Chapter 565

Punta Gorda, FL

                               Latest News

    Update of Dale Turner.

Hello Dear Friends,

To those of you who were able to attend the party for Dad last Saturday, many thanks!  It was a lovely party and Dad was so very happy to see you all again!  Since being laid up for awhile now, he had missed talking and joking around with his old (long-time, that is) friends, and you all could not have made it a  more wonderful day for all of us!  

Now for the difficult news, we hope you understand this coming in email form but we wanted to inform you all at the same time.  As many of you know, Dad has been having difficulty with the pain from his second fracture of the vertebrae for which there is no way for relief due to several factors.  Because of this and other challenges, my wonderful father has chosen to go on hospice care here at his home.  This was a difficult decision but one he is at peace with, and he is ready to hold hands again with my sweet mother.  We are thankful he has shared with us such a full and wonderful life in his ninety years. 

We will continue to care for him along with the hospice team, his long-time friend and doctor, and his two other wonderful caregivers.  

Dad loves to talk on the phone so please feel free to call between 10:00am and 6:00pm.  You are welcome to come visit, please call first as some days are better than others.  Dale 941-639-8713 home phone, or Gail 941-916-9509 cell.

With sincere thanks for your love and friendship shown in so many ways over the years to our family,

Gail and Dave Heveron 



Don Stamp 


 The aviation community lost a legend this weekend, local pilots agreed. Eighty-year-old Don Stamp, a pilot of 50 years  and founder and organizer of the Don Stamp Warbird Review, died in a single-vehicle traffic crash Saturday evening.


  “It’s just tragic, because he’s kind of a legend in the Warbird community, and he was a pillar in the formation of the T-6 North American Trainer Association,” said James Olzacki, president of the Florida Warbirds. “It’s a big loss for the aviation community across the country.”

      Just weeks ago, Stamp flew his World War II-era plane in the Florida International Air Show at the Punta Gorda Airport, leading a formation of historic military aircraft in “The Missing Man,” a salute to those who have passed away.

      He helped organize formation clinics each year at the Punta Gorda Airport by the T-6 North American Trainer Association to train pilots in the same kind of flight maneuvers he flew in the airshow.

      Dana Carr, President of the Florida International Air Show, said Stamp was instrumental in bringing back the airshow in 2016 and the Warbird Review was a big crowd-pleaser.

     “He had a nickname, ‘Grumpy,’ but the truth is, he was a very nice person,” Carr said.

      According to the Punta Gorda Police Department, Stamp stopped on Herald Court on Saturday evening and activated his emergency flashers. Surveillance video captured his vehicle moving forward slowly, then accelerated for unknown reasons. He crossed Taylor Street, drove up the ramp of the Sunloft Center parking garage, and struck a wall.

      It’s unknown if Stamp suffered from a medical emergency prior to the crash, but autopsy results are pending, according to a press release. The crash is still under investigation.

      “I’m sure he’s going to be sorely missed, because he’s just a phenomenal guy,” said Stan Smith, president of the Experimental Aviation Association Chapter 565 at the Punta Gorda Airport. “He always supported the local aviation events, and the Don Stamp Warbird Review has become a staple of a lot of airshows around the nation as well as here locally.”

      Olzacki said Stamp probably spent half his weekends of the year flying in airshows.

       “Even though he had a business in Ohio, his life was pretty much going to airshows,” Olzacki said. “He would do almost anything for those who were putting on some kind of flying event or in need of support for some kind of flight for some other purpose like veterans or a memorial service or a military acknowledgement. He was almost always the first to step up and say he’d be a part of it.” 




A Note From Our Treasurer 

EAA 565

28000 Airport Road A-19

Punta Gorda, Florida 33982


I am officially collecting dues and money for the Christmas party to be held on the 12th of December at the Isles Yacht Club. The cost is $30 for members and spouses, $38 for guests.  Details on the menu will be forth coming but basically the same as last year.  REMEMBER to indicate the meal choice you would like - beef, chicken, or fish.  If not, I will choose for you and you will be stuck with my choice. Checks/money can be sent to the above address. 


Dues are $30 and remember if you have not given given me your EAA national # and exp date, please do so when you renew (I can't process your renewal without it).  You may pay for both at the same time.  

You can do this by mail or in person.  Any questions, call or email me. Phone number is 941-268-8490. email is


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 5:30 p.m. Arrival Cocktails and Hors d' oeuvres

Displayed: Crudite Platter

Hors d'oeuvres: Chef's Choice 200 pcs. Dinner Service 6:30 p.m.


Sliced Roast Sirloin with Mushroom Demi Glace Oven Roasted Potatoes &        Vegetable Medley


Grilled Mahi Mahi with Tropical Fruit Salsa Rice Pilaf & Vegetable Medley


Chicken Cordon Bleu with Rice Pilaf & Vegetable Medley


Rolls and Butter Caesar Salad are included with meals

Dessert: Chocolate Mousse

Entrée Selections: Coffee and/or Tea



Pot Luck Dinner:


Chapter 565 Pot luck dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov 17 at 5:00pm - 7:00pm in the Chapter 565 headquarters 


Upcoming Events

Saturday, Nov 17 at 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monday, Dec 3 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday, Dec 8 at 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Wednesday, Dec 12 at 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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