Oct 09

Meeting Minutes from the 10/2/2019 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, October 2nd , 2019

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM hosted by Rod Johnson. There was Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, salad, chips, Potato Salad, cookies for desert and a drink for only $8. Don’t miss their next great meal!! Thanks Rod for the great help and Paul Buehler for cooking!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:59 PM by V.P. Gary Ludeke with President John Kuehl and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout also present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called then to order. There were 14 members and guests in attendance. Checkbook balance was $3859.77 as of the date of the meeting.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, October 19th. 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. Our volunteers for this breakfast are (hopefully) the same group as last time Tom, Bill, Rod and John, who will coordinate getting the breakfast ready to serve. Thanks in advance guys!

The replacement of the Creswell airport taxiways was the next topic. It is much more extensive than most of us thought.

VP Ludeke then spoke about his recent flight experiences in flying off the hours of the Les Wellington Wayex that he spoke about last month. It seems that they are experiencing fuel flow problems. After much discussion, removal of the inline filter and installation of a gascolator seemed the appropriate solution. He will report back next month.

Tom Cunningham asked to have his “airplane for sale” ad taken off the EAA 31 BLOG

Paul Buehler then spoke about his career in aviation, as a A+P/IA for the airlines until he worked for Heli-Tech manufacturing helicopter accessories. He is now building a Bearhawk B and hydroforming the ribs. He has a lot of experience and is a great new member of the club!!

Doug Kindred then noted that the Oregon Aviation Historical Museum has plans to fly 2 of the Story airplanes and the Great Lakes to Oshkosh for the Centennial Celebration of the Oregon Aviation Department, which began licensing Oregon airplanes in 1921, well before the FAA or CAA.

President John then began the showing of the newest Chapter Video this month, which highlighted the Blakesburg Antique Airplane fly in. It also had a technique lesson on using a hot wire to cut Styrofoam. Always interesting!

Bill Dewey offered to host the next meal before the meeting.

There being no other business, the meeting was then adjourned at 8:28PM
Respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer
(A few pictures from last meeting when we went out to look at the Wayex.)

Sep 29

October Meeting Announcement

President John called me to say, due to family business, he may not be able to attend our October 2 meeting and asked me to handle things regarding the meeting. This is a meeting that some people might miss because it’s so near the beginning of the month that it gets overlooked. So be forewarned! John told me he thought that Rod Johnson had volunteered to head up the dinner part of the meeting, so I called Rod and am waiting for a conformation that he will be doing this. In terms of a program, Virgil and Bridget Pratt have been working for years on the restoration of a Stits Skycoup. That airplane has recently been signed off by Darrin Humble and test flown by Mark Stroble. Virgil will be bringing the airplane over to the clubhouse for all to see and will give us a summary of all the things that were done over the restoration period. He had some real setbacks but plugged along optimistically and saw the job through to completion.Congratulations, Virgil, on a job well done! The only potential issue with Virgil’s presentation is, as of this writing, he has a cough that could possibly be an indication of pneumonia. He felt, when I talked to him earlier today, that he would be in good enough shape to give the presentation but, as they say, “time will tell.”

I hope to see a lot of you on Wednesday evening!

VP Gary

Sep 20

EAA 31 BREAKFAST reminder.

9:00 AM Saturday September 21st
YES, of course we will be having our breakfast meeting. EVERY 3rd Saturday. Sorry for the late notice. I will bring a report of last Saturday’s (9/14/19) flight in a Texas A6 trainer, It was a blast! Pancakes, Butter, Syrup, Bacon, Scrambled eggs, Sausage, Coffee, Orange juice, Hot chocolate, Milk. PLUS Airplanes and hangar flying. An EAA pancake breakfast is where you get this stuff. At the EAA 31 Hangar. S end of Hobby Field, Creswell Airport, Creswell OR. And only $8:00 bucks! Bring a friend.
Pres John

Sep 06

Meeting Minutes from the 9/4/2019 meeting

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM hosted by John and Ruth Kuehl. There was Lasagna, salad, brownies and ice cream for desert and a drink for only $8. Don’t miss their next great meal!! Thanks President John and Ruth for all the great help and cooking!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:54 PM by President John Kuehl with V.P. Gary Ludeke and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout also present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called then to order. There were 20 members and guests in attendance.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, September 21st. 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. Our volunteers for this breakfast are (hopefully) the same group as last time Tom, Bill, Rod and John, who will coordinate getting the breakfast ready to serve. Thanks in advance guys!

President John then read an article from EAA National about Drones and airspace. Suggested we all look it up on-line for more info.

V.P. Ludeke then rose to give a quick report about member Rusty Bartel and his RV-12 project. Gary will be finishing up the airplane for him and will fly it first. He needs to go through all the service bulletins and make the necessary changes too. Then Rusty will fly it with him. It is then expected that Rusty will sell the airplane, so if you are interested in a new RV-12, stay tuned.

With no further business, President John then introduced Les Wellington who, along with Gary Ludeke, have finished and are now flying his Wayex. The joke is that they have had 4 first flights, with small pitch issues (Ruddervator bolts were sloppy) and fuel flow problems (gascolator was unporting) needing attention in order to complete the flight. It is now flying well, and Gary is going to be putting it through its paces. Les talked about all the help he got from his wife Lynne on this airplane, and also on the RV-12 they built previously and sold. He liked the cost of the Wayex and its aerobatic properties more than the RV-12.

He paid for his entire kit from Sonex after the founder died, hoping that he would get all his parts quickly and before the company had any financial problems. He did get all his parts, but they were delivered anything but quickly. For example, his crankshaft for the engine was the last engine part to arrive- which made it hard to start assembling the engine! The worst part was the lack of communication from the factory as to when the parts might be delivered.
The meeting was then suspended while the group went out back of the clubhouse and looked closely at the airplane. Very good construction and a nice airplane. As it got darker, the group again met inside the clubhouse.

President John then began the showing of the newest Chapter Video this month, which had some great Nicopress techniques and and Oshkosh report.

There being no other business, the meeting was then adjourned at 8:42 PM
Respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Sep 02

EAA 31 Sept 2019 Meeting Announcement.

Newly completed Sonex Waiex-B will be on display. Les Wellington (my friend) and Gary Ludeke will make a VERY interesting and informative presentation on Les’s Waiex. Les is a member of EAA 1457 and has been in the building process since 2011. He started with an RV12 but ended up completing his Wayex-B including building his own Aero Vee engine.
This is happening on Wednesday September 4th 2019.
Sept 2019 Video Magazine Time permitting.
This month Lasagna, Salad and Garlic Bread courtesy of Yours Truly
6:00 PM Dinner Only $8.00 bucks.
7:00 PM Meeting. At the south end of Hobby Field/Creswell Airport, Creswell OR.
Bring a friend – see you there.
Pres John

Aug 21

Words and meanings

Hyperbolic:  exaggerating or overstating the truth.

Hyperbaric: Greater than normal pressure especially of oxygen.

I used no Hyperbolic in explaining my Hyperbaric chamber.

I know you believe you think you understand what you thought was presented last month, but I’m not sure you realize that what was reported in the minutes is not exactly what I meant.

Pres John

Aug 20

Meeting Minutes from the 8/7/2019 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, August 7th, 2019

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM again hosted by Paul Messer. There were hot dogs and hamburgers, salad, cookies for desert and a drink for only $8. Don’t miss their next great meal!! Thanks Paul Messier and family for all the great help and cooking!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:55 PM by President John Kuehl with V.P. Gary Ludeke and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout also present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called then to order. There were 16 members in attendance with no guests.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, August 17th. 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. Our volunteers for this breakfast are (hopefully) the same group as last time Tom, Bill, Rod and John, who will coordinate getting the breakfast ready to serve. Thanks in advance guys!

It was noted that the Oshkosh fly-in has now been done, and there was an 8% increase in airplanes on the field, with approximately 642,000 in attendance.

Wayne? then rose to speak about the new Young Eagle build program that EAA national is promoting. For $500 the chapter gets approximately $1500 worth of materials and tools in order to build an RC airplane, including a flight simulator for learning to fly the RC model in the kit. We will discuss this proposal and try to find a “spark plug” (Wayne?) to get it going.

With no further business, President John then presented his trials and tribulations as he invented? (made? engineered?) his own personal Hyperbolic chamber (no hyperbole!!) As you might well think, this was a massive multi year project that required him to learn how to weld airtight and overcome failures of design with innovation and hard work. He has invested over $13,000 in the project so far, along with 3+ years of time. It now seems to work very well and will hold 8-10PSI with a nice oxygen generator providing O2 to a face mask. He has taken over 40 “dives” in it so far and believes strongly in the benefits that he and others will receive when they use it. He does not plan to charge for the experience, unlike the commercial operations at VRC and Riverbend Hospital. Our own Paul Messer will be taking dives in a week or so. Good luck to everyone and thanks John for your hard work

President John did not have the newest showing of the Chapter Video this month, so without further ado;

There being no other business, the meeting was then adjourned at 8:12PM

Respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Aug 18

Great Oregon Home Built Festival

I’d like to call your attention to the upcoming Great Oregon Home Built Festival to be held at the Cottage Grove Airport (61S) on August 31. Even if you don’t fly a home built aircraft, this event is a lot of fun and a chance to learn about Oregon’s aviation history that essentially started the experimental aircraft movement that thrives today. I hope you can make it! 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

VP Gary
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