Nov 08

Meeting Minutes from the 11/1/2017 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, November 1st , 2017

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM without our wonderful hosts Virgil and Bridget Pratt but with John and Ruth Kuehl stepping up again. We had Chili Dogs with salad, chips, drinks and Brownies and cookies for desert for only $5? Thanks again to. See you at the next dinner/meeting!!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:57 PM. President John Kuehl and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 15 members and guests in attendance. The guests included J. Thorpe, who is hanging a new Superior engine on his Great Lakes. Also, past member Bob Severns (who has done 4 engine rebuilds this year) was also in attendance. Welcome to you both!!

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, November 18th. 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! Hang around after the meal and we will clean and prep the floor for new paint. The plan is to paint it with rollers on the 19th at 2:30PM, but Walt Weischedel thought it may not be dry enough by then. John will assess the situation and report back after the cleaning.

President Kuehl asked an election committee report. Gary Ludeke has agreed to be the VP for the next 2 years and help John as he remains President. In the event that it becomes too much for John, Gary will step into the Presidency and John will step back into Vice Presidency. A creative way to solve the eternal leadership problem most clubs face yearly. Thanks to both of you for your service!!

Gary Ludeke gave an RV-3 update. The Wright Body Shop is now painting the airplane at cost. The club will write them a check for $500 to cover these costs. We still plan to completely assemble and deliver it to the OAHS Museum in CG this spring. It will be all white with some decals.

Walter Weischedel has put out mouse bait and it appears to be very effective.

It was noted that we should all go to WWW.atcnotforsale.com and register our opinion about keeping the ATC out of private hands.

The Christmas party was the next topic of conversation. Subject to not having a joint Christmas party with Chapter 1457 (which is not certain yet), the club decided to have the party at the clubhouse in Creswell on December 9th at 6:00PM. All the details (who brings what, cost, menu etc.) will be detailed in upcoming emails from John. This dinner will be in place of the normal December meeting.

Gary Ludeke also reported on a conversation he had with the Principle at Creswell High School (whose name I did not get) about starting an aviation program there. Gary indicated his willingness to speak to groups of students, as a few other members will also. More details on this as it develops.

Bill Dewey is beginning to hang the rebuilt engine on the flying clubs C-150, and the issue with torqueing the nuts on the mounting bracket.

With no other new or old business, Pres. John began to show various instruction videos about airplane maintenance and repair provided by EAA national. The effects of ACF-50 and CorrosionX were compared and highly recommended. The use of bonding brushes to keep connections free of contamination, the use of Grip Lock Ties, which are zip ties with a rubber/silicone liner and have a quick release for reuse. These topics along with Jobi Cell phone holders, Blue tooth triggers, Road Microphones, Light pads, Oliclip lens’, time lapse apps for the cell phone, how to build a hot wire tool, the types of tin snips available and how to use them and the Nord Lock Wedge washer were all viewed and appreciated.

There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:22 PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Oct 18

Meeting Minutes for the October 4th, 2017 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, October 4th, 2017

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM without our wonderful hosts Virgil and Bridget Pratt but with John and Ruth Kuehl stepping up. We had sloppy joes with coleslaw, chips, drinks and Cookies for only $5? Thanks again to. See you at the next dinner/meeting!!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:53 PM. President John Kuehl and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 15 members and guests in attendance. The guests included Mark Solowinski, who is building a Wagabond; He lives in the area for 6 months and in Flagstaff for the rest of the year. The other guest was our speaker, Mike Pungercar.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, October 21st. 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!

President Kuehl asked for volunteers for the election committee. He got hands from Gary Ludeke and Rod Johnson, and volunteered himself as a third.

Gary Ludeke gave an RV-3 update. Painting is still the biggest topic, with a local body shop (Wright Body) being asked if they can help. We still plan to deliver it to the OAHS Museum in CG this spring. It will be all white with some decals.

Walter Weischedel has put out mouse bait and it appears to be very effective.

Treasurer Stout gave a Financial Report noting that the club now has a balance of $3437

It was noted that we should all go to WWW.atcnotforsale.com and register our opinion about keeping the ATC out of private hands.

With no other new or old business, Pres. John turned the meeting over to our speaker, Mike Pungercar. Mike is the founder of the local Honor Flight program, with several hundred veterans having made the trip to DC to date, and has written a book “The Promise Kept” about his fathers’ exploits as a crew member on a B-17 flying from England to Europe during the bombing of the Nazi’s. He put on a very good picture presentation of the daily activities of these bomber crews and fighter pilots. No one in the audience came away less than impressed with the courage and strength that these crews displayed during this awful time. Thanks Mike!!

There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:01 PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Aug 11

Meeting Minutes from the 8/2/2017 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, August 2nd, 2017

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with our wonderful hosts Virgil and Bridget Pratt. We had Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Potato and Mac Salad, Baked Beans and Cookies for only $5!! Thanks again to Bridget and Virgil Pratt for being our cooks and hosts. See you at the next dinner/meeting!!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:59 PM. 102 Degrees in the clubhouse!!
President John Kuehl and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present.

The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 16 members and guests in attendance.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, August 19th. 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!

Gary Ludeke gave an RV-3 update. Painting has begun with Alen Weider being chief painter. They have a deadline of September 23rd. to deliver it to the OAHS Museum in CG. It will be all white with some decals and displayed in the rafters of the museum.

Treasurer Stout gave a Financial Report noting that the club now has a balance of $3857 in part due to a nice contribution from the recent B-17 flight/tours that many of the members volunteered at.

Bill Dewey noted that the flying club (not affiliated with EAA Chapter 31) is now looking to major the C-150 engine of Rusty Bartel’s before proceeding with the purchase. It has a broken cam lifter. John Kuehl noted that he may have an engine they should look at before proceeding.

Tom Cunningham mentioned that the Stearman fly-in will be held at Cottage Grove on August 5th.

President John then began a presentation about “Practical Chemistry” and how to use it for aircraft work. A very informative handout was also passed around. Thanks John!!

The club then watched last months’ Chapter Video, as this months’ had not downloaded yet, and we did not show last month’s anyway.
There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:08 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasure

Jun 09

Meeting Minutes from the 6/7/2017 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, June 7th, 2017

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 5:55 PM with our wonderful hosts Virgil and Bridget Pratt. We had pulled pork, coleslaw and apple butter bars, brownies and a drink for only $5? Doesn’t get any better than that! Hopefully they will return again next month with another wonderful menu!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:58 PM. President John Kuehl, VP Bill Johnson and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 18 members and guests in attendance. Past member Richard Letsom’s son was a guest.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, June 17th. 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!

President John spoke about the need for organization on the upcoming YE flying this July 4th. He has special T shirts for everyone to wear- just $8. He presented a slide show that broke down all the jobs for this event, and asked for volunteers for each position. Not sure he got all he needed so please come to breakfast to finalize the program. He will be calling folks to ask them to volunteer in the near future.

He also showed slides of his trip on the EAA’s B-17 when it came to town. A great trip that I am sure we all wish we could have made with him.

Airport Manager Shelly Humble then gave a nice update about all the happenings at the Creswell Airport. She noted that the new reader board sign ($22,500) is now working and visible from I-5. She is working on an advertising policy so that she can begin using that capability. She is trying to get a bigger flag for the airport (6×10’). Charter Spectrum is expected to finish trenching in new DSL/Phone lines and we should be able to use the airports WiFi connection soon.

She then reported on the just completed Airport Vision Committee report. During the last 6 months about 17 people in the community (users, residents, staff etc.) met under Dave Weinkaufs direction to come up with a vision of how the airport can look in the near, 5year and 10 year future. These findings will be presented to the Airport Commission and then the City Council for consideration and action.

Shelly turned to the upcoming YE event, and said that she is hoping to get a $500 sponsorship from the fuel company as we have had in the past. She also has 200 balsa wood airplanes to give out during the event.

She mentioned that Jim Orglioso has been trying to start a (for credit) Tech Program at the local High School. This program would allow the young men and women to build an airplane (RV-12??) and consider careers in aviation Tech or flying.

Tom Cunningham mentioned that the Oregon Aviation Historical Society will be having their annual Wings and Wheels event on the 24th of June.

President John then began the Chapter Video, which featured oil filter inspection techniques.

There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:28 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

May 31

Meeting Minutes from the 5/3/2017 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, May 3rd, 2017

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with our wonderful hosts Virgil and Bridget Pratt. We had Spaghetti, French bread, Salad and 2 kinds of brownies and a drink for only $5? Doesn’t get any better than that! Hopefully they will return again next month with another wonderful menu!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:58 PM. President John Kuehl, VP Bill Johnson and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 18 members and guests in attendance. Long-time member Ben Hallert put in a cameo appearance. Great to see him again!!

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, May 20th. 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!

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.

Jim Orgliasso then noted that the Angel Flight folks will be using the clubhouse on May 13th for their event, with around 25 people expected.

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 sign the certificate. We will have several more discussion of work flow before the next event.
He then spoke about his experience helping to marshal people when the EAA’s B-17 came to town. He was able to take the ferry flight up to Washington, so had a great time roaming around every nook and cranny in the old bird. It pays to volunteer sometimes!!

John then ran a special slide show he had made up, called “Identify the Airport”. Unfortunately, he left the key behind so we could only guess. He then ran the Chapter Video which was, as always, informative and entertaining.

President John also noted that Gary Ludeke was ill so hopefully next month we will have a presentation on the new Pilot Certificate Standards, and how they affect every one of us.

Secretary Stout then spoke about his personal Basic Med adventures, and how the rules have been tightened about special issuances and how they affect the procedures. Stay tuned for more adventures!

There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:18 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Mar 04

Meeting Minutes from the 3/1/2017 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, March 1st, 2017

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM hosted by Virgil and Bridget Pratt. Bridget made her fabulous Lasagna, French bread, salad and home-made brownies and cake and a drink for only $5? WOW!! . Don’t miss her next great meal!!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:57 PM. President John Kuehl, VP Bill Johnson and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 18 members and one guest in attendance. The guest was Larry Novachuck (?) from Chapter 936. Welcome to all!!

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, March 18th. 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!

Bridget and Virgil were given a standing ovation for the fine meal they prepared this month. What a wonderful couple to give of themselves so much!!

The old business was called for and noted that we need a new 23 ft. (or so) HDMI cable for the donated TV set. It appears that the first one is defective. He also noted that our April meeting will host Dr. Richard Hansen, the local AME, who will discuss the new rules for class 3 medical licenses. Don’t miss it!!

The secretary also noted that dues are due again. 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 Ludeke came forward and gave the YE report. It seems that we have 41 YE credits to spend, worth approximately $205. The club talked about the various things that we could buy with that money including snow fence, vests and traffic cones, but one of the most promising appears to be a YE banner. More to come on this subject, but they must be used before 12/31/2017
Gary then continued with a RV-3 report. He and his crew have hung the wings and it is nearly 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.

There being no other business, President John gave a brief demo on how to make a file handle and then ran a few other Hints for Homebuilders videos. He then ran an interview with an F-84 pilot who flew in Korea. Lastly he ran the Chapter Video from EAA National, which featured a C-5 Galaxy and Hints for Homebuilders.

There being no other business, the meeting was then adjourned at 8:18 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Nov 12

Meeting Minutes from the 11-2-16 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, November 2nd, 2016

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM hosted by President John Kuehl. We had hamburgers, potato salad, chips, fudge/caramel brownies and a drink for only $5? WOW!! . Don’t miss the next meeting dinner!!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 7:00:50 PM. President John Kuehl, VP Bill Johnson and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called then to order. There were 18 members and no guests in attendance (except our speaker).

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, November 19th. 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.

The old business was called for and the discussion started about the upcoming Christmas party. John Stahr, of Chapter 1457 in Eugene has asked John if they could use the clubhouse for the party. He said yes, of course. The date is still to be announced.

Past President Gary Ludeke gave a quick report on 1) the RV-3 project (keeps getting stalled but he will be working on it this month), 2) the beginning of the flying club (outside of EAA Chapter 31’s activities). The flying club is getting close to the number of potential members needed to start, and so a consensus on which aircraft to buy will be made. Rusty Bartel has offered his C-150 as a potential Club Aircraft. Both Gary and Bill Dewey will spark plug this effort, with Gary giving instruction and BFR’s and Bill turning wrenches with his A/P license. Thanks Guys!!

Past member Daniel Cathey is offering his Volmer Sportsman and Clipper for sale, as health problems are causing him to give up active flying.

There being no other business, President John introduced Robert Hamilton, President of Dynon Avionics to present his products to the group. He has been with them for the past 8 years. It was started in 2000 by John Terand, the Chief Technology Officer of Cypress Semi Conductor.

He then proceeded to show the group all the latest EFIS panels that they produce, up to and including a live demo unit of their new Skyview series of displays. He went over the history of the company and the many challenges they faced in order to create and manufacture the units that are available today. I am sure we would have had a lot more folks at the meeting but for the fact that the Cubs were playing game 7 of the World Series (which they won!!)

Thanks Robert for the great talk and opening everyone’s eyes to the new and much better glass panels that are being made today. I only wish I had an electrical system to use them!!

Being out of time President John did not run the Chapter Video from EAA National.

There being no other business, the meeting was then adjourned at 8:45 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Sep 18

Meeting Minutes of the 9/7/2016 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, September 7th, 2016
The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM. There were Costco Hot Dogs, great hamburgers, chips and a drink for only $5.

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 7:02 PM. President John Kuehl, VP Bill Johnson and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called then to order. There were 21 members in attendance. Welcome to all!!

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, September 17th. 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.

President John then spoke about his trip to Oshkosh. He purchased for our chapter 21 EAA T Shirts for sale for $5 during our next YE event. He spoke about all the drone exhibits and the 3D printers. He then launched into the monthly EAA Chapter Video, which featured the “Lil Cub STOL” aircraft.

After the video, he thanked Ken Schmidt for donating a new First Aid Kit. (I saw him hanging it up on the wall after breakfast on Saturday!) Thanks Ken!!

He then noted that the RV-3 static display project is coming to life again, thanks to Gary Ludeke and friends. Tom Cunningham reminded Gary that he is willing and able to help with this project.

He also asked the Secretary to check into the status of the brick for Hal Skinner (Hal and Milo Skinner’s accident was remembered at this time, as it occurred just over a year ago) The status is: the club is waiting for another 2 bricks to be purchased in order to have the mandatory 5 brick minimum to place the order.

Alan Weider noted that anyone who is looking for the lease expensive (around $2000) certified ADS-B out system, should check out the Free Flight unit. He also recommended that you make your own ADS-B In unit with a Raspberry Pi.

Bill Dewey then suggested we dust off the idea of starting a flying club, outside of EAA of course. President John noted that AOPA has a “Form a Flying Club” plan available, and Secretary Stout pulled all the old flying club info out of the archives and gave it to him.

It was then noted that WAAM in Hood River will be holding their annual fly-in this weekend.

There being no other business, the meeting was then adjourned at 8:15 PM
Respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

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