Jun 19

Meeting Minutes from the 6/6/2018 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, June 6th, 2018

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with our host Jim Orglisso providing a great Lasagna with spinach salad, bread and cookies for desert along with drinks for only $8! Thanks Jim!

Gary Ludeke has offered to arrange the August dinner (we will not be meeting in July except on July 4th to fly Young Eagles at the clubhouse at 10:00AM) Gary also offered to take a press release to the Creswell Cornicle for publication. He will also be the squadron leader for the YE pilots and fly-over pilots. John Kuehl will be flight coordinator. Club 1457 offered to fly any YE’s that were unable to fly at our event at their event on the 7th of July.
The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 7:00 PM. Sharp.

President John Kuehl, V.P. Gary Ludeke and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 24 members and guests in attendance. Our Guests included Cassandra Barrong and Tim Talen from the Oregon Aviation Historical Society (our presenters for the night)

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, June 16th . Come out to the clubhouse in the AM and pay $8 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. Thanks in advance for all the guys who show up and cook the meal!

Bill Dewey noted that their flying club airplane (a C-150) is now done and ready to go. He said that unless he gets more interested parties, Rusty will have to sell the plane. Contact him if you are interested. 541-345-0480

Secretary Stout then reminded the group about name tags. Everyone in attendance should have their name tag on, just to make sure we get to know each other better. Also, the check book balance is $3563.59

Vice President Gary then gave a nice video presentations; “Go Around” and “Oregon Air Mail Service”

John then introduced Tim and Cassandra, who gave a nice presentation on the “Beaverton Bandits” and how they agreed to disagree with the CAA regarding aircraft licensing during the 1920’s and 30’s. It seems that the Oregon Aeronautics Division began in 1921 and licensed airplanes (with real license plates). In 1926 the Federal Government began licensing airplanes and by 1938 the CAA was born. They had a wonderful presentation with George Bogardes, Les Long, George Yates, Walt Rupert, Charlie Bernard, Pete Bowers. Tim has an EAA # of 8165 and joined when he was 14 years old. They finished the presentation discussing what the OAHS does and what they expect to do for the 100th anniversary of the Oregon Aviation Dept. in 2021. Thanks to them both for a very good evening of history of Oregon Aviation!

President John then ran the EAA Monthly Chapter Video, with video of a Super Cub on Floats which we all enjoyed.

There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:55PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Jun 13

Meet and Greet at Eugene Skydivers – Wednesday, June 20

The members of EAA Chapter 31 have been invited by Eugene Skydivers to come by on Wednesday, June 20 between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. to say hi and enjoy a hot dog and soda.

If you don’t know where on the Creswell Airport they are located, they are at the north end, south of the big hangar. You can’t miss it. If you need further information, you can contact them at:

Info@eugeneskydivers.com      541-895-3029

VP Gary

Jun 13

“Russian Lindbergh” Book

Someone in the chapter loaned me the subject titled book and I’d like to return it. If it was you, please call or text me at 541-914-8605 and I’ll bring it either to this Saturday’s breakfast or to our next meeting. DO NOT reply to this message directly. It will be lost by our email server.


Jun 08

Opportunity to participate in significant aircraft restoration project!

Chapter 31 has been asked by the Oregon Aviation Historical Society (OAHS) to take on the restoration of a aircraft known as a “Story Special.” This aircraft is one of two identical aircraft, both owned by the museum. One is in flyable condition and the one we would be working on needs a complete restoration. All work will be done at the OAHS restoration center located at the Cottage Grove Airport. We will have access to the flyable airplane to use as a guide if any questions arise as to how something goes together on the restored airplane. The airplane is a single-place, open-cockpit, low-wing aircraft powered by a Continental A65 (65HP) engine. It was a welded tube fuselage and empennage and a wooden wing. All surfaces are fabric covered. The first major job will be to build a new wing. The wooden spars and  ribs have already been completed so the work will be essentially one of assembly and covering. All firewall forward, engine controls, instrumentation and interior will need to be done.

The goal of the OAHS is to fly both airplanes to EAA Oshkosh, along with the museum’s Great Lakes airplane, in 2021 which will be the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Oregon Department of Aviation. This will allow a comfortable and realistic time frame to accomplish the work. Guidance and training will be provided to those who want to participate in this exciting project but don’t feel they have the required expertise to help out. Work scheduling will be flexible to allow people to participate based on their availability. Please email me at “rv6an200gl@charter.net” if you are interested in participating in this very significant aviation project. DO NOT reply to this post directly as your response will be lost by our server.

Jun 07

Sad News!

I just learned this morning from a friend that Sid Voorhees wife passed away about a week ago due to complications during surgery. For those of you who do not know Sid, he has a yellow Cub hangared at Creswell Airport and has been active at times with Chapter 31. He is also a real asset to the Creswell community and is currently serving as an Airport Commissioner as well as volunteering for many other community projects. If you know him and see him, please pass on our condolences from Chapter 31.

VP Gary Ludeke

Jun 06

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting Reminder

CH31 Meeting reminder and update. 6/6/2018 EAA Hangar Creswell Airport.
Tonight’s the night! 6:00 PM Dinner (accompanied by a slide show of the EAA’s Aluminum Overcast flight from EUG to OLY last May) Dinner is Italian – Raviolli/Lasagna with spinach salad, bread, cookies and liquid refreshments. $8.00
7:00 PM Meeting. Lotsa ground (and air) to cover for next month’s 4th of July Young Eagles flights. A few slides on the Hangar roof logo & lettering. Cassandra’s presentation of Oregon Homebuilt Aircraft History. This month’s Chapter Video Magazine will make you want to own a float plane. (It’s really great). Bring a friend. See you there. Pres John.

May 30

EAA 31 June 2018 Meeting Wednesday the 6th

Did you know that before there was an EAA or an “Experimental” aircraft designation home built aircraft were deemed “unsafe and illegal” by our Federal government.  There were, however,  a group of “outlaws” in Oregon that did not follow the rules and they (gasp) DESIGNED, BUILT AND FLEW THERE OWN AIRCRAFT!  Cassandra Barrong of the Oregon Aviation Historical Society (OAHS) will be here to tell the story of these Oregon Outlaws who helped shape general aviation as we know it.  You will know stuff you didn’t know you didn’t know and therefore, be better educated and have fun doing it. 

Dinner 6:00 PM EAA 31 Clubhouse, (did you notice we now have “EAA 31” displayed prominently on the roof in 11ft letters) Hobby Field, Creswell OR Airport.  Jim O will surprise us with some Costco goodies.  It’s only $8:00 bucks.

Meeting 7:00 PM.  Chapter 31 is mentioned in the latest Sport Aviation Magazine.  VP Gary will present an article and a couple of short videos,  we will gear up for 4th of July Young Eagles, Cassandra will entertain and enlighten us on how  general aviation “took off” in Oregon in spite of the Feds.  Bring a friend.  Bring a date. (cheap – not the gal, the meal)

May 17

Reminder Roof Lettering Breakfast

Well aviators,  it looks like the weather is likely to cooperate for our roof lettering work party, Saturday May 19th 9:00 AM.  If anyone has a long (10 to 12 feet) straight edge, please bring it.  Extra extension ladders are also welcome. Wear your grubbies.  Knee pads might be appropriate.  We should have fun painting “EAA 31” on the roof of the hangar in 11 foot tall letters.  Work starts right after our $8 dollar breakfast. 

Pres John

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