Jun 13

“Russian Lindbergh” Book

Someone in the chapter loaned me the subject titled book and I’d like to return it. If it was you, please call or text me at 541-914-8605 and I’ll bring it either to this Saturday’s breakfast or to our next meeting. DO NOT reply to this message directly. It will be lost by our email server.


Jun 08

Opportunity to participate in significant aircraft restoration project!

Chapter 31 has been asked by the Oregon Aviation Historical Society (OAHS) to take on the restoration of a aircraft known as a “Story Special.” This aircraft is one of two identical aircraft, both owned by the museum. One is in flyable condition and the one we would be working on needs a complete restoration. All work will be done at the OAHS restoration center located at the Cottage Grove Airport. We will have access to the flyable airplane to use as a guide if any questions arise as to how something goes together on the restored airplane. The airplane is a single-place, open-cockpit, low-wing aircraft powered by a Continental A65 (65HP) engine. It was a welded tube fuselage and empennage and a wooden wing. All surfaces are fabric covered. The first major job will be to build a new wing. The wooden spars and  ribs have already been completed so the work will be essentially one of assembly and covering. All firewall forward, engine controls, instrumentation and interior will need to be done.

The goal of the OAHS is to fly both airplanes to EAA Oshkosh, along with the museum’s Great Lakes airplane, in 2021 which will be the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Oregon Department of Aviation. This will allow a comfortable and realistic time frame to accomplish the work. Guidance and training will be provided to those who want to participate in this exciting project but don’t feel they have the required expertise to help out. Work scheduling will be flexible to allow people to participate based on their availability. Please email me at “rv6an200gl@charter.net” if you are interested in participating in this very significant aviation project. DO NOT reply to this post directly as your response will be lost by our server.

Jun 07

Sad News!

I just learned this morning from a friend that Sid Voorhees wife passed away about a week ago due to complications during surgery. For those of you who do not know Sid, he has a yellow Cub hangared at Creswell Airport and has been active at times with Chapter 31. He is also a real asset to the Creswell community and is currently serving as an Airport Commissioner as well as volunteering for many other community projects. If you know him and see him, please pass on our condolences from Chapter 31.

VP Gary Ludeke

Jun 06

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting Reminder

CH31 Meeting reminder and update. 6/6/2018 EAA Hangar Creswell Airport.
Tonight’s the night! 6:00 PM Dinner (accompanied by a slide show of the EAA’s Aluminum Overcast flight from EUG to OLY last May) Dinner is Italian – Raviolli/Lasagna with spinach salad, bread, cookies and liquid refreshments. $8.00
7:00 PM Meeting. Lotsa ground (and air) to cover for next month’s 4th of July Young Eagles flights. A few slides on the Hangar roof logo & lettering. Cassandra’s presentation of Oregon Homebuilt Aircraft History. This month’s Chapter Video Magazine will make you want to own a float plane. (It’s really great). Bring a friend. See you there. Pres John.

May 30

EAA 31 June 2018 Meeting Wednesday the 6th

Did you know that before there was an EAA or an “Experimental” aircraft designation home built aircraft were deemed “unsafe and illegal” by our Federal government.  There were, however,  a group of “outlaws” in Oregon that did not follow the rules and they (gasp) DESIGNED, BUILT AND FLEW THERE OWN AIRCRAFT!  Cassandra Barrong of the Oregon Aviation Historical Society (OAHS) will be here to tell the story of these Oregon Outlaws who helped shape general aviation as we know it.  You will know stuff you didn’t know you didn’t know and therefore, be better educated and have fun doing it. 

Dinner 6:00 PM EAA 31 Clubhouse, (did you notice we now have “EAA 31” displayed prominently on the roof in 11ft letters) Hobby Field, Creswell OR Airport.  Jim O will surprise us with some Costco goodies.  It’s only $8:00 bucks.

Meeting 7:00 PM.  Chapter 31 is mentioned in the latest Sport Aviation Magazine.  VP Gary will present an article and a couple of short videos,  we will gear up for 4th of July Young Eagles, Cassandra will entertain and enlighten us on how  general aviation “took off” in Oregon in spite of the Feds.  Bring a friend.  Bring a date. (cheap – not the gal, the meal)

May 17

Reminder Roof Lettering Breakfast

Well aviators,  it looks like the weather is likely to cooperate for our roof lettering work party, Saturday May 19th 9:00 AM.  If anyone has a long (10 to 12 feet) straight edge, please bring it.  Extra extension ladders are also welcome. Wear your grubbies.  Knee pads might be appropriate.  We should have fun painting “EAA 31” on the roof of the hangar in 11 foot tall letters.  Work starts right after our $8 dollar breakfast. 

Pres John

May 16

Breakfast and Roof Letters

This Saturday May 19th 2018 after breakfast we’re gonna “Paint the Town” (Actually we will lay out and paint “EAA 31″ in 11 foot high letters on the roof of the hangar.) The layout, diagrams, measurements etc are on paper. We just need to do them on the roof. Paint, rollers, etc all purchased. We will snap lines on the top of the 9” spaced ribs. Draw guide lines. Draw the letters and numbers (one at a time). Brush the interior edges, the roll the rest of the letters and numbers. This will be reviewed in detail before we get started.

We will need:
Agile (or at least very careful) bodies, Extension ladders (I will bring one extension and one Little Giant). Non slip footgear (no leather souls). All of this is weather dependent. If the weather is bad or if the roof is even damp, we will delay until another time. SO – after a delectable $8 dollar breakfast, we have work to do to put EAA 31 on the map. Call me if you have any questions or suggestions 541 729 1217. Pres John

May 11

Rusty’s Cessna 150 Flies!

Darrin signed off the Annual Inspection today after making sure all required paperwork was in order. I made the first flight with the newly overhauled engine and it ran perfectly! I flew for 30 minutes in the vicinity of the airport and then landed so Darrin could give it a quick check. There were no visible fluid leaks. In flight the oil pressure and temperature were nominal and stable. All gyro instruments function perfectly with good vacuum from the pump. The new starter works like a charm! I will fly it again tomorrow as a part of the engine break-in process.

If there is any serious interest in forming a flying club, or any individuals are interested in purchasing this airplane I suggest you move quickly. Rusty is interested in getting this airplane sold in a timely manner so he can move his nearly completed RV-12 to the hangar. I will be advertising this airplane for Rusty and Beth locally and on Barnstormers.com in the very near future. Darrin thinks the 1967 C-150G was the best C-150 that Cessna ever made. After flying it, I tend to agree! After researching aircraft blue book values I believe that this airplane should sell for somewhere around $27,000.00. Of course the final say on accepting any offers will be made by Beth and Rusty. You can email me directly at rv6an200gl@charter.net or call me at 541-914-8605 if you have any questions or want to submit an offer. Please DO NOT reply directly to this post. Our server is not designed to accept responses and your inquiry will be lost.

Gary Ludeke

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