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.


 So what happended?


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


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.




Dave Hill 





April 9th Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on April 9, 2016 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Saturday, April 9th, 2016 Chapter Meeting


Location: Elk City Regional Airport Terminal


Visitors: none


Members In Attendance: Dave Hill, Mike Mattlock, Jeff Whitten, Kelly Hall, Gary Loftis, Danny & Daniel Battle, Earl Reed, Issac King, Nick Twidale, and Larry Gray. Kent Preston had aircraft issues and couldn't fly-in from Hobart.  We missed you brother!


So what happended this meeting?


We had Pancakes again! Thank you Mike for cooking.  This will be last pancake breakfast we do for several months.  We have a lot on the agenda in the coming months. 


Forgot to put out donation jar.  Oh well.


We all shared a few moments thinking about Jim.  I'm going to Oshkosh for Leadership Conference at the end of April and I'll get more info about an Oshkosh memorial and share at next meeting.

Next meeting will be Saturday, May 7th at Erick, OK at Haddock Field.  Directions:  Take I-40 to exit 7.  Go south into town.  At stop light turn right and go 1/4 to 1/2 mile and you will see sign on left pointing to "Erick Airport".  Turn left and go south to dead end then right. (Beware of stop sign at end of first block after you turn left.)  You will see hangars by then.  The Erick "Poor Boy Flying Club" will be hosting our meeting and providing breakfast.  Hopefully we'll be able to give some rides in their Cessna 172 weather (winds) permitting.

This month's agenda was to discuss choosing a chapter project to start.  There was an offer of a Super Cub restornation project that is available locally, but we all pretty much agreed that we needed an AI to supervise our work and with Jim gone we no longer have an AI.  We agreed that the project didn't meet our chapter goals of building a light sport aircraft that would fall under LSA maintenance rules.

A lot was discussed and we all agreed that the chapter is going to "adopt" my Teamini-Max 1550R "V-Max" project.  We would like to get it finished by this fall.  If everyone will recall last summer when I was doing my project presentation that I shared how I was at a total loss in terms of tools and experience to cut out the hinges I needed from the 30" strip of piano hinge that is supplied with my kit and Jim came to the rescue and cut out my hinges.  I think it would be cool to nickname the V-Max project "Jim's Hinges". Meanwhie will continue to investigate the financial feasability of a gyroplane project.

The really exciting news is that Kelly and I will be sharing hangar #14 at Elk City Airport.  We appreciate all the volunteers who want to help us with some insulation issues to reduce dust and put in some additional lights.  I should be ready to move project out of my garage next Saturday, April 16th.  Anybody wanting to help please be at my house, 118 Gambel Ln, Elk City at 9:00am. It shouldn't take long and maybe we'll go out for breakfast when we're done.

Coming Up:

Chapter 1553 will be volunteering our services to help the City of Hobart, OK with their annual Celebration of Freedom Fly-in.  We will be helping direct aircraft ground traffic and assist with the pancake breakfast.  We'll post time as soon as we get it.

2016 AirVenture at Oshkosh is coming quickly.  It would be great if we could get a group of guys to go together.  I promise you it will change your life and you will have a blast.  Let me know if you are planning on going.

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



 Dave Hill




EAA Monthly Chapter Videos

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on February 23, 2016 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

On the Links page I made two links to the EAA Chapter Video URL's so you can see the Archieved 2015 videos and the 2016 videos.  Each month the EAA adds a video to the current year.  This is a great reference.


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.

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 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.


Dave Hill


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.


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.


The Sonex Family Mourns the Loss of Jeremy & Mike

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on June 3, 2015 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We send our deepest sympathy to the families of Jeremy Monnett & Mike Clift who were killed in the crash of one of Sonex's aircraft on 6/2/2015.

I met Jeremy at Oshkosh in 2013 when I attended one of the seminars he was teaching on his research on Electric powered aircraft.  I remember his wife and small children sitting on the back row waiting for Daddy to finish up.  From the few moments of talking with him I sensed his passion for flying and how excited he was about the work the Sonex company was doing for the aviation community.

The aviation community and Sonex in particular has lost a passionate and wonderful person.  My heart is broken for his family and for everyone involved at Sonex.  He will be missed.

Whenever there is such a tragic loss we instinctively hesitate in our own love of flying, but as Jeremy's father told all yesterday, Jeremy would NOT want us all to quit flying but rather to continue and celebrate his life and legacy by continuing to fly.

I doubt if we will ever remove all the risk of flying light aircraft but that doesn't mean we should give up flying. If you think about it there are an innumerable ways to meet our end.  As for me, I'd rather meet my end doing something that I love than hiding in the shadows of safety and never living at all.

Please keep these families in your prayers.

Dave Hill, Chapter 1553 President

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