Apr 02


Don’t forget that tomorrow evening is our regular chapter meeting. Bill Dewey and Rod Johnson have graciously accepted the responsibility of preparing dinner. We’re going to have one of our traditional burgers and dogs BBQ’s. I’m looking forward to it and I hope you are too! The latest report I have on President John’s condition is that he had surgery for gall stones and is recovering nicely. He, of course, will not be in any condition to be at our meeting. I will present the evening’s program which will discuss the trends in the cost, technology advancements and safety over the last six decades. I hope you will find it enlightening and entertaining. A member of Chapter 495 (Roseburg) is planning to attend our meeting to invite us to a June fly-in/camp-in at a grass strip in Glide. We talked briefly about it and it sounds so neat I’ve already got it on my calendar! Bill Dewey will give us the latest on the patio cover rebuild needed due to snowstorm damage. We’ll be looking for all the help we can get to finish the project in a timely manner to be ready for our July 4th Young Eagles event.  We’ll watch at least a portion of this month’s Chapter Video to hear EAA’s announcement of new software to greatly streamline conducting Young Eagles events. It sounds like it’s going to eliminate a lot of paperwork and allow for a more orderly registration and flight scheduling process. 

See you tomorrow!

VP Gary

Mar 28

Next Regular EAA 31 Chapter Meeting – April 3, 2019

The next EAA 31 Chapter meeting is only a week away. Mark your calendars! I received word today that our President, John, went to the hospital this morning suffering from severe pain! I just spoke with Randy Stout who heard that the pain in apparently not related to his heart or cardiovascular system and is still under investigation. I will let you know if I hear anything more definitive. In the meantime John has requested that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers. He will probably not be present at our upcoming meeting.

I don’t know who accepted responsibility for the pre-meeting dinner. Please let me know ASAP (541-914-8605) if you are the one, or know who the one is who accepted this responsibility. If I hear nothing, I’ll assume it was John as he often accepts when no one else does. If so, Bill Dewey will handle the meal and will do hot dogs and burgers. At one time this was old hat, but it’s been awhile and now will be considered a treat!

I will be doing the program this month. I have prepared a presentation called ” Six Decades of Change.” I will address the changes in technology, cost and safety in both general aviation and the airline industry. I’ll try hard to keep you awake! Bill Dewey will also talk to us about the repairs to our patio cover that was damaged from the recent snow storm. Be prepared to volunteer. It will take a fair amount of club participation to get this done in a cost effective manner, and be done in time for our Young Eagles event on July 4.

VP Gary


Mar 09

Another Possible Flying Club Airplane

As a lot of you know, a few members of Chapter 31 have been struggling to form a flying club using a basic 2- seat airplane. There is, in my opinion, a VERY NICE Alon Aircoupe for sale that is hangared at Creswell Airport. It has around 300 hours on an overhauled C-90 engine with new cylinders. These airplanes were manufactured with rudder pedals, toe brakes, nose wheel steering controlled by the rudder pedals. These airplanes were also originally manufactured with a 12-gallon header tank behind the instrument panel and two 9-gallon wing tanks that fed the header tank. This is one of the few things I never cared for in the design as it puts a fuel tank in front of you if you have a frontal impact collision! This airplane has an STC’d modification that removed the header tank and replaced the two 9-gallon wing tanks with 15-gallon tanks. The airplane has a full gyro panel and a wing leveler autopilot. I’d sure hate to see this one get away if there really is serious interest in forming a club/partnership. A few members have expressed an interest in the “club” and this airplane. However, I think there is only one really serious person at this time. That is Roger Welsh (541-747-5308 pt 541-521-8527). The seller’s phone number is 541729-0799. If interested, I would suggest calling the seller and then Roger and maybe coordinate an appointment to take a look at the airplane. Of course, if one of you is interested in the airplane just for yourself, I’d call the seller and talk to him. With the good weather hopefully just ahead, I would think this airplane would sell soon. Don’t lose out if you want a nice, inexpensive to operate, airplane.

By the way, I have no personal interest in seeing this airplane sold. I am not a representative for the seller nor any potential buyers. I’m just an EAA member and airplane builder/owner who’s trying to help a group of interested people find and fly an inexpensive and safe airplane.


Feb 02

EAA 31 Feb 2019 Meeting Announcement

On Wednesday Feb 6th 2019 we will have virtual tour of the “Erickson Collection” of mostly flying condition warbirds in Madras OR. Many of these planes came from the former museum in Tillamock with financing provided by the late Paul Allen. There is also some “cold war” stuff and other things (motorcycle, WWll airplane tug etc). All this courtesy of our own Rod Johnson. Many interesting planes and history.
February Chapter video, time permitting.
This month PIZZA! and salad. 6:00 PM Dinner Only $8.00 bucks. 
7:00 PM Meeting.
Bring a friend – see you there.
Pres John

Jan 17

EAA 31 Breakfast reminder

EAA 31 BREAKFAST reminder.
Pancakes, Butter, Syrup, Bacon, Scrambled eggs, Sausage, Coffee, Orange juice, Hot chocolate, Milk, plus talk about Flying, fun, & fellowship. An EAA pancake breakfast is where you get this stuff. And only $8:00 bucks! This Saturday 9:00 AM Jan 19th 2019. Bring a friend.
Pres John

Jan 02

EAA 31 Meeting Reminder Jan 2019

Our 1st meeting in 2019. Bring your $25 for chapter membership dues.  We will have Lasagna,  review 2018,  Share collective tips and wisdom, and have a good meeting.  6:00 PM Dinner. 7:00PM Meeting.  $8.00                      Bring a friend.

Pres John


Dec 28

EAA 31 Jan 2019 Meeting

EAA 31 Jan 2019 Meeting Announcement.
On Wednesday Jan 2nd 2019 we will have an “All hands on deck” Everybody participating their favorite tip/advice they have discovered and wish to share for everone’s enlightenment. It could be on aircraft construction, Riveting, Wiring Takeoffs, Landings, Radio communications – anything that you know about that would be helpful to others. We will go around the room. Share about what you are flying (or would like to be flying), your current project and your particular nugget of wisdom. Please be thinking about what you could share. (Show and tell for airplane nuts)
January Chapter video not yet released, but we may have a go at that also.
6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM Meeting. Only $8.00 bucks. Looks like we will be dining on Lasagna, garlic bread, and all the goodies that go with it.
Bring a friend – see you there.
Pres John

Dec 18

Miscellaneous Club News

A lot of you may remember the inoperative flight simulator we had in the clubhouse for quite awhile. We eventually gave it to Tony Hann at Infinite Air, the FBO at Albany Airport. Tony initially thought he might be able to get it working. He recently gave up and donated it to the Evergreen Museum at McMinnville where it is now on display. If you’re up there and think it looks familiar, that’s because it is.

The chapter earned $750.00 from  EAA HQ for the Young Eagles flights we conducted in 2017. The money needed to be obligated by the end of the month. After an email discussion with John and Randy, I ordered a public address system to use at our upcoming Young Eagles events which will use most all of this money. We’ve had a problem at our events finding the kids in the crowd when the flight they signed up for was ready to go. We’ll now be able to hail the kids with the PA system as well as make other general announcements. It comes with wireless handheld and lavalier microphones. The lavalier mike will be nice for presenters to use when speaking at our meetings. The system should arrive in time for our next meeting regular meeting on January 2 so we’ll be able to try it out.

VP Gary

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