November 2013 Newsletter

November 11th, 2013

11_13

 

FIRST THINGS FIRST

The July meeting is this Tuesday, November 12. The Board of Directors will meet at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner is at 7:00 p.m. after the Board of Directors’ meeting, and is $6.00 per person. Our chefs for the month will be the Dynamic Duo of Rom Price and Frank Russo cooking up their specialty…cooks surprise!

Elections of officers for 2014 will be held at the general membership meeting.

 

Our speaker will be Eric Presten talking about building and flying the Blériot XI replica of the original wing-warping 1909 airplane. Eric is planning to have his airplane assembled and may fly it before the meeting, so come early.

 

The following is some information Robin forwarded on the Blériot.

 

The Blériot XI is the aircraft that was used by Louis Blériot on 25 July 1909 to make the first flight across the English Channel made in a heavier-than-air aircraft. This achievement is one of the most famous accomplishments of the “pioneer era” of aviation, and not only won Blériot a lasting place in history but also assured the future of his aircraft manufacturing business. The event caused a major reappraisal of the importance of aviation; the English newspaper, The Daily Express, led its story of the flight with the headline, “Britain is no longer an Island”.[1]

It was produced in both single and two-seat versions, powered by a number of different engines and was widely used for competition and training purposes. Military versions were bought by many countries, continuing in service until after the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Two restored examples — one each in the United Kingdom and the United States — of original Blériot XI aircraft are thought to be the two oldest flyable aircraft in the world.

 

Skypark/EAA 1268 Christmas Party Dec 6

 

The Sonoma Skypark/ EAA Chapter 1268 Christmas party will be Friday, December 6, with cokctail hour starting at 6.

 

Chairperson Kathy Carmichael has once again organized the shindig and has an evening of entertainment and fun planned for everyone.

 

Dinner will once again be potluck for salads, side dishes and desserts. If your last name begins with the letters A through E, bring a green or pasta salad. F through M bring a hot or side dish, and N through Z bring appetizers or dessert.

 

There will be a White Elephant gift exchange with each family or couple bringing ONE gift. If you have small children, please bring a gift for them for Santa to give during the party.

 

Kathy has also lined up some live musical entertainment, so the evening will be one of festivity and fellowship, along with the always popular eating and socializing.

 

We are also once again collecting unwrapped children’s’ presents which will be donated to deserving youngsters through the local Schell Vista Fire Department. To donate, bring an unwrapped toy or gift and we will get them to Schell Vista.

 

December 6, with cocktails at 6 and dinner shortly thereafter. Don’t miss it!

 

Set up will be Thursday, December 5 at 4 pm at Hangar A-3 on the East side of the airport. Refreshments will be served.

 

If you have any questions, please give Kathy a call at.

 

EAA 1268 MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN AND TREASURER REPORT

November 2013

 

Membership Report  –  It’s getting close to that time of year when I start haranguing reminding you that a new year is just around the corner and with it another round of dues obligations. Earlier in the week I sent out an email to those that have already paid their 2014 dues according to my records. If you think you should be on that list and didn’t receive that email, please contact me and I’ll get it resolved.

 

Dues are still just $15 and can be hand delivered to me at the meeting or mailed to me using the information on the last page of this newsletter.

 

Treasurer’s Report  I’m happy to report that our fund raising through donations has been very successful. Thanks to members and others we’ve been able to finance our sponsorship of our Air Academy attendees. I’d like to thank the following donors: The Air Explorer Group, Karla Bailey, John Thomason, Gary McDonald, Marsi Fahraji, Jeanette Woods, The Petaluma Pilots Association, Paul Seibert & Marilyn Poggensee, and Bill & Jan Wheadon. Thanks to all of you.

 

Activity in our Treasury has been light – we had no disbursements from checking and one deposit of $195 from dues renewal, October dinner excess, and an Air Academy donation. Our checking account balance stands at $6322.82.

 

That’s all for now – see you at the meeting,

 

Bill Wheadon

EAA 1268 Membership Chairman and Treasurer

 

YOUNG EAGLES NOVEMBER 10

Young Eagles this coming Sunday.  The WX should be good, lets hope there’s no fog.  I have to leave early (visitors from San Diego).  I will bring the usual “Treats” and help get things started.  Will be thankful for any volunteers.

 

As always BK White is looking for volunteer pilots, ground crew and registration helpers for our monthly Young Eagles events. Let him know you will be joining us and helping out by sending him an email.

 

This in from Rich Cooper:

 

Darrel,

Some friends of mine have donated $100 to the Young Eagles program to be used toward the Oshkosh fund or as needed.  Their names are Ron Matteson & Susan Tam.  Please mention them in the newsletter.

Thank You,

Rich

 

AIR EXPLORER UPDATE

The latest from the Aviation Explorers:

 

Hello from Air Explorers!

 

In September, we had great expectations for The Great Hot Dog Sale, which was to take place in conjunction with the NASA Astronaut Rex Walheim speaking at the Petaluma Airport.  The friendly folks at PAPA had graciously given us the opportunity to have the hot dog concession in the hopes of making a lot of money to fun the upcoming events for the Air Explorers.  Many hours were spent debating on how many people were going to show up (between 200 and 2,000), and consequently how many hot dogs we could possibly sell (200 to 800 or so), and therefore how many to buy, what to charge, etc. etc. etc.

 

As many of you will remember, when the Great Day came it was punctuated by a relentless, soaking, downpour all morning long.  It had not rained for many months prior, and it has not rained since.  Hmmmm…not sure what to make of that.   Except that the poor folks over in Novato had a similar disaster at their first big  airport event in several years.

I think when all was said and done, we sold about 25 hot dogs and ate 12 or so ourselves.  Not a stellar day for fund raising.  But, happily, the sun did come out in time for Rex to be picked up by the Fire Department, delivered to the airport, and to give a wonderful address to the community.  Our explorers got a great photo together with Rex later on at the PAPA members only reception later that afternoon.

 

Many big Thank You(s)!! are in order:  Walt for driving me around over 3 days to collect everything needed (and attend planning meetings)  to put on the event (and then put them all back!) and graciously providing your very cool trailer to store it all in; Bill Wheadon for letting us use your great stove; Tina and Mike Fasano for being there as “sweepers” to get any details taken care of, signs made, etc. that needed to be done at the last minute; and for ALL of the Explorers AND their parents who showed up when they said they would with a smile on their face (no matter how wet and how deep the puddles got that we were standing in):  Aidan, Kelly, and Mark Escalera; Ryan, Tina, and Mike Fasano; Garrett Porter and Grandma Peggy, Daniel and Gill Shulte, Jacob and Lisa Smith, Amir and Marsi Fahraji, Connor and Greg, Richey.  Also Ron Price and Bill Wheadon came by to offer their assistance.  There was NO shortage of help!

 

And finally another big Thank You!! to Ron Price who bought ALL of the hot dogs and buns that we did not sell to use at the weekly airport barbecues.  You saved us from really losing our shirts!

 

In other news, Garrett Porter and Daniel Shulte had a wonderful time at Air Academy and will be giving their presentations at the January EAA meeting.  Daniel went flying earlier in the year with members Eric Presten and Rich Cooper for a school project to get some air to air video and photographs.  And he got published on the AOPA website!  Congratulations Daniel and big thanks to Eric and Rich for making the flight happen.

Stay tuned next month for plans for 2014!

 

Robin

 

MOVIE NIGHT AT SKYPARK

Movie night for March will be Friday, November 22. It’s the week before Thanksgiving.

 

The movie will be “Lafayette Escadrille” starring Tab Hunter.

 

Leonard Maltin’s review follows:

Directed: William Wellman. Starring Tab Hunter, Etchika Choureau, William Wellman, Jr., Jody McCrea, Dennis Devine, Marcel Dalio, David Janssen, Paul Fix, Will Hutchins, Clint Eastwood, Tom Laughlin, Brett Halsey.

 

Wellman’s final film is a well-intentioned but flat account of the celebrated French flying legion of WW1, spotlighting the coming to maturity of wayward Hunter. Mostly of interest for its cast, with Wellman, Jr., playing his father (who actually was a pilot during the war). Wellman, Sr., wrote the story and narrates.

 

Pizza is always available for $5 per person, including beverages, and complimentary popcorn just to whet your appetite (or spoil it), courtesy of Walt Lewis and his Amazing Real Movie Theater Popcorn Popping Extravaganza Machine.

 

See you at the movies on Skypark Movie Night, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER at 6 p.m.

 

DINNER SCHEDULE

We are lining up our celebrity chefs for 2013 so let Roy know if you would like to be one of our famous chefs for the upcoming year.

 

The schedule for this year so far is:

Month Cook Meal
2013 DINNER SCHEDULE
NOV

Ron P+Frank R.

Surprise!

DEC 6

XMAS

PARTY

 

SPEAKERS

We are always, continually, everlastingly looking for speakers for our monthly programs. If you don’t want to show your own baby pictures at a meeting, think of an alternative program or speaker and let us know what you would like to hear.

 

We will be trying a new method of arranging for speakers. We will ask for volunteers, not to necessarily be the speaker themselves, but to ask someone they know to be the speaker for the month they’ve selected.

 

Send an email to me at wd6bor@vom.com so we can get your program or speaker information into the newsletter.

 

Month Speaker/Member Subject
2013 SPEAKER SCHEDULE
NOV Eric Presten Bleriot ops
DEC FROSTY ICING OPS

2013 EAA 1268 CALENDAR

Send me any events you have for the calendar and I’ll put them in.

 

DATE EVENT
12/6 XMAS party at Sonoma Skypark!
   

 

EAA CHAPTER 1268 MINUTES

October 8, 2013

They’re coming’ along.

 

Young Eagles Student Memberships Top 25,000

 

October 24, 2013 – In just three short years, more than 25,000 Young Eagles have signed up to be EAA student members.

This free membership is available to all Young Eagles as part of the Young Eagles Flight Plan. After a Young Eagles flight (Step 1) each youth receives a logbook with an access code to sign up for the membership (Step 2).

In addition to the EAA membership, the logbook provides access to the free Sporty’s Learn to Fly Course (Step 3). To date, more than 22,000 Young Eagles have signed up for the course. The EAA membership is free until age 19 and includes an online version of Sport Aviation magazine, e-newsletters, members-only website, free admission to more than 300 science and technology museums, discounts, and more.

Also included is a free Academy of Model Aeronautics youth membership, and more than 14,000 students have taken advantage of that opportunity.

“The Young Eagles program is more than just experiencing the magic of flight; it’s about encouraging young people to consider the all possibilities that aviation has to offer,” said Brian O’Lena, EAA manager of Young Eagles and youth pathways. “This membership is just one more way EAA is able to engage young people in aviation.”

EAA’s Young Eagles program has provided flights for more than 1.8 million youths ages 8-17. For more information about the Young Eagles Flight Plan visit the Young Eagles website

 

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October 2013 Newsletter

October 18th, 2013

FIRST THINGS FIRST

The July meeting is this Tuesday, October 8. The Board of Directors will meet at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner is at 7:00 p.m. after the Board of Directors’ meeting, and is $6.00 per person. Our chefs for the month will be

Because not all the Air Academy attendees can make the October meeting we’ve rescheduled their presentation for November.

We have the latest EAA Chapter monthly video to show after dinner and the regular meeting.

NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 OFFICERS THIS MONTH

We will be nominating officers this month for next year, with the election at the November meeting and installation at the combined Chapter 1268 and Sonoma Skypark Christmas party, with that date to be determined.

Your current officers are getting a little worn down so we really need, as the Count would say, “some new blood…he, he, he…” I wouldn’t even have my feelings hurt if someone wanted to write a newsletter or two in the coming year.

Our Chapter needs a few new idea people to help come up with programs for meetings, to call past members and see if they would like to re-join the Chapter, and to help spread the word in the local community about EAA and Sonoma Skypark.

We’ve conducted membership surveys in the past that have shown that our members are more interested in this being a socially active Chapter instead of one that takes on building projects.

We have found a high level of satisfaction in the way the Chapter is run, with most of our members telling us they have fun visiting at the meetings, hearing interesting presentations, and sharing aviation with our local youth through the Young Eagles, Aviation Explorers and Air Academy programs.

As our present President Don Booker will tell you, this is a very smoothly run organization with a positive and cooperative leadership and membership.

Let’s share the fun. Raise your hand when we ask for nominations. Just think of the fame, glory and adulation that Chapter service brings. The food’s great as well.

EAA 1268 MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN AND TREASURER REPORT

October 2013

Plenty o’ dough! (And not just the pizza kind!)

Bill Wheadon

EAA 1268 Membership Chairman and Treasurer

YOUNG EAGLES OCTOBER 13

Young Eagles this coming Sunday.   As usual – volunteer-volunteer-volunteer, you’ll feel SO GOOD.  Gotta take advantage of this weather while it lasts.  Who knows, November may be socked in.  Mark your calendars SUNDAY, OCT 13.  Hope to see you all on Tue. the 8th for our regular meeting at which I will expound again on the need for VOLUNTEERS…….

See you Sunday

BK

As always BK White is looking for volunteer pilots, ground crew and registration helpers for our monthly Young Eagles events. Let him know you will be joining us and helping out by sending him an email .

AIR EXPLORER UPDATE

The latest from the Aviation Explorers:

They have been diligently exploring!

MOVIE NIGHT AT SKYPARK

Movie night for March will be Friday, October 25.

We’ll send an email to confirm the date and program.

Pizza is always available for $5 per person, including beverages, and complimentary popcorn just to whet your appetite (or spoil it), courtesy of Walt Lewis and his Amazing Real Movie Theater Popcorn Popping Extravaganza Machine.

See you at the movies on Skypark Movie Night, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 at 6 p.m.

DINNER SCHEDULE

We are lining up our celebrity chefs for 2014 so let Roy know if you would like to be one of our famous chefs for the upcoming year.

The schedule for this year so far is:

Month Cook Meal
2013 DINNER SCHEDULE
OCT Mystery chef Chili
NOV Air Explorers Chili
DEC XMAS PARTY Chili
2014 DINNER SCHEDULE
JAN
FEB
MAR
APR
MAY
JUN
JUL
AUG
SEP
OCT
NOV
DEC XMAS PARTY Chili

SPEAKERS

We are always, continually, everlastingly looking for speakers for our monthly programs. If you don’t want to show your own baby pictures at a meeting, think of an alternative program or speaker and let us know what you would like to hear.

Send an email to me at wd6bor@vom.com so we can get your program or speaker information into the newsletter.

Month Speaker/Member Subject
2013 SPEAKER SCHEDULE
OCT EAA Chapter Video Tales of Oshkosh
NOV Air Explorers Air Academy
DEC FROSTY ICING OPS

EAA CHAPTER 1268 MINUTES

September 10, 2013

The September minutes will be in the November newsletter.

OTHER NEWS AND INFO

I receive some good stuff from ATP Bill up by Redding. Here’s some material of interest, with different webcam links and a weight and balance handbook.

Aviation Webcams (and others)……. try these sites

Tis the season to be really be paying attention, eh?

http://avcams.faa.gov/index.php

www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/camera

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/webcam_map/webcam_map.html

http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist2/travelmap.htm

http://www.tripcheck.com/Pages/RCMap.asp?curRegion=7

http://www.wsdot.com/traffic/Cameras/default.aspx

AIRCRAFT WEIGHT AND BALANCE HANDBOOK

www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/handbooks_manuals/aircraft/media/FAA-h-8083-1a.pdf

This is a good read… and a great refresher for you older pilots who have not looked at WT&BL in awhile. 🙂

Illusions – multiple links… good reading

http://www.avmed.in/2011/04/spatial-disorientation-vestibular-illusions/
William V. Hill Jr.  —  ATP – CFI-AIM – AGI

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September 2013 Newsletter

September 7th, 2013

This Really Exists: Giant Concrete Arrows That Point Your Way Across America…

Every so often, usually in the vast deserts of the American Southwest, a hiker or a backpacker will run across something puzzling: a large concrete arrow, as much as seventy feet in length, sitting in the middle of scrub-covered nowhere.

What are these giant arrows? Some kind of surveying mark? Landing beacons for flying saucers? Earth’s turn signals?

FIRST THINGS FIRST

The July meeting is this Tuesday, September 10. The Board of Directors will meet at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner is at 7:00 p.m. after the Board of Directors’ meeting, and is $6.00 per person. I called both Don and Roy and they said that our chef for the month will be Marsi. I haven’t talked to her yet to see what the menu will be. I hope someone told her.

Our speaker will be Howard Hall’s friend Tom Ryan.

EAA 1268 MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN AND TREASURER REPORT

September 2013

We’re in good shape.

Bill Wheadon

EAA 1268 Membership Chairman and Treasurer

YOUNG EAGLES SEPTEMBER 8

Young Eagles this coming Sunday.  The WX should be good, lets hope theres no fog.  I have to leave early (visitors from San Diego).  I will bring the usual “Treats” and help get things started.  Will be thankful for any volunteers.  Send me a Yea or Ney.  See you Sunday

Jeanette also asks all Young Eagles pilots to give a copy of their current insurance to either BK or her.

As always BK White is looking for volunteer pilots, ground crew and registration helpers for our monthly Young Eagles events. Let him know you will be joining us and helping out by sending him an email .

AIR EXPLORER UPDATE

The latest from the Aviation Explorers:

Our July activity took us over the Lee Schaller’s place in Petaluma.  The boys (and me) got to shake our collective heads in amazement at the astounding collection of stuff that he has in his two hangars (not including the house) of submarine engines, artillery (all de-militarized, of course), cars, boats, planes (on the ground and suspended from the ceiling), engines, endless manuals, motorcycles, and practically a museum’s worth of wonderful photographs on the wall.  My personal favorite was one taken in the Sacramento Valley, airborne of course, looking down at a field with the message “FARMING SUCKS” sculpted out of the middle of it.  Priceless.

And the quote of the day came from Connor.  When I asked him what he thought about the place, he said while looking around:  “I’m thinking we need to get a ride in one of these planes…”  Yep – I’ll be working on that.

August was busy and quiet at the same time with everyone migrating to Wisconsin for Oshkosh.  Daniel and Garrett went to Air Venture and will be giving a presentation (as usual) at the October EAA meeting.  Our August meeting took place the day after they got back – they were positively beaming and gave a terrific recap to everyone there.

On September 21 we have a great opportunity to make some money for the group selling hot dogs at the Petaluma Airport for their Display Day and Astronaut Day.  I know Darrell will be mentioning this also in the newsletter so I’ll leave the details to him.  However, if anyone can help out us out at the booth it would be much appreciated.  I am hoping to raise enough money to schedule several hours of dual for each of the Explorers.

Give me a call  if you have an hour or two to spare while you’ll be over there.  It is sounding like there could be a huge amount of people for the event.  Thanks!

Robin

MOVIE NIGHT AT SKYPARK

Movie night for March should be Friday, September 27

We’ll send an email to confirm the date and program.

Pizza is always available for $5 per person, including beverages, and complimentary popcorn just to whet your appetite (or spoil it), courtesy of Walt Lewis and his Amazing Real Movie Theater Popcorn Popping Extravaganza Machine.

See you at the movies on Skypark Movie Night, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 at 6 p.m.

DINNER SCHEDULE

We are lining up our celebrity chefs for 2013 so let Roy know if you would like to be one of our famous chefs for the upcoming year.

The schedule for this year so far is:

Month Cook Meal
2013 DINNER SCHEDULE
SEP Marsi Surprise!
OCT Air Explorers Mystery!
NOV Ron P. Excitement!
DEC XMAS PARTY

SKYPARK FAMILY FUN DAY

Sonoma Skypark’s Family Fun Day has been rescheduled to next June, probably the second Saturday. That leaves plenty of time to get the open house well organized.

SPEAKERS

We are always, continually, everlastingly looking for speakers for our monthly programs. If you don’t want to show your own baby pictures at a meeting, think of an alternative program or speaker and let us know what you would like to hear.

We will be trying a new method of arranging for speakers. We will ask for volunteers, not to necessarily be the speaker themselves, but to ask someone they know to be the speaker for the month they’ve selected.

Send an email to me at wd6bor@vom.com so we can get your program or speaker information into the newsletter.

Month Speaker/Member Subject
2013 SPEAKER SCHEDULE
SEP Tom Ryan ?
OCT Air Academy Participants Tales of Oshkosh
NOV Eric Presten Bleriot ops
DEC FROSTY S.M. ICING OPS

2013 EAA 1268 CALENDAR

Send me any events you have for the calendar and I’ll put them in.

DATE EVENT
9/21 Wings Over Marin

PETALUMA AIRPORT DAY SEPT 21

Hi All,

If you’ve not volunteered to help out with the “Wings Over Marin” event at Gnoss Field on September 21st, we REALLY need your help at our event with Shuttle Astronaut Rex Walheim that same day.  So far over 20 PAPA members have volunteered to participate.  The public event with Astronaut Rex will be combined with our final Display Day event for the year.  Following the Display Day we’ll have a gathering at the PAPA hangar including burgers and fries as well as some brewed up adult beverages for all the Astronaut Rex volunteers.  We’ll have a great time relaxing after the hectic day and be able to show Astronaut Rex how much we appreciate his service to our country.  He’s looking forward to spending time with us as fellow pilots.

See you all there!

Tail winds,

Tom McGaw
Thomas McGaw Consulting
Airport Development & Business Planning
707-762-3724

WINGS OVER MARIN SEP 21

All GFCA Friends and Lists

I’d like to ask for your help in getting our event out to the northern California airport email lists.

Wings Over Marin – is happening on Sept. 21st from 10-4m at Gnoss Field.  Please visit the web site for details and ticket information.  www.gnossfield.org/events We are going to have a family friendly day and a lot of fun:

We need your help, even if you can’t attend, or volunteer for the event.  Please forward the two attachments to this email to your friends, family, and email lists with a note telling them that you know this event will be a fun family friendly day.  Encourage them to go to our web site where they can find details about the day and buy tickets on-line! www.gnossfield.org/events We also have a facebook page at www.facebook.com/wingsovermarin2013 .   If you know how to do facebook, please “share” any of the great facebook items about the event with your facebook friends!

Highlights:

Women in Aviation theme with some wonderful women speakers and seminar in the afternoon for middle and high school youth to be inspired by aviation as a possible career.

Static Displays, Fly-overs, Marin Antique and Roadster Car Club, Free Rides for kids (who win raffle – should be at least 20 free rides for kids that day. Expo, Food and Fun. Visit www.gnossfield.org/events for directions, schedule, parking, and on-line ticket sales!

Thanks for your help in getting the word out about Wings Over Marin.  Looking forward to seeing you on Sept. 21 at Gnoss Field.

Steve Knecht

steve.knecht@comcast.net

415-893-9941 (office)

415-246-5493 (cell)

ALSO FROM GNOSS FIELD

Our annual Young Eagles day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10-2 at Gnoss this year and, as always, we’re on the prowl for pilots to help fly kids that morning. We’re a little thin on pilots of our own this year especially, as we’ll be flying kids a various times during the day the previous Saturday at the Wings Over Marin event. We’d love to have any or all of your members come join us on the 28th-would you mind posting a notice for us?

Let everyone know they can call me directly at 415-378-8504 or email me here for details.

Many thanks!  Hope to see you again this year (in fact, I believe that’s your purty Stinson on our Facebook page header:   www.facebook.com/EAA1232

Regards,

Ken Mercer

EAA Chapter 1232

THIS FROM NUT TREE CHAPTER 1230

Our YE events are the third Saturday of each month (we start in March & fly through November). The information I sent on the times during the event still hold. We pilot brief at 0715, start flying kids at 0730 until done. With enough aircraft flying we are usually done by 1200 or earlier.

Cheers,

Mike Hedrick

President, EAA Chapter 1230

Nut Tree Airport, Vacaville

Here are some web links you might find interesting…

Mississippi crop duster

Airshow Action photo links

FIRE BOMBING IN SPAIN

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August 2013 Newsletter

August 7th, 2013

WHILE ON 101 JUST SOUTH OF SFO

I had to run down to San Jose recently and was just south of SFO on Highway 101 when I happened to look in my rear view mirror. Just had time to pick up my camera and snap a quick shot. You may have read about it in the paper..

FIRST THINGS FIRST

The July meeting is this Tuesday, August 13. The Board of Directors will meet at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner is at 7:00 p.m. after the Board of Directors’ meeting, and is $6.00 per person. Our chefs for the month will be Marilyn and Bob Avrit with deli sandwiches and cobblers (just in case anyone needs some work done on their shoes. Yeah, I know, bad joke.)

Our speaker will be our Petaluma compatriot Gary McDonald talking about airplane camping.

EAA 1268 MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN AND TREASURER REPORT

August 2013

Membership Report –  We now have 80 members in good standing with their dues in 2013. This includes 15 Associate members (Spouses or significant others). We also had one renewal in the past month. If you’re not sure of your standing, check the badge board – if your badge is blue, you’re paid up – if its white or not there, you’re probably in arrears.

Treasurer’s Report The busy Air Academy season is drawing to a close and our fund set aside for this expense is still showing a deficit. The large contribution from the Air Explorers and also individual gifts have helped to whittle down the

deficiency, but we still have a ways to go. Now that we have our 501c3 status, all contributions to the Air Academy fund are fully deductible on your income taxes –  I hate to remind you but tax season is just around the corner.

That’s all for now – see you at the meeting,

Bill Wheadon

EAA 1268 Membership Chairman and Treasurer

YOUNG EAGLES AUGUST 11

Young Eagles this coming Sunday.  The WX should be good, lets hope theres no fog.  I have to leave early (visitors from San Diego).  I will bring the usual “Treats” and help get things started.  Will be thankful for any volunteers.  Send me a Yea or Ney.  See you Sunday

As always BK White is looking for volunteer pilots, ground crew and registration helpers for our monthly Young Eagles events. Let him know you will be joining us and helping out by sending him an email.

AIR EXPLORER UPDATE

The latest from the Aviation Explorers:

We finally got to do the field trip to Beale Air Force Base in June.  All the officers and enlisted folks rolled out the red carpet and gave us a great look in to everything happening on the base pertaining to Flight Ops, Aeromedical training, and career opportunities in the Air Force.

We had a great turnout – 5 of the 7 members were able to come on the tour:  Daniel, Amir, Connor, Ryan, and newbie Jacob.

We got great training in night vision and scanning techniques, hypoxia (all forms), function of the altitude chamber, crash survival and aircraft ejection techniques and considerations.  These were the full modules that they give their regular students, not just an abbreviated version!  We got a tour of the altitude chamber itself and the repair and maintenance section that maintains the pressure suits that the pilots wear in the U-2

We also got to see first hand a pilot being fitted for flight in their pressure suits (which takes no less than 3 people!).

In addition to the training, we also were treated to the real stories of 5 airmen (3 enlisted and two officers) of how they chose the Air Force and their particular career path which landed them at Beale in their squadron.  It was both informative and heart warming to hear their personal stories and impressions of their time serving their country.  All have chosen to re-enlist.  Most impressively, the XO of the base and their most senior U-2 pilot talked for nearly an hour explaining the various paths to becoming a military pilot – invaluable information for our future pilots.  A big thank you to all of the drivers and chaperones:  Walt, Jill, Lisa, and Tina.

All in all we were there from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and had a great day.  Even better, we are invited back for future visits!

In other news, Walt has started workshops featuring the project airplane for the Air Explorers at the clubhouse on the fourth Saturday of every month.  They’ll meet from 10a – 1p, stopping for lunch at the EAA barbecue.

Robin

MOVIE NIGHT AT SKYPARK

Movie night for March will be Friday, August 30

I talked to Rafe and he said he was thinking of showing “The Right Stuff” based on Tom Wolf’s book about the early astronaut program and the test pilot era of Chuck Yeager.

We’ll send an email to confirm the date and program.

Pizza is always available for $5 per person, including beverages, and complimentary popcorn just to whet your appetite (or spoil it), courtesy of Walt Lewis and his Amazing Real Movie Theater Popcorn Popping Extravaganza Machine.

See you at the movies on Skypark Movie Night, FRIDAY, AUGUST 30 at 6 p.m.

DINNER SCHEDULE

We are lining up our celebrity chefs for 2013 so let Roy know if you would like to be one of our famous chefs for the upcoming year.

The schedule for this year so far is:

Month Cook Meal
2013 DINNER SCHEDULE
AUG Marilyn & Bob Deli delight
SEP ? ?
OCT Air Explorers Chili
NOV Ron P. Chili
DEC XMAS PARTY

SPEAKERS

We are always, continually, everlastingly looking for speakers for our monthly programs. If you don’t want to show your own baby pictures at a meeting, think of an alternative program or speaker and let us know what you would like to hear.

We will be trying a new method of arranging for speakers. We will ask for volunteers, not to necessarily be the speaker themselves, but to ask someone they know to be the speaker for the month they’ve selected. If we can fill out the schedule at the February meeting for speakers and dinners then we can sit back and relax for the rest of the year.

Send an email to me at wd6bor@vom.com so we can get your program or speaker information into the newsletter.

Month Speaker/Member Subject
2013 SPEAKER SCHEDULE
AUG Gary McDonald Air camping
SEP Tom Ryan ?
OCT Air Academy Participants Tales of Oshkosh
NOV Eric Presten Bleriot ops
DEC FROSTY ICING OPS

2013 EAA 1268 CALENDAR

Send me any events you have for the calendar and I’ll put them in.

DATE EVENT
8/17-18 Wings Over Wine Country, Sonoma County Airport
9/21 Wings Over Marin
10/12 SSP Family Fun Day

EAA CHAPTER 1268 MINUTES

June 11, 2013

EAA Chapter 1268 – BOD Meeting

President Don Booker called the meting to order at 6:10.

The Board reviewed the minutes of the June meeting and found no errors or omissions.

Board members and officers present were Don Booker, Bill Wheadon, Paul Seibert, Marsi Fahraji, Jeanette Woods, BK White, Robin Tatman, Walt Lewis and Darrel Jones.

Darrel reported that the Aviation Explorer Post 1268 is sponsored by Sonoma Skypark this year while the EAA national office completes new guidelines for Chapters to sponsor local youth organizations such as Aviation Explorers, Boy and Girls Clubs, etc.

Darrel also reported that Family Fun Day this year will be on Saturday October 12 and told the Board that Sonoma Skypark will need help from the Chapter membership.

Bill reported that donations to the Sonoma Skypark Family Fun Day will be made through Chapter 1268 to qualify them as 501.c.3 donations. Proceeds from past events have gone to the local Aviation Explorer Post 1268 and the Sonoma Mentoring Alliance. The Sonoma Skypark Board of Directors will decide on recipients for this year’s funds.

Bill also reported that EAA has a six-month free trial membership available to anyone interested in aviation. The Board approved a motion to extend a trail membership to anyone taking advantage of the national EAA trail membership offer. Young Eagles are eligible for free membership in the EAA until they are nineteen. The Board will also grant Young Eagles free membership to young Eagles applying for membership in the national EAA by granting them “honorary membership” as provided for in the Chapter by-laws.

BK reported that the June Young Eagles Day had nineteen Young Eagles participating with five pilots and the regular ground crew helping. BK once again thanked the ground crew and pilots for the generous donation of their time, aircraft and fuel to make Chapter 1268’s Young Eagles events a continuing success.

Robin reported that the Aviation Explorer Post will be continuing to work on the airplane project to give the members hands-on experience with aircraft skills.

Robin also reported that the Post will be taking a field trip to Beale Air Force Base to tour the high-altitude chamber and training facility.

Robin said that Daniel Shulte’s surgery went well and he is recovering and will be ready to attend Air Academy this summer.

Walt informed the Board that the Post will be breaking the aircraft work into smaller tasks to keep progress going forward. He said the Post members would also be inventorying the tools and rearranging the work space.

The Board meeting was adjourned at 6:40.

Dinner was prepared by Robin adn Jeanette and consisted of ribs, corn, garlic bread, cole slaw and ice cream.

The General membership meeting was called to order at 7:35 by President Booker.

The May minutes were approved as published in the newsletter.

The officers gave their reports to the membership. Bill informed the members that the Chapter is a 501.c.3 non-profit organization and that all donations to the Chapter are tax-deductible. He also informed the membership about the national EAA trial membership program and that the Chapter will match the trial membership with membership in Chapter 1268.

President Booker adjourned the meeting at 8:00 pm.

The speaker for the evening was Gardner Bride telling about dusting in Texas and flying over 100′ tall cottonwood trees at the end of the field with 600 pounds of dust in a Piper PA-18. He worked in Stanton, Texas, home of “3,000 friendly people and a few soreheads.”

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July 2013 Newsletter

July 7th, 2013

JORGE OROS GETS HIS PRIVATE IN SONOMA!

It’s been a good run for us recently with a couple of our airport kids getting along with their flight training. Jorge and instructor John Cabeau in front of the trusty 172.

EAA 1268 MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN AND TREASURER REPORT

July 2013

We got lot’s ‘o money. We be in good shape. Pay ur dooz.

(Treasurer’s report will be given at the meeting and will appear in the next newsletter if I don’t forget.

YOUNG EAGLES JULY 14

You bet’cha! Be there or be square. (Can you tell it’s 7:30 Sunday evening and my fingers are flying? Brain my not be engaged)

As always BK White is looking for volunteer pilots, ground crew and registration helpers for our monthly Young Eagles events. Let him know you will be joining us and helping out by sending him an email.

AIR EXPLORER UPDATE

The latest from the Aviation Explorers:

You bet’cha once again. Make sure you get to the meeting to get the whole story.

MOVIE NIGHT AT SKYPARK

Movie night for March will be Friday, July 26

The movie will be a big surprise! (Again)

Pizza is always available for $5 per person, including beverages, and complimentary popcorn just to whet your appetite (or spoil it), courtesy of Walt Lewis and his Amazing Real Movie Theater Popcorn Popping Extravaganza Machine.

See you at the movies on Skypark Movie Night, FRIDAY, JULY 26 at 6 p.m.

DINNER SCHEDULE

The schedule for this year so far is:

Month Cook Meal
2013 DINNER SCHEDULE
JUL Don and Wayne Surprise!
AUG ? ?
SEP ? ?
OCT Air Explorers Chili
NOV Ron P. Chili
DEC XMAS PARTY

SPEAKERS

We are always, continually, everlastingly looking for speakers for our monthly programs. If you don’t want to show your own baby pictures at a meeting, think of an alternative program or speaker and let us know what you would like to hear.

We will be trying a new method of arranging for speakers. We will ask for volunteers, not to necessarily be the speaker themselves, but to ask someone they know to be the speaker for the month they’ve selected. If we can fill out the schedule at the February meeting for speakers and dinners then we can sit back and relax for the rest of the year.

Send an email to me at wd6bor@vom.com so we can get your program or speaker information into the newsletter.

Month Speaker/Member Subject
2013 SPEAKER SCHEDULE
JUL Schake the 2nd Flying F-16s
AUG Gary McDonald Air camping
SEP Tom Ryan ?
OCT Air Academy Participants Tales of Oshkosh
NOV Eric Presten Bleriot ops
DEC FROSTY ICING OPS

2013 EAA 1268 CALENDAR

Send me any events you have for the calendar and I’ll put them in.

DATE EVENT
7/9 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
7/14 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
7/26 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
7/29-8/4 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI

EAA CHAPTER 1268 MINUTES

June 11, 2013

EAA Chapter 1268 – BOD Meeting

Commenced:  about 6:00 pm

If you’re familiar with the old Sienfield show, “yada, yada, yada…”

Minutes for June will be in the August newsletter. You can make a motion to approve them at the meeting anyway.

8:00 pm,  Meeting Adjourned!

The speaker for the evening was

Gardner Bride telling us about how he didn’t hit the tree while crop dusting in Texas.

Darrel Jones, Acting (Pretending!) Secretary

The tower has a top thanks to Ron Price.

Next up, the airway beacon to go on top.

We didn’t quite get everything we needed for the newsletter, but what the heck, we’re a pretty informal group and we seem to enjoy each other’s company, so we’ll just be relaxed since it’s summer and it was so hot and there was the 4th of July and everything and….

That’s my story and I’m sticking to it…

See you at the meeting.

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June 2013 Newsletter

June 27th, 2013

Emmanuel Burke After His Solo

EMMANUEL BURKE SOLOS IN FLORIDA!

What else are you going to do when you turn sixteen and there are no hurricanes forecast for the day? Looks a little breezy in the back though.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

The June meeting is this Tuesday, June 11. The Board of Directors will meet at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner is at 7:00 p.m. after the Board of Directors’ meeting, and is $6.00 per person. Our chef for the month will be Robin Tatman and Jeanette Woods who will be preparing ribs with fresh corn if it is available.

Our speaker will be Howard Hall who will tell us his secretes of flying. You know, keep the oily side down and the shiny side up. Stuff like that.

EAA 1268 MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN AND TREASURER REPORT

June 2013

Membership Report – As Membership Chairman my duties include not only keeping track of the membership roster but also trying to increase the membership base. As someone who doesn’t spend as much time at the Skypark airport and in the Sonoma Community as most of you, I’m calling on you to assist me in this latter endeavor. The tool to use is the EAA Trial membership program which gives someone a free 6 month membership in EAA National with all the perks of a full membership. This allows the prospective member to take a “road test” of the EAA experience with no obligation. All it requires is the name and address of the candidate – telephone number and email address doesn’t have to be submitted to EAA National. Once I have the information I can handle the registration. Let’s see what we can do to grow our base.

Treasurer’s Report – Even though activity in the checking account has been light, we’re about to enter a period of high disbursing as we enter the Air Academy activity season. Our sponsorship of four attendees will require a significant portion of our treasury to be allocated to this. In the past we’ve had individual contributions to help lighten the load and we’re once again calling on our members to help out. A contribution to the Air Academy fund is fully deductible since we are recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 non-profit organization. Contributors so far this year have been: The Air Explorers Group, Marsi Fahraji, Jeanette Woods, John Thomason, and Bill & Jan Wheadon. Cash or check contributions can be made. Our checking account balance stands at $4934.28.

See you a the meeting, Bill Wheadon

EAA 1268 Membership Chairman an Treasurer

YOUNG EAGLES JUNE 9.

BK will have his report at the meeting.

As always BK White is looking for volunteer pilots, ground crew and registration helpers for our monthly Young Eagles events. Let him know you will be joining us and helping out by sending him an email.

AIR EXPLORER UPDATE

The latest from the Aviation Explorers:

A big CONGRATULATIONS!! goes to our newest Private Pilot in Air Explorers and on the field:  Daniel Shulte.  And if that’s not enough, he got his Driver’s License a week or so later.  What a month!  It’s tradition that whenever an Explorer has a landing mark event (solo, rating, etc.), they get a cake, and Daniel already has his order in.

Another big Thank You goes to the Board of the Sonoma Skypark Airport.  Due to some rather wild politics and lawyer maneuvers at EAA National, they decided a few years ago that there was to be no “co-mingling” of EAA with other groups, like Air Explorers for example.  The issue will likely be resolved shortly, but until then we were lacking a sponsor, which is a requirement of the Boy Scouts of America who indirectly charters the Air Explorers (and more importantly underwrites the insurance).   The Sonoma Skypark Airport has graciously agreed to be our sponsor so that we can continue as an Air Explorer Post.  Thank you again Darrel, Jeannie, and the other Board members!

Since the May meeting coincided with Mother’s Day, the consensus of the group was to not have a meeting.  Most members drive at least 30 minutes and some nearly an hour each way to get to the airport, and its mostly (although not always!) moms who are doing the driving. A big Thank You to the mom’s for your support, and endless driving, and we hope you had a great day with your families.

Our field trip to Beale has been rescheduled to June 21 so more Explorers could attend. Stay tuned for details and pictures next month.

Our regular meeting will resume this Sunday.

Robin Tatman, Post 1268 Advisor

MOVIE NIGHT AT SKYPARK

Movie night for March will be Friday, June 28.

The movie this month will be the 1932 film “Sky Devils” starring Spencer Tracy and Ann Dvorak.

The collective interest in aviation peaked in 1929 just as the air burst from an inflated stock market.  Moviegoers, looking for an affordable escape from the financial doldrums, flocked to see Hollywood’s beautiful people on the silver screens. Market forces suppressed all forms of flying, except at the movie studios, which were eager to capitalize on the earlier successes of Dawn Patrol, Wings and Hell’s Angels. Howard Hughes, with thousands of feet of unused flying shots from Hell’s Angel’s, decided to produce a smaller scale aviation film with a very young actor, Spencer Tracy.  This is another rather rare opportunity to step back into aeronautical history only at Sonoma Skypark Vintage Movie Night.  Admission and Walt’s popcorn is always free to all and pizza and a drink are just a $5 donation.

Rafe

Pizza is always available for $5 per person, including beverages, and complimentary popcorn just to whet your appetite (or spoil it), courtesy of Walt Lewis and his Amazing Real Movie Theater Popcorn Popping Extravaganza Machine.

See you at the movies on Skypark Movie Night, FRIDAY, JUNE 28 at 6 p.m.

DINNER SCHEDULE

We are lining up our celebrity chefs for 2013 so let Roy know if you would like to be one of our famous chefs for the upcoming year. You can also let me know at wd6bor@vom.com and I’ll put you on the roster.

The schedule for this year so far is:

Month Cook Meal
2013 DINNER SCHEDULE
JUN Robin T. Jeanette W.
JUL ? ?
AUG ? ?
SEP ? ?
OCT Air Explorers Chili
NOV Ron P. Chili
DEC XMAS PARTY

SPEAKERS

We are always, continually, everlastingly looking for speakers for our monthly programs. If you don’t want to show your own baby pictures at a meeting, think of an alternative program or speaker and let us know what you would like to hear.

We will be trying a new method of arranging for speakers. We will ask for volunteers, not to necessarily be the speaker themselves, but to ask someone they know to be the speaker for the month they’ve selected. If we can fill out the schedule at the February meeting for speakers and dinners then we can sit back and relax for the rest of the year.

We already have some volunteers with Tat talking about airway beacons, Travis inviting ATC controllers from the Napa tower, Rich Cooper lining up a formation flying presentation, John Carmichael talking about seaplane operations, and Craig McDonald and Les Goldner agreeing to either find speakers or give presentations themselves.

Send an email to me at wd6bor@vom.com so we can get your program or speaker information into the newsletter.

Month Speaker/Member Subject
2013 SPEAKER SCHEDULE
JUN Howard Hall Flying tales
JUL Craig McD Airplanes
AUG ?
SEP ?
OCT Air Academy
NOV Eric Presten Bleriot
DEC FROSTY ICING OPS

PETALUMA BREAKFAST 6/15

Got this from Gary Mc over at PAPA.

Dear Friends,

Please join Uncle Don, Big PAPA Phil, Buddy T, Cousin Bob, Little PAPA Janero and Fast Eddie the Banker, for a great breakfast this next Saturday 6-15-13. Our leader Marc “the Wheel”, has said, anyone who fly’s in for this breakfast, eats free! After we eat we bring our planes to the line for Airport Display Day and help Little Joe set up and take down, he is paying $50.00 an hour for the help!  🙂

Don’t forget our Pot Luck dinner meeting this Wednesday night, bring something to cook on the BBQ for yourself and a dish to share with others, starts at 5:30 PM, Spoke DeBel has line up a great guest speaker, come find out who will win the $500.00 Scholarship Raffle?

Be well and fly straight!

Gary

Date: Saturday 6-15-2013

Time: 8 to 9:30 AM

PAPA Clubhouse, O69

Any Questions call 707-333-4464

Eggs to order, Italian Sausage, Potatoes, Pan Cakes, Coffee, Juice, Fruit, only $7.00

2013 EAA 1268 CALENDAR

Send me any events you have for the calendar and I’ll put them in.

DATE EVENT
6/7,8,9 Golden West, Yuba City Fly-in
6/9 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
6/11 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
6/28 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
7/9 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
7/14 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
7/26 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
7/29-8/4 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI

EAA CHAPTER 1268 MINUTES

May 14, 2013

EAA Chapter 1268 – BOD Meeting

Commenced:  about 6:00 pm

Present: The usual cast of characters (probably Don Booker, Jeanette Woods, Bill Wheadon, Paul Siebert, BK White and Darrel Jones, who was helping Catherine in the kitchen and not taking very good notes.

Marsi Fahraji was absent, and missed greatly.

The Chapter will be signing up our Aviation Explorers for free honorary membership in the Chapter. Any Young Eagle qualifies for free national EAA membership until age nineteen. Our bylaws doesn’t specifically have provision for youth membership, but can be changed by a vote of the general membership.

The national EAA doesn’t currently allow Chapters to “co-mingle” with other organizations. Chapter 1268 isn’t able to renew our sponsorship of Post 1268 until the national office has completed guidelines for doing so. Until that time Sonoma Skypark Airport will sponsor the Post. Jeff Skiles has told us that the new guidelines will be in place this summer to sponsor Aviation Explorers as well as other youth organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

The board meeting was adjourned sometime before dinner, which was prepared by Catherine Jones and consisted of chili, salad, cornbread and cookies.

The General membership meeting was called to order at 7:20.

The minutes of the April meeting were approved as published in the newsletter (I suppose.)

Richard Craig had Damian Hoke, who went to the Air Academy last year from Napa, and Adam Coffman, who is a member of the Travis CAP.

Daniel Shulte, one of our Air Academy participants for this and previous years, passed his private pilot check ride.

Andrew Walker, Todd Walker’s son, will be instructing at Oshkosh this summer. He was one of John Camichael’s students and graduated from Chico State this year.

7:40 in pm  Meeting Adjourned.

The speaker for the evening was Gene Stangel, who talked about making a forced landing on the salt flats in Utah after a catastrophic engine failure.

Darrel Jones, Acting (Pretending!) Secretary

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May 2013 Newsletter

May 29th, 2013

FIRST THINGS FIRST

The April meeting is this Tuesday, May 14. The Board of Directors meet at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner is at 7:00 p.m. after the Board of Directors’ meeting, and is $6.00 per person. Our chef for the month will be Catherine Jones, who will be preparing her own chili recipe, with salad, cornbread and home made cookies for dessert.

We actually had double-booked a speaker for the meeting. Bill Wheadon has Gene Stangel and Don Booker has Gardner Bride. Hopefully Gardner can take a later meeting since Gene is already prepared for this Tuesday.

Bill wrote:

Darrel,

You asked me to send a reminder prior to our meeting regarding the speaker so you could put a blurb in the newsletter. His name is Gene Stangel and he’s based at Napa. His talk is about his forced landing on the Bonneville salt flats following a complete engine failure. I’ve attached a copy of the two part article he wrote for our Napa Pilots newsletter (there is a part 3 that he’ll cover in his talk). There’s a picture in the article of Gene and his wife standing beside the airplane after the landing with just some of the emergency vehicles in the background – I don’t know if you can (or want to) extract the picture so I attached that picture also.

Bill

I’ll put the article at the end of this newsletter.

This will be a quick newsletter since I had to work this weekend. If I miss anything let me know and I’ll get out an update later in the month.

EAA 1268 MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN AND TREASURER REPORT

May 2013

Since activity in the Membership and Treasurer departments is low, I’ll just give our checking account balance – $4669.28 with no disbursements and one deposit of $34.

See you at the meeting,

Bill Wheadon

YOUNG EAGLES MAY 12

It was a beautiful day at Sonoma Skypark. Chapter 1268 pilots flew fourteen Young Eagles with ground crew duties handled by BK, Paul Siebert, and Walt Eastland and Walt Lewis giving ground school. Jasmine again took care of registration. The pilots were Frank Russo, Bill Wheadon, Jeanette Woods, Ron Price and Darrel Jones.

Come out and join in when we fly again June 9.

As always BK White is looking for volunteer pilots, ground crew and registration helpers for our monthly Young Eagles events. Let him know you will be joining us and helping out by sending him an email.

AIR EXPLORER UPDATE

The latest from the Air Explorers:

A big welcome to our newest member to Explorer Post 1268:  Jacob Smith!  And a big vote of appreciation goes to his mom Lisa for hunting us down on the internet (no easy feat it turns out) and bringing him to the event from Benecia.  He got to fly of course (and had a great time), stayed for the meeting, and signed up.

Congratulations are in order to Garrett Porter and Daniel Shulte who are two of the four recipients chosen for Air Venture scholarships at Oshkosh this year.  And a big THANK YOU to our EAA Chapter for offering those scholarships!  We’ll get a report on their trip at the October EAA meeting.

At our April meeting, we did a fun exercise out of the AOPA Path to Aviation Teacher and Student Handbook.  Each Explorer got their turn to “fly” a wheelbarrow which (thanks to Walt and parent Greg Richie) simulated forces acting on an airplane in flight, and all of the stick movements involved in flying a pattern.  Walt provided the wheelbarrow and stick (the hand of a hammer), and Explorer Extraordinaire Daniel Shulte quickly noticed something was missing.  He retrieved a paper plate from the kitchen to provide a much needed trim wheel…

Our next upcoming field trip is to Beale Air Force Base this coming Friday.  Beale is home to a fleet of 33 U-2 high altitude reconnaissance aircraft and an altitude training chamber.  The purpose of the trip is to learn about the impact of oxygen (or lack there of) on pilots while flying.  A side benefit will be to watch one of the U-2 pilots suit up in their high altitude pressure suits in preparation for a flight, as well as get a tour of the base.  It should be a great day!

As a side note to our members:  Altitude training was once available at McClellan AFB to any licensed pilot on base courtesy of an agreement between the military and the FAA.  That agreement is no longer in effect.  Pilots can get altitude training but you’ll have to do a cross country to get it:  it is only available currently in Oklahoma City at the FAA’s aeromedical facility.

Robin Tatman, Post 1268 Advisor

MOVIE NIGHT AT SKYPARK

Movie night for March will be Friday, May 24.

The movie this month will be “Keep ‘Em Flying” with Abbot and Costello.

Released by Universal Pictures just one week before the Pearl Harbor attack, Abbott and Costello pitch in to help with the Air Corps  pilot training at Cal-Aero Academy in Ontario (now Chino), California.  There are lots of laughs here with these two comedy professionals and even more when Martha Raye joins in with her dual roles.  The charm of this production, however, is not the humor, but the scenes of the ongoing operational flight training that took place there.  From 1940 to 1944, more than 12,000 young pilots earned their wings at Cal-Aero.  Many of the original structures exist today and are still serving in an aviation capacity.  In contemporary times, due in large part to the fabulous  collections of Planes of Fame and Yanks Air Museum, Chino Airport has become a center for restoration and flying of World War II and other vintage and antique aircraft. Vintage Movie Night always begins with an action packed serial chapter of Sky King complete with original commercials and a cartoon or period newsreel.  Admission and popcorn are always free, and Pizza and a beverage are a $5 donation.  We are pleased to have special guest and Skypark aviator Charlie Tsegeletos, Cline Cellars winemaker, bring some samples and share his insights on his award winning wines. The fun begins at 6 PM in the bright, blue Skypark clubhouse hangaron the taxiway just east of the airfield office.

See link for  movie trailer below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1peQ5iagq7s

Also, here is the link to the simulcast from the International Space Station with Canadian astronaut and ISS Commander Chris Hadfield with the Bare Naked Ladies and an outstanding youth chorale.  Turn up your volume and enjoy this amazing first from space!

http://youtu.be/AvAnfi8WpVE

Pizza is always available for $5 per person, including beverages, and complimentary popcorn just to whet your appetite (or spoil it), courtesy of Walt Lewis and his Amazing Real Movie Theater Popcorn Popping Extravaganza Machine.

See you at the movies on movie night, FRIDAY, MAY 24 at 6 p.m.

DINNER SCHEDULE

We are lining up our celebrity chefs for 2013 so let Roy know if you would like to be one of our famous chefs for the upcoming year. You can also let me know at wd6bor@vom.com and I’ll put you on the roster.

The schedule for this year so far is:

Month Cook Meal
2013 DINNER SCHEDULE
MAY Catherine J. Chili, salad
JUN ? ?
JUL ? ?
AUG ? ?
SEP ? ?
OCT Air Explorers Chili
NOV Ron P. Chili
DEC XMAS PARTY

SPEAKERS

We are always, continually, everlastingly looking for speakers for our monthly programs. If you don’t want to show your own baby pictures at a meeting, think of an alternative program or speaker and let us know what you would like to hear.

We will be trying a new method of arranging for speakers. We will ask for volunteers, not to necessarily be the speaker themselves, but to ask someone they know to be the speaker for the month they’ve selected. If we can fill out the schedule at the February meeting for speakers and dinners then we can sit back and relax for the rest of the year.

We already have some volunteers with Tat talking about airway beacons, Travis inviting ATC controllers from the Napa tower, Rich Cooper lining up a formation flying presentation, John Carmichael talking about seaplane operations, and Craig McDonald and Les Goldner agreeing to either find speakers or give presentations themselves.

Send an email to me at wd6bor@vom.com so we can get your program or speaker information into the newsletter.

Month Speaker/Member Subject
2013 SPEAKER SCHEDULE
MAY Gene Stangel Engine out
JUN Gardner B.? Flying tales
JUL Craig McD Airplanes
AUG ?
SEP ?
OCT Air Academy
NOV Eric Presten Bleriot
DEC FROSTY ICING OPS

2013 EAA 1268 CALENDAR

Send me any events you have for the calendar and I’ll put them in.

DATE EVENT
5/12 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
5/14 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
TBD Aeroelectric seminar on aircraft electrical systems at Skypark
5/24 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
6/7,8,9 Golden West, Yuba City Fly-in
6/9 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
6/11 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
6/28 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
7/9 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
7/14 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
7/26 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
7/29-8/4 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI
8/11 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
8/13 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
8/30 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
9/8 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
9/10 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
9/27 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
10/8 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP

Officer nominations

10/13 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
10/25 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
11/10 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
11/12 EAA meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP

Officer elections

11/29 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
? Christmas party at Skypark
1/1/13 New Years Day at Skypark?

EAA CHAPTER 1268 MINUTES

April 9, 2013

EAA Chapter 1268 – BOD Meeting

Commenced:  6:15 pm

Present: Don Booker, Darrell Jones, Bill Wheadon, Janette Woods, Paul Siebert, Roy Myers, B.K. White, Marsi Fahraji.

1.  Membership:  60 Members; 15 Associates; 2 New Members; Non-Renewals:  11

2. Treasurer’s Report:

– Operating Account $4,635.28.

– We need to file our 990N tax return by May 15.

3.  Vice President’s Report:  Submission of revised Young Eagle’s Pilot Roster

4.  Discussion re Young Eagles and flights pilots make:  We need number of flights each pilot makes, to total 10 per pilot, evenly.

5.  Note re EAA ID numbers now used, are one in the same; as Pilot ID and EAA numbers are now the same.

6.  Air Explorers has now stared a Book Club.

7.  We need commitments for speakers for the months of:  June, August and September.

Meeting Adjourned 6:50 p.m.

EAA Chapter 1268 – General Meeting, March 2013

Commenced:  7:25 pm

Greatly Appreciated Cooks:  B.K. White (Salad); Don Booker (frosting on the cake); Roy Myer (from A – Z).

President:  Thank you to Darrell Jones for leading last month’s meeting.

Vice President:  No comments.

Treasurer:  Operating Account Balance $4,635.28

Secretary:  No Comments.

Air Explorers:  Robin Tatman, not present.

Membership:  Two additional members are welcomed:  W. Eastland and S. DeVille

Young Eagles (B.K. White):  Not until next Sunday.

Congratulations to Bill Wheadon for flying his 500th Young Eagle in April, 2013 (Amir Fahraji).

Old Business:

Need one more dinner month to cover.  We are asking for volunteers.

We will sponsor four Young Eagles for the Air Academy in Oshkosh and look forward to fully funding the trip.  Coordination of flights is pending.

New Business:  None.

Speaker:  Aaron Singer of Sea Plane Ventures — on  “Lines & Anchors”.

7:40 pm  Meeting Adjourned.

Marsi Fahraji, Secretary

MAY SPEAKER’S ARTICLE

Glasair Engine Failure and Emergency Landing on the Bonneville Salt Flats

Part One: The Emergency, Landing and Lessons

Part Two: The Engine Autopsy, Proximate Failure Cause and Lessons

Part One:
On a beautiful fall day in early October my wife and I were on a VFR flight plan flying our Glasair from Napa to South Regional (Salt Lake City).  The flight was completely uneventful, with all engine parameters and alarms in the “green,” until we got approximately 15 miles east of Wendover.   The engine went from running great to seized within about 2 minutes and we had to make an emergency landing on the Bonneville Salt Flats alongside I-80, about 5 miles east of Wendover.  We were a “glider” for about 6-7 very exciting minutes.   The landing was a complete success, with no injuries and nothing but salt and mud on the airplane.   But to be sure, I learned many things, or had many old lessons re-enforced as a result of the “occurrence.”  I’d like to candidly share some of those experiences and observations with fellow pilots.

When your engine quits, it gets REAL quiet.   It’s surreal.   Your mind races.   And the impact of that – everything around you happening in slow motion.  After doing the rough engine checklist, I had to turn off the auto pilot to begin a 180 degree turn back towards the Wendover Airfield.  I also had to reset the comm radio to 121.5.   I could see and watch in slow motion as my arm and finger ever so s-l-o-w-l-y reached for and actuated these switches.   It took what seemed like minutes.  I made the “Mayday” call and got an immediate response from an airliner.  He relayed my call to Salt Lake Approach and in turn they gave me a dedicated frequency to Salt Lake Center.  They were very helpful, making sure where I was, that I was heading back to Wendover, organized the ground base emergency response, etc.

When my engine quit it was quite apparent that there was going to be no re-start.  I recall something of a calming sensation happening as I was looking at the stationary propeller blades.   It was something like… Well, OK, I guess now I’ll just focus on flying the “glider.”  It almost felt like a release; to focus on fewer, and now more important things.

As I turned back to Wendover one instrument on my panel lit-up in front of me: my Angle of Attack Indicator.   In normal cruise flight it is hardly noticeable.  However, as a “glider” I was immediately flying much closer to an optimum L/D and the instrument’s lights were bright and in front-center of the panel.  I realized that this instrument would be significant in helping me make a smooth landing.  (I’d never made a “no-engine, stuck-prop” landing.)  But I’d used my Angle of Attack indicator on every landing.   It was like an old, reliable friend, guiding me to a good touchdown.   I did glance once at my rate-of-decent instrument.  It was showing 1000’/min.

So, with the “glide slope” in-hand, I turned my attention to where to land.   By then at about 10,000 feet, it looked like I had a lot of good choices.   But after getting on the ground, turns out that was not so much the case as I’d thought.   The salt flats are crisscrossed with ditches.  Also, the salt is very thin in many places, with very deep, soft, sticky mud underlying the salt.  I was headed back to Wendover Airfield and was right above I-80.  So I decided to land somewhere along the freeway.  (No, I didn’t seriously consider landing on the freeway, and I’m very glad I didn’t.)  I also made the decision to choose an area that looked “white” rather than brownish-white or grayish-white.   Good choice!   The salt we landed on was relatively smooth and dry.  The wheels only sunk-in to the surface about 1/2″ as I rolled out… to what was one of the better, smoother landings I’d ever made.   We ended up about 50 yards south of I-80 and about 5 miles east of Wendover.

My wife was scared to death, thinking when the engine quite we were going to drop out of the sky like a “rock.”  But she fortunately didn’t panic.   See my observations below.

I was fortunate to have landed close to the highway.  After ensuring our health and safety the emergency responders began considering options for moving my plane.  The first went something like:  “…hey, we’ve got our emergency saw on the truck.  Let’s just cut the wings off.”   Fortunately I was able to quickly squash that idea.   Eventually, I was fortunate enough to talk the Highway Patrol and Sheriff’s department into closing one lane of the freeway so the plane could be towed back to the Wendover Airfield.  After about 5 hours, my plane was safety hangered in a WWII vintage hanger at the Airfield.

After spending the night in Wendover the next day our daughter, who lives in South Jordan, picked us up and on Saturday we celebrated our grandson’s first birthday – the original purpose of the trip.  What a JOY!

On Sunday I drove back to Wendover with a gas-powered pressure washer, rags and WD-40 to clean and treat the metal parts of the airplane.   In moving the plane back to the freeway we had to drag it through some very soft mud/salt.   I washed a couple hundred pounds of mud/salt from the gear and fuselage.   The next day my wife and I flew on SWA back to CA.

On Tuesday the paperwork began.  I had already talked to the NTSB the day of the “occurrence.”   They were satisfied that day that they had no further interest in the case and “released the plane back to me, pending the FAA’s investigation.”   The day of the incident I called my insurance company, and within just 2-3 hours of the landing I’d also been contacted by a field representative of the FAA.   The first day home I gathered up my aircraft, engine and pilot’s log books (kept at my hanger) and began making copies (scans) for the FAA & my insurance company.  I spent most of the day on Tuesday completing answers to the FAA’s questions.   The following day was spent doing the same for the insurance company.   Many of the latter questions and document requests were the same, but the insurance company questions were clearly biased towards:  did I do or omit doing something that would excuse them from paying a claim.   The FAA’s interest in the “occurrence” (an official classification by the FAA, at their lowest level of concern/interest) was met and within another day they also had released the plane back to me.  One issue they were initially interested in was that the engine had only 220 hrs. on it.   They wanted info on the shop that had built the engine for me.  But when they learned it had been nearly 5 years since the overhaul was performed, they dropped that inquiry.

I’ve since been back to the Wendover Airfield and with my friend and hanger neighbor, Dick McCormick’s, and with his amazing help have pulled the engine and done very thorough gear inspections and retraction checks.   The engine is now on its way to the shop that built it for an autopsy.  One question I’m always asked is “what caused the engine to seize so quickly?”   I won’t have a definitive answer to that until after the autopsy, but during the removal Dick spotted a bulge and 3″ long crack in the lower cast right in-line with the #2 cylinder, about where the main or rod bearing would be located.   More to follow on this topic. (See Part Two, below.)

So what have I learned or re-learned from this “occurrence”?  (Not necessarily in priority order)

Fly the airplane – FIRST;   I was fortunate to have and used an AofA indicator.  It afforded me an effective way to ensure I didn’t lose control of the airplane in a completely unfamiliar power/prop configuration, automatically accounting for gross weight and a huge 3-bladed speed brake on the nose.  It also gave me the maximum amount of time as a “glider” to plan my landing.

Altitude above you is WORTHLESS:    I sure would have like to have had more time to plan once the engine quite…  My airplane can easily fly much higher than 11,500′.  In the future I will ALWAYS choose the higher routing option

Off field landings in a retractable-gear aircraft – might best be made with gear UP:   Turns out I chose well in selecting a place to land.   However, I came shortly to learn that I was very lucky… that the area was fraught with hazards that could have snagged my landing gear and “tripped” my Glasair.   I will more seriously consider landing gear-up if such a need ever occurs again.

Memorize your emergency checklists    Even though it SEEMS like everything is happening in slow motion, it’s not.  And what time you do have is PRECIOUS.  You can’t afford digging thru checklists to find the right one.

Use ALL of your emergency checklists:    After sitting in the plane on the ground for a few minutes, enough time for to reflect a bit on what I’d done and not done, I realized I had NOT done the checklist for preparing the plane for an off-field landing.  Even though it appeared I had a beautiful place to land, I was LUCKY this oversight didn’t kill me and my wife.   Had we hit one of the many ditches or a soft muddy spot upon landing, we would likely have turned turtle and the results could easily have been much worse for us.

Know the T&C’s of your insurance policy:   Did you know that an engine failure is NOT covered by your insurance?  Pretty much the same as an auto policy.   If you wreck the plane or car as a result of the engine failure, your insurance will pay for repairing the damage to the car or airplane, but NOT to the engine.  I was fortunate to have not damaged my Glasair. And because the plane was retrieved to an airport with no maintenance services, my insurance company was willing to work with me on an option to return the plane to service at the Wendover Airfield.   My policy (thru the EAA, and a good one) has a one-page list of my coverages – it simply specifies what coverage limits are.   The remaining ~15 pages are listings of exceptions.   And nowhere in the policy does it detail what, exactly, your policy will do for you in a claim… such details as recovery of the plane, repairs and where, trip continuation; the policy is silent.   So, if you have a claim be prepared to negotiate.

Regular passengers should be trained:   My wife was justifiably scared when we lost the engine.  But I should have seen to it long ago that she knew enough about aerodynamics to understand what happens when a powered aircraft becomes a glider (and not a “rock”.)    Also, if she does ever choose to fly with me again, it will only be after I’ve taught her the basics of flight control and radio usage in an emergency.

Water:   We both “plan” our longer trips with regards to limiting our liquid intake before we head off on a 2 or 3 hour flight.  Our route took us over vast expanses of desert.  We landed alongside a freeway with ready emergency support.   Had it been almost any place else along our route, we could have been seriously dehydrated by the time help arrived.

Above is a picture of my wife and me, along with about 1/3 of the emergency response vehicles that came to our aid.

Glasair Engine Failure and Emergency Landing on the Bonneville Salt Flats

Part Two:

Everyone asks me and wants to know what happened to cause this occurrence. Why did the engine fail so suddenly? What broke and why? Did the shop that overhauled my engine stand behind me? And perhaps most importantly, how does one prevent such failures from happening? Here are the answers:

First a little background on the engine and me. My Glasair is (was) powered by a Lycoming IO-360 A1A (200 hp, angle valve engine.) The engine was “born” sometime in 1967 or 68 and was originally installed in a 1968 Mooney. I bought the engine with about 1200 hours on it along with my Glasair kit in 1998. By the time I was ready to install the engine it had been mothballed for 15 years. So I decided it would be prudent to have it completely rebuilt prior to flying the Glasair. The engine was sent to Eagle Engines in Redding, CA, about 5 years ago for the overhaul. During the overhaul they were to inspect all components (including the case, crank and cam), re-face the case split-lines, re-bore the main bearings, install 10:1 compression pistons, balance the rotating components, and flow match the cylinders. All was done, engine installed and successfully flown for 220 hours prior to the failure reported in part one of this article.

I was the Maintenance Director for Valero’s Benicia Refinery before I retired 5 years ago. In that capacity I had several machinery reliability engineers working for me. To answer many of the above noted questions I have tapped heavily on those exceptionally talented and experienced friends. As a result of the professional expertise that was shared with me, I have what I consider a better-than-average root cause failure analysis to report. And I can share with you some tips on how to avoid such a problem when it’s time to have your engine overhauled.

The proximate cause of the engine failure was a classic fatigue failure of the crank. Below is a photo of the two crank pieces:

Yes, that is a complete separation at the crank web between the #2 rod journal and the #2 main bearing.

Here is what the fracture surface looks like:

The experts all weighed-in and agreed that what you see in this photo is a “classic” example of fatigue failure. The cause of fatigue failure is cyclic stress coupled with a flaw in the surface of the stressed part. A crank is a highly and cyclically stressed component of an engine. The loads on the crank cycle each time a piston fires. My layman’s explanation of the process: fatigue failure starts with a flaw in the surface or subsurface of the stressed component. The flaw can be casting porosity, a nick, a scratch, a dent, etc. The stress begins “working” at the flaw and eventually causes it to “grow” until the part fails. The concentric pattern of swirls you see are one of the indicators of fatigue failure. The swirls, interestingly, emanate outward from the “flaw” that started the progression.

The cyclic stress is always going to be present in a crank. So where did the flaw come from? There are two potential sources. The flaw might have been a part of the original fabrication of the crank, a casting occlusion or porosity, perhaps just under the surface of the web. Or, during inspection of the crank a flaw was overlooked. (A competent engine overhaul ALWAYS includes non-destructive testing of the crank.)

So, which was it? It’s almost impossible to say for sure, but either way, the shop doing the overhaul had an obligation to perform a thorough inspection of the crank. The reason that a crank is inspected during an overhaul is specifically to PREVENT a fatigue failure by identifying any flaw that could lead to this catastrophic failure mechanism. The inspection is your ONLY opportunity to avoid such a failure.

So did Eagle Engines stand behind their overhaul? The answer is an emphatic YES! To summarize the background: The engine was overhauled almost 5 years ago… a long time for any warranty consideration. But, it only had 220 hrs of operation when the failure occurred. The engine was a total loss, virtually no core value. The engine had been “hot-rodded,” but not to an excessive extent (Lycoming even builds variants of this engine with 10:1 pistons.) But while rare, a crank fatigue failure is a very serious and preventable form of engine failure.

I am very pleased with the agreement that I reached with Eagle Engines and I would continue to highly recommend them to anyone for a competent, cost-effective engine overhaul. Because my engine was a total loss there were only a couple of options for replacing it: buy a “core” and overhaul it, or, buy a brand new engine. 200 hp Lycoming cores are almost impossible to find and if you can their cost plus the cost of an overhaul is about the same, or more than the cost of a new engine. So the agreement we reached is that Eagle Engines and I are roughly splitting the cost of a new, Superior “IO-361.” This is Superior’s new (and improved) version of Lycoming IO-360 angle valve engine. This is a “kit” engine that Eagle will be assembling for me. They are also including balancing the rotating components and flow matching of the cylinders. I feel this is a most equitable agreement. I get a brand new engine. With it, someday, I may convince my wife that it is safe to fly with me again!

What can one do to prevent a catastrophic fatigue crank failure? The key is a competent and thorough inspection of the crank during your overhaul. Be INVOLVED in the overhaul process! Ask your shop what technique they are going to use. There are two that are common, fluorescent dye being the most common. What is the experience level of the technician doing the inspection? What tolerances and acceptance criteria are they applying? By engaging with your shop on these details you will convey an understanding of the importance of the inspection process, and more importantly, your priority for the thoroughness of your overhaul (and your safety.)

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April 2013 Newsletter

April 12th, 2013

FIRST THINGS FIRST

The April meeting is this Tuesday, April 9. The Board of Directors meet at 6:00 p.m.

Dinner is at 7:00 p.m. after the Board of Directors’ meeting, and is $6.00 per person. Our chef for the month will be Marsi Fahraji.  Club House Diner Special:  Meatloaf n’ gravy, roasted cauliflower casserole and salad.  Dessert:  Ambrosia fruit salad.

The EAA Chapter 124 newsletter is at:

http://www.eaa124.org/Newsletter/Apr2013.pdf

EAA 1268 MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN AND TREASURER REPORT

April 2013

Membership –  We have two new members this month bringing our total paid membership to 60 along with 15 Associate members. Our two new members are Walt Eastland and Scott Debel.

Walt comes from a train background – working on the Grand Canyon Railroad in northern Arizona and is now doing some work with the Napa Valley Wine Train. He maintains his ties to Arizona and is also a member of Chapter 856 in Flagstaff. Walt owns a Beech Bonanza 35 and has already participated in our Young Eagles event in March.

Our other new member is Scott Debel who is a regular at Petaluma and has been attending our meetings. After giving us a look-over, it looks like he’s determined that we’re a creditable organization and decided to join.

Welcome Walt and Scott!

Treasurer – Our bank statement reflects two deposits totaling $1388 with no disbursements. Included in those deposits were three donations to the Air Academy Fund – one from the Air Explorers for $1000 and two other from members for $100 each. Our checking account balance as of March 29 stands at $4635.28.

See you at the meeting,

Bill Wheadon

YOUNG EAGLES APRIL 14

Please put a blurb in the Newsletter reminding everyone that Young Eagles Fly Day will be NEXT Sunday after our meeting on Tue.  As always, everyone is invited to participate.  I’ll send out my usual “reminder” this week.  Lets hope the morning fog is gone by Sunday……B.K.

As always BK White is looking for volunteer pilots, ground crew and registration helpers for our monthly Young Eagles events. Let him know you will be joining us and helping out.

AIR EXPLORER UPDATE

The Air Explorers had a great trip to the Napa tower for the March meeting after their Young Eagles flights. The tower personnel were most gracious hosts and allowed the whole lot if us (12) up to the tower cab; quite the view up there.  They answered tons of questions, and we even got to see our own Travis Morton fly into the pattern. Next up:  Beale Air Force base tour and altitude mini ground school in May. Possible museum visit to the Berkeley campus before that.  Thanks to all of the parents of the Air Explorers for their support!

Robin Tatman, Post 1268 Advisor

MOVIE NIGHT AT SKYPARK

Movie night for March will be the Friday, April 26.

The movie this month will be “Night Flight”

In South America, the daunting mountains and dangerous weather have hampered the operations of Trans-Andean European Air Mail, a 1930s-era airline. Charged with delivering a serum to stem an outbreak of infantile paralysis in Rio de Janeiro, Auguste Pellerin (Robert Montgomery) conquers his fears, but is reprimanded by the airline’s stern director, A. Riviére (John Barrymore) for coming in late.

Determined to make the night flight program work, Riviére has sent pilot Jules Fabian (Clark Gable) and his wireless operator on another dangerous flight. The pair are caught in a torrential rain storm and when Madame Fabian (Helen Hayes) comes to the headquarters, she realizes that her husband is overdue. The two airmen, flying blind over the ocean, run out of fuel and choose to jump but are drowned.

Riviére refuses to quit and orders a Brazilian pilot (William Gargan) to take the mail to Rio, but the pilot’s wife (Myrna Loy) pleads with him not to go. Despite the dangers, the night mail is delivered on time. The pilot despairs that his flight only meant that someone in Paris can get a postcard on Tuesday instead of Thursday, but its real value is proven when the serum is also delivered and a child is saved.

Pizza is always available for $5 per person, including beverages, and complimentary popcorn just to whet your appetite (or spoil it), courtesy of Walt Lewis and his Amazing Real Movie Theater Popcorn Popping Extravaganza Machine.

See you at the movies on movie night, FRIDAY, APRIL 26 at 6 p.m.

DINNER SCHEDULE

We are lining up our celebrity chefs for 2013 so let Roy know if you would like to be one of our famous chefs for the upcoming year. You can also let me know at wd6bor@vom.com and I’ll put you on the roster.

Don’t be shy; be bold and decisive! Give Roy a call and let him know when you can cook.

The schedule for this year so far is:

Month Cook Meal
2013 DINNER SCHEDULE
APR Marsi & Amir Meatloaf
MAY Catherine & D Chili, salad
JUN ? ?
JUL ? ?
AUG ? ?
SEP ? ?
OCT Air Explorers Chili
NOV Ron P. Chili
DEC XMAS PARTY

SPEAKERS

We are always, continually, everlastingly looking for speakers for our monthly programs. If you don’t want to show your own baby pictures at a meeting, think of an alternative program or speaker and let us know what you would like to hear.

We will be trying a new method of arranging for speakers. We will ask for volunteers, not to necessarily be the speaker themselves, but to ask someone they know to be the speaker for the month they’ve selected. If we can fill out the schedule at the February meeting for speakers and dinners then we can sit back and relax for the rest of the year.

We already have some volunteers with Tat talking about airway beacons, Travis inviting ATC controllers from the Napa tower, Rich Cooper lining up a formation flying presentation, John Carmichael talking about seaplane operations, and Craig McDonald and Les Goldner agreeing to either find speakers or give presentations themselves.

Send an email to me at wd6bor@vom.com so we can get your program or speaker information into the newsletter.

Month Speaker/Member Subject
2013 SPEAKER SCHEDULE
APR Aaron Singer SFO
MAY ?
JUN ?
JUL Craig McD
AUG ?
SEP ?
OCT Air Academy
NOV Eric Presten Bleriot
DEC FROSTY ICING OPS

2013 EAA 1268 CALENDAR

Send me any events you have for the calendar and I’ll put them in.

DATE EVENT
4/9 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
4/14 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
4/26 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
4/27-28 Pacific Coast Dream Machines Fly-in, Half Moon Bay, CA
5/12 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
5/14 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
5/16-17 Aeroelectric seminar on aircraft electrical systems at Skypark
5/31 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
6/7,8,9 Golden West, Yuba City Fly-in
6/9 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
6/11 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
6/28 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
7/9 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
7/14 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
7/26 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
7/29-8/4 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI
8/11 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
8/13 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
8/30 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
9/8 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
9/10 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
9/27 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
10/8 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP

Officer nominations

10/13 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
10/25 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
11/10 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
11/12 EAA meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP

Officer elections

11/29 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
? Christmas party at Skypark
1/1/13 New Years Day at Skypark?

EAA CHAPTER 1268 MINUTES

March 12, 2013

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MINUTES

Darrel Jones, BOD Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.  The Board was asked for any errors or omissions to the minutes.  The Board members did not see any errors.

Board members in attendance: D. Jones, J. Woods, B.K. White, P. Siebert, B. Wheadon, R. Tatman, R. Myers, M. Fahraji

DINNER:  Traditional Irish Fare with a Birthday Celebration for Nelleke Cooper.

Fabulous Dinner by the Coopers:  Corned Beef with Cabbage; potatoes and carrots; salad and cake.  Bride & Sheila Gardner:  Petaluma Tea & Coffee

Treasurer’s Report:  $327 in Dues; Chapter Bank Balance:  $3,247.28

Members Report:  13 members have not renewed.  Calls to members for renewals to take place before September/October.

Status re: 501 C-3 is now in full force and effect.

Air Explorers by Robin Tatman: Field trip to Napa Airport Tower took place March 10.

Ideas: -Future activity of selecting a lunch spot for a cross-country fly-in.  Asked members for feedback with respect to volunteer pilot and airplane availability.

-Tour of Beale Airport (altitude chamber).

-Paul Sieberg Let’s build a tie-in-knot between the two groups (Young Eagles and Air Explorers)

-B.K. White would like to see ground school integration between the two groups.

Young Eagles by B.K. White:

7 pilots / 21 Young Eagles.  Weather:  Sterling!

Pilots:  R. Cooper; B. Wheadon; F. Russo; R Price; T. Bloodgood; D. Jones and W. Eastland. Ground Crew:  Jasmine; Paul; Walt; Amir; John and Marsi.

Jeanette Woods to obtain Name Tag Labels; and has revised Y.E. pilot list (to distribute).

Jasmine to provide tally of pilot flight records in order to meet the 10-per pilot minimum in order to receive EAA National donations for Air Academy scholarships.

Air Academy Business:

David Asaro, 100% funding provided at $725 for tuition and airfare as required.

Daniel Schulte, Advanced camp tuition is $1,210; Garret Porter, Advanced camp tuition is $1,210; Ben Preston, Basic camp tuition is $966. Scholarship levels will depend on funds available from donations and the hamburger fund.

Currently:  $985 + $135 Young Eagles credits are available from Sonoma Skypark and Gnoss Field.

Chapter 1268’s IRS non-profit status is now confirmed retroactively, and has been in effect since December 1999.

Accounting re: Scholarship Funding for Air Academy Candidates:

$1,200 to date from the Chapter 1268 treasury, $1,000 from Air Explorer Post 1268, $1,120 from Young Eagles credits, with future donations from the Sonoma Skypark hamburger fund and personal donations to be determined.

The Board of Directors meeting was adjourned at 7:00 p.m.

GENERAL MEETING MINUTES:

Darrel Jones, Board Chairman, called the regular meeting to order at 7:30 and asked for approval of the March meeting minutes.  A motion was made and seconded and approved to accept minutes.

Guests were:  Val and Carlene; Sue (Craig’s other 1/2); Ann Silverman who has joined the 99s; Walt Eastman from Flagstaff, AZ, and Scott.

DINNER:  Traditional Irish Fare with a Birthday Celebration for Nelleke Cooper.

Fabulous Dinner by the Coopers:  Corned Beef with Cabbage; potatoes and carrots; salad and cake.  Bride & Sheila Gardner:  Petaluma Tea & Coffee

Happy Birthday to Nelleke.

The Board Members gave their reports to the membership.  Robin also reported on behalf of the Air Explorers and asked for pilot-airplane support for future fly-ins and cross-country events, to include lunch picnics.

There being no further business, Darrel Jones, Board Chairman, adjourned the meeting.  No speaker this evening and video on airplane corrosion – oxidation and animated shorts, set aside for another time.  Darrel Jones adjourned the meeting.

Marsi Fahraji, Chapter Secretary

OTHER NEWS

THIS MADE A KID’S DAY

Chopper pilot sees a P-51 model airplane in a tree and retrieves it.

Some nifty flying by the pilot and classic aviation footage. Nice views too.

http://www.flixxy.com/helicopter-pilot-fishes-rc-plane-from-tree.htm
(Of course, the FAA may be looking for him by now. “No good deed goes unpunished.”)

AN UNBELIEVABLE LANDING.

Faced with a flight emergency, a Polish pilot pulled off a remarkable feat of airmanship that saved hundreds of lives and made its way into aviation history. Actual video shot inside the plane’s cabin show passengers in the moments before Capt. Tad Wrona made his incredible landing. Lester Holt reports.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbV58eY0MyM

ACTUAL EXCHANGES BETWEEN PILOTS AND CONTROL TOWERS

Tower: “Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o’clock, 6 miles!”
Delta 351: “Give us another hint! We have digital watches!”

Tower:”TWA 2341, for noise abatement turn right 45 Degrees.”
TWA 2341:”Center, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?”
Tower:”Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?”

From an unknown aircraft waiting in a very long takeoff queue: “I’m f…ing bored!”
Ground Traffic Control:”Last aircraft transmitting, identify yourself immediately!”
Unknown aircraft: “I said I was f…ing bored, not f…ing stupid!”
O’Hare Approach Control to a 747: “United 329 heavy, your traffic is a Fokker, one o’clock, three miles, Eastbound.”
United 329: “Approach, I’ve always wanted to say this…I’ve got the little Fokker in sight.”
A student became lost during a solo cross-country flight. While attempting to locate the aircraft on radar, ATC asked, “What was your last known position?”
Student: “When I was number one for takeoff.”
A DC-10 had come in a little hot and thus had an exceedingly long roll out after touching down.
San Jose Tower Noted: “American 751, make a hard right turn at the end of the runway, if you are able. If you are not able, take the Guadalupe exit off Highway 101, make a right at the lights and return to the airport.”
A Pan Am 727 flight, waiting for start clearance in Munich, overheard the following:
Lufthansa (in German): “Ground, what is our start clearance time?”
Ground (in English): “If you want an answer you must speak in English.”
Lufthansa (in English):”I am a German, flying a German airplane, in Germany. Why must I speak English?”
Unknown voice from another plane (in a beautiful British accent):”Because you lost the bloody war!”
Tower: “Eastern 702, cleared for takeoff, contact Departure on frequency 124.7”
Eastern 702: “Tower, Eastern 702 switching to Departure. By the way, after we lifted off we saw some kind of dead animal on the far end of the runway.”
Tower:  “Continental 635, cleared for takeoff behind Eastern 702, contact Departure on frequency 124.7. Did you copy that report from Eastern 702?”
Continental 635: “Continental 635, cleared for takeoff, roger; and yes, we copied Eastern. We’ve already notified our caterers.”
One day the pilot of a Cherokee 180 was told by the tower to hold short of the active runway while a DC-8 landed. The DC-8 landed, rolled out, turned around, and taxied back past the Cherokee. Some quick-witted comedian in the DC-8 crew got on the radio and said,

“What a cute little plane. Did you make it all by yourself?”
The Cherokee pilot, not about to let the insult go by, came back with a real zinger: “I made it out of DC-8 parts. Another landing like yours and I’ll have enough parts for another one.”
The German air controllers at Frankfurt Airport are renowned as a short-tempered lot. They not only expect one to know one’s gate parking location, but how to get there without any assistance from them. So it was with some amusement that we (a Pan Am 747) listened to the following exchange between Frankfurt ground control and a British Airways 747, call sign Speedbird 206.
Speedbird 206: “Frankfurt, Speedbird 206! Clear of active runway.”
Ground: “Speedbird  206. Taxi to gate Alpha One-Seven.”
The BA 747 pulled onto the main taxiway and slowed to a stop.

Ground: “Speedbird, do you not know where you are going?”
Speedbird 206: “Stand by, Ground, I’m looking up our gate location now.”
Ground (with quite arrogant impatience):”Speedbird 206, have you not been to Frankfurt before?”
Speedbird 206 (coolly): “Yes, twice in 1944, but it was dark –and I didn’t land.”
While taxiing at London ‘s Airport, the crew of a US Air flight departing for Ft. Lauderdale made a wrong turn and came nose to nose with a United 727.
An irate female ground controller lashed out at the US   Air crew, screaming: “US Air 2771, where the hell are you going? I told you to turn right onto Charlie taxiway!

You turned right on Delta! Stop right there. I know it’s difficult for you to tell the difference between C and D, but get it right!”
Continuing her rage to the embarrassed crew, she was now shouting hysterically: “God! Now you’ve screwed everything up! It’ll take forever to sort this out!

You stay right there and don’t move till I tell you to! You can expect progressive taxi instructions in about half an hour, and I want you to go exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell you! You got that, US Air 2771?”

“Yes, ma’am,” the humbled crew responded.

Naturally, the ground control communications frequency fell terribly silent after the verbal bashing of US Air 2771. Nobody wanted to chance engaging the irate ground controller in her current state of mind. Tension in every cockpit out around Gatwick was definitely running high.

Just then an unknown pilot broke the silence and keyed his microphone, asking:

“Wasn’t I married to you once?”

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March 2013 Newsletter

March 30th, 2013

FIRST THINGS FIRST

The first meeting of the year is this Tuesday, March 12. The Board of Directors meet at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:00.

Dinner is at 7:00 p.m. after the Board of Directors’ meeting, and is $6.00 per person. Our chefs for the month will be Nelleke and Rich Cooper. (I sure hope they remember!)

The EAA Chapter 124 newsletter is at:

http://www.eaa124.org/Newsletter/Mar2013.pdf

Their meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month, so you need to plan ahead since our newsletter comes out after their meeting and newsletter. Bookmark their web page and check in for more information on the Chapter 124 activities.

The Gnoss Field Chapter has generously donated their Young Eagles credits to Chapter 1268 for use for sponsoring our participants to the EAA Air Academy this year. Ken Mercer and Steve Knecht have been trading information with us and put on a monthly breakfast and program at Gnoss Field. Contact Steve at mailto:info@gnossfield.org

And ask to be put on their email list. With Petaluma’s PAPA’s meeting the evening after ours (it’s St. Paddy’s Day corned beef and cabbage this month) there is lots to do at our surrounding airports.

Let’s cross-pollinate!

Our program for the evening will be an EAA instructional video on aircraft corrosion. We’ll splash some salt water around after the video and see what corrodes.

EAA 1268 MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN AND TREASURER REPORT

March 2013

Membership – Our name badge board is gradually turning from a sea of white badges to blue. So far we have 73 members (58 regular and 15 Associate) paid through 2013 or beyond. Only 13 paid members from last year have yet to renew.

For those who will be renewing, please update any changes for the roster (new email address, telephone #, etc.) on the form that can be found on the last page of the newsletter or in the envelopes in the basket under the badge board.

Treasurer – Our bank statement reflects one deposit of $327, mainly from dues renewal and one contribution of $102. No checks or other disbursements were made on this cycle.The checking account balance stands at $3247.28.

See you at the meeting,

Bill Wheadon

YOUNG EAGLES MARCH 10

It was s stunning day at the old aerodrome as Chapter 1268 flew another twenty-one potential future pilots. I had Kelsey, Simone, Nathan and another who all are planning a career as a professional pilot. Considering the fact that they all flew a bumpy Sonoma Valley to Glen Ellen and back with cool confidence, they should all make great pilots.

We had some of our regulars with Bill Wheadon, Ron Price, Frank Russo and Tim Bloodgood in his light sport as well as a relative newcomer to Sonoma Skypark, Walt with his V-tailed Bonanza. Hopefully Walt will join us for the meeting and dinner Tuesday so I can get his last name. Ground crew and registration were again ably handled by Jasmine and Marsi with Paul Seibert and BK on the ramp doing traffic control.

As always BK White is looking for volunteer pilots, ground crew and registration helpers for our monthly Young Eagles events. Let him know you will be joining us and helping out.

AIR EXPLORER UPDATE

For the new year we have a nice sized group of 6 Explorers:  5 boys and 1 girl, ages 13 1/2 to 18.  We are hoping to meet our newest member, Brianna at the March meeting.  Her work schedule has interfered with our first two meetings of the year.  Thanks very much to Ron Price for giving her a Young Eagles ride to get her in the program.

In December we met to determine the size and focus of the group.  Everyone is interested in completing their private pilot’s license and more.  One will be taking their private check ride in the next month.  Once we get internet to the club house, we’ll start working on the Sporty’s private pilot ground school at the meetings after Young Eagles.   They want to do field trips – of course air shows during the season –  and go to air museums and events.  Within the group there are diverse interests and talents (videographers to airport planners).  I brought up the idea of a book club last month (aviation related, of course) and we are evaluating some books to read for the year.

We took our first field trip in February and visited the Pacific Coast Air Museum.  Thanks to Walt Lewis, we had a guest speaker at the February meeting from PAPA, Mark Ashton.  He gave a terrific, and timely, presentation on how to properly fill out a scholarship application.

I want to shout out a special THANK YOU!! to all Young Eagles pilots who have been flying our current Explorers faithfully every month.  It is a highlight of my day to ask each one who they flew with, in what aircraft, and what they did.  Your dedication and enthusiasm have made a huge impact on them, and you all are the main reason they keep coming back every month.  You guys (you too Jeannette) are rock stars!

I am working on coordinating a tour of the altitude chamber at Beale AFB and some guest speakers from Delta and the industry.  Stay tuned, and thanks to the entire EAA 1268 chapter for your support of the Air Explorers.

Robin Tatman, Post 1268 Advisor

MOVIE NIGHT AT SKYPARK

Movie night for March will be the NEXT-TO-LAST fourth Friday, March 22, since Sonoma Skypark is holding their annual shareholders’ meeting on the last Friday, March 29.

The movie this month will be “Top Gun” starring Tom Cruise as every Navy pilot’s role model. Just ask any Navy pilot.

“Top Gun” is a very popular flying action film with Maverick and Goose, Ice Man and whoever his sidekick is partying hard, flying hard, breaking the rules and shooting down bad guys, all the while hanging with the good looking ladies. Lots of fun.

There will be another episode of Sky King and a vintage flying cartoon before the main movie.

Pizza is always available for $5 per person, including beverages, and complimentary popcorn just to whet your appetite (or spoil it), courtesy of Walt Lewis and his Amazing Real Movie Theater Popcorn Popping Extravaganza Machine.

See you at the movies on movie night, FRIDAY, MARCH 22 at 6 p.m.

DINNER SCHEDULE

We are lining up our celebrity chefs for 2013 so let Roy know if you would like to be one of our famous chefs for the upcoming year.

Don’t be shy; be bold and decisive! Give Roy a call and let him know when you can cook.

The schedule for this year so far is:

Month Cook Meal
2013 DINNER SCHEDULE
MAR Nelleke & Rich ?
APR Marsi & Amir ?
MAY Catherine & D Chili, salad
JUN ? ?
JUL ? ?
AUG ? ?
SEP ? ?
OCT ? ?
NOV Ron P. ?
DEC XMAS PARTY

SPEAKERS

We are always, continually, everlastingly looking for speakers for our monthly programs. If you don’t want to show your own baby pictures at a meeting, think of an alternative program or speaker and let us know what you would like to hear.

We will be trying a new method of arranging for speakers. We will ask for volunteers, not to necessarily be the speaker themselves, but to ask someone they know to be the speaker for the month they’ve selected. If we can fill out the schedule at the February meeting for speakers and dinners then we can sit back and relax for the rest of the year.

We already have some volunteers with Tat talking about airway beacons, Travis inviting ATC controllers from the Napa tower, Rich Cooper lining up a formation flying presentation, John Carmichael talking about seaplane operations, and Craig McDonald and Les Goldner agreeing to either find speakers or give presentations themselves.

Month Speaker/Member Subject
2013 SPEAKER SCHEDULE
MAR EAA VIDEO CORROSION
APR ?
MAY ?
JUN ?
JUL ?
AUG ?
SEP ?
OCT ?
NOV ?
DEC FROSTY ICING OPS

BREAKING STORY

And, a pretty story it is not! It’s about 200 crows found dead near Colusa with the resultant concern for Avian Flu. They had a Bird Pathologist examine the remains of all the crows, and he confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu, much to everyone’s relief. However, he determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, and only 2% were killed by car impact. The Province then hired an Ornithological Behaviorist to determine the disproportionate percentages for truck kill versus car kill. The Ornithological Behaviorist determined the cause in short order. When crows eat road kill, they always post a “look-out Crow” in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger. His conclusion was that the lookout crow could say “Cah”, but he could not say “Truck.”

2013 EAA 1268 CALENDAR

I thought I would put together a calendar for the year, as much for my own benefit as for the members’. My memory just isn’t what it used to be.

Send me any events you have for the calendar and I’ll put them in.

DATE EVENT
2/28 Air Acad. application deadline
3/1-2 Casa Grande, AZ antique fly-in
3/10 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
3/12 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
3/29 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
4/9 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
4/14 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
4/26 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
4/27-28 Pacific Coast Dream Machines Fly-in, Half Moon Bay, CA
5/12 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
5/14 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
5/16-17 Aeroelectric seminar on aircraft electrical systems at Skypark
5/31 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
6/7,8,9 Golden West, Yuba City Fly-in
6/9 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
6/11 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
6/28 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
7/9 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
7/14 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
7/26 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
7/29-8/4 EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI
8/11 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
8/13 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
8/30 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
9/8 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
9/10 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP
9/27 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
10/8 EAA 1268 meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP

Officer nominations

10/13 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
10/25 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
11/10 Young Eagles, 9:00 am, SSP
11/12 EAA meeting, 7:00 pm, SSP

Officer elections

11/29 Skypark movie night, 6:00 pm
? Christmas party at Skypark
1/1/13 New Years Day at Skypark?

EAA CHAPTER 1268 MINUTES

February 12, 2013

EAA Chapter 1268, Board of Directors Meeting

President Don Booker called the meeting to order at 6:20 pm. He asked for any errors or omissions to the minutes. The Board members didn’t see any errors.

Bill Wheadon, Jeanette Woods, Darrel Jones, Robin Tatman, BK White and Paul Seibert were present.

Don suggested filling the speaker calendar with volunteers to either present a program or find a speaker for the month they selected.

Robin announced that the Hayward EAA chapter is sponsoring three slots for the 2013 Air Academy and is looking for qualified applicants. Daniel Shulte and Garrett Porter have both applied. She also said that the Pacific Coast Air Museum in Santa Rosa is having a tour for the Air Explorers on February 17.

Jeanette reported on the Young Eagles pilot’s insurance needing to be $100,000/seat. She will inform the Chapter 1268 Young Eagles pilots and will also update the contact list.

Bill Wheadon reported that the current chapter bank balance is $2920.28.

BK reported that five pilots flew thirty Young Eagles on February 10.

Don adjourned the meeting at 6:55.

The dinner of chili, corn muffins, salad and ice cream was prepared by Bill and Jan Wheadon. Don thanked them for the delicious meal.

EAA Chapter 1268, General Membership Meeting

President Booker called the regular meeting to order at 7:30 and asked for approval of the minutes of the January meeting. A motion was made and seconded and approved to accept the minutes.

Guests were Chris Coleman, Scott and Andy Debel, and John Bell, a retired Pan Am pilot.

The Board members gave their reports to the membership. Robin also reported that there are five regular and one new Air Explorers in the Post.

Richard Craig, president of Chapter 167 in Napa asked for Chapter 1268’s help in hosting the EAA B-17 again this year. The membership enthusiastically agreed to co-sponsor the B-17’s visit.

There being no further business, President Booker adjourned the meeting.

The speaker for the evening was Wayne Schoky telling about his experiences flying in Vietnam in DC-3’s and other aircraft.

OTHER NEWS

This from El Presidente Senior Don Booker (he did fly heliocopters in South America, yah know):

ELECTRICAL THEORY – by Joe Lucas

Positive ground (they meant “earth”) depends on proper circuit functioning, which is the transmission of negative ions by retention of the visible spectral manifestation known as smoke.

Smoke is the thing that makes electrical circuits work. We know this to be true because every time one lets the smoke out of an electrical circuit, it stops working. This can be verified repeatedly through empirical testing.

For example, if one places a copper bar across the terminals of a battery, prodigious quantities of smoke are liberated and the battery shortly ceases to function. In addition, if one observes smoke escaping from an electrical component such as a Lucas voltage regulator, it will also be observed that the component no longer functions.

The logic is elementary and inescapable!

The function of the wiring harness is to conduct the smoke from one device to another. When the wiring springs a leak and lets all the smoke out of the system, nothing works afterward.

Starter motors were considered unsuitable for British motorcycles for some time largely because they consumed large quantities of smoke, requiring very unsightly large wires.

It has been reported that Lucas electrical components are possibly more prone to electrical leakage than their Bosch, Japanese or American counterparts. Experts point out that this is because Lucas is British, and all things British leak. British engines leak oil, British shock absorbers, hydraulic forks and disk brake systems leak fluid, British tires leak air and British Intelligence leaks national defense secrets. Therefore, it follows that British electrical systems must leak smoke. Once again, the logic is clear and inescapable.

In conclusion, the basic concept of transmission of electrical energy in the form of smoke provides a logical explanation of the mysteries of electrical components especially British units manufactured by Joseph Lucas, Ltd.

A few Lucas quips:

• Joseph Lucas – The Prince of Darkness

• The Lucas motto: Get home before dark.

• Lucas is the patent holder for the short circuit.

• Lucas – Inventor of the first intermittent wiper.

• Lucas – Inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.

• The three-position Lucas switch–DIM, FLICKER and OFF.

• The other three switch settings–SMOKE, SMOLDER and IGNITE.

• The Original Anti-Theft Device – Lucas Electrics.

• If Lucas made guns, wars would not start either.

• Back in the ’70s, Lucas decided to diversify its product line and began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. It was the only product they offered which did not suck.

And Finally:

Q: Why do the British drink warm beer?

A: Because Lucas makes their refrigerators.

Previously seen, and shamelessly plagiarized, from the PAPA newsletter.

The Tale of the Super-Secret, Supersonic Tri-Pacer

by the “Fabric Flash”

There have been a few articles in the Short Wing Piper News recently about the military uses of Short Wing Pipers. Now that the story of the super-secret, supersonic Tri-Pacer has been declassified, the whole tale can finally be told. I should know – I was there. It was my Tri-Pacer and I was the pilot.

It all started when I was employed as a long-range strategic planning officer at the National Air & Space Intelligence Center located at Wright-Patterson AFB. The military was interested in investigating the possibility of using a small, lightweight, rugged, semi- stealthy, prop-driven general aviation aircraft for covert operations in third world countries. The fabric covered short wing Piper series seemed to fit the bill perfectly, except that it was a little slow and lacked extended range capability. It was decided the speed and range issues could be solved by: 1. highly modifying the power plant to greatly increase the speed, and 2. reaching into third world countries by operating from the deck of an aircraft carrier.

The aircraft would need to be fitted with an extensively modified, sophisticated Lycoming engine utilizing classified (at that time) technologies. Other “tweeks” to the propeller, airframe, and landing gear would be needed to accommodate the engine and resulting speed. The Tri-Pacer was modified in a tightly guarded hanger at Wright-Patt.

Ground taxi test were done there at WPAFB just before daybreak on a Sunday morning to avoid snooping eyes. I was admittedly nervous as I ran through the checklist, fired up the engine, and proceeded with the low and high speed taxi tests. We could not risk taking this classified asset into the air in plain view of onlookers in the Dayton area, so it was decided to actually conduct the flight tests from the deck of an aircraft carrier at sea, far from unauthorized prying eyes.

I flew my deceptive bird down to Pensacola NAS low and slow to look like any other Tri- Pacer and not give any hints of how very special this PA-22 really was under the cowlings. I first practiced carrier landings in a simulator and then made numerous approaches on a runway outlined like a carrier deck. Getting used to flying the “meatball,” a Fresnel lens landing light system, was a piece of cake – the runway was not moving.

A real plus to landing a Tri-Pacer on an aircraft carrier is the airplane’s slow short-field approach speed. Combine this with the ship “steaming” into the wind at 35kts, plus 20- 30 knots of natural ocean headwind right down the deck, and the Tri-Pacer can land with very little forward motion, almost like a Harrier or Helio-Courier. Certainly no need for a tail hook or arresting gear. The Navy loved it.

The day of reckoning finally arrived to fly “feet wet” to a rendezvous with the nuclear powered USS Eisenhower (CVN-69) at sea. I homed in on the “Ike’s” beacon and set up for the standard Navy approach as follows: fly at full cruise power upwind abeam the starboard side in the same direction as the ship is moving, until the ship is at your “7 o- clock.” Next comes “the break” as you roll into a 90 degree left bank – right wing points straight up at the sky, left wing straight down at the water – flying a crosswind turn around the bow of the ship to bleed off airspeed. Dial in the landing configuration on downwind. Then you roll into a left base and hold that bank for 185 degrees until you “roll into the groove” on final, 12 seconds from touch down.

The Tri-Pacer on the flight deck of the “Ike” leading a formation take-off with a Navy chase plane in trail. The jet could not keep up with the modified Tri-Pacer.

I would be lying to say my palms were dry. My line-up on the centerline was acceptable, angle of attack was good, “paddles” (the LSO – Landing Signals Officer) signaled to add a touch of power, cross over the round-off, fly it right down onto the deck, don’t flare, and BANG, my Tri-Pacer & I were safely aboard. I could start breathing again.

Once aboard the USS Eisenhower, the author observes Navy flight operations from “Vultures Row”.

A few days later, following final system checks and inspections, the full high speed tests commenced. As I donned a “brain bucket” helmet then strapped into the left seat using my four-point harness, I got two thumbs ups from the test coordinator and Lycoming engineers who had modified the engine. I concentrated on the engine start procedure checklist. When I was ready to taxi, I keyed the microphone and requested clearance from the Air Boss, who first cleared the flight deck from his perch two stories above me up in “Pri Fly.”

The white shirted aircraft handlers directed me to the catapult using crisp, well rehearsed hand signals. Once in position over the catapult, a “green shirt” disappeared under the cowling to connect the shuttle and catapult bridle to my specially reinforced nose strut. I got the signal to initiate a full power run-up. This was no ordinary O-320. The modifications are no longer secret, so it can now be told that the standard Champion spark plugs were replaced with special di-lithium-cobalt crystal turbo- encabulator “spark plugs” pictured here.

Watch a video fully explaining how the encabulators work: CLICK HERE.

My Tri-Pacer bucked under the restraints of the “holdback.” I saw each of the four handlers posted on the corners give thumbs up as I cycled the yolk through its full travel, left-right-fore-aft. Then the catapult officer dropped down on one knee – my heart was pounding – with his arm extended forward, he pointed toward the bow briefly, then suddenly dropped his arm, touching two fingers to the deck – the signal to launch. Zoweeee! From zero to 135 kts in 2.5 seconds! It happened so quickly I almost forgot to hit the actuator switch to kick in the turbo-encabulator hyperdrive. I managed to reach the switch and throw it just as the nose wheel left the end of the catapult.

Suddenly I was rocketing skyward like nothing I ever experienced before, accelerating past 370 knots in mere seconds. Airspeed was building too quickly, so I hauled back on the yolk and began a nearly vertical climb. The vertical velocity indicator was pegged at max rate of climb and the altimeter was winding up into the flight levels. So I killed the hyperdrive, hauled back on the yoke performing an Immelmann maneuver to reverse course, and at the top I rolled upright, leveling the wings at 21,000 ft. Before I knew it, my craft was 30 miles behind the ship and in position to start the high speed run.

After a 180-degree turn I aimed for the ship, pointed the nose on a 45 degree down-line, kicked in the hyperdrive again, and commenced the high speed test run. The ocean was racing up to meet me. The fabric began to whine like a wounded banshee. As I neared the carrier I leveled at 250 ft with all the stops out. The Lycoming up front was screaming like a tormented demon. The mach meter was flirting with 0.9. The smell of burning rubber filled the cabin as the tires began to cook from the friction – make a note: next time fly with the wheel pants on. I was thrashing about, thankful for the restraints and praying they would continue to hold me in the aircraft. The shaking became more violent. The instrument panel was a blur. I wondered if the trusty PA-22 would hold together. Suddenly – BOOM! It got strangely quiet as I slipped through the sound barrier. All I could hear now was my heart pounding and the confident purring of that turbo-encabulated Lycoming up front.

This picture documenting the event is a rarity. It takes just the right combination of conditions and events to capture passing the sound barrier. Not only were the water vapor, density and temperature just right, but there just happened to be a shutterbug on deck to capture the moment. The Tri-Pacer is actually in transonic flight, with normal shock waves emanating from behind the landing gear and across the empennage and tail surfaces. The condition will last for only an instant, and once supersonic flow exists completely around the aircraft, sharp-angled sonic cones replace the normal shock waves. The odds of getting a shot like this are staggering.

With the first test run completed successfully, I hauled back on the controls and pointed the nose straight up at heaven. This time I wanted to see just how high my little Tri- Pacer could go. Up, up, up the burning blue I topped the windswept heights where neither lark nor eagle flew. As I leveled off at 72,000 ft, I noticed the deep black of space above me and could see the curvature of the earth spread out before me. It was exhilarating, but I was not dressed for the intense cold. I was only wearing a t-shirt from a Caribbean cruise. It was time to head back to the ship.

I requested a fly-by of the ship’s “tower” but the Air Boss gave me a “NEGATIVE!” It was a good thing because the little Lycoming had given it’s all and gave up the ghost well before I reached the ship. Penetrating the deep cold of the stratosphere after a flaming run at sea level must have done some shock cooling damage. I shut her down and announced an “engine out, dead stick landing”. There was no time to clear the F/A-18 Hornets off the flight deck, and no margin for error. I had to get it right the first time – no “bolter” or go-around for a second shot at it. I flew the “meatball” right to touchdown as the Captain adjusted the “Ike’s” speed to accommodate my Tri-Pacer’s gentle descent profile.

At left, the author sits in Capt. Alan Gemmill’s chair on the bridge of the “Ike” as the special visitors pose with the Captain for a VIP picture to commemorate the occasion.

At right, the author having lunch with F/A-18 Hornet jocks on the “Ike” that were all ears to hear what it was like to break the sound barrier in a propeller driven general aviation aircraft.

Once on board, a tug smartly positioned my Tri-Pacer on the ship’s elevator and we were lowered to the hanger deck below, where it was secured. At the mission debriefing that immediately followed, the first thing I heard was a quiet, gentle, demure voice whispering in my ear, “Honey, it’s time to wake up from your nap – dinner’s ready.”

Author: Dr Ralph Gutowski From www.shortwing.org (Ohio Chapter)

Thanx and a tip of the hat to John Swallow, editor of the “Hangar News”, newsletter of the Vernon (BC) Flying Club.

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February 2013 Newsletter

February 8th, 2013

FIRST THINGS FIRST

The first meeting of the year is this Tuesday, February 12. The Board of Directors meet at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:00.

Dinner is at 7:00 p.m. after the Board of Directors’ meeting, and is $6.00 per person. Bill and Jan Wheadon are planning on having chili, salad and cornbread.

The Gnoss Field Community Association breakfast is this Saturday, February 9, at 9 a.m. in the Scanlon Aviation hangar. Their speaker will be at 9:45.

The EAA Chapter 124 newsletter is at:

http://www.eaa124.org/Newsletter/Feb2013.pdf

Their meetings are on the first Wednesday of the month, so you need to plan ahead since our newsletter comes out after their meeting and newsletter. Bookmark their web page and check in for more information on the Chapter 124 activities.

Golden West Fly-in is having their planning meeting at Marysville Airport Saturday February 23. Join them if you would like to volunteer and see the air show from the inside. Their website is:

www.goldenwestflyin.org

I want to remind our members that the Air Academy applications need to be in to the Board by February 28. If you need an application please send me an email and I will reply with copies of the Chapter 1268 and EAA national applications and scholarship requests. I’ll have more information later in the next newsletter. Don’t delay submitting your applications because the Board of Directors will be choosing the Chapter Air Academy participants at the March meeting.

I’m not sure who our speaker will be for the January meeting, so come expecting to be pleasantly surprised.

EAA 1268 MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN AND TREASURER REPORT

February 2013

Membership – Once again annual dues season is upon us. For those of you who have already paid – thank you. For those who haven’t paid yet, only $15 will get you back in the good graces of the Board of Directors. For those not sure if they’ve paid, check the color of your name badge in the clubhouse. If it’s blue, you’re current and if it’s white you’re not. Also if there have been changes to your personal status – email address, telephone #, airplanes you own or fly, etc. please fill out a membership form that’s in an envelope located in the clubhouse (in the basket under the name badge board). This will be used to update the roster.

YOUNG EAGLES FEBRUARY 10

I was going to make this announcement last night at the EAA meeting, but when I got there the clubhouse was bare!!!  Duh, how about NEXT Tue.  Anyway, we’ll be doing our thing on Sunday so come on out and give us a hand, never to many helpers.  The weather is s’pose to be A.O.K.  Lets take advantage of it before we get into the morning fog season.  Look forward to seeing you on Sunday.   B.K.

As always BK White is looking for volunteer pilots, ground crew and registration helpers for our monthly Young Eagles events. Let him know you will be joining us and helping out by sending him an email to eagle1@vom.com or by calling him at 707-996-1335.

MOVIE NIGHT AT SKYPARK

The movie this month will be the 1939 Warner Brothers release “Women in the Wind.” Great Cleveland Air Race story with lady pilots starring Kay Francis.

There will be another episode of Sky King and a vintage flying cartoon before the main movie.

Pizza is always available for $5 per person, including beverages, and complimentary popcorn just to whet your appetite (or spoil it), courtesy of Walt Lewis and his Amazing Real Movie Theater Popcorn Popping Extravaganza Machine.

See you at the movies on movie night, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 6 p.m.

Just a short note about our future movies. Rafe has quite a collection of flying movies and keeps coming up with some great ones for showing at Sonoma Skypark. I’ve got quite a few myself in VHS or DVD format and am going through my collection to see what I have that would appeal to our regular Friday night movie crowd. If you have aviation related movies at home, please send me a list of anything you are willing to lend and I will forward them to Rafe so we can put them into the future coming attractions schedule. We are able to show either format at the clubhouse.

DINNER SCHEDULE

We are lining up our celebrity chefs for 2013 so let Roy know if you would like to be one of our famous chefs for the upcoming year.  You can also let me know at wd6bor@vom.com and I’ll put you on the roster.

Don’t be shy; be bold and decisive! Give Roy a call and let him know when you can cook.

The schedule for this year so far is:

Month Cook Meal
2013 DINNER SCHEDULE
FEB Bill and Jan W. Chili, salad, cornbread
MAR Nelleke & Rich ?
APR Marsi & Amir ?
MAY Catherine & D Chili, salad
JUN ? ?
JUL ? ?
AUG ? ?
SEP ? ?
OCT ? ?
NOV Ron P. ?
DEC XMAS PARTY

SPEAKERS

We are always, continually, everlastingly looking for speakers for our monthly programs. If you don’t want to show your own baby pictures at a meeting, think of an alternative program or speaker and let us know what you would like to hear.

We will be trying a new method of arranging for speakers. We will ask for volunteers, not to necessarily be the speaker themselves, but to ask someone they know to be the speaker for the month they’ve selected. If we can fill out the schedule at the February meeting for speakers and dinners then we can sit back and relax for the rest of the year.

We already have some volunteers with Tat talking about airway beacons, Travis inviting ATC controllers from the Napa tower, Rich Cooper lining up a formation flying presentation, John Carmichael talking about seaplane operations, and Craig McDonald and Les Goldner agreeing to either find speakers or give presentations themselves.

Send an email to me at wd6bor@vom.com so we can get your program or speaker information into the newsletter.

Month Speaker/Member Subject
2013 SPEAKER SCHEDULE
FEB ?
MAR ?
APR ?
MAY ?
JUN ?
JUL ?
AUG ?
SEP ?
OCT ?
NOV ?
DEC FROSTY ICING OPS

I thought I would put together a calendar for the year, as much for my own benefit as for the members’. My memory just isn’t what it used to be.

Send me any events you have for the calendar and I’ll put them in.

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