|| Chapter 54 NEWS
Volume 44, Issue 2
will be held on
Time 7:00 pm Social
7:30 pm Program
Location: Christ Lutheran Church in Lake Elmo
Our Chapter, 54, is experiencing a housing crises. We are going through
a difficult time trying to find a suitable place to hold meetings and
Chapter events. Several years ago we were blessed with a building to use
for these purposes. Namely, the old Elmo Aero building. After several
meetings and pot luck events, it became very obvious that this was what
our Chapter needed to promote growth. Before this happened, Steven Ogborne
had the vision and foresight to understand this. He began a campaign for
the Chapter to buy or build its own facility. He and some of the other
members gained some momentum in that direction, but through a lack of
support from a great many of the members, it became emotionally draining
and too disappointing to continue. The project fell by the wayside. I must
admit that I was one of the people that did not give it the support that
it deserved. I lacked his foresight and vision. I profoundly apologize for
that. As I now have observed what having our own place can do for the
growth of the Chapter, I am totally in favor of having it.
The August wind storm took our dream from us. I have now been going
through the ups and downs of coming close to the possibility of our
Chapter regaining the status of having its own building. One of the
emotionally high points occurred when Ed Mayer offered to donate his old
facility to the Chapter. A great deal of euphoria swept through the
membership as we began planning how we could easily fix it up and it
appeared to be a very doable project. However, it was not to be. The MAC
is reserving that piece of land in hopes that another FBO will set up an
operation. Chapter 54 did not meet the necessary requirements, That was a
Now we have the opportunity to purchase a suitable building and have it
moved onto the airport. Jerry Sarracco has been hard at work negotiating
on behalf of the Chapter to bring this possibility to fruition. He has
been going through the necessary hoops provided by the various
bureaucracies in order to make this happen. As a result, we have the
approval of the MAC to place the building on an airport site that they
suggested. The building inspector has inspected the building and given his
approval. We now await word from a State Agency that governs the
handicapped access regulations. When we receive word from that agency, we
can proceed with the process.
Now we come to the part about the money. It has been informally
discussed at great length in the past two months. We obviously need
financial help. The only fund raising function that we have, other than
the dues structure, is our pancake breakfast fly-in. That will not be
sufficient to support the purchase and upkeep of a building. The idea of
member donation and non-interest loans has been discussed.. We would like
to have our own building and in order to have that building, we need
funds. So, this plea goes out to the members to consider a generous
donation to the Chapter. This is the EAA and we are a grass roots
organization. After all, the national EAA built that facility at Oshkosh
primarily through donations.
You, the individual, may be asking; "what's in it for me?" We
are discussing that. Maybe a plaque. Maybe a brick. Big deal, huh! Also,
there has been an ongoing campaign to obtain 501C-3 federal tax-exempt
status for the Chapter. It did bog down for awhile, but is now being
vigorously pursued. What this will do, is to provide the donor a tax
exemption for the amount of the donation. Having this 501C-3 status will
be an asset to the Chapter.
As of now, there is no board meeting scheduled for February. There will
be a general Chapter 54 meeting on Monday, February 12, at 7:30 PM. The
meeting will take place at the Christ Lutheran Church of Lake Elmo. We
will be discussing the dates and location of the annual Chapter Banquet
and the Fly-in pancake Breakfast. I don't have any information on what the
program will cover. Also, if you have any ideas or suggestions for fund
raising, please bring them along and feel free to speak up. This is your
-- Bill Schanks
|Treasurerís Report: 12/27/2001
Building Fund $2,767.45
Cash $ 25.00
Not much activity this month, one new member, three renewals, and five
calendars sold. December interest will be about $40.00.
of January, 2000
Meeting called to order at 7:30. Al Kupferschmidt requested we be
looking for an Air Academy Scholarship candidate. Also, he encouraged us
to continue flying our own Young Eagles. Art Edhlund indicated we should
begin thinking about another flying start event. Jerry Sarracco had an
update on the possible chapter building. MAC proposed 4 possible sites in
which to put our building, and Dave Fiebiger proposed another. All sites
are on the South area of the airport, at various points around the
cul-de-sac. The best proposed site yet would be on the circle directly
across from the MAC building. Jerry indicated that the next step was to
have a building inspector have a look at the building, and that the
inspector has yet to return a phone call.
The meeting's program had John Renwick talking about the proposed
Minneapolis-St. Paul Class B expansion. The proposal consists of expanding
the 4,000-to-8,000 ft MSL ring to a distance of 30 nautical miles, and
moving it upwards to 10,000 ft MSL. John said he believed the biggest
impact would be on the soaring activities at Stanton and Benson airports.
He urged us to attend the meetings on Tuesday, January 9, at the St. Paul
Airport Army National Guard Building, and/or on Saturday, January 13, at
the Anoka Airport.
John Renwick also brought up his flying club's recent addition of a Cirrus
SR-20. He reports that the aircraft flies very easily, with crisp control
response. Two of the many interesting systems on the aircraft are the
autopilot/trim interface (where the airplane is always in trim when the
autopilot is disengaged), and the constant speed propeller system, which
has no direct control in the cockpit.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15PM.
---- Minutes by Nick Stolley
Nick Stolley tells us:
I don't know the history of people going to Baker's Square after our
chapter membership meeting, but I hope people aren't getting the feeling
of exclusivity of the people that go. I would like to see a reminder in
newsletter that after the meeting, people meet for pie at Baker's Square
Tom Marson says:
Bob, I have learned about a UL-Light plane seminar held in
Wausau-Mosinee, WI. on March 3rd (Saturday) at the Holiday Inn at the
Cedar Creek mall. Very informational meeting is promised with a lot of
very influential people in the aviation community.
Contacts are Ken Snyder 715- 423-1128 or Steve Krueger 715- 536- 8828.
A person who went last year says it is an event not to be missed.
Tom Marson tells us:
For what it is worth. My 7GCBC Citabria has a new home in Beloit WI. An
American Airlines pilot, born and raised in Miltown WI and flight
instructing at Osceola WI has it. He is replacing a Cessna 140 and is
using it on his farm strip at Clinton WI for fun and teaching his son to
I was asked by several at the last meeting why I sold it. The reason is,
when I closed my farm strip, my single hangar at New Richmond had too many
planes in it to use them easily. I kept the homebuilts, (Challenger 1 and
Dakota Hawk) to avoid the potential liability as the manufacturer.
John Renwick says:
John Renwick and his British friend, Steve Markham, are planning to fly
the length of the Mississippi in John's J3 Cub on the way to Sun-n-Fun
this April. Their flight plan is posted on John'shttp://www.visi.com/~jkr.
Click on the picture of the Cub to see it. John will keep this up to date
as plans evolve.
This is a long-time ambition for Steve, who is an active pilot in both the
US and the UK. When he mentioned it to John, John suggested combining it
with a trip to Sun-n-Fun, which will be a new experience for both of them.
Sounds crazy? Last summer at Oshkosh John camped next to a father-son team
who flew together from Anchorage, Alaska in an 85hp J3, and they still
to be friends! It took them about 50 hours, a couple of days longer than
the Mississippi route to Lakeland. (See "High Speed, Low Speed, and
No Speed" on page 52 of Sport Aviation, October
The first difficult decision was what airplane to do this trip in: John's
J3, or the new Cirrus SR20 owned by the Yankee Flying Club, of which John
is a member. It was very tempting to make the trip in speed, comfort and
style in the Cirrus, but in the end both Steve and John were partial to
the Cub, for the nostalgia, and because this trip deserves to be done low
John welcomes all helpful suggestions. If you know of
Cub-friendly airports, good restaurants, or anything interesting along
this route, please let John know. His Email address is email@example.com,
and his phone number is (612) 669-9397.
|Marlonís Book Report
Marlon Gunderson asked Chapter members for suggested reading materials
for his Winter vacation. I told him that I didnít care what he read, as
long as he provides a book report to the Chapter members when he gets back
from vacation. Here is what we get:
OK, Dad, I finished my book report....and my report on how I spent my
winter vacation....-Marlon Gunderson
Actually the hotel we had in Cozumel had an awesome view of the airport
from our 9th floor balcony only a mile away. There is only one active
runway and no taxiway, the airliner turns around at the end and taxis back
halfway on the runway to the terminal. The activity out of the airport was
about 8 airliners a day, a Skyhawk that was in the pattern a lot, a
Mexican air force
single engine prop airplane, and a twin commuter my brother called a Rice
Rocket that came in and out a few times a day.
I experienced my first aborted takeoff in an airliner on the way back. The
captain hadn't spooled up very far before aborting, said he suspected he
had erroneous instrument readings on one of his instruments, and went back
to the terminal to consult with the mechanics back home. The eventual
takeoff and flight was uneventful (but beautiful).
I read some stuff by Jimmy Buffet...Where's Joe Merchant, and Tales from
Margaritaville...both Caribbean themed. Buffet is a pilot (owned a Widgeon
or Goose and flew it all over the Caribbean) and weaves flying themes into
much of his writing. I found them only moderately entertaining and very
profane. Literature for the successful redneck and partially reformed
I had better luck with Richard Bach (A gift of Wings) and St.Exupery
(Airman's Odyssey--A trilogy of Wind, Sand, & Stars; Night Flight; and
Flight to Arras). I'm partway into both of them. St.Exupery's work is real
literature and great historical story telling. He tells of pioneering
flights and harrowing escapes including a 125 mile hike out of the Libyan
desert on his Paris-to-Saigon attempt in 1935--he belly landed on flat
unobstructed terrain while descending through 1200' msl at 175mph in 0
visibility due to faulty wind correction; wasn't scratched, was almost
dead of thirst when saved. He also tells of being trapped flying in an
Andean valley due to turbulence from a cyclone in the Pacific, then
getting sucked out by an eddy, and fighting back to shore against a 150mph
headwind. Haven't got to the last part yet which concerns the loosing
French air battle against the Luftewaffe. The Bach book is a collection of
short essays on flying from various magazine articles he's written over
about the type of flying that we do. He went from F-100s to light/vintage
flying and writing.
Eventually I'll get to some other of your suggestions. Thanks for all of
the suggestions. 0 deg F and back to reality when we got off the plane.
|CALENDAR of EVENTS
12 Monthly Gathering
- Lake Elmo Christ
Lutheran Church at 7:30pm
3 UL-Light plane seminar
Wausau-Mosinee, WI. at the Holiday Inn at the Cedar Creek mall.
8-14 Lakeland, Fl Sun ín Fun EAA Fly-In
|Danís Ski Plane Story
My news for the month is that my Spezio is up and flying again after
almost 5 months of repair. It was damaged in the August wind storm and has
been in my garage since that time. I repaired the wind damage and made a
few upgrades as well, including a new spinner, nose bowl, cowling and even
a new 40 amp alternator.Dan Bergstrom
I made three short test flights on Saturday afternoon (Jan.20) and got all
the little things sorted out and then put the skis on. Sunday I flew over
to the ski-plane fly in at Famous Dave's near Hayward, WI.
It was really a good ride with blue skies and light winds... once I got
past the poor weather over the St. Croix river. I roared over at almost
100 mph and got up to nearly 500 ft. one time. The Spezio isn't real fast
but it is warm and a lot of fun on skis. I saw a timber wolf out on the
ice on a small pond near Stone Lake, WI. That was the first wolf
I have ever seen from a plane.
Over 30 ski planes attended the fly in, lots of Cessna taildraggers, Cubs,
Champs, Huskys, T Crafts and even a DeHavilland Beaver. The bay was in
good condition with no slush and not too rough for this time of the year.
There was a very wide snowmobile trail on the bay on which several
wheel-equipped planes landed.
Famous Dave's is located on Squaw Bay on the south side of Round Lake
eight miles east of Hayward and is the original, first Famous Dave's
restaurant. It is a great place for a fly in. It is right on the bay with
a nice view. They serve lots of good food, the dinning rooms are warm and
there are lots of big windows.
Most of the pilots sat by the windows, ate breakfast, drank coffee and
made fun of the other guy's landings. It just doesn't get any better than
that for a ski plane pilot!
|This was sent to Bill Schanks.
Hello Bill Schanks!http://www.kitplaneforum.com
You are listed as an EAA Chapter contact and I wanted your chapter to know
about a new web site I just got online that will service all kit plane
builders and flyers.
For four years I have been standing next to my plane talking to builders
at the OSH flyin and thought it would be a great idea if we all could
communicate easily at other times of the year.
This is a web site where kitplane builders / owners of all types can meet
freely to discuss the many aspects of their sport real time in an
immediate viewable and searchable format.
There is also a forum for EAA chapters and local flyins that you could
take advantage of. Please check it out at the below URL and if you feel it
worth mention to your chapter, perhaps you could list it in your
newsletter or post it at the next meeting.
Thank you for your time to check this out.
Glasair III N196G
|This is from AL
I am working on a Young Eagle flight for mid February with a teacher in
Cottage Grove. Should know more in a week or so. Sorry no date set but
will try to reach people by e-mail and phone when I get it nailed down. We
have been playing v-mail tag.
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#7, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
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