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EAA Chapter 87 Minutes of Meeting Dated November 8, 2011

Submitted by Richard DeVito – Secretary

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


The October Secretaries report was accepted as posted on the chapter web site. Russell Keith made the motion, and Mark Hayden seconded.


The treasurer reported a balance of $6,324.35 with 40 paid memberships as of 10/31/11. Tom Muller reported that all members have paid 2011 dues, and receipts for 2012 have started to trickle in.


Charlie Gabelmann stated that a meeting would be held at Brunswick Executive Airport on Saturday 11/19/11 to discuss the 2012 Brunswick Fly In.

The annual Chapter Christmas party will be held at Brunswick Executive Airport on Saturday 12/10/11 starting at 17:30 hours. This will be pot luck as in previous years. The normal monthly meeting scheduled for December 13 will not be held.

Charlie reported that Dave Peppel from the FAA has agreed to do a presentation at our February meeting.

Members voted in the following Officers for 2012:

President....................Charlie Gabelmann

Vice President...............Cliff Benjamin

Secretary....................Richard DeVito

Treasurer....................Tom Muller

Young Eagles Coordinator.....Russell Keith

News Letter Editor...........Leo Leclair

Class A Director.............Dj Merrill

Class B Director.............Craig Starr

Class C Director.............Grady Sharpe


There is a FAA Safety Seminar scheduled on 11/17/11 at Brunswick’s Flight Level Aviation entitled “Why Did They Do That”

Evan McDougal from Hoyle Tanner attended the meeting. They are under contract to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) to develop a cost effective transition for Brunswick Executive airport, and Evan is the program manager. Pertinent items of his presentation follow:

The MRRA will receive about 5 Million dollars per year to cover transition costs from military to civilian use for the airport. Hoyle Tanner’s role is to develop a master plan to use the money most effectively.

Possible projects include Facilities, Utilities, Drainage, Taxi Lighting, Pavement, Ramps and Aprons, and Wildlife mitigation.

The ILS presents a challenge in that the MRRA owns the ILS equipment, but the FAA will not maintain it as they do in all other airports. This will necessitate installation of local alarms in the event of a system failure.

Segmented circles will be installed to direct that the flight path of landing aircraft avoid overflying Bowdoin College. It is most likely that Brunswick will continue to operate with a single runway because of this.

Ten T-Hanger units are planned to be constructed next year.


Dj reported that he has sold his Grumman aircraft to someone in Pennsylvania.

Dj also reported that he has set up an agreement with Flight Level Aviation to allow inside storage in Hangar 6 during the winter months for $150/month, but a minimum of ten aircraft are required. Interested pilots should contact Dj.


Russell Keith reported a brace for the nose gear on Van’s A model aircraft is now available from a third party source. The brace weighs 2 pounds, and prevents the aircraft from nosing over under nose gear overload conditions.

7. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 2037.


The December meeting will be held on Saturday December 10 starting at 1730 in conjunction with the annual Christmas party and pot luck. All members along with spouses or significant others are encouraged to attend. Presents will not be exchanged. The chapter will provide plates, glasses, cups, napkins soft drinks etc. Please bring a salad, main dish or dessert that will serve six.


KBXM is the former site of the Brunswick Naval Air 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: