Chapter 1553

Elk City, OK

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August 13th Event Re-cap

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on August 15, 2016 at 6:35 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Saturday, August 13th, 2016 Chapter Meeting

  

Location:  Elk City Regional Airport Terminal

 

We had two visitors, Damian Hartpence, and Brian Zinn who flew their Cherokee 180 from Wiley Post.  It was good to see Damian & Brian again.  They flew into to our May fly-in at Haddock. 

 

Members In Attendance: Dave Hill, Kelly Hall, Gary Loftis, Dean Vaughn, Wayne Morris, Jeff Whitten, and Corey Alderidge.

Corey flew in with his new Backcountry Super Cub.  http://www.1553.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/album?albumid=16012835

 

 So what happended?

 

We watched part of  the EAA August 2016 chapter video.  EAA has a new member benefit;  Free Solidworks software.

http://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/eaa-membership/eaa-member-benefits/solidworks-resource-center

 

EAA wants to strongly encourage "Chapter Camping" at next year's AirVenture, July 24th to July 30th, 2017.  It is never too early to start planning for next year.


Speaking of Oshkosh, Dean Vaughn shared his pictures of his trip to Oshkosh this year.  Thank you, Dean.  It always stirs our aviation spirit to see the incrediable variety of aircraft, people, and events at AirVenture.


Dayton Dabbs, Gyroplane CFI/DFE has made us a great offer to come to Elk City to do Gyroplane Sport Pilot transition training.  The transition training course includes ground school and about 10 hours of flying.  The course takes to full days.  If you're interested in booking this training, please contact, Dave Hill or Kelly Hall. 

 

Coming Up:


September 10th Chapter Event:  TBD. 

 

 

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

 

 

Thanks, 

Dave Hill 

President

 

 


 


June 18th Hobart Celebration of Freedom Fly-In Re-cap

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on June 20, 2016 at 7:50 AM Comments comments (0)


Saturday, June 18th, 2016 Hobart Celebration of Freedom Pancake Breakfast Fly-In


Location: Hobart Regional (HBR), Hobart, OK

 

I want to thank everyone who helped:  Earl & Nancy Reed, Issac King, Dean Vaughn, Danny Battle, Kelly Hall, and Gary Lofits.

 

So what happended?

 

We met at 6 am at Dave's hangar in Elk City and then drove down in a caravan to Hobart.  There was a large thunderstorm close to us off to the NE which produced 20k winds all morning.  We set up our "booth" with our new canopy and chapter banner.  A total of 5 aircarft flew in for pancakes.  Two of the pilots were our friends from Elk City, Bobby Suthered (Cessna 210) and Dennis Fox (RV9)


In addtion, Kelly and Gary brought their gyroplanes and held a static display and answered questions. There was a lot of interest in the gyroplanes.


The morning activities started off with the Boy Scouts raising our flay and Cara McKay sang our national anthem. It was awesome.  As volunteers we got free pancakes.  About 10 am General Tommy Franks came by to give his thanks for helping and we had teams picture taken with him.  He's the only guy not wearing the flourescent vest.


Besure to view the great pictures Gary took - Hobart Fly-In Gallary


Since the parade started at 10:30 in Hobart everything was shut down and packed up.  We packed up also and called it a great day.


We raised a little bit of money selling a few T-shirts and hats - thank you Nancy for being an awesome saleslady!


Coming Up:

 Our July 2016 event will be a Pancake Breakfast Fly-in at Elk City airport on Saturday July 2nd. We will be hosting Dayton Dabbs, Gyroplane CFI & Designated Flight Examiner who will do a presentation "Discover Gyroplanes" and he will be available all day Saturday for $100 Discovery Flights.

 

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

 

 

Thanks,

 Dave Hill

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

August 11, 2015 Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on August 21, 2015 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 Chapter Meeting

 

Location: Elk City Regional Airport Terminal

 

Visitors: Bill Spurlock, Todd Holland, & Danny Brown

 

Members In Attendance: Danny Battles, Daniel Battles, Kelly Hall, Dave Hill, Jim Kos, Gary Loftis, Kent Preston, Earl & Nancy Reed, Todd & Joyce Sutton

Kent Preston flew in with his Tri-Pacer from Hobart.

 

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

 

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 Gyrocopter adventures.  Danny Brown and Todd Holland recently acquired their own Gyrocopter and want to join the chapter.  Welcome aboard guys! (I'm seriously going to investigate adding Gyrocopter to my CFI rating.) 


Jim Kos showed the EAA Chapter video and did a review of his trip to Oshkosh.  Danny & Daniel Battle also went to Oshkosh and commented on how they discovered it was much more than they expected.  How do you prepare someone for Oshkosh?


While in Oshkosh, Jim attended a seminar on fund raising and presented several ideas on raising money.  Thank you Jim!

 

Our first fund raiser will be September 26th.  We agreed to provide a Pancake Breakfast for all of the pilots that fly in to the Elk City Fly-In on September 26th.  Free Pancakes for the pilots - everyone else will be asked for a donation.  Jim Kos agreed to host Pancake Breakfast in his hangar and along with Nancy Reed they agreed to be the event volunteer leaders.  They will need all the volunteers they can get so please contact Jim & Nancy if you want to volunteer.  We'll have more details at our next chapter meeting.


CHAPTER MEETING CHANGE:  We have changed the monthly meeting to the 3rd Tuesday of the month beginning on Tuesday September 15th.  Time will stay at 7pm and it looks like the hot dog cook out is very popular and we'll keep that tradition going.


Todd & Joyce Sutton have volunteered to be our chapter Young Eagles and Eagle Flight Coordinators!  Thank you Tood & Joyce.  Their function will be to plan and coordinate the Young Eagles program and find Eagle Flight Mentors.  Thank you two for your help!


Earl Reed has volunteered to be the chapter unofficial photographer.  I have posted the meeting photos to our Photo Gallery.  Thank you Earl!


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

Thanks,

Dave Hill

President

Chapter UL98 Fly-In

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on August 12, 2015 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Jim Kos and I visited UL98's fly-in at the private Thompason airfield.

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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 

Elk City Pancake Breakfast

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on May 23, 2015 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Since we didn't get the Pancake Breakfast experience or equipment, I suggest we cancel the Elk City event.

May 9, 2015 Chapter Meeting Re-cap

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on May 9, 2015 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Saturday, May 9th, 2015 Chapter Meeting

 

Location: 504 Old US 66, Canute, OK (Jim Kos's old machine shop)

 

Visitors: None

 

Members In Attendance: Dave Hill, Jim Kos, Gary Loftis, & KellyHall. Kent Preston has returned to Florida for medical care.  We thinking of you brother - get well and we'll see you when you get home.


So what happended?

 

Chapter logo & hats!!!



Thanks to Gary Loftis who has worked hard to get our chapter logo and some hats made!  Thank you for donating the first 10 hats!  Thanks for driving to OKC the night before the meeting to pick them up!  I love it.  They look awesome.  Let me know if you'd like a hat.  Right now we only have 6 hats left.


Since we only had four members present we decided to focus on the immediate issues that needed to be addressed and set some priorities.


1.  Gift of Flight - we all agreed not to send an application because the chapter is too small and being selected would hurt us rather than help us.


2. Change Chapter Meeting schedule.  Since Jim will be back home full-time and many guys are busy with "rodeoing" on Saturdays we all agreed to have our monthly meeting on a week night.  All agreed that the 2nd Tuesday night of the month would be OK.  So starting in June our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 9th and we will move the meetings back to the Elk City Airport terminal.  Meetings will be at 7 pm.  (After thought - we might want to think about cooking some hot dogs and hamburgers if anyone is so moved.) 


3.  Hobart (HBR) Memorial Day Fly-Inn Pancake breakfast - May 25th. We all agreed that we will still volunteer to help out the folks in Hobart with their pancake breakfast as OJT for our up coming pancake breakfast on June 13th at Elk City.


4.  Chapter Project - we are all in agreement that a chapter project is a top priority. We discussed the Pietenpol and the Double Eagle.  Kelly pointed out that tall guys can't get in a Piet and discussion moved to the Leonard Milholland Double Eagle.  The advantages of the Double Eagle is that Jim Kos has all of the equipment necessary to do the welding fabricating.  I (Dave Hill) have a set of Double Eage plans that I would be glad to donate to the chapter.  Link to Double Eagle


5.  We all agreed we all need to work on getting more chapter members.


We probably could have got more done, but, Dave Hill chased an idea down a rabbit hole and told CFI war stories for 20 minutes.

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

Thanks,

Dave Hill

President

 




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