Mar 01

March 2018 Meeting Meal Correction/Revision

Cross out “Chili” and insert “Lasagna”.  My bad.  Lasagna already purchased.  I’ll bring the Ice Cream anyway.

President John.

Mar 01

March 2018 Monthly Meeting 3/7/2018

You DON’T want to miss this meeting! Professor Reiner Decker will do a presentation on the development of jet aircraft engines. His credentials include the following:
Rensselaer Poly Inst Troy NY Aero Engineering 1961. MS and PhD from MIT 1967
Research Engineer AVCO research Lab 1962- 1964
Professor Univ of Washington 1967 – 2001 Dept of Aeronautics & Astronautics: propulsion, energy conversion, aerodynamics.
work break: 1972- 1974; Boeing Commercial Airplanes: propulsion
Reiner has authored many tech papers and two books on energy conversion.
His hobby/interests are hiking and climbing and writing history for the aviation industry and currently writing a book on the history of aircraft as they affected airliner design and capability.
Do not let all of the above overwhelm your initial opinion. Reiner is also a friendly and down to earth guy and you will absolutely enjoy his presentation. (You will probably learn things things you never even thought about).
Dinner 6:00 PM 3/7/2018 $5.00 bucks each. Super Scrumdelious Chili, Scrumdelious Chili dogs, or just dogs. Ice cream dessert.
Meeting 7:00 Some new stuff; Reiner Decker; Chapter video time permitting.
At our wonderful EAA 31 Clubhouse. S end of Hobby Field, Creswell Airport.
Bring a friend, see you there, President John

Feb 15


The forecast calls for rain on Saturday but that shouldn’t dampen our desire for a good breakfast and hangar flying at the Chapter 31 clubhouse! Come out this Saturday morning (0900-1030), eat a good meal at a great price (ONLY 5 BUCKS!) to start your day and have a great time visiting with your fellow aviation enthusiasts! Who knows, the forecast may be wrong and some of you can fly in! President John is out of town on family matters and doesn’t have access to a computer so he asked me to send this reminder. He hopes to be back in time to join us.

C U There!

VP Gary

Feb 11

Meeting Minutes from the 2/7/2018 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, February 7th, 2018

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with our new host Walt Weischedel providing a wonderful Chicken Alfredo dinner with salad, French bread, sweet rolls and drinks for only $5! See you at the next dinner/meeting for Lasagna!! Thanks Walt!!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:55 PM.
President John Kuehl, V.P. Gary Ludeke and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 24 members and guests in attendance. Cassandra from the Oregon Aviation Historical Society and her family were in attendance. Also, lapsed member Paul Buehler re-joined the club.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, February 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! We will need one more egg turner!!

Bill Dewey noted that the flying club airplane (C-150) is done and ready to go. He parked it outside the clubhouse before the meeting for inspection. Now the flying club needs to finish organizing and begin to sign up members. Contact him if you are interested. 541-345-0480

President Kuehl began the program with a list of upcoming programs and a request for everyone to put on their thinking caps and find us another great speaker. Several people raised their hands and suggested names. John now has most of the 2018 meetings taken care of, but more programs are always welcome.

Treasurer Stout then gave a quick treasurers report. (We have $ 2670.69 in the checkbook as of 2/7/2018). Please see him for a list of members who have not paid and lay $25 on him if your name is on the list. It’s the best $25 you will spend all year!

With no other new or old business, Pres. John acknowledged Gary Ludeke to come forward and give his slide presentation on the display RV-3 that the club has just delivered to the OAHS. Gary noted (and showed) the condition of the parts as they were received (rough would be a kind word), and proceeded to show the work accomplished, both quickly and slowly. All the folks who helped were recognized and a group picture was taken of the guilty parties. The only thing left to do is reward the non-participants and this will be a “mission accomplished”. But in all seriousness, thanks from everyone in Chapter 31 and the OAHS for the hard work and great results. This airplane truly represents Oregon Aviation, EAA, and Dick VanGrunsven as a great example of Dick’s first airplane that started it all. Hopefully I will convince the President to post pictures of the re-build and the group pictures. Thanks everyone!!

President John then decided not to present the EAA Monthly Chapter Video, as the time was getting late.

There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:17 PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Feb 06

STOL Fly-In coming in August at Independence

This year the Fly-in features not only Van’s Homecoming, but also our 2nd annual STOL EXPO.

Preliminary schedule of events:

Friday afternoon, August 17th:
• Arrive and register
• Lunch with our Youth Aviation hosts
• Set up tent sites or meet your host family for in-home lodging
• Join us for a flight-line dinner
Saturday, August 18th:
• Pancake Breakfast
• Over twenty forums on timely subjects; 2017 subjects included:
o Garrmin – ADS-B update
o FAA: Owner performed maintenance
o The future of electric airplanes
o How to manage BasicMed
o Companion Pilot safety forum
• Tour the flight-line with hundreds of airplanes
• Tours of Willamette Valley Vineyards and Breweries
• Tour hangars in the adjacent airpark to see ongoing projects
• Lunch served by the local Boy Scouts
• Banquet dinner with internationally known speaker
Sunday, August 19th:
• French toast breakfast
• 2nd Annual STOL EXPO (see details below)
• Luncheon and STOL EXPO awards ceremony

Our first STOL EXPO, Sept 2017, attracted 10 STOL aircraft in four different categories. A crowd of 200 showed up to watch them takeoff and land in the shortest distance possible. The winning distance of 152 ft amazed the crowd. Expect more planes and shorter distances this year.

You can get a copy of the poster here

David Ullman
EAA 292, Trustee

Feb 05

Feb 7th 2018 Monthly Meeting

The super bowl is over; now we can focus on flying and airplanes!  You all should have received Gary’s announcement about our “Special” meeting about the RV3 Project, and it should, indeed, be a very special meeting.  Please ALL who participated, come for this meeting. Time permitting we may follow with at least part of the EAA Monthly Video Magazine.

Dinner 6:00 PM. Meeting 7:00 PM  $5.00  Bring a friend.

President John


Jan 24

Next Meeting is Special!

Our next monthly meeting in will be on Wednesday, February 7. BBQ at 6 p.m. and meeting at 7 p.m. I will be giving a presentation on the creation of the RV3, which members of Chapter 31 put together from parts of three airplanes and components from Van’s Aircraft. The airplane now resides in the OAHS museum in Cottage Grove. I have a collection of over 80 photographs showing the history of the construction of the project. While this aircraft will not be formally dedicated to the Van’s museum exhibit until Labor Day weekend this year, the airplane is on display now for museum visitors to see. I’m requesting that ALL of you who participated in any way on this project come to the meeting. I’m especially inviting Bridget and Virgil Pratt as it may be their last meeting with us, at least for some time! Virgil did some fine work on restoring the propeller and canopy. Bridget can be treated for the first time to a meal that she doesn’t have to prepare! Alan Weider worked tirelessly on the project and was the key person in recreating the paint scheme that was used on Van’s original RV3. I assure you it was an immense job! I would like to not only see that all who helped out are recognized, but also hope that those people can add input to the presentation and help tell the story of a very long road to success. I plan to write an article for Sport Aviation magazine and would like to take a picture or two, to go with the article, of all those who participated. I sincerely hope to see all of you there!

Vice-president Gary

Jan 18

EAA Pancake Breakfast Saturday Jan 20th

New Year – New stuff but dependable, reliable breakfast every 3rd Saturday 9:00 AM till around 10:30 AM.

Pancakes, syrup, butter, eggs, salt, pepper, bacon, sausage, milk, coffee, orange juice, hot chocolate, all you can eat for only $5.00 bucks!   Bring a friend.  Take your spouse out for breakfast (cheapest date you will ever encounter),   At Creswell Airport, Clubhouse at S end of Hobby Field.  Talk Airplanes, Flying, Takeoffs, Landings, places to go & people to meet.  Rub elbows with other airplane enthusiasts!  

By the way, we will need someone to “step up the the plate” for our Monthly dinner meeting Feb 7th. Bridget will have all her cooking goodies already packed for moving, so we need volunteers.

President John

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