Jun 27

Special Meeting Sat July 1st

This Saturday, July 1st, we will have an extra 9:00 AM breakfast meeting to do the following:

  1. Clean the hangar (it needs it). No major cleaning since we cleared out the sawdust from the Kitchen storage closet completion. We want it to look clean & spiffy for the Young Eagles on the 4th of July and also for our breakfast and special event on the 15th when we get to honor Bill Dewey.  He will receive the Wright Brothers Master Pilot award presented by the FAA right after our breakfast on the 15th. Congratulations Bill!  Not just anyone can receive this honor.  You have to have 50 years of flying without any blemish on your record.
  2. We will also have an organizational meeting with things that need to be done before Young Eagles on the 4th.  This will include erecting the 2 canopies (or getting ready to do so early on the 4th).  Providing pilot resources on the 4th.  Designating staging areas,  Parking, Food Vendor truck, and a whole lot more.  We have 3 pilots coming down from Albany,  3 (or more) from Eugene 1457,  Plus maybe some from Roseburg. 
  3. We will take a break from cleaning to do the Young Eagle items.  Please bring cleaning gear, shop vacs, glass cleaner stuff.  There’s a buildup of dust bunnies, cobwebs, and general crud that we need to get rid of.  If we all pitch in and provide collective wisdom and elbow grease it shouldn’t take long.
  4. SO – “free” breakfast for being on the cleaning detail – or – if you want to be magnanimous, put in your $5.00 bucks as usual.  – President John.
  5. NOTE:  No “regular” meeting on Wednesday the 5th. 
Jun 07

TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT EAA 31 MEETING 6/7/2017 6:00eat 7:00talk

Good weather.  Good Comradely.  Encourage everyone to come and provide input on the 4th of July Young Eagles planning session.  Beside good food (pulled pork).  Slide show of B17 trip from EUG to OLY (during dinner – not taking time from our meeting).  Shelly Humble 1st Re opportunities directed at young people toward aviation.  2nd Young Eagles planing.  3rd & 4th (time permitting) Gary Ludeke on New Airman Standards  and Chapter Video.  The 4th should be a blast this year!

See you there.  Pres john.

Jun 05

EAA June 2017 Meeting Wednesday the 7th.

We will have an update on the Aluminum Overcast B-17 venture including how much Chapter 31 profited from same. The flight from EUG to OLY was a BLAST! Our own Gary Ludeke will give us a report on the “New”  Airman standards.  Shelly Humble (Hobby Field Guru and Manager) will give us an airport update as well as some possibilities for Chapter 31 to promote Aviation among young people locally.  We will have our 1st organizational meeting for the 4th of July young Eagles flights.  Time permitting – Chapter Video Magazine.  Bridget Pratt will have Pulled pork for us!  For $5.00 bucks!  6:00 PM dinner 7:00 pm Meeting

May 19


Saturday May 20th 2017.  Another one of our great CH 31 Breakfasts.  All the goodies, plus good weather for flying.  See you at 9:00 AM.  $5.00 (cheap but very good)

I will be able to bore you about the B17 flight from Eugene to Olympia.

Pres John

May 03


6:00 Bridget will be supplying some great “psgetti” with the fixins that go with it.

Pres john

May 01

May Monthly Meeting Wed the 3rd

Dinner 6:00 PM, Meeting 7:00 PM  Wednesday May 3rd.

Last minute update on EAA’ s B 17 Aluminum Overcast Event at EUG May 5, 6, & 7 (EAA 31 is supplying 8 tables on loan for the event) plus a few other items.  PROGRAM: Our own Gary Ludeke will present the “New” Airman Standards per the FAA.  Some stuff dropped, other stuff added. You DON’T want to be uninformed (ie -ignorant) of the new requirements. Plus Chapter Video Magazine from EAA headquarters.

Fun, Food, Fellowship and Airplanes.  What more could you ask for? For just $5.00 bucks.  Bring a friend.  Bring a date. (for $5 it could be a cheap date)

Pres John

Apr 14


Pancakes, Bacon, OJ, Eggs, Milk, Butter, Coffee, Sausage, Salt, Pepper, Syrup, (and sometimes blueberries) all for $5.00 bucks.  9:00 AM till around 11:00 AM. We may have problems with our email list.  We’ll discuss that also.  See you tomorrow!

John Kuehl

Apr 13

April 5th, 2017 Meeting Minutes

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, April 5th, 2017

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM without our hosts Virgil and Bridget Pratt. We muddled by (thanks to our cooks!!) with hot dogs and hamburgers, chips, salad, Cookies and a drink for only $5? Not a bad deal anyway! Hopefully they will return next month with a wonderful menu!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 7:00 PM. President John Kuehl, (VP Bill Johnson was absent) and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 26 members and guests in attendance. Long-time member Tony Gonzales was up from California and renewed his membership. Also, one guest became a new member! He was Jay Thorpe. Welcome him next meeting!!

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, April 15th. Come out to the clubhouse in the AM and pay $5 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!

The old business was called for and noted that the 23 ft. (or so) HDMI cable that was donated for the new flat screen TV set appears to work fine. It was the operators who were defective.

The secretary noted that there are only a few folks who have not paid dues yet this year. Several people paid at the meeting, but if you aren’t sure, please ask the secretary next month. If you have not paid, please send your $25 check to:
EAA Chapter 31 C/O Randy Stout
86277 Panorama Rd
Springfield, OR 97478

Gary then gave an RV-3 report. Alan Weider and his guys have gotten it ready for paint. Gary is hoping to paint it white and hopes that perhaps Van’s will donate the Decals we would need to make it look finished. He is trying to get it done in time to deliver at the annual “Wings and Wheels” event this summer.

Bill Dewey spoke about the continuing formation of a flying club (outside of Chapter 31) with Rusty Bartel’s C-150 as the airplane. He has been fixing it and getting it ready (put in a new push button starter etc.) He said that Gary Ludeke is working on the organizational aspects of the group.

President John spoke about the need for organization on the upcoming YE flying this July 4th. He would like to see twice the number of YE’s flown, and thinks we can do it if we have enough volunteers to allow the pilots to stay in or near their aircraft and just sign the certificates. We will have several more discussion of work flow before the next event.

President John also noted that next month we will have a webinar on the new Pilot Certificate Standards, and how they affect every one of us.

Secretary Stout then introduced the speaker for the night, Dr. Richard Hansen from Emerald Wellness Clinic here in Creswell. Dr. Hansen is an AME and first line defender of pilots with medical issues that are non-disqualifying. He had a nice Power Point presentation on the new Basic Medical requirements and responsibilities. He noted that he has not yet received the check list necessary to give medical exams under the new rules. He went over all the aspects of the Basic Med- Pilots responsibilities, Medical conditions that require special issuance, dates that old medicals are still acceptable. Enough information to fill a book, which I will not do here. He suggests that we all check with AOPA or EAA on the status of the checklist. After (not before) we have the examination and pass it, we still will need to take the online course available from AOPA before we can exercise the rights of the Basic Medical. Show up at the next meeting for further discussion and info on the status of the exams.

There being no other business, President John decided not to show the Chapter Video due to the lateness of the hour and the meeting was then adjourned at 8:28 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

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