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 <bruceandlexy@gmail.com>.

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

Jun 25


The Creswell Chapter 31 4th of July Young Eagle Day is fast approaching! If you’re a current EAA National member and have access to an airplane with at least two seats we can use you! We’re expecting a large turnout of kids starting at 11:00 on the 4th of July. So far we only have commitments for 3 four-seat airplanes and 4 two-seat airplanes. A few more, particularly 4- seat airplanes would be really great. Please help if you can. If you don’t have access to an airplane, please try to do some recruiting of our Chapter 31 and Chapter 1457 members. We can also use help on the ground with ground instruction, aircraft loading and unloading and food service, preparation and cleanup. And a big thanks to all of you that have already worked to make the 4th of July activities a success!!

p.s. Another reminder to come to the July 2 chapter meeting for our great BBQ and then clubhouse cleanup.

President Gary

Jun 20

Parade Information

Our Parade Float Chairman, Tom Cunningham, asked me to send this post to make sure everyone knows he will tow his Firestar in the parade with the wings folded. This is due to a fire department concern about getting around the plane in an emergency. We would still like people to walk in the parade, or ride in the vehicle, but we certainly don’t need “wing walkers”. . . . . . Gary

Jun 17


We will have our great breakfast at the EAA Clubhouse this Saturday starting at 9 a.m. If you come a little early, you can help get things set up. The weather forecast is looking good so we may get some fly-in traffic again. At the last “Cars and Coffee” event in the Bi-Mart parking lot I handed out invitations to this coming breakfast so we may have some additional people coming in sports and classic cars. If you see a stranger, please make them feel at home. At least one guy I talked to is a pilot and might want to join us regularly.

The Creswell July 4 celebration, which includes our parade float and Young Eagles Day is a little more than two weeks away! PLEASE try to spend the day and help promote our chapter and the Young Eagles event as much as you can. We need pilots with planes to fly the kids and lots of help with set up and managing the event. We’ll need people to help with our lunch food service, crowd management, and pilots to talk to the kids and parents while they wait for their flight. We can put our simulator to use explaining the workings of basic airplane controls and instruments. So far we have Bill Dewey (C-172), Don Cole (C-182), Alan Wieder (RV-9A), Dale Young (RV-9A), and John Stahr (RV-8) who have committed to flying kids. Also, Virgil Pratt has offered his C-172 for me to use to fly kids. That only gives us a total of 12 seats for Eagles. With the widespread publicity we are getting through advertising, and the banners that will be on our float, we can use all the planes and pilots we can get. We’ll probably still have to turn away a lot of kids and set up additional events to handle them. So PLEASE get the word out to members of Chapter 1457 (and any of our members that you don’t think read these posts). And, one last thing: our July 2 regular chapter meeting, after loading up on burgers and dogs, will be dedicated to cleaning up the clubhouse and discussing any “loose ends” regarding this celebration.  I hope to see you Saturday!

President Gary

Jun 08

Meeting Minutes for June 4th meeting

The meeting was called to order by Pres Gary with 39 members and guests in attendance .   The guests were largely friends and family of Tim Talen who made a presentation later in the meeting regarding the OACAC Oregon Air Tour scheduled for July 19 thru 24,2014.  Also in Cottage Grove there will be a June 28, 2014 Cars and Planes display by the history center with (hopefully) many old cars with like year models of aircraft parked next to them.  It was noted that lots of pilots are also car enthusiasts  and visa verse.

Gary made chapter announcements and discussed the July 4th Creswell parade and our Young Eagles event .  The Parade will be a 4 mile long route on Creswell city streets with a EAA 31 trailer containing Tom Cunningham’s Kolb Firestar. EAA members will also conduct a fly by which will be single file with two “fly bys ” per plane one at a slower speed and one faster – Gary will conduct a pre fly by pilots briefing at about 10:00  on the morning of July 4.   We will be available to start flying Young Eagles at 11:00 and Dave Peterson will conduct the pilot safety briefing prior to that time.  Dave also mentioned that they will need more volunteers to help with the passenger handling and also with the food prep and serving.

Other items of interest were that Louie Lyons has sold his Lancair and he had an engine hoist which he has donated to the chapter – it is currently in the chapter building and available for any member needing to use it.      A request from the Florence airport for a possible volunteer to assist with building ( wood and fabric ) a replica of a P47 non flying simulator  - it has been started as a kids toy simulator for their military style museum at the Florence airport .   They need help with Fabric and wood crafting and already have an artist to do the paint work.

Tom Preuss has indicated to Gary that he has a homebuilt project  that he will probably not be finishing and wondered if someone in the club or the club as a group would be interested – not sure if it would be a gift or what price – It is a P-26  knock off and I guess is pretty far along.

Dave Peterson noted that we will not be serving breakfast on July 4 and that with all of the parade attendance we will be expecting to have a large number of Young Eagles to fly – Gary has a plan to offer a 2nd YE day if we exceed our capacity to accommodate all of the and wanted to assure that we have as many pilots & planes available as possible.

Urban Moore of Eugene Skydivers was the featured presenter for the meeting. Urban delivered an informative discussion detailing the parachutes used by both solo and tandem jumpers, altitudes for jumping, costs to buy jump equipment , different ratings , how chutes are packed, safety concerns , automatic activation of emergency chutes,prices for their tandem and solo jumps.  Accident statistics for the US, as well as their jumping to the area to the immediate north east of our runway and how they are conforming to the required announcements for parachutes in the air to runway crossing.   It was a well presented and informative discussion with numerous questions from the attendees.

The meeting was closed by Pres. Gary and we were reminded that the 3rd Saturday breakfast fly in will be on June 21st and our next meeting will be July 2 with special attention on the July meeting to final planning for the July 4 planning.

Minutes recorded by Bill Dewey


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