Oct 30

EAA 31 Election update

I know “time flies” sometimes faster than other times.  Our last elections were in late 2017 for a 2 year period.

(2018 + 2019).   So – I guess we are stuck with me and the present slate of chapter officers until the end of 2019.

Sorry for the confusion.

Pres John

Oct 28


Our next monthly meeting is only 10 days away. It’s time for people to step up and volunteer to run the chapter as officers for 2019 & 2020. It would really be great to get some “new blood” taking charge in the hope that new ideas and activities will recharge the chapter with enthusiasm! John Kuehl and I have been serving as President and Vice-President for the past four years. I don’t mean to put words into John’s mouth but I’m thinking he’s ready to step down, as am I. If you’ve never served as a chapter officer, or not served for several years, PLEASE strongly consider stepping forward to help guide the chapter through the next two years!
I’ve had two significant changes in my life this year that will affect my ability to serve the chapter. As most of you know, I took on the job of Project Manager for the restoration of the “Story Special #1” for the OAHS in Cottage Grove. The project is coming along a lot better than I anticipated or hoped. I think with hard work our goal of flying this aircraft, along with it’s twin “Story Special #2,” and the “Tex Rankin” Great Lakes to AirVenture in 2021 is very realistic! This project is not a part of EAA Chapter 31. We are doing it solely as an OAHS project, but people who want to help out are very much welcome to become members and join in the challenge.
The second change is that my wife Sandy was injured in a fall and will need me to care for her over the next few to several months. To summarize, she had her fall on the evening of Tuesday, 10/16. Her left hip was badly broken and required a total hip replacement. Complicating the situation was that she also broke a bone in her right foot which, while not needing surgery, has needed to be stabilized which limits her mobility on that side of her body also. She had successful surgery on Wednesday evening, 10/17. She was helped out of bed twice very briefly on Thursday, 10/18 and Friday 10/19. Late Friday afternoon she was transferred by ambulance to the Creswell Health and Rehabilitation Center which is about 1.5 miles from our house. The facility staff and I have been working with her every day. Each day she can walk a little better using a walker. She will probably be discharged from the rehab center next Wednesday when I will take her to the surgeon’s office for a checkup and then bring her home for the first time since the accident.
At our next meeting we will also have to decide what we will do, if anything, as far as a holiday party in December. As most of you know, we often join forces with Chapter 1457 for this activity. We will also have a speaker from the Creswell School Board who will update us on the school district’s efforts to bring aviation into their educational program, and how Chapter 31 can help to encourage students to pursue aviation oriented goals for both careers and hobbies.
VP Gary
Oct 19

EAA 31 Breakfast reminder

EAA 31 BREAKFAST reminder.
Pancakes, planes, pilot logs.
Butter, sputter, mutter.
Syrup, gear up, look up.
Bacon, beacon, baffling.
Scrambled eggs, garbled transmissions, dirty windshields
Sausage, slips, skips
Coffee, cowling, connectors.
Orange juice, o-rings, oil coolers
Hot chocolate, hourmeters, hydraulic fluid.
Milk, mousemilk, music wire
Flying, fun, fellowship
These number among the items to be consumed and digested. You won’t hear this kind of conversation at Starbucks (or anywhere else for that matter). An EAA pancake breakfast is where you get this stuff. And only $8:00 bucks! This Saturday 9:00 AM Oct 20th. Bring a friend.
Pres John

Oct 06

Meeting Minutes for the 10/3/2018 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, October 3rd, 2018

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with Lasagna, French bread, salad, cookies and a drink for only $8! Thanks to Dave Eason and all the guys for helping out. Gary Ludeke offered to “cook” dinner for the November meeting. Thanks Gary!!

The meeting started at 6:40 with a brief report on activities at the Creswell Airport by our own airport manager, Shelly Humble. Many projects are in the works, specifically taxiway paving and a new PAPI landing system that is being certified for a GPS approach. President John had talked to Shelly about paving the section of taxiway that is near our north door so that airplanes could make a loop for loading/unloading YE’s. She said that this might happen, but not before 2023 or so. Thanks Shelly!

The pledge of allegiance as then lead by President John Kuehl at 6:58 PM. Vice President Gary Ludeke and Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout were also present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 21 members and guests in attendance.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, October 20th. 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!

Secretary Stout noted that the check book balance is $3776.73 as of 9/29/2018

President John said that he will also talk to Dorothy Schick about running a “Flying Start” program out of the hangar. He held up a brochure that EAA national has given for this purpose.

VP Gary then spoke about the new flying club that several members are putting together. Those members include himself, Jerry Krause, Roger Welch, Bill Dewey, President John and David Dick. They will be purchasing a Zodiac 601 and they intend Gary to be the flight instructor, Bill to be the A+P and David to manage the group. Anyone interested should contact Gary or John or David.

Gary then held up a copy of the RV-3 project book. It shows the project progress and the last page is signed by all the “guilty” parties. If you helped on the project but have not signed the book, please see Gary.

He then read a quick story about the first bombing of a commercial passenger plane in the US, which occurred on 11/1/1955 on UA flight 629 from Denver to Portland. The killer, Jack Gilbert Graham, was intent on killing his mother, Daisy E. King, and collecting on insurance policies. He had placed a bomb in her suitcase with the intention that it go off over the Rocky Mountains. Unfortunately the plane was delayed, but took off in time to just be airborne when the bomb exploded. All aboard were killed, but with minimal detective work, the trail of insurance policies lead directly to Mr. Graham. In very quick order, he was tried, convicted and sent to the Gas Chamber in January 1957. Thanks Gary for a very interesting look at aviation in the past that still directs us now.

There being no further old or new business, President John fired up the Big Screen and presented several interesting video’s, among which were “Homebuilt Aircraft Project Progress”, “Why LSA aircraft have so many crashes”, “How to pick the best engine” and “Homebuilders Help- Fold down panel”. The then put the EAA Chapter Video on the screen and we enjoyed another great presentation especially the part about Odyssey SLIC cable installations.

There being no other business, the meeting was then adjourned at 8:23PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Oct 02

EAA 31 Meeting reminder

EAA 31 Meeting reminder.
Tomorrow night. Wednesday Oct 3rd. What’s for 7:00 PM dinner? Lagsagna, garlic bread, salad & goodies. $8:00 bucks. Bunch of really good vidoes, (we will have good discussions about the videos) Reports from Shelly Humble and Gary Ludeke. Perhaps some movement on Flying club. Bring a friend. See you there.
Pres John