The Freeman Field Flying Association (FFFA) is a group of aviation minded individuals, most from the Seymour, IN area, who have banded together for the purpose of promoting aviation growth and safety at Freeman Municipal Airport. Activities include monthly membership meetings and publication of a monthly newsletter. Safety topics are discussed at meetings and an FAA-approved aviation safety seminar is held once a year. The association owns and maintains a computer-based aviation training device (flight simulator) for use by the membership.
In order to promote aviation activity the FFFA works closely with the airport manager to assist with the sponsorship of various events each year. In recent times these have included safety seminars, pancake breakfasts, radio-controlled model aircraft fly-in and an Airport Awareness Day.
Besides the safety seminars and safety topics at meetings the FFFA also works with the airport administration to initiate safety-related improvements. Recent ones include repainting the wind tee and getting runway directional signs reinstalled after a repaving project caused most of the old ones to be removed. In the near future three additional windsocks will be installed at the request of the FFFA. The airport manager in turns uses the FFFA as a vehicle for communicating with area pilots. Our newsletter reaches more than half of the pilots flying out of Freeman Field. We are very pleased with our ongoing two-way relationship with the airport manager’s office. We work together to enhance aviation in Seymour.
The Transient Pilot’s Lounge, located across the street from the two FBO’s, is maintained by the FFFA for the benefit of any pilot’s that have to “wait it out” at Seymour. That can mean corporate pilots who have to wait for their passenger/executives to do business, pilots trapped here by adverse weather, or freighters waiting to be dispatched for another load. There is a living room with a TV/VCR and a couch suitable for napping. Another room has a kitchen, and in there are snacks and soda pop for sale on the honor system. A nicely renovated bathroom, complete with shower, takes care of more personal needs. There is an outer room which serves as a combination meeting and training room, as needed. While not the real intent, if a pilot without much money needs a place to sleep for the night we will allow him or her to sack out on the couch.
The FFFA also has a social side. From time to time have “pitch-ins”, also known as a potluck supper. The association usually provides a basic food like hotdogs or hamburgers, and soda pop to drink, and members bring complimentary dishes to share. We have several fly-outs a year so members who are plane owners can have an excuse to fly somewhere. There are always extra seats so other members get to ride along. We have an annual 4th of July party and a Christmas party.
In order to remain financially solvent (pay for all the food and pop) we raise money by selling food and T-shirts at airport events. We also do charity airplane rides at the bigger airport activities. Mostly we have a lot of fun.
In order to respect members’ privacy you will not find a membership list anywhere on this public website. Paid-up FFFA members receive a hard-copy membership list at least once a year. Additional copies are available from the Membership Chairman anytime.
Legal stuff: The FFFA is a not-for-profit corporation in the state of Indiana, but it is NOT a federally recognized 501.c.3 charity. That means you cannot legally make a donation to the FFFA and deduct it on your income tax as a charitable contribution.