The official Monthly
Electronic Newsletter Of the
EAA Chapter 1300
P.O. Box 570561
Las Vegas Nevada
8, Issue No.4
11, Meeting Location:
next meeting will be held at the North
Las Vegas Airport
in the Grand Canyon Room at 7:30 PM
wishing to have a quick bite to eat will meet at the Town Center II Bar and
Grill 6:00 PM
a brief business meeting, we will take a look at the Beech Staggerwing project
in hangar A-8
Officers and Directors:
President: Terry Frazier
President: Mike Perger
Secretary: Charlie Braun
Treasurer: Brian Prinzavalli
VGT: Armin Tuma
BLD: Glenn Smith
HND: Glenn Carlson
Presidents Corner April 2007:
If you attended our last meeting, I’m sure you enjoyed Dave
Edwards’ engrossing presentation on first flight approvals at VGT.
I certainly left with a much better understanding of how we
lost FAA approval for this key flight operation. My take is that the
FAA sees no benefit to their priority operations when they
allow first flights. As a result, any
concern or challenge has the very
real potential for the FAA to take the easy way out by
banning an operation such as first flights of experimentals. AOPA fought with us. EAA didn’t want to spend any political capital on it, and
just plain bad information was injected into the mix. We must do our best to stop this from happening at our other area airports
(seen all the construction signs around HND lately??).
On another FAA related topic, Air Traffic Control and other
user fees are rearing their ugly heads again.
On top of this, the FAA
is proposing an increase of over 350% in the aviation fuel
tax (adding 50 cents per gallon). These
fees will make our flying much
more like flying in Europe where only the very rich can afford to fly
anything bigger than a kite. Please take
the time to write letters
to your representatives and senators. Senator Ensign is on the Commerce Committee,
which has jurisdiction over the FAA.
He’s been on our side in this fight in the past, but we
can’t let momentum build against us. Check out these links:
and let your representatives know what you think about this
issue. I understand a FAX carries more
impact than an e-mail.
Hope to see you at the April 10th meeting at
VGT. We are confirmed to take a look at
the Staggerwing project. I can’t
We’ll have a short meeting in the terminal, then walk over
to the project hangar. If you can’t make
the meeting, be sure to come
to the Discover Aviation event at Jean on April 21st. There will be lots going on including cars,
airplanes (flying ~150 Young Eagles!) and an airshow. We
can always use the extra help. If you
haven’t already mailed your vote on the bylaws insurance change you can bring it to the April 11th meeting. We’ll be opening the ballots at a Director’s
meeting shortly after the close of the vote on April 17th.
March 14th, 2007:
President Terry Frazier called the meeting to order
and welcomed new members Keith Hopkey and Brian Butler and guests
Kevin Ford, Jim and James Spots and Rob
The minutes were accepted as presented in the
newsletter and as posted on the web.
Treasurer Brian Prinzavalli presented the March
report showing a balance of $1396.00 after income from memberships and
General announcements were made followed by Dave
Edwards presentation of the first flight situation at VGT and how it
The current status is that a new experimental
aircraft can not be flown on its first flight from VGT. Recent experience is that the
aircraft can be flown from VGT after a short initial
period of testing to prove basic handling and operational safety. Dave provided
key insights to the rolls and actions of the FAA,
EAA and AOPA as we challenged this new ruling.
Hopefully the lessons learned
can help us reduce the chance of similar rulings
being made at other area airports.
Old Business –
President reminded the membership about the upcoming ballot on the Bylaws
change and urged the membership to vote and return their ballots ASAP.
New Business –
Charlie Braun resigned his post at the Chapter Secretary effective
3/13/07. The President called for
or volunteers to take over these duties. Mike Perger has volunteered to fill in until
a new Secretary can be elected.
/ AOPA are both calling for comments to our Senators (especially Ensign) and
representatives over FAA proposed
increases to fuel tax and user fees. President Frazier requested that we all write
letters on this topic.
After the Chapter Committee Reports, the 50/50
drawing was held and won by Keith Hopkey who donated his $26 winnings back to
The meeting was adjourned with a reminder of our
next meeting at North town on April 11th.
Welcome new Members:
and Brian Butler
encouraged to submit material, information or pictures of interest,
members for publication on the Chapter’s Webpage.
you have to Jim Bonelli, Webmaster, email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
webpage URL is’ http://www.EAAChapter1300.org
Be sure to
bookmark this URL.
Discover Aviation at Jean Airport
is this month. Saturday, April 21 is
just around the corner.
Please contact Mike Smith if you plan to
fly Young Eagles.
Then we go to Pahrump and help Chapter
1160 on May 19th with a local Young Eagles rally.
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For your Information:
are provided each month by volunteers. We very much appreciate the generosity
participate. We are again asking for volunteers for the 2007 Meeting schedule.
March 14 HEN
Apr 11 VGT
May 9 HEN
Jun 13 VGT
July 11 BLD
Aug 8 VGT
Sep 12 HEN
Oct 10 VGT
Nov ( tba ) BLD Usually combined with Open House
Dec 12 VGT
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to the March
for reading the Newsletter and
see you On the 14th. Bring a friend……..