Take Off for Kids 2011

This was our inaugural event held June 22, 2011. The charity we supported was the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter.

31 pilots and passengers, along with 24 volunteers, and 13 sponsors came together to raise $6,300 for the charity. Pictures of the event were taken by Rob Goldberg and can be reviewed and downloaded here.

Congratulations to our Contest Winners

Best Hand – 1st: Brandon Morris, 2nd: Taylor Stewart, 3rd: Chip Gibbons
Spot Landing – 1st: Brandon Morris, 2nd: Jim Hall, 3rd: Jodie McAlister
Flight Timing – 1st: Harley Collette, 2nd: Glen Evans, 3rd: Frederik Delacourt

About the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter

NWA Children's Shelter new building

Rendering of NWA Children’s Shelter new building

The Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter is a private, nonprofit organization that provides twenty-four hour emergency residential care to children who are victims of family violence, neglect and physical and sexual abuse. It is designed to meet the needs of these children by providing them with an immediate safe and loving environment that reduces their current trauma through support and nurturance.

The mission of Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter is to provide a safe haven, high quality care and hope for the future to children who have been abandoned, abused or neglected.

Please visit the shelter’s web site to find out more about this great organization.



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Pilots and Passengers

Brian Baldwin – Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT), 2000 Piper Malibu Mirage (N4188A)

Bodie Bell – Rogers Municipal Airport (KROG), 1977 Mooney 201 J (N201PX)

Chris Bradley – Springdale Municipal Airport (KASG), 2006 Cessna T206H Stationair Turbo (N127JE)

Larry Brantley – Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT), 2005 Cessna Skyhawk C172-SP (N1956V)

Rhonda Brantley – Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT), 2005 Cessna Skyhawk C172-SP (N1956V)

Marlene Brice – Kimberling City, MO (MO64), 2008 Glastar Sportsman on Amphibian Floats (N627RM)

Ron Brice – Kimberling City, MO (MO64), 2008 Glastar Sportsman on Amphibian Floats (N627RM)


Harley Collette – Springdale Municipal Airport (KASG), 1975 Cessna C-172 (N9719V)

Don Cope – Springdale Municipal Airport (KASG), 1976 Cessna Centurion (N732BY). “This is a great excuse to go flying and help out a great organization at the same time!”

Frederik Delacourt – Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT), 1980 Cessna 182Q (N200VV)

John Ervin – Springdale Municipal Airport (KASG), 2006 Cessna T206H Stationair Turbo (N127JE)

Glenn Evans – Springdale Municipal Airport (KASG), 1975 Cessna C-172 (N9719V)

Chris Faulhaber – Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT), 1946 Ercoupe 415c (N93337)

Greg Fogle – Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT), Cessna C-172 (N137AL). “This is a great way for like minded people to benefit a great organization!”

Laura Fogle – Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT), Cessna C-172 (N137AL)

Chip Gibbons – Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT). “This will be a fun event for a great cause.  If you haven’t done so already, visit their web site:  http://www.nwacs.com/”

Jim Hall – Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT), 2007 Cessna C172SP G1000 (N840MC).

Jesse Haney – Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT), 1965 Mooney M20E (N79338)

Aaron Holcombe – Siloam Springs Municipal Airport (KSLG), 1980 Cessna Skylane 182 (N4716N)

David Holcombe – Siloam Springs Municipal Airport (KSLG), 1980 Cessna Skylane 182 (N4716N)

Daniel Loffgren – Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT), 1977 Cessna 172N (N733VR)

Jimmy Meadows – Springdale Municipal Airport (KASG), 1972 Cessna 172M (N19971)

Jodie McAlister – Springdale Municipal Airport (KASG), 1997 American Champion 7GCBC (N162AC).

Brandon Morris – Springdale Municipal Airport (KASG), Cessna Skyhawk (N9719V).  “A POKER RUN for pilots, and helping children in need…. SPECTACULAR!!!”

Peggy Moss – Rogers Municipal Airport (KROG), 1979 Piper Warrior II (N2875G)

Rex Moss – Rogers Municipal Airport (KROG), 1979 Piper Warrior II (N2875G). “Help Kid’s and have fun :-)”

Paul Russell – Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT), 1946 Ercoupe 415c (N93337)

Chad Smith – Table Rock Airpark (MO3), 1969 Piper Arrow PA28-200R (N3089R). “We are excited to have an opportunity to use flying to help benefit children in the Northwest Arkansas area. Our flying community is a vibrant part of the NWA culture, and this allows us to give back.”

Taylor Stewart – Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT), 1983 182 (N10GL)

Justin Walker – Springdale Municipal Airport (KASG), Cessna 150L (N10858)

Carlos Wolmer – Bentonville, Arkansas, 1976 Cessna Centurion (N732BY).  “Glad to serve our community! Great cause and fun.”


Rachel Davis – Bentonville, Arkansas

Rob Goldberg – Bentonville, Arkansas




Carol Houchin – Springdale, Arkansas

David Houchin – Springdale, Arkansas

Paul Imel – Bentonville, Arkansas

Linda Jennings – Rogers, Arkansas

Andrea Johnson – Bentonville, Arkansas

Chase Keaten – Bentonville, Arkansas

Tiffany Keaten – Bentonville, Arkansas

Eduardo Lopez – Fayetteville, Arkansas

Samantha Martin – Rogers, Arkansas

Cheryl Mathews – Bentonville, Arkansas

Paula McNeil – Rogers, Arkansas

Valerie Morrison – Rogers, Arkansas

Jay Oliphant – Gravette, Arkansas.  “Flying and a great cause, what a combination!”

Tiffani Petersen – Bentonville, Arkansas

Carl Rabey – Bentonville, Arkansas

Stephen “Doc” Ricker – Rogers, Arkansas.  “Good Cause – Unique opportunity”

Richard Ruckert – Rogers, Arkansas

Shelley Ruckert – Rogers, Arkansas

Kristin Stillo – Bentonville, Arkansas.  “Children need strong adults to stand up for them, give of their time, and come together for a greater cause.  Our babies need a voice, so this is a perfect chance to let mine be heard.”


Nancy Umphres

Heather Williams – Springdale, Arkansas

Jordyn Young – “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God’s gift, that’s why we call it the present.”