Feb 09

Meeting Minutes from the 2/4/2015 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, February 4th, 2015

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM hosted by the wonderful Virgil and Bridget Pratt. There was pulled pork and salad along with 2 types of brownies and cookies and  chips with a drink for only $5. Wow- and you just wait until next time. We will have a spaghetti feast!!

The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called to order at 7:01 PM by President Gary Ludeke, (V.P. John Kuehl was out) and Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout present.

There were 19 members in attendance. No guests this time, as all had joined as members!! Thanks to Bill Johnson for forgiving me on not remembering his name!!

Walt Weischedel spent time this last month sweeping and mopping the clubhouse (Thanks Walt!). He and the Secretary are suggesting that we get rid of a bunch on unused furniture and fixtures and buy a few items to make the clubhouse more accommodating. That list is as follows:

Items to Dispose of:                                       Items to Acquire

2 Gas Grills                                                          4 Better Couches

Bookcase w/ old magazines                        Table for cooking from Tom C.

Big Work Table                                                 Cabinet for cleaning supplies

Simulator                                                            Range Hood

2 Saw Horses                                                     2 New electrical circuits for new cook area

2 old couches                                                    Cabinet for Pop and other supplies

Coffee Maker w/o heat pad                        Re-Design floor plan of clubhouse

Magazines on floor in boxes

Extension cords in rafters

These items will be discussed and voted on at the next meeting.

Dave Heisley noted that the water will be turned off for a period of time in order to continue with his rights as water master to Chapter 31.

Pat Dotson has received a group of tools that were donated to Chapter 31 by Ron Rinaldi, and he has assessing their value at around $600. He then offered to purchase them for $300. Virgil Pratt questioned why we couldn’t make them available to the club on a loan basis. The Secretary spoke about the past attempt at this program, and the lack of success we had with it. As with most programs and projects, when we have a sparkplug individual who will run it, good things can and do often happen. Without this person, most ideas never get off the ground, or fail in the end.

The floor was opened up for other bids, and none being received, it was agreed to sell them to him at this price.

Next Chapter breakfast is February 21st  at the clubhouse. $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. Virgil Pratt has offered to oversee this breakfast, but due to Bridget having to be gone, asked for volunteers to help cook. He got several volunteers, including Tom Cunningham, Allen Weider and Rod Johnson. Come and bring your appetite!!

The President then asked for a Treasurers report, which was as follows: The club now has a balance of $3354.80 in the checkbook, with no outstanding debts. 50 paid or life members as of 12/31/14

President Gary then gave his “State of the Chapter” address. He first He noted that we have accomplished many things last year and hopes we can do the same this year. Specifically he mentioned that we flew 93 Young Eagles on July 4th (with hopes that we will do this again this year),  purchased and installed a new entry gate, helped get the Mural on the FBO refurbished, got the “Buy a Brick” program off and running (by the way, we need a few more bricks to be bought in order for the next batch to be produced) and finished the memorial area for these bricks, helped mow the Creswell airport grass (thanks Tom!), promoted the chapter via Newspaper articles and responses to letters to the editor, Hosted the League of Cities group and the Coffee and Cars group at the clubhouse and had a joint Christmas party with chapter 1457. Also, we now have the Quiet Birdmen (QB’s) using the clubhouse monthly along with the South Lane Modelers who use it on the 3rd  Monday of the month.

In addition to all these activities, we had several very interesting speakers at the meetings, including Dick Hyman- a WWII and Korea pilot, Tony and Shawn from Specialty Aero, Harry Anderson- around the world flyer, Dr. Hansen, the DME, Ron Rinaldi and his WW1 replica airplane project, and Jim Showker with his exotic airplane. Wow! This has been a fun year!

For the coming year, Virgil Pratt suggested that we get several of the members to give a presentation on the fun and frustration of their current or just past project. (A “What went wrong and how I fixed it” kind of talk), Dave Eason liked the “Make a Tool” program and hopes that we will continue with that, and also invite an instructor to give the whole group an airspace refresher. President Gary thought a spot landing and flour bombing event would be fun (and he will look into the insurance requirement before proceeding)

All these ideas will be worked on and talked about during the next few weeks, and we should have a great list of ideas we can enjoy during this next year. Thanks to everyone for contributing!!

There being no other business, the President then played the EAA Monthly Magazine on the Video projector. This one featured Balloons and cylinder valve diagnosis. Very interesting and great photography!

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:22 pm
respectfully submitted, Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Feb 09

A new way to carry an old transport method

A pilot in New Zealand (there’s a NEW Zealand now?) has come up with a novel way to carry bicycles on his Cessna 185.  He’s fabricated bicycle racks that attach to the bottom of the wing and carries them like ecologically-sound munitions.

The most interesting part of this may be that he’s somehow gotten it approved by his Civil Aviation Authority.

More information is available here:  http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11393286