Chapter 1553

Elk City, OK

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Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on January 14, 2016 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (0)

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2016 Chapter Renewal Submitted

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on January 7, 2016 at 11:20 PM Comments comments (0)

I completed 2016 Chapter renewal and mailed application along with check for $390.00.  Renewal was all online and was very straight forward.


I guess the next task is to file some forms to the IRS for our non-profit tax exempt status.  Oh boy, I can't wait to do that.


Looking forward to seeing those who can make the Saturday meeting.


Dave Hill


P.S. I'm still in the process of setting us up to accept membership dues and donations using Paypal. I'll let you know when that is fully functional.  Right now Paypal will take your money but we're having trouble getting money from Paypal to us.

December 12, 2015 Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on December 17, 2015 at 7:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday, December 12, 2015 Chapter Meeting

NANCY REED IS OFFICIALLY QUEEN OF THE PANCAKE!

Next meeting is Saturday January 9th 2016 at 9 am for more Pancakes.

 

 

Location: Elk City Regional Airport Terminal

 

 

Visitors: Earl & Nancy Reed brought their grandson Isaac King.

 

 

Members In Attendance: Dave Hill, Jim Kos, Jeff Whitten, Kelly Hall, Gary Loftis, Earl & Nancy Reed, Brad Cocheran, and Danny Battle.  (Airport was IFR so the Sutton's & Kent Preston could not fly-in.  We missed you guys.)

 

 

Chapter Financial Report: $651.82 in checking.  Collected $200 for 2016 chapter membership dues.  We collected enought in dues and contributions for our 2016 insurance premium - about $400.  We wrote a check to pay $360.00 for chapter hats and t-shirts. Using QuickBooks, Dave will provide an Annual Chapter Financial report at the January 2016 meeting.

 

 

So what happended this meeting?

 

 

We had Pancakes again! I want to thank Nancy Reed for volunteering to make the Pancake batter.  She used her secret receipe and the pancakes were awesome.  Personally, I think Nancy is QUEEN OF THE PANCAKE!  I can't wait until next meeting for more of her Pancakes.  I took pancakes home and feasted on them all weekend.  Kelly Hall did a fabulous job of cooking the bacon, sausages, and eggs.  I want to thank all the volunteers who brought eggs, bacon, sausages, milk, orange juice, butter, and pancake mix.


We didn't discuss it, but we should probably charge or put out a donation jar for the breakfast.  We'll cover that at the next meeting.

 

Jim Kos showed the monthly EAA Chapter video. It featured information regarding EAA acquiring the IMC Club.  There is a lot of potential there and we need a volunteer to step up and help make the IMC Club part of the chapter.  Video also included feature on the war bird the EAA is giving away. Lastly, there was information about the EAA Leadership conferences.  There will be a one day event in California and another one day in Florida.  EAA will be hosting a four day event in Oshkosh in February. The chapter reaction to the February event was chilling.

 

EAA requires that we submit an annual Chapter renewal every December with a list of the Chapter members and their EAA membership #. We have to have a minimum of 10 members to keep the chapter going. Then in January the EAA wil send us an insurance bill for about $400. 


2016 Paid Membership Rooster (as of 12/17/2015) - 

Danny & Daniel Battles

Brad & Corrie Cocheran

Kelly Hall

Dave Hill

Jim Kos

Gary Loftis

Mike Matlock

Kent Preston

Earl & Nancy Reed

Todd & Joyce Sutton

Jeff Whitten


If I have missed you or you haven't joined or renewed your membership but would like to, please contact me, Dave Hill, 580-374-7050, davidalberthill@yahoo.com.


 

AGENDA FOR JANUARY 9TH MEETING:  PLANNING

I would like to focus our next meeting on planning for 2016. EAA provides a wide variety of ways we can have fun, build friendships, and hang out with like minded folks who love aviation.  The power of EAA is volunteerism.


We need to start planning for 2016 and the following are some areas for consideration where we need volunteers to step up;


Membership Growth 

Monthly Pancake Breakfast & Fly-In

Airventure - Oshkosh  July 25th - 31st 2016 

Young Eagles 

Eagle Flights

IMC Club

Local Area Events

Other suggestions?


I would very much like to hear from everyone.  It would be very helpful if you could email me your ideas and what level of commitment you would like to make.  That way I can put it altogether into an agenda for the January meeting.


Thanks guys for showing up. Meeting with you all is the most fun I have all month.

 

 

Thanks,

 

Dave Hill

 

President

November 14, 2015 Chapter Meeting Re-cap

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on November 23, 2015 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday, November 14, 2015 Chapter Meeting - OUR 1ST PANCAKE BREAKFAST!  Next meeting is Saturday December 12th at 9 am for more Pancakes.

  

Location: Elk City Regional Airport Terminal

  

Visitors:  Mike Matlock brought some guests for some pancakes.  Earl Reed brought his nephew Isaac, and Joyce and Todd Sutton brought Mike & Tabitha as guests.

 

 Members In Attendance:  Dave Hill, Jim Kos, Mike Matlock, Jeff Whitten, Kelly Hall, Gary Loftis, Earl Reed, Todd & Joyce Sutton (flew in), & Kent Preston (flew in).

 

 Chapter Financial Report: $315.86 in checking.  Started collecting 2016 chapter membership dues.  Annual chapter membership is $40.00.  We collected $320.00 in 2016 dues.

 

So what happended this meeting?

  

We had Pancakes!   I want to thank Mike Matlock who found us a propane griddle and donated it to the chapter.  Jim Kos got it cleaned up and spear-headed the first attempt.  In addition we had sausages and eggs cooked to order.  Kelly Hall did a fabulous job of cooking and he trained me (Dave Hill) on how to break an egg without getting shells in your eggs - thank you, Kelly!  It is our goal to have a Pancake breakfast at every monthly Saturday meeting.  We need volunteers to help every month. We will provide training at no cost. Mike said that he's going to keep an eye out on a bigger griddle.


Jim Kos showed the monthly EAA Chapter video.  It featured a great story on Burt Rutan and some double sided sticky tape of some kind for taping metal stuff where duck tape won't do.  It is amazing what you learn at every meeting.


Rotary Club Report:  Wayne Morris invited me to speak at the November 12th Rotary meeting along with Brad Cocheran from Stick N Rudder.  I had a great time and I was able to pass out two and half years worth of Sport Aviation magazines and talk about our chapter and EAA.  Only two people gave the magazines back. (Can't imagine why.)


After the meeting a gentleman came up to me and asked if I knew anything about the airplane that was on display at the National Route 66 Museum here in Elk City.  I was clueless.  Immediately after the meeting I made a beeline for the museum and paid my $4 admission.  And there she was - the Corben Baby Ace s/n (serial number) 2.  Serial number 1 crashed in a spin accident and that makes Serial Number 2 the oldest (circa 1932) Corben Baby Ace in existence.  Along with the Pietenpol Camper, the Corben Baby Ace was one of the first homebuilt aircrafts available to the public.  In the world of Experimenta Aviation - Serial Number 2 puts Elk City on the EAA map.


I have posted  a few pictures in our chapter photo gallery, but I highly recommend that you visit the National Route 66 Museum and take a look for yourself.  You might have to pay more than $4 - that's the senior citizen admission cost.


Annual Membership renewal.  EAA requires that we submit an annual Chapter renewal every December with a list of the Chapter members and their EAA membership #. We have to have a minimum of 10 members to keep the chapter going. Then in January the EAA wil send us an insurance bill for about $400. Over the next two months we will be collecting $40 annual chapter dues from every member for 2016. We'll have membership renewal forms at the meetings and we'd be glad to mail a renewal form to anyone who needs one.

  

Christmas party.  We took a vote and decided NOT do due a Christmas party.  Maybe we can decorate the pancakes at the December 14th chapter meeting.

  

Chapter hats and t-shirts.  We have them for sale. I would encourage everyone to get one.


Meeting photos.  Thank you Gary Loftis for taking pictures at the meeting.  There were some lighting issues and a some pics didn't turn out but I have posted the good ones in the chapter photo gallery.

 

 Thanks guys for showing up. Meeting with you all is the most fun I have all month.

 

 Thanks,

 Dave Hill

 President

October 3, 2015 Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on October 4, 2015 at 9:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday, October 3, 2015 Chapter Meeting

 

Location: Elk City Regional Airport Terminal

 

Visitors: None

 

Members In Attendance: Dave Hill, Jim Kos, Mike Matlock, Jeff Whitten, Kelly Hall, Gary Loftis

 

Chapter Financial Report: $324.25 in checking and we need to write a check for $320 for chapter hats and t-shirts.

 

So what happended this meeting?

 

I sincerely apologize for the short notice of the meeting.  Jim Kos and I were discussing the issues that needed to be addressed before the end of the year and realized that the meeting scheduled for October 20th would be too late for planning purposes.  Here were the issues:


1.  Young Eagles Flight Scheduled for October 17th - cancelled.

I have to be in Nashville that weekend and Jim said it would be a stretch for him to make it also.  We didn't think it would be fair to Todd & Joyce Sutton to dump all that on them just so we could say we had a Young Eagles Flight in our first year.  And in addition, I'm not sure we could get enough airplanes to pull it off.  We will get some Young Eagle Flights Scheduled early next year.  Thank you Todd & Joyce for volunteering!

 

2. Officer Elections.  Our by-laws require that we elect officers annually in November.  That includes going through a nominating process in September and October and holding election in November.  At the meeting we all agreed that since this is our first year and we're still learning the ropes that we would just extend the term of the current officers for another year.  I was accused of trying to get out of being President - LOL!


2016 Officers:  Dave Hill, President, Jim Kos, Vice-President, Mike Matlock, Treasurer, Jeff Whitten, Secretary.


3. Change Chapter Meetings to accomodate members who would like to fly-in.  The Tuesday evening meetings make it impossible for members to fly-in from their home airports that do not have runway lighting.  We agreed that we are changing the chapter meetings back to the 2nd Saturday of the month at 9 am.  We did discover that the Tuesday night "Hotdogs" was a big hit and in that same spirit we are going to make every Saturday morning meeting a "Pancake Breakfact Fly-In" beginning Saturday November 14th.  Going forward, Jim Kos, will be "Mr. Pancake".  He has volunteered to make it happen and he will be needing members to help.  If you'd like to volunteer contact Jim.


4.  Annual Membership renewal.  EAA requires that we submit an annual Chapter renewal every December with a list of the Chapter members and their EAA membership #.  We have to have a minimum of 10 members to keep the chapter going.  Then in January the EAA wil send us an insurance bill for about $400.  Over the next two months we will be collecting $40 annual chapter dues from every member for 2016.  We'll have membership renewal forms at the meetings and we'd be glad to mail a renewal form to anyone who needs one.


5.  Christmas party.  We decided that we will hold a chapter Christmas party and we will plan the details for that at the November 14th meeting.


6. EAA has created the "Founders Innovation" prize for any individual or chapter that develops a "Loss of Control" warning system or device.   The grand prize is $25,000.  As a CFI, I know exactly what kind of device is needed and shared it with the chapter and we are going to enter the competition as a chapter.  WE CAN WIN THIS!!


See link: http/www.eaa.org/en/eaa/eaa-news-and-aviation-news/eaa_founders_innovation_prize

 

We now have more Chapter hats and t-shirts and I would encourage everyone to get one.

 

Thanks guys for showing up. Meeting with you all is the most fun I have all month.

 

Thanks,

Dave Hill

President

September 15th Chapter Meeting Re-cap

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on September 16, 2015 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 Chapter Meeting


Location: Elk City Regional Airport Terminal


Visitors: None


Members In Attendance: Dave Hill, Jim Kos, Earl Reed, Todd & Joyce Sutton


Chapter Financial Report: $288.00 in checking, all bills paid, and no more debts.


So what happended this meeting?


Todd Sutton shared his "Mountain Flying Training" adventure he and Joyce recently attended in Colorado where they flew into Aspen and Leadville Colorado.  Leadville is the highest airport in the U.S. and on the day he was there the density altitude was 12,600'.


Gary & Kelly were not in attendance because they are on there way back from Florida with a couple more gyrocopters.


Jim Kos showed the EAA Chapter video.


We learned from EAA HQ that the chapter cannot participate in the Elk City Fly-In on September 26th because of insurance issues.  Instead we will be doing Pancake breakfast and Young Eagles Flight on Saturday October 17th.  More details to follow.


We now have more Chapter hats and t-shirts and I would encourage everyone to get one, especially if you plan on attending the Elk City fly-in.  This is part of our fund raising as the hats and t-shirts were donated to the chapter by Gary & Kelly.

 

Thanks guys for showing up. Meeting with you all is the most fun I have all month.


Thanks,

Dave Hill

President

July 14, 2015 Chapter Meeting Re-cap

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on July 15, 2015 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 Chapter Meeting


Location: Elk City Regional Airport Terminal


Visitors: Bri'elle Cocheran - thank you for bringing the cookies.


Members In Attendance: Corey & Jackie Aldridge, Danny Battles, Daniel Battles, Brad & Corrie Cocheran, Kelly Hall, Dave Hill, Jim Kos, Gary Loftis, Wayne Morris, Kent & Connie Preston, Earl & Nancy Reed, & Jeff Whitten.


It was awesome to see the ladies, Jackie, Corrie, Connie, and Nancy, come out with their husbands.  EAA has always been a family organization.  In our chapter spouses and children under the age of 16 are included in membership at no cost.

   

Update from last month's intentions.


The chapter "Meet & Greet" was a total success.  We had 25 folks in attendance and had two new memberships, Todd & Joyce Sutton, and Alex & Lora Gallman sign-up. There were several guests who indicated that the might be joining.  It was a great event and it was a lot of fun meeting everybody.  We had folks from Erick, Sayre, Altus, Hobart, Weatherford, Thomas, Yukon, Oklahoma City and Elk City.  We had four pilots fly-in.


I'd like to thank Brett Hahn, EAA Chapter Network Manager in Oshkosh for his support and helping get invitations out to area EAA members.  I'd also like to thank Jim Kos for all his hard work in promoting the event with the local radio stations and newspaper.  I'd also like to thank the members that invited and brought guests.  Personal invitations are the strongest point of contact.


So what happended this meeting?

 

We had another "Hotdog Cook Out" and everybody contributed to bringing something.  We had all the fixings, chili, potatoe salad, beans, and lots of deserts.  Thank you all - we need to keep this tradition going.


Gary & Kelly gave us an update on their trip to Galveston to fly their gyroplanes.  It was informative and entertaining.


We discussed ways to continue building the membership and Wayne Morris suggested we reach out to the Kawanis and Rotary because they are always looking for speakers.  Good idea Wayne!


Everybody mark their calendar for September 25th.  All hands on board - lots of volunteers needed.


Brad & Corrie Cocheran, who operate Stick N Rudder flight training on the field have announced they will be hosting and coordinating the Fall Elk City Fly-in on September 25th and suggested that we coordinate doing a pancake breakfast at the fly-in.  We're also going to look into coordinating doing Eagle and Young Eagle flights at the fly-in.  It will be a fun day.


Kent Preston thinks that the Hobart Fly-in that was scheduled in May and rained out will be rescheduled for October and would like our chapter to help with the Hobart fly-in. We'll need volunteers to help Kent in Hobart - date to be determined.

 

Financial report: Chapter has $123.48 in checking.  We recieved $80.00 in membership dues and $200 in donations. Thank you donors.


Gary Loftiss is going to get 20 more hats made and is going to look into getting T-Shirts also.


It is that time of year again and several guys are going to Oshkosh.  I suggested that the August meeting be an Oshkosh debriefing.  Take lots of pictures and bring stuff back.

 

Thanks guys for showing up. Meeting with you all is the most fun I have all month.

Thanks,

Dave Hill

President


P.S.  Please feel free to contact me at anytime with ideas and suggestions so that we can get them out to the chapter.  I like to email the chapter through out the months with stuff that is going on.

July 11th Meet & Greet

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on July 12, 2015 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Our "Meet & Greet" was an awesome success!

I want to thank all of our members for their efforts in promoting the Meet & Greet.


Thanks to Brett Hahn at EAA Chapter office for helping us promote our chapter!  The EAA mailed out invitations to all EAA members in the area at no cost to the chapter.


The total attendance was 25 folks.  It was wonderful to see the collection of people who were there.  We had both guys and gals and young and old.  We had folks who have never flown and we had guys with their ATP (Airline Transport Rating) with thousands of hours of flight time.  We had both civilian and military pilots. We had aircraft owners and folks who have never flown. We had a visitor who just got her Private Pilot's License in her Cessna 120 and we had a visitor who has been flying since WWII and has flown dozens of different aircraft. The meeting really reflected the spirit of EAA.


We had folks from Weatherford, Thomas, Altus, Burns Flats, Canute, Sayre, Erick, Hobart, Oklahoma City, and of course Elk City.  That shows the challenge of having a strong chapter here in western Oklahoma.


And most importantly, we have new members!


Here are our newest members:


Todd & Joyce Sutton from Erick.  They flew in with their Cessna 172(?).  They own two airplanes and have been EAA national members for a long time and love going to Oshkosh.


Alex & Lora Gallman from Altus.  They just moved to Altus from South Carolina.  Alex is a C-17 Flight Instructor.  He is a Multi-engine CFII and is looking to get his Single Engine CFII.  They own a Cessna 120 which Lora just used to get her Private Pilot's License.  They flew their Cessna 120 from SC to Altus and it only took them 6 days!  LOL!  In addition, they just took delivery on an RV-7 kit.


Welcome Todd, Joyce, Alex, and Lora!


There were several others who indicated that probably would be joining soon.  We'll be doing some "telephone soliciting" of everyone who came out - LOL!


Again, thank you to everyone who came out.  It was fun getting to meet everybody.


Dave 

June 9, 2015 Chapter Meeting Re-cap

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on June 10, 2015 at 1:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 Chapter Meeting

Location: Elk City Regional Airport Terminal

Visitors: Larry Gray & Earl Reed

Members In Attendance: Dave Hill, Jim Kos, Gary Loftis, Kelly Hall, & Mike Matlock

Update from last month's intentions.

The Hobart Pancake Breakfast was rained out with 12" of rain and record setting flooding in Elk City. By email concenus we have decided to postpone trying to have the Pancake breakfast fly-in until sometime in the fall.

 

So what happended this meeting?


Visitors, Larry Gray and Earl Reed decided to join the chapter!  Welcome aboard gentlemen!  We made sure that they both got a Chapter hat.  Larry was an invited guest of Mike Matlock.  Earl heard about the chapter from Jim's radio interview - cuddos to Jim!  Jim is going to be on the radio again in the next few weeks promoting the chapter.  Our newest member, Earl Reed, reminded us that if we think about it we all have friends we can invite.  Who could you invite and bring with you next month?


I brought hot dogs that we cooked out.  Jim brought bottled water.  I didn't mention it at the meeting, but I think getting a few volunteers to bring food and drinks to chapter meetings would be a great tradition to get started.  What do you guys think?


Financial report:  Chapter has $8.50 in checking and that the monthly bank service charge is $4.97.  Two members donated $40 each and a third member donated $20.  Thanks guys.


President's EAA report:  Brett Hahn from EAA contacted me and complemented us on our website.  We learned that EAA will pay to mail invitations to EAA members in surrounding area for a "Meet & Greet The Chapter" meeting.  Per Brett's recommendation we agreed to host the "Meet & Greet" on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the Elk City Regional Airport Terminal.  We will serve coffee and doughnuts.  In all the excitement, I forgot to get volunteers to do the coffee and doughnuts.  Who would like to volunteer?  


Dave's review of EAA's Flying Club Manual - "Establishing a Non-Profit Flying Club". In my opinion, the fact that EAA is even promoting flying clubs is a major departure from their past attitude about not mixing flying and chapter activities. Make no doubt about it, chapters are still prohibited from owning airworthy flying aircraft.  Yet, the EAA wants to assist interested chapter members in forming flying clubs.  Again, in my opinion, this manual is one of the best manuals I've ever seen on starting and organizing a non-profit organization and particularly a flying club.

I (Dave Hill) felt it was important to discuss the importance of the Sport Pilot rules and the implications of Sport Pilot as the most economical way to learn to fly and get a Pilot's license.  As a CFI who has done 200 hours of flight training in light sport aircraft I see the importance of Sport Pilot as the starting point in a person learning how to fly.  I explained the differences between S-LSA's (Special Light Sport Aircraft - "factory built") and E-LSA's (Experimental Light Sport Aircraft) in terms of flight training.  In summary, I believe that is is critical that a flying club started in the same spirit as the EAA should focus on having a Light Sport training aircraft. I will continue to work on developing a proposal for starting a flying club. (I'm going to address this in more detail in another blog.) 


We continued to discuss a chapter project a little bit. Gary Loftiss brought plans for the Teenie Two, which is supposed to be the cheapest airplane you can build.


Kelly Hall reiterated the importance of the chapter having a project and he volunteered to start looking for a damaged or out of engine time Light Sport Aircaft.


Thanks guys for showing up. This is the most fun I have all month.

Thanks,

Dave Hill

President


Sport Aviation Magazine June 2015

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on June 7, 2015 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (0)

In my opinion, one of the best benefits of being an EAA member is the monthly publication, Sport Aviation. I would like to point out one particular article in the June 2015 issue, "It's an Ace, Baby" starting on page 40.  I highly recommend this article.  It gives an excellent overview of the history "sport" aviation and homebuilding.  In addition, it tells a great story about the founder of EAA, Paul Poberenzy and his love affair with building airplanes.  This is a must read.

Dave


Hints for Homebilders videos at eaa.org