March 2014 Meeting Notice
This is a reminder that our next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 5 in the chapter clubhouse. We have a great presentation scheduled this month by Jim Showker. Jim converted a damaged twin-engine Aeroprakt A26 into a single-engine airplane which is based at Daniel’s Field and is currently in its Phase 1 Flight Test Phase. I stopped by to take a close look at it while on my way to the Northwest Aviation Conference in Puyallup, WA last weekend. Jim has done a great job on the rebuild! I think you all will really enjoy Jim’s talk and pictures! We will also show a very informative and well produced 8-minute video about Tim Talen’s restoration of a 1941 Interstate Cadet called “The Pearl.” This aircraft was in the air on a dual instructional flight over Pearl Harbor when the attack started on December 7, 1941. Tim’s story about this aircraft and the female Flight Instructor who was instructing in the aircraft at the time of the attack is extremely interesting.
In response to my earlier posting regarding the pre-meeting chapter BBQ, Dave Eason had come forward and offered to do the cooking for this meeting. Unfortunately, due to medical problems experienced by his mother, Dave had to go down to southern California to take care of her and will not be back for at least another week. I did talk with Dave yesterday. He told me his mother is doing well and should make a full recovery. Since no one else expressed an interest in taking on this responsibility, it looks like we won’t be having the BBQ this month. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. as usual. I notice that Chapter 1457 members meet at the Mahlon Sweet Airport restaurant before the meeting in lieu of a chapter-prepared dinner. Perhaps, in the future, we may want to do something similar at one of our Creswell restaurants. TJ’s restaurant is currently closed due a fire but is intending to reopen, probably in May. Other restaurants in town would probably also be suitable. We can make it a topic for discussion at the meeting. I hope to see you all there! . . . . . Gary
Federal Judge throws out Santa Monica lawsuit
In an exciting development for airport users, a Federal Judge has thrown out Santa Monica’s attempt to wrest control of the airport away so it can be closed and converted into a park (which I think is traditionally codeword for ‘condominiums and houses’).
The city attempted to use expiring grants to take over the field and close it down. For anyone not familiar with this airport, it has been under attack for years by people who knowingly purchase a house next to an airport and then complain about the noise. This case is important because it may serve as a precedent to defend other airport against similar efforts.
I learned to fly and got my ticket at Santa Monica so it’s got a special place in my heart, but this ruling is more than just a local story because of the possible precedent. Older airports represent a tasty looking chunk of prime real-estate for many cities and the story of Meigs can happen anywhere if we’re not vigilant.
This ruling is a Valentine’s of a sort to aviators around the country and probably better for our health too because a closed airport can break anyone’s heart.
An Update from the President
I’d like to take this opportunity to give you an update on what I’ve been doing as far as chapter-related activities since our February meeting.
I’ve had a couple of meetings over coffee with the Owner/Editor of The Creswell Chronicle to seek publicity for our upcoming activities. I also gave him a walking tour of the airport yesterday. He’s quite interested in what we are planning to do this year. We should see some good articles in the coming months regarding our activities.
Last Monday I met with Creswell’s new City Administrator, Michelle Amberg, to introduce myself and tell her a little about EAA and what we’re doing. She has only been with us a week so I felt it was a good “ground floor” opportunity to get to know her. I learned that her husband is an inactive GA pilot who hasn’t flown in over 8 years. Maybe we can get him into the chapter and back into the air! Following my meeting with Michelle, I received a call from Creswell Mayor Dave Stram inviting me to speak briefly (not more than 3 minutes) at the March City Council meeting to inform them of our planned upcoming activities. I’ve submitted a written summary of this information for inclusion in the packet of information that goes to the city councilors prior to the meeting and am planning to be at the meeting to speak.
I’ve lined up two speakers for upcoming meetings: Jim Skower from Chapter 1457 will be our March meeting speaker. He rebuilt a wrecked Aeroprakt A26 and converted it from a twin-engine (Rotax 582) to a single-engine (Rotax 912) airplane. I’ve seen it and think he’s done an incredible job with the rebuild! Our local AME, Dr. Richard Hansen, will be the speaker at our May meeting. Dr. Hansen, along with being the guy a lot of us go to for our FAA physicals, is an active GA pilot currently working on his Instrument Rating through About Time Aviation. He’ll tell us about the flight physical process and give us some hints as to how we can continue to pass those exams!
When I showed up at the our last BBQ I learned that it has become an accepted practice that the chapter president also serve as the chief cook for the BBQ’s. I haven’t heard any reports of sickness or death due to food poisoning, so I guess I did OK. However, I’d really like to get out of this obligation if I can. I’m really trying to do what I can to help increase chapter activities and interests. As a part of this I’ll be acting, for the present at least, as the chapter’s program chairman. When our presenters show up before the meetings, I’d really like the freedom to spend the necessary time greeting them, helping them get set up, answering any questions and introducing them to chapter members. I think this will be difficult to do, along with being responsible to not burn the burgers and dogs. I’m also hoping that we can get an influx of new members over the coming months. I’d like the freedom to be able to act at a “greeter” making our new guests feel at home when they arrive. Would some of you (preferably several) PLEASE step forward and accept cooking and cleanup duties starting with the March meeting? By the way, this plea is NOT intended for Dave Petersen, who has continuously gone way above what is expected in seeing that we’re all well fed at our meetings and breakfasts! (THANK YOU SO MUCH, DAVE & MELINDA!!) I think we need a bigger crew who will share the duties so that no one “gets stuck” with this important responsibility on a regular basis. That being said, it would be GREAT if someone who steps forward would take on the organizational role to see that people are available to do the setup/cooking/cleanup at all the meetings.
Because our chief breakfast cooks, Dave & Melinda, and our backup cook, Bill Dewey are both off on some well deserved R & R, I’ll also be the cook, along with (hopefully) Dave Eason, for this Saturday’s breakfast. I hope we’ll get good attendance from our drive-in people as I don’t think it’s going to be very good flying weather! . . . . . . Gary
Saturday Breakfast Reminder
Our posting capability has been down for awhile so that’s why this Saturday breakfast reminder is a little later than usual. I hope you all can make it. Yours Truly and Dave Eason are going to try and prepare the breakfast in the absence of our esteemed cooks Dave and Melinda, and our backup chef Bill Dewey who was forced to go to Hawaii for a little R & R. If any others are willing to show up early and lend a hand it will be appreciated. I’ll send out another post within the next day or two and update you on a few things going on. C – U – SATURDAY! . . . . . . Gary
Meeting Minutes from 2/5/2014 Meeting
EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, February 5th, 2014
The meeting started at 6:00 (With Melinda Petersen’s famous chili), BBQ hamburgers and hot dogs, chips, drinks and cookies and pastry for dessert for only $5 !! Come next month and bring a friend!
Business meeting called to order at 7:01 PM by President Gary Ludeke and V.P. John Kuehl with Sec./Tres. Randy Stout also present. There were 20 members and one guest in attendance. The guest was Darrell Derossett, a retired military and security man who has moved here recently from Davenport, IA. He has a Luscombe and a 1958 172 that he brought with him. He will need some help re-installing the Luscombe’s wings. (He joined the chapter formally at the end of the meeting) Welcome Darrell!!
President Ludeke suggested that everyone stand and recite the pledge of allegiance to the flag. This was done after the flag was moved to the correct position on the dais. It is intended that we will recite the pledge before the start of each meeting.
Next Chapter breakfast is February 15th at the clubhouse. $5 for an all you can eat breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, OJ, coffee and camaraderie!! That is a great time!!
Secretary Stout mentioned that due are due again. $25 made out to EAA Chapter 31 and given to him or sent to 86277 Panorama Rd., Springfield, OR 97478
President Ludeke then delivered a “State of the Chapter” report. He noted that the club has approximately $2700 cash available for projects, and that we lost around $80 last year. He then outlined his goals for the coming year: (in no particular order)
Goal 1: Have chapter 31 either participate or stage a community volunteer event this year. This may or may not be aviation oriented, but will be an opportunity to help make the chapter and the airport as a whole, more visible to the local community in a positive way.
Goal 2: Work the local community newspaper (he met with the Creswell Chronicle editor) and have them tour the airport and report on the chapter in the newspaper. Do the same at the Cottage Grove paper and perhaps the Register Guard.
Goal 3: Approach the local High School and offer to fly kids on our YE day, or teach a ground school for a group of interested young people.
Goal 4: Advertise our monthly breakfast’s to the community, groups like the Coffee and Cars folks in order for more people to join us and see what goes on in Chapter 31 EAA
Goal 5: 50 Paid Chapter 31 members, with an average attendance of 25 for the meetings and breakfasts.
Goal 6: Fly more YE’s this year than last.
Goal 7: Get the “buy a brick” program off and running.
Goal 8: Monthly programs that are exciting, informative or both. He noted that there are many speakers in our local area who would qualify, so he will be working with John Kuehl in identifying and contacting these people with the intention of having them come and speak with us. He also noted that a “Craftsman Corner” mini program each month, which was started late last year, is something that he wants to see continued.
Goal 9: Hold one or more “Fun Events”, not necessarily flying oriented, during the year for members and their families to enjoy together. Examples might be a picnic, miniature golf, bowling or a softball game.
Dave Eason then spoke about the “buy a brick” program he has been working on. It turns out that the local vendor for bricks may be getting cold feet, so he has endorsed the vendor from Florida, who has a very professional web site and knows how to help clubs like ours get started. Ron Rinaldi stepped up and offered to accept a Presidential appointment as “Honor Guard Garden Chairman” and will coordinate with our web guru and the vendor in order to begin to offer these bricks. Dave Eason Accepted the responsibility of performing the actual brick installations in the Garden. By next month we should be able to have a place on our web site that directs people to the brick company and then we can advertise this new program. A nice example of a large brick was on display. They will sell for $75 and the normal size brick will be $50. The price includes shipping and installation in the “Honor Garden” walkway. These bricks can commemorate a living or dead loved one, or a family that supports EAA and aviation at Creswell.
President Ludeke then appointed past President Bill Dewey as the first chairman of the Scholarship Committee. Bill will research all the liability issues and report back as he begins to flesh out the details of the Program. Hal Skinner and Darrell suggested that we start with a Scholarship for ground school, which by its nature should have less liability attached. Stay tuned!!
Gary then introduced Dave Eason as our first “Craftsman Corner” presenter for the night. Dave spoke about a de-burring tool he made from a de-burring head and swivel screw driver. It works great! After Dave, John Kuehl spoke about a desiccant dryer he had fashioned from a Pet Smart air pump, some tubing and some Silica Gel with Cobalt Chloride added to change color as it absorbed moisture. He mentioned that you can “Re-charge” the Silica Gel in the microwave, and so the cost is very low. He uses it to keep an engine he has dry by running a hose in one end of the crankcase and closing the loop by running a hose back. I took some pictures that I will attempt to post on the web site.
Tom Cunningham then rose to speak about another project that would be simple, fun and easy for the chapter to do. He showed an example of a calendar that he received from another group that had a picture for each month of a project or completed airplane that someone was working on. Hopefully he can ram-rod this project and we will have a nice calendar for the rest of the year and possibly next.
Dave Heisley noted that the water for the clubhouse would be turned off in February. As the water owner, he needs to exercise his right each year, which he does in February in order not to affect us too much. Thanks as always Dave for your generous gift of water each year!!
There being no other business, the monthly EAA nationals E-newsletter video was shown. In it, Jeff Skiles showed us what it might look like to a new pilot as he transitioned from a Stearman to an AT-6 to a Twin Beech to a B-24 to a B-29!! Fascinating show- don’t miss next months. The meeting was adjourned at 8:48 pm
February 2014 Meeting Notice
This is your friendly reminder that this coming Wednesday we will hold our fabulous Chapter BBQ and general meeting! Talk about a great deal – ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT burgers, dogs, chili, chips and a drink – all for only FIVE BUCKS! Thrown in absolutely free is the chance to visit with some of the finest pilots, mechanics, aircraft builders and restorers and tall-tale tellers in the Country! Be there by 6 p.m. to not miss out on this terrific once-a-month opportunity! After food and friendship the general meeting will start at 7 p.m.
I just finished reviewing this month’s Chapter Video from EAA HQ and think it’s really great! Jeff Skiles will take us on the training journey experienced by the bomber pilots of WW II. After finishing primary training, bomber pilots went on to fly the AT-6, then the Beechcraft C-45 twin-engine tail-dragger, and then either the B-24 or the B-29. This video will put us in the cockpit of all these great airplanes. We’ll watch the video after we get down to the serious business of discussing where we’re at, chapter wise, and where we want to go in the following year. All ideas will be welcome. Be prepared to do some thinking “outside the box.”
I hope to see you there! . . . . . Gary
Preliminary EAA Meeting Notice for February Meeting
As your new President, I thought I should get familiar with posting messages so I’m sending out an early meeting notice just to practice. I’ll send another a few days before the next meeting on February 5th. I hope we’ll have good attendance at the meeting. I offered to be your president because I really believe we can have a great chapter with exciting activities and information for all. At the next meeting I’ll present a “State of the Chapter” address which will be A LOT shorter than the one President Obama will be giving the nation! I’ve got some ideas to present, but I’m really looking forward to getting a lot of great ideas from the membership. We also should be able to nail down and kickoff our Memorial Plaza brick program after we’ve heard from the local guy who is proposing to supply the engraved bricks. (Dave Eason – Would you please let me know if that guy is planning to be at the February meeting.) Please come to the meeting and, if possible, contact at least one person you know who used to come to our meetings but no longer does. If everybody does that, we’ll quickly at least double our meeting attendance.
Tailwinds and cheap avgas to all! . . . . . . Gary
Who’s Hungry ?
Tomorrow is January 18th, the third Saturday of the month, and time for EAA Chapter 31′s Monthly Breakfast ! Join us at 9 for Pancakes, Eggs, Bacon, Sausage and Biscuits and Gravy All for only 5 Bucks ! See you all at the Chapter Hanger Tomorrow Morning.