Sep 30

New Flying Club for EAA 31 and 1457 Members

As some of you know, Bill Dewey and I have been knocking around an idea of forming a flying club for our members. It is important to note that the club would not in any way be associated with the chapter as it is not allowed by EAA national. Chapter 31 would simply facilitate the creation and operation of the club but it would be strictly owned  totally by the club members. An aircraft that is seriously being considered as the club airplane is a 1967 Cessna 150G currently owned by a Chapter 31 member, Rusty Bartel. Rusty is building an RV-12 and is willing to sell the Cessna to the club. The airplane has about 4,665 hours total time and 462 hours since major overhaul on the engine. It’s appearance in my estimation is at least an 8 out of 10, maybe even a 9. A quick check on the “Vref” web site shows the value to be around $17,000. So, for example, if the club has 6 members, the airplane could probably be acquired for under $3,000 per member. Of course, there are a lot of other costs involved such as insurance, a hangar or tie-down and maintenance.

This club might also be a way to increase our membership. I, for example, know two people who are not EAA members but have expressed an interest in the club to me. This, by the way, is not something new in our chapter. There have been two previous clubs organized through the chapter. One was based on a Taylorcraft and the other on an Ercoupe. The chapter has the paperwork that can serve as a guide in getting through the mechanics and legalities of setting up and operating the club.

Bill Dewey and I both own an airplane and would not be share holders in the club but we are willing to be the “spark plugs” to help get this thing started if there is enough interest. We just need to get a sign-up list going and then have an organizational meeting to see who is really serious about seeing this club happen. It’s also up to the actual members of this club to decide if Rusty’s 150 is the way they want to go, or if they would rather pursue something else, either a different 150 or another model of airplane.

If you have a serious interest in seeing this club become a reality, please try to attend our next regularly chapter meeting on Wednesday, October 5.

Gary Ludeke

Sep 18

Meeting Minutes of the 9/7/2016 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, September 7th, 2016
The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM. There were Costco Hot Dogs, great hamburgers, chips and a drink for only $5.

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 7:02 PM. President John Kuehl, VP Bill Johnson and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called then to order. There were 21 members in attendance. Welcome to all!!

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, September 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.

President John then spoke about his trip to Oshkosh. He purchased for our chapter 21 EAA T Shirts for sale for $5 during our next YE event. He spoke about all the drone exhibits and the 3D printers. He then launched into the monthly EAA Chapter Video, which featured the “Lil Cub STOL” aircraft.

After the video, he thanked Ken Schmidt for donating a new First Aid Kit. (I saw him hanging it up on the wall after breakfast on Saturday!) Thanks Ken!!

He then noted that the RV-3 static display project is coming to life again, thanks to Gary Ludeke and friends. Tom Cunningham reminded Gary that he is willing and able to help with this project.

He also asked the Secretary to check into the status of the brick for Hal Skinner (Hal and Milo Skinner’s accident was remembered at this time, as it occurred just over a year ago) The status is: the club is waiting for another 2 bricks to be purchased in order to have the mandatory 5 brick minimum to place the order.

Alan Weider noted that anyone who is looking for the lease expensive (around $2000) certified ADS-B out system, should check out the Free Flight unit. He also recommended that you make your own ADS-B In unit with a Raspberry Pi.

Bill Dewey then suggested we dust off the idea of starting a flying club, outside of EAA of course. President John noted that AOPA has a “Form a Flying Club” plan available, and Secretary Stout pulled all the old flying club info out of the archives and gave it to him.

It was then noted that WAAM in Hood River will be holding their annual fly-in this weekend.

There being no other business, the meeting was then adjourned at 8:15 PM
Respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Sep 16

Breakfast Reminder

Tomorrow morning 9/17/16  9:00 AM  PANCAKE BREAKFAST

Some of our guys will be at the RENO Air races.  Others involved with other flyin’ stuff.

We’ll need a replacement cook.

Will discuss Cessna 150 Club formation.

See you tomorrow

Pres John


Sep 14

Saturday Breakfast 9/17/16 9:00 AM

September is one of those months that BEGIN on a Thursday – so the 3rd Saturday is only one week end away from our monthly meeting instead of two.  SO this Saturday the 17th, PANCAKE BREAKFAST with all the assorted scrumptious goodies.  $5 bucks; 9:00 AM.  Bring a friend.

NOTE: We will be having a preliminary organizational for the Cessna 150 flying club.  Gary Ludeke and John Kuehl will both have some information and perhaps enough for a starting point.  If you are interested, Saturday would be a good time to show up.

Mark your Calendar or meeting alert on your Smart Phone for this Saturday.

John Kuehl CH 31 President


Sep 06

CH 31 September Meeting Notice

Wednesday September 7th.

Our topics will include:

New – very innovative – aircraft engine design
Other new innovations including:
Educating young folks with flying models
New Free 3d software.

Airventure Highlights,
Solidworks 3D software,
Highly Modified STOL Lil’ cub walk around
AN and other Hardware

This should be very interesting and certainly informative.

At the South End of Creswell Airport at the EAA31 clubhouse. Invite some people that don’t usually attend our meetings.

Burgers, dogs, salad & drinks 6:00 PM $5.00
Meeting 7:00 PM $0.00

John Kuehl Ch 31 president