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EAA Chapter 87 Minutes of Meeting Dated June 14, 2011

Submitted by Richard DeVito – Secretary

The June meeting was held at Brunswick Executive Airport. President Charlie Gabelmann called the meeting to order at 1935.


The May meeting minutes were accepted as posted on the Chapter web site.


Tom Muller reported that the balance at the end of May was $5,707.97, with 45 members in the chapter. DJ Merrill made a motion to accept the treasuresr’s report and this was seconded by Richard DeVito. The motion passed unanimously.

Tom advised members that incurred expenses for the June 4 fly in, could submit an invoice for reimbursement. Most of the members advised they did not intend to seek reimbursement.


Charlie Gabelmann reported that the June 4 fly in was a great success and almost all the comments were positive. Suggestions to improve the experience in 2012 included parking the aircraft by category, and possibe inclusion of a temporary tower to control arrivals and departures. A post event meeting is planned to critique overall event organization.

A grant is expected, that will allow national advertising for next year’s event. A 2 day event with on site camping is being discussed.


Leo Leclair has not as yet had an opportunity to replace the batteries for the chapter scales.

Tom Muller suggested moving the chapter boroscope to his hangar at Lewiston Auburn Airport. The hangar is locked, so the equipmet will be secure. Several chapter pilots know the location of the hangar key.


The chapter will host Young Eagle events on July 16, August 21, and October 1. The October event will be held at Wiscasset.. The location for July and August have not been finalized as yet, but Augusta, Brunswick, and Lewiston Auburn are possible sites.


July 8-10 Frenchville fly in.
August 6 and 7 – Norridgewock Fly in.
August 20 – Mark Hayden’s annual fly in and picnic.in Monmouth.


Tom Fisher will donate a coffee pot so we can have coffee available for our monthly chapter meetings.

A GPS approach should be available for Brunswick Executive Airpot in mid June.

A 16 hour class for a LSA Repairman’s certificate will be offered in Plymouth around August 20.

Tom Muller suggested the chapter offer money in a program to supplement flight training costs. One third of the total cost to obtain a private pilot certificate was suggested.. Members had concerns on how such a program would be administered, and no action was taken at this time.

8. Projects

Tom Fisher has completed initial flights in his Zenair 601 XL.

Tom Muller reported his autopilot installation is complete and signed off.

Craig Starr is working on pro sealing the fuel tanks for his RV-8


The meeting was adjourned at 2055.


DJ Merrill demonstared the use of an Apple IPAD for inflight navigation. The system consist of an IPAD, an external blue tooth compatible GPS, and VFR/IFR chart service. The chart sevice costs $100/year and includes all data base updates. The system provides full moving map displays with current charts for a full year. DJ commented that the IPAD II has a built in GPS, so it is completely stand alone.

Grady Sharpe shared with the members, full plans for a Thatcher CX4. It is a single place aircraft and can be configured with either tricycle or conventional landing gear.

Tom Fisher shared a computer photo album of his Zenair 601 XL construction, showing details of the modifications that were mandated by the FAA. (You may recall that the FAA grounded this plane due to several in flight break ups.) Tom had just completed the aircraft kit to the manufacturer’s original requirements, but was unable to obtain FAA inspection of the project. The modification was quite extensive and required tear down and reconstructions of the wings.

11. July MEETING

The July meeting will be held on Tuesday July 12 at the Brunswick Executive Airport (KBXM) at 1930 hours.


KBXM is the former sight of the Brunswick Naval Airr Station (BNAS). From the main entrance, proceed past the large airplane (P-2) on display on your left. If the gate is manned, you will need to stop at the gate house and tell them you are going to a meeting at Flight Level Aviation.

Go approximately 0.8 miles, and when you see the second large airplane (P-3), turn right just before it. The plane is just beyond where you will be turning and it is on the left side of the road.

Continue straight ahead and the road will take you around the far side of Hangar 6. Go in the door near the Flight level Aviation sign.

Google map directions can be found at: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Exit+31&daddr=43.9402848,-69.9791119+to:43.918862,-69.952388+to:43.90721,-69.91986+to:Unknown+road&hl=en&geocode=FbV5ngIdADTU-w%3BFbx5ngIdGTTU-ylb2Og3cHiyTDFqd9B_BUMGKQ%3BFQ4mngIdfJzU-ykfsDx3DIetTDFtJj7dmtiT1Q%3BFYr4nQIdjBvV-ylzfDW074atTDE3Y9yH8Gp8Mw%3BFQrdnQIdzvzU-w&mra=ls&via=1,2,3&sll=43.919659,-69.949436&sspn=0.086926,0.130291&ie=UTF8&ll=43.919782,-69.94772&spn=0.086926,0.130291&t=h&z=13