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

Aug 14


First of all, I want to apologize for taking so long to get our Honor Plaza brick sale going! Bill Dewey and Ron Rinaldi put out a great effort to get this thing going and then I dropped the ball!! Well, the time has come to start filling in the walkway with memorial bricks. Randy Stout purchased a brick though the website awhile ago and determined that the process works.

As you all know, Chapter 31 has been working for quite some time to develop the Honor Plaza. The purpose of this garden is twofold. One purpose is to honor those persons who had any involvement with with the Creswell Airport community and have now, in the words of the EAA national organization:


Another purpose is to recognize and honor those persons or organizations who have been or are currently active in a positive way at the Creswell Airport.

The plaza is located immediately north of the large hangar building on the main ramp of the airport. The plaza is comprised of a grassy area where persons with EAA an Airport Administration approval may place memorial monuments, and a brick path where engraved memorial bricks may be placed. The memorial bricks are available in two sizes, standard and double-size. The standard size bricks are intended to be engraved with just the person’s or organization’s name. The double-size bricks can have the person’s or organization’s name and a second line for other information such as dates that the donor chooses. The larger bricks are also suitable for a name and a simple sketch such as an airplane silhouette. The cost of a standard brick is $50.00 and a double-size brick is $100.00. Bricks can be ordered directly from the engraver by going to the website below:

When you receive your brick, please contact me (541-895-2667) or just bring the brick to our regular meeting or Saturday breakfast and I’ll see that the brick is installed in the walkway in a position of your choosing.

The Honor Plaza is not just for EAA members so please let those who you think might be interested in buying a brick to either go to the Polar Engraving website or call me for more information.

President Gary


Aug 12


Saturday is our next Chapter 31 breakfast starting at 09:00 at the clubhouse. The morning weather should be fantastic, so fly in and park right next to the clubhouse! Some of you may be going to the AOPA fly-in at Felts Field in Spokane this weekend. If so, have a safe flight! Some of us who fly RV’s will be heading up to Independence for Van’s Homecoming. I’ll enjoy our breakfast first and then head up to Independence and stay overnight with friends on the airpark. I hope to see some of you there.

As a side note, I have an RV-9/9A tail kit for sale. A complete set of builder’s tools are also available separately. I’m selling the kit and tools for a friend, so make me a offer. Also, my HP printer went belly up and had to be replaced. I have some new HP 920 ink cartridges that someone can have for free that will not work in my new printer.

President Gary

Aug 05

Tomorrows Meeting

Just a quick note about tomorrows meeting.  I still need pilot signatures on Young Eagle forms from Don Cole, Randy Stout, John Stahr, Dale Young, and Steve Searle.  Please come see me and we’ll get the paperwork finished.

Thanks in Advance,


Jul 28

August Meeting Notice – Wednesday, August 6

Our next regularly scheduled chapter meeting and BBQ will be on Wednesday, August 6. BBQ at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m. I’m sending this reminder out a little earlier than usual because I’m leaving on a camping trip to Utah (road trip pulling our teardrop trailer) tomorrow morning (7/29) and I won’t be back until the day before the meeting. We don’t have a formal presentation for this meeting, but we will have Harry Anderson at our September meeting to tell us all about flying around the world, and his more recent trip to the Antarctica. More on that later. At the August meeting we’ll review what went right and what went wrong during our very successful Young Eagles Day on July 4. I’ll give a brief presentation on this year’s Oregon Air Tour which Sandy and I participated in with our RV-6A. If any of the intrepid aviators who flew to Oshkosh this year ( I know that Matt Northway flew his recently restored Interstate Cadet and Alan Wieder flew his RV-9A) are back in time for the meeting, we can get an Oshkosh report from them. I hope all of you are getting to fly and enjoy our summer weather while surviving the heat and avoiding the fire-related TFR’s in eastern Oregon.

President Gary

Jul 16


This is a reminder that our July breakfast is this Saturday, July 19 at 9:00. Flying weather should be great so maybe we’ll get several airplanes again. Those that came in their sports cars last month said they had a great time, so they may be back again this month. Those of us who are members of the OACAC will be heading down to Cottage Grove for our meeting at 1:00 and hangar meal at 4 p.m. This is also the kickoff for this year’s Oregon Air Tour in which Sandy and I will be participants. Non-members are welcome to come down and see what OACAC and the Air Tour is all about. I’ve gotten some very positive feedback regarding our 4th of July Young Eagle event! Many thanks again for all who participated!

President Gary

Jul 08


Eugene Chapter 1457 will be having a Young Eagles event at the Eugene Airport On Saturday, August 2, and can use all the help they can get. They helped make our July 4th event a success. Now it’s time to help them! Unfortunately, I will be out-of-state on this date but any of you that can help out, flying or otherwise, please email Bruce Gustafson at <>.

President Gary

Jul 03

Meeting Minutes from 7/2/2014 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, July 2nd, 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  (Lots of cookies this month!!) for only $5.

The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called to order at 7:01 PM by President Gary Ludeke with Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout also present. V.P. John Kuehl was absent.  President Ludeke began by asking all to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance to the flag.

There were 17 members and guests in attendance.

Ron Rinaldi was unable to attend to update the “Buy a Brick” program, but should be with us next meeting.

Next Chapter breakfast is July 19th 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!!

Our August meeting will be a recap of the July 4th activities, catch up on member happenings and an interesting video. In September, we will be hosting Harry Anderson, the pilot who has flown around the world and to the South Pole. He has a very nice presentation that he will be sharing about his adventures. Don’t miss it!!

President Gary then spoke to the club about our participation in Creswell’s July 4th celebrations. We have 10 aircraft and pilots available for YE flights this year. He then read articles by the Creswell Cronicle and the newsletter put into all the City of Creswell bills. He noted that the Av-Gas supplier to Creswell Airport will be donating $500 worth of fuel to the YE planes, and Ken Schmidt will find a fun way to divide it up among the group. The plan is for pilots of planes that will be flying over the parade or on YE flights to meet at 10:00 in the clubhouse for a briefing. Food will be served during the day.

Tom Cunningham reported that the Oregon Aviation Historical Society had their first “Wings and Wheels” gathering in Cottage Grove last weekend. It was a big success with approximately 1000 people attending.

Doug Kindred noted that the Oregon Air Tour starts on July 19th ( Just after breakfast?) in Cottage Grove and Gary will be attending in lieu of a cross country trip he was planning. (Something about softball sized hailstones leaving the wrong impression on him and his airplane!!)

President Gary then gave out some awards to two of our members. To Tom Cunningham, Gary gave a bumper sticker that says “Caution, this car stops at all airports” for his help with the mowing and coordinating the display of his airplane during the July 4th parade.  To Virgil and Bridget Pratt he presented a Cessna belt buckle for their help with supplying a tow vehicle for the parade and allowing Gary to go on YE flights by covering his duties. Thanks to these folks, and everyone who is working so hard to make this event fun and safe.

Dave Petersen noted that we have EAA National insurance in place for this event.

Rusty Bartel then gave a brief “Craftsman Corner” presentation on “Hardman” epoxy that he acquired from the United R.A.T. Rocket works, where he used to work. It sets up in 3-5 minutes and is very durable.

We then asked all in attendance to grab a mop, broom, vacuum or rags and help clean the clubhouse. I am not sure this form of entertainment is going to catch on, but it did accomplish wonders. Thanks to everyone who got dirty to make the place less so.

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 pm
respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

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