Sep 26

October Meeting Notice

Well, our next meeting will soon be upon us as the first Wednesday of the month is also the first day of the month! Our guest speaker will be Tony Horvath, owner of Specialty Aero located at the north end of the Creswell Airport. As many of you know, Tony worked for Steve Wolfe until Steve moved to Florida. Tony does a lot of varied work in the aviation community. I’m anxious to hear more about the variety of projects he is, has been, or will be working on. Among the more notable endeavors that I am aware of is his work on aircraft being flown by one of America’s top airshow performers, Sean D. Tucker! He also had a heavy involvement in Trey Johnson’s “roadable airplane” project which was a highly modified Glastar Sportsman that was licensed both as an aircraft and as a street-legal motor vehicle.

One of our Creswell City Councilors, Jane Vincent, will also be our guest and will talk to us about her views regarding the future of our airport and how we can play a part in increasing it’s value to the community and the southern Willamette Valley.

There was a brief discussion at our last meeting regarding varying our BBQ dinners. I haven’t heard if anyone has contacted Dave Peterson regarding any changes or additions to our October menu. In the spirit of this idea, I believe I have talked my wife, Sandy, into trying her hand at a pot of chili to add to our burger and dogs menu. Take a chance and see how she does! As always, the BBQ begins at 6 p.m. and the meeting follows at 7 p.m.

President Gary

Sep 17

It’s Saturday Breakfast Time Again!

Just a reminder that our great fly-in/drive-in breakfast is this coming Saturday, September 20, starting at 09:00 at the clubhouse. The weather is forecast to be clear so we might get some of our regular fly-in guys from Daniel’s and other places. I saw some of the members of the local British sports car club that came to our breakfast earlier this year. They are planning to send a contingent again. Please make them feel welcome by sitting with them at breakfast. You’ll also want take a look at their fine old sports cars. They’re pretty neat!

President Gary


Sep 05

Meeting Minutes from 9/3/2014 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, September 3rd , 2014

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM (Without Melinda Petersen’s famous chili).  Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, salad and chips with a drink and dessert for only $5. (*see more about the menu in the minutes)

The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called to order at 7:05 PM by President Gary Ludeke with V.P. John Kuehl and Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout present.  President Ludeke began by asking all to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

There were 22 members and guests in attendance. Among the guests were Bob Lackey Elder. and Jr., Dean Gromley (traveling around the country in his motorhome), Roger Rush (he helps mow the airport grass) and our speaker of the evening Harry Anderson.

Pres. Ludeke then mentioned that the re-painting of the Creswell Airport mural was nearly complete. He said that Betty Wright paid for this work, as the mural relates to her late husband, Jim. It was suggested that we and Shelly from the Creswell Airport send her a note of thanks.

He also noted that there will be an LSA Inspector/Repair person workshop at Mulino on October 3rd and 4th which will cost $375.  This workshop will allow you to certify your experimental LSA for flight each year. It is begin put on by a very professional group of teachers and repair people. Sign up is necessary before the school.

*Tom Cunningham then asked if we could vary the menu a bit month to month. He noted that past President Ben Hallert had a Taco night and an Italian night, which he would like to see brought back. It was suggested that he get together with Dave Petersen, our defacto food guru, and work out a menu. Secretary Stout said that the club would be happy to pay for the ingredients, but please notify him ahead so that we can mention it in the club newsletter.

Randy gave an update on the “Buy a Brick” program. 2 people have purchased bricks and paid, but we have not received the bricks yet. Randy has sent the check for the bricks and put a check for 47.50 into the treasury as profit from the 2 bricks. In the future, if we purchase 4 bricks at a time, we will not be charged the $19.95 fee for less than 4. He is looking forward to showing the bricks at the next meeting and then having them installed. It was suggested that Randy print up some “Buy a Brick” applications to put in the airport lounge for the folks who drop by and want to commemorate someone this way.

Next Chapter breakfast is September 20th at the clubhouse. $5 for an all you can eat breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, OJ, coffee and camaraderie!! Starts at 9:00 and runs to 11:00 or so. Come and bring your appetite!!

There being no other business, the meeting then hosted Harry Anderson, founder of EDX Wireless and  the pilot who has flown around the world and to the South Pole (He tried in 2013 and had to turn back. He finally made it this year!!). He gave a very exciting slide presentation on his trips. The only word that the club could say was “WOW” He was invited back to share more of his trips as he makes them.

After much applause, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15 pm
respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer


Sep 02

The Mural is Finished!

I went to the airport today and saw that the “Wright Memorial Wall” mural has been repainted. It looks like new again! Thanks again to those of you who came out to help with the scraping of the old paint. If you think of it, come to tomorrow’s meeting via the main entrance to the airport and you can see the mural as you come in.

President Gary

Aug 27

Chapter 31 Regular Meeting – Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The next regular Chapter 31 meeting is next Wednesday, September 3. Our BBQ dinner will start at 6 p.m. and our regular meeting will start at 7 p.m. Our speaker this month is a “Don’t Miss” event! Harry Anderson, who bases his Lancair part-time at Hobby Field, will give a talk on his adventures flying around the world and to Antarctica and back! This is a man who uses an airplane and his piloting skills well beyond what most of us have ever done or would ever consider doing! I hope to see you all there!

President Gary

Aug 27

Young Eagles Fuel Rebate

Shelley Humble asked me to distribute the information below to all of you who will be flying Young Eagles through the remainder of the year.

President Gary


Dear Shelley,


We want to share with you an exciting promotion Phillips 66® Aviation will be supporting regarding the EAA Young Eagles Rebate program.


At the Young Eagles Banquet at EAA Airventure, Greg Hart (Manager – General Aviation for Phillips 66) announced that Phillips 66 Aviation will double the Young Eagles Rebate from September 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.


Pilots flying Young Eagle flights between those dates have the opportunity to receive a $2/gallon rebate for their Avgas purchases at Phillips 66 FBOs!


 To receive this double rebate the pilots must:

  • Be an EAA member
  • Be a licensed pilot
  • Purchase aviation gasoline for the Young Eagle flights at a Phillips 66 branded FBO
  • Pay for the fuel with a Phillips 66 Aviation Personal Card
  • Submit their rebate request using the form available on  website

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World Fuel Services Network


Aug 22


A little before 10:00 this morning, Bridget Pratt, flying her and Virgil’s Cessna 172, did along and unassisted for the first time, act as Pilot in Command of an aircraft thereby completing her first solo flight! I witnessed this event and saw her make three full-stop landings just like a pro! Well, at least two of them were like a pro, and the last one was more on a par with the ones I usually make. Congratulations on your success! Now you can take your well deserved nine-week motor home trip and put flying aside for awhile (although I’m sure you’ll look up every time an airplane flies by).

President Gary

Aug 15


Some of you may have noticed that there is some peeling of paint on the mural painted on the back of the main hangar at the Creswell Airport. Shelley is trying to get it repaired before it deteriorates to a point that it can’t be saved. That would sure be a loss as a lot of effort went into creating the mural! The cost of repairing this work of art can be reduced if volunteers will perform the task of scraping off those areas where the paint is peeling. I intend to help out and would like to see a few others step forward to join in. Shelley would like to get this done ASAP so she can get the painter to do the repair work done before any rainy weather settles in. It looks like we should have decent weather all next week. It would probably be best to try to work in the morning before it gets too hot for comfort. If you can help please call Shelley at 541-895-2913 and let her know your availability. If she’s not there, just leave a voicemail.

Shelley, if you’ll let us know what, if anything, we need to bring in the way of tools, we’ll try to get organized. I have an extension ladder in my hangar I can bring over. Maybe someone has a scaffold they’ed be willing to bring out. I hope we can make this happen during the following week.

President Gary

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