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EAA Chapter 87 Minutes of Meeting Dated April 12, 2016 Submitted by Richard DeVito – Secretary

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


The minutes of the February meeting were approved as posted on the chapter web site.


This report was waived due to the absence of the Treasurer.


Charlie Gabelmann reported that other Maine chapters have completed the background checks required by national for youth programs. Both Steve Welch (Chapter 1210) and Duke Tomin (Chapter 1434) have complied and see no issues with the requirement. Many members of our chapter continue to question this requirement.

Dj Merrill reported on what other chapters have done for fund raising. Three successful ideas from an EAA forum included asking for donations, a catered sit down dinner with a live band and silent auction, and a pancake breakfast with a raffle. Other ideas listed a fly in with lunch, plane washes, auctions, workshops, and selling food. Members/guests at the meeting commented that a pancake breakfast generates good income, and suggested doing a 50/50 raffle. This issue will be discussed again at future meetings.

Charlie Gabelmann reported that we need to decide if we want to participate in selling excess Owl’s Head Museum aviation parts for a share of the proceeds. There was general interest but concerns as to liabilities. Charlie will try to get an inventory of the parts.


Phil Shelton reported that there will be a Sea Plane Fly In at Brunswick on June 4th. The chapter will set up an information booth for the event.

It was also reported that a Brunswick Naval Air Station (BNAS) reunion will take place July 15, 16, and 17.

Russell Keith reported we could consider having a Young Eagles event on September 17 or 24. Nothing is definite as yet.


John Painter attended as a guest with Russ Kenny. John flies an early model 172 that he has had since 1979. Russ indicated his Kolb Extra was for sale with 130 hrs total time.

Rob Suouza attended and will become a member of our chapter. He has a partially completed Avid MK4 kit.

Dj Merrill is installing a Nav 122 in his plane.

It was reported that Ben, the head of the Brunswick FBO will be leaving.

The meeting was adjourned at 2030.


The May meeting will be held on Tuesday May 10 at Brunswick Executive Airport (KBMEX) FBO commencing at 1930 hours.