Jul 30

Chapter 31 Meeting Wednesday August 5th, 7:00pm

We will be having a meeting Wednesday, August 5th, 7:00pm at the Chapter 31 clubhouse, south end of the Crewell airport. There will be NO dinner but please come early to catch up with other members. Masks will be required. If you are unable to wear a mask, you will not be able to attend.

After the meeting, we will gather at my house to look over the Hummel Bird project that I have going. I’m only about 5 minutes from the airport in Creswell.

I look forward to seeing as many members as can attend. Again, masks are required.

Thank you, Pat Dodson

Jul 09

Meeting Minutes from the 7/1/2020 Meeting

EAA Chapter 31 Meeting, July 1st, 2020

There was no dinner portion of the meeting, but we did have a pledge of allegiance at the 7:02 PM start of the meeting. President Pat Dodson, V.P. Rod Johnson and Secretary/ Treasurer Randy Stout as officers were present. The business portion of the meeting was called then to order. There were 11 members total in attendance.

  • Checkbook balance was $3074.37 as of the date of the meeting.

Next Chapter breakfast is hoped for on Saturday, September 19th, but we cannot confirm that at this time.

Our super airport manager, Shelly Humble then spoke about several issues.

Here is a breakdown of what she discussed at this EAA meeting (and also the last meeting).

  1. Taxi-lane project – City received final grant offer on 6/3/2020 in the amount of $222,222 to complete the final construction phase of the Taxi-lane project.
    1. No City match will be required for this AIP grant due to CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act.
  • CARES Act – the airport received $30,000 grant from the airport portion of the CARES act.  This is in addition to the match for the AIP grant.  The City has chosen to use this money for maintenance and operations.  In other words, we will be using these funds to complete additional pavement resurfacing/maintenance on the entrance way. 
  • COAR (Critical Oregon Airport Revenue) grant.  The COAR grant funding system contains 3 “priorities”, the first is to utilize the money for match to the AIP grants, priority 2 are grants that assist with emergency preparedness and priority 3 are for economic development.  The airport applied for one priority 1 grant – AIP match, 2 priority 2 grants – install emergency generators at EOC and airport building/runway lights, and 1 priority 3 grant – upgrade fueling self-service terminal. 
  1. In January, the airport was awarded a grant to be used for the match of the AIP grant and a priority 2 grant to install a generator at the EOC (G4 hangar).  Due to the CARES Act none of the priority 1 grants are needed so today at the ODA board meeting they will be discussing whether or not to award the monies to the priority 2 and 3 grant applicants.  If this is the decision that is made, the airport will receive the additional grants for the airport building generator and the fuel self-service terminal upgrade.  I will update when I know the status.
  • Within the next few weeks, we will be installing a QT Pod M4000 self-service fueling terminal.  This is an upgrade to the current system.  Fuel will be available during this time via the override system.
  • The airport has purchased a workshop for the maintenance staff.  The shop will be delivered within the next 4 weeks and will be placed in front of the open airport/tractor shed to enclose the equipment.
  • The airport main FBO will be getting a new roof this summer due to damage from the snowstorm two years ago.
  • Airport Manager, Shelley Humble, had a request to see if the EAA would fly a “flyover” over the city on the 4th of July.  The Jet flyover has been approved, which is great, but the citizens would also like to see the Creswell Airport flyers also. A plan was discussed to have some of the members bring their airplanes and the Boy Scouts will “Strike the Colors” and we will have the national anthem sung and the pledge of allegiance. Sid Voorhees will MC the festivities. We will have 2 groups of 2 planes who all have smoke. 5 other planes will fly the route.
  • The airport staff will continue to help/assist the EAA volunteers (Bill Dewey and Pat Dodson to name a couple) to complete the retaining wall.

The annual Wings and Wheels at Cottage Grove has been postponed and will probably be merged with the Great Oregon Homebuilt fly-in on the last weekend of August. Watch for info on these fun events.

It was noted that long time member Larry Davis fell recently and was hospitalized. He also had a traffic accident, so will not be driving much anymore. Get well Larry.

President Pat then asked the group for ideas that we can present to the membership about a project that the club can start. He knows that it needs to be a great idea, have a sparkplug member to spearhead it and lots of participation. Please contact him if you can think of something that will really appeal to a lot of aviation minded folks.

Next meeting will be at the clubhouse on August 5th. It will be just a meeting at 7:00.

There being no other new or old business, Past President John then showed the Monthly Chapter Video along with Tech Tips and Hints for Homebuilders from EAA national.

The meeting was then adjourned at 8:22PM 

Respectfully submitted,

Randall Stout, Secretary/ Treasurer

Jul 03

4th of July Flyover

Chapter 31 will be participating in the July 4th Flag Ceremony at the Airport which will be from 10:30 to 11:30 am and will include a flyover by Chapter 31.

If possible, it would be nice to display participating aircraft in the parking area just north of the FBO (not required). If you wish to display your airplane, it is requested to have them in the parking area by 9:30 am. We will be doing our own flyover at approx 11:25.

Also, it would be nice to have a couple more volunteers to help with parking as we only have one so far, Rod Johnson.

Thank you, Pat Dodson