Jul 30

IT’S MEETING TIME AGAIN!

The August Chapter 31 regular meeting will be held this coming Wednesday, August 5 with a BBQ beginning at 6 p.m. and our meeting starting at 7 p.m. Our own Alan Wieder will give us a presentation on the ins and outs of ADS-B. Even if you don’t have an airplane, or don’t plan on installing ADS-B hardware in your plane, the presentation should be really interesting to you. We also should have time for this month’s EAA Chapter Video. The weather forecast for our meeting date is a high temperature around 84 degrees so it should be reasonably plesant in the clubhouse by meeting time.

Progress continues on our RV-3 project. Alan Wieder and I pretty much finished up fitting the cowling to the airframe today. I have a request into Van’s Aircraft to find us a prop spinner. We’ll shortly begin fabricating an assembly to mount the propeller refinished by Virgil Pratt on the airframe. Since we won’t have an engine under the cowling a special, simple, assembly will need to be designed and mounted to hold the prop in place.

Bill and Dee Dewey and Doug Kindred have completed the installation of the Honor Plaza sprinkler system. Very timely due to our very hot weather! Bill managed to get the National Guard to dig the trench for the sprinkler line. Doug then installed the sprinkler system and Bill and Dee filled in the trench. Great job and a big thanks, guys and gal! Now it’s up to Randy to get our next order in for bricks. He will order two bricks in memory of Dave Heisley (one from our chapter and one from the Lane County RC Modelers), and is planning to see if Shelley Humble is ready to order bricks for Jug and Crash.

Don’t let the heat get you down. Come to the meeting and spend some time with some really COOL people!

President Gary

Jul 06

YOUNG EAGLES DAY FOLLOW UP

As I figured might happen, I forgot to mention an important contributor to our Young Eagle Day event so I would like to heartily thank the adult leaders and cadets of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP) who spent the day helping with crowd control and other thankless but important functions!

President Gary

Jul 05

JULY 4 YOUNG EAGLES DAY SUMMARY

It sure seems to me that we had a really successful YE Day! We flew a total of 101 kids. Ninety-six flew as Young Eagles and five flew as Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Cadets. The following pilots, listed in alphabetical order, participated: DON COLE (C-182), BILL DEWEY (C-172), BRUCE GUSTAFSON (C-120), GARY LUDEKE (RV-6A), VIRGIL PRATT (C-172), RANDY STOUT (J-3), ALAN WIEDER (RV-9A).

Four pilots participated in our traditional parade fly-over at 11:00. They were: JIM BEAL (RV-9A), GARY LUDEKE, RANDY STOUT, ALAN WIEDER.

At the risk of leaving someone out (if this happens I’m truly sorry!) the following people played key roles on the ground to make everything happen as safely and as efficiently as was reasonably possible:

BRIDGET PRATT handled the unenviable task of seeing that all the YE forms were filled out by the parents/guardians of the YE’s. She also produced all the YE certificates and saw that each YE received a certificate and YE logbook.

KEN SCHMIDT was responsible for getting all the YE’s matched up with a pilot/airplane. I’m sure this can be a very stressful task since some kids want to fly in a particular airplane; some want to fly with a sibling or a friend, and some want to fly but may be extremely fearful of going up with a total stranger, particularly if they are a first time flyer! Then there’s the stress of finding the kids in the crowd when it’s their turn to fly!

TOM CUNNINGHAM again used his airplane as the parade float representing EAA Chapter 31 and promoting the Young Eagle program. Tom also did a lot of “behind the scenes” work such as representing the chapter at Creswell Chamber of Commerce July 4 coordination meetings, preparing his airplane (Kolb Firestar) by getting it washed and mounting our Young Eagles banners on the wings. He also towed the plane in the parade (using Hal Skinner’s generously offered vehicle), then moved it to the car show for display, and then brought it back at the end of the event.

And finally, there are all the people who just stepped forward to help in any way they could. A probably incomplete list includes JIM BEAL, DAVE EASON, STEVE RILEY, CHARLIE WALKER and my wonderful wife SANDY.

The list would not be complete without a special thanks to Airport Manager SHELLEY HUMBLE and our airport aviation fuel supplier, WORLD FUEL SERVICES, who provided $500 worth of aviation fuel for the Young Eagle pilots!

A sincere thanks to all! I’m sure we changed the lives of some young people for the better. I am very honored to be serving as your President!

Gary

 

Jul 02

Meeting Minutes from the 7/1/2015 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, July 1st, 2015
The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM hosted by the wonderful Virgil and Bridget Pratt. There was angel hair spaghetti with meat sauce, great French bread, green salad along with 2 types of brownies and a drink for only $5. What will they think of next month!!

The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called to order at 7:04 PM by President Gary Ludeke, with V.P. John Kuehl and Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout also present.There were 18 members in attendance. No guests this time

After the pledge of allegiance, President Gary spoke about the RV-3 project. It still needs a cowling, but it appears that Van’s may be making a special light weight one for us. Jim Beale is working on the tail wheel. Ray Morse will blast the bigger parts. Alan Weider has been working hard on the fiberglass and fixing a bump on the fuselage. Virgil Pratt has refinished the Prop. The project is at the rear of the clubhouse for everyone to see the progress.

Doug Kindred then gave an “OAHS in Cottage Grove “Wings and Wheels” fund raising event report. Due to the excess heat, the event was not as well attended as last year, but still a great time. Chapter member Matt Northway won Peoples Choice award with his Interstate Cadet, which includes a certificate and a Gift card for a free $50 lube. The Shelby Cobra won the Peoples Choice for the Auto.

Next Chapter breakfast is July 18th, and that will coincide with the OACAC quarterly meeting at Cottage Grove. Come out to the clubhouse in the AM and pay $5 for an all you can eat breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, OJ, coffee and camaraderie!! Starts at 9:00 and runs to about 10:30 or so. Bridget Pratt will be here along with Virgil, so it should be good!

Randy was asked to call Shelly Humble and find out about the bricks she said she will be ordering for Jug and Crash. We want to get the Dave Heisley and South Lane Modelers bricks ordered and installed ASAP. Speaking of the Honor Garden, Dave Eason and Bill Dewey will be digging a ditch (when the temperature dips below 90!!) to be able to place a pipe for irrigation water. Doug Kindred will then help with the installation of a irrigation device to keep the plants alive.

President Gary then spoke about our Young Eagles event this year on July 4th. Tom Cunningham will be displaying his FireStar airplane and asked for (and received!) help in cleaning it to get it ready for the parade. We will not do a lunch for this event, but Ken Schmidt has found a food cart to come out and provide food for the pilots and YE families. There was talk about the coordination that will be needed with the pilots who will fly over the parade, and the National Guard’s F-15 fly over. Gary will coordinate with them to be sure we don’t get “bumped”. Hal Skinner has volunteered his Pickup to pull the trailer with Tom’s airplane on it.
Gary also noted that Shelly has been offered $500 worth of Gas from the FBO’s supplier to YE pilots, and we will display a banner on the clubhouse in thanks for this gift.

Ken Schmidt said that the pilot briefing for all the YE and Parade Pilots will begin at 11:00, but may be moved to accommodate later or early arrivals. He went over the qualifications necessary to be a YE pilot, and noted that there will be a sheet for each pilot to sign attesting to their meeting these qualifications. Lets all be safe and legal!!

Gary noted that in the August meeting, Alan Weider will be giving a presentation on ADS-B and that Lauren Paine will give a talk during our September meeting. If you have read Lauren’s monthly articles in Sport Aviation, you know that you don’t want to miss this meeting (or Alan’s!!)

It was noted that HR1062 (To amend the Pilot’s Bill of Rights to facilitate appeals and to apply to other certificates issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, to require the revision of the third class medical certification regulations issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes.) is still in committee. Contact Peter DeFazio to express support for this important bill.

Alan Weider, a chapter 1457 member along with a Chapter 31 member, mentioned that 1457 will have their YE flying day on August 29th at Eugene Airport. It will be held along with a 5K on the Runway and pancake breakfast. They would love to have some Chapter 31 pilots join them, just as Chapter 31 would love some of their members to help out with our YE day on the 4th.

There being no other business, President Gary suggested we view the Chapter Video on the new RANS S-20, but most people were at that time too hot (90 degrees in the clubhouse) to enjoy it.

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:15 pm
respectfully submitted, Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Jun 11

RV3 Project Progress and Plea for Help

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You can see in the picture that some progress has been made. The airplane is on its gear and the vertical and horizontal stabilizers have been redrilled and temporarily bolted on to the fuselage. The windscreen and canopy are just sitting loosely on the fuselage. The elevators have been checked and will align with the hinges on the stabilizer. This was a minor concern since the elevators came from the original donated airplane and the stabilizer came from the parted out plane from Van’s. I have been in contact with Van’s Aircraft and I’ve been told they are planning to make us a “display cowling.” I have not heard of such an item before but I think it’s a lighter weight cowl that would not be suitable for a flyable aircraft. They tell me it will be easier to work with than the normal cowling but it sounds like we will be doing some fabrication work to put it on the airplane. Once the cowling is in place, we can work on a mounting solution for the propeller.

I have been a kit builder but not a restorer. The work that needs to be done at the present time involves the windscreen, canopy and horizontal stabilizer, wheel fairings and the tail fairing at the junction of the horizontal and vertical stabilizers. It involves some repair work as well as preparing these items to the primed stage ready for painting. I don’t have a background in this but I’m sure some of you do or could take on some work as a learning experience. Please contact me and let me know what you would be willing to do. So far, along with me there have been six other club members who have been involved with the project. I’d sure like to see several more pitch in and take on a task or two. If we can keep moving along I think we could possibly have this project out the door before the start of winter.

President Gary

 

May 19

Minutes from the 5/6/2015 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, May 6th, 2015

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM hosted by the wonderful Virgil and Bridget Pratt. There were sirloin burgers, hot dogs, potato and green salad along with 2 types of brownies and chips with a drink for only $5. It just keeps getting better!!

The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM by President Gary Ludeke, with V.P. John Kuehl and Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout also present.

There were 22 members in attendance. Guests this time included our speaker for the night, Jim Yourdon, the South Lane Modelers President. These are the nice folks who use our clubhouse once a month (3rd Monday at 7:00PM) for their meetings. They try to fly weekends and Thursdays at their field on Mosby Creek.

After the pledge of allegiance, the group moved to Gary’s hangar to look at several pieces of the RV-3 that we now have, and some of the work that needs to be done. The group then moved back into the clubhouse for the rest of the meeting.

Next Chapter breakfast is May 16th at the clubhouse. $5 for an all you can eat breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, OJ, coffee and camaraderie!! Starts at 9:00 and runs to about 10:30 or so. Bridget Pratt will be gone, but Virgil, Tom Cunningham and Bill Dewey agreed to put it on, and hope that Alan Weider will be there also. Virgil and Bridget will get some supplies for the breakfast (Bacon, Sausage, creamer and syrup)

President Gary spoke about the sign-up sheet we now have for people wanting rides and those willing to give them. It is by the North Door. He also noted that we will move the meeting in June at some time over to Ray Morse’s hangar for a look at his project, before we move back to the clubhouse.

He then spoke about the RV-3 project. It still needs a cowling. Jim Beale is working on the tail wheel. Ray Morse will blast the bigger parts. Randy will blast the smaller parts. The simulator is still here, but will be gone within the week. The project is at the rear of the clubhouse for everyone to see the progress.

The group was reminded that the OAHS in Cottage Grove will be holding their “Wings and Wheels” fund raising event on June 27th. Several people have signed up to show their airplanes.

President Gary then spoke about our Young Eagles event this year on July 4th. Tom Cunningham will be displaying his FireStar airplane during the parade and attending the Chamber meetings on this topic. Rod Johnson and Bridget Pratt agreed to be co-YE chairpersons. Gary has already sent for the insurance from EAA national for the event. We will probably not do a lunch for this event, although it is still an option. Don Cole will try to get some Civil Air Patrol members in to help, subject of course to not being needed for an active search.

It was noted that HR1062 (To amend the Pilot’s Bill of Rights to facilitate appeals and to apply to other certificates issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, to require the revision of the third class medical certification regulations issued by the Federal Aviation Administration, and for other purposes.) is still in committee. Contact Peter DeFazio to express support for this important bill.

We continue to work on the list of items we are still considering selling or buying for the clubhouse. We will continue to look at this list and refine it as we discuss ideas at each upcoming meeting.

 Items to Dispose of:                                      Items to Acquire

Bookcase w/ old magazines                        Table for cooking from Tom C.

Big Work Table                                                 Cabinet for cleaning supplies

4 Better Couches                                             Range Hood

2 Saw Horses                                                     2 New electrical circuits for new cook area

2 old couches                                                    Cabinet for Pop and other supplies

Coffee Maker w/o heat pad                        Re-Design floor plan of clubhouse

Magazines on floor in boxes

Extension cords in rafters
There being no other business, President Gary invited Jim Yourdon, the South Lane RC Modelers President to come forward and tell the group about the RC modelers’ world. Jim spoke about their group, their activities and the way that RC flying has changed recently due to the availability of good battery powered motors. He demonstrated the power of these motors with a model he brought with him, and it was quite impressive. He also showed us how the dual control system works, and related a flying mishap that our illustrious President had (not his fault!!) during a recent meeting at the flying field. He ended his speech inviting all of us to the next meeting at our clubhouse, and to come to their Mosby Creek field and watch them fly sometimes. Thanks Jim for a great talk!!

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:22 pm
respectfully submitted, Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Apr 08

Meeting Minutes from the 4/1/2015 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, April 1st, 2015

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM hosted by the fantastic Virgil and Bridget Pratt. There were both hard and soft Taco’s, and salad along with 2 types of brownies and chips with a drink for only $5. We will just have to see how they top this next month!!

The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called to order at 7:03 PM by President Gary Ludeke, with V.P. John Kuehl and Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout also present.

There were 20 members in attendance. Guests this time included the late Dave Heisley’s brother in law, Chuck Lane.

President Gary then spoke about Dave Heisley, who passed away unexpectedly in February. Gary created a nice framed picture that will remain on the clubhouse wall. In addition, the club will buy a large brick for him and install it in the memory garden near the FBO. He also mentioned that the South Lane RC club will be buying a brick, and that Shelly Humble wants to get bricks for Jug Jungnich and Crash the airport Cat, so we should now have enough for another run.

Doug Kindred noted that the Oregon Aviation Historical Society will be inducting Jimmy Reinhardt into the Hall of Fame next Saturday.

Next Chapter breakfast is April 18th at the clubhouse. $5 for an all you can eat breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, OJ, coffee and camaraderie!! Starts at 9:00 and runs to about 10:30 or so. Virgil Pratt and Bridget will be gone, but Tom Cunningham, Rod Johnson and Bill Dewey agreed to put it on, and hope that Alan Weider will be there also. It was also noted that the OACAC will be having their meeting in Independence on this date, so come for breakfast and head up for the meeting.

President Gary spoke about the sign-up sheet we now have for people wanting rides and those willing to give them. It is by the North Door. He also noted that we will move the meeting in June at some time over to Ray Morse’s hangar for a look at his project, before we move back to the clubhouse.

He then spoke about the donated (by Phillip Mandel) RV-3 that is in need of much work and parts. He and Bill brought into the clubhouse all the parts we have for appraisal, and he received a nice letter from Van’s indicating their willingness to help with parts and possibly funds. This project is growing legs and should be a great way for people to get hands on experience with many facets of homebuilt aircraft procedures. He has a list of volunteers and would love to add more names to it. Some discussion followed about the cockpit detail needed, which depends on how it will be displayed.

It was noted that Bill Dewey and Gary Ludeke planted some shrubs in the Honor garden, and Dave Eason used his flame thrower and got rid of a bunch of weeds. Thanks guys!!

President Gary then noted that we need a Young Eagles Co-coordinator for the coming year. Ken Schmidt was nominated, but in as much as he wasn’t present, we cannot assume that he will take on this duty. He also suggested that Don Cole would be a good choice, but again, his absence made it impossible to confirm that we have this important job covered.

We continue to work on the list of items we are still considering selling or buying for the clubhouse. We will continue to look at this list and refine it as we discuss ideas at each upcoming meeting.

 Items to Dispose of:                                      Items to Acquire

2 Gas Grills  (Donated to City of Creswell)  4 Better Couches

Bookcase w/ old magazines                        Table for cooking from Tom C.

Big Work Table                                            Cabinet for cleaning supplies

Simulator (given to Albany FBO)                    Range Hood

2 Saw Horses                                                  2 New electrical circuits for new cook area

2 old couches                                                  Cabinet for Pop and other supplies

Coffee Maker w/o heat pad                        Re-Design floor plan of clubhouse

Magazines on floor in boxes

Extension cords in rafters

President Gary then presented a “Words of Wisdom” list on the screen (taken directly from a fishing list that was somewhat similar) and it was well received. We then showed the Monthly EAA Chapter Magazine which also was warmly received.

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:25 pm
respectfully submitted, Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Mar 17

STATUS OF THE RV3 RESTORATION PROJECT FOR THE OAHS

I just received a response to the letter I sent to Van’s Aircraft last week. It looks like the project is a GO! Below is a copy of the letter I sent and Van’s email response. I’d like to jump into this quickly to build momentum and enthusiasm for the project. I think the first order of business will be to get rid of, or temporarily relocate, the bigger items in the clubhouse (mainly the simulator, grills and couches) so we can bring in at least some of aircraft parts to begin work.) For those who will be at Saturday’s breakfast, we can discuss the specifics of how best to proceed on this. I hope that all of you who are interested in this project can make it to the breakfast. . . . . . . President Gary

March 12, 2015

 

Van’s Aircraft

14401 Keil Road NE

Aurora, Oregon 97002

 

The Creswell, Oregon Chapter (Chapter 31) of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has been approached by the Oregon Aviation Historical Society (OAHS) to restore, to display quality only, an RV3 that was donated to the OAHS back in the late 1980’s. The OAHS would like to create a display honoring Richard VanGrunsven and Van’s Aircraft. The RV3 airplane to be restored would become the centerpiece of this display. As you know, Mr. VanGrunsven was inducted into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame in 2006. He also was a founding member of EAA Chapter 31 in 1957.

The aircraft that is to be restored was built by an Oregon resident by the name of Henkes (first name unknown at this point) and first flew in 1976. In 1980 the aircraft experienced an engine out accident after takeoff from Canby, Oregon and was never repaired. The OAHS has the gutted fuselage with some damage to the tail cone. They also have the original wings with flaps and ailerons, and a vertical stabilizer and rudder that appear to not be from the original airplane.

In order to perform the restoration, our chapter is going to have to acquire and/or construct the following:

  • Either an engine mount, or a welded frame that will allow the main landing gear to be attached to the airframe. We don’t intend to install an engine since this will be for static display only, but we’ll have to fabricate something to hold a propeller on the aircraft.
  • Engine cowling
  • Main and tail wheel gear assemblies. Brakes won’t be necessary for a static display.
  • Since the interior of the aircraft is totally gutted, we probably would not attempt to install and interior and, therefore, we would “frost” the canopy glass unless the aircraft is hung from the ceiling and the interior is not viewable by the visiting public.
  • Horizontal stabilizer and elevators.
  • Primer and paint

Since the aircraft is to be a tribute to Mr. VanGrunsven and Van’s Aircraft our intent would be to paint the aircraft to look like the RV3 that appeared at the 1973 EAA Convention and won the award for Best New Design.

We are very much interested in whether or not Van’s Aircraft is interested and willing to help us either financially and/or through the donation of materials necessary to complete the restoration. We are planning to perform the restoration work primarily in the Chapter 31 clubhouse located on the Creswell Airport (Hobby Field). We have a number of members who have stepped forward to volunteer their time and tools to perform this work. Depending upon how quickly we can obtain the necessary materials to do the work, we anticipate having the aircraft ready for the museum by September or October of this year. The OAHS envisions a public event at the OAHS Museum located at the Cottage Grove Airport to introduce the exhibit. This event would include an RV fly-in at the Cottage Grove Airport. We would plan a date when Mr. VanGrunsven would be able to attend, hopefully with other past and present employees of Van’s Aircraft.

You may respond to me either by telephone at 541-914-8605 or email at rv6an200gl@charter.net.

Sincerely,

Gary Ludeke, President

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Gary, Van’s would be happy to help out with components for the restoration
of the RV-3. As we’re always working under a budget, we would appreciate
a reasonably accurate list of the parts you think you’ll need to make it
happen and estimated cost of the items that you feel will need to be sourced
outside of Van’s. We may be able to help out with those items also but for
now, can commit to at least the Van’s supplied components that you
mentioned in your letter. We’d like to have a decent idea of the overall cost
to Van’s before we commit any farther than that.

We appreciate your support and recognition of Richard and Van’s Aircraft!

Best, Scott Risan
President
Van’s Aircraft, Inc.

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