|| Chapter 54 NEWS
Volume 44, Issue 1
will be held on
Time 7:00 pm Social
7:30 pm Program
Location: Christ Lutheran Church in Lake Elmo
Topic: John Renwick will present a program FAA airspace proposal
|Here it is, the end of the
year. Time, I guess, for a state of the Chapter report. It has been an
eventful year for the members of Chapter 54. The beginning of the year saw
a changing of the guard, so to speak. New officers were elected and there
were some changes made within the Chapter's structure. Our Website grew
and improved, we acquired an official permanent mailing address and we
have a new Newsletter Editor. We improved our Chapter House with the
addition of some tables and chairs that were donated, we hung up some
pictures and painted our podium. We also affixed a nice Chapter logo onto
our podium, looks real good too.
As time went on through the year we had some very successful events.
Our Chapter was the host for an EAA National Chapter Leadership Conference
which took place in May at Valter's Aviation Hangar on the Lake Elmo
Airport. The arrangements; the securing of a location in which to hold the
conference, the obtaining of tables and chairs and the catering, was all
organized by Jim Anderson. There were participants in attendance from all
over the country. Right after the Chapter Leadership Conference weekend
we, Chapter 54, held our annual banquet at Mancinni's Char House
Restaurant. Leif Erickson, the Events Chairman, along with a group of
volunteers made the arrangements and solicited some really great door
prizes from various business establishments in the area. That same weekend
there also took place another famous Chapter 54 annual event; the Chapter
54 Weekend Work Party Program. A good time was had by all, I was told, in
spite of Jerry Sarracco's wounds. Throughout the summer, while all these
other events are taking place, Al Kupferschmidt and Art Edhlund are busy
making arrangements for Young Eagle and Flying Start programs. These two
programs are ongoing throughout the year and you are encouraged to contact
either one of these people to see if you are needed to help out.
The next event of interest to us all was the annual pilgrimage to
Oshkosh for Airventure 2000. Chapter 54 sponsored a young man to attend
one of the EAA Air Academy programs. The young man who was the recipient
of the scholarship is Brad Spencer, who is also the grandson of our own
Jim Olson. Brad later related his enjoyable experiences at the Air Academy
to the Chapter members during a program at a Chapter meeting.
A week after returning from Airventure 2,000, the most successful ever
Chapter 54 sponsored Fly-in Breakfast took place. We had the largest
attendance of people, airplanes, vintage cars and motorcycles in the
history of our Chapter. Leif Erickson did a superb job of organizing and
arranging this most successful event! Thank you Leif and all the
That was some of the good stuff!!!! We also had a big storm the summer
of 2,000. One Friday night, while we all slept, a wind of over ninety
miles an hour blew through the Lake Elmo Airport for about half an hour.
It damaged or destroyed many hangars, buildings and aircraft. In among the
damaged or destroyed buildings was our own beloved Chapter Building, home
to many meetings, Young Eagle events, Flying Start programs and many
really good pot-luck dinners. We really miss that building!! As to a
replacement for that building, I have not yet heard any official
statement. We will keep looking and trying and keep you all informed of
Because of the holiday season, our schedules are disrupted so I am not
scheduling any board meeting just yet. We may need to have an emergency
meeting to discuss any development in our housing situation. I'll keep in
touch. There will be a general meeting on Monday, the 8th of January, at
7:30 P.M. The location of the meeting will be at the Christ Lutheran
Church of Lake Elmo (I hope). As of now I am not aware of what the program
--- 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.
|Chapter meeting of December
There were 22 people present at the meeting.
Three new directors were elected. They will replace Gary Miller and
Dennis Hoffman and Leif Ericksen. Thanks to Gary and Dennis and Leif for
your efforts last year.
A guest, named Todd Balsimo attended and later joined. Welcome Todd.
Todd flies a registered Challenger.
Treasurer report was accepted as published.
Al Kupferschmidt and Dennis Hoffman and Jerry Sarracco flew three Young
Eagles the previous Saturday.
February 13th is the next International Young Eagles Day. More than
700,00 have been flown to date.
Jerry Sarracco told us of the M.A.C. meeting. Jerry met with Greg Fries
and showed him our proposed building. It was NOT what Greg expected, and
he was pleasantly surprised. Jerry is the point-man on the new chapter
house, and he will probably give us an update on Monday.
The eveningís program was presented by John Renwick. John had a nice
slide presentation (in PowerPoint using Marlon Gundersonís 3M brand
Video Projector). Johnís presentation was about flying in England. John
described two different flights to fly-ins, one on the Isle of Wight. John
also showed lots of slides of aircraft at one of the museums that he
visited. Johnís presentation was very entertaining and interesting and
promoted a number of questions and later discussions. This was a true
broadening of our horizons. Thanks John.
If you see John and liked the presentation or have questions about
flying in England, or want to know about the new Cirrus airplane that his
club bought, please talk to him. He lives in Minneapolis and has a hangar
at Flying Cloud and frequently flies out of Crystal, and he makes it to
most Chapter meetings whenever he is in town.
---- Bob Waldron Treasurer
Gil Leiter tells us:
My Challenger I is within minutes of completion! All that remains is to
make two small (about 2" each) on the LexanT windscreen, and then
replacing the clecos with pop rivets. This does not seem like the type of
task to carry out in the current cold weather conditions (Lexan can crack,
you know). I could fire up the furnace and let things heat up a bit, but
it does not seem logical to wait around an hour or so for it to get warm
enough to do 20 minutes work! Still, we should get a day when it gets up
to about 20į or so and then she will be done. Will then be looking for a
similar day, preferably with no wind and bright sunlite for an hour or so
of low to medium speed taxi tests. Then it will be necessary to re-torque
the heads, and she will be ready for flight.
Tom Marson says:
I have a Citabria 7GCBC that I'm going to sell. It is a 1974, 150 hp
1700 TT and 300 smoh. All new spars and heavy duty lift struts. Full Panel
and vacuum system. Bendix-King Com-GPS. Original fabric except for wings.
Nov annual. $37,500.
Tom Marson 715 386-3448.
is from the AOPA email newsletter:
AOPA TO OPPOSE MINNEAPOLIS CLASS B EXPANSION
The FAA is proposing to expand the Minneapolis Class B airspace by
extending the lateral limits from 20 to 30 miles and increasing the
ceiling from 8,000 to 10,000 feet msl. AOPA will oppose the expansion,
contending that the FAA has not yet provided any compelling operational or
safety reason for the expansion. It would unnecessarily restrict general
aviation access to public airspace.
Public user meetings will take place on January 9 in St. Paul
and January 13 in Eden Prairie to discuss the proposed expansion. AOPA
urges interested pilots to actively participate in these meetings. Without
input, it is nearly impossible for the FAA to get a complete and accurate
picture of the impact that this proposed action would have on general
aviation. An AOPA representative will attend the January 13 meeting.
|CALENDAR of EVENTS
CALENDAR of EVENTS
8 Monthly Gathering
- Probably at Lake Elmo
Christ Lutheran Church at 7:30pm
8-14 Lakeland, Fl Sun ín Fun EAA Fly-In
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#7, Lake Elmo, MN 55042
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|Jerry Sarracco has a FEW calendars left. We purchased
a lot fewer of them this year, so we don't have many left. Contact
Jerry to reserve yours. We have some that feature Light Planes and
Ultralights. Jerry can be reached at (651)429-1049 or handjSarr@aol.com
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