Oct 28

IT’S ELECTION TIME – FOR US TOO!

Our next monthly meeting is only 10 days away. It’s time for people to step up and volunteer to run the chapter as officers for 2019 & 2020. It would really be great to get some “new blood” taking charge in the hope that new ideas and activities will recharge the chapter with enthusiasm! John Kuehl and I have been serving as President and Vice-President for the past four years. I don’t mean to put words into John’s mouth but I’m thinking he’s ready to step down, as am I. If you’ve never served as a chapter officer, or not served for several years, PLEASE strongly consider stepping forward to help guide the chapter through the next two years!
 
I’ve had two significant changes in my life this year that will affect my ability to serve the chapter. As most of you know, I took on the job of Project Manager for the restoration of the “Story Special #1” for the OAHS in Cottage Grove. The project is coming along a lot better than I anticipated or hoped. I think with hard work our goal of flying this aircraft, along with it’s twin “Story Special #2,” and the “Tex Rankin” Great Lakes to AirVenture in 2021 is very realistic! This project is not a part of EAA Chapter 31. We are doing it solely as an OAHS project, but people who want to help out are very much welcome to become members and join in the challenge.
 
The second change is that my wife Sandy was injured in a fall and will need me to care for her over the next few to several months. To summarize, she had her fall on the evening of Tuesday, 10/16. Her left hip was badly broken and required a total hip replacement. Complicating the situation was that she also broke a bone in her right foot which, while not needing surgery, has needed to be stabilized which limits her mobility on that side of her body also. She had successful surgery on Wednesday evening, 10/17. She was helped out of bed twice very briefly on Thursday, 10/18 and Friday 10/19. Late Friday afternoon she was transferred by ambulance to the Creswell Health and Rehabilitation Center which is about 1.5 miles from our house. The facility staff and I have been working with her every day. Each day she can walk a little better using a walker. She will probably be discharged from the rehab center next Wednesday when I will take her to the surgeon’s office for a checkup and then bring her home for the first time since the accident.
 
At our next meeting we will also have to decide what we will do, if anything, as far as a holiday party in December. As most of you know, we often join forces with Chapter 1457 for this activity. We will also have a speaker from the Creswell School Board who will update us on the school district’s efforts to bring aviation into their educational program, and how Chapter 31 can help to encourage students to pursue aviation oriented goals for both careers and hobbies.
 
VP Gary
Oct 19

EAA 31 Breakfast reminder

EAA 31 BREAKFAST reminder.
Pancakes, planes, pilot logs.
Butter, sputter, mutter.
Syrup, gear up, look up.
Bacon, beacon, baffling.
Scrambled eggs, garbled transmissions, dirty windshields
Sausage, slips, skips
Coffee, cowling, connectors.
Orange juice, o-rings, oil coolers
Hot chocolate, hourmeters, hydraulic fluid.
Milk, mousemilk, music wire
Flying, fun, fellowship
These number among the items to be consumed and digested. You won’t hear this kind of conversation at Starbucks (or anywhere else for that matter). An EAA pancake breakfast is where you get this stuff. And only $8:00 bucks! This Saturday 9:00 AM Oct 20th. Bring a friend.
Pres John

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

Oct 02

EAA 31 Meeting reminder

EAA 31 Meeting reminder.
Tomorrow night. Wednesday Oct 3rd. What’s for 7:00 PM dinner? Lagsagna, garlic bread, salad & goodies. $8:00 bucks. Bunch of really good vidoes, (we will have good discussions about the videos) Reports from Shelly Humble and Gary Ludeke. Perhaps some movement on Flying club. Bring a friend. See you there.
Pres John

Sep 29

EAA 31 October Meeting

EAA 31 October 3rd (Wednesday) Meeting notice.
Todd Hamilton (Creswell School District) will share developments regarding “flight sciences” program NEXT month (Nov 7th)
Wednesday night we will: (A) Get an update from Shelly Humble, our airport manager on improvements to Creswell Airport taxiways etc. (B) Gary ludeke will share on OAHS activities. (C) Video “Why Lightsport Airplanes suffer so many crashes” Video ” Folding Wings” on an experimental. Video “Easy access to the backside of a homebuilt Instrument Panel” Video “How to Pick the Best Engine for your Experimental”

Time permitting,   Monthly Chapter Video Magazine. When the meeting is over, if you want to stay, a short Inspirational video by Lou Holtz, former Notre Dame football coach.

Who: EAA Members and guests. What: EAA 31 Meeting.  When: Wednesday Oct 3rd. Dinner 6:00 PM, Meeting 7:00 PM    Where: EAA Hangar, S end of Hobby Field, Creswell Airport. Why: Cause we love flying and airplanes. How Much? : Dinner only $8:00 bucks. the rest (Meeting and Fellowship) is FREE!
See you there.
Pres John

Sep 13

EAA 31 Breakfast this Saturday 9/15/18

All you can eat Pancakes, Bacon, Sausage, Butter, Coffee, Milk, Orange Juice, Hot Chocolate and fellowship with other aviation people – All for $8.00 bucks.  If we have Pilots, Planes,  Young Eagles and their Parents/Guardians available along with good weather – we could get in some YE flights.  If you flew more than one YE on the 4th of July and haven’t yet received your Avgas fuel voucher, please be there for same. 9:00 AM Saturday at EAA 31 Clubhouse/Hangar – Hobby Field – Creswell Airport.  Bring a friend.

Pres John

Sep 12

ATTENTION CHAPTER MEMBERS WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE RV3 RESTORATION PROJECT FOR THE OAHS!

Cassandra Barrong asked me to forward this invitation to those chapter members who participated in the restoration of the RV3. Please RSVP to Cassandra directly by 9/19 at one of the two phone numbers listed below. I plan to attend. . . . . . Gary Ludeke

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Hello!

 
We at OAHS would like to extend our gratitude and thanks for your help and participation with a lunch on us!
 
Please join us in the museum hangar, Friday, September 21st at 1pm 
for a steak lunch to celebrate all the hard work that goes into events and the restoration shop! 
 
Lunch, door prizes, new displays! 
 
Please rsvp to Cassandra by Wednesday 9/19- we hope to see you there!
Cassandra Barrong
Executive Director
541-613-0399 Mobile
 
541-767-0244 Office
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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