Minutes:Nov2013

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EAA Chapter 87 Minutes of Meeting Dated November 12, 2013 Submitted by Richard DeVito – Secretary

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

1. SECRETARIES REPORT The Secretaries report was accepted as posted on the chapter web site.

2. TREASURER’S REPORT

Tom Muller reported that the bank balance on 10/31/13 was $6015.82 with 48 members in the chapter. The report was accepted as submitted.

3. OLD BUSINESS

There was a single nomination for all officer positions for 2014, and members voted unanimously to accept all nominees.


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

Vice President..............................Dj Merrill

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

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

Young Eagles Coordinator....................Russell Keith

Newsletter Editor...........................Craig Starr

Class A Director............................Mark Hayden

Class B Director............................Everett Perkins

Class A Director............................Leo Leclair


Tom Muller reported that he has not as yet obtained confirmation from Lewiston Auburn airport on the bicycle program, but Brunswick and Wiscasset both have agreed to it. Tom plans to follow up with the airport manager at Lewiston Auburn. Charlie Gabelmann stated that we must get buy in from EAA National on liability issues before proceeding, and Tom agreed to contact them.

The December meeting and Christmas party will be held on Saturday December 7 at Brunswick Executive Airport. The party will be pot luck with the chapter providing soft drinks and chips. We will meet at 1730.

4. NEW BUSINESS

Charlie Gabelmann advised that the Owl’s Head Museum has received a donation of a 1930 Travelaire and they expect to have it on line in the spring.

Charlie Gabelmann asked the membership if they wanted to have a 2014 Fly In, and after much discussion the conclusion was that we would do so. Tom Muller suggested we consider airports other than Brunswick Charlie stated that we need to start working on the Fly In during January. Dj Merrill agreed to contact MRRA regarding possible plans for a 2014 Air Show/Fly In. If an Air Show is scheduled, the chapter would be a participant only.

Russell Keith suggested that we hold two Young Eagle (YE) events in 2014. One would be in conjunction with a Fly In, and the other independently in Wiscasset, Lewiston Auburn, or possibly Augusta. There were concerns that TSA control at Augusta would preclude consideration of Augusta, but Tom Fisher advised that a program conducted in conjunction with the CAP, could by-pass TSA control. Russell stated he would talk with the various airport managers.

Charlie Gabelmann asked members if there was any interest in organizing a group visit to the Bradley Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT. There was general interest, and Charlie agreed to investigate details for a trip.

5. PROJECTS

Scott Royal has done taxi tests on his Luscombe, and it is ready to fly. Scott also stated he has received his technical counselor paperwork from EAA National.

Don Card has completed weighing his CH 750. The only difficulty was rolling the plane onto the scales.

Tom Muller has drilled, clecoed, and painted the inside of the horizontal stabilizer for his CH 750, and plans to do the elevator next.

Mark Hayden has installed the final rivet in the vertical stabilizer of his Vans RV-9A and plans to do the rudder next.

Pete Smythe plans to visit Florida to assess possible purchase of a Tango 2 kit. The aircraft is a low wing composite with 180 HP engine.

Tom Fisher flew his first passenger in his Zenith 650. Tom thought it flew right wing heavy while solo, but it was OK with a passenger aboard.

6. Program

Tom Muller discussed his impressions of Skyways, a book by Billy Mitchell. The book was written in 1930 and it is a first edition. Tom stated the author was a visionary in many aspects of aviation. He discussed airframe parachutes, auto pilots, retractable gear, wing slats, diesel power, and many others. Billy listed a tachometer, oil pressure, and oil temperature as the most important instruments. Tom offered to loan his copy of the book for members interested in reading it.

The meeting was adjourned at 2110.


DECEMBER MEETING

The December meeting will consist of the annual Chapter Christmas Party, and will be Pot Luck. Presents will not be exchanged. All members along with wives and significant others are encouraged to attend. The party will be held on Saturday December 7 in hangar 6 at Brunswick Executive Airport (KBMX) commencing at 1730 hours.

The Chapter will provide plates, glasses, cups, napkins, soft drinks, etc. Alcohol is allowed but members must bring their own drinks. Please bring a salad, main dish, or dessert that will serve six.