|| Chapter 54 NEWS
Volume 43, Issue 8
will be held on
Time 7:00 pm Social
7:30 pm Program
Chapter House, Lake Elmo Airport, "B" Entrance, 1000 feet
South of the Rotating Beacon.
Program: Round Table Discussion
Talk about the sights and sounds of Oshkosh 2000.
A BIG thank you to all the pilots that helped with the last Young Eagle
flights. They did a grand job even with the airport run way shut down for
resurfacing. A challenge for us with cross winds. We had about 26 kids and
a few parents.
Members involved were: Art Edhlund, Gary Miller, Dan Parker, Bob
Waldron, Gene Frank, Al Kupferschmidt, Norm Weston and Lee Weston, and a
possible new member Shawn Thornton.
Again , my hat is off to you for the help.
As I sit here in my room at the Air Academy Staff Lodge overlooking the
runway at Pioneer Airport, my thoughts very easily turn to flying. I
think, therefore, that I will put on my flight instructor's cap for a
while, and write about flight safety. How many of us, who only fly a small
number of hours a year, find ourselves becoming a little rusty? One way to
overcome that is to fly a little more. That is not always possible, so
what we can do about that is to strive to make what little flying time we
do have more productive. By that I mean that when we go somewhere instead
of allowing the airplane to wander all over the sky and go wherever it
wants to, we exercise some control. When we first obtained our Private
Pilot Certificate, we were pretty good. We could easily hold an altitude
within plus or minus 100 feet of our assigned height. Also, we could hold
a heading that was within ten degrees of the one we were supposed to hold.
There are a whole bunch of criteria called for in the FAA Practical Test
Standards that at the time of receiving the certificate we could easily
deal with. As time passes, we relax our vigilance and find ourselves going
well outside the parameters called out in the PTS. If we discipline
ourselves to conduct our flights according to the limits spelled out in
the PTS, for the private pilot, we should do fine. Tell yourself to do the
scan, watch your altitude and heading indicators, keep up your awareness
of other traffic, practice your traffic pattern and sharpen up your
We now, almost all of us, have better communication and navigation
equipment to better and more easily conduct our cross country flights.
This tends to make us a little lazy in our pre-flight planning for a long
trip. It's easier to just punch in the coordinates for a destination in
the GPS, hop in the airplane and let it take you to wherever it is you
plan to go. It wouldn't hurt to just once in a while study the sectional
and pick out some prominent landmarks and fly the route accordingly by
pilotage alone. I was made aware just yesterday of a situation wherein
someone arriving at Oshkosh depended totally on his GPS to navigate for
him. He was attempting to initiate the Fisk arrival to the airport. He
contacted Fisk Approach
control and said his GPS told him he was over Ripon, but he couldn't find
the railroad tracks. The weather was clear and visibility was unlimited.
He was undoubtedly confused and his GPS was in error, he tied up the
frequency for a short time before he finally got on the right track. He
was probably a stranger to the area and was arriving at OSH for the first
time, so it was even more important for him to have studied the chart and
familiarized himself with the landmarks and have relied more on pilotage
than electronics to guide him to the area. The controllers were courteous
and at the time the traffic wasn't heavy, so the situation didn't become
as critical as it might have.
So, my point is, plan ahead, use a combination of all the resources
available to you, practice to improve your proficiency, discipline
yourself to stay within your self imposed limitations, be comfortable,
relax and enjoy the skills you have acquired...
Remember the pancake breakfast on Sunday, August 13. Let's hope for
good weather and the largest turnout ever. 'We will have an opportunity
for a board meeting on Wednesday, August 9, at 7:00 PM. The meeting will
take place at the Chapter House and we will have the chance to finalize
arrangements for the breakfast.
Yours from Oshkosh, Bill Schanks
|Treasurer’s Report: 7/29/2000
Building Fund $2,836.99
We spent some money on newsletter printing and postage. We paid the EAA
Air Academy tuition for Bradley Spencer (Jim Olson’s grandson). We
received three members dues, and a $20.00 donation.
Gary Miller just told us -- Eau Claire CTAF used to be 123.0. It has
been changed to 123.6, and is monitored by Green Bay Flight Service. This
is being evaluated and may become permanent, if it works out.
Our President discovered this nice Flybaby at Oshkosh. It has not yet
been advertised, and seems like a great deal.
New Slick Mags
437 Hawk St.
Oshkosh, WI 54902
Pancake Breakfast Volunteers
Attention all members. Volunteers are needed for the upcoming fly-in
pancake breakfast on August 13. The event will be a success if you
volunteer your time and energy. This is our big fundraiser of the year
and, without your support, we cannot make it a success. Scott Hutchinson
will be calling you to ask you to serve on a committee. Please give him an
The committees are listed below along with the chairperson:
Committee Chairperson Time # of volunteers
Setup Dan Parker Saturday 10
1st Shift Cooking/Serving Jeff Hanson 6:30 – 9:00 AM 10
2nd Shift Cooking/Serving Ed Peiffer 9:00 – Noon 10
Auto Parking Gil Leiter 7:00 – Noon 8
Aircraft Parking Dave Fiebiger 7:00 – Noon 8
Cleanup Nick Stolley Noon – 2:00 PM 10
|1989 Christen Eagle II -- For Immediate
Showroom Condition .. 143 Hours TT airframe and engine with new
annual.. Lycoming AE10 AID 200 hp with heavy crank.. 2 chutes, hartzel
prop, impressive 9 color Imron Eagle design, too much to list -- this is
one beautiful airplane.. $75,000
Contact James Michalski - JMK Sales Co. Inc. Located in Woodbury MN,
Telephone 1-800-584-9453, Fax 651-731-9767. St Paul phone number
Pancake Breakfast Organizational Meeting
Present: Nick Stolley, Gary Miller, Leif Erickson, and Jerry Sarracco
. Publicity - Gary Miller
publicity plan has been followed and is now complete
500 flyers were printed, 100 were mailed to FBO’s within a 100
mile radius of 21D
the road side sign along Co Rd 5 will go up during the last week in
3 weeks before the event
Events – Jerry Sarracco
Jerry reported that it may be too late to obtain the services of an
air traffic controller during the morning. ATC from Holman Field needs
to be contacted in November to arrange for an August event. Jerry will
call back to see if last minute arrangements can still be made.
MAC gave the OK for a balloon launch at 21D if the weather
Toilets will be ordered from MAC one week before the event
No commitment has been received for a band to perform. Jim Lund is
still working on obtaining free entertainment.
MAC gave the OK to land and launch a glider. Jerry is working with
the pilots at Benson airport to get a commitment to attend.
We will not have a raffle this year as we have nothing to raffle.
We will also not need a gambling license from the County.
Gary Miller wrote a letter to the Sky Divers at Baldwin, WI
inviting them to attend. He has not had a response.
Dan Parker reported the ad for the event was not yet in Sport
Logistics – Paul Anderson, Leif Erickson.
The need for a big sink for washing dishes and utensils was
discussed. Previously a sink was setup along the SW side of the door
and a garden hose was the source of water. However, Gates does not
have a well, so we have to monitor water usage carefully.
15 bottles of water have been ordered from MAC
Leif E. will make prop cards. The PIC will be asked to fill out a
prop card with name, address, etc. when the plane is parked. After the
prop card is completed, the PIC will receive a coupon for a free
Jerry S. and Dan P. have extra tickets that can be used for
The necessary county food serving permits have been obtained and
must be displayed the day of the event. Temporary food handling
guidelines must also be posted
The liability insurance certificate has been obtained from EAA.
Setup – Dan Parker
a minimum of 5 – 6 volunteers still needed for setup
Dave Fiebiger will be asked to help with setup of the griddle
Extra gas for the griddle is available from Tom Thumb is
Stillwater. They will refill bottles rather than exchange
Need to order and pickup dry ice from Brines. This is to keep the
Signs will be put up early Sunday morning
Bill S. or Gary M. will park an airplane next to the north entrance
Two 100-cup coffee pots could be obtained from the school
Will need 3 plastic dish pans for washing dishes
Table clothes can be obtained from Party Warehouse in Stillwater
Will need to obtain garbage can liners
Need scotch-brite pads for cleaning griddle
Tear down – Nick Stolley
All members will be encouraged to stay after the breakfast to help
Prisoners and people performing community service will not be
available for cleanup help.
Volunteer Coordinator/Recruiter – Scott Hutchinson
Many volunteer workers are still needed
Flight Operations & Safety – Jerry Sarracco
The mode C waiver has been obtained
Head Chef – Bill Shanks
Food orders to Alliant can be submitted the week before the event.
They feature 24-hr overnight delivery. Order is delivered to prison.
Will need a check for the total order as food is delivered COD. The
food can then be transferred to the HS cooler for overnight storage.
The next meeting will be at the August chapter board meeting.
EAA Chapter 54 Aviation Day Fly-In Pancake Breakfast
Lake Elmo Airport (21D) – North Entrance
August 13th, 2000 7:00 AM to Noon
We need your
to make this event a success!
All members of Chapter 54 are needed to:
Eat Eat Eat
Adults $5, Kids (under 12) $2, Bring lots of hungry people!
Promote Promote Promote
Bring your families, relatives, friends, neighbors, and anyone else
you can think of!
Bring you airplane (weather permitting) – Pictures needed for the
chapter web page
Volunteer Volunteer Volunteer
Volunteers needed for all jobs
Task Time # needed
Setup 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Saturday 10
1st Shift Cooking/Serving* 6:30 AM – 9:00 AM Saturday 10
2nd Shift Cooking/Serving* 9:00 AM – Noon Saturday 10
Auto Parking 7:00 AM – Noon Saturday 8
Aircraft Parking 7:00 AM – Noon Saturday 8
Tear Down Noon – 2:00 PM 10
Our most critical need is for 1st and 2nd
shift cooking/serving, setup, and teardown help.
If you have already volunteered, see if you can get your spouse or
other family member to help out
Task leaders are requested to call the volunteers assigned to them
and to request more volunteers if you need them
Contact event chairperson to volunteer or if you have questions
- Leif Erickson at 651-439-5040
|Board Meeting Minutes
5 July Board Mtg
Board discussed assisting Bradley Spencer, Jim Olsen's grandson with
tuition for EAA AirAcademy. Scholarship accounts would pay approx 1/2 of
the $900 cost. Gary Miller moved, Parker seconded that the club pay the
balance of approx $450. All voted in favor.
Gannon and F100 club would be invited to show vehicles. Gary M continues
to work on publicity. Much work has been done to date. Jerry S is working
on details of parking and display. Jerry will contact
MNDOT and MAC for "kid stuff". Balloon has been approved with
"conditions". RC club (Sodbusters) is invited. Table and chairs
have been reserved with the Lions Club.
Volunteers are needed in all areas.
Bob Waldron has been notified that the EAA calendars will be available for
the 2001 year. Chapter will order 50 for 2001 with the price being $10.
|Chapter Gathering of July 10, 2000
Introduction of guests. Merlin Gunderson
Minutes, Newsletter, and Treasurer's report were approved as published
(Minutes by Dan Parker)
Board and committee reports:
Jerry Sarracco, Airport Association. Update on runway overlay project and
projected dates of closure. ( this goes to press the project is
complete and both runways open.)
Al Kupferschmidt, Young Eagles. Video highlights of Young Eagles day will
be on the local cable stations in the near future. July 2 will be date of second Y.E. day held in cooperation with the Stillwater Senior Center.
Our First session on June 20th, was very successful. Center will be
bringing (est) 20 young people to the chapter house on July 2nd.
The July Program was presented by club member Dale Rupp. The topic was his
Dale gave a very interesting talk, focused on his, todate, experiences
with his project.
The empennage is complete. This was the first kit he ordered and cost
approx $1000. Dale remarked that the cost of tools and number of tools was
higher than expected. (Probably higher than is discussed at the breakfast
table, as well.) Under 200 hours and 45 days to complete this portion.
Dale indicated that key is to be consistent and do some each day. The
quick build kit came by truck the week of the club banquet. The kit was unloaded, with difficulty, from a semi-trailer. Dale commented that he
recruited some cheap, but good help. The uncrating and inventory process took two days. I recall that Dale has a couple of suggestions to Van
pertaining to inventory of parts and plastic packaging.
Dale reviewed with the club the 51% rule and that his perception is that
to satisfy the requirement, the number of processes or tasks are counted
to accomodate the 51% formula. (Maybe a good item to discuss further)
Dale discussed his plans for the dashboard, I mean panel. He is currently
completing the assembly of 2 multi-function devices. Will be interesting to
followup on their performance. Check with Dale the manufacturer and other
details if you are interested.
Dale has several components assembled and plans on a busy fall and winter.
The entry and basement has been measured very carefully. Plans are to complete at home. Dale plans on using an 0-320 and wood prop.
Thanks, Dale, for sharing your experience with the club. We look forward
to updates. Good Luck
|CALENDAR of EVENTS
9 7:00 pm Board Meeting at the Chapter
House - Everyone invited.
13 8:00 - 12:00 Annual Pancake Breakfast. Valters Aviation.
14 7:30pm August Gathering at the Chapter House
11 7:30pm September gathering at the Chapter House.
|Swifts before Oshkosh
Each year, prior to Oshkosh, member Mark Holliday hosts a fly-in for
Swifts from around the country. This year there were dozens of the
prettiest Swifts in the world. GREAT weather allowed everyone to have a
Chapter member Jerry Chapman took this nice photo of member Charlie
|EAA Chapter 54 is located at 3275 Manning Ave. N. Suite
#7, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
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Dan Parker 651-430-1532
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Wayne Asp 651-436-6868
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Bob Waldron 651-430-9178
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Publicity and Promotion
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Art Edhlund 651-439-5912
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