Official Monthly Electronic Newsletter of the
EAA Chapter 1300
P O Box 34311
August 11, 2004
Our next Chapter meeting
will be at North Las Vegas
Airport, Grand Canyon
Room at 7:30PM.
July Meeting Program:
Belted Air Power is a company at NLVA that has retrofitted
an RV-6A with a modified automobile engine. While I won't pretend to
understand all the technical details, it fits right into our program
objectives. I have contacted Jess Meyers, owner of Belted Air Power and
he has agreed to speak at our August meeting at NLVA on the 11th. He will
also bring the RV-6A over to the terminal.
President: Mike Smith
Vice President: Paul
Secretary: Herman Leong
Treasurer: David Lerner
Director VGT: Armin Tuma
Director BLD: Glenn Smith
Director HND: Glenn Carlson
For those of you who didn?t
make it to my home for the July 14th meeting, you missed a great BBQ
and good eats plus the right wing ?mating? on my
RV-7A. The wing installation went quite
well in my opinion. Especially when I
consider how much of a job it is for the RV-6A wing mating I helped with on
Dick McEwen?s airplane. I?ve
since had both wings on together and off & on again with relative
ease. The RV-7 and 8 have a different ?center wing section?, than the 6, that makes wing
attachment much easier.
during the meeting that I needed to get our next year?s officer nomination activity started and could use
some help. After our meeting, Brian
Rossi volunteered to serve on the Nomination Committee and start
?polling? our members for next year?s officers.
Thanks again Brian! Please be
receptive of his efforts and put your name in the hat. I know we have some other great folks in the
membership that can bring some new energy and ideas to the leadership. So, don?t
be ?bashful?, volunteer!
Since July 5th,
I?ve been ?saddled? with two grandsons that have consumed most of my time, so I haven?t gotten to all my e-mails, etc. If you?ve
sent me one, I?ll eventually get to it. I did get the boys over to see the Grand Canyon (Thanks again Dave!) and did a few rolls
with each of them in the KR. Their
aviation interest seems to be on an up swing at the moment.
Our next meeting?s (August 11th
at VGT) ?special program? should be interesting. Jess Myers has been using his belted drive
for quite a while and should have some interesting statistics. We also should have some good
?Air Venture? reviews from those who
attended. Mark your calendars and be
sure to attend. Also, remember and come
join the few who gather for dinner before the meeting at 1800 in the Foothills
Ranch restaurant and casino.
Mike Smith, 2004 President
EAA Chapter 1300
July, 2004 Minutes
Smith convened the seventh meeting of the year at 1938 Hrs at his home in Henderson. It was
preceded at 1800 Hrs by a BBQ social gathering hosted by Mike and his wife in
their back yard. Twenty two members and one guest were present. Our repeat
guest was Ivan McLay. There appeared to be more
members present than the number who signed in. At future meetings, members are
reminded to please remember to sign the member roster. Ivan mentioned that he
knows of a nearly completed Cougar kit plane for sale. This plane is similar to
the Whitman Tailwind. Anyone interested contact Ivan.
report was given by Paul Gerner standing in for
Treasurer Dave Lerner. At the beginning of June ,
there was $3,555.76 in the Treasury. Total Income for June was $386.00 less
expenses of $$1,273.39 resulted in an end of June balance of $2,668.39. A
motion was made to accept the Treasurer's report. It was seconded and passed.
Reading of the Minutes: A motion was made to
forego reading of the previous month's minutes since they are published on the
Chapter web site. The motion was seconded and passed.
Mike announced that the
baseball caps are sold out but a few calendars remain.
Glen Smith gave an account of his unfortunate incident at Boulder City
airport(61B) on May 23, 2004. He was turning off
runway 9R onto taxiway Bravo when a dust devil hit his aircraft causing a crash
which resulted in about $75,000 worth of damage. Repairs are expected to take
about 7-8 months. Program: The speaker for the August meeting will be
Jess Meyer of Belted Power in Las
Vegas. Jess has auto conversion engines in his
aircraft and uses his belt driven PSRU(propeller shaft
reduction unit) to reduce his crankshaft speed to propeller speed. His plane
will also be on display that evening.
Builder's Support:David Dyer reported that he is still working
on his Lancair 360 and would welcome any help from
the membership. He is building his plane at his working place. There was
discussion on using DARs for the FAA inspection. I
used Bob Loose from Kingman,
AZ. He carges $450. His ph. number is (928) 757-7875.
Initially I called the Las Vegas FSDO and was assigned to Bill Neuman. He came out with 2 associates and they spent a
couple hours looking over my Glastar. He left me with
a list of 6 very small discrepancies and left. The next morning he called me to
say that he could no longer continue with the inspection and to call DAR Bob
Loose. I found out that Bill Neuman had never done an
experimental and like the typical gov't bureaucrat he
was very reluctant to sign off on something he knew nothing about. Armin Tuma used Linda Williams
from the same FSDO with good results. She and her boss are knowledgeable on experimentals. A member at the meeting said that he
recently called the FSDO and they told him the lead time was 6 weeks to arrange
for an inspection. Young Eagles: The next Young Eagles event will be at
Beatty on Sept. 11th. Membership: Total membership is currently 84. Homebuilder's
Reports: I reported that my Glastar had it's First Flight at 1050 Hrs July 14, 2004 at the
Searchlight airport. Jim Bonelli was the test pilot. Except for a couple minor
items the 1 hour flight was uneventful.
drawing was was won by LaRene
Younghans. The meeting adjourned at 2005 Hours. After
adjournment some of the members helped Mike Smith trail fit his right wing to
the fuselage on his RV-7A.