If today’s edition of the annual New Year’s Day “Chili Fly” is any indication, LAFFS can look forward to many more days in 2017 of flying in great weather, with clear skies and light breezes. Having suffered through ice, brutal winds, below freezing temperatures, and impenetrable fog in past years, today was close to unbelievable as far as weather and temperature were concerned. While many came bundled up early, coats and jackets were peeled off as temperatures rose and more and more flights took to the air. The first great flying opportunity of the New Year was augmented by great-tasting chili, courtesy of Bob McFadden, Ken Isaac, and Sean Holmgren, and a large selection of “fixin’s” and deserts brought by other club members in a pot-luck fashion. The backdrop for all of this was the newly bladed and packed runway surface to the west of the current runway, just waiting for its new covering. All in all, it was a terrific day of flying, friendship, and anticipation of more fun days to come. The attached photos illustrate what has to be labeled the best “Chili Fly” in the club’s history.