May 14

Meeting Minutes from the 5-1-19 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, May 1st , 2019

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM hosted by John Kuehl. There were Costco Hot Dogs, great big hamburgers, cookies, chips and a drink for only $8. Don’t miss her next great meal!! Paul Messer will host that event.

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:59 PM President John Kuehl and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called then to order. There were 13 members and guests in attendance.

Tom Cunningham then told the group that he has sold his airplane and therefore we will need a new “float” for the 4th of July Creswell parade. This plane displayed a banner that told everyone of the Young Eagle rides available at the airport after the parade. Rusty Bartell noted that he had a tractor and trailer for us to use and that the Mini Coupe airplane would be a good choice to put on it. Tom also noted that this weekend will be the first OAHS breakfast in Cottage Grove.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, May 18th. 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!

Bill Dewey then spoke about replacing the patio cover that was damaged by the snow this winter. He now suggests that we just clean it up and leave it at 2/3rd the size. It would save several thousand dollars and he was having a hard time getting help on the project. Bill, John, Tom and Paul volunteered to help clean up the mess and pull the bad posts. Cleanup party scheduled for this Saturday the 4th. Thanks guys!!

Bill also asked everyone to help with the Memorial Garden after the breakfast on the 18th.

Paul Messer also noted that he will bring in the simulator that he purchased (for his very aviation minded kids) to the next meeting in June. Thanks Paul!

There being no other business, the meeting was turned over to Randy Stout, who played a short movie on the challenges of taking off and landing at a short grass strip (Jasper Ridge 36OR). He also displayed several WW-1 and WW-2 artifacts that he brought in. He then mentioned that all pilots need to renew their EAA national approval to fly YE’s before the July event.

President Kuehl then showed the EAA National Monthly Chapter Video Magazine. As always, this was informative and helpful.

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

Apr 04

Meeting Minutes from the 4/3/2019 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, April 3rd, 2019

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Salad, chips and cookies for desert courtesy of our great past President Bill Dewey. Thanks for another tasty meal!!

The meeting started at 7:00 PM with the pledge of allegiance lead by President V.P. Gary Ludeke.

Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout was also present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 20 members and guests in attendance. Among the guests were Kevin and Tal from Roseburg chapter 495, who invited us to their fly-in at Glide (17OR, a roughly 2300’ one-way grass strip) on June 29th and 30th. They will be posting a link to a video of a landing on the strip at their web site. More info on the web site.
Kevin also brought a tool he developed to re-gap massive electrode spark plugs. It looks like a screwdriver with a tapered end. Thanks!!

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, April 20th. 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. Thanks in advance for all the guys who show up and cook the meal!

Secretary Stout noted that the check book balance is $3556.78 as of 4/01/2019. He also noted that 2019 dues are due- $25 hard earned, well spent bucks. Send it by mail if you would prefer- EAA Chapter 31, 86277 Panorama Rd., Springfield, OR 97478

Bill Dewey gave a report on the repair that is proceeding on the patio cover that collapsed during the snow storm last month. The building permit is now applied for, at a cost of $157.56. The total project should cost less than $1000 and will then cover the entire patio, not just the center portion. He is also going to purchase the plain bricks for the memorial garden near the FBO, and has already purchased the Japanese Maple tree (for $177) that will be planted there.

V.P. Ludeke then gave an update on President Kuehl’s absence and surgery for gall stones. He appears to be on the mend and should be well healed in 3-5 weeks. We all wished him a speedy recovery. He also asked for volunteers for dinner for the next few months. No one stepped forward but we will have it figured it out by the next dinner.

Gary also asked everyone who intends to be a YE pilot this July to go online to the EAA national web site and apply for pilot privileges to work with kids again. They need to be renewed every 2 years. He also suggested that on June 9th, (National YE day) it would be good to try the new software that national has produced to make YE paperwork easier. He also said that the June meeting should be focused on preparing for the Chapter 31 YE flights on the 4th of July at Creswell.

Tom Cunningham noted that the OAHS museum in Cottage Grove will be having monthly pancake breakfasts starting in May until September on the 1st. Saturday of the month at 8:00-10:00

It was noted by the Secretary that the club now has a complete set of Starduster 2 Plans and Jodel Plans available for sale. Any interested party should call him at 541-953-0610.

Jim Origliosso then noted that the Creswell School Superintendent and one of the teachers who had come to a meeting last year to ask for volunteers to speak aviation to some class rooms have both moved on to other districts. He is still hopeful that we can find the support needed to advance aviation to the kids as early as next September. He thinks that starting a tail or other single part of a kit might be the way to begin the program.

There being no other business, V.P. Gary then began a power point presentation about various changes in cockpits over the years, and accidents that changed the way we all fly. Included was an article about the October 1st, 1966 crash of the first commercial jet flight from the Eugene airport to Portland that crashed in the hills east of the PDX airport. Local pilot John Hirons folks were on that tragic flight. He ended it with a very thorough examination of the Concorde crash in Paris that killed all aboard. Needless to say, it wasn’t a simple blown tire that caused a punctured fuel tank and then the crash. Thanks Gary- very well done!!

There being no other business, the Vice President adjourned at 8:35 PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Mar 07

EAA 31 March Meeting Minutes

EAA 31 March 6th 2019 Meeting Minutes
Before the meeting the oven element in the stove died. Gary Ludeke volunteered his stove to heat up the Lasagna in his oven. We started dinner late.
Meeting began at about 7:20 with the pledge of allegiance. There were 14 members and guests present.
Bill Dewey will compile a list of materials for repair of the patio cover. John Kuehl will get a new stove element.
Greg Hughes of Van’s Aircraft did an excellent presentation. Here are some of the things we learned about Van’s history and development: It began with modifications of the Stitts Playboy. Soon we had the RV1 with metal wings. RV2 was never finished. RV3 was the 1st real “RV”. RV4 put the RV’s on the map.
RV 9 unusual. RV 10 4 place. There are over 10,000 RV’s known flying. 2,000
RV 10s kits sold. RV 14 most popular since 2013. RV’s 7,8,9, 12 still selling. The newer kits are “no jig” CNC shaped and punched in Aurora. Quick builds sub assemblies are done in the Philippines and shipped back to Aurora.
Van’s has a great new web site (check it out). Among new developments are the new MOSAIC initiative. Potential certification of demand built kits (which would make them “not” experimental, allow commercial use, flight training etc.)
Potential changes in Light Sport. Higher weight and speed, IMC certification and more.
Davis Dayton (young guy U of Az who was in charge of the EAA’s one week wonder of an RV 12 at Airventure 2018) spoke about the “Teen Flights” Hillsboro and Airway science for kids. Looks like a great step forward for getting young people into aviation.
There was not time for the Chapter Video Magazine. 7 minutes of the Smothers Brothers “I am a pilot” (funny stuff) was shown instead.
Thanks to Jim Origliosso for getting this great presentation, Rod Johnson for the meal and taking notes, and Gary Ludeke for use of his oven. Our next get together will be Saturday March 16 2019 9:00 AM Pancake Breakfast $8.00 bucks. The weather should be better. Those that were concerned about the atmospheric conditions for this March missed a great meeting. Pres John.

Feb 14

Minutes from the 2/6/2019 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, February 6th, 2019

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with Pizza, salad and cookies for desert courtesy of our great VP Gary Ludeke and his wife Sandy. Thanks for another tasty meal!!

The meeting started at 6:59PM with the pledge of allegiance lead by President John Kuehl .

Vice President Gary Ludeke and Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout were also 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, February 16th. 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. Thanks in advance for all the guys who show up and cook the meal!

Secretary Stout noted that the check book balance is $3266.78 as of 2/01/2019. He also noted that 2019 dues are due- $25 hard earned, well spent bucks. Many folks paid at this meeting. Send it by mail if you would prefer- EAA Chapter 31, 86277 Panorama Rd., Springfield, OR 97478

President Kuehl then asked for volunteers for dinner for the next few months. Rod Johnson stepped forward and agreed to bring March dinner- TBA.

He then asked for volunteers to bring in speakers for the next few meetings. Jim Orgliosso agreed to bring in a speaker from Van’s Aircraft for the March meeting, Gary Ludeke will handle the April meeting and Randy Stout will take care of the May meeting.

President John then read and article he came across about an airplane without any moving parts.

Tom Cunningham noted that the OAHS museum in Cottage Grove will be having monthly pancake breakfasts starting in May until September on the 1st. Saturday of the month at 9:00

There being no other business, President John then introduced Rod Johnson, a long time member, who proceeded to put on a very nice slide show of a trip he made to Madras to the Warbird museum. He was very informed and entertaining. Thanks Rod!!

It was noted by the Secretary that the club now has a complete set of Starduster 2 Plans and Jodel Plans available for sale. Any interested party should call him at 541-953-0610.

There being no other business, the President began the EAA Chapter Video for the month. As always it was very interesting to watch.

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:05 PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Jan 08

Meeting Minutes from the 1/2/2019 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, January 2nd, 2019

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with Lasagna and salad, rolls and Cream Puffs for desert courtesy of the always jovial John and Ruth Kuehl. Thanks for another tasty meal!!

The meeting started at 6:54PM with the pledge of allegiance lead by President John Kuehl .
Vice President Gary Ludeke and Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout were also present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 18 members and guests in attendance. Our newest guest (and now member) to join was James Carver from Cottage Grove. He is going to re-build a 6-shooter powered parachute. Welcome James!!

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, January 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. Thanks in advance for all the guys who show up and cook the meal!

Secretary Stout noted that the check book balance is $3289.08 as of 1/01/2019. He also noted that 2019 dues are due- $25 hard earned, well spent bucks. Many folks paid at this meeting. Send it by mail if you would prefer- EAA Chapter 31, 86277 Panorama Rd., Springfield, OR 97478

President Kuehl then read a very thorough list of presentations and meetings that we held in 2018. If we do as well for 2019 we will have another great year!

V.P. Ludeke then rose to present to the group our most recent purchase, a new sound system that will allow us to hear our speakers better, and most importantly, the YE’s waiting for turns to fly will hear their name being called. It was purchased with YE funds (which EAA national gives us each year). Thanks Gary for doing the legwork!!

Bill Dewey then rose to speak about completing the memorial garden and flagpole that Chapter 31 has been constructing for the last few years. He finally has all the permits and will erect the flagpole and install more pavers when the weather clears a bit. He also hopes to plant a new Japanese Maple in the area.

President John then spoke about the Christmas party we held in December. He made a last minute decision to reduce the cost to zero, and hoped that it would bring out more members to join the fun. As it was, we had 15 folks show up for the potluck and gift exchange. Closer to next Christmas, we will revisit the party particulars and see if we can make it even better attended.

He also noted that many of the YE pilots in our group need to go online and renew their background check info with EAA national. Please do so if you haven’t already. It expires every 3 years.

V.P. Gary then noted that he has installed a new Garmin G-5 In the cockpit of his RV-6.

Rod Johnson spoke about the difference in numbered, lettered and fractional drill bits (with help from new member James Carver- a mechanical engineer).

Tom Cunningham noted that the OAHS museum in Cottage Grove will be having monthly pancake breakfasts starting in May until September on the 1st. Saturday of the month at 9:00

There being no other business, President John then began the EAA Chapter Video for the month. As always it was very interesting to watch.

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:38PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Nov 14

Meeting Minutes from the 11/7/2018 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, November 7th, 2018

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with a great homemade Chili with corn bread, cupcakes and cookies courtesy of John and Ruth Kuehl. Thanks for a hearty and wonderful meal!!

The meeting started at 6:58PM with the pledge of allegiance lead by President John Kuehl. Vice President Gary Ludeke and Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout were also present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 24 members and guests in attendance.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, November 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. Thanks in advance for all the guys who show up and cook the meal!

Secretary Stout noted that the check book balance is $3859.08 as of 11/01/2018

VP Gary then spoke about the new flying “club” that several members are putting together. Those members will probably include himself, Jerry Krause, Roger Welch, Bill Dewey, President John and David Dick. They will be purchasing a Zodiac 601 and they intend Gary to be the flight instructor, Bill to be the A+P and David to manage the group. They may just run it as a 4 share partnership, so “club” might be an overstatement at this time.

President John then called for volunteers for meeting presentations for the upcoming year. Several people raised their hands and we have most of the meeting dates covered. Please contact John with any meeting ideas you may have and we can add them to the calendar.

He then spoke about the upcoming Christmas Party to be held at the clubhouse on our normal meeting night in December (12/5/18). He will provide the roast beef and a few fixings. Those coming should bring a dish: A-H a Side dish, I-Q a Salad and R-Z a Dessert. Please feel free to choose any category you most prefer. Cost is $10/ meal, or $15 for the first person (if you are couple) if no side dish. Social Hour at 6:00, Dinner at 6:30 to 7:00. We would love to have a gift exchange also, so if possible, bring a $10 or less wrapped gift. All who bring gifts will get a ticket and the fun will commence!! Please send John a RSVP with how many you will have and what you are bringing. Email to johnkuehl@comcast.net

V.P. Gary then spoke about his efforts (and others) to begin the restoration of the Story Special aircraft down at the OAHS in Cottage Grove. He is having help from Mark Zalinski on the wings and encourages anyone interested in helping to join them in CG. Call Gary at 541-914-8605 for times and days. He also mentioned that past resident and now Head of WAAM restoration shop, Jacona Matson-Bell and Mark Baxter will be working on the final restoration to flying status of the Tex Rankin Great Lakes along with Tim Talen helping to restore the Wimpy and a Model A powered Pietenpole.

There being no further business, President John introduced our speakers for the night; Todd Hamilton, Mike Anderson and Janelle Saylor from South Lane School District and Creswell High School. Todd, Mike and Janelle talked about their efforts to involve the kids in aviation as a viable career path through either pilot school, A/P School or Drone training. He hoped they could work with our group on several projects that they could offer the kids, and perhaps have some of our members either teach or speak to these kids at various times. It is a great partnership with our Young Eagle program to interest kids in aviation and keep them excited to take the next steps to a very rewarding career. Thanks to them all!!

There being no other business, the meeting was then adjourned at 8:10PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Oct 06

Meeting Minutes for the 10/3/2018 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, October 3rd, 2018

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with Lasagna, French bread, salad, cookies and a drink for only $8! Thanks to Dave Eason and all the guys for helping out. Gary Ludeke offered to “cook” dinner for the November meeting. Thanks Gary!!

The meeting started at 6:40 with a brief report on activities at the Creswell Airport by our own airport manager, Shelly Humble. Many projects are in the works, specifically taxiway paving and a new PAPI landing system that is being certified for a GPS approach. President John had talked to Shelly about paving the section of taxiway that is near our north door so that airplanes could make a loop for loading/unloading YE’s. She said that this might happen, but not before 2023 or so. Thanks Shelly!

The pledge of allegiance as then lead by President John Kuehl at 6:58 PM. Vice President Gary Ludeke and Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout were also present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 21 members and guests in attendance.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, October 20th. 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. Thanks in advance for all the guys who show up and cook the meal!

Secretary Stout noted that the check book balance is $3776.73 as of 9/29/2018

President John said that he will also talk to Dorothy Schick about running a “Flying Start” program out of the hangar. He held up a brochure that EAA national has given for this purpose.

VP Gary then spoke about the new flying club that several members are putting together. Those members include himself, Jerry Krause, Roger Welch, Bill Dewey, President John and David Dick. They will be purchasing a Zodiac 601 and they intend Gary to be the flight instructor, Bill to be the A+P and David to manage the group. Anyone interested should contact Gary or John or David.

Gary then held up a copy of the RV-3 project book. It shows the project progress and the last page is signed by all the “guilty” parties. If you helped on the project but have not signed the book, please see Gary.

He then read a quick story about the first bombing of a commercial passenger plane in the US, which occurred on 11/1/1955 on UA flight 629 from Denver to Portland. The killer, Jack Gilbert Graham, was intent on killing his mother, Daisy E. King, and collecting on insurance policies. He had placed a bomb in her suitcase with the intention that it go off over the Rocky Mountains. Unfortunately the plane was delayed, but took off in time to just be airborne when the bomb exploded. All aboard were killed, but with minimal detective work, the trail of insurance policies lead directly to Mr. Graham. In very quick order, he was tried, convicted and sent to the Gas Chamber in January 1957. Thanks Gary for a very interesting look at aviation in the past that still directs us now.

There being no further old or new business, President John fired up the Big Screen and presented several interesting video’s, among which were “Homebuilt Aircraft Project Progress”, “Why LSA aircraft have so many crashes”, “How to pick the best engine” and “Homebuilders Help- Fold down panel”. The then put the EAA Chapter Video on the screen and we enjoyed another great presentation especially the part about Odyssey SLIC cable installations.

There being no other business, the meeting was then adjourned at 8:23PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Sep 10

Minutes from the 9/5/2018 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, September 5th, 2018

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, salad, huge amounts of apple pie and a drink for only $8! Thanks to Charlie Walker and Tom Cunningham and all the guys for helping out.

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance lead by President John Kuehl at 7:01 PM. (Vice President Gary Ludeke was off on his 50th wedding anniversary trip and therefore absent) Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout was also present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 23 members and guests in attendance. Among the Guests was Noah Forest, who owns Brooks Auto Doctor and is interested in starting an aircraft project. Also our newest member’s family, the Messers (Shaomei and the 3 kids) were here in force. Welcome to all!!

The President then had all the members and guests in attendance quickly introduce themselves and give a short comment related to their aviation activities.
President John then gave out fuel vouchers for all the YE pilots who flew kids this year. If you didn’t get yours yet, please contact John ASAP. They are good until November 18th.

Doug Kindred then spoke about the RV-3 dedication at the OAHM museum in Cottage Grove the weekend before. It was well attended and Richard VanGrunsven spoke at length about his history and that of the RV-3. He thanked everyone who was able to attend. The OAHM in CG also hosted the Great Oregon Homebuilt fly-in on that Labor Day weekend.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, September 15th. 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. Thanks in advance for all the guys who show up and cook the meal!

Secretary Stout then reminded the group about name tags. Everyone in attendance should have their name tag on, just to make sure we get to know each other better. Also, the check book balance is $3359.48

Rod Johnson then rose to present his current project, a cloth aviators helmet that fit around a pair of David Clark headsets. It was well made and a compliment to his skills.

Charlie Walker then suggested we review our YE procedures. His suggestions and others in the group revolved around getting a working PA system to announce to the groups (waiting for their turns) that they were up, and perhaps we could commandeer the Courtesy Car to run kids down to the airplanes that were waiting for riders. More volunteers are what is really needed and then the training to go with them. John will try to make these both happen prior to our next YE flying event. It was also suggested that we could fly YE’s every breakfast.

President John was asked to talk to Shelly Humble, (our airport manager), about paving the section of taxiway that is near our north door so that airplanes could make a loop for loading/unloading YE’s. He will also talk to Dorothy Schick about running a “Flying Start” program out of the hangar. He held up a brochure that EAA national has given for this purpose.

John also gave a quick Oshkosh report — he was blown away by the Fireworks show and the Drone show each night!

Darrell Durossette rose to ask if we could have more hands-on seminars or presentations during our meetings. He offered to provide materials and lesson plans to help this along. He also noted that there will be a shortage of both pilots and mechanics in the very near future, so this career path is an excellent choice for those who aren’t sure what they want to do with their lives. Our speaker next month is expected to be Todd Hamilton from the Creswell School District. He will be able to talk about the plans for aviation that they are working on for the students this year.

There being no further business, President John put the EAA Chapter Video on the screen and we enjoyed another great presentation.

There being no other business, the meeting was then adjourned at 8:05PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

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