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Request for Petition concerning Crash of Eastern Flight 980

Most will recall the crash of Eastern Flight 980 into the mountain near La Paz, Bolivia... The Second Officer on that flight was Mark Bird...

REPA Member Captain George Jehn very recently published a book about this accident and the subsequent theft of our airline by Lorenzo...

Last Monday the Eastern Radio Show, started and hosted by REPA Member Captain Neal Holland, had this crash as the subject discussed by the call-ins...

One call-in was Stacey Greer, daughter of Mark Bird... Another was George Jehn who asked that we post the below message on the EALinfo Email Net... George believes our signatures might go a long way to finally getting a fair hearing on the Flight 980 crash?


Hello Everyone,

If you recall, Mark Bird was the Second Officer on Eastern Flight 980 that crashed on Mt. Illimani, outside of La Paz, Bolivia.

His daughter, Stacey Greer, was on the Eastern Radio Show last night, along with the Gerber brothers, Mark and Allen, and Christine Negroni who runs the blog, Flying Lessons and is writing a book about the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.

Stacey has begun a petition to open an investigation into numerous items that were never investigated surrounding the Flight 980 disaster.

There is a link below to add your name to it. Please add your name and give this the widest distribution possible.

Thanks,

George


Thanks, tonight was interesting listening to everyone. I didn't know there were people that still care. I’ve started a petition. Here's the link http://wh.gov/i9smi.

What really happened to Eastern Airlines? Listen to EAL Radio Show Monday July 13th, 7 p.m.

On January 1st, 1985 at approximately 8:38 p.m., Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 Flight 980 piloted by Captain Larry Campbell, was conducting a routine flight from Asuncion, Paraguay, to La Paz, Bolivia. It crashed into the Andes Mountains outside La Paz, Bolivia's John F. Kennedy International Airport.  All twenty-nine souls on board were killed.

What might have transpired in the final moments between the pilots' acknowledgment of a descent clearance to 18,000 feet in preparation for landing at La Paz and the jet's devastating impact with Mt. Illimani?
 
Guests on Monday evening will include two brothers, Captain Allen Gerber and Mark Gerber who represented the Airline Pilots Association (ALPA), along with the NTSB investigating team making the expidition up the slopes of Mt. Illiami in October, 1985.
 
Was this crash one of the pieces to the question which begs an answer: "What Really Happened to Eastern Airlines?"
 
Please listen to Episode 225 on the EAL Radio Show Monday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m. See you at the Gate.  Go to:  www.ealradioshow.com, or look at the sidebar.

2015 REPArtee Magazine in the mail!

Folks…

We are happy to tell you that, a few days early of our goal (May 31st), the 2015 issue of REPArtee was mailed on Friday, May 29th… If you paid for First Class Postage it probably will arrive today (June 1st) or more likely tomorrow…

But we all know about the Post Office…

For example a check was mailed to me on April 12th however it never showed up so the buyer (of my RV) had to stop payment and hand deliver another check… Last Thursday (May 28th) it arrived, some five weeks later, having been postmarked April 13th… Oh Well!

Anyhow those getting their copy via Standard Mail should expect it in 6-7 days but it could be much longer… Oh Well!

The magazine will have a large color section all about the upcoming REPA Convention, set to start on September 8th… Of course it will have the Registration Form and its Instructions as well as the Schedule of Events…

Also, in living color, you will find a large section which is a report on the 2014 REPA Convention that we had last September in Savannah… If you were not there you missed possibly the best REPA Convention ever (and that is saying something!)…

And in the magazine you will see, sadly, one of the largest lists of deceased Eastern Pilots, wives and Affiliates we have ever had… The "In Memoriam" section is also the largest ever…

Scattered about you will find, hopefully, other items of interest including another in the ongoing list of "Memorable Flights", this one titled “Those Little Cherry Pastries”…

Remember (and you will see it mentioned in the magazine several times) the first 25 to send in their Registration form and check will be eligible to win a free night at the convention, the drawing to be held at the banquet the final night…

Hope you enjoy our magazine!!!

Jim Holder, Editor

Report on the recent REPA Board of Directors Meeting

The REPA Board of Directors met on March 22, 2015, as required by the Bylaws…

A good deal of time was taken for planning the upcoming Convention at the Marriot in the Point Clear, AL. The dates of the convention are September 8th through September 10th.  This is an absolutely gorgeous hotel and resort right on the bay with a very special low REPA rate. The convention promises to be the best yet. Please save the date and plan on attending.

It was reported to the Board that the 2015 issue of REPArtee is expected to be mailed the latter part of May and will contain not only a large report on the 2014 REPA Convention in Savannah but will have an extensive section on the upcoming REPA Convention at the Marriott in Point Clear, AL…

Also we anticipate that very soon the Convention Page of the REPA Website will be updated with photos and other information about the convention… Also the “hot” buttons for the Registration form, its Instructions and Schedule of Events will be activated allowing one to download those documents...

Bud Robbins was selected to fill one of the Board seats on the Eastern Air Lines Pilots Memorial Foundation. His confirmation will require a vote of the Foundation Board of Directors at their next meeting.

Due to his extensive service as long standing Convention Chairman (replacing Jim Friday in 2007) and as REPA President in 2014 the Board unanimously selected Jim Gardner to be inducted into the REPA Hall of Fame at the Point Clear Convention Banquet on September 10th…

The proposed slate of 2016 Directors (to be considered at the Convention Business Meeting on September 9th) was presented by the Nominating Committee and accepted by the Board:

President Jim Gardner
Vice President Johnny Steinmetz
Treasurer Jerry Frost
Secretary Bud Robbins
Director at Large Jim Holder

Of course nominations from the floor at the September 9th Convention Business Meeting will be considered…

Jim Holder, REPA Editor and Director at Large

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