The Official Monthly Electronic
Newsletter of the
Southern Nevada EAA Chapter
P O Box 34311
Las Vegas, Nevada 89133-4311
_________________Volume 3, Issue No. 12
December 11, 2002:
Our next meeting will be at the North Las
Vegas Airport, Grand Canyon Room beginning at 7:30PM.
Remember, a group of members have dinner at
6:00pm before the meeting at the Foothills Restaurant, 3377 N. Rancho Road.
You are Welcome to join us for Dinner.
December Meeting Program:
The program for the December meeting will
be our annual Ice Cream Social. Bring a friend and/or the family for this
We want to say “Thank You” to Dave Brown for
an excellent presentation on the Nellis Red Flag Exercise. The program
was very interesting and informative.
2003 Officers & Directors:
We elected the following persons at the November
Walt Ayers, President
Mike Smith, Vice President
Stan Roeske, Treasurer
Herman Leong, Secretary
Steve Dahl, Henderson Director
Glen Smith, Boulder City Director
Paul Gerner, North Las Vegas Director
The President’s Message for December:
The HOLIDAYS are here. This is the time
of year when we renew old friendships with Holiday cards and social gatherings.
This is the time of year when plans and goals for the coming year are taking
For me, this is the time of year when I can
look back and see where the Chapter was, and look forward to where the
Chapter is going. It’s a good picture. The OLD BOARD worked
well together and brought about several improvements to the Chapters growth.
We added Boulder City to the fold and increased our exposure to a greater
number of Southern Nevada pilots. The NEW BOARD brings experience and new
ideas to keep the Chapter vibrant and interesting. And without you,
the members, nothing would happen.
It has been a great honor for me to guide Chapter
1300 thru the year and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all
members for their help and encouragement during the year. The Chapter
has grown because of your efforts.
Please join me at our December 11 meeting to
salute the hard work and accomplishments of this years Board of Directors
and Committee Chairs and introduce next year’s team.
Jim Bonelli, President
Secretary’s Note Pad:
Jim called the formal meeting to order at
1934 hours and welcomed our 19 members plus guests Justin Kelly and Bill
Deavers. Both of our guests joined the Chapter this evening bringing
our current membership to over 60.
A motion was made and seconded to waive
reading of the October minutes because they were published in the Newsletter
and posted to the Chapter Web site.
Keith Hopkey presented the treasurer’s
report and it was accepted as presented.
Our current balance is $2275.91, of which
$646.25 is designated for the Aviation Education Fund. This leaves
$1629.66 unallocated and available for chapter use. Keith said he
was still waiting for the bill for our October meeting dinner.
Elections: Jim asked that this
be done after our guest speaker, Lt. Col Dave Brown, makes his presentation
on Nellis’ Red Flag exercises.
Activities: We had a great Chapter
picnic at Jean on October 19th. Several folks flew in. I think
we had half dozen airplanes. About 20-25 people came out. The
eats were great! Thanks to all who brought a dish to share and to
the Chapter for the meat. Craig Fordem from Boulder City was one
of the fly-ins with his Extra 300. After lunch he flew to the aerobatic
box, just to the west of the airport and freeway, and gave us a great aerobatic
show. He showed that his airplane can do anything you can dream up
and then some. Thanks Craig! Roland has posted pictures at the web
site (EAA Chapter 1300.org).
Ken Wyatt announced that the Clark County
Aviation Association (CCAA) is having their Christmas party at the Nellis
AFB Officers Club on Thursday, December 19th and asked for a show of hands
by CCAA members. He encouraged those not members to join the CCAA
also. Their next meeting is November 20th.
Ken also pointed out he is chairman
of the Membership Committee and is instigating a membership drive.
He has arranged 2 prizes for those who bring in the most members--a 1/2
hour flight with Craig Fordem in the Extra 300 and 1/2 hour flight with
Bill Walthers in his Pitts. (Editor’s Note: Chapter members who bring in
a new member during the membership drive (November 13, 2002 through February
12, 2003) will be entered in a drawing for one of the prizes and all new
members joining during the membership drive will be entered in the same
Fly-outs: Ken Wyatt proposed a
flyout to Chiriaco Summit this weekend. (Note: It happened and pictures
are on the web page.) Mike also pointed out that Chapter 163 has
a flyout scheduled on December 8th to Stovepipe Wells. We are welcome
to join them.
Young Eagles: We had a great YE
Rally at Beatty on November 2nd. Sixty-one kids were flown by 10
pilots out of both Chapter 1300 and Chapter 163. We even had out-of-state
fly-ins to see what was going on. There were too many airplanes for
the small ramp and many had to park in the “dirt”.
During the lunch break we had several
entertaining flight activities. Ken Wyatt coordinated and flew in
a multi-ship T-34 flyby. Mark DuLaney with his wife Pat led Glenn
Smith and Dick McEwen in a multi-pass, three ship RV flyby. Mike
Smith chased them around their flyby patterns in his KR2. The main
event of the lunch break was Bill Walthers in his Pitts and Dr. Jim Abraham
in his Extra 200 taking turns going through their superb aerobatic routines.
Hugh Mattern keep the ground/ramp ops running smooth while Mike monitored
airborne traffic. Jim and the “ladies” kept the kids lined up and
matched pilots and certificates with them. A GREAT BIG THANKS
to all of YOU who helped out. It was a great TEAM effort. A
SPECIAL THANKS to the pilots who brought in their planes and the other
lunch time entertainers. George Younghans and Jim Bonelli brought
gas to top off all those needing fuel to get home. The Beatty Lions
club provided breakfast and lunch for all the pilots and ground workers.
(I suspect George and Rene make a substantial contribution to their Lions
Club.) And finally, a SUPER-DUPER THANKS to George and Rene Younghans
for sponsoring the event and opening their hangar. What a great way
to finish the YE Rally year!! Roy Campbell’s picture and the event
article even made the front page of the Beatty News!
Jim said next year’s tentative schedule
Feb ___ VGT
Mar ___ Pahrump
Apr 27-28 Discover Aviation
May ____ Tuskegee Airmen
Jul-Aug (Summer break)
Sep ___ Overton
Oct ___ Mesquite
Nov ___ Beatty
Projects: Armin says his Glastar
should be ready to fly by the end of the year. He doesn’t plan to
fly it until after the holidays though. Jim expects to get his T-41
rebuild up in the air before the end of the year.
Programs: Tom Donaldson has volunteered
to help line up meeting programs. Hopes to have about half on home-building
and half on other things. Not firm on next month’s yet.
Jim Bonelli handed out a printed copy
of his proposed rotation schedule for next years meetings. Every
other meeting would be at VGT with the “away” meetings alternating between
Henderson and Boulder City. I’m sure the membership will “mull-it-over”
and give next year’s new officers some feedback. It was pointed out
we will have to pick out a “before-meeting-dinner” place when we meet at
Boulder City. Since there are several other organizational Christmas parties,
Jim said our chapter would not have one, but our next meeting will include
an ice cream social.
Misc.: Dave Roebke is making some
new name tags for next year. Yaaa Dave! Jim Bonelli will head
our Scholarship Program. Jan Bonelli wants to host a YE helpers luncheon
for the “ladies” and we approved $100 of Chapter funds to “treat”.
We also decided to request 6 desk and 12 hang-up calendars to sell next
year. Tom Donaldson gave a short update on Henderson construction
activities. The 6500’ runway should be open next March. The
new terminal is supposed to be 24,000 sq. feet and may have a restaurant.
Won’t be until 2004 though. Hangars will be land lease with City
of Henderson but individually owned. Land has been committed by BLM
for Ivanpah airport.
EVENING “PROGRAM”: Our own Lt. Col Dave
Brown, USAF Reserve, gave us an excellent briefing on the current air war
“Red Flag” exercises held several times each year at Nellis AFB.
The goal is to give the young, non-combat experienced, pilots a chance
to fly in an environment that is as close to combat as you can get, with
the hope it will get them through their first few combat sorties unscathed.
Thanks Dave for such a professional and excellent briefing!
Someone asked Dave to see if he could
help us set up a future briefing from the “Predator” Group. We hope
it comes to be.
ELECTION AND RESULTS: The Nominating
committee’s recommended slate of officers was presented to the members
before the meeting via e-mail as allowed by the By-Laws changes of last
year. Armin Tuma’s name was replaced by Paul Gerner to be the North
Las Vegas Director. Mike had 4 absentee ballots returned via e-mail
and one returned via postal mail before the meeting. He passed out
written ballots to all eligible voters at the meeting, which were then
marked, collected and counted. The recommended slate
was unanimously approved by the voting members with minor exceptions.
Your new officers for the 2003 calendar year are:
President Walt Ayers
Vice-President Mike Smith
Secretary Herman Leong
Treasurer Stan Roeske
Director, N. Las Vegas Paul Gerner
Director, Henderson Steve
Director, Boulder City Glenn Smith
50/50 Drawing: Keith Hopkey won
the drawing and donated his winnings back to the Chapter.
Meeting adjourned at 9:45 PM.
M. W. Smith
Michael W. Smith
Secretary, EAA Chapter 1300Southern
Nevada EAA Chapter 1300, Inc
Welcome New Members:
The chapter opened our membership drive at
the November meeting and it will run through February 12, 2003. All new
members signing up during the membership drive will have a chance for one
of the two (2) prizes to be given away at the February meeting. Also, any
chapter member that brings in a new member during the membership drive
will be entered in the same drawing.
I would like for each member with an airplane
or hangar to printout the attached membership drive poster and place it
in your aircraft window when parked in your tiedown area or post it on
your hangar door. This will give the membership drive great exposure as
pilots always look at signs posted on airplanes or hangars.
The drawing prizes were donated by:
Craig Fordem, Aerobatic Experience, Boulder
City – ½ hour Aerobatic Ride (Extra 300).
Bill Walthers, North Las Vegas Airport – ½
hour Aerobatic Ride (Pitt S-2).
John Andrzejewski - Berkut
Jim Bonelli - Air Force T-41
Jerry Campbell - RV-8 (“finished”)
Tom Cooper - Zenair
Keith Courson - Rebuild Stinson Voyager
Lee Dillingham – Cozy Mk IV
Roland Fraga - Glasair TD (finished)
Herman Leong - Glastar
Hugh Mattern - Lancair (finished)
Doug Mueller - RV6
Glen Smith - RV-8 (“finished”)
Armin Tuma - Glastar
If your project is not listed, please give
me a call and I will add it to the list. Also, our web site manager,
Roland Fraga, wants project pictures to put on the web page. His
Chapter Meeting Schedule:
December 11, 2002 - North Las Vegas - Grand
Canyon Room at 7:30 pm
The December chapter fly-out is to Seligman,
AZ (P23) on December 15, 2002. Lunch will be at the Route 66 Road Kill
Grill, a short walk to the restaurant. Arrived by 11:30PM. If the WX is
not VFR, then the flight is cancelled.
Also, check the LV $100.00 Hamburger Flyers:
The Las Vegas $100 Hamburger Flyers has been
re-activated with a much simpler format.
* No webpage pictures
* No webpage flight postings
* Only an email link to the LVHDHF Group to
post a flight
It is everyone's responsibility to post Breakfast
or Lunch flights whenever you are going somewhere and would like to have
other flyers join you. Remember sometime you will dine alone, while other
times you will dine with a room full. That is the way it works. So, please
do not be bashful, post a flight soon.
The link to the Las Vegas $100 Hamburger Flyers
webpage is shown below. Remember to save the site in your "Favorites",
so you can go there to post your future flights.
Fly Safely and Enjoy Your Flights.
Everyone is encouraged to submit material,
information or pictures of interest to chapter members for publication
on the Chapter’s Webpage. Send whatever you have to Roland Fraga, WebMaster,
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The chapter webpage URL is: http://www.EAAChapter1300.org
Be sure to Bookmark this URL.
The 2003 Young Eagle Flight Rally schedule
is in the works and will be published as soon as it is complete.
This space is available to all chapter members
to place ads for aviation items for sale or wanted. Submit your ads to
the Newsletter Editor by snail mail or email.
FOR SALE: PS Engineering PMA6000 audio panel
with mounting tray. 14 to 28 volts. New from Aircraft Spruce
Make offer: e-mail Bonelli.J@att.net
FOR SALE: Airspeed indicator 0-300 MPH Make:
used 200 hours since overhaul. $50 e-mail
Officers & Directors 2002:
President: Jim Bonelli Vice President:
Secretary: Mike Smith Treasurer: Keith
Director: Dave Austin Director:
Director: Armin Tuma
We wish to “Thank” the 2002 Chapter Officers
& Directors for their leadership and support this past year.
The chapter has a supply of Official Southern
Nevada EAA Chapter 1300 Baseball Caps (Blue) for sale to members for $20.00.
Pick up yours at the November Meeting.
Other Aviation Events Coming Soon:
CCAA Holiday Party at the Nellis Air Force
Base Officer’s Club, December 19, 2002, 1800-2200 hours. Make your reservation
Thanks for reading the newsletter and we will
see you at the meeting on the 11th. Bring a friend…..