Chapter 1553

Elk City, OK

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Jim Kos - In Memorium

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on March 13, 2016 at 6:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

 

Today our good friend and chapter Vice President, Jim Kos, died in an aircraft accident while flying with his friend Dane Sheahen in Florida.

 

Today was also our chapter meeting in Elk City. Jim had told me that he would be in Florida to fly with his flying buddies. As I was getting ready for the meeting I was thinking about Jim and wondering if he was having fun. We really missed him at the meeting today.  We will miss him at all our future meetings.

 

I met Jim in 2012 out at the airport. We were looking for an A&P mechanic who could work on our newly purchased Light Sport aircraft's Rotax engine. Jim had just finished taking Rotax's training and was certified to help us and that was the beginning of our friendship.

 

I shared my passion of aviation with Jim and my love of for EAA. He too was an EAA member but we didn't have a chapter. In 2013 Jim and I took his motor home to Oshkosh for one of the best weeks of my life.

 

We shared a passion for aviation and we both wanted to share that with others. In 2013 we tried to find enough EAA members in western Oklahoma who wanted to start a chapter but we failed. Jim was convinced we could start a chapter and we tried again in the fall of 2014 and found 10 people to be charter members of our new chapter 1553. Jim's name will always be on that list.

 

I may be the President and Jim was V.P. but everything we did to get the chapter going was always a partnership. We discussed everything and made decisions together. I never did anything without running it by Jim. When it came time for officer elections at the end of the first year it became pretty clear that I was going to be drafted to be President. I told Jim I was OK with that as long as he agreed to be President next year.

 

Thanks to Jim's hard work and friendly easy going style the chapter has grown and we have some great people who share our love of aviation.  Jim helped bring us all together and now we will share together the deep loss of a good friend.


Jim had become a very good friend of mine over the past four years. I will really miss him. I believe I speak for all the members - we will miss you, Jim.

 

Dave Hill, President


March 12th Chapter Meeting Re-cap

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on March 12, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Saturday, March 12, 2016 Chapter Meeting 


Location: Elk City Regional Airport Terminal 


Visitors: Justin Whitten, Issac Reed, Earl Tignor.


New members in attendance:  Nick Twidale, Ben Tignor  


Members In Attendance: Dave Hill, Jeff Whitten, Kelly Hall, Gary Loftis, Danny & Daniel Battle, and Earl Reed.  Weather was bad with fog and low ceiling and we had no fly-ins.


 So what happended this meeting? 


We had Pancakes again! Thank you Kelly. 


Finally got our donation jar set out.  We brought in $122 in donations for breakfast and sale of hats and t-shirts. 


Watched monthly EAA Chapter video.  EAA needs volunteers for weekend work and several guys raised their hands.  I'll call EAA and get details and we'll plan trip.


We discussed choosing a chapter project to start.  All agreed it is important to start a project.  Anyone wanting to suggest a project please provide a proposal at the next meeting on April 9th.

 

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

 

Thanks,

Dave Hill 

President

 

 

Kelly Did It!!!!

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on February 23, 2016 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Check out pics of Kelly's Air Commander solo flight.

http://www.1553.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/album?albumid=15963321

Dave

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.


Dave

Thatcher CX5 Chapter Project??

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on February 23, 2016 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (1)

The April issue of Kitplane had a great article about building a Thatcher CX5.  I added page on website with more info.


I'd like to get some comments about your thoughts about a chapter project.


Thanks,

Dave

February 13th Chapter Meeting Re-cap

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on February 23, 2016 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Saturday, February 13, 2016 Chapter Meeting


Location: Elk City Regional Airport Terminal

 

Visitors: Tom Talley and Nick Twidale.


 Members In Attendance: Dave Hill, Jeff Whitten, Kelly Hall, Gary Loftis, Corrie Cocheran, Danny & Daniel Battle, Kent Preston, and Wayne Morris.  Kent flew in with Tom Talley from Hobart.

 

So what happended this meeting?

 

We had Pancakes again! Thank you Kelly & Gary for doing the cooking. We now have a new plastic supply storage bin to keep our supplies.

  

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.

 

Instead of watching the monthly EAA Chapter video we watched videos of Kelly and Gary getting flight training in an MTO Gyroplane.  Actually, most of the meeting was taken up doing that and talking about gyroplanes.


Kent and Tom mentioned that the City of Hobart is going to do their annual Celebration of Freedom event the first week of June and asked if we could help direct traffic at the airport.  Kent will get back to up with the specific dates.


We handed out name tags for everyone in attendance.


Next meeting will be Saturday March 12th.


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

  

Thanks,

 Dave Hill

 President


Meeting photos:http://www.1553.eaachapter.org/apps/photos/album?albumid=15963375


Second Attempt for January Chapter Meeting

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on February 23, 2016 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Weather was bad again.  Forget.  We'll meet in February.

Dave

Name Tags Are Here.

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

Name tags are here.  Check'em out.


Chapter Meeting - Saturday January 9th Postponed

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on January 9, 2016 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Hey gang.


Weather is bad and the roads are not good.  We are postponing chapter meeting until next Saturday, January 16th - same time, same place, same station.


Dave

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.


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