorcycle racing events, EAA was a nice change of pace, Michelle Ortega said. Plus, Chase loves airplanes, she said, as he gazed through sunglasses at a warplane careening through the sky overhead. 
"We just really appreciate the family friendly atmosphere," she said. "There's so much to do to keep (Chase) engaged."

Saturday's AirVenture night air show ends with a fireworks display near the runway on the EAA grounds July 29, 2017. (Photo: Jeannette Merten/for USA TODAY NETWORK-WISCONSIN, Jeannette Merten/For USA TODAY NETWORK-WISCONSIN)
In all, stunning weather for much of the week prodded more to EAA than ever before. Big attractions like a performance from Comedian Jeff Dunham, three days of Blue Angels flights and a reunion of Apollo astronauts didn't hurt, either. 
On Sunday, EAA CEO Jack Pelton shared early numbers from the event with news media. By most metrics, this year's event was bigger and busier than ever before. 
  • Early estimates show AirVenture 2017 drew more than last year and likely broke an attendance record. Pelton said about 600,000 make the journey. Last year, 563,000 people attended the event, an increase of about 1 percent from the year before that.  
  • Early traffic estimates show 15,500 aircraft movements at Wittman during EAA. That's 1,000 movements more than last year and doesn't include the final day of the event, Sunday. 
  • This year, 880 exhibitors presented at EAA, which is 11 vendors lower than last year's record number of exhibitors. 
  • During the first five days of EAA, the campsites at Wittman were completely full. It's the first time this has ever happened, Pelton said. Typically, there's turnover on Wednesday. 
  • Oshkosh continues to be the largest gathering of vintage war planes, with more than 350 represented this year. 
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The United States Navy Blue Angels, (FA-18 Hornet), fly over the skies in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for Saturday's AirVenture air show July 29, 2017.  (Photo: Jeannette Merten/for USA TODAY NETWORK-WISCONSIN, Jeannette Merten/For USA TODAY NETWORK-WISCONSIN)
Visitors flocked to EAA because of this year's stellar lineup of attractions, Pelton said. The biggest of these was a reunion of a half-dozen Apollo astronauts, a rare arrangement by any standard. The forum drew 7,000 people alone. 
Comic book legend Stan Lee appeared at EAA, also, to unveil a superhero developed for EAA's Young Eagles program. The superhero, dubbed "Aviore," encourages kids to be interested in aviation. EAA is working to create an Avior comic book series with publisher Scholastic, Pelton said. 
"You'll probably never see me and Avior together in the same place," Pelton said. "You can connect the dots on that."

Another twist this year: Ian Khama, the president of Botswana, also made an appearance at EAA. A pilot and aviation buff, Kharma wandered the grounds with a security detail, exploring exhibits, Pelton said. Enamored by an AirCam airplanes exhibit, his handlers told him he could look but couldn't fly.
It didn't quite work out that way. 
"(Khama) got talking with the AirCam guys, and as his detail was starting to move away, he went back and got strapped in and they gave him a ride," Pelton said. "So if you see any AirCams on the front lines of defense in Botswana, you'll know what happened."


Date: 7/20/2017 9:58:48 AM
Subject: Snelling singing

Bob (rjsnelling@att.net )              Member since 3/13/10 
RE: PCN - HL 275 is Now Published and Available! (show original)Jul 12
 I saw the latest pcn edition.  This link was taken by an observer on his cell phone.  We were told that eventually we would receive the Braves official recording.  It hasn’t come yet.  This gets the essence of it.  There is more audio than video of us in this one.  We do appear briefly on the big screen.  I’ll send the official Braves link when we get it.
Bob Snelling

Sentiments regarding the late Whit Hawkins before his passing!

Date: 7/20/2017 12:16:33 PM
Subject: Whit sentiments

 Bear (flybear@peoplepc.com ) Member since 9/24/09   
I always believed that Whit was our salvation. He was ,and is ,a motivation for the ",Real Delta". We all pray for his recovery. I am  29 year retired Captain and have no loyalty to the " new Delta".

Reply to my musings about the “Last Time!”
Date: 7/12/2017 8:57:46 PM
Subject: The Last Time

Dear Mark:  Congratulations on yet another retirement.  Some of us live in closets - I didn't even know you went to work for Omni.  I still remember running into you at some airport way back and congratulating you on getting a Captain's bid.  You had not yet seen the results of the bid so I saw the joy and elation in your eyes upon hearing the good news.  You were always a pleasure to fly with and I'm so happy to hear of your many successes - you deserve them all.  Sincerely, Dick Shutack (ORD)
Date: 7/24/2017 1:09:29 PM
Subject: Last Time

Hello Mark!
Just read your "Last Time" article. I too had a last time, but believe me; you will continue to fly- in your dreams. I retired in 1998 and still log flying time in dreamland. It must have been all those years of training and the burden of responsibility that was drilled into our psyche. Sometimes, the dreams involve running late for sign-in ( I was a commuter ), or searching for a lost flight kit. Other times, I am searching for the crew lounge or I am in the bowels of an airport terminal trying to find my way out. Then there are the cockpit scenarios. Sometimes, I'm working the S/O panel on the DC-8, or calling for a clearance,  or on a CAT 3 approach in the 767. The list goes on. The great thing is that you wake up! Congratulations on your retirement. Your dreamland career is just beginning. Sweet dreams and fly safe.
Best Wishes,
D. Allen Butcher

Capt Ret

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