Apr 25

EAA 31 May 2019 Meeting Announcement.

On Wednesday May 1st 2019 our meeting will consist of a number of items:
We need to have a discussion about getting our patio canopy finished before the 4th of July. Same for work to be completed for the memorial garden.
Our own “Mr Dependable” Randy Stout will show us some very interesting Aviation artifacts along with Go-Pro videos of various flights. Looking forward to seeing that.
May Chapter video, time permitting.
This month we will return to our standby Burgers, Dogs & salad. WE NEED A VOLUNTEER “GRILLMASTER”. Please show up a little ahead of time.
6:00 PM Dinner. Only $8.00 bucks.
7:00 PM Meeting. At the south end of Hobby Field/Creswell Airport, Creswell OR.
Bring a friend – see you there.
Pres John

Apr 18

EAA 31 Breakfast Reminder

9:00 AM Saturday April 20th 2019

Your President is s-l-o-w-l-y recovering. At the point where I can drive and have developed
“Cabin Fever” and ready to go do something (but not much). So – I hope to be there for our EAA breakfast on Saturday. I need to catch up on our patio cover repairs progress etc.
We should have enough Pancakes, Butter, Syrup, Bacon, Scrambled eggs, Sausage, Coffee, Orange juice, Hot chocolate, Milk. If not we can pick up whatever we need. Airplanes and flying. An EAA pancake breakfast is where you get this stuff. At the EAA 31 Hangar. S end of Hobby Field, Creswell Airport, Creswell OR. And only $8:00 bucks! Bring a friend.
Pres John

Apr 04

Meeting Minutes from the 4/3/2019 meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, April 3rd, 2019

The dinner portion of the meeting started at 6:00 PM with Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Salad, chips and cookies for desert courtesy of our great past President Bill Dewey. Thanks for another tasty meal!!

The meeting started at 7:00 PM with the pledge of allegiance lead by President V.P. Gary Ludeke.

Secretary / Treasurer Randy Stout was also present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was then called to order. There were 20 members and guests in attendance. Among the guests were Kevin and Tal from Roseburg chapter 495, who invited us to their fly-in at Glide (17OR, a roughly 2300’ one-way grass strip) on June 29th and 30th. They will be posting a link to a video of a landing on the strip at their web site. More info on the web site.
Kevin also brought a tool he developed to re-gap massive electrode spark plugs. It looks like a screwdriver with a tapered end. Thanks!!

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, April 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 $3556.78 as of 4/01/2019. He also noted that 2019 dues are due- $25 hard earned, well spent bucks. Send it by mail if you would prefer- EAA Chapter 31, 86277 Panorama Rd., Springfield, OR 97478

Bill Dewey gave a report on the repair that is proceeding on the patio cover that collapsed during the snow storm last month. The building permit is now applied for, at a cost of $157.56. The total project should cost less than $1000 and will then cover the entire patio, not just the center portion. He is also going to purchase the plain bricks for the memorial garden near the FBO, and has already purchased the Japanese Maple tree (for $177) that will be planted there.

V.P. Ludeke then gave an update on President Kuehl’s absence and surgery for gall stones. He appears to be on the mend and should be well healed in 3-5 weeks. We all wished him a speedy recovery. He also asked for volunteers for dinner for the next few months. No one stepped forward but we will have it figured it out by the next dinner.

Gary also asked everyone who intends to be a YE pilot this July to go online to the EAA national web site and apply for pilot privileges to work with kids again. They need to be renewed every 2 years. He also suggested that on June 9th, (National YE day) it would be good to try the new software that national has produced to make YE paperwork easier. He also said that the June meeting should be focused on preparing for the Chapter 31 YE flights on the 4th of July at Creswell.

Tom Cunningham noted that the OAHS museum in Cottage Grove will be having monthly pancake breakfasts starting in May until September on the 1st. Saturday of the month at 8:00-10:00

It was noted by the Secretary that the club now has a complete set of Starduster 2 Plans and Jodel Plans available for sale. Any interested party should call him at 541-953-0610.

Jim Origliosso then noted that the Creswell School Superintendent and one of the teachers who had come to a meeting last year to ask for volunteers to speak aviation to some class rooms have both moved on to other districts. He is still hopeful that we can find the support needed to advance aviation to the kids as early as next September. He thinks that starting a tail or other single part of a kit might be the way to begin the program.

There being no other business, V.P. Gary then began a power point presentation about various changes in cockpits over the years, and accidents that changed the way we all fly. Included was an article about the October 1st, 1966 crash of the first commercial jet flight from the Eugene airport to Portland that crashed in the hills east of the PDX airport. Local pilot John Hirons folks were on that tragic flight. He ended it with a very thorough examination of the Concorde crash in Paris that killed all aboard. Needless to say, it wasn’t a simple blown tire that caused a punctured fuel tank and then the crash. Thanks Gary- very well done!!

There being no other business, the Vice President adjourned at 8:35 PM

respectfully submitted,
Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Apr 02


Don’t forget that tomorrow evening is our regular chapter meeting. Bill Dewey and Rod Johnson have graciously accepted the responsibility of preparing dinner. We’re going to have one of our traditional burgers and dogs BBQ’s. I’m looking forward to it and I hope you are too! The latest report I have on President John’s condition is that he had surgery for gall stones and is recovering nicely. He, of course, will not be in any condition to be at our meeting. I will present the evening’s program which will discuss the trends in the cost, technology advancements and safety over the last six decades. I hope you will find it enlightening and entertaining. A member of Chapter 495 (Roseburg) is planning to attend our meeting to invite us to a June fly-in/camp-in at a grass strip in Glide. We talked briefly about it and it sounds so neat I’ve already got it on my calendar! Bill Dewey will give us the latest on the patio cover rebuild needed due to snowstorm damage. We’ll be looking for all the help we can get to finish the project in a timely manner to be ready for our July 4th Young Eagles event.  We’ll watch at least a portion of this month’s Chapter Video to hear EAA’s announcement of new software to greatly streamline conducting Young Eagles events. It sounds like it’s going to eliminate a lot of paperwork and allow for a more orderly registration and flight scheduling process. 

See you tomorrow!

VP Gary