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EAA Chapter 87 Minutes of Meeting Dated May 10, 2011

Submitted by Richard DeVito – Secretary

The May meeting was held at Brunswick Landing Airport. President Charlie Gabelmann called the meeting to order at 1922.


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


Tom Muller reported that the balance at the end of March was $5,647.06, with 47 members in the chapter.


Charlie Gabelmann reported that there would be a meeting on Sunday May 15 at 1000 at Flight Level Aviation to discuss the June 4 Fly In. Charlie requested authority to spend $20 for coffee and donuts and this request was approved by the members present. Leo Leclair made a motion to provide the president with a $100 discretionary fund for such expenditures in the future. This was seconded by Mark Hayden and passed unanimously.

Tom Muller reported he expected both completed aircraft and components will be displayed. They include RV 4, RV 8, and RV 9, Glastar, Challenger, and Koby Starlett. The area will be roped off to limit direct public access to the aircraft. To secure the area, Tom will procure 4 cement stanchions from Merrymeeting airport, Charlie Roscoe will provide large construction cones, and Russell Keith will provide ropes. Tom also reported that we need tables for the component displays and builder’s log books, along with extension cords, and several members offered to bring tables and cords. Lastly, Tom stated that additional volunteers are needed.


DJ Merrill reported that the new web site is now active and is directly accessible. Key personnel have been given access for posting information.


Monthly meetings of Chapter 87 will be held at the Flight Level Aviation facility at Brunswick Landing.


Ace Camp 2011 will be held from July 31 through August 6 and will include rides in a Blackhawk helicopter, a KC- 135 refueling, and sea plane time. Renee Rossignol has been accepted to Ace Camp 2011, under sponsorship of EAA 87. Scholarship costs are $650, and Renee’s parents have agreed to pay $100 of that amount. The chapter will pay a full $650 scholarship, with the additional $100 to be used as needed by Ace Camp organizers.


Hampton fly in will be held on May 21.

Leo Leclair has not purchased replacement batteries for the chapter scales.

A hearing on a bill to repeal the Maine Aircraft use tax was held in Augusta on May 4 and was well attended by supporters of the repeal. The bill has been combined with another bill, and now includes both aircraft and parts, and will move forward for eventual vote. The repeal bill has a good chance of being passed.

May 21 is International Learn to Fly Day.

Wiscasset airport will host an open house on October 4.

EAA Chapter 1510 has been established as a new chapter in Bethel Maine. The Chapter is for float planes only and is identified as Western Maine Flyers.


Mark Hayden reported that Tom Fisher has received FAA approval for his Zenair 601 and plans to fly on the first good weather day.

Don Carr had completed the wings, and is now awaiting the fuselage kit.

Craig Starr is working on his wing tanks.

Leo Leclair reported that Phil Shelton has virtually finished the fuselage and wings on his Tundra. The Instrument panel is in place, but no instruments are mounted as yet.

Tom Muller is working on an auto pilot for his RV-9A.

Leo Leclair will wait until after the Brunswick fly in to mount the floats on his glastar.

Mark Long has completed the panel on his Sea Ray, and cycled the gear.


The meeting was adjourned at 2120.


The June meeting will be held on Tuesday June 14 at the Brunswick Executive Airport (KBXM) at 1930 hours.


From the North Get on I-295 South towards Brunswick. Take exit 31A to merge onto ME-196 E/Lewiston Rd toward Topsham/Brunswick

From the South Get on I-295 North towards Brunswick. Take exit 31 for ME-196 E toward Topsham/Brunswick.

From the West: Get on ME-196 East.

Once on ME-196 E near the I-295 intersection (near the Topsham Mall): Stay on 196 East for about 2.5 miles, and then merge onto RT 1 North (on the left). In approximately 2 miles, take the Cooks Corner exit (This is the first exit after you get onto RT 1).

Turn right onto ME-24 N/Bath Rd.

Go to the second traffic light and turn left onto the ex-Navy Base property. You will see a large airplane (P-2) on display on your left after you make the turn. You will need to stop at the gate house and show your driver’s license. If they ask, tell them you are going to 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