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EAA Chapter 87 Minutes of Meeting Dated April 8, 2014 Submitted by Richard DeVito – Secretary

The April meeting was held at Brunswick Executive Airport. President Charlie Gabelmann called the meeting to order at 1930.


Reading of the March meeting minutes were waived as the members present had read them on the chapter web site.


Tom Muller reported that the bank balance on 03/31/14 was $6470.59 with 39 members in the chapter. Tom reported that an additional four members had not renewed as yet. The report was accepted as submitted.

State Farm Insurance has awarded the chapter a $1,000 check and this was transferred to the Treasurer by President Charlie Gabelmann.


Charlie Gabelmann reported that work on the June 21st Fly In is continuing, and a planners meeting is scheduled in the old tower building for 1630 on April 14. As yet, we have no decision on use of vendors. There was some discussion on possible publicity using school newsletters and Facebook.

Charlie reminded members that there is a FAA Expo scheduled for April 12 in Nashua NH.

Tom Muller reported that he and Leo Leclair flew to Kissimmee Fl. to attend Sun & Fun. They drove to the event on opening day and felt that attendance was down compared with prior years. There were not many visiting aircraft, and crowds were thin. They elected not to go for a second day.


Charlie advised that the Hampton Fly In was scheduled for May 17 and 18.

Charlie reported that the FAA has officially taken up review of the proposal to eliminate the Class III medical and allow pilots to operate using a valid driver’s license. They are also looking at allowing more than one pilot during phase 1 flights for experimental aircraft. Charlie personally feels that only one pilot should be in the plane for the initial flight, but supports a second pilot once safety of the flight performance has been confirmed.

The Chapter is looking for candidates for ACE Camp scholarships this year, and feel candidates who are 16 of 17 would be ideal. Tom Muller made a motion, seconded by Mark Hayden, that the Chapter sponsors 2 scholarships, with parents paying up to $100 at our discretion. The motion was approved by a majority vote with one opposed.

Richard DeVito reported that he has filed the annual corporation papers for the Chapter with the State.


Mark Hayden reported that Tom Fisher is flying his aircraft and hopes to bring it to Maine this summer.

Dj Merrill has started to cut holes in a new panel for his plane.

Mark Hayden and Tom Muller both reported they have done no work on their projects over the winter.

Russell Keith is testing a ground adjustable 3 blade propeller in his RV-9A. The propeller is wood, including the center hub. On initial tests, RPM was too high, but he did see increased speed and climb rates of 2,500 feet/minute. The propeller must be removed from the aircraft to make any adjustments.

Everett Perkins is working on an aluminum gas tank for his Koby Starlett. Dimensionally, it is about 17 inches on one end, tapering to 11 inches at the other with an estimated capacity of 11 gallons. This design, once installed, can’t be removed, so Everett is looking at a redesign that would allow the tank to be removed if needed.

Scott Royal reported that his Luscombe is flying well.


The meeting was adjourned at 2100.


The May meeting will be held on Tuesday May 13 at Brunswick Executive Airport (KBMEX) commencing at 1730 hours. Exact location will be transmitted to members when known.