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EAA Chapter 87 Minutes of Meeting Dated September 13, 2011

Submitted by Richard DeVito – Secretary

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


The August meeting minutes were not published as yet, but will be available on line when the September meeting minutes are posted.


The treasurer was not at the meeting due to travel outside the local area; therefore no treasurer’s report was available. President Charlie Gabelmann stated that we had received a check for $1,500 from State Farm Insurance. The check, along with $20 for a new membership was passed to the secretary for deposit in the chapter account.


Leo Leclair reported that we had flown 14 kids at the Lewiston Auburn Young Eagles event on August 21st.

The chapter will participate in another Young Eagles event at Wiscasset on October 1, 2011. The event will be part of an open house and air show celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the airport. Steve Williams and Lisa Reese attended the chapter meeting and outlined overall plans for the open house. Steve and Lisa stated that the ramp will be open to the public, and cautioned that we remain vigilant while conducting the Young Eagles operation. A general outline follows:

A pancake breakfast will be available starting at 0730 hours. The Texas Legends will be parked on the ramp, and the ramp will be open to the public. Weather permitting; they will conduct an air show starting at 1500. In the event of inclement weather, the Legends will fly on Sunday.

The chapter will fly Young Eagles from 0900 until 1200, and pilot briefing will be at 0800. Planes will be dispatched from the area adjacent to the fuel pumps only. We will not have access to any other ramp area. Russell Keith advised that we would be using a new yellow form for registration. Russell also stated that the EAA now permits flights for adults, based on signing a liability release to the chapter. These flights are not reported back to EAA national. In the event we are unable to fly due to inclement weather, the event will be cancelled. WE will not fly on Sunday. Pilots and ground staff volunteers are needed.

4. Brunswick Air Show

Leo Leclair reported that he had served as manager of the Hot Pit Team for the show. The team was located in the aircraft dispatch area and was responsible for servicing the planes with smoke oil, ensuring the pilots had everything they needed to conduct the flight on time, and providing water for the performers at the completion of their performance. This did not include the Blue Angels or Golden Knights, as they had their own support staff. Craig Starr, Mark Hayden, and Richard DeVito served on the team with Leo, and all stated they would do this again in a heartbeat. Charlie Gabelmann hopes to meet with Melissa from the show staff soon for a debriefing on the event.

5. New Business

Charlie Gabelmann stated that we must submit a slate of chapter officers for 2012 at the October meeting, and voting will be done at the November meeting. Charlie encouraged anyone who might be interested in serving as a chapter officer to submit their names at the October meeting.

Charlie requested inputs on interest in having a chapter Christmas meeting in December. The general consensus was that we should again have a pot luck party, and that it be held at the Brunswick Executive Airport. More details will be forthcoming.

Charlie also asked if the chapter was interested in a having presentation by Dave Peppel of the FAA at a future meeting. Members felt this would be worthwhile and suggested a meeting in early 2012.

6. Maine Aeronautics Association (MAA)

Lisa Reese, as president of MAA, gave an overview of recent activities. Lisa stated that based on donations at the Wiscasset open house on August 13 and 14, and proceeds from a raffle for a P-51 ride, they were able to provide funds to several aviation groups. This included $1,457 to ACE Camp.

MAA has reinstated the Gad About Gaddis award this year and named Phil Simpson as recipient for 2011. A fly-in luncheon presentation will be held in Bingham on September 25, 2011.

Lisa stated that the Tuskegee Airmen and the Rise Above Traveling Exhibit would be at the Wiscasset airport for the October 1 open house. It will be open to 4th and 5th graders the Wednesday and Thursday before the open house.

Lisa is looking for volunteers to help on 1 October. Chapter members are encouraged to help after the Young Eagles event has finished.

7. Projects

Leo Leclair reported that he has finished painting the second set of floats he has built.

Mark Hayden reported that he assisted Craig Starr in closing in his RV-8 fuel tanks, and got some experience working with Pro Seal.

Jerry Crute reported that he has a new Shimmy Damper installed in his 172. Jerry also stated that some of his photographs were used in a recent AOPA magazine article, and he is talking with the Atlantic Flyer of possible use of his photos.

8. Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 2055.

9. October MEETING

The October meeting will be held on Tuesday October 11 at the Brunswick Executive Airport (KBXM) at 1930 hours.


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: