Official Monthly Electronic Newsletter of the
EAA Chapter 1300
P O Box 34311
October 13, 2004
Our next Chapter meeting
will be at the North Las Vegas
Building Grand Canyon Room at 7:30PM.
The group dinner before the meeting is at 6:00 P.M. at
Ranch, 3377 N. Rancho Rd.
October Meeting Program:
President: Mike Smith
Vice President: Paul
Secretary: Herman Leong
Treasurer: David Lerner
Director VGT: Armin Tuma
Director BLD: Glenn Smith
Director HND: Glenn Carlson
?Good Morning Chapter 1300?.
As many of you may note, this salutation is a takeoff from Pat Sajak?s (Yes, the Wheel of Fortune
?Good Morning Vietnam? radio program we woke up to so
often way back then. Just
a bit of trivia for the younger ones in the Chapter.
Once again, we
had a pretty good turnout (21 members and 2 quests) for a summer meeting. I?m
hoping we can do even better now that the summer is officially over and the
weather is cooling down. Justin Kelly
presented a review of the past year?s
accidents in the Las Vegas FSDO area. If
I remember correctly, there were 33.
Most were in type certified aircraft and many began with a component
failure often cause by faulty or inadequate maintenance. Some as usual, started out with fuel
exhaustion. The moral I got out of it
was know well who is doing your maintenance so you can be confident in his
work. Also, know the calibration of your
fuel gages and fuel consumption. When
concerned, stopping to get more fuel is less painful than running out.
Glenn Smith, Armin Tuma, Roy Campbell, Lonnie
Roy, Jim Bonelli, and I flew 33 kids at the Beatty Young Eagle (YE) Rally on
Saturday, September 11th.
Charlie Braun, with a few of his young crew, did another great job
marshaling planes. George and Renie Younghans were great hosts
again through the use of their hangar and dinner at their home for those who
could come early and stay late. Jan
Bonelli, Gail Smith, and Renie kept the kids ?lined-up? well and all the
paperwork straight. On behalf of our
Chapter and Jim Bonelli, our State Coordinator, I wish to whole-heartedly thank
all of those who helped make this rally another success. Our next Rally is during the Las Vegas
Discover Aviation (DA) days, October 30-31, at the Jean Airport.
I just attended a
Discover Aviation planning meeting, and, if it all goes as planned, it should
be good one. We have time blocks for
flying more YEs on both Saturday and Sunday.
Please bring your
ideas for Chapter programs and discussions to our meeting. We need both your input and volunteers to
lead your Chapter successfully. At our
next meeting, we hope to have Ken and Phyllis Wyatt give us a recap of their Australian ?flying? trip, Dan Landry?s recap of Copperstate
Fly-in, and Rachel Dahl?s recap of her Air Academy
trip. I hope to see you all there. In
case you haven?t marked your calendars or checked our
webpage, our next meeting is at 1930 hours in the North Las Vegas terminal on
Wednesday, October 13th.
Mike Smith, 2004 President
EAA Chapter 1300
SECRETARY?S NOTE PAD;
September 8, 2004 Minutes
EAA 1300 Monthly Chapter Meeting, 9/8/04, Henderson Executive
1. The meeting commenced at
1935 hours with 25 members present.
George Rudberg was introduced as a guest and
spoke briefly about his Zenith Zodiac 601 XL project, which he is just
2. Justin Kelly gave an
informative presentation regarding light aircraft accident s statistics
collected for our very own FSDO. The
total of 33 accidents for light aircraft (private GA type aircraft) included
numerous cases of material or maintenance related failure of certificated
aircraft. Among these were failure of a
prop which lost 8 inches of one side, loss of power in a Mooney due to a
missing spacer in the prop governor, failed welds leading to gear collapse, and
tail rotor failure on a sightseeing helicopter causing the pilot to choose a
high speed run on landing to save the day.
The point of citing these accidents is to indicate that certificated is
not necessarily any safer in terms of material condition or proper maintenance.
Loss of control was another major theme of the accident statistics
cited, and surprisingly many of these were during instruction. Lesson number two ? choose your instructor wisely, a guy with the nickname of ?numnuts? or someone braver than
you may not be the best choice.
Poor judgment in crosswind landings in gusty conditions by very
high time pilots resulted in more than one fatality. Poor aeronautical decision making including
several downwind takeoffs in gusty conditions also led to catastrophic
results. As always, poor fuel management
also contributed to accidents. One
member noted that gauges in certificated aircraft are only required to be
accurate when they are reading ?empty?. It was suggested that all pilots have a rule
of never trusting the gauges. Several builders
provided tips as to how you can accurately calibrate your own fuel gauge during
3. Tom Donaldson gave an
update on the plans for Henderson
Executive Airport. Current plans call for the addition of 95 new
hangars on the south and west sides of the existing GA ramp. These are now under construction, and
expected to be completed in about June 05.
A new control tower will go just south of these new hangars. A new terminal will be constructed just to
the north (left side) of the existing entrance road, east of the old Kings
terminal. The airport board has just
approved a plan for more hangars on the north side ? which will be targeted for more commercial and corporate
Tom also provided a heads up regarding operational challenges in
October. There will be a major
exposition of business aircraft manufacturers (NBAA) in town between 8 and 18
October. Plans include the imposition of
a Special Traffic Management Plan (STMP) by the local FSDO which will include North Las Vegas and Boulder
City as well as Henderson.
Part of the exhibition will include closure of the outer runway (35R) at
host the ?mile of airplanes?, with corporate jets
parked from end to end. VFR pilots in
the area should check into the requirements of the STMP and plan
accordingly. Details regarding this
event will be covered at a meeting on 22 September at 1900 at the Henderson airport.
4) After a cookie break,
the business meeting was conducted as follows.
a. The reading of the
minutes was waived.
b. The Treasurer?s report was submitted and accepted with $2731
c. Builder support ?
Doug Mueller said he hopes to fire up his Mazda engine on the test stand
soon. A referral was made to Dick McCune
for avionic support, and other builders worked out some support for bucking
bars and hole cutters.
d. Young Eagles
coordinator invited participation at the Beatty rally for 9/11. The Lions club was providing Breakfast and
Lunch. The next big Young Eagles event
will be at Discover Aviation at Jean on 30 and 31 October. Help is needed for front desk support and as
always, the more pilots the better.
e. Flying activities
announced included the Reno Air races September 16-19, and Copper State
fly in October 7-10.
The meeting was adjourned at 2130.
Welcome New Members:
No new Members Reported.
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 Jim Bonelli, WebMaster,
email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The chapter webpage URL is:
http://www.EAAChapter1300.org Be sure
to Bookmark this URL.
The next Young eagle event
will be held at the Jean airport at the Discover Aviation Event on October 30
& 31. Ground support and
Pilots are requested
to contact Mike Smith.
Phyllis and Ken Wyatt will be your refreshment host for the
October 13th Meeting.
Thanks go out to Brian Rossi for his contribution in September.
Thanks for reading the newsletter and we will see
at the meeting on the 13th. Bring a friend?..