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 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 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

May 05

Meeting Minutes for the 5/2/2018 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, May 2nd, 2018

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with our host Bill Dewey providing a great Chicken and Rice dish with salad and cookies for desert along with drinks for only $8! Thanks Bill!
Jim Origliosso has offered to handle the food for the next meeting. Wait for further notifications as to what we are sure to enjoy in a month! See you at the next dinner/meeting!!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 7:00 PM. Sharp.
President John Kuehl, V.P. Gary Ludeke and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout were present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 22 members and guests in attendance. Among the guests were Mark and Africa Shumaker and kids. They purchase Eugene Skydivers from Urban Moore. Also, David Dick from Cottage Grove. He is working on purchasing a Zenith 601CH. Welcome to everyone!!

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, May 19th . 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!

Bill Dewey noted that their flying club airplane (a C-150) is now nearly done and ready to go. There is just a bit of paperwork left. Contact him if you are interested. 541-345-0480

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. Everyone had one on this month except Darrell Durossette, who had one printed up for him. Good job everyone!!

President John then gave a nice slide presentation that was a distillation of his recent trip to Oshkosh for leadership training. He has come back with a lot of great ideas. The first of which is to paint “EAA 31” on the top of the clubhouse, visible from the air while in the pattern. He also wants us to have a lot better web site and begin posting on Facebook. And, he hopes to promote the flying club that is starting to form around the C-150. Hopefully all these projects can begin and bring us into the modern age of communication. Thanks John!

President John also noted that VP Gary Ludeke was one of the subjects of Lauran Paine Jr.’s column in the (May) issue of Sport Aviation. The subject was Young Eagle flights, and Gary and Randy Stout were both mentioned for the flights they had made with very special YE’s.

John then introduced Mark Shumaker again, who gave a nice presentation on skydiving as a sport and the equipment used. He said a nice parachute rig is about $6500, and includes a computer that would auto deploy an emergency ‘chute if you were unconscious and nearing the ground too quickly. Tandem jumps (your first ones) are $200, and solo jump are $25 up to 10,500ft. AGL He seems like a great neighbor and will be a nice addition to the Creswell Airport. Thanks Mark!

With no other new or old business, Pres. John asked our speaker Jim Origliosso to come up and give a presentation about the Angel Flight program. Jim is the area director for Angel Flight, and has flown upwards of 80 flights himself. They have been around for 34 years and received nearly 40 Million in donations for this worthy volunteer service. No pilots are paid for this work, which makes it even more amazing. They have about 1300 volunteer pilots whose qualifications are Private Certificate with 250 hours, Insurance, 50 Hrs. CC time. There are no emergency trips booked, only medical or special needs trips. Jim showed slides of some of his families he has helped, and it really is heartwarming to see their faces. Contact if you would like to join this worthy group.

President John then ran the EAA Monthly Chapter Video, which we all enjoyed. They noted that June 9th is Young Eagle day, so chapters who don’t have a set day should attempt to use that date. Our chapter 31 uses July 4th as our YE day. It also noted that the Chapter Award Applications need to be sent in as soon as possible.

As a final notice, there will be a 100th year celebration of the first air mail flight. Ron England and his Fleet 2 will “fly the mail” on May 16th at the Creswell airport at 3:00. Try to attend if you can.

There being no other business, President John then adjourned at 8:45PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

May 01

Wednesday the 2nd Reminder & Update

The dinner menu will be Chicken with rice; Salad, Carrots, Dinner rolls, Cookies for dessert. With drinks – All for $8:00 Bucks.  The Chapter Video ties in with the OshKosh report, so that will be included.  We have some really neat stuff “on deck” for EAA Chapter 31.  You don’t want to miss it.  Bring a friend.  6:00 PM Dinner, 7:00 PM meeting.

Pres John.