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,

May 03

Work party at EAA 31 Clubhouse Sat May 4th

I know this is late notice, but for those of you who couldn’t make the monthly meeting May 1st, we are having a “tear down” of the 1/3rd of the patio cover damaged by the not-do-recent snow storm.  It was decided that this would be the best option (Repairs perhaps later).  So – the 2/3rds of the patio cover is what we will have for now. Wear your grubbies.  The Southernmost vertical timber will be removed along with all the wood associated with that part of the covering, We will cut up the lumber in firewood sized chunks and haul it away. The more that show up – the sooner we will finish.  Show up around 9:00 AM.    See you there.  Pres John.


Apr 25

EAA 31 May 2019 Meeting Announcement.

On Wednesday May 1st 2019 our meeting will consist of a number of items:
We need to have a discussion about getting our patio canopy finished before the 4th of July. Same for work to be completed for the memorial garden.
Our own “Mr Dependable” Randy Stout will show us some very interesting Aviation artifacts along with Go-Pro videos of various flights. Looking forward to seeing that.
May Chapter video, time permitting.
This month we will return to our standby Burgers, Dogs & salad. WE NEED A VOLUNTEER “GRILLMASTER”. Please show up a little ahead of time.
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

Apr 18

EAA 31 Breakfast Reminder

9:00 AM Saturday April 20th 2019

Your President is s-l-o-w-l-y recovering. At the point where I can drive and have developed
“Cabin Fever” and ready to go do something (but not much). So – I hope to be there for our EAA breakfast on Saturday. I need to catch up on our patio cover repairs progress etc.
We should have enough Pancakes, Butter, Syrup, Bacon, Scrambled eggs, Sausage, Coffee, Orange juice, Hot chocolate, Milk. If not we can pick up whatever we need. Airplanes and 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

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

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 16

Wings and Wheels

Please extend to all of your membership this invitation to spend Saturday, August 17, 2019 with us at the 3rd Annual Wings and Wheels at Richland Airport (KRLD), Richland, Washington, hosted once again by The Port of Benton.

We are spreading the word to over 100 organizations from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia and after an turnout of nearly 2,000 at our 2018 event, we expect this years’ event to be even bigger. Once again, admission to the public and participants is FREE and entry of aircraft and vehicles for judging is FREE.

With military vehicles and warbirds, vintage cars and trucks, antique aircraft, modern show machines, motorcycles, hot rods and experimental aircraft we expect there to be something for everyone to appreciate. EAA Chapter 391 will be hosting a pancake breakfast from 7:00 to 9:30, and multiple food trucks and vendors will be on location for the remainder of the event. Hope to see you there!

For more information, please contact Scott Urban at (509) 551-0432 or John Haakenson at (509) 375-3060

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