Chapter 1553

Elk City, OK

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April 9th Chapter Meeting Re-Cap

Posted by Dave Hill - #867273, President on April 9, 2016 at 5:35 PM

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




Categories: Chapter Meeting Re-caps, EAA, Projects

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