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PASSINGS

Fay W. Allen

Ronald Dean Banning
 
Greg Connell

Helen Davis Covington

Richard Lee "Rich" Gabor 

Jean Hildebrant

Joseph Calloway Miles

Aldine "Al" Patton



Minutes of the Meeting of EAA Chapter 172 Members for August 12, 2017
Cold Cuts Fly-in
11:30 AM
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome (61GA

 

The weather was quite warm, but still comfortable, in the upper 80s with a blue sky. Before the meeting, club members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious cold cuts meal. Several airplanes flew in. At 11:30 AM club president Al Nodorft gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the excellent meal. Club members had brought in many side dishes as well as delicious desserts. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes and desserts and prepared the dinner tables.
BOARD MEETING: The officers met on-line.
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Minutes of the Meeting of EAA Chapter 172 Members for July 8, 2017
Hot Dogs & Hamburgers
11:30 AM
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome (61GA

 

The weather was quite warm, in the low 90s with a partly cloudy sky. Before the meeting, 25  club members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious hot dog & hamburger meal prepared by members Mark Slone and Al Nodorft. Four airplanes flew in. At 11:40 AM, Rev. Peter Vermeulan, the new pastor of the Louisville, Georgia, Methodist church gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the excellent meal. Club members had brought in many side dishes as well as delicious desserts. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes and desserts and prepared the dinner tables with Fourth of July decorations. Then we had an excellent program about hobby drones presented by Jacob Postell. Jacob is an avionics specialist at Augusta Aviation.
BOARD MEETING: Officers met on-line and after the meeting to discuss future meetings and also the July 18th Wrens Fall Fly-in meeting at the Wrens, Georgia, airport.
Read more details about this meeting at the beginning of August when the newsletter comes out.

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Pea Patch Post (for July, 2017) -- Entire July 2017 newsletter  
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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 10 minutes )
  President's Desk,
Minutes for the Meeting, June 10, 2017

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 3 minutes )
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Aviation Question of the Month,
Airventure Oshkosh Almost Here,
Gerald Ballard Hospitalized
 
Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 3 minutes )  
RIP Richard Lee "Rich" Gabor,
RV-4 For Sale,
For Sale: Powered Parachute,
Many Aircraft Items For Sale

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 3 minutes )
Thorp T-18 Airplane Airframe For Sale,
Suzuki Three Wheel Trike For Sale,
Quicksilver MX Sprint For Sale,
Continental O-300-D For Sale,
Upcoming Events for July, 2017
  
Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 2 minutes ) 
  Upcoming Events for August, September 2017,
Name That Plane

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Richard Lee "Rich" Gabor
Rich Gabor
July 14, 1948 - June 14, 2017


Richard Lee Gabor
Richard Lee Gabor, 68, passed away June 14, 2017, at University Hospital.

Rich was born in Morgantown, West Virginia but had lived in Augusta for the last 28 years. He was a member of Warren Baptist Church and retired from Bechtel at SRS in 2002. Rich once served as president of the EAA Chapter 172 and spent many years at the Pea Patch in Blythe, GA building and flying experimental aircraft.

Rich is survived by his wife: Kathy Gabor; son: Ryan Gabor; step children: Adam (Ashley) Harris and Amanda (Blake) Rice; grandchildren: Macy Harris, Cara Anne Harris, Wiley Harris and Lake Rice; sister: Phyllis Atwood; and brother: Jerry Gabor. He is preceded in death by his parents: Joseph and Florine Gabor; and brothers: John Gabor and Bill Gabor.

The funeral service was held Friday, June 16, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. in the Chapel at Warren Baptist Church with Dr. Rev. David McKinley officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to Warren Life Foundation, 3203 Washington Road, Augusta, GA 30907.

The family received friends prior to the service from 1:30 until 3:00 P.M. in the Chapel.

Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484.

Though Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors had made the arrangements,
the visitation with family was from 1:30 to 3:00 PM
Friday, June 16, 2017
Rich in 1998                                                   at
                        Warren Baptist Church – in the Chapel Rich with his plane
3203 Washington Rd,
 Augusta, Georgia 30907

Phone: (706) 860-1586

The Memorial Service was at 3:00 PM
Friday, June 16, 2017
At Warren Baptist Church in the Chapel


                                  OBITUARY and TRIBUTES
                                  OBITUARY
                                           Published in The Augusta Chronicle on June 15, 2017


Please sign the GUESTBOOK for the Augusta Chronicle Obituary.

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TRIBUTES
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Up through 2014 Richard was very active in EAA 172, often handling Young Eagles events, preparing special foods for our meals,

working with our fly-ins, leading and directing the re-building of our EAA 172 Pea Patch clubhouse, and many other club pursuits.
He was EAA 172 president 1999, 2000, 2001.

Most of you will remember Rich from the local EAA chapter and his passion/talent/skill for building and flying light, single-seat aircraft – often having more than one project going at a time. The hanger second home he built at the Pea Patch was his man-cave and home-away-from-home; I must say that it was envious of many, including me. Rich always had a smile when greeted and a kind word for everyone. I’m proud to have been able to call him friend.
Larry Garner
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Kathy, I am so sorry about Rich. He will be missed. He is not suffering any more. Will keep you in our prayers, Love You,
Vera Nell and Buford

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Kathy, I'm so sorry for your loss. It was a long hard fight, and my heart goes out to you. May you find peace in knowing that Rich is at peace with Jesus. My prayers are with you and your family.
Karen Barnes

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June 16, 2017 Only worked with Rich for a short time at SRS, but he made a lasting impression on me. He always had a smile and was willing to help on whatever the issue. We seemed to meet at Lowes periodically and his smiling face would always brighten the day.
Richard Bush

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Karen and I were deeply saddened by the news about the death of Rich. We are so very sorry. We had known Rich and Ryan since they moved into their new Hunter's Ridge home, way back in 1989. He always had a smile and was so good at putting things together such as the aircraft he built in his garage or the Corvette engine he shoe horned into his Porsche. And when he found Kathy, he was so very happy, even when she turned the house into a home instead of a workshop. Please remember that you are in our thoughts and my prayers.
Karen and Ralph Angelo

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Minutes of the Meeting of EAA Chapter 172 Members for June 10, 2017
Barbecue Fly-in
11:30 AM
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome (61GA

 

The weather was quite warm, but still comfortable, in the low 90s with a blue sky. Before the meeting, 24 club members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious barbeque meal in the air-conditioned clubhouse. One airplane flew in. At 11:37 AM Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the excellent meal. Club members had brought in many side dishes as well as delicious desserts. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes and desserts and prepared the dinner tables. Club president Al Nodorft thanked Sid Brown for preparing the barbecue.

President Nodorft asked for a motion approving the minutes covering the May 6, 2017, Young Eagles Rally at Augusta Aviation, at the Daniel Field airport in Augusta. Mark Slone moved and Nandi Shetty seconded the motion. The members approved the minutes unanimously.

Sheila Connell said that our next social eat-out for EAA 172 would be on Thursday, June 22. It will be at Beck's Restaurant, 2111 Kings Way, Augusta, Georgia.

After the meal we enjoyed a presentation by Primo Rivera who started flying RC aircraft 30 years ago in Puerto Rico. He reviewed his past experience with RC model aircraft as shown in the screen shot from his video presentation. He is associated with IMAC, the International Miniature Aerobatic Club. It is an organization dedicated to the competitive sport of radio controlled Scale Aerobatic competition.

Primo Rivera's Past Experience with RC model aircraft.
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During his presentation Rivera answered many questions. He had set out the aircraft he flies on the floor in the meeting room. He said that the plane is powered by a twenty horsepower four cylinder two-stroke engine. He uses a 40:1 mixture of gas-oil. When asked, he said that at this time there is no battery setup that would work for any length of time so presently the aerobatic aircraft that are used are all gasoline powered. He said that he put his together with Gorilla glue and it is made mostly of balsa wood. It took him about 700 hours to make the aircraft he was showing us. Those large RC aircraft cost around $15,000.

Rivera described in detail the competitions – the organized events operated under established rules. Pilots fly a “sequence” of pre-established maneuvers in front of judges. Starting with a perfect score of 10 for each maneuver, judges will deduct for deviations or errors. Sequences generally consist of 8 – 10 maneuvers. Rivera started flying precision aerobatics and competing in 2008. He has been a top finisher in many contests and holds a number of awards for those competitions.

Then Primo Rivera brought his aircraft outside and had it take off and demonstrated some fancy aerobatics to the delight of the club members.


BOARD MEETING: The officers met after the meeting to plan for the July 8th meeting and also to set up a time for a Fall Fly-in meeting.
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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 6 minutes )
  President's Desk,
Young Eagles Rally, May 6, 2017, page 1

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 5 minutes )
Young Eagles Rally, May 6, 2017, page 2,
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Aviation Question of the Month
 
Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 3 minutes )  
FAA DAR Available Locally,
Aviation Business at the Louisville, Georgia airport,
Federal Appeals Court Quashes Drone Registration,
RV-4 For Sale,
For Sale: Powered Parachute,
Many Aircraft Items For Sale

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 3 minutes )
Thorp T-18 Airplane Airframe For Sale,
Suzuki Three Wheel Trike For Sale,
Quicksilver MX Sprint For Sale,
Continental O-300-D For Sale,
Upcoming Events for June, 2017
  
Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 2 minutes ) 
  Upcoming Events for June, July 2017,
Name That Plane

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IT HAS THE COMPLETE TWO PAGE REPORT
ABOUT THE MAY 6, 2017 YOUNG EAGLES RALLY
EAA 172 YOUNG EAGLES RALLY MAY 6, 2017

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Minutes of the Meeting of EAA Chapter 172 Members for May 6, 2017
Young Eagles Rally
9:00 AM
At the Daniel Field Airport (DNL)
 

The weather was fine with no rain under a clear sky with only scattered clouds. The temperature was in the lower 70s. Several EAA 172 members facilitated the event. A number of Boy Scouts were flown and became new Young Eagles. The Young Eagles flights continued to about 2:30 PM. Media Coordinator Sandy Walther contributed to the following report:

On May 6th, several volunteers from EAA 172 gathered at the Augusta Aviation FBO building at Daniel Field in Augusta, Georgia, excited to provide youngsters with their first flight experience through the Young Eagles program. Led by Young Eagles Coordinator Nandi Shetty, the volunteers were Ronna Hiltz, Jim Maher, Sandy Walther, Michael Nordorft, John Magnan, Dave Dent, Sid Brown, and Steven Amster.  EAA 172 president Allen Nodorft was the hero of the day who braved the winds to fly 20 new Young Eagles in his Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six airplane.  Scoutmaster Philip Green brought 14 Boy Scouts from Troop 10 to our event, plus Allen flew five other boys and a girl as well as his son, Michael, who assisted him with the new Young Eagles. Membership Coordinator Ronna Hiltz showed and expertly explained the EAA Young Eagles video to all the kids and their parents. After the video both Ronna and Sandy Walther answered many questions about airplanes, flying, and the airspace the airplanes fly in. While waiting for their turn to fly, the children and their parents talked with our volunteers, looked at sectional maps, and watched the ramp activities from the Augusta Aviation upstairs meeting room. On the ramp, Cameron Coule, a CFI from Augusta Aviation, gave the youngsters a hands-on preflight orientation of an airplane. After their flights, the new Young Eagles climbed out of the airplane with big smiles. They received a personalized certificate plus a logbook documenting their first flight. EAA 172 members were proud to give them the opportunity to broaden their horizons. Several youngsters announced their intention to take flight lessons as soon as possible.

 
Augusta Aviation personnel had told us that there would be no problem with auto parking and there was plenty room for all the members' vehicles. Also, we had been told that there would be no ramp/tie-down charge for those flying in for the meeting. All the pilots had to do was to say that they are with EAA 172.   
BOARD MEETING: The officers met at the Young Eagles Rally and on-line during the month.

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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 6 minutes )
  President's Desk,
Minutes for the April 15, 2017 Fish Fry Fly-in

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 2 minutes )
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Aviation Question of the Month,
BasicMed Rules Released by the FAA,
43rd Sun'n Fun Considered the Best Ever
 
Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 6 minutes )  
History of EAA 172 continued -- E-mails & Photos from
Former Member Frank Grose, Especially About the Scamp Airplane,
RV-4 For Sale,
For Sale: Powered Parachute,
Many Aircraft Items For Sale

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 3 minutes )
Thorp T-18 Airplane Airframe For Sale,
Suzuki Three Wheel Trike For Sale,
Quicksilver MX Sprint For Sale,
Continental O-300-D For Sale,
Upcoming Events for May, 2017
  
Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 2 minutes ) 
  Upcoming Events for May, June 2017,
Name That Plane

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Minutes of the Meeting of EAA Chapter 172 Members for April 15, 2017
Fish Fry Fly-in
11:30 AM
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome (61GA)

 

The weather was warm under a partly cloudy sky, with the temperature in the mid-80s. Five planes flew in. Before the meeting, 38 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed socializing and camaraderie in the comfortable and newly refurbished clubhouse. They looked forward to the delicious meal of fried fish, french fries, and fried onion rings prepared by our masterful chefs Steve Thompson, Dennis Allen, Ron Haley, and Gary Harden. Also club members brought in numerous side dishes and desserts. At 12:00 noon member Charles Lewis gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the sumptuous fish fry feast. Members welcomed returning member Billy Couch who flew his Cessna 185 to the fish fry. Club president Al Nodorft also welcomed visitors Ray and Salira Ward. Al thanked Ronna Hiltz and Jim Maher for installing the new curtains and room-darkening blinds on the meeting room windows. He also thanked those who came out to the Pea Patch on March 25th to spruce up the clubhouse and toss away useless items.

President Nodorft asked for a motion approving the minutes covering the March 11, 2017, drone presentation at Augusta Aviation, Daniel Field airport in Augusta. Steve Thompson moved and Joe Britt seconded the motion. The members approved the minutes unanimously.

Shirley Harden said that our next social eat-out for EAA 172 would be on April 27, 2017. It will be at the Village Deli, 2803 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta, Georgia.

Al also reminded everyone about the Young Eagles rally which will be held on Saturday, May 6, at Daniel Field in Augusta. Young Eagles Coordinator Nandi Shetty will be handling the details.

Al Nodorft asked who went to Sun’n Fun. Four members raised their hands. Joe Britt talked some about what he did and saw there.

After the meal those present enjoyed a video of an interview of member Joe Miles, who was a veteran of the Korean War and passed away July 13, 2015. In the interview, among other things, Joe talked about his days in the army air corps including his training and different locations he went to.

BOARD MEETING: The officers conversed via e-mail during the month. They decided on a Young Eagles Rally on May 6, 2017, at Daniel Field in Augusta, Georgia starting at 9:00 AM. Young Eagles Coordinator Nandi Shetty will be handling this. Board members also decided that we would be having a barbecue meal at 11:30 am on June 10 at the Pea Patch. Also, secretary John Magnan and treasurer Don Bush welcomed new member Christopher Pirrmann from Davisboro, Georgia.

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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 4 minutes )
  President's Desk,
Minutes for the March 11, 2017 Drone Presentation

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 3 minutes )
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Aviation Question of the Month,
EAA 172 Makes Clubhouse "Spick-and-Span",
Repairman Certificate Questions
 
Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 5 minutes )  
Former EAA 172 Member Bill Messer is Still Alive!
He has a Douglas A-26 Two Engline Light Bomber For Sale,
RV-4 For Sale,
For Sale: Powered Parachute,
Many Aircraft Items For Sale

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 3 minutes )
Thorp T-18 Airplane Airframe For Sale,
Suzuki Three Wheel Trike For Sale,
Quicksilver MX Sprint For Sale,
Continental O-300-D For Sale,
Upcoming Events for April, 2017
  
Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 2 minutes ) 
  Upcoming Events for April, May 2017,
Name That Plane


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Minutes of the meeting of EAA Chapter 172 Members for March 11, 2017
Drone Presentation at Augusta Aviation
9:30 AM
At the Daniel Field Airport (DNL)

 

The weather was mild under clear skies and no rain, with the temperature in the lower 60s. Three planes flew in for the program. Starting at 9:30 AM, before the Drone Presentation, nineteen members & their family members as well as six visitors enjoyed socializing and partaking of refreshments in a second floor meeting room of the Augusta Aviation FBO. Before the program everyone enjoyed the coffee, juice, and donuts provided gratis by EAA 172. Then, at 10:00 AM, we had a very interesting program put on by our guest speaker: Sgt. Garry Harden from the Columbia County Sheriff Office who handles the Drone Division for that county. Media Coordinator Sandy Walther wrote this report about Sgt. Harden’s presentation. She also took the photo.

Gary Harden, a 22 year veteran of the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, gave a presentation on the drones used by the county. He brought a Phantom 2 drone and a tiny little Elfie drone. Gary told us about several recent incidents for which the drones assisted. One such incident was the tractor trailer accident on I-20 during heavy winds. A drone provided a higher-level view of tire tracks that showed where the tractor had veered into the median and back onto the highway, and how other vehicles had left the road, too. This additional information helped the investigators wrap up their reports very quickly. The drones have also been used to search for an Alzheimer patient and to safely monitor a hostage situation.

Columbia County has at least six drones and is checking out the latest gadgets. The biggest limiter on drone use, Gary said, is battery life. The Phantom 2 drone uses two LiPo batteries, and Gary carries six batteries so he can switch out after about 20 minutes use. Surprisingly, the batteries deplete more quickly when the drone hovers than when it flies. Gary can switch out cameras and filters to use infrared, thermal or full color. Infrared is not that useful in the South Carolina summertime, Gary admitted. When the drone is sent out, it requires an operator and one or two observers. Drones must be operated in sight at all times. Currently the drone must be within 25 feet of an object for immediate viewing of the image, although the recorded footage can be reviewed later for a zoomed-in viewing. Normally the drone is flown at around 200 feet AGL.

Gary talked about the two years it took to obtain their Certificate of Authority which allows Columbia County to use its drones state-wide. Initially, all operators were required to hold a pilots license, but now only special training courses are required. The operators carry two handheld radios, one of which is used to monitor air traffic. Although the operators are normally required to operate within 400 feet AGL, they will disregard weather/clouds if there is a life at risk. There is a Website for requesting clearance, but if the need is immediate, as is the case for most police actions, the operator contacts ATC requesting immediate, specific clearance (such as a radial DME from a radio tower) and timeframe. All flights are logged and submitted monthly to the FAA. Columbia County's drones are registered and each has a tail number. When private citizens operate drones "for hire" under Part 107, it is the pilot/operator who is registered, not the drone. All operators must have a medical or must be able to self-certify. 

Maintenance checks are performed twice a week on the drones, primarily a battery check. Drones have brushless motors and have not had problems so far, as long as they are not dropped into water. Columbia County carries insurance on its drones. As for the software, Gary recommends that operators delay installing the weekly firmware updates for about a week until you know the update is stable and bug-free. Although Columbia County's eight operators are required to have periodic training, most private citizens can use YouTube videos for their training. Gary strongly recommends private operators get to know the regulations and, if operating near an airport, call ATC. 

Drone technology is changing rapidly. Software developers are trying to incorporate ADS-B into their drone units. The cost of a drone varies from the $35 Elfie to more than $25,000 for the Draganflyer X4-ES. Battery cost varies, too. Gary tends to use the $160 LiPo batteries. Hydrogen cell batteries are lighter and last as long as four hours, but are very expensive right now. Drones use lightbridge technology for the digital signal to a specific controller, much like a cell phone.

Gary's presentation was very interesting, and he answered lots of questions from the audience throughout. If you see a drone flying nearby and it becomes a nuisance or potential voyeur issue, call the police. Do not shoot down the drone! Note: Under FAA regulation part 107, private citizens are required to operate a drone within 400 feet AGL and essentially during daytime. See Fact Sheet – Small Unmanned Aircraft Regulations (Part 107).
   
BOARD MEETING: The officers communicated on-line during the month.

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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 7 minutes )
  President's Desk,
Minutes for the February 11, 2017 Meeting

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 2 minutes )
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Aviation Question of the Month,
EAA Survey for Club Members,
Gerald Ballard News,
Don't Pee in a Cargo Hold!
 
Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 3 minutes )  
Wrens Airport Downsizing,
Possible Problems with BasicMed,
RV-4 For Sale,
For Sale: Powered Parachute,
Many Aircraft Items For Sale

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 3 minutes )
Thorp T-18 Airplane Airframe For Sale,
Suzuki Three Wheel Trike For Sale,
Quicksilver MX Sprint For Sale,
Continental O-300-D For Sale,
Upcoming Events for March 2017
  
Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 2 minutes ) 
  Upcoming Events for March, April 2017,
Name That Plane

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Minutes of the Meeting of EAA Chapter 172 Members for February 11, 2017
Winter Soup Party
12:30 PM
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome (61GA)

 

The weather was warm under partly cloudy skies and no rain, with the temperature in the mid-70s. Only one pilot, Pierre Smith in his RV-10 along with passenger Charles Lewis, flew in. According to Pierre the winds aloft were brisk. Frances Weiss had decorated the buffet and meal tables using a Valentine’s Day motif. Al Nodorft brought in newly produced member shirt name tags. His son, Michael, put them on the tag rack. Before the meeting, 31 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed socializing and camaraderie in the comfortable clubhouse. They looked forward to sampling various soups brought in by club members. At 12:32 PM club flight advisor Pierre Smith gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the three tantalizing soup entrées.

President Nodorft asked for a motion approving the minutes of the January 14th meeting. Ron Haley moved and Charles Lewis seconded the motion. The members approved the minutes unanimously. Al also reminded everyone about the scheduled clubhouse clean-up day on March 25. He asked for at least ten volunteers. It will start around 9:00 AM at the Pea Patch and continue until done.

Sheila Connell said that our next social eat-out for EAA 172 will be on February 23, 2017. It will be Oliviana's Pizzeria and Grill, in Surrey Center, 399 Highland Ave, Augusta, Georgia.

Al Nodorft brought up the new Facebook pages for EAA 172. Media Coordinator Sandy Walther is handling this. Al asked members to log-in to this site if they participate in Facebook activities. 

Flight Advisor Pierre Smith said that his son-in-law, James Watson, is now an A&P/IA – an aircraft Airframe & Powerplant mechanic with Inspection Authorization. He is now allowed to perform annual inspections on aircraft and sign them off for return to service on major repairs and alterations. James’ phone number is 706-550-8628.

Then we had the continuation of the very interesting program in which our club vice-president Dave Dent talked about his experience in working with the building of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). The video projector was operational and we were able to view the videos that focused on the information Dave gave out at the last meeting. With videos illustrating his presentation, he talked more about the Raptor Talon. In discussing it Dave brought up that one of the biggest mistakes in an airplane is having two autopilots. He discussed his activites with NASA at Edwards Air Force Base. Regarding the NASA Pathfinder, an aircraft developed as part of an evolutionary series of solar- and fuel-cell-system-powered unmanned aerial vehicles, Dave said that the wingspan at first was 97 feet and had eight electric motors, each 1.1 horsepower. The solar panels were on top of the wing. Props were made of Kevlar.
   
BOARD MEETING: During the days before the meeting the officers conferred on-line. President Al Nodorft finalized the cost and approval of the video projector as well as the needed interface cable. Al also asked Web editor John Magnan to update the opening statement on the EAA 172 Website to make it “something more upbeat and positive.” Also the March 11th meeting information was confirmed. It will be at Augusta Aviation on Daniel Field.  The speaker will be
 Sgt. Garry Harden from the Columbia County Sheriff Department. He handles the Drone Division for the county. We will have coffee and pastries at 9:30 am with the speaker to start at 10:00 am. Chapter will pay for the coffee & donuts. Also the Chapter will pay for spending ~$150 for postage and postcards to pilots in the area inviting them to come to the meeting. Also brought up was having a Young Eagles event at Daniel Field in Augusta in May. Young Eagles coordinator Nandi Shetty will head up the Young Eagles portion of the event.
 


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Aviation Question of the Month,
BasicMed Regulations NOT on Hold,
Airline Crews Affected by Executive Order,
Cross Country Quiz
 
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ADS-B Requirements Clarified re: No Electrical System,
RV-4 For Sale,
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Minutes of the Gathering of EAA Chapter 172 Members for January 14, 2017
Chili Cook-Off
12:30 PM
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome (61GA)

 

The weather was warm under cloudy skies with the temperature in the mid-70s. There was some rain around 1:00 PM. Five planes flew in. Before the club get-together, 42 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed socializing and camaraderie in the comfortably cool clubhouse. They looked forward to sampling various chili dishes brought in by club members. At 12:40 PM Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the excellent chili recipes prepared by five club members. The chili dishes included plain chili, deer meat, mild chili-Mac, “good old chili,” and traditional chili with beans. Club president Al Nodorft welcomed visitor John Sullivan, a neighbor of VP Dave Dent. Members sang “Happy Birthday” to George Weiss while he was being presented a cake for his 90th birthday.

President Nodorft asked for a vote approving the minutes of the December 10th meeting. The members approved the minutes unanimously.

Virginia Bush said that our next social eat-out for EAA 172 will be on January 26, 2017. It will be at the French Market Grille, 425 Highland Ave, Augusta, Georgia. Frances Weiss requested that for each meeting all members should consider helping out setting up for the meal as well as cleaning up afterward.

Al Nodorft discussed having soup for our February 11th meeting. He asked for volunteers to bring in a favorite soup. Among the volunteers who might be able to share their soup recipes with us next month were Dave & Carol Dent, Charlie & Sheila Connell, Harry & Bonnie McGahee, Carl & Sandy Walther, and George & Frances Weiss.

Bibiana Christian, née Falatova reminded everyone that now that she is married to Ed Christian her name is officially Bibiana Christian.

There was a discussion about meeting times – 10:00 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30 PM or whenever. Al Nodorft indicated that having a meeting at 12:30 PM cut too much into a person’s other planned activity for that day. Others said that a 10:00 AM meeting should be called a brunch rather than a breakfast or lunch. One said that the meeting time should change to coincide with the change of time from standard time to daylight savings time and back which happens in March and November. After more deliberation the members decided that April through August would have 11:30 AM meeting times. September through March would have 12:30 PM meeting times. These times would change for special events such as Young Eagles rallies and fly-ins.

A vote was taken to choose the best chili recipe at the meal today. There was a three way tie: #1 plain chili, #2 deer meat chili, and #4 “good old chili.”

Then we had a very interesting program in which our newly elected club vice-president Dave Dent talked about his experience in working with the building of unmanned air vehicles (UAVs). He related information about his work at the Sandia Laboratory on the UAV Raptor project. At Sandia the Raptor Demonstrator high-altitude, long endurance, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) program was conducted under a contract from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to Scaled Composites, LLC. Dave was working for Scaled Composites along with Burt Rutan. Dave talked about the methods used to produce the Raptor starting with a model produced with a sophisticated 3-D printer. He showed us one of the models. He then related to us many vignettes of developing the large prototype, the construction of a 16-foot propeller for the 100 hp, highly modified Rotax engine, and its testing by putting the assembly on top of a large van. He told us about having a test pilot ride on the normally “unmanned” aircraft to take over if something went wrong. In 2004 Dave Dent and Burt Rutan were included in a Group Achievement Award from NASA “For outstanding success in pioneering uninhabited aerial vehicles and their associated systems.” Our Chili Cook-off, meeting, and presentation adjourned at 2:25 PM.
BOARD MEETING: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Before the meal the officers met and decided to have soup for the February, 2017 meeting. The officers approved the purchase of a video projector for our meetings. They also firmed up more of the 2017 calendar. One scheduling problem remained - whether we would have the March 11th meeting at the Pea Patch or Daniel Field. Vice-president Dave Dent is working on contacting Augusta Aviation personnel about this. Treasurer Don Bush shared that so far 58 members had paid their 2017 dues. He might be getting about 15 - 16 more dues payments by the next meeting.

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for December 10, 2016
CHRISTMAS PARTY
12:30 PM
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome (61GA)

 



BOARD MEETING: Before the party the officers met and decided to have a Chili Cook-off for the January, 2017 meeting. Treasurer Don Bush shared that so far 40 members had paid their 2017 dues. We should be getting about 40 more dues payments by the end of this month.

The weather was chilly with clear skies and no rain, with the temperature in the upper 40s. Two planes flew in – Pierre Smith in his RV-10 and Eddie Booth in his RV-7. 32 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed socializing and camaraderie in the comfortably heated clubhouse. At 12:32 PM vice-president Joe Britt gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the fine Christmas turkey dinner prepared by Ben and Sid Brown. Many put unwrapped toys into boxes set out for the children at the CMC - the Children's Medical Center at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. At 1:09 PM new club president Al Nodorft started a short meeting. Al thanked Sid and Ben Brown for preparing the turkeys and turkey dressing. Then he welcomed visitors Miranda and Alex LaFave from Ridge Spring, South Carolina. At the end of the meeting Miranda & Alex joined EAA 172. Alex is a pilot and is already a member of EAA national.

Old Business: Don Bush moved and Steve Thompson seconded the approval of the minutes of the November 12th meeting. The members approved the motion unanimously.

New Business: Virginia Bush said that we would not be having a December social eat-out for EAA 172. The next one is January 26, 2017 when Shirley Harden will be handling the planning.

Pierre Smith mentioned that his son-in-law, James Watson, is an A&P and a Cirrus Certified Mechanic. James’ phone number is 706-550-8628. James recently did an annual on club Secretary John Magnan’s neighbor’s Cessna 172 at the Louisville, Georgia airport.

Al Nodorft discussed having a Chili Cook-off on January 14. He asked for volunteers to bring in a favorite chili. Among the volunteers who might be able to share a favorite chili recipe with us next month are Steve Amster, Don & Virginia Bush, Charlie & Sheila Connell, Ron & Karen Haley, Al & Cami Nodorft, Carl & Sandy Walther, and George & Frances Weiss.

Richard Fender moved and Don Bush seconded the meeting adjournment. The members approved the motion and the meeting portion of our Christmas festivities ended at 1:20 PM. We were then entertained with live instrumental music and singing by the Nodorft youngsters along with a German exchange student now staying at their home. They sang tunes including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You”, a German Christmas song, and other Christmas favorites.
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Bob Hoover Passes Away October 25, 2016,
FAA Releases Updated Airplane Flying Handbook
 
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Quicksilver MX Sprint For Sale,
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for November 12, 2016
ELECTION MEETING
10:00 AM
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome (61GA)

 

The weather was partly cloudy, with the temperature in the mid-50s. Secretary John Magnan had turned on the heat in the clubhouse and made coffee, set out sodas and water, and placed boxes of aviation items sent by past-president Keith Robbins on the tables. Just before 10:00 am Don Bush, Joe Britt, and Al Nodorft brought in some pastries and cookies for the members to eat while drinking their coffee or soft drinks. There were 16 members, family, and visitors. No planes flew in. At 10:02 AM Joe Britt gave the invocation and started the meeting. He welcomed visitors Sandy & Carl Walther from Graniteville, South Carolina, and also Dave Dent from Evans, Georgia. Sandy and Carl are both pilots and were members of EAA Chapter 240 in Wilmington, Delaware, before moving to Graniteville, South Carolina. Dave is also a pilot and had belonged to EAA Chapter 663 in Livermore, California. All are aircraft owners. These three visitors became members of EAA 172 during the meeting. They are already members of EAA national.

Old Business: Don Bush moved and George Weiss seconded the approval of the minutes of the October 8th meeting. The members approved the motion unanimously. Treasurer Don Bush said that the club accounts were fine and that we have paid for the electrical and water expenses and now we have roughly $3500 in the club treasury.

Al Nodorft discussed in detail the letter he had sent to the membership about the lack of participation of members at club events. Members chimed in with several possible causes. Several said that we focused on food too much – what we will eat at the next meeting, etc. Another said that we might be in the wrong location for the membership, perhaps the FBO at Daniel Field would be better. But yet three others said that the Pea Patch Clubhouse is our “home place” and we should stay here for meetings other than an occasional (once or twice a year) meeting at Daniel Field. Member Steve Amster said that there is a CAP (Civil Air Patrol) group at Daniel Field. Visitor (and now club member) Sandy Walther said that she had been an officer in her Chapter 240 in Delaware and that they had many different events on which she elaborated. New member Dave Dent said that his focus in his former West Coast club was on youngsters – getting ten year olds interested in aviation. Most members agreed that the discussion at this meeting had been very “up beat” and positive for the future of EAA 172.

New Business: Virginia Bush said that we will not be having social eat-outs for EAA 172 until January 26, 2017 when Shirley Harden will be handling the planning.

We held the election of EAA 172 officers for 2017. Allen Nodorft said he would take on the mantle of the presidency once again, starting in December, 2016. He had been club president four years ago. New member Dave Dent said he would agree to be the club vice-president. He had prior experience as a club officer in his former EAA Chapter 663. John Magnan agreed to be secretary for another year and Don Bush said he would also take on the duties of club treasurer for another year. Members voted on those four nominees and they were approved unanimously. Also, member Ronna Hiltz agreed to be the Membership Coordinator for 2017.

Don Bush moved and John Magnan seconded the meeting adjournment. The members approved it and the meeting adjourned at 11:11 AM.

Various members were happy to take home all the aircraft items that Keith Robbins had sent. Also, members moved the freezer from the food trailer into the clubhouse. Tom Patton, president of the Pea Patch Corporation, had requested this since he planned to move the food trailer to a different location. He will also move the EAA 172's 16 foot flatbed trailer. These changes will make mowing easier.

 
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Minutes for the October 8, 2016 Informal Meeting
 
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Quicksilver MX Sprint For Sale,
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Jean Hildebrant
Widow of EAA 172 Member Earl Hildebrant
 
April 16, 1927 - October 12, 2016


Ms. Jean Hildebrant
Jean Hildebrant, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, has gone to Heaven, and is probably even now directing the wait staff and setting the table for the Lord. From a small town upbringing in Mississippi, she became an accomplished business person, raised or helped to raise three generations of (usually) well-behaved children, cousins, nieces and nephews, traveled the world, and brightened the life and prospects of everyone she met.

She is survived by daughter Marjorie Jimenez, three sons: James, Jon, and Juan Jimenez, two step-children: Peter and Susan Hildebrant, 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren, as well as innumerable nieces and nephews, by blood, by generation, and honorary, all of whom knew her as Meme. She was Grandmother to the world.

She will be remembered with love by the children (of all ages) she touched, respect by those who had to deal with her in business, be it family or professional, and trepidation from those who did not deal with her fairly. She could sing, tell a joke, cook a three-course meal in a pressure cooker in under 10 minutes, and charm a smile from a statue. No mother lion ever guarded her pride with greater love or ferocity. We have lost our Matriarch, our sounding board, our roots and our wings. She will long be missed, but never forgotten.

Service will be held Saturday, 1:00 p.m. October 22nd, at Poteet Funeral Home, 3465 Peach Orchard Rd., with Vicar Debra Jimenez officiating .


OBITUARY and TRIBUTES

OBITUARY
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Oct. 18, 2016



Jean Hildebrant at Boshears 2012
Jean Hildebrant
 at Boshears 2012

Poteet Funeral Home
3465 Peach Orchard Road (Highway 25), Augusta, GA 30906
Phone: (706) 798-8886

DRIVING DIRECTIONS


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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for October 8, 2016
ELECTION MEETING -- (postponed to November 12, 2016)
12:30 PM
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome (61GA)

 

The weather was cloudy with winds only at 15 mph, but rain-free, with the temperatures in the lower 70s. We were still under the outer rain band of hurricane Matthew that had just hit Charleston on the South Carolina coast. Hurricane Matthew's center was only 140 miles away, with the actual edge of the hurricane force winds about 100 miles from Augusta and tropical storm winds now 60 miles away. No planes flew in. By the end of the meeting blue skies were showing through the trailing edges of the last rainband of the hurricane. Since tropical storm force winds and rain had hit some close-by South Carolina counties as well as several nearby Georgia counties perhaps this was a cause of the low meeting attendance. Before the meeting, in the comfortable clubhouse, only eight members and family were present. The members at the meeting were Joe & Cindy Britt, Don & Virginia Bush, John Magnan, George & Frances Weiss, and Gary Jones who came in toward the end of the meeting. Also we could include new member Ben Miller who was working on his plane in the large open hangar. He was being assisted by member Terry Stout and visitor Ken Rayburn. After the meeting in the clubhouse, secretary John Magnan brought up the meeting discussions with those three. In addition we should mention that canine visitor Alfie Boshears was at the meeting. At 12:30 PM club vice-president Joe Britt gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed a fine Potluck Meal. Potluck entrées and sidedishes as well as delicious desserts had been brought in by club members who attended. Because we had so few members present we had an informal meeting during the meal. We decided not to have a fly-out to Augusta Aviation at Daniel Field (Augusta, Georgia) in November since there did not seem to be much interest in having a meeting there. We could have had a speaker from Augusta Aviation possibly talk about avionics or aircraft maintenance at that meeting. We also decided not to have the election of officers for 2017 at this meeting. We would have that election at the November 12th meeting.

The principal topic of discussion was the lack of participation of members at club events, now only the two fly-ins – the Spring and Fall ones. We wondered whether it was the quality of the food – but some mentioned that we should not have an aviation club meeting just for the food and that the food we usually had was excellent, though fewer members were bringing side dishes and desserts. Maybe the disinterest of members was caused by the lack of aviation activity at the Pea Patch. A few thought that any aviation topics we might have were just not the right ones for newer, and younger, club members. Maybe it was the location – was the Pea Patch too far away for most? Would they prefer to have meetings at a different location? We decided to find out from club members what they wanted from EAA 172.

Virginia Bush said that the next social eat-out for members would be at T-Bonz Steakhouse 601 North Belair Office Square, in Evans, Georgia, on October 27.

Vice president Joe Britt remarked that we needed EAA 172 volunteers to help out at the official unveiling of the new Augusta Aviation hangar doors at Daniel Field on October 26. Those helping should be there around 9:00 AM.

We agreed to have the November 12 meeting at 10:00 AM and to have only coffee and pastries. Possibly  the need to bring food was affecting the meeting attendance over the past few months. Perhaps we could just have a meeting with a meal only a few times a year. We would charge a $3 donation at the November meeting since besides the food, we also have to pay for electricity, LP gas, and other fees each month. Secretary John Magnan said that past president Keith Robbins was sending over 50 pounds of aviation parts that could be offered, free, to club members. John said he would have those boxes of parts at the November meeting.
 

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Wrens Fall Fly-in
September 16 - 17
 
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Wrens Fall Fly-in September 16 - 17, 2016
At the Wrens Memorial Airport (61GA)
 

The 2016 Wrens Fall Fly-in clearly outmatched the quality of the annual event over the past six years – since it began. This year we had more comfortable weather, more visiting aircraft, and many more visitors enjoying the fine Saturday barbecue lunch. We had perfect fly-in weather – moderate temperatures with lows in the mid-60s and highs only in the upper 80s. Winds were light. There was no rain. 52 different aircraft were on the field at various times. There were 22 airplanes, 26 gyroplanes, one powered paraglider, one powered parachute, and two Trikes. This was the widest variety of aircraft types that we have had to a Wrens fly-in since the early 1990s. EAA 172 had invited many flying clubs from a five state area including Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee to have their members fly in their various aircraft for the fly-in. Some of the clubs had mainly regular airplanes, a few had powered parachutes and/or Trikes and/or gyrocopters/gyroplanes. Nearly 200 people were at the fly-in at various times. At least 50 were visitors from the public. Visitors had come from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and one from England.

Just before noon on Thursday, September 15, the first aircraft that came to the fly-in was an Allegro 2000 light plane from Malden, North Carolina. The pilot had not intended to come to the fly-in. After taking off from his fuel stop at Daniel Field in Augusta his aircraft’s engine overheated while he was flying near Wrens. After landing in emergency conditions at the Wrens airport he was able to solve the overheating problem with tools loaned by Secretary John Magnan. Within three hours the aircraft was able to take off successfully and head toward its original destination in Florida.

The first aircraft that intended to come to the fly-in landed at noon just after the Allegro had landed. It was a Cavalon gyroplane that had flown from near Charlotte, North Carolina. This was followed by 15 more aircraft during the afternoon. Most were gyroplanes. Some flew in; others were trailered. A motorhome also had arrived about the same time as the Allegro and Cavalon. The owner had come from Abbeville, South Carolina, and had a powered paraglider. Over the next two days many more aircraft came. Some stayed for a short time, such as those that flew in just for the barbecue meal on Saturday. Ben Brown, now an A&P, directed aircraft into various parking places on the ramp.

There was much flying activity during Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. A few pilots flew to other area airports and then returned. Others just made flights around the Wrens area. Around noon on Saturday Sid Brown, his wife Cathy, and son Ben prepared a tremendous barbecue meal. 104 visitors partook of this feast. Flying activity continued until dusk each day of the fly-in. Around 5:30 PM on Saturday more than ten gyros and one Trike flew over Main Street in Wrens to let people know they were at the airport. There were at least three dogs attending with their owners. They gave no problems to anyone. After helping John Magnan put tents, tables, chairs, and other fly-in supplies back into storage, the final fly-in participants left by noon on Sunday, September 18.

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for August  13, 2016
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome (61GA)
 

The weather was much cooler than a month ago, only 90 degrees with scattered clouds and no rain. Three aircraft came to the field for the meeting. Before the meeting, in the cool, air-conditioned clubhouse, 27 members, their families, and several visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of cold cuts with appropriate trimmings. This meal had been prepared by club secretary John Magnan. At 12:30 PM club vice-president Joe Britt gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the fine meal. Many sidedishes as well as delicious desserts had been brought in by club members. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Vice-president Britt then welcomed the guests Charlie Tankersley, who came with Richard Fender, Edwin Wadel, who had come in his RV-4, and Ray Ward, who arrived in his RV-7. Also Joe Britt welcomed Solveig Stock, from Cologne, Germany, who is an exchange student staying with the Nodorft family. Sandy Howard was thanked for putting in a clubhouse side door latch to replace one that had been broken.

Old Business: Ed Christian moved for the approval of the minutes for the July 9th meeting. Sandy Howard seconded the motion, which was passed by the members.

Treasurer Don Bush said that now we have about $3500 in the club account. Also Don said that our club’s $1000 donation to the Student Pilot Scholarship Fund is not the largest amount of money used for that. Augusta Aviation and other donors donate much more. They are then the ones who have the responsibility for determining who the young people are who receive the scholarships.

We had a discussion about Oshkosh AirVenture which took place July 25 – 31. Several members, especially Jim Maher, talked about their trip and visit. Jim gave a very good detailed description of the various venues at AirVenture, especially the “Showcase” of aircraft.

New Business: Vice-president Joe Britt brought up the discussion started at the last meeting about having the October 8th club meeting at Augusta Aviation at Daniel Field in Augusta, Georgia. Aircraft flying in to that meeting will not have to pay any tie-down fees if they indicate to Augusta Aviation that they have flown in for the club meeting. He is obtaining more details and asked members to check the EAA 172 Website for new information. [Note that because of a Augusta Aviation scheduling conflict, the fly-out meeting will be on November 12 rather than October 8.]
 
Vice-president Joe Britt said that for the club election meeting [Originally scheduled for November 12 but now, by a decision by club president Andy Lee, to be October 8 since the Augusta Aviation fly-out event is now November 12.] he does not wish to be an EAA 172 club officer for 2017. Other members are asked to take up this opportunity to become a club officer for the next year.

We discussed the third-class medical reform that was signed into law by President Obama on July 15, 2016. Pilots will finally see relief from the constant hassle and expense associated with third class medical renewals. Don Bush gave an excellent explanation of what the medical reform law entails. Joe Britt said that a description of the law is in the most recent EAA SportAviation magazine. John Magnan related that there is also a complete description in the August club newsletter, the Pea Patch Post.
                  
John Magnan talked about the Wrens Fall Fly-in, the next club event September 16 – 17. He said that most planning had been done, advertisements had been sent out, and many positive replies received. He had also done much preliminary set-up work. John said that most likely Sid Brown and his family would be handling the Saturday, September 17th barbecue meal as usual. Sid was not at the meeting and could not confirm that. [Sid did confirm this at the end of August.] John asked members to help out in the mowing of the parking areas, the area around the hangar, and the grass strip at the Wrens airport.

Virginia Bush said that the next social eat-out would be on Thursday, August 25th, at the California Dreaming Restaurant, 3241 Washington Road, Augusta, Georgia. Shirley Harden would be handling the details.

Al Nodorft moved to adjourn the meeting. Sandy Howard seconded the motion and those present approved the motion unanimously and the business meeting adjourned at 1:32 PM.

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for July 9, 2016
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome (61GA)
 

The weather was rather hot, in the upper 90s with scattered clouds under a blue sky. Before the meeting, in the cool, air conditioned clubhouse, 24 members, with four having arrived in three aircraft, their families, and several visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of hot dogs and hamburgers prepared by John Magnan and Ron Haley. At 12:26 PM club vice-president Joe Britt gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the fine meal. Many side dishes as well as delicious desserts had been brought in by club members. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Vice-president Britt then welcomed the guests Shaji Bright, a prospective club member, and Richard “Chad” Fender, member Richard Fender’s son. Joe Britt started a brief business meeting at 12:45 PM.

Old Business: Richard Fender moved for the approval of the minutes for the June 11th meeting. Steve Thompson seconded the motion, which was passed by the members.

There was a discussion about the possibility of having an EAA 172 display in an exhibition room on the second floor of Augusta Aviation at Daniel Field in Augusta, Georgia. Nandi Shetty said that he had talked with people from Augusta Aviation and it seems that EAA 172 would have to front a sizeable amount of money, $2000 - $2200, to put up the display. Though there were commercial sponsors for the other displays, there were no sponsors for ours. Nandi remarked that there would not be much “foot traffic” in that second floor room, just possibly some pilots/passengers who were arriving at or departing the airport. John Magnan moved to not put up a display. Nandi Shetty seconded the motion and members approved it.

It was mentioned that we still had 13 “door prizes” – aircraft $10 gift certificates that we gave out at past Boshears fly-ins. Possibly we could sell them for $8 each since we no longer will have a Boshears fly-in.

New Business: Vice-president Joe Britt brought up the possibility of having the October 8th club meeting at Augusta Aviation at Daniel Field in Augusta, Georgia. He said that we could discuss the flight training scholarship money that we had provided in the past at the Boshears fly-in that no longer will occur in October. After more talk about the possibility of this meeting, Charles Lewis moved to have the October 8th meeting tentatively at Augusta Aviation. Al Nodorft seconded the motion. The members approved it. Joe said that he would have more information about this at the August meeting.

We discussed the food provided at each meeting. Secretary John Magnan, who handled today’s meeting food, said that he would be taking care of the cold cuts meal for the August 13th meeting. He said that we would be having barbecue at the September meeting, the Fall Fly-in, on September 17. He asked Sid Brown if he would be able to take care of that. Sid said that possibly he would be able to. Treasurer Don Bush brought up that the food is getting more expensive and that the usual $5 meal donation barely pays for it. He said that possibly we should raise the donation for the meal to $6. After some discussion John Magnan moved to raise the meal donation to $6. Pierre Smith seconded the motion and the members present approved the motion.

Virginia Bush said that the next social eat-out would be on Thursday, July 28th, at Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, 2821 Washington Road in Augusta, Georgia. Sheila Connell would be handling the details.

Don Bush moved to adjourn the meeting. Steve Thompson seconded the motion and those present approved the motion unanimously and the business meeting adjourned at 1:19 PM.

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for June 11, 2016
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome (61GA)
 

The weather was quite warm, but still comfortable, in the low 90s with a blue sky. Before the meeting 20 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious barbeque meal. Two and a half hours prior to the meeting Secretary John Magnan had heated up two large pans of Sid Brown’s barbecue that had been frozen and refrigerated after the May fly-in. Members said that it tasted fine. One airplane, an RV-10 flown in by Pierre Smith, was on the airfield. At 12:37 PM club president Andy Lee gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the excellent meal. Club members had brought in many side dishes as well as delicious desserts. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes and desserts and prepared the dinner tables. President Andy Lee then welcomed the guests Charlie Tankersley, from Augusta, Georgia, Clifford and Frank Johnston from Blythe, Georgia, Ben Miller, and Shelby Jimenez, Jean Hildebrant’s great-granddaughter. Jean said that Shelby wants to become a pilot. Andy started the brief business meeting at 1:03 PM. He had a minute of silence in honor of our recently deceased member, Greg Connell, who had passed away while performing an aerobatic routine on May 14, 2016, at the Good Neighbor Day Airshow at DeKalb Peachtree Airport in Atlanta.

Old Business: Jim McBurney moved for the approval of the minutes for the April 16th meeting as well as the May 14th fly-in report. Richard Fender seconded the motion, which was passed by the members.

New Business: Virginia Bush said that the next social eat-out would be on Thursday, June 23rd, at the Southbound Smokehouse, 1855 Central Ave, Augusta, GA 30904. She would be handling the details.

There was a discussion led by President Lee about Greg Connell and the various facets of Greg’s life and the admiration that other aviators had for him. A member said that perhaps for next year we could have Greg’s name emblazoned on the special EAA Memorial Wall that had been set up at the Oshkosh, Wisconsin, fly-in site to “Honor the memory of someone special” who had a great passion for aviation.

John Magnan brought up the collision of the two F-16 fighter jets near Louisville in Jefferson County. This happened Tuesday June 7, 2016, around 9:15 PM. Pierre Smith, who lives in Louisville and has his aviation business at the Louisville airport, gave many details about the crashes and the aftermath. Both pilots had ejected safely but it would take up to a month for the nearly 200 armed U.S. Air Force personnel to recover all of the highly classified top secret wreckage including inert missiles and weapons strewn through woods and swamps just southeast of the Louisville airport. The local weekly Jefferson county newspaper, the News & Farmer had better details about this crash than the regional and national media.

Al Nodorft moved to adjourn the meeting. Terry Stout seconded the motion and those present approved the motion unanimously and the business meeting adjourned at 1:23 PM.

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Charles Gregory "Greg" Connell
May 1, 1966 - May 14, 2016
Greg Connell with Wolfpitts
Greg Connell in front of his Wolfpitts

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. - Departed his earthly life on Saturday, May 14, 2016, Mr. Charles Gregory Connell, 50, beloved husband to Ginger Fox Connell. Greg was a native and lifelong resident of the North Augusta area. He attended Paul Knox Jr. High School where he played both football and was a member of the golf team, holding the low score for the Patriots. A 1984 graduate of North Augusta Sr. High School, he wore lucky number 23 as a cornerback for the Yellow Jackets. An avid, and highly passionate, South Carolina Gamecock, Greg was a 1988 graduate of the University of South Carolina where he earned his degree in finance. After graduation, Greg became a small business owner, Connells's Heating and Air, and flew in the commercial fleet for Club Car, INC. His love and passion for flying grew at a young age, as Greg started his piloting career at the mere age of 13, he was passionate about flying, and this passion grew into his hobby of entertaining hundreds of thousands in aerobatics with his dear friend and mentor, Gary Ward. Forever a music man, Greg also held a love for playing his guitar where he performed entertainment for many in the CSRA. Loved by many and his family members, in addition to his wife, Ginger, his stepson: Justin Daniel Harris; father: Charlie Connell and wife Sheila; mother: Frances (Jackie) Coughlin Connell; sister: Karyn Connell Edmondson and husband Paul; niece: Makenzie Grose; nephew: Tanner Grose; and brother-in-law: Stan Fox and wife Anne and their 8 children; Furbabies: Wingo, Fred, and Lacey. A memorial service will be Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. at The Richmond on Greene, 725 Greene St, Augusta, GA 30901, with The Rev. John Chambers officiating. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening prior to the service from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at the Richmond on Greene. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Equine Rescue of Aiken, 532 Glenwood Dr., Aiken, SC 29803 or to Hopeful Hounds, Inc., P.O. Box 285, Grovetown, GA 30813.
Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com

Published in The Augusta Chronicle on May 17, 2016


Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for May 14, 2016
O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in
At the Wrens Memorial Airport (65J)
 

The weather was perfect for a fly-in with temperatures in the mid 80s, a blue sky but with brisk winds, steady at 15 knots, gusting to 25 knots from the NW. This gave STOL (Short Takeoff and Landing) abilities to the eight planes that flew in starting around 11:00 in the morning. The first was Eric Brown and his RV-6  who flew in from Dawsonville, Georgia. Then there was a Sonex, a Grumman Cheetah, a Pitts Special, a Cessna 152, a Beech Baron, a Tecnam Bravo, and an RV-7. Al Nodorft had his Cherokee Six out on display. Sid Brown showed off his Challenger I light plane. This is the aircraft that his late father, O.B. Brown, had built. Around noon about 30 of the 65 attendees enjoyed fabulous barbecue prepared by our club's "BBQ-Meister" Sid Brown. His wife, Cathy, son Ben, and daughter Bethany assisted with the preparations. Potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, chips, cookies, coffee, and soda were also on the buffet table under the tents and were available to mid afternoon.

Of course EAA 172 would like to thank all those who prepared for the fly-in. Sid and Ben Brown, as well as Michael Nodorft and Mark Slone, mowed the sod runway, parking areas, and fly-in areas on the field. John Magnan set out the fencing, flagging, water, power, and tent frames. Several helped put up the tents. The people who helped take down the tents and put them away two days later included Mark Slone, Crebencio Hernandez and Tina Pricket (airport neighbors from across the road), John Magnan, and John’s neighbors Jim and Misty Hughes.


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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for April 16, 2016
Fish Fry Fly-in

At the Pea Patch Aerodrome (61GA)

 

The weather was comfortable, in the low 70s with a blue sky. Three planes flew in for the meeting. Before the meeting 51 members, their families, and many visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of fish, fries, and onion rings prepared by our masterful chefs Gary Harden, Steve Thompson, and Ron Haley. At 12:37 PM club president Andy Lee gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the fine fried fish feast. Club members had brought in many side dishes as well as delicious desserts. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. President Lee then welcomed the guests and started a brief business meeting at 1:11 PM. President Lee also welcomed new EAA 172 members Dave & Carol Dent and Harry & Bonnie McGahee. Andy expressed the club’s condolences to Nandi Shetty regarding the passing of his father. President Lee also reminded members about the Air Expo at Shaw Air Force Base, Sumpter, South Carolina, on May 21-22 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, headlined by the Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force precision-flying demonstration team.

Old Business: Sheila Connell moved for the approval of the minutes for the March 12th meeting. Joe Britt seconded the motion, which was passed by the members.

New Business: Members sang Happy Birthday to Jean Hildebrant whose birthday is today, April 16.

Virginia Bush said that the next social eat-out would be on April 28, 2016 at Oliviana's Pizzeria and Grill in Surrey Center, 399 Highland Ave, Augusta, Georgia. Sheila Connell will be handling the details.

Frank Christian talked about the EAA 172 historical panel(s) that would be on the second floor of the Augusta Aviation FBO building at Daniel Field in Augusta, Georgia. A panel’s size would be perhaps 4 x 8 feet. He said that that there are 11 corporate sponsors for the various panels so there would be no charge to EAA 172. There may also be glass cases in which to put club memorabilia. Frank will be checking with Becky Shealy and Steve Gay at Augusta Aviation about more details and also the scheduled Grand Opening for the sponsors at the end of May. But we don’t necessarily have to have our panel done by the time of the Grand Opening.
 
Other club members mentioned that secretary John Magnan, the EAA 172 Website editor, had placed hundreds of photos as well as the written history of EAA 172 from its founding in 1966 on that Website. John said that he has also archived, on his computer server, thousands more high definition photos from over the past 20 years. Nandi Shetty suggested using a large flat video screen on a panel. It could be displaying the different photos from past years sequencing them for perhaps a second or two for each photo. This would be constantly running. It is similar to what he does at his stores. John Magnan said that the proposed EAA 172 display could be similar to what one sees at funeral home viewings where there are still photos, memorabilia of the departed, and a video panel running which shows various scenes from the departed’s life. Of course, for our display we would have still photos such as group photos, club memorabilia, and a video panel running which shows various scenes of our club activities over the years.

Sid Brown said that at the O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in on May 14th, EAA 172 would be providing the barbecue, baked beans, potato salad, cold slaw, and sodas. Members would definitely need to bring side dishes and desserts since these are not provided by EAA 172. The meal would start around noon under the tents at the Wrens airport. Planes would be coming in as early as 9:00 AM.

Don Bush moved to adjourn the meeting. Nandi Shetty seconded the motion and those present approved the motion unanimously and the business meeting adjourned at 1:43 PM.

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for March 12, 2016
Winter Soup Party
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome (61GA)
 

The weather was quite warm, in the low 80s, with scattered clouds. Before the meeting 33 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of soup and other delicious entrées with crackers as well as side-dishes and desserts. Six planes flew in. At 12:32 PM club president Andy Lee gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the excellent soups members had brought in. The soups included chicken soup, 15 Bean soup, and vegetable/minestrone soup, as well as beef stew, ham & lima beans, and chicken & dumplings. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. President Lee then welcomed the guests and started a brief business meeting at 12:55 PM. He welcomed new members Anne & Bill Sellitto and Marc Wilmoth as well as visitors Terry McCurry and Stan Stockman who came in McCurry's RV-6 from Greenwood, South Carolina.

Old Business: Jim Maher moved for the approval of the minutes for the February 13th meeting. Don Bush seconded the motion, which was passed by the members. Andy Lee thanked those who brought their fine soups and entrées to share: Cindy & Joe Britt, Sid & Cathy Brown, Sheila & Charlie Connell, Ron Haley, and George & Frances Weiss, as well as Don & Virginia Bush who brought the salad and Jim Maher & Ronna Hiltz who provided condiments for the meal. [President Lee brought beef stew].

New Business: Charles Lewis discussed the need for a third partner so he, member Marc Wilmoth, and the third partner could purchase an RV-6A [request advertised on the 5th page of this newsletter]. Charles also talked about the play the Schoolhouse Players are putting on in Bartow, Georgia.

Members discussed the Fish Fry Fly-in and its date. The Sun ‘n Fun Airshow and Fly-in is April 5 – 10 so the normally scheduled April meeting date of April 9 would not be appropriate since many go to that fly-in. So the Fish Fry will be April 16. As decided at the January meeting, the donation for the Fish Fry is to be as much as $10 depending on the cost of the fish. Also Joe and Cindy Britt had said they would pick up the fries and onion rings. Pierre Smith will be able to get the fish. As for the cooks, Gary Harden and Steve Thompson volunteered for that task. Gary will also purchase the oil for frying the fish, fries, and onion rings. Ron Haley had said that he would be able to help cook the fish as he had done in the past.

Virginia Bush said that the next social eat-out would be on March 24, 2016 at Villa Europa, 3044 Deans Bridge Road, Augusta, Georgia.

Members then discussed the possibility of an EAA 172 historical panel to be put up in a “History Room” on the second floor of the Augusta Aviation FBO building at Daniel Field in Augusta, Georgia. Sheila Connell elaborated on what was planned. There would be a number of panels about aviation in Augusta. Several club members including Joe Britt, Sid Brown, Don Bush, Charlie Connell, and John Magnan chimed in with ideas and questions about this project. Our panel would have historical information about EAA 172 starting from its inception in the mid-1960s. It would include text and photographs. There was uncertainty about any cost to EAA 172. President Andy Lee, vice president Joe Britt, and treasurer Don Bush would meet early the following week at Augusta Aviation to talk with Becky Shealy, the vice-president for business development. [Note: Communications with several people early the next week determined that there will be no cost to EAA 172. The panels being put up in the Augusta Aviation FBO all have corporate sponsors, so the meeting there was called off.].

Don Bush moved to adjourn the meeting. Joe Britt seconded the motion and those present approved the motion unanimously and the business meeting adjourned at 1:40 PM.

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for February 13, 2016
Chili Cook-off
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome (61GA)
 

The weather was quite cool, clear but with temperatures in the low 40s. Before the meeting 31 members, their families, and visitors met with the new and past club members who attended. Five planes flew in. At 12:34 PM club president Andy Lee gave the invocation. Members lined up at the buffet table and then went into the dining room to enjoy the four chili recipes that had been set out on the serving table. President Lee then welcomed the guests and thanked those who brought their favorite chili recipes allowing others to enjoy them and started the business meeting at 1:14 PM.

Old Business: Joe Britt moved for the approval of the minutes for the January 9th meeting. Ron Haley seconded the motion, which was passed by the members. Andy Lee thanked those who brought their fine chili recipes (plain chili, vegetable, deer, pork) to share: Jim Maher & Ronna Hiltz, Don & Virginia Bush, Sheila & Charlie Connell, and Cami & Al Nodorft.

New Business: The next meeting will be on March 12. Normally that would have been the fish fry fly-in meeting. After some discussion Joe Britt moved to have soup in March rather than the fish fry. John Magnan seconded the motion and the members approved it unanimously. So on March 12th we will have the “Winter Soup Party” when members will bring pots of their favorite soups. Ron Haley will bring chicken soup. Sid & Cathy Brown will bring 15 bean soup. Cindy & Joe Britt will bring vegetable/minestrone soup. Don & Virginia Bush will bring soup. Andy Lee will bring beef stew. Sheila & Charlie Connell will bring chicken & dumplings. George & Frances Weiss will bring ham, lima beans, and cornbread. Jim Maher & Ronna Hiltz will bring condiments for the meal.

Members discussed the Fish Fry Fly-in date. Sun ‘n Fun is April 5 – 10 so the normally scheduled April meeting date of April 9 would not be appropriate since many go to that fly-in and airshow. Don Bush moved and Joe Britt seconded having the fish fry on April 16. Members passed the motion unanimously. As decided at the January meeting, the donation for the Fish Fry is to be $8 depending on the cost of the fish. Also Joe and Cindy Britt said they would pick up the fries and onion rings. Pierre Smith should be able to get the fish. As for the cooks, perhaps Steve Thompson and Dennis Allen (who were not at this meeting) would do it. Ron Haley said that he would be able to help cook the fish as he has done in the past.

Virginia Bush said that the next social eat-out will be on February 25, 2016 at the French Market Grille,  425 Highland Ave., Augusta, Georgia. Shirley Harden will be handling the details.

Don Bush moved to adjourn the meeting. Joe Britt seconded the motion and those present approved the motion unanimously and the business meeting adjourned at 1:30 PM.

PROGRAM: Former EAA 172 member and veteran Phil Turner gave a fine presentation entitled "Oral History of World War II Flyers."  He described the interviews he has had with veteran pilots of that war, such as Phil Colman and Al Patton. He donated a set of DVDs to the club that has interviews with World War II pilots. Don Bush said that he would make copies of them.

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for January 9, 2016
Special Fly-out Meeting
At Augusta Aviation, Daniel Field, Augusta, Georgia
 

The weather was cold and overcast with ceilings around 500 feet. The temperature was in the mid-50s. Before the meeting 43 members, their families, and visitors were visiting various parts of the newly enhanced Augusta Aviation FBO as well as gathering in the upstairs meeting room and talking with the avionics experts and welcoming the new club president, Andy Lee. Augusta Aviation personnel had told us that there would be no problem with auto parking and there was plenty room for all the members' vehicles. Also, we were told that there would be no ramp/tie-down charge for those flying in for the meeting. All the pilots had to do was to say that they are with EAA 172. However, because of the IMC weather, no one flew in. At 12:39 PM Vice-president Joe Britt gave the invocation. Members then ate the fine meal with an abundance of side dishes and desserts. The hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks, and cutlery were provided by Augusta Aviation. Many club members brought in side dishes and desserts to add to those set out by the Augusta Aviation personnel. President Andy Lee then welcomed the guests and started a brief business meeting at 1:10 PM.

Old Business: Don Bush moved for the approval of the minutes for the December 12th meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion, which was passed by the members.

We added some volunteers for the Chili Cookoff that will be at the February 13th meeting. Andy Lee and Cami & Al Nodorft said they would bring some chili.

New Business: President Lee brought up the upcoming March 12th Fish Fry Fly-in. We talked about what should be charged as a donation for the meal. Often the food items such as french fries, varieties of fish, onion rings, etc. cost somewhat more than our usual meal fare. After more discussion about the cost and charge for the meal, Joe Britt moved to have the donation for the Fish Fry to be $8. Charlie Connell seconded the motion and those present approved the motion. Joe and Cindy Britt said they would pick up the fries and onion rings. Perhaps Pierre Smith could get the fish. As for the cooks, perhaps Steve Thompson and Dennis Allen (who were not at this meeting) would do it. Ron Haley said that he would be able to help cook the fish as he has done in the past.

The next social eat-out will be on January 28, 2016. Sheila Connell will be handling the details.

Joe Britt moved to adjourn the meeting. Ron Haley seconded the motion and those present approved the motion unanimously and the business meeting adjourned at 1:27 PM.

PROGRAM: The Augusta Aviation avionics experts, Victor Gonzales and Chris Wilson, presented the ADS-B in and out (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast) seminar. Chris gave a fine overview using video graphics of what is the schedule for the implementation of ADS-B out – it must be installed and operational by January 1, 2020. He discussed the two frequencies that are used by ADS-B: 978 and 1090 mhz and the need for both of them.

There were quite a few questions from the audience. Victor and Chris handled the inquiries well. They agreed that the avionics shop has to work with various systems already installed in an aircraft. It seems the manufacturers of the ADS-B systems don’t “play together” well and fail to provide needed information to insure that a particular piece of ADS-B equipment will interconnect and work well with a different brand.

EAA 172 thanks the Augusta Aviation personnel including Becky Shealy, vice president of business development, Victor Gonzales & Chris Wilson (avionics department), Victor Youngblood, the Augusta Aviation photographer, and Tonya Dickerson, parts manager (who prepared the food) for making this fly-out such a success.

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for December 19, 2015
Christmas Party
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome
 

The weather was cool, with the temperature in the low 50s, as expected with Winter starting in a couple of days. But the sun was shining. Before the meeting 39 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the delicious turkey dinner prepared by departing club president Sid Brown. Many put unwrapped gifts into boxes set out for the children at the Children's Medical Center in Augusta. Four planes flew in. At 12:33 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone ate. He welcomed the guests and congratulated the 2016 officers who were elected or re-elected at the last meeting. Then Sid auctioned off the two smoked turkeys that were not going to be eaten at the meal. He started a brief business meeting at 1:19 PM.

Sid talked about this being his last meeting as EAA 172 president. He said it was a privilege for him to hold the presidency for the past three years. During those years it had been important for him to get more people interested in aviation. An EAA 172 member taking a clubhouse visitor up in the member’s aircraft was one way to get someone excited about flying a plane and enjoying the exhilaration of flight. Sid said that the Pilot’s Bill of Rights being considered in Congress would allow more pilots, who otherwise are no longer able to legally pilot an aircraft, to again become active. It would also lessen the hassle of getting and keeping a medical for current and prospective pilots.

Old Business: Charles Lewis moved for the approval of the minutes for the November 14th meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion, which was passed by the members.

Vice President Joe Britt discussed the January 9th club meeting at Daniel Field. The Augusta Aviation avionics experts will be presenting a program about ADS-B, which is required for many aircraft by 2020. He said the meeting would be at the regular 12:30 PM time. Members could come as early as 11:00 am to look around at the newly refurbished FBO building. We would be having hot dogs and hamburgers provided by Augusta Aviation. Members should bring side dishes and desserts. When asked about it, Joe said that he would contact the Daniel Field people about them forgoing any landing or tie-down fees for those who fly in for the meeting.

New Business: President Brown proudly announced that his son, Ben, has received his A&P certificate.

President Brown brought up the February 13th club meeting at the Pea Patch. Members agreed that it would be fine to have a chili cook-off for that meeting. After some discussion it seems among the varieties of chili that would be prepared would be vegetarian and venison chili. Volunteers who would be bringing their favorite chilies include Don & Virginia Bush, Charlie & Sheila Connell, Jim Maher &  Ronna Hiltz, Johna & Steve Thompson, and Frances & George Weiss. We also talked about whether or not to have a fish fry for the March 12th meeting. Some said it was possibly too expensive though we could charge as much as $8 rather than $5 for the lunch depending on the attendance and the cost of the fish. Others brought up that the March fish fry was a long time tradition for EAA 172 and pilots in the area looked forward to it. We agreed to table the discussion until the next meeting.

Young Eagles Coordinator Nandi Shetty talked about the work he has done starting up Young Eagles activity for operations at Augusta Regional Airport - Bush Field. Perhaps he will start this program with fewer than five youngsters scheduled at first, to see how things work out.

Virginia Bush said that the next social eat-out will be on January 28, 2016. Sheila Connell will be handling the details. There will be no social eat-out in December.

Joe Britt moved to adjourn the meeting. Ronna Hiltz seconded the motion and those present approved the motion unanimously and the business meeting adjourned at 1:41 PM.


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Aldine "Al" Patton
February 21, 1923 - December 9, 2015
Founder of EAA 172
National EAA # 1782

Al Patton

 

LT. COL. USMCR (Ret.)

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Augusta, GA - Aldine “Al” Patton, son of the late W. R. and Grace Shell Patton of Morganton, N. C., died Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at the age of 92. He had been a resident of Augusta, GA since 1961. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 56 years, Hazel Greene Patton.

Al graduated from Morganton High School and was attending Lenoir-Rhyne College at the outbreak of World War II. Having already received his private pilot’s license through the Civilian Pilot Training program at Lenoir-Rhyne, he was accepted as a Naval Aviation Cadet. Upon completion of his training he transferred to the Marines as a dive bomber pilot earning the Air Medal for combat missions flown in the Pacific until the end of the war. He remained in the Marine Corps Reserves as a fighter pilot until his retirement as a Lt. Colonel. After the war, Al was co-owner of Art Craft Printers in Morganton, N. C. and Anderson, S. C. He then got back into aviation as a contract flight instructor at Spence Air Force Base in Moultrie, GA and as an air traffic controller for 20 years at the Bush Field Tower in Augusta. During this time he continued to instruct and provide pilot services to several Augusta area companies.

Al was also very active in sport aviation. He designed and built several airplanes and assisted many others in their projects. He was the founder of Experimental Aircraft Assoc. Chapter 172 and a member of the Antique Airplane Assoc. Among his many awards was his induction into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in 2005.

Al was also preceded in death by brothers, Bill, Fred and Dick Patton, and his sisters Sara Saunders and Diane Patton. He is survived by his daughter, Billie Black, his sons Tom (Sally), Larry (Kay), Brad, and Bob (Beth), grandchildren Will (Megan), Andy, Brant, and Grace, and sisters Grace Swann, Polly Wall and Peggy Levesque and dozens of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was Saturday, December 12, 2015, 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel at Thomas Poteet & Son with Dr. Greg DeLoach officiating. Interment followed at Westover Memorial Park.

The family would like to thank his caregivers, Felisha Chambers, Dedra Graham, Monique Chambers, and Cheryl Mack for the loving care they provided him for the last three years.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Augusta Warrior Project, 4115 Columbia Road, Martinez, GA 30907.

The family received many friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 1:00 P.M. at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at
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OBITUARY


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OBITUARY
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Dec. 11, 2015

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for November 14, 2015
Election Meeting
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome
 

The weather was clear and cold in the early morning but rose to a high of 71 degrees by 2:00 PM. Before the meeting 25 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of ham and sidedishes.  Seven aircraft, including one helicopter, a Robinson R-44 from New Holland, South Carolina, flew in. At 12:40 PM, former EAA 172 President Al Nodorft gave the invocation and everyone ate. Treasurer Don Bush then took over the meeting Chairman role and welcomed the guests and started a brief business meeting at 1:13 PM. We welcomed new member Gary Jones from Evans, Georgia.

Old Business: Joe Britt moved for the approval of the minutes for the October 17-18 Boshears SkyFest. Nandi Shetty seconded the motion which was passed by the members.

New Business: The dues for 2016 were discussed. The amount will again be $30 for one year. If current members pay after December 31, 2015, the dues will then be $40. This is an incentive to pay the dues on time! Al Nodorft already mailed postcards with a reminder to pay dues. Members also received a dues form in the November newsletter. Treasurer Don Bush collected dues from 39 members. There are currently 75 club members.

We held the election for the 2016 EAA 172 officers. Our new president, Andy Lee, was elected for the 2016 term. Andy lives in Evans, Georgia. He said he is an electrical technician at Savannah River Plant. He is also a Boy Scout leader for Troop 15 in Evans, Georgia. Andy talked with the members about his activities as a scout leader. He has ten scouts in Troop 15. The other current officers were re-elected by acclamation. They are: Joe Britt, Vice President; John Magnan, Secretary; and, Don Bush, Treasurer.

Virginia Bush said that the next social eat-out will be on January 28, 2016. Sheila Connell will be handling the details. There will be no social eat-out in November or December.

Vice President Joe Britt brought up having the January 18th club meeting at Daniel Field. The Daniel Field avionics people would present a program about ADS-B, which is required for many aircraft by 2020. Members discussed this including the times for it and the auto parking. Joe said he would be getting further information about this possible change of meeting location before the next meeting.

Virginia Bush moved to adjourn the meeting. Al Nodorft seconded the motion and those present approved the motion unanimously and the business meeting adjourned at 1:35 PM.

Program: After the meeting adjourned, Vice President Joe Britt, assisted by former Vice President Nandi Shetti, presented a video program about the RV series of aircraft from an Internet download of past EAA video magazines.

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Boshears SkyFest 2015
Airshow and Fly-in
 
Saturday - Sunday, October 17 - 18
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
( Volunteers reported around 8:00 AM each day. )

    
The weather was perfect for flying both Saturday and Sunday. It was clear and sunny, in the upper 60s, though it was a bit windy on Sunday. The incoming General Aviation pilots were greeted by EAA 172 Greeters Sheila Connell, Bibiana Falatova, and Shirley Harden. Noah Goff went out once with Sheila Connell. To greet Boshears pilots as well as visitors, EAA 172 members manned the EAA 172 Information Tent to provide aviation literature, club information pamphlets and membership forms, candy treats, and a place to sit out of the sun. Sheila Connell, Keith & Noah Goff, Bibiana Falatova, Richard Fender, Shirley Harden, Shane Nothdurft & Amber Glover and her daughter Kerri, Andy Lee, Al, Cami, Carmen, and Mikayla Nodorft, and George & Frances Weiss were some of those who manned the EAA 172 Information Tent during the two days of Boshears.

The Paratainment Parachutist Team started each day’s show. About 45 General Aviation planes came in Saturday. Two or three more came in on Sunday. Possibly there were fewer GA aircraft because of local county fairs and the deer hunting season. Some EAA 172 members worked on the Flightline – directing aircraft to parking spaces. They included Joe Britt, Ed Christian, Charlie Connell, and Gary Harden as well as five non-members for the Flightline. The twin engine Beech AT-11 was one of the largest aircraft at the fly-in. Besides being part of the airshow, the Sonex jet was on open exhibition for the public. Several aerobatic performers, including our members Greg Connell and Gary Ward, “laid smoke” during their flying routines.

Jim McBurney and Mark Slone were two of the tractor drivers and donation takers for the People Movers. Others were Tom & Ely DeGroodt, John Dunn, John Magnan, Al, Carmen, Michael, and Mikayla Nodorft. We had excellent donations for our Youth Flight Training Scholarship fund. We could have used more volunteers! We appreciate the use of the new John Deere 4105 tractors provided by member Phil Blanchard’s tractor company. We also appreciate the loan of a 16 foot trailer for a People Mover by member Ben Covington.

The GaSCar Antique Automobile Club held a car show on Saturday. The cars ran the automotive spectrum from "horseless carriage" to "muscle car" vehicles owned in the past by many EAA 172 members.
 
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Saturday, October 10: Monthly meeting of the EAA 172 Members  No meeting because of Boshears.



Helen Covington
Loving Wife of EAA 172 Member Ben Covington
 
October 4, 2015


Helen Davis Covington
GROVETOWN, Georgia - Helen Davis Covington, 91, wife of Ben Covington for 67 years, entered into rest October 4, 2015, at a local nursing home after an extended illness. A celebration of life service was held on Saturday, October 10, at the Fellowship Baptist Church, 670 East Robinson Ave. in Grovetown Georgia at 2:00 pm. Friends called on family from 1:00 pm until the service began at the church. Helen is survived by her husband, Ben Covington; sister, Christine Grant; two children, Linda Gregory (Hoyt), and Joe (Deborah); three grandchildren, Katherine Cooper (Caleb), Travis (Marianne), and Jake (Jana); three great grandchildren, Emma, Luke and Luci Covington as well as nieces and nephews too numerous to mention. Helen was first a faithful Christian throughout her life and a wonderful, kind and loving wife, sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend. Her loving works of kindness will long be remembered. She was and is a blessing to us.
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Oct. 7, 2015

Ben Covington’s granddaughter, Katherine, said "Helen’s body was being donated
to MCG/GRU and the remains would be cremated but that there
would be a memorial service on Saturday, October 10, 2015."


Helen Covington Obituary


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  Fellowship Baptist Church
670 E Robinson Ave, Grovetown, GA 30813
Phone:(706) 860-6357

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Mr. Ben A. Covington
340 Taylor Circle
Grovetown, GA 30813-2221



Ron Banning
EAA 172 Member
 
September 19, 1956 ~ October 4, 2015

Ronald Dean Banning

Ronald Dean Banning
Evans, Georgia  Mr. Ronald Banning, husband of Heather M. Banning, entered peacefully into rest Sunday, October 4, 2015, at his residence. Mr. Banning was a native of Cotulla, Texas, but resided in Evans since 1993, where he worked for Standard Aero as an Aviation Mechanic. Ron served in the U.S. Navy as an OT and STG and retired from the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was a proud Retired Navy Veteran who loved his country and all of his military Brothers and Sisters. Ron was a member of the U.S. Navy Marksmanship Team, Palmetto State Marksman Association, Pinetucky Gun Club, Aircraft Owner Pilots Association and other favorite groups. He was not afraid to live a full life pursuing his interests, while loving his family and friends with a big heart and a great sense of humor. He loved to fly, motorcycle, travel, shoot in competitions, religion and so much more. Ron will be sorely missed by his many relatives and friends. A memorial service with military honors was held Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at 6:00 pm at McNeill Funeral Home with Chaplain Jason Davis officiating. Additional survivors include his sons, Jason and Joseph Banning; father, Raymond Banning; mother, Judy Russ; sisters, Lisa Everitt and Cathy Petersen.


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Ronald Banning Obituary


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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for September 19, 2015
Wrens Fall Fly-in
September 18 - 19, 2015

At the Wrens Memorial Airport
 

On Friday the temperature was in the mid-80s with a somewhat brisk wind, under a mostly cloudy sky. On Saturday we had a blue sky with slight winds and the temperature in the low 90s. However, four aircraft did come in on Thursday, September 17th, which also had fine weather, in the mid-80s. The first to arrive was Wayne Hubbs, who flew non-stop to Wrens from Smithville, Tennessee, in a Magni M22 gyroplane, a distance of 297 NM (about 342 statute miles). Barry Maggio came in two hours later in his Apollo AGI gyroplane. He had flown from Hampden, Massachusetts, 748 NM (about 816 statute miles). However, he had stopped in Maryland to see his brother so his final leg, non-stop, was 440 NM (506 statute miles). Many current gyroplanes, unlike the old-time gyrocopters, are fully equipped aircraft with glass panels capable of long-distance cross country travel. Our many EAA 172 club members who came to the fly-in looked over these modern gyroplanes and were somewhat amazed at their capabilities. A visitor from Roswell, Georgia, remarked in an Internet posting, that until the last several years, most gyroplanes that were at fly-ins were trailered in: “40% of the gyros at this event actually flew-in, 67% of those being Euros [designed in Europe].” “We had six Euro-gyros fly-in, most from distances between 300 to 750nm. ... 100% of the Euro-gyros that attended actually flew-in.” More gyroplanes were trailered or flew in on Friday. Some flew in from Macon or the Atlanta area. Three flew in from mid-Florida on Saturday. One fixed wing, a Cessna Skyhawk, flew in on Friday.

On Saturday many more fixed-wing aircraft came in from Alpharetta, Augusta, Cleveland, Dallas, Dewy Rose, Douglas, and Stockbridge, Georgia. Other fixed-wing aircraft came in from Abbeville, Fort Mill, Trenton, and Twin Lakes, South Carolina. A couple aircraft flew in from the Charlotte, North Carolina area. We had Cessna 170s, 172s, 182s, and a 185. There was an RV-7, RV-8A, RV-10, a Bonanza, a Citabria, a Cherokee 140, a Tripacer, Grumman Cheetah, Luscombe, and a number more fixed-wing aircraft. More than 40 aircraft were at the fly-in. 23 of them were gyroplanes. At least 180 people from ten states enjoyed the camaraderie of others excited by flying and aircraft. Under the two large tents on Saturday, around noon, more than 50 attendees enjoyed the fine barbecue meal prepared by Sid, Cathy, and Ben Brown.

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Fay W. Allen
August 27, 1944 - September 17, 2015

Fay Allen
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Obituary for Fay W. Allen
Fay W. Allen

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Thursday, September 17, 2015, Mrs. Fay W. Allen, 71, loving wife to Dennis Allen. Fay loved spending time with her family; her grandchildren and great-granddaughter were her heart. She enjoyed flying with her husband and was a member of the Local Chapter Experimental Aircraft Association 172. Family members, in addition to her husband, include her son: Mark Allen (Sherry) of Evans; daughter: Michelle Jones (John) of Hendersonville, NC; daughter-In-law: Karen Allen; grandchildren: Jason and wife Tara, Crystal, Joshua, and Jacob; great-granddaughter: Kayla; and sister: Floy Foss. She is preceded in death by her sons, Marty and Gregory Allen. The funeral service was Monday, September 21, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel of Thomas Poteet & Son with Rev. Tom Kalliokoski officiating. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers were the Boys Night Out Crowd. The family received friends Sunday from 4:00 until 6:00 P.M. at the Thomas Poteet Funeral Home.

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214 Davis Road, Augusta, GA 30907
(706) 364-8484


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The Obituary in the Augusta Chronicle September 19, 2015



Smiling Fay Allen helped out at many EAA 172 activities.
Here are some of them.

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Fay Allen at the October, 2004 Boshears Fly-in
Fay at the October, 2004 Boshears fly-in.

Fay at the November 12, 2005 Keith Brock Fly-in
Fay at the June 6, 2010 Wrens Fly-in
Fay at the 2005 Keith Brock Fly-in.
Fay at the 2010 Wrens Spring Fly-in.


Saturday, September 12: Monthly meeting of the EAA 172 Members  No meeting because of the Fall Fly-in.


Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for August 8, 2015
Barbecue Fly-in
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome
 

The weather was warm with temperatures in the low 90s with a blue sky. Before the meeting 36 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a sumptuous barbecued chicken feast in the cool comfort of the air-conditioned clubhouse. Prior to the meal, club president Sid Brown had spent the morning assembling a new club barbecue grill the EAA 172 Board had approved a month ago. Then, using it, Sid grilled the chickens. Three aircraft flew in. At 12:41 PM Sid gave the invocation and everyone ate. At 1:15 PM he started the short business meeting. Sid welcomed James Watson, Pierre Smith’s stepson. James is an A&P at Augusta Aviation. President Brown initiated the passing around of a birthday card for signatures for Fay Allen whose birthday is August 27. The Club appreciates and thanks the “Birthday Girl” for all the fly-in and EAA 172 activities she participated in over the years. Fay is now resting comfortably at home after a brief stay in the hospital.

Old Business: Sheila Connell moved for the approval of the minutes of the July 11th meeting. Charlie Connell seconded the motion, which was passed by the members.

New Business: Al Nodorft talked about the Boshears SkyFest scheduled for October 17 & 18. He passed around a list of available volunteer positions for the History Tent, the Fly-in EAA 172 Information Tent, Aircraft Greeters, or the People Movers. Charlie Connell has arranged for the Flight Line people. [ed. note: it might not be too late to volunteer for one of those fly-in positions. Al Nodorft’s phone number is 706-955-1049 and his e-mail is Nodorft@Hotmail.com]

Secretary John Magnan reminded the members about the Bob Rhodes Barbecue Fly-in that will be on September 13th at his airfield. He said that Doug Rhodes had confirmed the barbecue. John said that a map to that BBQ would be in the next newsletter.

The EAA 172 Wrens Fall Fly-in will be Friday and Saturday, September 18 – 19 at the Wrens, Georgia, airport. On Saturday there will be a barbecue meal starting at noon. We will have no club meeting in September since the Triple Tree fly-in occurs September 9 – 13 and our club meeting would usually have been on September 12. Many of our members go to the Triple Tree fly-in

Virginia Bush said that the social eat-out for Thursday, August 27, will be at P.F. Chang’s – China Bistro, in the Augusta Mall on Wrightsboro Road in Augusta, Georgia.

Jon Dunn moved to adjourn the meeting. Pierre Smith seconded the motion and those present approved the motion unanimously and the business meeting adjourned at 1:26 PM.

Program: Al Nodorft gave a very interesting report about the EAA Oshkosh AirVenture fly-in which had just taken place July 20 - 26. His report was accompanied by a video slide show of various photos Al had taken at AirVenture. Nandi Shetty provided the video projector and ran the slide show.

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Joe Miles
August 15, 1924 - July 13, 2015

Joe Miles at Boshears 2005
Joe in the History Tent at the 2005 Boshears SkyFest.
Behind him are photos of him while in the
U.S. Air Force in World War II but mainly in the Korean War
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Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Joseph C. Miles was enshrined during the Centennial year of Aviation in Georgia
 on April 28, 2007 into the Georgia Aviation hall of Fame.
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Joe presented a program for EAA 172 on January 14, 2012
Joe Miles gave an excellent presentation about his experiences in the Korean War (25 June 1950 – 27 July 1953) with the P-51D Mustang. As for his aviation beginnings, he graduated from Harlem High School in 1943. He then volunteered for the draft and was in the aviation Cadet program – class of ‘45. During World War II he saw no combat action -- He took flight training in March of 1945 in preparation for the invasion of Japan. In 1948 he was in the 35th Fighter Group which intercepted aircraft near General MacArthur’s headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Joe said “Anyone coming to the Tokyo area had to meet him.” He said he had just checked out in an F-80 jet fighter when the Korean War started. The USAF found out that the F-80 could not be used from outlying areas because it did not have enough fuel. Moreover, the P-51 was able to land on shorter runways. Joe was in the 40th fighter squadron during the five months when he flew 100 combat missions – actually 101 combat missions since the custom was to take an extra combat mission just in case the “count” was incorrect. He stayed in Korea with the P-51 until the F-80s and F-86 Sabre jets were able to be used on longer airfields being constructed on Korean soil.
Obituary for Mr. Joseph Calloway Miles
Joseph C. Miles

Augusta, Ga. – Joseph C. Miles, 90, of Aumond Road, Augusta, GA, husband of Pearl Phyllis Miles, entered into rest on Monday, July 13, 2015, at the University Hospital.

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, July 17, 2015, in the Harlem Memorial Cemetery with the Dr. Randall Whitaker officiating.

Mr. Miles, a native of Harlem, Ga., was Director Emeritus of the Institute of Technology, Northrop University, Los Angeles, CA and a Board Member of the Northrop-Rice Foundation, Houston, TX. He attended Massachusetts State College, the USAF Air University and the University of California at Los Angeles.

He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 172, Augusta, GA, the California Aerospace Education Association, the Society of Airways Pioneers, the Los Angeles Airborne Law Enforcement Association, the P-51 Mustang Pilots Association, a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a Charter Member of the Red Barons. He held Federal Aviation Agency Licenses as a Commercial Pilot, Airframe and Powerplant Technician, Ground Instructor and FAA Designated Examiner.

He was a Fighter Pilot and Flight Commander in the U.S. Air Force serving in World War II and the Korean War. His decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with one Silver Leaf and three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Presidential Unit Citation and the Korean Campaign Medal with three Battle Stars.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Hunt Miles, a son, Ronald Calloway Miles ( Barbara Lilek) of White Fish Bay, WI., and a daughter, Laura Kay Miles of San Pedro, CA; and three Grandchildren; a brother, W. Frank Miles (Alafair) of Loganville, GA.

Starling-Evans Funeral Home
435 W Milledgeville Rd, Harlem, GA 30814
(706) 556-6524


CEMETERY
South Harlem Memorial Garden
S Bell St, Harlem, GA 30814
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The Obituary in the Augusta Chronicle July 15, 2015


Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for July 11, 2015
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome
 

The weather was hot with the temperature near 100º with a blue sky. Before the meeting 27 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious cold cuts meal in the cool comfort of the air conditioned clubhouse. No aircraft flew in. At 12:28 PM member Michael Stewart gave the invocation and everyone ate. Since club president Sid Brown had to be away, vice-president Joe Britt conducted the meeting. At 12:59 PM he welcomed the program speakers Carl Bell and Rafael Lopez. He also welcomed visitor Kevin Orr from Evans, Georgia. Kevin was an Army helicopter pilot – Hueys and Blackhawks – to 2003. He is interested now in finding more information about fixed-wing aircraft which he has never piloted and may be interested in joining EAA 172. Before (and during) the meeting, Terry Stout and Joel Birney were still working on Terry’s Taylorcraft in Al Patton’s open hangar.

Old Business: Sheila Connell mentioned that member Joe Miles, who is in the hospital, was not looking “that good” when she saw him this week. Don Bush moved for the approval of the minutes of the June 13th meeting. Al Nodorft seconded the motion, which was passed by the members.

New Business: Vice-president Joe Britt brought up the Boshears SkyFest which will be October 17 – 18 this year. We will have no club meeting in September since the Triple Tree fly-in occurs September 9 – 13 and our club meeting would usually have been on September 12. Several members said they would be going to the Triple Tree Fly-in in Woodruff, South Carolina, and would not have been able to be at a meeting on the 12th. Of course the Bob Rhodes Barbecue Fly-in will be on September 13th at his airfield and the following weekend will be the EAA 172 Wrens Fall Fly-in September 18 - 19. Then most likely we would have no club meeting on the usual October 10th date since Boshears is the next weekend. Joe said that we needed to talk with Allen Nodorft if we wished to be on the volunteer list for the History Tent, the Fly-in EAA 172 Information Tent, Aircraft Greeters, or the People Movers. Charlie Connell said he is arranging for the Flight Line people. Joe said there would be an increased focus on getting more pilots to fly to Boshears. We will talk about that at the next meeting.

Virginia Bush said that the social eat-out for Thursday, July 23rd, will be at Oliviana's Pizzeria and Grill, in Surrey Center, 399 Highland Ave, Augusta, Georgia.

Program: We had a very interesting and informative program presented by RV-14 builders Carl Bell and Rafael Lopez about the building of a Vans RV-14A. Though Carl did most of the talking during the program while Rafael ran the video projector, both answered many questions during and at the end of the video presentation. Rafael is an engineer and has built an RV-12. Carl had an RV-7A. Carl said that the RV-14A has substantially more room inside. It also has a tip-up canopy. He said that one has to “do something every day” to keep the project going and keep from losing interest. Carl said that working in a neat and clean project building area that is appropriately cool or warm is the best way to keep a project going. He discussed pneumatic rivet squeezers which are much better than using one’s hands for riveting work. Note that you can see the project activities and pictures at N947RV.com.
 
Cindy Britt moved to adjourn the meeting. Don Bush seconded the motion and those present approved the motion unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 1:40 PM.


BOARD MEETING -- ON-LINE 07/01/15
President Sid Brown: The only Board matter I have is that I think it is time to purchase a new grill for the clubhouse before the August meeting.  I would like approval to spend up to $300.  If the board agrees this could be brought to the membership if we feel we need a chapter vote.  I’m not sure that is needed.

Secretary John Magnan: The Rotorcraft (gyroplane) folks have requested that we change the dates of the Fall Fly-in from October 23 - 24 to September 18 - 19 (just before Autumn begins!). It seems that it is too cold at the end of October to attract enough people to come to the fly-in.

Both issues approved by a majority of the board members by 07/03/15.

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for June 13, 2015
Club Meeting
At the Pea Patch Aerodrome
 

The weather was quite warm with temperatures in the low 90s with a blue sky and few clouds. Three planes flew in including the featured Wilga 2000. Before the meeting 32 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of barbecue that had been prepared at the O.B. Brown fly-in and then preserved in the freezer for this meeting. At 12:35 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone ate. Sid started the business meeting at 1:04 PM. He welcomed the guests Mike Crymble, who flew in his Wilga 2000, and Regina Thomaston and David Harris, both from Sandersville, Georgia, who flew in with Mike. Also Sid welcomed James Maher who is the Chairman of Homebuilt Review for AirVenture Oshkosh.

Old Business: Don Bush moved for the approval of the minutes of the April 18th meeting and any business activity during the May 16th O.B. Brown Fly-in. Richard Fender seconded the motion, which was passed by the members.

President Sid Brown talked about the Wrens O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in that took place Saturday, May 16th. He said that it was great that we had good weather as well as attendance by visitors and pilots. He said that 60 pounds of barbecue had been prepared. What was not eaten was packaged and frozen so that members at the meeting today would be able to enjoy it.

New Business: Sid brought up the upcoming Boshears SkyFest that is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 17th and 18th at Daniel Field in Augusta. He said that we have to redouble efforts to get as many pilots as possible to the fly-in. During the next meeting on July 11th we will talk more about how to increase pilot attendance.

James Maher, Chairman of Homebuilt Review for AirVenture Oshkosh, talked about getting more EAA members to work with the homebuilt aircraft review for the July 20 to 26 event. In this newsletter is information about how to contact James.

Virginia Bush said that the social eat-out for Thursday, June 25th, would be at the De Novo restaurant at North Hills, on Martintown Road in North Augusta, South Carolina. Pierre Smith said that the new pilot/CFI Jerome Jordan at the Louisville, Georgia, airport will be having an open house at that airport on July 4th.

Steve Thompson moved to adjourn the business meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion and those present approved the motion unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 1:18 PM.

Program: We had a very interesting and lively program presented by Michael “Mike” Crymble. He had flown in his Wilga 2000 – (The official name of it is the PZL-104 MA Wilga). Both before and after the meeting members had gathered around the plane while Mike answered questions about various parts of it. Note that the Name That Plane page in the June 2015 Pea Patch Post has a complete description of it.

Mike was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and lived there until he was 17. Then he went to England and joined the RAF (Royal Air Force). He became a pilot and half of his RAF service was spent flying the British version of the Hercules C-130, called the Hercules C.3. The C-130 is the four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft that occasionally flies over us at the Pea Patch on its way to fly over the Fort Gordon U.S. Army base. Mike became a Captain at the age of 23 and first spent his time as an instructor at the RAF College Cranwell, the British version of the U.S. Air Force Academy. Then he joined the group called the Queen’s Flight. The rest of his military career he spent flying various British Royals all over the world. He related many interesting tales of his various flights for the Royals. Crymble retired in 2000 and in private life he has restored aircraft and had a Quickie Q2 as well as a Beech Baron. He said he had a Piper Colt at one time. He now is a corporate pilot in the U.S. flying business jets such as the Gulfstream G550.


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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for May 16, 2015
O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in
At the Wrens Memorial Airport
 

The weather was perfect for a fly-in with temperatures in the mid 80s, light wind, and blue skies. The first plane came in at 10:30 AM and the last aircraft left at 1:40 PM. We had aircraft from Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. There was a wide variety of aircraft: RVs, Cessnas, a Stinson, Cherokee 140, Grumman Traveler, a Mooney, Citabria Champion, Glastar, Zenith CH-701, Cozy III, Tecnam Bravo, Scottish Aviation Bulldog, Glastar GS-1, Paradise P-1. We had 19 visiting aircraft and five on static display in the hangar including the star of the fly-in, the Challenger I light plane built by the late O.B. Brown who is honored by this fly-in. Other aircraft on static display were a Nieuport 11 replica, a Fisher Horizon 1, a Grumman American AA-1, a Titan light plane, and hanging from the ceiling, a Mitchell U-2 Wing motor-glider. Of the planes on the field and in the hangar 6 were light-sport aircraft. Of planes on the field and in the hangar 13 were experimental-amateur built. We had about 75 visitors and pilots with us. 23 visitors and pilots were from the local area. Others were from all over Georgia and the Carolinas. Starting around noon as many as 60 attendees enjoyed fabulous barbecue prepared by our club's "BBQ-Meister" Sid Brown. His wife, Cathy, and son, Ben, assisted with the preparations. Potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies, coffee, and soda were also on the buffet table under the tents and were available almost until the end of the day.

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for April 18, 2015
Clubhouse "sprucing up" Day
 
The weather was wet and rainy most of the day, with temperatures in the 70s. Many members were not able to come because of heavy rains and possible flooding in their neighborhoods. No aircraft flew in. Before the meeting and meal 11 members and spouses moved around the tables and chairs, cleaned, swept, and mopped the floors in both the rear luncheon and meeting area and the clubhouse front room, cleaned out and straightened the shelves, and cleaned the restrooms. With budgeted EAA 172 funds Club president Sid Brown had purchased mops, brooms, and other cleaning materials. The club members who cleaned up the clubhouse were: Steve Amster, Joe & Cindy Britt, Ben Brown, Sid Brown, Don & Virginia Bush, Ron Haley, John Magnan, Terry Stout, and Steve Thompson. At 12:32 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed a fine cold cuts meal set up by Sid Brown and his son Ben. The short business meeting started at 1:13 PM.

Old Business: Don Bush moved for the approval of the minutes of the March 21st meeting. Steve Thompson seconded the motion, which was passed by the members.

New Business: President Brown brought up the upcoming Wrens O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in on Saturday, May 16th. He reminded us that this year it is a one-day affair starting at around 9:00 AM. There will be no “bring meat to grill” meal the evening before. Sid said that the Saturday meal would be barbecue with baked beans, potato salad, corn chips, soda, and coffee along with other side dishes members might bring, including desserts. It will be served under the tents between noon and 1:00 PM just as was done at the Wrens Fall Fly-in last October.

Members discussed the June and August meetings. Sid said that there is a possibility that we might have the June 13th meeting at Daniel Field in Augusta. V.P. Joe Britt will be checking on this possibility. The August 8th meeting, originally scheduled as a Breakfast Fly-in, will now be a regular meeting at 12:30 PM. It seems that Sid is having difficulty getting members to be fry-cooks for the eggs, sausage, and bacon that early in the morning (8:00 to 9:00 AM when the breakfast food is prepared). So the August meeting will feature cold cuts which seems more appropriate for a hot day as the August meeting usually is.

Virginia Bush said that the social eat-out for Thursday, April 23rd, would be at Sheehan’s Irish Pub on Monte Sano Avenue in Augusta, Georgia.

Don Bush moved to adjourn the meeting. Steve Amster seconded the motion and those present approved the motion unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 1:32 PM.

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for March 21, 2015
Fish Fry Fly-in
 
The weather started out overcast with the temperature in the mid-60s. By 1:00 PM we had blue skies with some clouds and the temperature in the 70s. Before the meeting 67 members, their families, and many visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of fish, fries, and onion rings prepared by our masterful chefs Steve Thompson, Gary Harden, and Michael Nodorft. Eight aircraft were on the field for the meeting including two Pitts: Freeman Newman’s S-1C and Greg Connell’s Wolf Pitts. Also visitors Rob Mathis and his daughter Libby came in Rob’s 1965 Champion Citabria. Visitor Mike Crymble flew in his “unusual” Wilga 2000. Pierre Smith came in his RV-10. Ed Booth came in his RV-7. Don Gay brought in his Cardinal 177. Billy Couch came in his Cessna 185. The black-eyed peas, cole slaw, potato salad and a plethora of other sidedishes as well as delicious desserts were brought in by many club members. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. At 12:35 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone ate. As mentioned at the February 14th meeting, the meal donation was $7 rather than the usual $5 because of the cost of the fish.

Program: Member aerobatic pilot Greg Connell presented an excellent program about his Wolf Pitts. While he talked, his assistants manipulated a computer connected to a video projector showing various aspects of the Pitts construction. He said there are only three Wolf Pitts in existence. While Greg talked, videos of aerobatics taken by a GoPro camera mounted inside his Pitts Model 12 were shown. Greg did say he likes the Pitts 12 better than the Wolf Pitts even though the Wolf Pitts can do some maneuvers better than the Pitts 12. Greg gave a short history of his flying activities. He started flying aerobatics in 2005 under the tutelage of Charlie Davis. Greg said that he flies in the Boshears SkyFest Airshow in Charlie’s honor.

The short business meeting started at 1:52 PM. Club president Sid Brown welcomed the guests including the visiting pilots and Pat Arthur, a friend of Charlie and Sheila Connell. Sid also welcomed Amy Christian and Murphy, her Pekingese. He thanked those who prepared the fish, fries, and onion rings and brought the side dishes and desserts. He also thanked all those who beautified the clubhouse with the St. Patrick’s day décor.

Old Business: Richard Fender moved for the approval of the minutes of the February 14th meeting. Joe Britt seconded the motion and it was approved by the members.

New Business: President Brown said that the next meeting on Saturday, April 18, will be our clubhouse "spruce up" day. He said that members should be at the Pea Patch clubhouse around 10:00 AM to help clean up the floors, bathrooms, shelves etc. We will have a meal of cold cuts after we finish the clean up, perhaps between 12:00 noon and 12:30 PM. He also reminded the members that the Boshears SkyFest will now be October 17 & 18. Our O.B. Brown fly-in will be May 16.

Sheila Connell said that the social eat-out for Thursday, March 26th, would be at Abel Brown Southern Kitchen / Oyster Bar, Surrey Center, on Highland Avenue in Augusta, Georgia.

Don Bush moved to adjourn the meeting. Pierre Smith seconded the motion and those present approved the motion unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 2:01 PM.

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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 7 minutes )
  Prez Sez,
Minutes for the February 14, 2015, meeting

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 3 minutes )
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Aviation Question of the Month,
Wear Your Shoulder Harness!
 

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 2 minutes ) 
  How Safe is Flight Training?,
FAA Fixes One of the Mistakes It Made About ADS-B,
EAA 172 Trailer Tire Replaced,
FAA Releases Rules About Drones


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Quicksilver MX Sprint for Sale, Continental O-300-D for Sale,
Upcoming Events for March 2015
  
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  Upcoming Events for April 2015,
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for February 14, 2015
Winter Soup Party & Valentine's Day
 
The weather was sunny with temperatures in the low 50s. Before the meeting 42 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed chicken & potato soup, 15 Bean Soup, vegetable soup, minestrone soup, sausage & bean soup, and lentil soup prepared by club members. Two aircraft were on the field for the meeting. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes and decorated the tables. At 12:28 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone ate. The short business meeting started at 12:56 PM. Sid welcomed the visitors and welcomed new club members Andy Lee and Jim Mayer. He thanked those who prepared and brought their favorite soups for the members to enjoy. Thanks were also given to the Aerospouses for the meal setup and for decorating the tables with a Valentine's Day motif.  

Old Business: Don Bush moved for the approval of the minutes of the January 10th meeting. Joe Britt seconded the motion and it was approved by the members.

New Business: We discussed the Fish Fry Fly-in that had been scheduled for Saturday, March 14. President Brown asked about those who will be frying the fish, french fries, and onion rings. Steve Thompson and Gary Harden, who usually did the frying, said that they would be at the Daytona Speedway that day. After more talk about this and the lack of other volunteers, John Magnan moved and Richard Fender seconded having the fish fry on March 21st rather than the 14th. The members approved this unanimously. Sid Brown said that he will check on which sea food vendor we will be using for the fish. Sid also said that usually this meal costs us more than most club meals and that we may have to get donations of $7 or $8 rather than $5 for the meal, depending on the cost of the fish and the number of people who attend the fish fry.

Frances Weiss reminded everyone that we need side dishes for the fly-in. She said that lately not many people have been bringing side dishes. Members agreed about this.

Sid Brown said that the barbecue meal worked out very well for the fall fly-in last October. He suggested and then made a motion that we have the same type of meal for the O.B. Brown Fly-in scheduled for April 18. The food would be available from about 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Pierre Smith seconded this motion and the members approved it. President Brown noted that this year we would not have any event on the Friday before the fly-in since in the past few members attended and the club lost money.

Shirley Harden said that the social eat-out for Thursday, February 26th, would be at the French Market Grille, 425 Highland Ave, Augusta, Georgia.

Then the members welcomed the program speaker, James Clark from EAA 242, Columbia, South Carolina, who is also a member of the national EAA Board of Directors. He is the former president of EAA Chapter 242 and has flown hundreds of Young Eagles, co-built an RV-6, and is currently building an RV-6A. James was an air show performer with Team AeroDynamix. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MIT’s Sloan School for Management with degrees in electrical engineering and computer science and a master’s in marketing. He was previously vice president of AT&T, executive director of Bell Labs, and chief technology officer of the NCR Corporation.

James said that EAA is not getting away from its “experimental roots” but is inclusive for those who want to build as well as those who are only interested in flying and aircraft and not building. EAA is the one organization that does much lobbying work for general aviation in Washington, D.C. Chapters are the core of what EAA stands for. In the past EAA had done a “lousy” job with the chapters and is now doing much to improve especially with communication with the chapters and the membership. James answered many questions from people in the audience.

After the excellent program, Don Bush moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded and those present approved the motion unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 2:10 PM.

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Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 3 minutes )
Area Augusta Bush ATC Controllers Responsible For,
Augusta ATC Airports in the Above Area,
RIP Chris Christy A&P/AI Daniel Field,
  Oshkosh Volunteers: Some Expenses Deductible on Tax Return


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  Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Aviation Question of the Month,
No Such Thing as a "Little Ice",
Oshkosh 2015 Performers Announced


Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 3 minutes )
Quicksilver MX Sprint for Sale, Continental O-300-D for Sale,
Upcoming Events for February 2015,
  
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  Upcoming Events for March 2015,
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for January 10, 2015
Chili Cook-off
The weather was clear and sunny but a bit chilly with a high around 50 degrees. Before the meeting 55 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed six delicious chili recipes prepared by our talented club members. Six aircraft were on the field for the meeting. One of the aircraft was aerobatic pilot Greg Connell’s recently refurbished Wolf Pitts Pro he flies in airshows. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Members welcomed the 2015 EAA 172 officers: President Sid Brown, Vice-President Joe Britt, Secretary John Magnan, and Treasurer Don Bush. At 12:22 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation. The short business meeting started at 12:57 PM. Sid thanked those who brought the side dishes and extraordinary desserts, especially Terry Bibeau who made a fine cheesecake. President Brown also thanked those who brought their favorite chili recipes allowing others to enjoy them. He welcomed special guest Clyde Wells who was the editorial cartoonist for the Augusta Chronicle from 1971 to 1997. Clyde was member Frank Christian’s guest. Sid also welcomed guests Tim & Tina Rischbleter.

Old Business: Joe Britt moved for the approval of the minutes of the December 13th meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion and it was approved by the members.

New Business: A poll was taken to determine which of the six chili recipes was the favorite among those presented to, and tasted by, the club members. The six bowls were only identified by numbers – no members’ names were affixed. The winner was a delicious venison chili seasoned with jalapeño peppers. President Sid Brown revealed that it was his recipe.

The February 14th meeting will be the Winter Soup Party so President Brown asked for volunteers to bring their favorite soups. Some of the volunteers were Nandi & Samta Shetty, Joe & Cindy Britt, Sheila & Charlie Connell, Sid, Ben, and Cathy Brown, and possibly Don Murphy.

Virginia Bush said that the social eat-out for Thursday, January 22nd, would be at the at the Villa Europa restaurant on Deans Bridge Road in Augusta, Georgia.

Treasurer Don Bush said that so far he had received the dues for 2015 from 68 members. The dues are now $40 for those who pay after December 31st of 2014.

Charles Lewis moved to adjourn the meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion. Those present approved the motion unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 1:07 PM.

Then the members welcomed the program speakers FAA ATC controllers Susan Brunson and Mark Repanshek from the AGS (Bush Field) tower who spoke about our airspace and other aviation topics that members asked about. Mark had a chart showing the area in Georgia and South Carolina that the Augusta-Bush Field controllers are responsible for. Among the questions he answered was one about the problems he has had in the past with pilots. One was that at times there is a difference between an erratic altitude read-out on a pilot’s instruments and the tower’s radar indication. Mark and Susan also talked about pilot read-backs and hold short directions for the airport runways as well as the various frequencies used when contacting the tower. They talked about the radar scopes that the Bush field tower uses.
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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 7 minutes )
  Prez Sez,
Minutes for the December 13, 2014 meeting

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 2 minutes )
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Aviation Question of the Month,
Everyone Still Waiting for FAA Drone Regulations,
 FAA Restricts Night Landings at Daniel Field


Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 3 minutes ) 
  Some States are Protecting AG Pilots,
German Aviation Terms,
Quicksilver MX Sprint for Sale, Continental O-300-D for Sale

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 3 minutes )
Upcoming Events for January 2015,
Upcoming Events for February 2015,
Take AOPA Quiz:
Which Movie Pilot are You?

  
Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 2 minutes )
  Name That Plane,
EAA 172 Calendar of Events for 2015

CALENDAR FOR 2015  (1 minute )

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