Tuesday, December 21, 2010

January 2011 Meeting Announcement

Our January meeting will be a break from our usual meetings. EAA Chapter 84 (at Harvey Field) has invited us to their monthly meeting for a presentation by Ed Shadle, who's attempting to break the land speed record.

The meeting is Tuesday, January 11, at 7:00 p.m. at Harvey Field. See the Chapter 84 page for more information.

December 2010 Meeting Recap

Any December meeting that doesn't get canceled due to weather is a success! Ross Mahon gave a great presentation on the history of and his experience with the Wickham B. We then held the 3rd annual white elephant gift exchange, which for the 3rd straight year involved lots of stealing and fortunately no fistfights. Lastly, Brian Trubee gave a brief update on his experiences flying his RV-4 thus far.

January's meeting will be a little different, as we'll be joining Chapter 84's meeting, where Ed Shadle will be the guest speaker. More information in the next post.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Nov 16: Elections for 2011

Tonight was election night, and results were as follows:

VP (President Elect): Chad Hankins
The Chapter President-Elect shall serve for one (1) year in this capacity. At the end of that year, he or she will automatically become Chapter President in the second year.

Secretary (2 year term): Rob Kochman will serve a second term

Director (2 year term):
2 positions open, because this is an even year. The business and property of the Chapter shall be conducted and controlled by the Chapter Board of Directors. We elected Glen Braun and Rich Martin

These folks serve in addition to our existing leadership for 2011:
  • Jim Piavis will serve as president for 2011, in accordance with our bylaws.
  • Jason Hills Treasurer for one more year.
  • Marc Gordon will serve one more year as a Class II director. (elected in an odd year).

Mike Culver

Thursday, August 5, 2010

OK, we've been lame!

OK, it's been a while and there's been a lot going on. As usual, a new work project is sucking the life out of the Editor, in between the usual ongoing activities. OUr next meeting is coming up in August and it's the annual Show-N-Tell for what you did this summer at the local fly-ins. Hopefully we'll have some reports on Sloshkosh 2010 and Arlington for starters!


Burger Burn!

I received this one from John Brick down at Pierce County, it's the annual Chapter Burger Burn and is always a good time!

Sunday, August 8th, 1 PM
Pierce County Airport – Thun Field (KPLU)
EAA Chapter 326 Burger Burn

Our annual Burger Burn is this coming Sunday. This is a potluck affair. Bring food if you like but it is not necessary or expected. Aircraft will be parked along the taxiway on the south end of the field. We should have plenty of homebuilts to peruse.

Hope you can be there. Spread the word.

John Brick
Newsletter Editor
EAA Chapter 326
Thun Field

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

June Meeting Notice

The June meeting is just around the corner, currently scheduled for Tuesday, June 15th, 7:00 PM at the Redmond Library. We're still working out the program so it's going to be a surprise! Hope to see everyone there.

I'd expect that normal pre-meeting dinner rules are in affect, 6:00 PM at Ooba's in Downtown Redmond, next to Ben Franklin's.


1) See blog post below for Young Eagles on June 26th at Pierce Co. if you're interested. I think there's a number of folks that plan on flying this year.

2) For the RV builders, the Northwest RV Flyin will be held June 19th at Scappoose Airport, OR. This normally starts mid morning and runs till the afternoon with a BBQ lunch. If the weather cooperates, it's usually a nice little flyin.


2010 Dues are due!

Due to a problem with PayPal, we're behind in soliciting our 2010 dues from the due-paying members. We've been able to get that issue resolved, so now Dues are due, but just a little behind.

Please send a note to eaa1440@gmail.com if you would like to receive an invoice via PayPal for your dues, otherwise you can bring an old fashioned check or cash to our June meeting.

Remember that dues go towards out annual Chapter BBQ, and the little things like State and EAA annual renewals, as well as that all important insurance thing. So please send Jason a note and get your dues in!


Editor Jim

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Mike's New Project

A couple weeks ago I got a note from Mike Arntzen, one of the folks on the Microsoft Pilot's distribution list. I'm not sure how you do it, but Mike mentioned that he "accidently" bought half an Avid Catalina and wondered if I'd come take a look. Hummm.. Mike is one of the well-known Cessna pilots on our e-mail list, so the conversion from Cessna, to finishing a half-complete project was going to be interesting for sure. Well...I had the opportunity to visit Mike and the project today and see what a Catalina looked like. I'd seen a video on the web, but hadn't had a chance to see one up close.

Well, as Mike said, it's probably 60-70% complete, and pretty close to applying the cover. The wings appear complete, most components are installed in the aft fuselage, some instruments, some wiring, the engine was installed at one time, and a lot of fiberglass is done. That said, there's still a lot to do.

Mike has some time in the Austrailian Air Force (avionics tech) and currently works for Microsoft. He and a partner bought the project basically from a neighbor, have access to a lakeside hangar on Lake Samm, and hope to use the Avid to fly to Harvey and Boeing Field to access their other aircraft (sure beats the drive!).

We should start seeing Mike around the Chapter meetingssoon,  and look forward to seeing the Avid come together. Besides, it's a good opportunity for Tom Staggs to use his new seaplane rating when it comes to first flight!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

A2A Photos

Not much going on, but I thought I'd post a couple gratuitous photos of Jason Hills KISS taken enroute from JeffCo to Auburn.

Every once in a while we do get some nice days, it just seems that lately, they've been few and far between!

Friday, May 7, 2010

May Meeting

That time again!

The May meeting will be held on Tuesday May 18th, 7:00 PM, at the Redmond Library (the normal spot). The meeting topic will be Tom Staggs' presentation on first flight considerations and seems to be good timing with several chapter projects coming close to flying this year. If you weren't around when Tom gave this several years ago, it's a good presentation.

I'm sure John will also put out notification for pre-meeting dinner, and for Redmond, that usually means Oobas in downtown Redmond, a block from the Ben Franklin store.

See you then,


Thursday, May 6, 2010

June Young Eagles at PLU

I received this note from Dave Fritzche, EAA Chapter 326 at Pierce. Jason Hills and Jim P participated last year and had a great time, so we certainly encourage everyone to participate if you can.

I would like to invite you to join us in flying Young Eagles again this year. We will be flying on Saturday June 26 at Thun Field from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We had a great response last year and look forward to an even greater response this year. We love to see the smiles on their faces as they depart from the aircraft. I hope to see you on the 26th if not before.

Dave Fritzsche
Young Eagles Coordinator 2010
Mt. Rainier EAA Chapter 326
E-mail: fritzsch@eskimo.com

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Weekend of Formation Flying- Jim P

First off, some may think this is completely insane, wanting, on purpose, to fly within 10 feet of not one, but multiple aircraft. However, this is a skill, when done properly, really hones how you fly the airplane with precision and confidence. For other photos, see http://cid-0f4ce38190a6485e.skydrive.live.com/browse.aspx/WCFC%202010?authkey=WuRm05lUyBQ%24&ct=photos

Friday, April 23, 2010

EAA News - New Member Benefit: Free Admission to Hundreds of Great Museums

EAA News - New Member Benefit: Free Admission to Hundreds of Great Museums

In a note received from EAA, you only get the passes for those museums greater than 90 miles from home, so if you're traveling check the list!  If you check the link in the EAA post, we should have free admission to the Evergreen Air and Space Museum, but not the local Puget Sound attractions! Note that there are some restrictions and your EAA membership wont' get you discounts in the gift shops or other special events.

April Meeting - Lake Hills Library

Our most recent meeting was held last Tuesday evening, 7:00 PM at the Lake Hills Library. We were all pretty much anticipating a low turnout due to the alternate location, but we were all pleasantly surprised with an attendance of about 20 to hear what Joe Hull had to say about his close brush with certain stardom.

AirVenture 2010 NOTAM

You know it's starting to get close, and winter behind us when the official Airventure NOTAM is released. See www.airventure.org/flying/2010_NOTAM.pdf

There doesn't seem to be too many changes this year, but if you're planning on attending, make sure to know the material; there's a test at the end!

New Eat'n Places Coming Soon

From the NW Flying Blog, it appears that the resturaunt at Elma will be opening in May with a 1/2 pound burger as the house speciality!

From records at Arlington, it also looked like there were a couple entities trying to start up the old cafe. Hopefully someone can figure out how to successfully run a resturaunt at that location. Let us know if you hear of any new news on either one of these new eat'n places.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

EAA SportAir RV Workshop at AWO

Received from EAA today!

Dear EAA Member:

EAA SportAir Workshops returns to Arlington, Washington, for a two-day Van's Aircraft RV assembly course the weekend of May 15-16. The Arlington Fly In grounds, located at the Arlington Municipal Airport, will host the workshop.

This pioneering course is an intensive weekend seminar featuring the "hands-on" practice that will give you experience and confidence in the skills required to assemble your RV. Other topics discussed include the Federal Aviation Regulations pertaining to amateur-built aircraft; required tools and workshop essentials, engine and propeller selection, flight-testing, and more.

The course is limited to 16 students so sign up today! EAA members receive a special discount price of $319, plus Van's Aircraft offers a special $50 discount on an aircraft kit upon completion of the course!

Monday, April 12, 2010

April Meeting - Lake Hills Library


The April Meeting will be held at Lake Hills Library off of 148th in Bellevue (15228 Lake Hills Blvd, Bellevue, WA) this month due to non-availability of the Redmond Library.

Meeting will be held on April 20th, 7:00 PM.
This month's meeting topic will be a video program presented by Joe Hull, based on his and Tom Stagg's exploits north of the border to assist in the filming of a TV series. I suspect that the video may be somewhat short, so bring your project updates as well!
Pre-Meeting dinner will be at the Red Robbin, near Sears at the corner of 148th and NW 24th St off 520.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Tech Tip - Freeing Rusty Nuts

I picked up the following on the Matronics Aero-Electric List. For anyone dealing with electrics, this is a must-view site with quick responses to questions by AeroElectric author Bob Nuckolls.

Penetrating Oils Compared
Machinist's Workshop magazine actually tested penetrants for break out torque on rusted nuts. Significant results! They arranged a subjective test of all the popular penetrants with the control being the torque required to remove the nut from a "scientifically rusted" environment.
Penetrating oil Average load
None ..................... 516 pounds
WD-40 .................. 238 pounds
PB Blaster ..............214 pounds
Liquid Wrench ...... 127 pounds
Kano Kroil ............ 106 pounds
ATF-Acetone mix... 53 pounds

The ATF-Acetone mix was a "home brew" mix of 50 - 50 automatic transmission fluid and acetone.
Note: The "home brew" was better than any commercial product in this one particular test. A local machinist group mixed up a batch and all now use it with equally good results. Note also that "Liquid Wrench" is about as good as "Kroil" for about 20% of the price.

4th Annual Fantasy Field Fly-In: June 19th

Hello to Everyone!

Good golly, has it been a year ALREADY?  Yes we are preparing for the 4TH ANNUAL FANTASY FIELD FLY-IN, hosted by Kelly and Terry Sullivan.

I can’t get over the amount of emails I have received about this year’s fly-in! Thank you all for your support and encouragement. This year our fly-in will be on Saturday June 19th, which is the day before Father's Day.  We had to move it up a week due to some scheduling conflicts with the SuperCub Competition up north on the following weekend. Kelly likes to attend that competition and show those Cub drivers how to fly!!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Ellensburg Coffee & Donuts

We received this one from Mike Katz, EAA Chapter 492 in Ellensburg, WA. For those looking for somewhere to go when the weather is nice...

Friday, March 26, 2010

EAA News - CBP Announces Penalty Notices Coming Soon

For those that traveling north, make sure you give Boarder Patrol the allotted time!

EAA News - CBP Announces Penalty Notices Coming Soon

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

2010 Northwest Fly-Ins

AnacortesJune 12Anacortes Airport,WAhttp://www.http://anacortesflyin.com/
Fantesy FieldJune 19Fantesy Field, FA99
AirshowJune 19-20Olympia,WAhttp://www.olympicflightmuseum.com/airshow.php
Arlington  Fly-InJuly 7-11Arlington,WAhttp://www.arlingtonflyin.org/default.cfm
Prosser  Fly-InJuly 16-18 Prosser,WA
Concrete Fly-InJuly 23-25Concrete, WAhttp://concrete-wa.com/events.php?ident=26
Friday Harbor Fly-inJuly 24Friday Harbor, WA
Tillamook Air Museum Fly-inJuly 31Tillamook, OR
Orcas FlyinAugust?Eastsound, WA
SeaFair August 7-8Seattle,WAhttp://www.seafair.com/
Hillsboro AirshowAugust 20-22Hillsboro, ORhttp://oregonairshow.com/
2010 NWAAC Fly-InAugust 20-22Vancouver, WAhttp://www.nwaac.com/flyininfo.htm
McMinnville Annual Fly-inSeptember 3-4McMinnville, OR http://www.macflyin.com/Welcome.html

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

March Meeting

The March meeting was held on the usual 3rd Tuesday at the Redmond Library at 7:00 PM, wtih about 15 members present. Ron Wattaja volunteered to do an interesting presentation from his vaired past, when a future aircraft homebuilder got into teh submarine business via his CAP Squadron. Based on the presentation, his Squadron CO decided it was a good idea to build a wet submersable from a tip tank off a T-33. The presentation outlined the efforts to figure out how to make a workign submersable out of the tip tank, encountering many of the same issues aircraft builders encoutner; where to place the battery, and weight and balance. In this case, it sure sounded like it spent more time on the bottom of Midwest lakes, then cruising the waters! Overall an interesting presentation.

Ron also gave us a preview of his most recent AB accident statistics. He has an interest in diving through the accident reports and really getting to the real story of the reports. Ron will be presenting an indepth report on AB accidents in the May or June time-frame.

Thanks goes to Ron for coming out to Redmond and presenting for the meeting!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Oshkosh 2010 (I know, the name changed but old habits die hard!)

If you really needed a reason to attend Oshkosh, this seems to be a pretty good one!

DC-3s Flicking to Join AirVenture Birthday Bash (from EAA.org).
They're coming from everywhere; some three dozen DC-3 and C-47 aircraft that have already shown interest in participating in "The Last Time..." 75th anniversary celebration of the aircraft at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010.

The list of potential aircraft that will be participating in the DC-3 mass arrival is still being finalized, but many of the participants are listed at www.TheLastTime.org website dedicated to the formation arrival coming to Oshkosh.

The registration list for the mass arrival on July 26 has reached its limit of 35 aircraft, because of limitations at the staging airports. Other DC-3/C-47 operators are welcome to participate, however, by individually flying to AirVenture, which will be held July 26-August 1 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Those aircraft are encouraged to contact Adam Smith at EAA headquarters at asmith@eaa.org.

"This is a tremendous response in just the several weeks since the 75th anniversary commemoration was announced," said Smith, EAA's vice president of membership. "We are still receiving inquiries from owners of some very special DC-3s, and we welcome all of them to be a part of AirVenture 2010, whether or not they are able to participate in the mass arrival."

Several of the DC-3s have been regular visitors to Oshkosh in past years, while others have made only rare appearances or have never been here. In all, it promises to be the largest airborne group of DC-3s assembled since World War II, and likely for the last time ever.

One of the details being solved currently is parking for this many magnificent DC-3s at Oshkosh. It’s anticipated that AeroShell Square, along with the Warbirds and Vintage Aircraft parking areas, will be fully engaged in showcasing these venerable airplanes.

Fewer than 100 of the aircraft remain airworthy in the United States, meaning that nearly half of the current fleet could be present at AirVenture 2010. The weeklong festivities at Oshkosh will also include historical and technical forums/presentations, fly-bys and a special evening DC-3 commemorative program at Theater in the Woods.

Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit http://www.eaa.org/. Immediate news is available at http://twitter.com/EAAupdate.

Fun with the Kids

Sometimes this is just what it’s all about! A couple of Dad’s taking the kids for a flight and out to lunch… With a break in the January weather Tom and Jim were able to take the Alexi (Alex x 2) out to lunch over at Bremerton. I think we agreed that we need to do this more often, maybe planning a trip to McMinnville when the weather is better.

Jim, Tom and Alex(s) at Bremerton.

Photo at right is what happens when you let a 6 year take the pictures!

John Marzulli’s little girl Genevieve is usually present at our Chapter meetings, and is always ready to go fly with Dad! She even seems to put up with the rest of us!

December Meeting

The December meeting was held on the 15th at Redmond Library and was the dreaded White Elephant exchange.

This year seemed to be a bit different, possibly due to the economy, but it sure seemed like most gifts had spent time either in the hangar or garage. Possibly the most useful was a bag of old clecos, but not to be out-done by pilots range extender. Either will come in handy when absolutely necessary! Otherwise, a good time was had be all and for once in the last couple years, we weren’t snowed out.

January Pres Column

First I want to thank Mike for the last year of leadership he has provided. I also want to thank Jim for stepping up again to fill the VP position. It is this sort of participation that has helped our chapter thrive in only a few years of existence.
Participation has been perhaps the strongest aspect of our chapter. In the next year I want to expand our chapter’s role. There is much we can do that will help ourselves, our chapter and General Aviation.
It has been a while since we have had a project visit. I would like to make an open call to those whole are building, no matter what stage your project is in. I have been threatening to do one for a while, so on February 20th you are invited to my garage where I will finally make good on this threat.
Looking back on the last year it seems that our best meetings have been outside of the Library. With the return of flying weather only a few months away we should consider what can be done. Tom and Mike’s “Zagat of the Air” idea gives us one more excuse to burn some 100LL ( as if we need an excuse to fly ).
The topic of Young Eagles comes up every few months. I am excited to say Jim is looking into the insurance issues around these sorts of flights. More information and announcements will be coming in February.
Amazingly our club has had the tendency in the last several years to have many members reach the same point in their projects at the same time. We should take advantage of this. In the next several months I would like us to have a member driven and hosted workshop on electrical systems. We may have other members who are interest in metal work, wood work or composites. If you are interested in sharing some work space, knowledge or of a qualified instructor please let us know.
Once again thank you for letting me have the opportunity to lead our club.