By Hannah Richardson
Braving the inclement weather on Friday, April 16, approximately 34 members of the Southwest Bonanza Society (SBS) flew into Natchitoches that weekend and landed at the Natchitoches Regional Airport to see what the city had to offer.
They were met with the hospitality you can easily find in the parish. Several B&Bs in the area opened their homes to the members, including Cheryl Dupree of the Good House who met with members at the airport April 16.
Members visited Front Street and shared a meal at Maglieaux’s Friday evening. The group then visited Melrose Plantation Saturday, April 17 to partake in the annual Arts and Crafts Festival, which was the premier event in the parish that weekend.
President Lisa Clement and Vice President Mike Newton said anyone with an interest in the aircrafts is welcome to join the group.
The Southwest Bonanza Society is a regional Society of the American Bonanza organization with 142 members in five states: New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The group’s members are pilots or owners of Beechcraft Bonanzas or Barons. Their goals include fellowship and air safety education. The overall American Bonanza Society (ABS), formed in 1967, is the premier association for Bonanza, Baron, Debonair and Travel Air enthusiasts with over 9,500 members in 50 states and 39 countries who own, fly or have an interest in these Hawker Beechcraft models.
Each month, members have fly-in luncheons and organized three-day events such as this trip to Natchitoches, as well as an annual meeting at the current president’s airport for lunch and elections.
For more information on the Southwest Bonanza Society, visit www.swbonanza.org. To learn more about the overall group, the ABS, visit www.bonanza.org.