Chapter 1553

Elk City, OK

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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.


Dave Hill




Posted by Dave Hill on April 16, 2015 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (1)

The EAA Give-Flight program is absolutely awesome!

The EAA is going to have volunteers at AirVenture in Oshkosh this year build 5 sets of wings.  It looks like four kit manufacturers have stepped up and donated the wing kits.

When you consider that the time and cost savings of already having  set of wings is substantial, probably as much as 40% to 50% (not including engine).

Jim Kos is doing a quick cost/time savings analysis of each kit and hopes to have that ready within the next few days.

I have put the links to each aircraft on the "Links" page of this website.

As a chapter, we really need to talk about this opportunity and maybe we can have a chapter online webinar with everybody to talk about it.

I have some ideas on how to submit our application so that we stand out.  I think the key will be showing the EAA just how freaking bad WE WANT SOME WINGS!!!

Post your thoughts.  Let's get a discussion going.



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