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EAA Chapter 87 Minutes of Meeting Dated October 8, 2013 Submitted by Richard DeVito – Secretary

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


The Secretaries report was not read since it was previously published on the chapter web site. It was accepted as published.


Tom Muller reported that the bank balance on 9/30/13 was $5,995.17. He also stated that the chapter currently has 41 members. The report was accepted as submitted


Two guests with interest in becoming members attended the meeting. Mike Smyth from Freeport attended. He is retired and is interested in building his own plane. Mike Denning who recently returned to Maine also attended.


Chapter members nominated the following individuals as Officers for 2014:

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

Members will vote on this slate at the November meeting.


Tom Muller outlined a program to place bicycles at Lewiston Auburn (LEW), Brunswick (BXM), and Wiscasset (IWI) airports for use by visiting pilots. Charlie Gabelmann stated he has contacted EAA National relative to liability concerns, but no reply has been received to date. Tom agreed head up a committee to move the program forward, and Russell Keith agreed to assist. Tom also agreed to check with the LEW airport manager to ensure they have no objections to the program. Dj Merrill agreed to check BXM, and Richard DeVito agreed to check IWI on the same issue. Four members agreed to help out if the program is approved and moves ahead.


Members confirmed that we will hold the December meeting and Christmas party on Saturday December 7 at Brunswick Executive Airport from 1730 to 1930 hours. Presents will not be exchanged, and all members, wives, and significant others are encouraged to attend. The Chapter will provide plates, glasses, cups, napkins, etc. Please bring a salad, main dish, or dessert that will serve six. Alcohol is allowed, but a designated driver is suggested.


Russell Keith outlined the new EAA Eagles program. This program covers participants interested in aviation ages 18 and over. Registration forms are similar to Young Eagle forms, and require a signature waiving liability. The Young Eagle flight program will continue, and both will now reference the pilots EAA membership number for tracking pilot participation rather than using a Young Eagle number.


Mark Hayden reported that with the high noise level in the Brunswick meeting room, Grady Sharpe had difficulty hearing discussions and was therefore not attending. Charlie Gabelmann stated that we had an amplified system that could help and would bring it to the next meeting. Dj Merrill stated that we could move the meeting to the adjacent conference room that is considerably quieter. We will look at these options.

Craig Starr reported that his friend Wayne was developing a private pilot training course for the Falmouth school system, and wanted to link with the chapter on a Young Eagle program. After some discussion, a motion was made by Craig Starr and seconded by Everett Perkins to support this program. The motion passed unanimously.

Tom Muller reported that Fryeburg airport was hosting a soup fest on Oct 12 from 1100 to 1400, rain or shine.

Charlie Gabelmann advised that calendars were available from EAA National, but there was no interest from members.

Hazen Searway, outlined his experience at ACE Camp. He was sponsored by the chapter, and this was his second year attending. He served as a junior counselor at a Boy Scout camp with ten people in his group. Hazen stated that the sea plane ride in a Cessna 140 was his favorite activity


Don Card with assistance from Leo Leclair and Dj Merrill moved his Zenith CH 750 to Brunswick airport. Don had to remove the wing mounting bolts to install longer bolts, and did this without help. He had difficulty due to the wing swinging when one bolt was removed, but he was able to complete the installation without any damage.. The wings, ailerons, and flaps have since been installed and the wing rigged.

Tom Muller is also working on a Zenith CH 750 and is in initial stages on the project.

Russell Keith showed a video on an oil smoke system on his RV-9A. He has done two flights to refine the system, and uses a five gallon tank, burning ½ to ¾ gal/hr. Russell uses sewing machine oil injected into the exhaust manifold. Tom Muller flew chase for the video, and had no trouble seeing the plane.


The meeting was adjourned at 2130.

The next meeting will be held at Brunswick Executive Airport in Hangar 6 on November 12 starting at 1930 hours. We will vote in the slate of officers for 2014, and all are members are encouraged to attend.