Newsletters:Feb2010

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EAA Chapter 87 NEWS Feb 2010

There will be no February Chapter meeting.

The meeting will be substituted by the Maine Aviation Forum, to be held on February 27th at Owl’s head Transportation Museum. Doors open at 9:30 for registration. Entry to the Forum and the Museum are free of charge.

Lunch will be available from Chapter 736 for a $6.00 fee. If you plan on going and would like to have lunch there, please let Charlie know as the organizers would like a head count in order to not run out of food.


Well it has finally happened.

After having the loss of our meeting site looming in the shadows since the land that the airport sits on was sold in the late 90’s, we have lost the use of the Merrymeeting FBO building for our monthly meetings. The building has been turned into a home and we no longer have the use of the facility. A vote was taken at the January meeting to move the site to the old Bowdoin Elementary School. We have had several meetings there, including Christmas parties, and it is the most logical option that we currently have. Others are pursuing the possibility of moving to the abandoned BNAS site. But at this point, that option is down the road some.

On December 28th, I traveled to WVL to help Jay Rowe weigh the RV-10 for the final time in preparation for the FAA airworthiness certification. The Chapter visited Jay’s project in Winthrop last spring, when we had the chance to put the new scales to the first real test. Since spring, the plane has received a new paint job and final interior trim. All this work added approximately 40 pounds to the plane. I can say the plane is gorgeous. A full IFR panel, tan leather interior, IO-540 engine with an MT 3 blade propeller. Congratulations to Jay for making it all the way through to completion. Those that have done so before him, know the pains it takes to get there.

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Pictured above on left is Jay, family friend Jamie and son Tyler on the right.