Sep 05

Tonight’s the Night EAA31

Eat dinner – bring friends – bring thoughts – bring ideas – have fun – talk airplane stuff.

Pres John

Sep 02

EAA 31 September 2018 Meeting notice

EAA 31 September 2018 Meeting Notice. Wed 9/5/18. Dinner 6:00 PM Meeting 7:00 PM $8.00. Burgers, dogs, drinks, salad & dessert. WE NEED A VOLUNTEER GRILLMASTER TO SHOW UP EARLY.
If you missed the RV3 dedication at OAHS Saturday, you missed very good talks from Vans Founder Richard Van Grunsven on the history of the RV series and from Gary Ludeke on the restoration.
OPEN MIKE NIGHT. We want input from EVERYBODY. Discuss your project and/or sound off on anything you want about how to improve EAA31. Some of the other items we might cover include:
Brief OshKosh review.
Review 4th of July YE flights. What should we do better? What can we add? What can we do without?
Getting younger people involved.
Young Eagles – after every Sat breakfast, weather permitting. Parent/Guardian comes to the breakfast with YE. Flights after Breakfast.
Web site – Facebook – Twitter. Where the younger generations live.
Clothing/Jacket EAA31 Patches. Magazines at Barber, Dentist, Dr, etc.
Flying start video.
Ground school. Sporty’s

Aug 30

Quick reminder RV3 Dedication

Sept 1st, 2nd & 3rd 8 AM to 4 PM  at OAHS  Cottage Grove GREAT OREGON HOME BUILT FLY-IN

Sept 1st – Breakfast 8-11 AM. $5.  RV3 dedication 11:30 AM.  The RV3 we had at the EAA 31 Hangar.

Sept 2nd – Lunch 11-2 PM.  $7. 

Sept 3rd – Historical presentations all 3 days Hangar.

Look for another announcement RE our next EAA 31 Monthly meeting Sept 5th – coming soon.

Pres John

Aug 15

Sat Aug 18th 2018 EAA 31 Breakfast Notice

SATURDAY AUG 18th 9:00 AM BREAKFAST NOTICE
Lots of things to cover. Refrigerator inventory indicates we needed Bacon, OJ and Milk. Will bring that with me.
YOUNG EAGLES. We will go over improvements we can implement for our 4th of July YE flights at our next monthly meeting. In the mean time there are other things we can do. Got a call from Paul Metzer (hope I have that spelled correctly). Two of his 4 boys got YE flights on the 4th of July, the other two were in California. Was there any chance they could YE flights this Saturday? Don’t know -will check on it. Phoned Gar Burroughs, President of 1524 Albany (they fly YE every 4th Sat, weather permitting) and phoned EAA headquarters, OshKosh. Turns out that a regularly scheduled pancake breakfast is an EAA event AND Young Eagle flights can be part of same. I requested that EAA YE insurance be given for every 3rd Saturday for Chapter 31 Creswell. SO – we’re going to give this a try. We need to do more to get young people interested in Aviation. This Saturday we will have an additional 6 people (the whole family) join us for breakfast. 2 of them are seeking a YE flight. If we have any pilots with planes willing we can get that accomplished. Hopefully we can make this a regular event. IF: (1) weather permitting. (2) EAA pilot(s) willing and available. (3) Young folks wanting a YE flight. We won’t need to do advertising. The word will get around. Albany ranges 2 to 6 and they do it all day. The most they ever had was 17. We will get the word out – “Be there for the breakfast – to catch a flight” We will see how that goes.
OshKosh was absolutely GREAT! Don’t get me started – I’ll talk your ear off. See you at this Saturday’s breakfast. We will need cook/kitchen help. Some of our regulars are out of town.
President John

Aug 14

Meeting Minutes from 8/1/2018 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, August 1st, 2018

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, salad, cookies and a drink for only $8! Thanks to Rod Johnson and all the guys for helping out. BTW- Rod’s new phone number is 541-255-7064

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance lead by VP Gary Ludeke at 7:00 PM. Sharp. (President John Kuehl was still returning from Oshkosh 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 19 members and guests in attendance. Our Guests included Dr. Damon Armitage (our speaker for the night) and Jim Torley (?) from Colorado Springs. He is a CFI and was Gary Ludeke’s guest. Also we hosted Jim Riglib (?), a chapter 1457 member and Charlie Walkers guest and Steve Letsome, past member Dick’s son. Welcome to all!!

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

Allen Weider gave a quick Oshkosh report, having just returned from the yearly fly-in. He said that for some reason the pattern was “mayhem” this year. Hopefully they will change whatever went wrong and be back to the well run operation we are all so used too.

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 $3179.48 (We paid for ½ of the repair on the water well, which was over $500)

Charlie Walker then suggested we review our YE procedures, as several kids did not get rides, even though they waited for a long time. He is willing to help make this a more enjoyable day. The Secretary noted that we usually have a debriefing session after each YE event during the following regular meeting, but the President is gone this meeting so it will have to wait until next month for this to happen. VP Ludeke said that he will take all the YE forms that were filled out but kids not flown and contact them to arrange for rides.

It was also mentioned that Cassie Barrong from the Oregon Aviation History Museum in Cottage Grove had come into the clubhouse to borrow some tables and chairs and noted that the water was on full force in one of the bathrooms. The Secretary fessed up that he had been in the clubhouse the day before and probably left the water on. There was not water pressure when he tried the faucet, and inadvertently left the tap open. Let’s try not to let this happen again!!

V.P. Ludeke then spoke about the satisfaction he and others received upon completion of the RV-3 that we presented to the OAHM in Cottage Grove. He was approached by Tim Talen from the OAHM to have 2 – Story Special (#1 and #2) Airplanes owned by them rebuilt. They have a significant place in our Oregon Aviation heritage and would be a worthy project. He would like to work on them on Friday’s at the OAHM in Cottage Grove and have them done by 2021. Anyone interested in helping should give Gary a Call.

The OAHM in CG is also hosting the Great Oregon Homebuilt fly-in on Labor Day weekend, at which they will dedicate the RV-3 that was completed by our group. Be sure you don’t miss this one!

Dave Eason then spoke about his tour of the JPL in Pasadena where they are building the Mar’s Lander. He also said that should you be interested in getting your hands dirty on the rebuild of a B-17, they meet in Salem on Thursdays and volunteers are welcome.

Tom Preuss was mentioned with thankfulness as he has donated his Fly-Baby Warbird conversion the OAHM in CG. Thanks Tom!!

It was also noted that the Jim Wright Memorial Stearman Fly-In will be this weekend at the CG airport.

Vice President Gary then introduced our speaker for the night, Dr. Damon Armitage. He moved to town in 2017 after being in the Air Force in Afghanistan, Africa and at Travis AFB. He was most recently the flight surgeon for the 123rd National Guard unit with the 142nd Medical Group. He has 2 kids and lives in the Camas Swale area. He gives all types of FAA medical exams, including Basic Med, which he spoke of at length. He had a nice power point presentation on the ins and outs of Basic Med, and afterword answered questions, especially those about disqualifying events. Thanks Dr. Armitage!!!

There being no other business, V.P. Gary then adjourned at 8:16PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Jul 31

EAA Chapter Meeting – Wednesday, August 1!

Don’t let this one sneak up on you! Our meeting is tomorrow, August 1. It’s only one in 7 that our meeting will occur on the first day of the month. Be there! Our speaker is Dr. Armitage, Creswell’s most recent AME. Plus, I understand were going to have a good old hamburger and hotdog BBQ. Don’t miss it!

VP Gary

Jul 26

EAA CHAPTER 31 AUGUST MEETING & DINNER

Our August meeting and dinner will be held this coming Wednesday, August 1 at our clubhouse. Don’t let it sneak up on you! This is one of those rare times when our meeting falls on the first day of the month! Our program speaker will be Doctor Damon Armitage, Creswell’s newest FAA  Aviation Medical Examiner (AME). Doctor Armitage gives medical exams for all all three classes of medical certificates as well as BasicMed. Several chapter members, including yours truly, are flying on BasicMed certificates obtained after being examined by Doctor Armitage. Doctor Armitage is also a Lt. Colonel in the Oregon Air National Guard serving as a Flight Surgeon. He is a Cottage Grove native. 

Both Rod Johnson and Bill Dewey have offered to prepare our dinner. As I write this I don’t know which one will take the lead but it’s possible we’ll have both of them sharing the load. However it turns out, it should be good food and great hangar flying! As always, dinner is at 6 p.m. with the meeting starting at 7 p.m. I hope to see you all there! President John won’t be present as he will not have yet returned from Oshkosh.

Veep Gary

Jul 06

July 4th Young Eagles Day

I want to thank everyone of you who worked to make this year’s event great! It was somewhat tough this year with the challenging crosswinds and the bumpy air but everybody did their best to give the kids a great and safe flight. Many people, both pilots and ground personnel, worked until they literally dropped from exhaustion. Along with Chapter 31 members, we had great help from Chapter 1457, Albany, Daniel’s Field and several parents and grand parents of Young Eagles. I won’t try to list names because the list is long and I’m sure I would inadvertently leave someone out.  I sincerely want to say it was an honor and a privilege to work with all of you on this event! THANK YOU!

Gary Ludeke, VP

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