Oct 12

Meeting Minutes from 10/7/2020 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, October 7th, 2020

There was no dinner portion of the meeting, but we did have a pledge of allegiance at the 7:00 PM start of the meeting. President Pat Dodson, V.P. Rod Johnson and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout as officers were present. There were 11 Members in attendance. The business portion of the meeting was called then to order.

  • Checkbook balance was $2663.07 as of the date of the meeting.

President Pat noted that we are not planning a Christmas meeting this year due to Covid concerns.

Bill Dewey spoke about the memorial garden that the club has been working on for the last year or so. He will be planting a nice tree as soon as the weather permits. They have redesigned it to not have a drain. They should be laying bricks this next week.

A discussion on the Holiday Farm fire and how it has affected several members. It was noted that the helicopters that are now fighting it are landing near short mountain off Hwy. 58

Gary Ludeke gave a brief report on the completion (On September 19th) and flying of Dales Zenith CH-750 STOL. He has 8 hours on it now and has had a few teething pains with the Viking View display. They also found that the main gear bolts were not tightened sufficiently. He is going to have Dale accompany him on future flights using the “Additional Pilot Program”, which this aircraft qualifies for. He also had the front strut powder coated which has caused some friction in the controls. They will sand off the powder where needed and that should take care of it.

Paul Buehler then gave his presentation about the work he did with Heli-Tech to heat treat metal and cut parts with a water jet. He had some nice slides and a lot of interesting stories. Thanks Paul!!

 There being no new business, President Pat asked past President John Kuehl to show the EAA Chapter Video where Charlie Becker talked about the layoffs that they had to do at HQ and the YE Day Camp program that is available for any chapter to use.

Eric Ferry then spoke about his trip to purchase an RV-9A, and his final decision to pass on that airplane. He noted that he does not fit as well has he had hoped (along with his even bigger son) and it did not have an ADS-B. He is now looking for an RV-10 or RV-14.

Next meeting will be at the clubhouse on November 4th. It will be just a meeting at 7:00.

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:17PM

Respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Oct 06

October Chapter 31 meeting, Wednesday 10/7/2020, 7:00pm

Just a reminder, we will be having our October Chapter31 meeting this Wednesday (tomorrow) at 7:00pm at the Chapter 31 clubhouse, south end of the airport.

Paul Bueler will be giving us an update on his project as well as Gary Ludeke on how the initial flight testing on the Zenith going.

Face coverings will be required.

Please come a little early so you can visit with the other members and catch up with what people are doing.

Thank you, Pat Dodson

Oct 03

October Chapter 31 Meeting, 10/07/2020

Chapter 31 will be meeting on Wednesday October 7 at 7:00 pm at the Chapter 31 clubhouse at the south end of the Creswell Airport. Please come early and catch up with everyone.

Face coverings will be required.

Paul Bueler will be giving an update on his project and it should be a great opportunity to get insight and exchange ideas.

Again, please come early and visit with fellow members.

Thank you, Pat Dodson

Sep 10

Meeting Minutes from the 9/2/2020 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, September 2nd, 2020

There was no dinner portion of the meeting, but we did have a pledge of allegiance at the 7:02 PM start of the meeting. President Pat Dodson, V.P. Rod Johnson and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout as officers were present. Among the members in attendance were, Gary Ludeke, Paul Buehler, Mat Northway, Dave Eason, Walt Weischedel, Bill Dewey, Roger Welch and Eric Ferry. The business portion of the meeting was called then to order. There were 10 members total in attendance per State of Oregon guidelines.

  • Checkbook balance was $2763.07 as of the date of the meeting.

Our incredible airport manager, Shelly Humble then spoke about several issues.

Here is a breakdown of what she discussed at this EAA meeting (I didn’t get her notes so I hope I got these right!):

  1. Taxi-lane project – City received a grant offer to replace the entrance road.
    1. No City match will be required for this AIP grant due to CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act.
  • Cost to install the new fuel station was $3800 instead of the expected $500, so much of her annual maintenance budget has been spent on just this upgrade.
  • A new commercial (aircraft related) tenant is expected to be announced shortly. The airport intends to install an “Orenco” sanitation system and Loop fire suppression system.
  • Long time member Larry Davis is out of the hospital and into rehab. Visit him if you can at Valley River Rehab.

Past President John Kuehl noted that he and President Pat Dodson visited with the new clubhouse neighbors and explained how we have worked together on their water well so that we could have water and they would have no cost to maintain it. The new folks (I didn’t write down their names-darn!) were very nice to them and agreed to keep the situation as it was before. Thanks guys!! Saved us a bunch of money and trouble and made some very nice friends.

There being no new business, President Pat adjourned the meeting to regroup outside and have an interesting show and tell from Mat Northway on his new (to him) 1929 Brunner Winkle Bird biplane. Mat told the story of how he found it at WAAM as a bit of a project plane, made an offer to buy it subject to them fixing it and finding an instructor to help him transition into it, then learning to fly it as he has. Thanks Mat! for all the interesting details and a great presentation.

President Pat then asked the group for ideas that we can present to the membership about a project that the club can start. He knows that it needs to be a great idea, have a sparkplug member to spearhead it and lots of participation. Please contact him if you can think of something that will really appeal to a lot of aviation minded folks.

Next meeting will be at the clubhouse on October 7th. It will be just a meeting at 7:00. Masks are mandatory.

There being no other new or old business, Past President John Kuehl then showed 3 EAA hints for homebuilders videos.

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:28PM

Respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Sep 01

Reminder, Chapter 31 September Meeting, Wednesday 9/02. 7:00 pm

Another reminder. We are having our September Chapter 31 meeting Wednesday, September 2nd at 7:00 pm. Location is the chapter club house, south end of the Creswell airport. Face covering is required.

There will be NO dinner, but please come early to catch up with other members and visit.

Matt Norhway will be showing off his 1929 “Bird” and I think people will kind this very interesting. He has a really good story to go with the plane.

Again, face covering is required and hope to see as many as possible.

Thanks, Pat

Aug 28

September Chapter 31 meeting, Wednesday 9/2/2020

The next Chapter 31 meeting will be at 7:00 pm, Wednesday September 2nd at the Chapter 31 clubhouse, south end of the Creswell airport.

There will be NO dinner but please come early so you can catch up with other members.

Matt Northway will making a presentation on his 1929 Bird. He has a real interesting story to tell about it that I think everyone will enjoy. We will also be walking over to his hanger so those who have not yet seen the airplane can see what a neat airplane it is. Don’t miss this.

As has been the normal protocol, masks will be required to attend. We do have some available if needed.

Hope to see everyone there, Pat

Aug 19

Correction

In the minutes it was noted that Dick Frontzak’s RV-6A was still for sale for $47,000. After a call from Doug Kindred, we need to correct the price to $70,000 OBO. Sorry for the confusion.

It is my understanding that an offer is being considered subject to passing a pre-purchase inspection, so it’s probably too late to buy it now. Call Doug if you have any questions 541-687-0232

Aug 16

Meeting Minutes from 8/5/2020

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, August 5th, 2020*

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 7:04 PM by President Pat Dodson with V.P. Rod Johnson and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout also present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called then to order. There were 12 members and guests in attendance.  The guests included Craig Henry and Jasmine Darcy, and Francisco Garabay. Welcome all!!

Checkbook balance was $3096 as of the date of the meeting.

An update to the Creswell Airport taxiway project, it was noted that they have hit clay and will be laying down Petro mats to prevent damage.

Our dear member Larry Davis has taken another fall and broke a hip, ribs and shoulder. He will be going into surgery and not driving in the future.

Chapter 1457 had a potluck on the 3rd. We will not be having breakfasts or dinners until we have clearance from the state.

Gary Ludeke then gave an update on the Zenith 750 build he is helping with. The panel is done and installed.  They are waiting for 1 gauge to complete the panel. They are hoping for a DAR to inspect by the end of the month.

Dick Frontzak’s estate is still selling his RV-6A. Price is $47,000. If interested, contact the Oregon Aviation Museum in Cottage Grove.

Past member Rusty Bartel and his wife are moving to San Jose to live with or close to their daughter. Memory and Parkinson issues are taking their toll. Allen Weider is buying Rusty’s hangar and plans to buy Charlie Walkers RV-9A and finish it.

Tom Buckhouse got his PPL last week.

The new owners next to the clubhouse has kept the water on at this point. Both Pat and John will make contact with them and explain the past understanding and (hopefully) convince them to continue providing water in exchange for maintenance of their pump and well. They are Kayla and Brad Hicks and we are told are very nice people. Bill Dewey met her while mowing the lawn.

It was noted with sadness that the Oregon Antique and Classic Aircraft Club has decided to disband after 40 years. Lack of members and their desire to lead, along with Covid has lead to this decision.

The Take Flight program is also cancelled this year.

There being no other new or old business, Past President John then showed the Monthly Chapter Video and 2 Hints for Homebuilders.

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:08PM and everyone went over to President Pat Dodson’s house to look at his Hummelbird project. Nice work- well finished!!

Respectfully submitted,   Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

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