|| Chapter 54 NEWS
Volume 44, Issue 3
will be held on
Time 7:00 pm Social
7:30 pm Program
Location: Christ Lutheran Church in Lake Elmo
Topic: Mark Mathison-
Chief Pilot for Wipaire, Inc.
Here it is the first of March and I've got the worst case of cabin
fever! I've been hibernating all winter and I'm getting pretty tired of
it. Being retired is nice because I don't have to go to work, but I wish
the weather could be nicer. I look out the window and still see large
piles of snow on the boulevard. I'm sick of shoveling the stuff! It seems
Iike I have been shoveling my sidewalks about three times a week lately.
It's enough to make a person goofy!
Now that I've gotten that off of my chest, I guess I should look
forward to spring with some optimism. Hopefully the weather will cooperate
and allow us to get our airplanes out to do the fixing up, dusting off and
flying of them. It should be a good flying spring what with all the
airplanes around getting anxious to fly. I am looking forward to getting
acquainted with Marlon Gunderson's new acquisition, the Piper J-5. We
should be doing a lot of flying. Tim Reberg and I are both getting anxious
to get his Citabria back in the air after the repairs to the damage from
the August storm of 2000. I know that Roger Rand is also looking forward
to getting back in the air after a long layoff. All of the people over at
the Anderson's Hangar have been working hard all winter preparing their
fleet with great anticipation of the coming spring flying season. The
Apache has had some gremlins in the hydraulic system and they have been
chasing them around. From my observation, I think that they are catching
up to them and chasing them away. The skyhawk has been undergoing an
extensive annual this year and I believe that it's going to be in great
flying condition. Dennis Hoffman has been going through every nut, bolt,
washer and cotter pin of the Cessna 170 and is reassembling the old girl.
A little polishing (we-e-ell maybe a lot of polishing) and he's ready to
go. The Midget Mustang sits in the hangar almost trembling it is so
excited about the coming warm weather. Dennis is also quivering in
anticipation too! I think, after he has upped the horsepower and installed
a starter in the L-4, he is waiting for a chance to get back at
"Elvira" the Taylorcraft L2-B. in order to see if he can make
her eat his dust. And speaking of the Taylorcraft L2-B, I think both her
and I would very much like to see some blue sky between us and the ground.
If I do that, I will certainly have to give equal time to my biplane so as
not to create any jealousy or hard feelings. Jerry Sarracco, how's your
fleet coming? Gary Miller, you got that engine back in the bonanza and
running yet? Paul Leidl, I know your fleet of airplanes is all ready,
let's get going! Bob-a-louie, is the Fairchild F-24 all set? I'm looking
forward to seeing Hoover's shiny fleet of silver airplanes setting outside
with a nice green grass background. Man! Wouldn't it be great to see all
of these airplanes lined up in a row on the grass ready to fly? C'mo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-n
There is one harbinger of Spring that should be appearing elsewhere in
the March newsletter. The announcement of the annual banquet on Monday,
May 14. Tim Reberg, the Events Chairman, has been hard at work organizing
that program. He has been in contact with Leif Erickson, the past
Chairman, getting the details ironed out and being brought up to date. The
Restaurant, Mancinis, is confirmed for the 14th of May and we have a
speaker lined up (Norm Petersen). We need some help coming up with a good
assortment of door prizes. We should have some dinners for two at a nice
restaurant for a door prize. The Kupferschmidts are getting hungry. (Don't
they always win that prize?)
The date for the fly-in Pancake Breakfast is also set. Sunday, August
12. It's not too early to start planning for that event. I'll be looking
in to the possibility of our Chapter running a food concession booth at
the Anoka County Airport's Aviation Days in May. I lost the guy's number
and name for a contact due to a computer glitch. Hopefully Jerry Sarracco
still has that information.
I hope to schedule a board meeting for March. It's imperative that we
discuss what needs to be done to achieve tax exempt 501C-3 status for our
Chapter. I would like to hold the meeting on one of these Saturdays. Tell
me your thoughts and schedules to see if a Saturday meeting would be
possible. The general meeting will take place for the Chapter members on
Monday, March 12, at 7:30 PM. The location for the meeting will, as usual,
be at Christ Lutheran Church of Lake Elmo. There is the possibility that
the speaker will be Mark Mathison, Chief Pilot for Wipaire, Inc. Also,
Norm Weston is planning to do a presentation on a scale model that he has
I'm looking forward to seeing you all there.
------ Bill Schanks
|Treasurer’s Report: 12/27/2001
Building Fund $2,767.45
Not much activity this month, one new member, six renewals, and 1
calendar sold. March interest will be about $40.00.
Regular Calendars are SOLD OUT. We have four ‘LightPlane/Ultralight’
ones left. We spent $275.00 on calendars and took in $360.00. Be sure to
say THANK YOU to Jerry Sarracco, because he increased your Chapter’s
bottom line by about $100.00, he brought in enough money to pay for one
fourth of a scholarship payment. Thanks Jerry.
This from Tom Marson:
I have a Garmin GPS 3 for sale. At $ 95.00 if any one is interested.
Tom Marson 1 715 386-3448. Thanks
This blurb from Captain Eddy:
Please include the following news flash in the March Newsletter----
Winter is winding Down. !!! Signed Ed T
This ‘grave’ note from Paul Hove:
Thomas A. Selfridge
1908 --- 1st mortality in an airplane crash. He was the passenger when
Wilbur Wright crashed a US War Department test plane.
Out and About continued:
This from Doug Weiler:
I do have an announcement for the March newsletter. As you may or may
know, I am pres of the Twin Cities RV Builder's Group (MN Wing of Van's
Air Force). We again will be sponsoring the 7th Annual Twin Cities RV
This will take place on Saturday April 21 at the Red Wing Municipal
Airport. Hours are from 8:00 am to 5 pm. The Forum consists of a series of
speakers throughout the day (beginning at 9 am), product information
displays, door prizes, Van's merchandise for sale, and our soon to be
famous RV Discount Desk where one can fax in orders to Aircraft Spruce,
Wick's Aircraft, Avery Tool, and Cleveland Tool and receive a 10% discount
the day of the Forum. We plan to have a program for wives at 10 am with
"Wife Rides" for those wives who have never been in an RV. Of
course there will be lots of RVs on display (last year we have about 27
RVs there and about 200 people). Our afternoon guest speaker will be Jerry
VanGrunsven representing Van's Aircraft. In the evening we have a very
nice banquet at the St. James Hotel in Red Wing. Our banquet guest speaker
will be Wolfgang Irmscher from Kitchener, Ontario, Wolf was a WWII German
Luftwaffe pilot and he, along with his friend and RV builder Terry Jantzi,
will give a talk on his experiences during WWII.
The cost of the Forum is $20 for the first family member, $5 for each
family member and includes breakfast and all the activities throughout the
Lunch is available on site. The banquet is $25 per person. We also have
rooms available at the St. James for Saturday night. For further
information we have a website with the details at
Or one can contact me at
715-386-1239 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|This is from Bill Schanks
Here's a report I read in the magazine-Northern Pilot, the 2000-2001
winter edition. I just got the magazine the other day. It would have been
better to have gotten this info last fall, but here it is anyway, it might
help for next winter.
PHILLIPS 66 ANTI-RUST OIL
Bartlesville, Okla. - Aircraft owners and operators now have a hefty
weapon against rust or corrosion during prolonged aircraft storage.
This preventative maintenance tool, now available in gallon containers,
is Phillips 66 Anti-Rust 20W-50 all mineral aviation oil. The oil,
specifically formulated with corrosion inhibitors, has an active polar
chemistry that adheres to metal parts to produce a superior barrier
against rust and corrosion.
"Phillips 66 Anti-Rust oil is effective on all piston engines and
offers the greatest protection to those with steel cylinders," said
Harold Tucker, technical director for Phillips 66 lubricants. "If an
aircraft is often inactive for periods of one to three months, it can get
added rust protection ... especially in geographic areas where high
humidity or excessive condensation is a problem. It was not, however,
designed to be an operational aviation oil."
The anti-rust oils meet military specification MIL-C-6529-C for oil
types offering corrosion protection and MIL-L-6082-E for approved base
oils. Operators who fly infrequently, with several months between flights,
may also use the oil.
Tucker says that Phillips 66 Anti-Rust oil should never be added to
regular aviation oil and vice-versa, to avoid diluting the effectiveness
of both oils. Another word of caution: once the anti-rust oil has been
added, the engine should not exceed 25 operational hours before the oil is
switched to an ashless dispersant aviation oil.
Tucker offered additional recommendations for long-term aircraft
storage, emphasizing that each aircraft owner/operator should check with
their engine manufacturer for proper storage procedures.
For airplane storage of three to six months: cover the exhaust enough
to allow air movement to the cylinder area, but prevent birds or insects
from building nests.
For airplane storage of six months or longer: seal off the exhaust
manifold, the crank case breather and oil filler tube to curb moisture
from entering the cylinders.
If you have questions about anti-rust oil or other Phillips 66 Aviation
Oil products, please contact the Phillips 66 aviation lubricants technical
advisors at 800-766-0050.
I would rather be messy and creative, than neat and bored.
|CALENDAR of EVENTS
3 UL-Light plane seminar
held in Wausau-Mosinee, WI. at the Holiday
Inn at the Cedar Creek mall.
8-14 Lakeland, Fl Sun ’n Fun EAA Fly-In
14 EAA Chapter 54 Spring
Banquet. Location is Mancini's Char House. The guest speaker is Norm
Petersen from EAA Oshkosh.
12 - EAA Chapter 54 Fly-in.
Your Chapter is looking for someone to publish the Newsletter. You
would get to make 85 copies of the newsletter each month, and attach
mailing labels and stamps. The pay is not very good, but the work is not
very hard. You would receive the newsletter on Friday and should have it
at the Post Office early Monday. If you are looking for an exciting change
in career, and want to do something that would look really good on your
next resume, please contact Bob Waldron at 651-430-9178, or send your
EAA Chapter 54
3275 Manning Ave N #7
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
|The following articles are lifted from
AV-Web. If you subscribe to Av-Web, you have probably already read these.
GENERAL AVIATION FLYING IS SAFER THAN EVER, REPORT SAYS
The general aviation accident rate continues to decline, with a new record
low set in 1999, AOPA's Air Safety Foundation (ASF) reported this week.
"[The results] show that a combination of improved technology and
pilot education appears to be working," said Bruce Landsberg, ASF
executive director. Low-level maneuvering flight and adverse weather
conditions were the two largest fatal accident categories for GA pilots
in 1999, unchanged from previous years, according to the report.
Mechanical and maintenance issues accounted for 15 percent of all
accidents, with just under half of those attributable to engine or
propeller problems. Meanwhile, the Civil Air Patrol also announced this
week that 2000 was its safest year ever, with a low accident rate and no
SUN 'N FUN RIGHT AROUND
Now's the time to start making your plans, if you plan to be in Lakeland,
Fla., for EAA's Sun 'n Fun 2001. Sun 'n Fun, running April 8 to 14, kicks
off the fly-in and airshow season with the second-largest aviation event
in the U.S., surpassed only by EAA's annual gathering in Oshkosh. Display
aircraft will include homebuilts, vintage aircraft, warbirds, ultralights
and seaplanes. Visitors can browse through more than 500 exhibits, attend
workshops on a variety of topics and watch some of the world's best
aerobatic pilots perform daily. And if you can't be there in person, AVweb
will be there to bring you all the news online.
...AND LOTS OF HELP
AVAILABLE FOR ARRIVAL PROCEDURES...
The FAA has issued a NOTAM for aircraft arriving and operating at Lakeland
Linder Regional Airport during Sun 'n Fun. Class D airspace will be in
effect from 6:30 a.m. till 9:30 p.m. during the convention, and special
procedures will be in effect from 7 a.m. till 8 p.m. from April 6 to 14.
The airport will close during aerobatic demonstrations, but will reopen at
the conclusion of each show. For even more flight-planning help, the FAA
offers a detailed "tour" at its Web site, plus a video that you
can borrow from your local FSDO.
CHEAP SEATS INTO OUTER
SPACE FOR SALE SOON:
If you were among those heartbroken when the space station Mir failed
to tap into the tourist trade, maybe you'll get another chance -- if you
can wait till 2020 or so. A California aerospace company says it has a
plan to hurl pax into space for a relatively cheap fare. Andrews Space
& Technology proposes to strap a small orbiter spacecraft onto a
hybrid jet/rocket cruiser, take off from any airport, climb to about
30,000 feet on jet power, then switch to rocket power, zooming into outer
space. The orbiter would then detach and enter into near-Earth orbit,
while the cruiser would return for landing. NASA likes the idea so much it
gave the company a Small Business Innovative Research Grant of $65,000.
Hmmm ... wonder how far that will take them?
If it were not for the last minute, many things would not get done.
|EAA Chapter 54 is located at
3275 Manning Ave. N. Suite #7
Lake Elmo, MN 55042
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