Feb 29

Club Meeting Wednesday March 4.

Just another reminder to attend the Chapter 31 meeting Wednesday March 4, dinner 6:00pm with the meeting to follow at 7:00. In addition to Gary Ludeke’s presentation on the EAA’s Builders Log website, we will be discussing the EAA’s Flying Start program. We will be participating in this program and will be needing volunteers to fly prospective new pilots. This is program similar to Young Eagles but for people 18 years and older. It will include a presentation of what is involved in getting ones license. The target date is Saturday May 16 (National Learn to Fly Day). This is also our Chapter 31 Breakfast day. We need to determine how many pilots are available so we can request the appropriate amount of materials from EAA headquarters. We are using this to not only generate interest for new pilots, but to also interest in Chapter 31.

Feb 26

March Meeting Wednesday 3/4/2020

The next chapter 31 meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 4, at the chapter clubhouse, south end of the Creswell airport. Please join us for dinner at 6:00 pm with the meeting at 7:00. The cost is only $8.00 and comes with good company.

Our EAA Technical Councilor Gary Ludeke will be giving a presentation on the use of the recently introduced “EAA Builders Log” website. Gary is using this resource to document the building of a Zenair CH750 STOL aircraft in partnership with Dale Young. If you are currently building or considering building an experimental aircraft, or want to explore what other members around the country are building, you should find this presentation useful.

Also, we have speakers/presentations scheduled through August. We still need to line things up for September, October and November. Please be thinking of ideas that you might find interesting.

Feb 14

Saturday Breakfast, February 15, 2020

Just a reminder. EAA chapter 31 breakfast, 9:00 am tomorrow, February 15 at the chapter clubhouse, south end of Creswell airport. Come enjoy suasage, bacon, eggs, pancakes and COFFEE with good people and conversation. Only $8.00

Feb 13

New Email for members

We have added new members and deleted those who are no longer members in order to communicate more effectively.

If you are getting this email- GREAT! Glad you are part of the group.

If this is the first email you have received from the group, would you send me a reply so that I know you are now receiving them?

Here are a few Christmas party pictures just for fun.


Feb 12

Meeting Minutes from the 2/5/2020 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, February 5th, 2020

The dinner portion of the meeting started early at 5:45 PM hosted by John Kuehl with Pat Dodson and Rod Johnson helping. There were HUGE Hamburgers (c/o Bill Dewey), Hot Dogs, salad, chips, cookies for desert and a drink for only $8. Don’t miss their next great meal!! Thanks Bill, Pat Rod and John for the great help and Rod and Pat for cooking!

The meeting started with the pledge of allegiance at 6:58 PM by President Pat Dodson with V.P. Rod Johnson and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout also present. The business and entertainment portion of the meeting was called then to order. There were10 members and guests in attendance. The special guest of the night was Shelly Humble, airport manager extraordinaire.

 Checkbook balance was $3197.73 as of the date of the meeting. He noted that dues are now due from all members- Send $25 directly to EAA Chapter 31- 86277 Panorama Rd. Springfield, OR  97478 if you can’t make the next meeting.

Next Chapter breakfast is Saturday, February 15th. 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. Our volunteers for this breakfast are (hopefully) the same group as last time Tom, Bill, Rod, Pat and John, who will coordinate getting the breakfast ready to serve. Thanks in advance guys!

Shelly then gave a very informative talk about what’s happening at the airport, which is a bunch! The taxiway project is still ongoing (and hoping to finish by March), she has sent in many grant requests and has received confirmation on a few of them. She is hoping to get a grant for 3 generators with tanks and will know by May if this will happen. She noted that Louis Lyons memorial service would be held at the chapter clubhouse this Saturday. (and as a side note, past member Dave Oswalt, Dick Fronzak and Larry Davis’ wife also passed this last month or so) She mentioned that they have hired a new maintenance guy, Joel Newall (Sp?) and that the Eugene Ham Radio club is looking for a home.

She said that 3 people have expressed interest in building hangars on the last lot available, but they need to get the bids and make a decision on a septic system (possibly from Orenco in Sutherlin). The city will build a new set of hangars also on this last area available. They also will be installing a new $17,000 credit card machine at the gas pumps, with the majority of it paid for (hopefully) by the fuel supplier.

She also reminded everyone that there is an AED and tourniquet in the office in case we need to use it. She suggested we just break a window to enter the building if we have an emergency and the door is locked. She said that we can have the fire department come down and train us in the use of both. Also, a dog handler has asked for permission to use the clubhouse for training. John, Pat and Randy will meet with him before a decision will be made on this request.

After a warm thank you for the talk, President Pat asked for volunteers to bring forth ideas for upcoming meeting programs. Gary Ludeke said that he will show the progress on the new Zenith airplane that he is helping assemble in May. Dave Eason will have his son talk about the Airforce in April. Several other people have ideas but cannot put them together with a date at this time.

After some consideration, a decision was made to replace the lights in the clubhouse with LED bulbs. This is a bit more complicated than first thought because we are replacing HO bulbs and ballasts, which require replacing the end pieces on the fixture also. More research will be done before we spend money on this, but the budget is $350 to replace everything.

John Kuehl still would like the club to pay part or all of the costs to send Pat Dodson to the Leadership training class the EAA national does every year. Pat will consider this before we proceed.

It was noted that May is Flying Start month. Perhaps we can have our own Dorothy Schick come and give a talk. We need to advertise this event in order to get more people involved.

Secretary Stout will contact Ben Hallert and get the Web Site administration changed over to himself. Ben has been a great help for many years, but other obligation have taken him away from the club and he shouldn’t be imposed upon for the future. Thanks for everything you have done Ben!!

There being no other new or old business, Past President John then showed the Monthly Chapter Video.

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:30PM
Respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Feb 11

Saturday breakfast, February 5th.

Join EAA chapter 31 for breakfast Saturday, February 15th at 9:00 am.

Sausage, Bacon, Eggs, Pancakes, Juice and Coffee. Only $8.00. Come enjoy some good food and company with other aviation people.

Feb 04

February 2020 Meeting Reminder

Feb. 5 Dinner 6pm. Meeting 7pm. Only $8. Shelly Humble, Airport update Chapter Video Magazine. 2020 programs speaker/presentation ideas
Pres Pat

Feb 01

EAA 31 February 2020 Meeting Announcement.

The next chapter meeting is scheduled for Feb. 5 at the chapter club house at the south end of the Creswell airport. The meeting will begin at 7pm. Please join us for dinner at 6pm. The cost is only $8 and great company and conversations. Shelly Humble, the Creswell Airport manager, will be coming by to update us on the latest developments at the airport. We will also have the Chapter Video Magazine (time permitting).
Good speakers – presenters – programs are the life blood of good EAA meetings. We need help each of our EAA31 members to help make this happen.

For our February 2020 EAA 31 meeting we are asking you to please come up with either:

(A) A speaker/presentation from an outside vendor or other


(B) Your own presentation


(C) An idea for a presentation that we can work on.
Please bring your ideas to the February meeting.
Pres Pat