View of Whiteplains Plantation

View of Whiteplains Plantation
Over Head View - Taken May 8, 2011 Photo By: Phil Rainwater

Monday, December 31, 2007

Comanche 250 Arrives at Whiteplains

Come check out Jim Wheat's new Comanche 250 that he just got. Nice looking plane with lots of get up and go.

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Whiteplains Bulletin Board Dec 29 2007

Dear Whiteplains Residents,

The New Years Eve party that I proposed via announcement back on Dec 18 is a "GO". So far eight couples have indicated an interest in attending which is more than enough to justify the event. Event remains open to everyone - no RSVP required.

Date: Monday 31 Dec.
Location: Whiteplains Gazebo

Time: 7 PM

Any Questions: Email me halmclark@msn.com

Hal Clark

Friday, December 28, 2007

Whiteplains Calendar January 2008




















Happy New Year 2008!

Whiteplains Birthdays January 2007
Jan 2 - Cindy Ross
Jan 8 - Larry Ross
Jan 11 - Kirt Crocker
Katherine Branning
Jan 12 - Ray Hill
Jan 21 - Sandra Sister
Jan 26 - Nancy Padgett
Susan Ramsey
Jan 28 - Mary Anne Chaplin

SCBC Fly-In
Jan 13 - EAGLE (CAE)
Jan 27 - Greenwood (GRD)
Other Dates
Jan 1 - Happy New Years!
Jan 15 - Whiteplains Annual Meeting - 6:30PM @ Sandersons Hanger $10 Ea.
Jan 21 - MLK Day

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Whiteplains Calendar December 2007


















Whiteplains Birthdays - Happy Birthday!

12 - 16 Vern Scott


SC BC Dates:
12 - 02 Greenville (GMU)
12 - 16 Rudy Branham (6J7)
12 - 30 Twin Lakes (S1J)


Other Dates for December:

12 - 25 Merry Christmas!
12 - 31 New Years Get Together 7pm Gazebo





Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Phase I Gate Update






As you can see by the pictures, the gate people finally came out. They cut the gate in half and then welded new hinges to the side that they cut off. They now move very easily and we shouldn't have the problems with the actuators that we had with the long heavy gates. Once they finish, the next step is to have them sand blasted and powder coated. After that they'll be installed for a test run to make sure everything works, before installing the actuators to the exit side.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Whiteplains UNICOM #16: The Election Process - 2008

In 2006, the Board of Directors voted to adopt a four-part elections process and to create an Elections Committee to oversee it. The Board’s objective at that time was to draw from the best practices of organizations similar to ours, and to ensure openness, fairness and accountability. The process worked well for the 2007 elections, so it will be repeated for 2008. Membership on the Elections Committee will exclude current Board members, current Officers, and those standing for election. At its most recent meeting, the Board of Directors approved this year’s Elections Committee… it will be composed of: Hal Clark (chairman), Nancy Padgett and Michael Benton.

Part 1: Nomination

The Elections Committee will collect nominations for election to the Board of Directors. These nominations can result from a general call, by approaching specific individuals, or by accepting self-nominations from interested residents. It would be good if there were at least one more candidacy than there are vacancies. Individuals who are interested in standing for election are requested (but not required) to prepare a 100-word statement for inclusion in the balloting material. This statement might include the candidate’s qualifications, goals/objectives, views on issues pertinent to the community, or anything else that might assist the voters in making an informed choice. Nominations will open on October 15 and close on December 1.

Part 2: Balloting

The Elections Committee will design and prepare ballots that include the candidates’ statements (if provided). The ballot design will incorporate a procedure to allow for the identification of the Lot or Parcel number of the incoming vote (to provide integrity) while still preserving the anonymity of the voter. [Example: use of a return mailing envelope identified by lot number containing an otherwise unidentifiable ballot. All property owners must receive ballots no later than December 15. Persons owning multiple lots have multiple votes, in accordance with our by-laws.

Part 3: Tabulating

The Annual Meeting of the Whiteplains Plantation Association must occur on the third Tuesday in January; for 2008, that will be on January 15. The Committee may begin to count ballots one week before that date, and will create a provisional tabulation at that time. The first order of business of the Annual Meeting will be to close the balloting process so that any recently-received ballots may be added to the provisional totals. When called upon to do so, the Chair of the Elections Committee will read the names of the individuals who have been elected. The total number of ballots cast will be reported, however the number of votes for each individual candidate shall not be reported.

Part 4: Challenge and Audit

If a member of the Association wishes to challenge the election, he/she has one week from the date of the Annual Meeting in which to do so. If a challenge is received, the Board of Directors will appoint an Audit Committee to review the work of the Elections Committee and render a decision. If no challenges are received within the allotted time, the Elections Committee will destroy all balloting material and disband.



Ken Plesser, President
Whiteplains Plantation Association

Monday, November 12, 2007

Thank You Volunteers!










We really appreciate all the help we got for the Adopt-A-Highway cleanup and the extra hands that were helping get the runway, taxi way cleaned up this past week-end.
Just goes to prove that many hands make things go easier and faster.
It only took about two hours to complete the jobs.

Special thanks to Jack and Diane for the nice breakfast.
Hope to see all of you, next time.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Windy Road Cleanup This Saturday!

Hello to all,

It's that time again and Windy road sure does need it. We'll begin the day, Saturday Nov. 10, with some breakfast treats at the Fastnaught's house at 0830. The cleaning activity will begin at 0900. If we all pitch in, it should only take about an hour or so. You all (or is that, all ya'll) have been so helpful in the past. We sure appreciate your help.

Thanks,Jack & Diane

Reminder - Pilots Meeting

PLEASE JOIN US ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH AT 7:00 PM FOR THE PILOT'S MEETING. -

PLACE - JIM WHEAT'S HANGAR

GUEST SPEAKER FOR THIS EVENT WILL BE OUR OWN DENNIS RAMSEY.
DENNIS WILL BE SPEAKING ON THE POSSIBILITY OF HAVING A FLY-OUT IN THE SPRING OF 2008 TO THE BAHAMAS.

COME ONE - COME ALL -

LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING EVERYONE AT THE PILOT'S MEETING.

JIM WHEAT

Friday, November 02, 2007

Air Force One










White House photo by Eric Draper

In case you missed it, Air Force One flew just north of Whiteplains this morning around 10:20 AM. Video Clip below. President Bush viset to Fort Jackson.








Thursday, November 01, 2007

Whiteplains Calendar November 2007

Happy Birthday to the following Members of Whiteplains:

November 2 Jack Fastnaught
November 3 Donna Robbins
November 9 Don Cook
November 19 Peggy Como
November 21 Debra Cunniff
November 22 Joe Greener
November 26 Jan Causey
November 29 Lori Ford

SCBC Dates:

November 4 Orangeburg (OGB)
November 18 East Cooper (8S5)

Other Dates to remember:

November 2 T FR over Columbia SC Check NOTAMS Click on this link http://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_7_2648.html
November 4 Daylight Savings Ends
November 10 fTrash Pickup - Jacks House 8:30am Then Whiteplains Runway Improvement Work Day (10am @ Mower Shead)
November 11 Veterans' Day
November 12 Pilots' Association Mtg. 7 PM Jim Wheats Hanger - Flying to the Islands
November 17 Do-Little Fly In (SC90)
November 22 Thanksgiving Day!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Whiteplains Calendar October 2007

Member Birthdays:

October 2 - Michael Cone
October 3 - Jim Wheat

October 15 - Jamie Black & Lisa Sowder
October 16 - Michelle Cone
October 18 - Kelly Branning

October 20 - Kay Meyer & Alan Sisler
October 21 - Jeff Cargile
October 24 - Peg Peterson
October 30 - Ray Ackerman

SC BC Dates:

October 7 - Camden (CDN)
October 28 - Barnwell (BNL)

Other Dates:

October 8 - Columbus Day
October 31 - Halloween

Whiteplains UNICOM #15: Assessments for 2008

At the October 1 meeting of the Board of Directors, the Board members, along with the 15 residents in attendance, discussed the subject of property assessments (regime fees) for 2008. An analysis of our budget history for the past two years was presented by the Treasurer, and an analysis of the adequacy of our contributions to the paving reserve was discussed by the President.

The members of the Board felt that our community’s financial situation is stable and satisfactory, so no increase in fees is warranted for 2008.

Therefore, the basic annual fee will remain as it was for 2007. That is, $220 per lot or parcel, with a $110 aviation surcharge for runway-access home lots. Invoices will be mailed in early December (along with the ballot).

We should all thank the members of the Board, the committee chairmen and the many neighborhood volunteers for the careful planning, fiscal austerity and an untold number of volunteer hours that made it possible to forego a fee increase this year.


Ken Plesser, President
Whiteplains Plantation Association

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Covenants and By-Laws Meeting




Just wanted to inform everyone that the meeting held on September 22 covering the covenants and by-laws was very informative.
Ken read each paragraph of the Declaration of Covenants pertaining to section I. Then Neal did a good job of explaining what they meant and why they were written into the Covenant.
There will be another meeting sometime in November to cover the Covenant for section II and the By-Laws that govern the affairs of Whiteplains Plantation.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Pilots Meeting 9-17-2007

We had a good turn out for Monday Night Pilots Meeting that was held in Jim Wheat's hanger. Guest speaker was from Columbia's Tower Traffic Control. Mike gave us an insight on how they manage the flow of traffic into and out of Columbia's class C airspace. Mike also provided us with a map that shows the boundary areas that they control.

Larry told his story about his emergency landing from Owens Field that resulted in a crash landing on a building roof top just west of the runway. Larry's pilots skills and lots of luck resulted in a safe landing with only a few bumps and bruises. Least hurt was James, and Joanne came out the worst, with a broken arm. Crash was caused by a broken mixture cable, that caused fuel starvation to the engine.

Safety is the Pilots Association number one concern and several safety items were brought up. One is the difficulty in seeing people that walk at night on the taxi ways. Especially people
that are dressed in dark clothing with no reflective markings or light that can be seen from cars or aircraft at night. The speed limit on all roads inside Whiteplains is 15 mph. So, please dress to be seen, and keep the speed down especially when driving at night. Lets make safety everyones concern.





In October; we are going to have a runway repair/clean up day. Date to be announced soon. Volunteers needed are for runway edge filling, edge spraying with roundup, blowing off the runway with the blower, and trimming of bushes and tress from taxi way between end of Runway 9 and the hangers. Right now it looks like it will be a Saturday in late October.





Hope to see you at the next Pilots Association Meeting.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Whiteplains UNICOM #14: Covenants and By-Laws

There are two principal documents that govern the way things are done at Whiteplains: the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R) and the By-Laws. Every property seller is supposed to provide a copy of each of these documents to every buyer at settlement (if not before). All too frequently, this does not happen… so the Welcome Committee has taken upon itself to ask all new residents if they have copies. If they don’t, copies are provided.

The CC&R (sometime called simply “the Covenants” or “the Restrictions”) may be thought of as the Whiteplains Constitution: Written by the founders in the very early days, it sets forth both the privileges and the responsibilities of the property owners. It is very difficult to amend, requiring 80% of home lot owners and 80% of hangar parcel owners to change. The founder (Niel Bonacum) can, however, amend the CC&R at any time. The CC&R are filed and recorded with Lexington County; in effect, they have the force of law.

The By-laws were written because the Whiteplains Plantation Association is a corporation under the laws of South Carolina. As such, by-laws must exist “for managing the business and regulating the affairs of the corporation…” (SC Code of Laws Section 33-2-106). The By-Laws address topics such as the duties of officers, holding of meetings, maintenance of funds, and the like. The Board of Directors may change the By-Laws at any time.

Neither of these documents is what anyone would call “light reading.” In fact, they are very complicated reading that easily give rise to misinterpretation, or differing interpretations, among those who read them and try to understand them.

In order to develop a broader understanding of these critically important governing documents, your Board has been considering having a familiarization session some evening for all interested parties. At the last Board meeting, we decided to schedule it within the next month. Everyone is welcome to attend, but it should be of immediate usefulness for current Board members, officers, committee heads, and potential candidates for future leadership positions.

The date is Monday evening, September 24, at 7 PM. We’ll do it in my hangar, unless a more suitable place can be found. Niel has promised to attend to help us over any rough patches.

The format will be a seminar, not a lecture. We will read the documents aloud, paragraph by paragraph, and anyone is welcome to ask a question or offer an example. The objective is to come to a common understanding of the contents, not to champion any specific individual’s personal viewpoint. If consensus cannot be reached on the meaning of a particular sentence or paragraph, it will be flagged for further research at another time… then we will move on. If we are disciplined about this, it can all be done in 2 or 2½ hours.

Hope to see you on September 24th. Fresh copies of the CC&Rs and By-Laws will be provided, so please let me know (by return e-mail prior to September 22) if you are planning to attend so that enough copies can be made and enough chairs set up.


Ken Plesser, President
Whiteplains Plantation Association

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

WHITEPLAIN'S PILOTS ASSOCIATION MEETING

A friendly reminder

Date - Monday, September 17, 2007

Time: 7:00 PM

Place: Jim Wheat's Hangar

Guest speaker - Mike Moore, ATC - Columbia Metro

PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO ATTEND

THANKS,
JIM WHEAT

Monday, September 10, 2007

Whiteplains UNICOM #14: Covenants and By-Laws

There are two principal documents that govern the way things are done at Whiteplains: the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&R) and the By-Laws. Every property seller is supposed to provide a copy of each of these documents to every buyer at settlement (if not before). All too frequently, this does not happen… so the Welcome Committee has taken upon itself to ask all new residents if they have copies. If they don’t, copies are provided.

The CC&R (sometime called simply “the Covenants” or “the Restrictions”) may be thought of as the Whiteplains Constitution: Written by the founders in the very early days, it sets forth both the privileges and the responsibilities of the property owners. It is very difficult to amend, requiring 80% of home lot owners and 80% of hangar parcel owners to change. The founder (Niel Bonacum) can, however, amend the CC&R at any time. The CC&R are filed and recorded with Lexington County; in effect, they have the force of law.

The By-laws were written because the Whiteplains Plantation Association is a corporation under the laws of South Carolina. As such, by-laws must exist “for managing the business and regulating the affairs of the corporation…” (SC Code of Laws Section 33-2-106). The By-Laws address topics such as the duties of officers, holding of meetings, maintenance of funds, and the like. The Board of Directors may change the By-Laws at any time.

Neither of these documents is what anyone would call “light reading.” In fact, they are very complicated reading that easily give rise to misinterpretation, or differing interpretations, among those who read them and try to understand them.

In order to develop a broader understanding of these critically important governing documents, your Board has been considering having a familiarization session some evening for all interested parties. At the last Board meeting, we decided to schedule it within the next month. Everyone is welcome to attend, but it should be of immediate usefulness for current Board members, officers, committee heads, and potential candidates for future leadership positions.

The date is Monday evening, September 24, at 7 PM. We’ll do it in my hangar, unless a more suitable place can be found. Niel has promised to attend to help us over any rough patches.

The format will be a seminar, not a lecture. We will read the documents aloud, paragraph by paragraph, and anyone is welcome to ask a question or offer an example. The objective is to come to a common understanding of the contents, not to champion any specific individual’s personal viewpoint. If consensus cannot be reached on the meaning of a particular sentence or paragraph, it will be flagged for further research at another time… then we will move on. If we are disciplined about this, it can all be done in 2 or 2½ hours.

Hope to see you on September 24th. Fresh copies of the CC&Rs and By-Laws will be provided, so please let me know (by return e-mail prior to September 22) if you are planning to attend so that enough copies can be made and enough chairs set up.


Ken Plesser, President
Whiteplains Plantation Association

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Whiteplains UNICOM #13: Entry Gates

It’s been a while between communications from your Board… time to catch up a bit.

You have probably noticed that the entry gates at Phase I are not functional, beginning to rust, and are looking pretty shabby. The cost to install a completely new set of gates, using new high-quality electronics, is on the order of $20,000 per entrance! This kind of money we don’t have (and won’t have).

A recent survey of residents showed that a majority preferred that we have operational gates so, at its last meeting, the Board agreed to take the first step of a multi-year plan to upgrade our entry gates using as much existing hardware as possible.

This fall, the Phase I gates will be removed, sandblasted, cut in half (vertically), painted black and re-installed. By cutting them in half, we will have a configuration with a hinge on either side of the road so that the gates swing open from the center. This will eventually require more gate actuator arms, but will reduce the load on each actuator, thereby prolonging equipment life.

The plan calls for activating only the “in” gate for now, and evaluating its reliability and suitability. The “out” gate will remain open all of the time.

Assuming that results are satisfactory, and assuming the 2008 Board wishes to continue with the plan, some additional actuators will be purchased next year to allow the Phase I “out” gates to be activated. The reliability will continue to be monitored.

If all continues to go well, in 2009 the plan calls for a similar set of gates to be installed at the Phase II entrance, replacing the barrier arms. It has been suggested that one of these barrier arms might be relocated to the service entrance to provide access control there as well.

Input on this topic is always welcome. Please contact any member of the Board, or Bill Como, with your thoughts.


Ken Plesser, President
Whiteplains Plantation Association

Get together

In support of our neighbor pilots James, JoAnne, and Larry, Jim Wheat is hosting a Hot Dog cookout in his hangar starting at 6:30 this evening. All food will be provided just bring yourselves. Eric Demaray


http://www.avweb.com/eletter/archives/avflash/952-full.html#196108

Video http://www.wltx.com/video/newsVideoPlayer.aspx?aid=36831



More information at: http://senduit.com/c2840e













WLTX report at http://www.wltx.com/news/story.aspx?storyid=53326






(Columbia) - Officials say a plane made an emergency landing on a warehouse Sunday morning after taking off from Owens Field.Deputy Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins says the plane was on top of Boineau's Warehouse on Commerce Drive. He says three people out of the plane, and those people were taken to Lexington Medical Center.There were two pilots on the plane, Larry Ross, of Gilbert, and James Keisler, of Lexington. James' wife, Joanne Keisler was also on board. Both pilots only suffered bruises and Joanne has a broken arm.Jenkins says there is a small leak in the plane that they are watching, but no fires have started.The plane hit a telephone pole before landing on the warehouse, officials say.Jim Hamilton, with Owens Airport, says the plane, a Cessna Single Engine 177, was taking off and had an engine problem that forced it to land on the unoccupied building. He says there were two pilots in the plane, and one female passenger, who all suffered minor injuries.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Whiteplains Stork Report




Here are pictures of brand new Delaney Brooke Harvey. She was born on Thurs 8/30/07 at 3:30pm. Shew weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces and was 19 1/4 inches. We are now home and she's doing wonderful!

Thanks,


Brett & Aprille Harvey

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Whiteplains Calendar September 2007





Member Birthdays:


September 9 - Barb French Adam Skenes
September 12 - Joanne Keisler Jim Franklin
September 13 - Michael Branning
September 15 - John Gardner Sherri Murphree
September 24 - Therese Mackay
September 27 - Debbie Froese

SC BC :

September 9 - Owens Field (CUB) Update: James and Joanne with passenger Larry crashed on take-off from Owens Field. All survived.
September 23 - Laurens (34A)

Other Dates:

September 3 - Labor Day
September 9 - Jim Wheat has a hot dog get together tonight at 6:30 in his hanger in support of James - Joanne and Larry.
September 17 - Pilots' Association Mtg. 7 PM Jim Wheat's Hanger

Friday, August 24, 2007

Homeowners Meeting 8-24-2007






We had a good turn out with over 20+ people attending tonight's Homeowners Meeting. The biggest turn out ever. A few snapshots from tonight's meeting. Hope to see you at the next meeting.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Adventures of the North Land

Received this from James and Joanne and wanted to share it with the blog. Some neat shots as seen from the air and ground of Alaska in a Super Cub with some really BIG tires. It takes a while to load, but is worth the wait.

http://shaunlunt.typepad.com/shootings/

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Aviation Weather





In a never ending quest to find good aviation weather sites, check out the two listed. Worth the look.

If you have one that you would like to share email me at duckey123@hotmail.com and I'll add it to the blog.

Don