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 Previous minutes: December, 2002,   November, 2002October, 2002September, 2002August, 2002,   July, 2002,   June, 2002May, 2002,    April, 2002, March, 2002February, 2002January, 2002December, 2001November, 2001  October, 2001September, 2001August, 2001 July, 2001  June, 2001  May, 2001April, 2001 March, 2001 February, 2001  January, 2001
 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETINGS:   November, 2001

Board of Directors meetings: January, 2001


EVENTS
   2001 Fish Fry Fly-in    2001 Wrens Gourd Festival    Sun'n Fun 2001    Wrens Fly-in 2001   2001 Young Eagles Day 2001 Cold-Cuts Fly-in    2001 Boshears/Skyfest  2001 Low-Country Boil Fly-in  2002 Winter Young Eagles Rally       2002 Fish Fry Fly-in    2002 Wrens Gourd Festival    2002 Wrens Fly-in    2002 International Young Eagles Rally  2002 Varietal Meats Fly-in    Boshears Skyfest 2002     Fall 2002 Young Eagles Rally    2002 Low-country Boil Fly-in
  Daniel Field Change of CTAF/UNICOM

PASSINGS

 Vernon "Leroy" Dant
Al "Doug" Douglas
 J D Thomas
(The minutes will usually be released in the week prior to being printed in the newsletter;
corrections to the minutes will be made here without annotation)
 
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December, 2002

The Christmas Party

Many EAA 172 members gathered at Gerald Ballard's hangar at the Twin Lakes, South Carolina, airpark, for the club Christmas party on December 14th.

Members had the opportunity to make new friends and renew old friendships. Besides members of EAA 172, there were club members from EAA chapters 242 and 1313, as well as those who live at Twin Lakes and also those who have flown to events with the South Carolina Breakfast Club. Gerald Ballard said that there was room for 450 in his spacious, carpetted hangar. At least that many attended. Each brought a "Toy for Tots" for the U.S. Marine Corps Christmas toy drive. Gerald gave special awards to the ladies who helped set up the event as well as to Beth North, manager of the Aiken airport, and to the Grande Dame of Augusta Aviation, Betty Holmes. In addition, some special EAA 172 Aerospouses were honored: Maureen Rhodes, Fay Allen, Pam Collins, Jennie Powell, Lorain Schoenfelder and Sue Rayburn. Ballard also had numerous door prizes, culminating in the top door prize: a flat screen TV set. During the party the attendees marvelled at the beautiful J-3 Cub, Aeronca, and motorcycle hanging above them. 

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Vernon LeRoy Dant, Merlin & Citation pilot, takes his final flight
Vernon Leroy Dant  12/30/40  to 12/13/02
WAYNESBORO, Ga. - Vernon Leroy Dant, 61, of S. Liberty Street, Waynesboro, entered into  rest Friday, December 13, 2002, at his residence. Mr. Dant a native of Evansville, Indiana has been a resident of Burke County since 1999 and was a member of Burke Haven Chapel. He was a self employed professional pilot. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 16, 2002, at DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, Inc., 842 Liberty Street, Waynesboro, at 2 p.m., with Hall C. Crowder officiating. Followed by interment at Rose Dhu Cemetery, Vidette. Mr. Dant is survived by his beloved wife, Betty Bailey Dant of Waynesboro; parents, Clyde and Irene Dant of Greenwood, Ind.; daughter, Cindy Smith of Newborn; son, Rick (Mary) Dant of Harlem; stepchildren, Nell Headley, Ann Youmans, Kay Stevens, Mary Davis and Jim Bailey; brother, Virgil Dant of Greenwood, Ind.; sisters, Hazel Matlock of Greenwood, Ind. and Patty Heatherly of Trafalga, Ind. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Wes, Tanner and Blythe Dant and Mitchell Smith; 12 step grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren. Mr. Dant was professional pilot for Ledbetter Bros., Sav-A-Ton Oil Co. Capair, Boardman Petroleum, Camp Oil Co. and Shelnut Enterprises. Active member of Experimental Aircraft Association for over 40 years, Aircraft owners and Pilot Association for over 40 years, and an active Captain of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol. Mr. Dant held certificates as an Airline Transport Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, Airframe and Power Plant Mechanic and an authorized inspector for the FAA. Family will receive friends Sunday, this evening, at DeLoach-Kennedy Funeral Home, 842 Liberty Street, Waynesboro from 7 to 9 p.m. Pallbearers will be Wes and Tanner Dant, Mitchell Smith, Hunt Headley III, Ken Hair and Steve Gay. Honorary pallbearers will be Men of Burke Haven Chapel, EAA Chapter, 172, Mike Lockaby and Ralph Powell. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Burke Haven Christian School, 498 Park Drive, Waynesboro, GA 30830.

The Augusta Chronicle December 15, 2002 

 On December 14th, EAA 172 President, Larry Garner, wrote the following:
Several club members had a hard time placing Leroy.  He was a long time member of 172, although not attending regularly.  He flew the Merlin IV, Duke and Citation for Boardman Oil / Smile Gas for many years.  He and his wife, Betty, bought an Aztec that they kept on their horse farm in Waynesboro.  They had become active in flying Young Eagles, always working as a team.  They cared for the War-bird pilots at the recent Boshears/Skyfest Airshow and worked with the local chapter of the Civil Air Patrol.   Leroy always had a smile on his face and an encouraging word, especially with aviation.

He will be greatly missed.

Larry

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Al Douglas, WW II B-24 pilot, takes his final flight
The EAA 172 January, 2003, newsletter had a well written obituary by Larry Garner for Al "Doug" Douglas:
Bruce Douglas expressed many thanks for the excellent response from EAA 172 members for Al Douglas' funeral. At the Wake Service the evening before the burial, Bruce spoke to the audience about his Dad's searching and finding a home with a basement large enough to build the Bowers "FlyBaby" airplane (from Bruce's 2nd grade in school to college days) and the fly-ins he attended far and wide. Bruce spoke of his fascination with World War I airplanes and the flights to World War I replica events. (the past year Al tried to get a WW-I replica fly-in organized in this area. 
    Bruce's request for pallbearers from the chapter prompted an overwhelming response. Pallbearers were: Rich Gabor, Larry Garner, Steve Thompson, John Magnan and Ben Covington with several stand bys.
    Dennis Allen was on the radio so that he could time a fly-by during the burial service at Westover Cemetery. A missing man formation flew over just after Taps was played, leaving many teary eyed with emotion.
    Charlie Davis organized the salute, with Greg Connell in his Christen Eagle making the missing man pull-up. Dudley Bowen and Charlie Davis in their Skybolt biplanes were wingmen and Jim Tinley and Peter Wemblay were outboard wingmen in their RV6 and RV7.

We will miss you, Al Douglas . . .

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest December 1, 2002, Mr. Albert W. "Al" Douglas, 78, husband of Katherine C. Douglas. Funeral services will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m., from St. Mary On-The-Hill Catholic Church with Rev. Ben Dallas as celebrant. Interment in  Westover Memorial Park. Other family members are his son, Bruce Crisara Douglas; daughter, Jenifer   Lynn Douglas; granddaughter, Crisara Lynn Douglas and sister, Gertrude Scott of Amelia  Island. Mr. Douglas was a native of Springfield, N.J., served during WW II in the Army Air Corps as a B-24 pilot, he has lived in Augusta for the past 5 years, he was active in Sport Aviation and a member of the Experimental Aircraft Assoc. Chapter # 172. A wake service will be Friday at  7:00 PM and the family will receive friends until 9 p.m., at the funeral home. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Road, Augusta, GA . (706-364-8484)

The Augusta Chronicle December 4, 2002 

On December 4th, Al's son, Bruce, wrote the following:

We've finally got Dad's funeral arrangements pretty well ironed out.  The funeral home is Thomas Poteet & Sons on Davis Road - (706) 364-8484.  There will be visitation at the funeral home Friday night between 7:00 and 9:00 PM.    The funeral is at St. Marys Catholic church on Monte Sano at 1:30PM Saturday.  There will be a graveside ceremony immediately afterwards at Westover cemetery across from Surry Center.

I would like to encourage anyone who has a special remembrance of Dad's days at the Pea Patch to speak at the wake Friday night.  It would mean a lot to all of us, and give Mom some special memories.

I believe that the funeral home is running obituaries in the Chronicle tomorrow and Friday.  But please try to get the word out concerning the arrangements so that everyone knows what's going on.

Thanks for everything.........Bruce

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November, 2002
Low Country Boil Fly-in
November 9, 2002

RECORD NUMBER OF ULTRALIGHTS/LIGHT PLANES AT MILLEN

A record number of ultralights/light planes flew in to the Millen Low Country Boil Fly-in held November 9th.  By 10:00 AM there were already 15 aircraft on the field, half of them ultralight or light planes. At this time everyone started enjoying Keith Brock’s delicious Gumbo. By the end of the day nearly eighty aircraft had been to the fly-in, at least thirty of them ultralight/light planes. The ultralight groups that flew in included those from Wrens, the Pea Patch,  Lincolnton, Trenton, Warner Robbins, the Carolina Sport Flyers and EAA 330's Briar Patch airfield near Savannah. Of the ultralight/light planes there were seven or eight Titans, several Rans, a Kolb, Phantom, Pup, Zenith, Quicksilver, Challenger II, SeaRey, Adventura and an Air Creation Trike. Cessnas comprised the majority of the larger aircraft with the 172 line the most prominent. In addition there were two Giles 202s, a Grumman AA-5A, a number of Piper aircraft, a couple RV-6s, a Glasair and a Thorp T-18.

About 250 people were there including many local residents. And we “didn’t eat no hotdogs!” at this meal.  This year we had plenty of fine shrimp, potatoes, corn and other tasty tidbits in the Low Country Boil feast as well as desserts since the Aerospouses hid the desserts until the 1:00 PM mealtime. Last year just about all the desserts had been eaten before noon. At the beginning of the meal Larry Garner thanked the host and hostess, Keith and Gina Brock, as well as the cooks and the Aerospouses for the fine fly-in and meal. In addition to the ultralight groups we were treated with visits from almost all the EAA 330 (Briar Patch) members as well as many members of the Plantation Flyers group.

Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for November 7, 2002

The  meeting was called to order at 7:15 PM  by President Larry Garner. This was after we ate another fine meal of hot dogs and assorted side dishes set out by Maureen Rhodes, Sheila Connell and the other Aerospouses. Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal which started at 6:38 PM. There were 44 members, relatives and guests at the meeting.  Secretary John Magnan introduced the guests: Ed Brock (who said he was Keith’s son!), Diana Brock, Carl and Loraine Eaton from Okechobee, Florida, and Omie Miller, Dennis Allen’s mother, who said she was there to keep “Dennis in line.” Larry made several announcements:


Old Business: Larry Garner thanked Randy and Jennie Powell for towing the food trailer to the Aiken rotorcraft fly-in. Maureen Rhodes said that the Aerospouses sold a sizeable quantity of food and ice cream bars and other frozen desserts and made a nice profit for the club.

New Business: Larry told the members that he had no choice about the Skyfest Boshears volunteers party being held the same day as the Millen Fly-in (November 9). The party will start around 6:00 PM in Hangar One at Augusta Regional - Bush Field. Those attending can park in the spaces adjacent to the hangar.

Gerald Ballard reminded the members about the Toys For Tots Christmas Party at his hangar at the Twin Lakes Airpark on December 14th. The party will start around 6:30 PM in Gerald’s hangar. This will also be the EAA 172 Christmas Party.

Larry also reminded  everyone about the Christmas Party at the Hacienda De Gay, near Garfield, Georgia, on December 14th, starting at 1:00 PM. [ed. note: Larry contacted members on November 25th  that there will be a special Young Eagles Rally on December 14th  from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at Daniel Field for children associated with Make-a-Wish and Angel Flight. He asks for anyone who can help out to let him know].

Keith Brock gave some last minute remarks about the Millen Low-Country Boil Fly-in which was taking place on Saturday. John Magnan said that he had confirmation that at least fifteen ultralights were coming to the fly-in. Keith said that if you are flying in an ultralight don’t fly between the NDB antenna towers. There is an almost invisible antenna wire between the towers. Gerald Ballard remarked that the worst thing that could happen is that they would run out of food. Keith said that he has two more refrigerators running and that Don and Langga Gay are in Savannah and they will be getting more shrimp than already purchased by Dennis Allen, just in case. Keith said he will need the big pot for the Gumbo which he will be making this
year. We’re going to hide the desserts this year to make sure they aren’t eaten before the main meal as they were last year. Keith said he has plenty of chocks and four or five golf carts. There is also power and water for the motor homes. Kevin and Kessler Brock helped out on laying out the lines for that. Larry Garner said that there will be Young Eagles flights at the fly-in. Leroy and Betty Dant’s Aztec should be there to help out.

Al Newman brought up the thought that Augusta Bush Field is not the best place for a fly-in like we had this year for Boshears-Skyfest. He said that a fly-in should promote General Aviation and that people want to go to a fly-in to look at airplanes. He’ll talk about this more at the January meeting.

Program: Captain Richard McGahee, our EAA 172 F-18 pilot, has returned to Augusta for a short time. He presented an interesting program about what he does -- he was in Afghanistan in March. Flying at 300 feet AGL at 500 knots in the mountains is not as scary as taking off and landing at the airport near Kabul where people were shooting at you. He did a lot of combat flying there. He now has a special mission coming up.

ELECTIONS: Al Patton presented the slate of Nominees the Nominating Committee had chosen for EAA 172 officers for 2003. These officers were elected: President: Larry Garner; Vice-President: Keith Brock; Secretary: John Magnan; Treasurer: Tom Garcia.

Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Many members seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 8:21 PM.
 

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October, 2002
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for October 10, 2002
 
The  meeting was called to order at 7:15 PM  by President Larry Garner. This was after we ate a fine meal of hot dogs and assorted side dishes set out by the Aerospouses. Vice-President O.B. Brown gave the  invocation for the meal which started at 6:30 PM. There were 37 members and relatives at the meeting. Secretary John Magnan was not able to be at the meeting so the notes for the minutes were taken by O.B. Brown and Jennie Powell. Treasurer David Parrish said that there was $123 in the Kitty for the meal this evening. Also, we did turn a small profit at Boshears-Skyfest. There is now $2547.45 in the checking account. Larry made several announcements: Jennie Lawrence, Sondy’s wife,  will be going in for open heart surgery on October 11 about 8:00 AM. There will be a party for the Boshears-Skyfest Volunteers on October 26 in Hangar One at Bush Field (Augusta  Regional) [ED. NOTE: The date has been changed and the volunteers party will be on November 9 instead of October 26 -- same time, same place]. The EAA 172 Food Trailer will be at the rotorcraft fly-in at the Aiken Airport on Saturday, October 12. Member and F-18 pilot Richard McGahee is back in the country and will be in Augusta on Monday, October 28. After the meeting today we will have some Nutty-Buddies and popsicles for sale. Note that Pam Collins is asking anyone to give her a recipe which uses ice cream sandwiches. We have plenty of ice cream sandwiches to make a dessert for a club meeting.

Old Business: Larry Garner thanked everyone for the help at the Young Eagles Rally at Daniel Field on October 5th. We flew 53 youngsters. Tom Jackson is now ahead of Larry Garner by one!

New Business: Gerald Ballard proposed that EAA 172 join him for the Toys For Tots Christmas Party at his hangar at the Twin Lakes Airpark on December 14th. The club accepted the invitation. The party will start around 6:30 PM in Gerald’s hangar at Twin Lakes.

Don Gay is inviting everyone to a Christmas Party at his place, the Hacienda De Gay, near Garfield, Georgia,  on December 14th, starting between noon at 1:00 PM.

Larry Garner reminded the members that there will be a November meeting – Thursday, November 7th. We will need to come up with officers for 2003 before then and we will vote on them at that meeting.

The Millen Low-Country Boil fly-in was discussed. This will be on Saturday, November 9.  In the next newsletter Keith Brock will have a diagram showing where to park planes. He said that he will give advice but will not do the airplane parking. Keith said that he will hand select some people to help him get the planes closer together. The grass runway for the ultralights is closer to the main runway. Keith asked Al Patton to see that the golf cart gets down there. The restroom in the hangar will be used for the ladies. He’s obtained prices of $220 for two and $360 for four portalets for the men. Camping will be available. Keith said he’d leave it up to the club if they want to use the people mover trailer.

We will need about 50 pounds of shrimp ($300 worth). Dennis Allen bought it last year and he’ll be getting it again this year. Judy and Richard Fender will get the ice. Tom Garcia, Rich Gabor and Bob Rhodes will do the cooking.  George and Marilyn Odom will not be doing the Gumbo this year since George is going in the hospital for surgery. There will be a bonfire Saturday night. Larry Garner said that he will try to fly some Young Eagles during the day.

Program: Tech Counselor Al Patton gave some tech tips:
If you have a tire with wheel pants you have to roll it back and forth to check the air. Make a paint mark to mark the valve stem.
Oil tips:
* Use an oil can with the top cut out of it for a funnel.
* Oil is better today so we have a longer engine life. Synthetic oils are not recommended for aircraft. Air blend additive is OK but never use an additive with Teflon in it for air cooled engines. If you use 100LL fuel add TCP to the oil to get rid of the lead.
Al talked about how to determine 75% power in your engine.

Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Ken Rayburn seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.


Rotorcraft Fly-in a Great Success

The weather was “fly-in perfect” for the rotorcraft fly-in – Rotors Over Carolina-- held at the
Aiken, South Carolina, airport October 10-12. There was a light wind and temperatures in the
70s and often a slight overcast so that there was no burning heat from the sun. Several EAA 172
members are also members of the Georgia-Carolina Rotorcraft Club, EAA 1313, which sponsored the event. A number of EAA 172 members were there on Saturday with the food trailer, but because the fog had not lifted in Georgia, none flew in. However, some South Carolina EAA 172 members flew in including Freeman Newman in his Tripacer and Gerald Ballard in his Baron “Salvage I.” Gerald enjoyed himself immensely, even though, when asked, he declined flying in one of the larger gyroplanes on the scene. The rotorcraft club members believe that they will get him in a gyrocopter some day. The weather was warm enough on Saturday to induce the visitors to purchase a goodly amount of cold ice cream treats from the food trailer. Maureen Rhodes said that the food trailer “did well” in the profit category.  The several hundred visitors to the rotorcraft fly-in came from about fifteen states. Because the national Internet and satellite media had erroneous reports about the Aiken weather (some said a 70% chance of rain) fewer visitors and aircraft came to this year’s fly-in. Yet nearly thirty gyroplanes/gyrocopters (and one Apache AH-64 attack helicopter on Thursday) were on the field this year as well as nearly twenty conventional and ultralight aircraft and one Trike. Many were flying around the area or on cross country trips from dawn into the night. Maureen Rhodes wrote that with ice cream, drinks, hot dogs, some nuts and candy sales we made $569.


Fall Young Eagles Rally

There was an excellent turnout of youngsters for the Young Eagles Rally held at Daniel Field on October 5, 2002. Fifty-three new Young Eagles were flown. Tom Jackson now has flown one more Young Eagle than Larry Garner. Tom was interviewed about the Young Eagle activities by the media. Those helping out at the rally were Rita and Michael Garner, Randy, Jennie, Kristel and Brandi Powell, Dick Schoenfelder and several more club members. Larry Garner wrote “Low clouds kept us on the ground for a while. I flew at 9:00 and as soon as I departed runway 29 I saw the wall of clouds to the west (you could not see Augusta Mall). Scattered low ceilings kept most of us from flying until mid day. Leroy Dant and Tom Jackson did most of the flying with instrument departures.”

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Boshears-Skyfest 2002
September 28-29
A group of our members was on the field Thursday and Friday, September 26-27, to prepare for our Club's activities. The food trailer was brought down on Friday. The top of the tent frame was set up, but because of stormy weather the tent was not assembled until Saturday. A Skyfest provided 30 kw generator was turned on and powered the food trailer as well as an ice cream truck we rented.
 
On Saturday, the 28th, there were a few members on the field before 6:00 AM, among them John Magnan and Julio Arrieta. A short time later Pam Collins, Randy and Jenny Powell came. They assembled the tent, put out the tables & chairs, and had things ready for Maureen Rhodes and the others who came around 8:00 AM.
 
Steve Thompson was the chief hot dog cooker. Many Aerospouses set out and sold the food and drinks during the day, only leaving after the crowd left, around 6:00 PM. EAA 172 members helped by getting ice, refilling the ice tubs with soft drinks and resupplying the Aerospouses with food supplies. It seems that the best seller was the Coke product, Dasani bottled water. The Coca Cola distributor was on the field, bringing its product to all the vendors. They had to bring stacks of ten cases of Dasani water to the EAA 172 tent several times. Our distributor cost for the water was $ .55 so we made $ .95 for each bottle we sold.
 
On Saturday, there were only four aircraft in the GA static display -- two from Augusta Aviation and two new Cessnas flown in by company reps. Even then, the members watching the planes had to stay busy since some of the public still did not know that one does not put their child on the flaps of a plane, or even touch the aircraft! The CAP had one guard per plane. Over in the Warbirds section there weren't too many of that type of aircraft. However, member Jim Jatho had constant problems with people messing with his AT6. There were a couple more aircraft on static display on Sunday but the belief was that the constant airplane abuse by the public was keeping owners from flying in their aircraft. Also, there was a low ceiling most of the day on Sunday and this prevented some from flying in. On Saturday, two of those who were going to fly in and display their aircraft didn't because of the fog cover: Keith Brock and Richard Fender, who circled for 45 minutes before being told by ATC that the field had closed. Richard returned to the Pea Patch.
 
Tom Collins, Tom Garcia, Charlie Connell and other EAA 172 members kept quite busy on the flight line.
 
Phil Colman, Betty Holmes and Al Patton manned the history tent. They were quite busy. Al said that the tent displays are really impressive now. He said that many people came in and pulled up a chair to sit and study the displays. At times they were helped out by Wyman Fox and Mark Slone whose Skyfest duties had included ferrying the Aviators of the Year around in golf carts.
 
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PHOTOS FROM BOSHEARS-SKYFEST 2002
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September, 2002
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for September 12, 2002
 
The  meeting was called to order at 7:11 PM  by President Larry Garner. This was after we ate a fine Chicken Paprika expertly prepared by Don Murphy. O.B. Brown gave the invocation for the meal which started at 6:30 PM.
Treasurer David Parrish said there was $3627.13 in the treasury and $186 in the kitty.
The focus of the meeting was the activities EAA 172 was responsible for at Boshears-Skyfest 2002 which was taking place September 28-29.
Three committees were formed. Members were asked to contact those in charge of the committees if they wanted to participate as a volunteer. This has to be done before September 15th at the latest so that the names will be on the volunteer lists.
These are the committees and contact people:


The Boshears-Skyfest Website announced recently that Bush Field (Augusta Regional) has waived the ramp fee both Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29, for pilots flying in for the Airshow. From: http://www.boshearsskyfest.com/misc/index.html

Q. What are the rules/guidelines for fly-ins?
A. Spectators desiring to fly into the air show are requested to arrive before noon on  Saturday and Sunday. Spectators are not allowed to watch the air show from the  FBO or their aircraft [ed: maybe this is a good time to get your hand vac and give the inside of your aircraft a good cleaning!]. The FBO will provide transportation to the air show gate. Augusta Regional Airport is waiving ramp fees for Saturday and Sunday. Tickets will  be available at the FBO.
 

Note that if you leave your aircraft on static display you will get a free pass and  free food in the Volunteers Tent. You should bring your aircraft in on Friday, September 27, no later than noon. It should be left there until Sunday evening after the airshow. Volunteers can be on the morning or afternoon shift. For the morning shift they should arrive before 6:30 AM. For the Afternoon shift perhaps no later than 10:00 AM to avoid the congestion.  They should go to gate H (just past the threshhold of the runway at that point -- turn left onto Hwy. 56 from Tobacco road). They will park in a specially designated parking area. They must have their vehicle passes and badges ahead of time. These will first be available on September 16th. The first meeting was on Monday, September 23rd at Bush Field in Hangar One at 5:30 PM. In an e-mail on 09/23/02, Larry Garner wrote: "There will be a Volunteer meeting at Daniel field on Wednesday night (September 25) at 6:00 pm upstairs.  Volunteer info, t-shirts and passes will be handed out.  This is for all volunteers for Boshears/Skyfest.  If your name is on the list, I hope you can attend.  Release forms must be signed and turned in and will be available. You will need a pass to get in or pay for admission.  From what I understand, no names will be added."  If there are more Boshears notes they will be posted here as soon as they are received.
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August, 2002
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for August 8, 2002
 
The  meeting was called to order at 7:16 PM  by President Larry Garner. This was after we enjoyed the sub sandwich buffet meal set out by the Aerospouses Maureen Rhodes, Fay Allen, Sheila Connell, Joyce Newman, Kathryn Parks and Loraine Schoenfelder.  Sondy Lawrence gave the blessing for the 6:15 PM meal. There were 48 members and relatives and four visitors at the meeting.  The visitors were Paul and Nancy Shearer from Aiken, Dave Butler and Bunny Palmer. Secretary John Magnan corrected the minutes for the Varietal Meats Fly-in: Keith Brock was one of those who flew in. Larry made several announcements:


President Garner also said that Aiken Tech is starting an instrument ground school for $195.
Loraine Schoenfelder’s cancer is in remission. The group clapped heartily at that news.

Vice-President O.B. Brown’s wife, Allene, has stomach lymphoma but she is undergoing chemotherapy and the prognosis is good.

Old Business: Members were reminded about Don Gay’s fly-in August 10 at the Hacienda de Gay. Also Ladies Day at the Pea Patch is coming up Saturday, August 24th.

New Business: President Garner brought up the principal topic of discussion for the meeting: Boshears-Skyfest 2002, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 28-29. He said that by August 26 advertising had been spread over a 200 mile radius of Augusta. September 11-13 and also 18-20 there will be a setup on the field at Augusta Regional Airport. This may be farmed out. Mike Gunn, the FAA Tower Manager, wants a TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) area between 12:30 and 5:00 PM.

These points about Skyfest were discussed:
 


Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. John Magnan seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 8:24 PM.

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July, 2002
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for July 13, 2002
The Varietal Meats Fly-in
There was no regular meeting. This was the quarterly club Saturday get-together and fly-in. In the past it was called the “Cold Cuts Fly-in” because a summer Saturday meeting is an opportune time to serve cold rather than hot food. However storms had washed out the Wrens Fly-in. Barbecue and grilled chicken had been prepared during it by  Tom Collins, Terry Evans and Tom Garcia. The prepared meats -- the “varietal” meats -- were stored in a freezer and were heated up by Larry Garner, Fay Allen, Maureen Rhodes and Pam Collins starting around 10:00 Saturday morning in preparation for serving the food at 1:00 PM.

82 members and guests attended. Unfortunately, because of the uncertain stormy weather, only four aircraft flew in. The first aircraft to land was a Challenger I flown by our Vice-President O.B. Brown. Freeman Newman came in a Tri-Pacer. Benoit Clavel flew his Cavalier in. Visitors Glenn and Lena Goode came in Glenn’s Cherokee. Charlie Connell handled the air traffic though he wasn’t very busy.  At 1:00 PM we ate the barbecue and grilled chicken along with salad, vegetable and dessert side dishes the members brought.  Al Newman gave the blessing and there was plenty of food. In fact, after the meal, President Garner said that members could purchase a take-out meal – all the food they could put in a styrofoam carton -- for only $5.00. Many members took advantage of this offer. There was no club business transacted but Treasurer David Parrish did give the financial report: $4300 in the checking account and $303 in the Kitty.
 

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June, 2002
International Young Eagles Day
June 8, 2002
About 20 people were already waiting at the Daniel Field airport at the 8:00 starting time. During the morning six pilots flew 92 youngsters. The pilots, Young Eagle Flight Leaders, were: Dennis Allen, Larry Garner, Tom Jackson, Ron Netzer, David Reville and Dick Schoenfelder. Freeman Newman brought his Piper PA-22 so that his dad, Al Newman, could do the pre-flight orientation with the youngsters.
 
In the tongue-in-cheek competition between  Tom Jackson and Larry Garner (for the total number of Young Eagles flown) Tom did fly 24 Young Eagles. Larry flew 17 Young Eagles. Prior to today, Tom had flown 351 and Larry had flown 362. Of course Larry could only carry three youngsters at a time in his Cherokee while Tom could fly five in his Piper Saratoga. This leaves the Young Eagle "race" at 375 for Tom Jackson and 379 for Larry Garner.  - - Now all Tom has to do make one Young Eagles flight with five youngsters in his plane and he becomes the leader! After all, as Tiger Woods might say, it just takes one to win!
Totals for the Young Eagles Flight Leaders:
Flight Leader Pilot
Young Eagles 
on June 8, 2002
Young Eagles 
to date
Tom Jackson
24
374
Ron Netzer
23
309
David Reville
17
  47
Larry Garner
17
379
Dennis Allen
11
143
So Chapter 172 flew 92 Young Eagles on June 8, 2002, and 2393 Young Eagles since the program began.
 
Rita Garner and  Randy Powell handled the dispatching and the registration table was manned by Rich Gabor, Michael Garner, Brandi Powell, Kristal Powell and April Smith. Maureen Rhodes and Fay Allen sold hot dogs, chips and sodas.
 
Among the other members present were Sondy Lawrence, Freeman Newman, Al Patton  and John Magnan who brought a table with free aviation magazines to give away to the visitors.
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for June 13, 2002
 
The  meeting was called to order at 7:14 PM  by President Larry Garner. This was after we ate the delicious barbecue previously prepared by Tom Collins, Terry Evans and Tom Garcia and made piping hot for the meeting by Larry Garner. Al Newman gave the blessing for the 6:30 PM meal. There were about 46 members, relatives and guests at the meeting. Treasurer David Parrish reported that there was $4031.43 in the treasury and $101 in the Kitty. The club welcomed new member Will Runk. Larry thanked those who cleaned up the concession trailer.

Old Business: Maureen Rhodes said that we sold two (2) hamburgers at the Wrens fly-in. Larry said that for the next meeting, the Cold Cuts Fly-in, we will have barbecue, chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers rather than cold cuts.

Blair Kendall talked about his aircraft mishap in which he received injuries after getting out of the plane and tripping over a stump. The aircraft is a total loss. He thanked Margaret Zimlich, who was at the meeting, for giving him assistance at home while he recovers. Margaret is a private pilot, a flight attendant and chief purser for United Airlines.  Blair also thanked everyone for the help they gave him after the incident. Blair’s son, who was a passenger on the plane,  was not injured.

Larry Garner, the Young Eagles Coordinator, said that 92 Young Eagles were flown on International Young Eagles day, June 8. Our club has flown 2393 Young Eagles since the program began.

New Business: Larry reported that Terry Florie’s Cessna Skyhawk was stolen at Daniel Field, perhaps during the day on June 8th but more likely in the early morning hours.  N6468E is white with a brown stripe on the fuselage and an orange stripe  on the top of the cowling and on the vertical stabilizer. The N number is small and on the tail. If you have seen it or know of its whereabouts please contact the owner, Terry Florie, at 706-651-1660 or EAA 172 President Larry Garner.

Larry said that Don Brown has an unmounted retread 500/5 tire, yellow tagged, for $15.

Keith Brock said that the Georgia governor is coming to Millen June 28th.

Leroy Dant was injured when his horse fell on him. He is recovering well with the able assistance of his wife Betty.

Upcoming events:


Program: Secretary John Magnan introduced the speaker, Gary Waggoner, a BFI – ultralight instructor and a dealer for the Titan series of aircraft.

Gary talked about the Titan aircraft which, he said, are well constructed and handle excellently in the air. Interspersed in his discussion of the Titan were several interesting stories dealing with aircraft. One had to do with a Rotax engine that wouldn’t start. The engine was torn down and it was found that mud daubers had made a nest in a cylinder. The only way they could have come in is through the exhaust pipe and muffler. Gary passed around a photo of the mud clogged cylinder.

Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Sondy Lawrence seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 8:17 PM.
 
Varietal Meats Fly-in

The Varietal Meats (formerly Cold Cuts) Fly-in is on Saturday, July 13, 2002. Food is at 1:00 PM but come earlier. Club members with last names beginning with A-G should bring salads; H-Q should bring desserts; R-Z should bring vegetables. 
 

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May, 2002
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for May 9, 2002
 
The  meeting was called to order at 7:21 PM  by President Larry Garner. This was after we ate the delicious chicken prepared by Rich Gabor and Don Murphy. Al Newman gave the blessing for the 6:30 PM meal. There were about 50 members, relatives and guests at the meeting. Treasurer David Parrish reported that  there was $4551.01 in the treasury and $185 in the Kitty. Larry said that Aircraft Spruce in Griffin, Georgia, was going to have an Open House and cookout Saturday, May 11, with price reductions on most of the items they sell. There will be an aviation Safety Program May 28th in “The Alley” in Aiken. The topic will be “What to do until help comes.” VOR/DME will be phased out beginning in 2010.  Larry also reported that Ed Johnson will be opening an eatery – lounge & restaurant -- at Bush Field. Ed is looking for aviation items to put in the restaurant. If you have something he could use call Ed at 803-279-4822.

Old Business: Larry mentioned that we will be working to upgrade the clubhouse soon. The floor needs to be sealed and some of the ratty looking furniture should be replaced. Rich Gabor has a good price for steel siding which needs to be put on the clubhouse.

New Business: Gerald Ballard told the members that he bought out all the chairs from the Augusta civic center. He said these are “really nice chairs” with upholstered seats and backs. Any club member can have some of the chairs if they stop over at Gerald’s business in Augusta and pick them up. He also said the knows from personal experience that in South Carolina the FAA is stepping up its ramp checks, so be careful when landing there – if you see an FAA man and you are still taxiing your plane get back on the runway and take off!

The Wrens Fly-in is May 17-18 with the Early Bird Day on May 16. John Magnan said that most things have been taken care of but people are still needed to direct the public parking. Larry Garner said that the food trailer still needs to be cleaned out and suggested that this could be done on Saturday, May 11, perhaps at 9:00 AM. Tom Collins and Tom Garcia announced that they would be able to be at the fly-in and to cook the pigs on Friday the 17th. They were planning to come Wednesday evening. Social Director Maureen Rhodes confirmed that there will be a big breakfast at the fly-in at 9:00 AM on Saturday the 18th.  She also said that two 40 pound bags of ice should be sufficient. Larry asked that everyone bring some side dishes
to both the Friday and Saturday meals. More vegetable dishes are needed – perhaps fewer desserts. Randy Powell said the tents are OK and he will bring them on a trailer, maybe Wednesday evening.

Upcoming events:


Program: Vice-President O.B. Brown introduced Joe Miles who gave a fine presentation about the “enshrinement” of Colonel Phil Colman into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. Joe said that EAA 172 was one of the sponsors and that the Lt. Governor of Georgia was there. It was held in the large hangar which houses a B-29, P-51 etc.  About 400 people were present. The Hall of Fame is on the second floor of the building. Joe had a beautiful display of photos and other items about Phil Colman.

Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Several members seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 8:21 PM.

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THE WRENS FLY-IN
May 17-18, 2002

Stormy weather and torrential rain and high wind washed out the Wrens Fly-in for the first time in our short seven year history. Some aircraft were able to fly in, though. Richard Fender came in his SeaRey on Thursday, but left Friday afternoon before the bad weather hit. Three aircraft from the Savannah, Georgia, area also flew in on Friday and left when Richard did. Club members who flew in were Larry Garner in his Piper Cherokee and Rich Gabor in his Pup.   A Meyers airplane from Gainesville, Florida, flew in on Friday and was finally able to leave Sunday. An Arrow, headed toward its home airport in Bartow, Florida, came in during a lull in the storm on Saturday and the pilot also stayed overnight until Sunday morning. Six aircraft from the Wrens hangar also participated: A Cessna 172 with pilot Mark Slone, John Sligar's Phantom, Duane Brooks' Kolb and Will Robertson's gyrocopter. Ray Trenter and Ralph Powell showed off their nearly completed Nieuport 11s in the hangar.

Bear Perkins did bring his large motorhome and two powered parachutes on Friday but the weather was too inclement for him to fly.

Three Young Eagles pilots were present: Young Eagles Coordinator, Larry Garner, Ron Netzer and Terry Florie. However no Young Eagles were flown because of the rainstorm. A couple of prospective Young Eagles did come Saturday morning but were told that the weather was too stormy to fly them.

We still had our scheduled meals. The men prepared barbecue on Friday, the Aerospouses cooked a fine breakfast Saturday morning and the men grilled chicken Saturday evening. There were about 40 members, family and guests at each of the evening meals.

Read more about the Wrens Fly-in in the next newsletter.

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April, 2002
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for April 4, 2002
 
The  meeting was called to order at 7:15 PM  by President Larry Garner. This was after we ate the delicious fried fish and fixings prepared by Everett Parks and Steve Thompson. Al Newman gave the blessing for the 6:30 PM meal. There were 40 members, relatives and guests at the meeting. The visitors included Greg Kelley, Terry Myrick and Steve Scearce.   Greg has a Cessna 182; Terry is interested in becoming a pilot; and Steve is a currently inactive pilot who has a couple of inoperative aircraft in a hangar at Thompson. President Garner also introduced new member Jay Shealy. Jay has a Kitfox and lives at Twin Lakes, South Carolina. Treasurer David Parrish reported that there was $115 in the Kitty. Secretary John Magnan corrected the date of Mark Slone’s fixed wing solo as it appeared in the newsletter: It was March 15th rather than the 17th. The Simmons family, who live in Wrens, was visiting the Pea Patch. They thanked everyone for the courtesies extended to them during the Gourd Festival Fly-in.

Old Business: Not too many aircraft came to the Fish Fry Fly-in in March. We had expected some from Chapter 242 but the weather prevented them from coming. One ultralight and six or seven other aircraft did manage to fly in. About 75 people enjoyed the fried fish and trimmings.

The Wrens Gourd Festival March 23rd had about 20 visiting aircraft. Larry Garner flew 48 Young Eagles. A couple of other pilots, Mike Morris and Benoit Clavel flew five or six more in their two-seat aircraft. Larry said he was very tired at the end of the day. To date, he has flown 361 Young Eagles while Tom Jackson has only flown 350! Brandi and Krystal Powell handled the Young Eagle registrations while their dad, Randy, organized the youngsters and assigned groups to airplanes.

New Business: Reminder that Phil Colman will be inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame on April 20th.  The black-tie Enshrinement Banquet will be at Warner Robins.

Larry asked who was going to Sun’n Fun. Only two or three at the meeting were going to fly in. A few more were driving. As customary, members there would meet at noon at the flagpole at the FAA building.

President Garner reminded everyone about Summer Young Eagles Day on Saturday, June 8, at Daniel Field. He said that there would be no Young Eagles flights on May 19th at Vidalia. Also there will be no Young Eagles flights at the September Boshears Skyfest 2002.

Upcoming events:


Larry and Rita Garner are volunteer Chairs for the Children’s Miracle Network. There will be a Telethon (Channel 12 - WRDW) at the Medical College of Georgia on June 1st.  They need people to answer the telephones during the Telethon. Please contact Larry at (706) 790-4365 if you can help out.

Program: The scheduled speaker had to cancel at the last moment and it was too late to obtain another speaker. However, some of the members regaled the group with stories of their own flying adventures. Ron Netzer made comments about his new Skyboy. Terry Stout talked about his Cobra. But the principal impromptu speakers were Al Newman and Dr. Jowers. Al told an interesting story about his wife flying with a friend. Al also told about doing rolls in a Champ. Dr. Jowers told us about a plane, on fire, crashing in  Waynesboro, as well as other flying tales.

Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. John Magnan seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 8:05 PM.

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8th Annual EAA Chapter Book and Video Sale
May 1, 2002 - June 30, 2002
50 % Off Any Item in the EAA Book/Video Catalog
(Excluding the SportAir Workshop Fabric & Composite Videos. 20% discount applies to these videos.)
This is an exclusive offer for EAA Chapters (Including EAA Divisional Chapters)
The order form and catalog will be sent to each Chapter President soon

                 Hurry! Offer Ends June 30, 2002.

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March, 2002
Wrens Gourd Fesitival Fly-in March 23, 2002
 
The "mini fly-in" for the Wrens Gourd Festival brought out more aircraft than expected -- about 20. Among them was a Cessna 172, flown in by Tom and Gloria Smith from Eustis, Florida (near Orlando), and a Skywagon 180 and a snazzy Glasair II flown in by C.B. Howard and Bill Jerman from Mallard's Landing, Georgia.  Our club members treated us with many aircraft including Greg Connell's Christen Eagle, Gerald Ballard's Baron "Salvage 1" and Charlie Davis' Skybolt. The excellent weather and wind conditions enhanced the Gourd Fesitival Fly-in. Visiting pilots were given a souvenir gourd and were treated with sodas and the Wrens airport's tasty peanuts.
 
The focus of the event was an airport Open House and Young Eagles Rally. As many as 200 local citizens visited the airport bringing with them more than 50 new Young Eagles. Young Eagles Coordinator Larry Garner flew most of the Young Eagles. He did have some help from club member and CFI Mike Morris (from Ft. Gordon) in his Cessna 152 and pilots Jeanne and Benoit Clavel (from Twin Lakes, SC) with their Cavalier. Since the Cessna and Cavalier are only two seaters, Larry's Cherokee, which could hold three Young Eagles per flight, flew most of the the Young Eagles. Larry was flying from noon until 4:30 PM. The Young Eagles registration was handled by Randy Powell and his daughters Brandi and Kristal.
 
The local citizens were able to talk with the pilots and view the aircraft construction work in the Wrens hangar. Among the notable visitors were Wrens Mayor J.J. Rabun, Gourd Festival publicity chairman Lee Woods and Congressional candidate Cleve Mobley. The local newspaper editor was at the fly-in and took a number of photos which should appear next week in the Jefferson County News & Farmer weekly newspaper.
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for March 9, 2002
Fish Fry Fly-in
 
At least seven cooks (Dennis Allen, Rich Gabor, Sondy Lawrence, Everett Parks, Randy Powell, Steve Thompson and Mike Wasden)  came around 9:30 AM to prepare the delicious fried fish, french fried potatoes and hush puppies. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes and desserts. The night before President Larry Garner, his wife, Rita, and others did much meal preparation. The potatoes were not store-bought, pre-cut french fries, but were made from whole potatoes sliced into french fries early Saturday morning.
 
The temperature was in the high 70s but, because of the wind, only one ultralight and six or seven other aircraft flew in. Many pilots just decided to drive. About 75 members, family and guests attended the fly-in.
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Record Number of Young Eagles Flown

Even though the weather was cold, Young Eagles Coordinator Larry Garner reported that 170 Young Eagles were flown on Winter Young Eagles Day at Daniel Field February 23rd, 2002. Records indicate that this is the largest number of Young Eagles flown in one day in the EAA 172 Young Eagles program. During Boshears, 1999, there were 215 Young Eagles flown, but that was the total for the two day Rally.

Larry Garner arrived early to set things up for the scheduled 10:00 AM starting time. But by 9:30 AM there were over fifty parents and prospective Young Eagles on the field. By 11:30 AM the seven pilots had flown 118 Young Eagles. Pilots flew from 9:45 AM to 2:00 PM.

Flight Leaders (pilots) for the Young Eagles were LeRoy Dant with his granddaughter Arianna Woumans, Keith Donker, Terry Florie, Larry Garner, Tom Jackson, Ron Netzer and David Reville. Jennie Powell, David Shoffitt and Brandi and Kristal Powell worked at the registration desk. Rita Garner was the dispatcher and assigned Young Eagles to the aircraft. Al Newman gave the pre-flight orientations. Other EAA 172 members helped out by doing paperwork, leading Young Eagles to and from the aircraft and other duties. Among them were Betty Dant, Wyman Fox, Blair Kendall, John Magnan, Al Patton, Will Robertson and Mark Slone.

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February, 2002
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for February 7, 2002
 
The  meeting was called to order at 7:11 PM  by President Larry Garner. This was after we ate the fine chili prepared by Larry. Larry said that he hopes that the President preparing the meeting  meal would not set a precedent! Sondy Lawrence gave the blessing for the 6:30 PM meal. There were 34 members, relatives and guests at the meeting. The visitors included Loren Marsh who is an ex military aviator (Hueys) and now flies a C-182. Another guest was Brad Kyzer who was at the meeting to talk about the 2002 Boshears Air Show. Treasurer David Parrish reported that there was $5915.19 in the checking account and $88 in the Kitty.

Larry asked that everyone help out at Daniel Field for the Winter Young Eagles Rally set for February 23rd at Daniel Field. He still needs pilots so contact him at (706) 790-4365. Young Eagles will be flown from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM or later if there are  some waiting for rides just before 2:00 PM. Larry reminded everyone that there will be no adult flights for the Young Eagles rally. If parents wanted to fly with their children we can direct them to the Daniel Field FBO and suggest that they obtain an airplane ride there.

Larry reminded everyone about the installation of our double ace Phil Colman into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame at the Warner Robbins AFB on April 20th. To obtain an invitation to the  formal induction ceremony members should contact Joe Miles at 706-733-8376. President Garner said that we have been asked to donate some money to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. We would have a Board meeting to discuss that.

Dues are to be paid by March. Al Patton said that he sends a self-addressed envelope to those who have not paid by then and if they don’t pay they are taken off the membership list. The member directory will be available in March.

Old Business: The events calendar came under discussion. After the Winter Young Eagles event on February 23rd we will have the Fish Fry Fly-in on March 9th. We will not have a poker run since we have had few participants in the past usually because of the weather conditions. Tom Collins, Tom Garcia and Terry Evans were suggested as cooks but if they can’t be there Larry Garner, Dennis Allen,  Steve Thompson and possibly Ken Rayburn could cook. We need shallower cookers for the fish. Four or five cookers were needed. O.B. Brown said that he has a cooker at his house. Charlie Connell would get the fish. We will have a cleanup day on Saturday, March 2nd to prepare the clubhouse and field.

Terry Stout talked about the Wrens Gourd Festival Fly-in set for March 23rd. He said he had talked with city administrators about it. The city will advertise EAA 172's participation. Larry Garner said that Young Eagles will be flown from noon to about 3:00 PM.

 Secretary John Magnan brought up the Wrens Fly-in set for May 17-18. He asked about the possibility of a motor scooter raffle. Tom Garcia and Tom Collins will probably be there to cook the pig. Kim and Terry Evans did not know if they can handle getting booths and vendors this year.

Larry Garner asked Al Patton if we could perhaps have a half-page calendar in the next  newsletter.

New Business: We will be having a fly-out to the Millen airport on February 16. Keith Brock said he would arrange transportation for anyone flying in so that they could eat a barbecue meal in Millen around noon. Keith also said that he and his family will be moving to the airport side of the road in about 90 days.

Visitor Brad Kyzer, the Co-Chairman of the Boshears Skyfest, talked about what's happening at the Skyfest, set for September 27-29. Among the aerobatic performers will be the Blue Angels, Patty Wagstaff, Gary Ward   and Jamail Larkins. The previous porta-john problem will be taken care of and the food prices will be reasonable this time. Tickets will be sold only after the visitors have parked their cars. Only one side of the airport will be used since there is ongoing commercial air traffic. He asked for EAA 172's static aircraft displays. Al Newman suggested that we should still have a regular fly-in at Daniel Field during the year. Larry Garner said that this year the focus is on the military jet team.

Larry said that the EAA 172 clubhouse needed work. The siding should be replaced. Rich Gabor would be handling that. The floor in the back part needs to be sealed. Some furniture should be replaced. We do have a bad mouse problem.
 

Program: Tech Counselor Al Patton talked about knowing where your airplane controls are -- blindfolded! He related a story about the problems he had in an unfamiliar aircraft when he did not know where the controls were. Also he gave some hints about riveting and not using Teflon tape on any aircraft lines. Pieces of Teflon will get into fuel, vacuum and air lines and clog things up. Builders should use Permatex, Loctite, Parker Seal Lube or even good pipe dope.  Al gave examples of why he, as Tech Counselor, is always hollering about weight. He told a very amusing story about someone who built a Nieuport 11 (none of our members!). The aircraft tail and other structures were so heavy with Bondo that the plane stalled and crashed on its first flight.

Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Wyman Fox seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 8:27 PM.

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January, 2002
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for January 10, 2002
 
The  meeting was called to order at 7:16 PM  by President Larry Garner. There were 51 members, relatives and guests at the meeting. The visitors were Valerie and Keith Leitch from Grovetown and also Mike Haas and Mike Morris who was from Fort Gordon. In addition we had special guests Buster Boshears and Mike Gunn who both spoke at the meeting. Al Newman had given the invocation for the meal which had started at 6:30 PM. Larry said that there was a good turnout for the meeting and thanked Don Murphy for preparing his renowned Green Chili Stew and the Aerospouses for the food preparation. Treasurer David Parrish reported that the checking account had $4381.19 and there was $195 in the Kitty. The minutes were accepted as printed in the newsletter. President Garner presented a plaque to Rich Gabor thanking him for
his past three years of service as President of EAA 172. Larry also presented a plaque to Don Murphy for being one of the ten outstanding EAA 172 members for 2001. Don had not been able to be at the Christmas Party so had not received the plaque at that time. Larry also mentioned that Vice-President O.B. Brown had been laid up for a while because of surgery and that Maureen Schoenfelder also had surgery.

Larry also announced that the next chapter meeting would be February 7th rather than the 14th because of Valentine’s Day. Also the Winter Young Eagles rally would be February 23rd rather than the originally scheduled February 7th.

Old Business: Gerald Ballard gave a brief summary of the Christmas Party which had been held at his hangar in December. He said that they had fed 438 guests. The Marines had picked up two truckloads of the “Toys For Tots” that the party goers had brought. The leftover food was donated the next day to the Captain’s Table, an organization which provides food for the poor.

New Business: Buster Boshears, Daniel Field Airport Manager, announced that EAA 172 member, Phil Colman, had been inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be the weekend after the Masters. To obtain an invitation to the formal induction ceremony members should contact Joe Miles at 706-733-8376.

Blair Kendall talked about the Vidalia Onion Festival Fly-in which is scheduled for May 18 & 19. He invited our chapter members to attend and possibly have the food trailer there. Blair said that motor homes can stay on the field. He said that he had sent out fly-in notices to numerous airports and media.

Larry turned the meeting over to Vice-President O.B. Brown who thanked everyone for their cards and visits to him while he was in the hospital. O.B. also thanked Mike Wasden for leading the Jefferson Electric crew which restored his power after the ice/snow storm.   He then introduced the program speaker, Augusta Regional Airport Air Traffic Manager Mike Gunn. Mike said that a person in his position used to be called
“Tower Chief” but the title has changed.
In a very lively program punctuated by many questions and answers during and after it, Mike had  a number of observations:

--- Stay away from the  three mile radius TFR (Temporary Flight Restricted area) at Fort Gordon. His FAA people are requred to contact NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense

Command), who will send F-16s to investigate, any time that area is approached or entered by aircraft.
--- The current radar used by the Augusta Regional control tower can see ANYTHING (usually including ultralights) taking off at the Pea Patch Aerodrome or in the air around Fort Gordon, Savannah River site, Plant Vogtle.
--- As for the larger restricted area at Fort Gordon (R3004), it is OK to fly over it but contact FSS or better yet, the Bush field tower (706-798-5198) to find out if it is "hot" -- if the restrictions are in effect.
--- Any time his radar detects aircraft acting, in his words "suspiciously" especially around SRS (Savannah River Site), Plant Vogtle, factories, dams etc. his people are required to contact NORAD.
--- The new ASR11 radar at Augusta Regional will be much more sensitive and will be able to detect more types of weather and levels of precipitation as well as aircraft at lower altitudes and greater distances than the current one. This is being installed now. A report on the ASR11 states that it can detect aircraft at "ranges of 50 nautical miles at altitudes down to 1000 feet". Also .
--- The TFR about not flying in the vicinity of large open air gatherings only applies to concentrated groups of 10,000 people or larger. There has been no firm decision by the FAA about whether the Augusta National (taking place in the beginnin of April) fits into the "large open air gathering" definition and would cause a three mile TFR to be enacted.

There has been no decision by the FAA on whether the Masters golf tournament will be considered a concentrated group of 10,000 people or more and thus cause a no-fly zone to be placed around it.

Mike also answered other questions including one about the “airport dog” at Bush Field. Bob Rhodes concurred that there is one there, named “Radar.”

As for the upcoming Skyfest 2002 the end of September, another road has been made using old crushed asphalt and visitors won’t pay for their tickets until after they park their cars.

The FAA tower at Bush still can’t be visited because of the heightened security.

The FAA now has brochures for the public which perhaps will cause them to report any low flying aircraft, even those in the traffic pattern or on final!

Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded and passed and the meeting adjourned at 8:34 PM.
 

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December, 2001
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for December 8, 2001
 The Christmas Party
There was no regular meeting. Rather, the club members assembled at Gerald Ballard's hangar at the Twin Lakes, South Carolina, airpark, for a Christmas party. Those who were aware of the popularity of Ballard's parties came early, around 6:00 PM,  even though the party was not scheduled until about 6:30 PM.
 
Members had the opportunity to make new friends and renew old friendships. Besides members of EAA 172, there were club members from EAA chapters 242 and 1313, as well as those who have flown to events with the South Carolina Breakfast Club. Gerald Ballard said that there was room for 450 in his spacious, carpetted hangar. At least that many attended. Each brought a "Toy for Tots" for the U.S. Marine Christmas toy drive.
 
Because of the death of his father, EAA President Rich Gabor could not attend. Vice-President O.B. Brown was in the hospital because of some surgery he had done. Rich had asked EAA 172 President-elect Larry Garner to present the awards for the "Most Outstanding EAA 172 Members of 2001." Larry, assisted by club secretary John Magnan, made the presentations.
 
President-elect Garner also presented  Rich Gabor's "President's Choice" award to the person or persons whom Rich believed to be the most representative of the Spirit of EAA 172 for 2001.
There was more than enough food for everyone -- several different meats, mashed potatoes with hot gravy, many more side dishes, countless plates of cakes, pies and other desserts.
 
Ballard had his helpers distribute ticket stubs to all who attended. These were used to present many gifts, including two Rolex watches. Also there was a donation pot to which party-goers contributed cash. A ticket was drawn choosing one of those at the party to receive a gift of all the cash. The party did not break up until around 10:00 PM.
THE 2001 AWARDS

 

 

For outstanding service and devotion to EAA Chapter 172
Dennis Allen  *  Fay Allen *  Keith Brock *  Pam Collins *  Tom Collins
Larry Garner *  Don Murphy *  Al Patton *  Randy Powell *  Maureen Rhodes

PRESIDENT’S CHOICE AWARD
Most Representative of the Spirit of EAA 172 for 2001.
Randy & Jennie Powell
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Minutes of the Board of Directors meeting for EAA Chapter 172 November 17, 2001
 
The meeting was called to order at 7:26 PM  by President Rich Gabor. There were 40 members and their relatives at t

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November, 2001
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for November 8, 2001
 
The meeting was called to order at 7:26 PM  by President Rich Gabor. There were 40 members and their relatives at the meeting. Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal. Rich thanked Don Murphy for preparing the spaghetti sauce and the Aerospouses for the food preparation. Treasurer David Parrish was not able to attend the meeting because of the recent death of his father.  There was $103.27 in the Kitty. The minutes were accepted as printed in the newsletter. Vice-President O.B. Brown said that the Wrens airport improvement work would probably be starting in July, 2002. Rich mentioned that those who purchased the club T-shirts need to pick them up. We can order more shirts. Members should wear the shirts at the Low-Country Boil fly-in. Rich also said that Keith Robbins, a member who now lives in Nevada, had called Rich and told him that he had been to several EAA clubs in the area and that “there’s no club like ours.”

Old Business: President Gabor reminded everyone that after the meeting he needed the ballots for the ten members who should receive an “Outstanding Service Award - 2001.” Rich also reminded the members about the Christmas Party which will be  at Ballard’s hangar at the Twin Lakes Airpark on December 8 at around 6:30 PM.

New Business: Larry Garner discussed the airspace changes. He said he talked with a Gwinnett County pilot who was intercepted by fighters and after landing had his plane confiscated. It seems that the pilot had inadvertently flown over a nuclear restricted area. Larry reminded the members to call flight service before each flight and to get flight following if you can.  He said the Bush Field tower chief Mike Gunn said to take off from the Pea Patch in such a way that you don’t cross U.S. Highway 1. Larry said the whole idea is cooperation between us, the FAA and the military.

Keith Brock led the discussion about the Millen fly-in which will take place in two days, on the 10th. He asked about the shrimp. Dennis Allen said he was handling that. Keith said that he and his sons have built tables.  He also reminded everyone to keep their eyes open for military jets which may be flying near the airport.

Keith said that a few things are still needed: salt & pepper; butter for the corn; garbage cans; paper products; hand held radios; and, ice. Richard Fender said he would be getting the ice. Marilyn Odom and Gina Brock would be making the gumbo. It is preferred that aircraft land to the north. The UNICOM frequency would be 122.9. Ultralights have their own field -- they should watch out for the powerlines. As for restrooms: the women would use the one in the guest house; the men would use the refurbished one in the toolroom. There would be a bonfire Saturday night. People should bring their own hotdogs and marshmellows. They would be lighting the fire around 5:30 PM.

Rich Gabor said he has had a number of calls about the fly-in. Keith said he also has had calls. Secretary John Magnan said he has had both calls and e-mails.

There will be an EAA 172 Board of Directors meeting at the Pea Patch next Saturday, the 17th, at 9:00 AM.

Rich showed the group one of the fancy airplane clocks that Ron Netzer makes.  The prices range from $60 to $150, usually at least $90. He said that one of the clocks would be presented to the person who wins the President’s Choice award. This presentation would be made at the Christmas Party.

Al Patton, the chairman of the nominating committee,  presented the roster of candidates for officers. He nominated Larry Garner for President. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously. Al nominated O.B. Brown for Vice-President; Rich Gabor seconded the nomination and it passed unanimously. Both John Magnan and Sondy Lawrence were nominated for Secretary. The majority vote was for John Magnan. David Parrish and Pat Murphy were nominated for Treasurer. The majority vote went to David Parrish.

Randy Powell was made the assistant Logistics Director. [ed. note: at the December 17th Board Meeting Randy was made the Logistics Director; Ken Raburn will be the Associate Logistics Director]   Larry Garner will continue as Young Eagles Coordinator.  Larry said that he will be doing Young Eagles at the Millen fly-in.

Rich said that there will be no December meeting. Al Newman moved to adjourn the meeting. Ken Raburn seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 8:26 PM.
 

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October, 2001
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for October 11, 2001
 
The meeting was called to order at 7:13 PM  by President Rich Gabor. There were 28 members and their relatives at the meeting. Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal. Rich thanked Don Murphy and the Aerospouses for the food preparation. Treasurer David Parrish was not able to attend the meeting because his father had been involved in an auto accident and was currently at Walton Rehab.  Secretary John Magnan asked if there were any changes in the minutes of the last meeting.  One member said that Gerald Ballard’s door prizes for the  Christmas Party would include a “$6000 Rolex” rather than the “$600 Rolex” mentioned in the minutes.  The minutes were accepted as amended. Rich Gabor reminded everyone about the Elections which will be taking place at the next meeting in November. Then two days after that meeting we will be having the Millen fly-in.

Old Business: John Magnan told the members that he had just been at the Rotors Over Carolina Fly-in at the Aiken, South Carolina, airport, and would be returning there the following morning. He invited all the members to fly in so they could inspect and even get a ride in some of the gyrocopters that were on the field.  Maureen Rhodes said that she and the Aerospouses would have the Food Trailer at the fly-in on Saturday. They did need someone to drive the truck to pull the food trailer there.

Al Newman and others remarked that only between 20 and 40 aircraft were at the Darlington, South Carolina fly-in. However, there were nearly 100 aircraft which flew in to the South Carolina Breakfast Club held at the Darlington airport that Sunday.

Rich mentioned that the decision to postpone and then cancel the Boshears Fly-in was a tough one, the vote was 50-50 at the first meeting. Next year Boshears could be in the springtime. This will be decided by the Boshears committee in December.

New Business: President Gabor passed out ballots to be filled out so that the ten members who should receiving an “Outstanding Service Award” for 2001 could be chosen.  Rich needs this ballot by the November meeting at the latest.  The awards will be given out at the Christmas Party.

Keith Brock discussed the Millen Fly-in on November 10. All aircraft and ultralights are invited. There would be a bonfire Saturday night. Food will be served at 1:00 PM but there will be there would be Gumbo at 10:00 AM.  People could fly-in and stay over Friday to Saturday and also Saturday to Sunday. Keith said he has invited ultralighters including the powered parachute crowd. Dennis Allen said he would coordinate with other EAA 172 folks abut getting the corn and shrimp.  Last year they needed 40 pounds of shrimp. The year before it was 30 pounds. The people mover would be brought there – Keith will check on obtaining a tractor. Richard Fender would be responsible for getting some ice. Marilyn Odom would work with Gina Brock on the chicken & rice Gumbo to be served that morning.  Members said that they would bring chairs and tables as usual. For side dishes Keith suggested desserts only.  Members would not have to donate for the meal but there will be a donation pot for non-members. Keith’s phone number
is: 478-982-5783.

Gerald Ballard reminded everyone about his Christmas Party at his hangar at Twin Lakes, South Carolina. Come around 6:00 - 6:30 PM on Saturday, December 8. Bring some new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots, otherwise just bring yourselves, no side dishes.

Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Many members seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous. The meeting adjourned at 7:55 PM.
 

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September, 2001
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for September 13, 2001
 
The meeting was called to order at 7:16 PM  by Vice-President O.B. Brown. There were 45 members and guests in attendance. Sondy Lawrence gave the invocation for the meal -- a superb spicy chicken taco dish prepared by Don Murphy. O.B. thanked Maureen Rhodes and the Aerospouses for the other meal preparations. Treasurer David Parrish gave the financial report: $4053.94 in the account and $204 in the Kitty. The Treasurer’s report was accepted. Secretary John Magnan asked if there were any changes in the minutes of the last meeting. There were none and the minutes were accepted.

Old Business: The EAA 172 T-shirts were in. Pam Collins volunteered to collect the money after the meal. The Aerospouses would hand out the shirts at that time. Pam said that they were charged tax. O.B. said that the club would pay for the tax since the members had been promised the shirts at a set amount.

O.B. said that sign-in lists for the people movers and also other Boshears activities were on the table.

New Business: Vice-President Brown said that the EAA SouthEastern Fly-in at Evergreen would be held October 6. Bob Warner would hold a forum on the Sport Pilot. It would be in the big red hangar on the field.

Gerald Ballard proposed that the Christmas Party be held in his hangar. Ballard said “Pilots are like cows, they get scattered.” He wants to bring them together for one event. There would be a Toys for Tots collection – people should bring a new, unwrapped toy. No one should bring any food! Gerald said he would give out door prizes including “a $600 Rolex.” Since he has new chairs and tables he wants to use them. This would be December 8 at around 7:00 PM in his hangar at Twin Lakes, South Carolina. This was put in the form of a motion by Charlie Connell. Ken Rayburn seconded it and John Magnan called the question. The motion passed with one opposing vote.

Keith Brock discussed the Millen Fly-in November 10. All aircraft and ultralights are invited. There would be a bonfire Saturday night. People could fly-in and stay over Friday to Saturday and also Saturday to Sunday. Members said that they would bring chairs and tables as usual. Keith’s phone number is: 478-982-5783.

A group of EAA 172 members who had been at the Boshears Committee meeting came in. Tom Collins announced that the Boshears Fly-in and Airshow had been canceled for the weekend of September 21-23. It would be postponed until later this year or sometimes in March.

Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. John Magnan seconded the motion and the vote was unanimous. The meeting adjourned at 7:33 PM.


BOSHEARS VOLUNTEERS

The following are those who said they would take responsibility for certain aspects of the
Boshears/Skyfest Fly-in & Airshow.

• Aircraft ground controllers - flight line  — EAA 172 members.
• Young Eagles: Larry Garner.
• Tents: “Omar” Ken Rayburn.
• History Tent: Al Patton, Joe Miles and Phil Colman.
• Display trailer: John Magnan (who will borrow the trailer from Keith Brock)
• Set up people movers: John Magnan.
• Run the people movers and take money on them: EAA 172 members.
• Set up “touch and feel aircraft parts” display: John Magnan – contact him if you have parts to display.
• Aircraft and ultralights on display — EAA 172 members.
• Food trailer: Maureen Rhodes and the Aerospouses.
 

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August, 2001
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for August 9, 2001
 
The meeting was called to order at 7:15 PM by President Rich Gabor. There were 32 members and guests in attendance. Sondy Lawrence gave the invocation for the meal – a delicious chicken supper arranged for by Ken Rayburn. Rich thanked Maureen Rhodes and the Aerospouses for the meal preparation. Treasurer David Parrish gave the financial report: $5709.18 in the account and $64 in the Kitty. The septic system work cost only $89.38. The new trench cost $65.00 and the pipes and fittings cost $113.76. The Pea Patch Corporation paid for half of the total $178.76.  Rich said that the sewer work was very inexpensive – Ben and he did much of the work. Secretary John Magnan passed around the tentative Boshears schedule that had been sent him by Boshears Chairman Ed Johnson. Rich said that he would not be at the next meeting (in September) so Vice President O.B. Brown would chair that meeting.

Old Business: Larry Garner said that the Hot Rod Lincoln for Boshears had been in a crash so it will either be repaired and be at Boshears or there will be a substitute.  The B-1 bomber is still on schedule; the helicopters will be out of South Carolina. A C-54 and other planes will be there as will Patty Wagstaff and Gary Ward. Larry said that the Young Eagles flying will be Saturday and Sunday at Boshears.

New Business: Rich Gabor had the list to be signed on for EAA 172 shirts. He said that members should get in touch with him directly about getting a shirt. The colors chosen were Bimini and white.

Keith Brock asked for people to call him (478-982-5783) if they had anything to contribute about setting up for the November Millen Low Country Boil Fly-in. Keith said that if anyone had suggestions “Holler at him.”

Rich said about the same people as usual will do the Boshears fly-in duties:

• Aircraft ground controllers - flight line  — EAA 172 members.
• Young Eagles: Larry Garner.
• Tents: “Omar” Ken Rayburn.
• History Tent: Al Patton, Joe Miles and Phil Colman.
• Display trailer: John Magnan (who will borrow the trailer from Keith Brock)
• Set up people movers: John Magnan.
• Run the people movers and take money on them: EAA 172 members.
• Set up “touch and feel aircraft parts” display: John Magnan – contact him if you have parts to display.
• Aircraft and ultralights on display — EAA 172 members.
• Food trailer: Maureen Rhodes and the Aerospouses.

Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Everyone seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 7:43 PM.

Program: Tech Counselor Al Patton said that he remembers telling Orville that if he’d put spruce where Orville had bamboo the Wright Flyer would be lighter – then Al talked about the many early aircraft he had dealt with throughout his aviation life. He had slides to show a photo of each one as he spoke. These included the American Eagle, Aeronca C-3, Aerosport Monoplane, Star Cavalier, J-2 Cub, Waco, Pietenpol, Stearman, Rose Parrakeet, Staggerwing Beach and a couple dozen more aircraft. Al had an interesting comment about each one.

EAA 442 Pilots Fly Sligar’s CGS Hawk Over the Mountains

EAA 442 (Kingsport, Tennessee) members Bob and Cordell Cording with their friend Steve Preston flew to the Wrens Airport in their Cessna 172 to look at and test fly John Sligar’s CGS Hawk which John had for sale.  Steve Preston was interested in purchasing it. A week later, on August 26, they drove down to get the Hawk and fly it back to Tennessee. Steve Preston was the new owner and he and Bob Cording would alternate piloting it on several legs to their home field over the mountains. Bob wrote: “We drove down Sunday and Steve soloed it and made several landings for practice.  Then I took it to 5,000' to be sure the jetting would work going over the mountains on the way home.” Then, at 7:30 AM Monday morning, Steve took off and Bob and Cordell followed in their car using U.S. Highway 221 (which goes past the Wrens Airport and heads straight for the mountains).
 

About their trip back Bob writes: “Steve took off and flew the first 50 mile leg, following the car on the highway.  We had taped a black plastic bag to the trunk lid to help distinguish the car – next time we’ll rent a yellow car since it was hard to see the car in the haze -- I flew the next leg and landed at a neat "airport community" with houses and hangers all around a grass strip.  Then Steve flew the next leg, landing at Hendersonville, NC. About 30 minutes after we left Hendersonville driving,  we ran into a heavy downpour for about 20 minutes. We didn't know whether Steve would do a 180 to Hendersonville, or try to dodge around the storm.  We kept going and he got to his home field about an hour before we did.  He hit rain, had to go to 7,500' to go over and around more storms, got wet in the cockpit from leaks, got some rain damage to the prop leading edges, but was happy to make it and very happy about the Hawk. The group at Wrens was most helpful and generous with their time.”
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July, 2001
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for July 14, 2001
Cold-Cuts Fly-in
The weather was ideal for a fly-in -- warm, not hot, with a light breeze. Aircraft started arriving around 10:00 AM. The first arrival was Ron Netzer in Wyman Fox’s Cessna 172. Soon after, Thurmon Kent came with his shiny 1947 Cessna 120. Then Ross Maynard brought in his Stearman which attracted a lot of attention (who doesn’t like the sound of a radial engine?). During the late morning the Pea Patch inhabitants opened their hangars to show off what they have and what they’re doing. Don Murphy was busy with visitors talking about his APF project. Earl Hildebrant was in his hangar showing off his latest project. Rich Gabor and Ken Rayburn gave tours of their hangar construction activities.  Al Newman brought out his Aeronca and Steve Thompson did a lot of around-the-field flying in the Cessna. Greg Connell showed off
his Piper Pacer. Dennis Allen brought out his SE-5 biplane and also did a bit of flying around the field. Julio Arrieta and his wife Petra came in a Cessna 152. Jerry Berger came in his Skyhawk. Larry Garner brought his nicely re-painted Piper Cherokee and Charlie Davis took his Red Baron Skybolt through a few air maneuvers for the viewing pleasure of those on the ground. Terry Stout brought his Rans S-14.  The visitors came in various planes including a Cessna 310F twin, two Grumman Tigers, a couple Skyhawks and an AMD CH2000 – a two place certified aircraft manufactured in Eastman, Georgia.

The Aerospouses were busy setting out the cold cuts and sorting the various side dishes the club members had brought in. Maureen Rhodes along with Bettye Berning, Pam Collins, Katherine Douglas, Kim Evans, Jennie Lawrence, Joyce Newman, Polly Powell and Sue Rayburn helped out in all aspects of the table and meat preparations and the cleanup afterwards.

There was no business meeting during the fly-in meal.  At 1:00 PM President Gabor welcomed everyone and thanked the Aerospouses for the food preparation.  He said that Maureen Rhodes had set up a display of “old” photos without names and asked those present to look at the display and try to identify the people and aircraft in the photos. Sondy Lawrence gave the blessing and the meal began. There was plenty for all. There were about 70 members and spouses as well as more than 30 guests in attendance. Many stayed until mid-afternoon just talking, looking at the planes there (especially the Stearman and the AMD CH2000 ) and
stopping in hangars to look at the ongoing projects.
 SEE THE PHOTOS BY CLICKING HERE!


PASSINGS
James D. Thomas died July 29, 2001
"JD" was his monicker and he was best known for his machinist skills, aircraft engine work, air race crewman experience and ownership of a Culver Cadet. He was a Charter Member of EAA Chapter 172 and helped many early "scratch" aircraft builders with their projects.
He is survived by wife Lucy and daughter, Donna T. Daniel of Edmund, Oklahoma.
 
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June, 2001
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for June 14, 2001
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM  by Vice-President O.B. Brown. President Rich Gabor, though present, recently had some surgery and was still recuperating.  There were 25 members and spouses in attendance. O.B. opened the meeting with a presentation by Tech Counselor Al Patton.

Program: Al Patton discussed two items in his “Tech Tips” presentation. The first was aircraft tires; the second was the aircraft compass.

Regarding aircraft tires, Al said that they don’t do a whole lot of work – just landing, taking off, taxiing and sitting. At times they do need servicing and replacing. Certain work on them can be done by the certificated aircraft owner as described in FAR 43.12 and 43.3. Don’t break the bead by stomping on the tire – pour kerosene around the bead, wait fifteen minutes then the bead should separate easily. When putting in a tube remember to inflate and then deflate the tube so it takes the correct position in the tire. Also use a new cotter pin after replacing the wheel nut.

As for the aircraft compass it should be checked when one of the following has happened:
     •    The shock of a hard landing.
     •    Severe turbulence.
     •    Severe electrical storm.
     •    New metal pieces in the aircraft.
     •    A change in the electrical system.
     •    Over time after being always parked in the same place.

Al said that the compass is refillable since if it is partially drained it will lose accuracy. This can be done with high-price compass fluid or perhaps a cheaper substitute, maybe even mineral spirits! The procedure of “swinging the compass” should be done using a Compass Rose (such as at the Wrens airport) This will compensate for the electrical system and steel items in or part of the aircraft.

Additional Program: Al Newman talked about the problems working with Oklahoma City in getting a preferred “N” number. He made a number of interesting observations about working with the FAA folks there.

At 7:43 PM Vice-President Brown started the business portion of the meeting. Treasurer David Parrish reported that there was $5,341.89 in the checking account and $74.00 in the kitty. The expenditures and income from the Wrens Fly-in had not yet been included in the account balance.  Secretary John Magnan had no new information for the secretary’s report.

Old Business: President Gabor said that Herrington’s, in Fairway Square,  had our logo and emblem in its computer. A shirt with an emblem would cost $24. Rich said that everyone should identify what they want. Perhaps a tally will be taken at the August meeting.

New Business: Rich thanked everyone for their help and concern and well wishes regarding his operations. He said that the original heart valve work lasted 31 years. He hopes the current one lasts as long!

Rich reminded everyone about the next meeting being the “Cold Cuts Fly In” on July 14th .  There will be a spot landing contest at 11:00 and the food is at 1:00 PM. Club members with last names beginning with A-G should bring salads; H-Q should bring desserts; R-Z should bring vegetables. Fly in, if you can.

Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Everyone seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 7:49 PM.


Summer Young Eagles Day, June 9, 2001
Good Turnout at the International Young Eagles Day
Nearly 80 Young Eagles were flown at Daniel Field for National Young Eagles Day June 9,  2001.
Young Eagles Coordinator Larry Garner did a superb job of handling the crowds of new Young Eagles, families and friends. He was assisted by an able crew of helpers. Seven aircraft were on the field to fly the youngsters. The overcast lifted by about 9:00 AM and the Flight Leader pilots were flying until 1:00 PM. Helping out were Rita Garner, Michael Garner and Colton  Beckham
at the registration table, Lynn Reis escorted the Young Eagles and assigned the flights. Al Newman and John Magnan gave preflight orientation to the Young Eagles.  Also helping out
were Wyman Fox, Randy and Jennie Powell.

Young Eagles Coordinator Larry Garner wrote: “Many thanks to everyone that helped out with
International Young Eagles Day 2001.  The weather kept us on the ground until after 9:00 AM, but everyone seemed to understand.  The pre-promotion was good, the turnout was less than expected.  I didn't get around to say thanks to everyone, but you know your help is greatly
appreciated.  We can't do it without each of you.  The Chronicle had a good story on the front page of the Metro section and I've had several calls to say how much they enjoyed it.”

FLIGHT TOTALS FOR THE DAY:


      Ron Netzer 
      Al Schoenfelder 
      Larry Garner
     Tom Collins 
     Tom Jackson 
     David Reville
     Terrie Florie
                17
                15
                12
                  6
                  4
                  2
                15
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May, 2001
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for May 11, 12, 2001



The Wrens Fly-in

No regular May EAA 172 meeting was scheduled. On and off rainstorms cut down the number of aircraft attending -- about 52. The first pilot to fly-in was Richard Fender with his SeaRey which came in at noon on Thursday, the “early bird day.” The Trike/Powered Parachute BFI, Pat Thaxton, set up his trailer on the field but the wind was gusty on Friday morning so he cancelled the powered parachute flying for the fly-in. There were intermittent showers all day Friday so few aircraft came in.We did have a fine meal that evening, though, prepared by the Aerospouses.

The weather was also rainy and blustery on Saturday. The only opening in the weather was between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM. However during that short period  there were many impromptu demonstration flights by pilots in Giles, Pitts, Air Tractor, Europa and even a Glasair aircraft. At the awards ceremony that afternoon Mayor J.J. Rabun of Wrens thanked everyone for coming. He told the visitors that the city of Wrens was going to have a Centennial celebration the last Saturday of September and asked everyone to fly back and fly over the town to help celebrate the event.  EAA 172 President Rich Gabor then said some words about all the people who helped.
 
AIRCRAFT AWARDS
BEST ULTRALIGHT Rans S-14
Terry Stout, 
Martinez, GA
BEST HOMEBUILT Vans RV-6A N112RS Ray Sheffield,
Trenton, SC
Ray Sheffield's RV-6A
BEST ANTIQUE/CLASSIC Ercoupe N93543 Jim Austin, 
Easley, SC
Jim Austin's Ercoupe
BEST GENERAL AVIATION Pitts S-2B N149TM Greg Samples,
Elberton, GA
Greg Samples' Pitts S-2B
BEST OF SHOW

Giles G-202 N202GP Gary Ward,
Lincolnton, GA
Gary Ward's Giles

Rainstorms started again around 3:00 PM. By then most of the aircraft had left the field. Some of the ultralights that were unable to leave on time got drenched because there was no more room for them in the hangar. The raffle for the motor scooter was early since the weather prevented having an evening meal as planned. The scooter was won by Terry Brown.

Many EAA 172 members contributed their skills and assistance  to the 2001 Wrens Fly-in. O.B. Brown and John Magnan prepared the field. Mark Slone helped out with the office cleaning and also replacing the windsock lights. Rich Gabor purchased the awards and Tom Collins obtained the motor scooter which was raffled off. O.B. Brown took care of the radio and newspaper advertising as well as helping John Magnan set up the signs on the field and in the parking area. Judy Fender, along with the “spirit” of her husband, Richard, laminated, stapled, sorted and packed the pilot packets which had been prepared by John Magnan and copied by Rich Gabor. Wyman Fox worked at the EAA information table signing in new Young Eagles. Wyman also provided a golf cart. Larry Garner spent much of Saturday (when the weather was good) flying the Young Eagles. Charlie Connell and Randy Powell directed the aircraft traffic and manned the radio. Sheila Connell took charge of the pilot greeting with the able assistance of Lydia Walden and Nikki House. Maureen Rhodes, Fay Allen, Sue Rayburn and Polly Powell, assisted by David Parrish and Dennis Allen, handled the food trailer. Lester Taylor set up the sound system. Ray Trenter, assisted by Bobby Pennington, directed the automobile parking. The city of Wrens did a fine job with the mowing around the asphalt runway and mowing those parts of the field not mowed by EAA 172 members. They also provided police and fire protection units. There was an EMT unit on the field. Also, Beth Sipper, RN, was available all day Saturday to handle any medical emergencies. Terry Stout, John Sligar and John Magnan took care of the “tearing down” duties after the fly-in was over.

Of the 52 registered aircraft this was the breakdown:


Note that this was fewer aircraft than at any prior Wrens Fly-in. Most of those who did fly in were
local -- weather radar depictions showing imbedded rainstorms kept the usual distant flyers from coming. Also we had fewer EAA 172 members who brought their aircraft. However, the number of ultralight planes increased from previous years even with the poor weather.

One of the visiting pilots, Jim Austin (who came in a fine silver Ercoupe) put a number of photos on the Web. Click HERE to see them.
 

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April, 2001
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for April  5, 2001
 
The meeting was called to order at 7:31 PM  by President Rich Gabor. There were 38 members, visitors and guests in attendance. The guests were Lester Taylor and Pam Collins’ mother.  A few members had already left for the Sun'n Fun Florida fly-in. Sondy Lawrence gave the invocation for the meal – a delicious spaghetti supper cooked by Don Murphy. Rich thanked Maureen Rhodes and the Aerospouses for the meal preparation. Treasurer David Parrish gave the financial report: $5352.49 in the account and $95 in the Kitty. Secretary John Magnan said that there was a delay in the lengthening of the runway at the Wrens airport because of some land acquisition problems. Rich reminded everyone who was going to Sun’n Fun to meet at noon each day at the flagpole next to the FAA pavilion.

Old Business: Ken Rayburn had another heart attack a couple days earlier, it seems one of his stents clogged, but it was taken care of by the medical personnel and he will still be going to Sun’n Fun. Mike Wasden will be going with Ken and Sue and probably do much of the driving. The scooter to be raffled at the Wrens Fly-in was brought up. It was on display at the Fish Fry Fly-in. Tickets are $5.00 each. Sondy Lawrence is in charge of the raffle. See or call him for more tickets or information. His phone number is: 706-855-5831.

New Business: The Vidalia Onionfest (April 28-29) was discussed. Rich asked everyone to fly in as many planes as possible. The food trailer would be there also.

The principal topic was the upcoming Wrens Fly-in, May 11-12. Since Tom Collins, Pam Collins and Tom Garcia would not be at the fly-in there is a need for someone to cook the pig. At the meeting there were no “pig cooker” volunteers. Rich said that as an alternative we could get barbecue from Castleberrys.

O.B. Brown and David Rawlins would find any vendors since Terry and Kim Evans told Rich they could not do that again this year.

Ray Trenter and Ralph Powell would be in charge of the auto parking. Charlie Connell would take care of the radio and the aircraft parking. Sheila Connell is free to take charge of greeting the pilots. Lester Taylor, though not a  member (he presented the evening’s program) volunteered to handle the sound. Al Patton said he would take charge of the airplane judging and the spot landing contest. John Magnan said there were two bags of lime already at the Wrens airport. Rich Gabor said that he would take charge of the tents. Young Eagles Coordinator Larry Garner said that we will be doing the Young Eagles in the morning (on Saturday).  Rich Gabor said he would ask Freeman Newman to get the awards again. Secretary Magnan said he had about sixty more items on his Wrens Fly-in “to do” list and anyone who wanted to could volunteer to help. O.B. Brown said he would help with the mowing. Mark Slone and John Magnan would set up the electrical cables.

Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Everyone seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 7:59 PM.

Program: Vice-President O.B. Brown introduced Lester Taylor who gave a very interesting program about "ham" -- amateur radio. Lester discussed the history of amateur radio and its value in disasters, such as in hurricane Hugo. He said that the national organization, the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) makes it easier to become a  ham by providing much information and assistance through local hams and amateur radio clubs. Hams are able to talk not just locally, as cell phone and citizen banders do, but around the world. They also have the technical expertise to “rig up” radio communications quickly and in sometimes adverse circumstances, especially when storms or earthquakes have shut down the cell phone towers and the regular telephone lines have been destroyed. Lester said that there are mainly two types of frequencies used – HF -- high frequency -- which is in the same range of frequencies just above the AM radio up through where the CBers talk (but sometimes with much more power than the CB operators) and VHF/UHF -- Very High and Ultra High Frequency– the range from just below Channel 2 on the TV to above where the TV channels from 14 on up and the Cell phone operators use (UHF). He said that hams are tinkerers just like the airplane people in EAA 172. There is very little intervention from the government. Hams are mostly self-
regulating.  No longer is it necessary to know the Morse code, but radio law and electronic theory is still required. Lester said, in response to a question, that a hand-held ham radio transceiver, about the same size as an Icom A22, only costs about $175. Lester then proceeded to have a QSO (conversation) with Bob Abbey, another ham, who was getting into his tractor trailer to start a run to Atlanta. The members throughly enjoyed the presentation.
 

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Sun'n Fun at Lakeland
Some of our members were at the Sun'n Fun Fly-in at Lakeland, Florida,  from April 8  through 14. Wyman Fox brought three Young Eagles: Will Robertson, Jeremy Storey and J.P. Reis and they stayed three days. John Magnan was there on Sunday. David Parrish brought his motor home. Ken & Sue Rayburn and Bob & Maureen Rhodes were there through Wednesday. Dennis & Fay Allen also brought their motor home. John Lacher, Mike Wasden, Greg Connell, David Rawlins,  Terry Florie and  Lynn Reis flew in.  Gary Ward was there as part of the Air Show. Charlie & Mary Joe Davis, Randy Powell and his family and Dick & Loraine Schoenfelder were there.  The weather was muggy and hot and some spent more time in air conditioned shops or motor homes than on the flight line.
 
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March, 2001
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for March 10, 2001
 POKER RUN FISH-FRY FLY-IN
There was no regular business meeting because of the Poker Run Fish Fry Fly-in. The winds were somewhat gusty in the morning until about 10:30 AM so no one was able to fly the Poker Run. After the winds died down three ultralights flew in from the Wrens airport and one ultralight came in from Trenton, South Carolina. In all there were twenty-one visiting aircraft including those who flew in late.

The delicious meal was prepared and set out by the Aerospouses and the fish was cooked by Pam & Tom Collins, Terry EVANS, Tom Garcia, Fay & Dennis Allen and Maureen & Bob Rhodes (and caught by Bob Rhodes and his family). An invocation by Sondy Lawrence preceded the meal. Also before the meal Rich Gabor reminded everyone that our next meeting would be early, on Thursday, April 5. Also everyone who is going to Lakeland, Florida, for Sun’n Fun should contact either Ken Rayburn or Maureen Rhodes. Rich thanked everyone who brought the side dishes and desserts. John Magnan and Rich reminded everyone about the Wrens Fly-in coming up May 11-12 as well as the Vidalia Onion Festival April 27-28. Also John Magnan reminded the members about the Wrens Gourd Festival on March 31 – that the City of Wrens has requested that a few pilots fly in to the Wrens airport between 12:00 and 3:00 PM to talk with Gourd Festival visitors.   President Gabor also welcomed the more than seventy guests who attended.  There were large contingents of visitors from both the Twin Lakes airpark and from the Aiken EAA 1079. A group was there from the Barnwell EAA 1313 and some flew in from the Columbia, South Carolina, EAA Chapter 242. About 150 guests and members signed the attendance roster. This was sixty more than last year! Treasurer, David Parrish, reported that $537.00 was put in the donation pot at the meal.

The scooter to be raffled at the Wrens Fly-in was on display at the fly-in. Tickets are $5.00 each. Sondy Lawrence is in charge of the raffle. See or call him for more tickets or information. His phone number is: 706-855-5831.

The weather was excellent all afternoon and the last attendees did not leave until dusk.
 

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Wrens Gourd Festival Mini Fly-in, March 31, 2001
 
Blustery winds, intermittent rain showers and a low ceiling prevented all but two aircraft from flying into the mini-fly in at the Wrens Memorial Airport. The City of Wrens was holding a Gourd Festival and the airport was asked to do its part. Bobby Braswell, O.B. Brown, Mark Slone,  John Magnan and Ray Trenter had spruced up the hangar and office/lounge. They washed gourds and marked them to give to the visiting pilots and youngsters who were going to fly as Young Eagles that afternoon. But much of the preparations were for nought. The youngsters who did come were told that Young Eagles pilots would not fly first-time youngsters in the wind. Some of the youngsters did stay to look at the planes which were there. Most left. The two aircraft that did fly in were a 1946 Ercoupe piloted by Jack Bombard  from Twin Lakes, South Carolina, and a Cessna 175 piloted by Don Murphy who along with Al Patton came from the Pea Patch Aerodrome. A number of other pilots did show up, but they drove their cars, not their planes! World War II and Korean War pilots Phil Colman and Joe Miles came the earliest.  Bob Abbey, Julio Arrieta, O.B. Brown, Duane Brooks, Leroy & Betty Dant, Terry Stout and R.O. Pennington stayed at least  part of the day. One pilot, and EAA 38 member, David Taylor,  drove in from Warner Robbins to look at Ralph Powell's Thorp T-18. Some of the wives and family members of the car-bound pilots were there with their husbands. A few other visitors from the Gourd Festival came. Bobby Braswell and his wife drove those who flew in to town so they could visit the Gourd Festival. All those who were there were treated to sodas or coffee, cookies, sweet rolls and of course, peanuts. The distant visitors each received a gourd.
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February, 2001
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for February 8, 2001
 
The meeting was called to order at 6:41 PM by President Rich Gabor.  Forty-one members, spouses and family signed the attendance roster.  Rich welcomed guests Greg Smith, Bobby Gabor, Joe Gabor and Marceil Tachler. Treasurer David Parrish was not able to be present so there was no financial report. Secretary John Magnan gave the Secretary’s report: He reminded everyone about the Wrens Gourd Festival on March 31 at the Wrens airport. The Gourd Festival organizers have asked that there be some planes at the airport in the afternoon so that festival attendees could visit the airport and see the planes and talk with the pilots. Maureen  Rhodes gave the Aerospouse report and said that the food trailer netted $92 at the Winter Young Eagles Rally. Young Eagles Coordinator thanked those who were at the rally and said that the Boy Scout Merit Badge Young Eagles Rally originally scheduled for February 17 was canceled. The Boy Scouts who wanted to become Young Eagles would be at the International Young Eagles Rally on June 9.  Rich reminded everyone that the club dues of $20 for 2001 are due and that only the paid-up members would be getting the next newsletter. Rich also thanked Bob Rhodes for again preparing the delicious chili and the Aerospouses for helping out with the meal preparation.

Old Business: President Gabor said that he did have the corrected schedule for 2001 printed and passed out the schedule to the members present.  Rich said that he, Everett Parks and Jason Jarrard had finished the back wall of the clubhouse. Secretary Magnan gave the scooter funds donation request letter to Tom Collins to give to Polaris America of Augusta. Tom said that he would not be able to be at the Wrens Fly-in. Rich said he will need someone to handle the raffle tickets for the scooter.  Sondy Lawrence agreed to handle the tickets.

Rich asked Ken Rayburn about the club shirts. Ken said that he had not been able to do anything about that and suggested giving the “search for the shirts” job to Freeman Newman. Rich agreed.  John Magnan was asked about the missing 2000 trailer tag for the food trailer. He said that the tags were sent to the Pea Patch and did not know who got the mailed tags.  He would be sending for the 2001 tags in a week or so.  Rich again asked club members to let  Secretary Magnan know the month and date of aircraft completions. Rich said that completions did include ultralights and gyros. Magnan also asked for information about any aircraft under construction.

New Business: For the EAA 172 Poker Run and Fish Fry (March 10) Rich said it would be the
same route for the poker run -- Wrens, Louisville, Millen, Waynesboro and the Pea Patch -- as
in the past. George Odom would take care of the Waynesboro (Burke County) airport and Keith
Brock would handle the Millen airport. Mike Wasden and his Jefferson County Flyers Club
would take care of the Louisville airport. Several club members would be at the Wrens airport.
There would be a spot landing contest at noon at the Pea Patch. Food would be served around
1:00 PM. Bob Rhodes said he would catch the fish but the usual fishing spot was not there any
more because of the low water on Lake Thurmond. Charlie Connell said he knows someone that he can get fish from in the event Bob is not able to catch enough. Tom Collins said he would be one of the cooks.  Side dishes would follow the same routine as at the Christmas meal: Last names beginning with A-G would bring vegetables; H-Q would bring salads; R-Z would bring desserts. The Pea Patch cleanup would be the morning of Friday, March 9. Rich asked Secretary Magnan to make sure that he invited the Naples, Florida, EAA Chapter 1067 group who visited us in October.

More items about the Wrens Fly-in (May 11-12, 2001) came up. Rich discussed who would take
care of the vendors. Tom Garcia said he could work with that if no one else did. Then John Magnan mentioned that Kim and Terry Evans had handled the vendors last year. The club
members agreed that Kim and Terry could do it again this year.

Maureen Rhodes and Ken Rayburn asked for a count of how many members would be going to Lakeland (Sun and Fun) in April. Eighteen members raised their hands. Maureen asked that if anyone else was going they should let her or Ken know.

Al Newman moved and many other members seconded that the meeting adjourn. The motion
passed and the meeting adjourned at 7:48 PM.

Program: Club member Dr. J. R. Jowers, AME presented the second half of the program on the
Airman Medical examination. He had presented the first part at a previous meeting. In this
second part Dr. Jowers focused on the FAA Form 8500-8 which the applicant for the airman
medical has to fill out completely and accurately. He passed out a copy of the form. Some highlights of the discussion were that applicants must be very careful about how they fill out the section on currently used medications. Also, for those with missing limbs, diabetes, previous heart problems etc. a special issuance of a medical can be obtained after examinations that the FAA might require.
 

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January, 2001
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for January 11, 2001
 
The meeting was called to order at 6:41 PM by President Rich Gabor.  The meeting started early
because of the scheduled program after the meeting.  Forty-seven members and spouses signed the attendance roster.  The guests present were Russell Hein and Rich Gabor’s cousin David Miles. Treasurer David Parrish was not able to be present so there was no financial report. Secretary John Magnan gave the Secretary’s report: He discussed the improvements that will be made at the Wrens airport from 2001 through 2005. Rich  reminded everyone that the club dues of $20 for 2001 are due. Rich also thanked Bob Rhodes for preparing the delicious chili and the Aerospouses for helping out with the meal preparation.

Old Business: President Gabor said that he did have the schedule for 2001 prepared but because of a couple of changes he would be passing out copies at the February meeting. Rich asked about the roster plaque in the Clubhouse front room. It has a listing of aircraft that have been built or restored by Club members. Several years have passed since it has been updated. Secretary Magnan said he would handle the updating and asked members to let him know about the aircraft they have built and flown since the latest date on the plaque. Rich also talked about the vents for the roof. They are already authorized. Al is still looking for good, accurate inexpensive aircraft scales.

New Business: Young Eagles Coordinator Larry Garner brought up the upcoming Young Eagles rallies. For the one on February 3rd, which is called the Winter Young Eagles Rally, Larry said that it would run from about 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. He said that there would be at least one hot air balloon, possibly a Medivac helicopter and asked if Dennis Allen would bring his SE-5 biplane as a static display. There would also be a rally on February 17th but this was just for local Boy Scouts. Larry said that EAA 172 has flown 1824 Young Eagles since the program began. Perhaps some chapters in California fly more -- but they have forty airplanes flying their Young Eagles at their rallies. EAA 172's top Young Eagle Flight Leaders are Tom Jackson, Ron Netzer and Larry Garner. Larry also mentioned that the Boshears board appointed two EAA 172 members as new directors: Rich Gabor and himself.

John Magnan brought up the new information about the Sports Pilot certificate plans by the
FAA. Much of the information is in the newest Sports Aviation magazine. Rich reminded everyone about the Vidalia Airshow on April 28, 2001. People will be needed to help out and planes will be needed there.

Rich said that Mark Thomson’s ashes would be spread over the Pea Patch on Saturday, January 13, at 11:00 AM. Mark’s brother Steve and Earl Hildebrant will fly in Mark’s Cessna and drop the ashes.

Program: Club member and F-18 pilot Rich McGahee presented a very lively program about his
flying activities and his own career in flying which started at the Pea Patch and Daniel Field. Titus Baxter was his flight instructor. Rich started his flying career at Daniel Field when he was 15 where he worked in the hangar doing odd jobs. Buster Boshears gave him a regular job there when Rich was 17. Rich then went on the Augusta College then the Marine Corps. He was able to get into flight school then went on to train as a pilot, finally piloting the F-18. Rich showed videos taken from the F-18 cockpit, landings on the carrier Hornet, a Marine Corps promotional video with Rich as one of the pilots and also recently unclassified videos of his air work (bombing etc.) over Kosovo. Rich said that his secret goal  is to take the F-18 to Mach 2! He won’t be in our area much longer since he has been chosen to become an instructor at the Top Gun school in San Diego. EAA 172 members asked Rich many questions about his activities and thoroughly enjoyed his presentation.

Al Newman moved and Charlie Connell seconded that the meeting adjourn. The motion passed
and the meeting adjourned at 8:27 PM.
 

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Minutes of the Annual Board of Directors Meeting of EAA 172, January 6 , 2001
 
The Board of Directors meeting was called to order at 10:32 AM by Chairman Rich Gabor. Rich Gabor, Vice-Chairman O.B. Brown, Secretary John Magnan, Tech Counselor/Flight Advisor/Newsletter Editor Al Patton, Young Eagles Coordinator Larry Garner, Flying Start Coordinator Dennis Allen,  Logistics Director Ken Rayburn, Librarian Joe Miles and Aerospouse Director Maureen Rhodes attended. EAA 172 member Jim Jatho came in toward the end of the meeting.

 

 

Old Business: Ken Rayburn is still checking on the Polo shirts. Rich Gabor was still checking on the vents in the clubhouse roof. He said they should be the turbine type and would cost about $30 each. Al Patton said that possibly three or four were needed. Al also said that he checked on the scales that were approved at the July 10th Board meeting. The ones at Twin Lakes were not that accurate.

Rich Gabor said he has not gotten back to the Bush Field people about the breakfast fly-in. Members did not seem in favor of doing that fly-in, at least with the current information they had, since we would be doing all the work. Al said perhaps in an “off” weekend we could have a breakfast fly-in at Bush Field. Larry Garner said that Bush Field wants us to have the breakfast.

New Business: Treasurer David Parrish was not present so the 2000 finances for EAA 172 were not discussed.

John Magnan discussed the Wrens airport – financial is OK; Wrens group has purchased several items. At a question by Chairman Gabor O.B. Brown said that the items were purchased by the airport fund not by individuals. Secretary Magnan said he keeps track of airport operations which results in a good total. This leads to more airport funding as well as the three or four inspections made by Georgia DOT over the past two years. Magnan also mentioned that activities and events at Wrens are covered by EAA insurance purchased by the Wrens Airport Group.

Rich Gabor said that perhaps we would hope to make money at the Wrens Fly-in. Magnan said that we spent a lot of money on the electrical service which we won’t have to do in the future. Vice-Chairman O.B. Brown said more advertising would help. He said perhaps we could advertise in local papers and even buy some ads. Ken Rayburn asked if the advertisements had been sent out. Magnan said that they had but there is a 2-3 month lag time for the publishers. He said that perhaps a better ad would be in the Southern Aviator since the EAA magazines and KitPlanes just give one line. Some members were not in favor of the Southern Aviator ads but Al
Patton said that he reads it regularly. The Board authorized a purchase of a scooter for a raffle at the Wrens Fly-in since we did take in money on that event.

Young Eagles Coordinator Larry Garner reported on the Young Eagles activities. June 9th would be the National Young Eagles Day. February 3rd is the Winter Young Eagles Day. The Aerospouse Coordinator Maureen Rhodes said that she would be able to handle food trailer activities on both dates. Larry also said that February 17th would be the Boy Scouts National Merit Day. The Boy Scouts would be bussed in from the Boy Scouts HQ to Daniel Field for Young Eagles activities. When asked he said that the Food Trailer would not be needed. Larry said that last year’s goal for the Young Eagles was 500. They did fly 501 so they met the goal. He was also talking with Steve Gay at Daniel Field about having adult rides for $5.00 again.

Rich mentioned that the EAA Chapter Leadership Conference would be in Columbia on Saturday, March 24th. He mentioned that he, John Magnan, Dennis Allen and Ken Rayburn had been at the last one.

Flying Start Coordinator Dennis Allen said he had not done much about the program – he had not received any more information from EAA Headquarters. Ken Rayburn said that he and Dennis would try to put together a Flying Start event.

Rich asked about having some fly-outs. John Magnan said that the trips to Don Gay’s field in Garfield were fly- outs. Rich asked what about going to the Baby Ace factory? The members were noncommittal about that but said that it might be a good idea.

Chairman Gabor asked about officers’ dues. In the past the officers did not pay them. After some discussion it was agreed that the officers should pay dues again. Rich reminded everyone about the Vidalia Airshow on April 28, 2001. People will be needed to help out and planes will be needed there. Blair Kendall had asked us to support the airshow activities.

Rich said that he was working on the Calendar and moved the April meeting to the fifth. He asked about other changes and additions that should be made to the calendar. Rich said that there was nothing official yet on the date of the Boshears Air Show.

Rich discussed the condition of the Clubhouse – it’s falling down. Rich is going to build a template removable wall for in front of the hangar door. The Board authorized his requested $40 for this. Rich said the exterior walls needed repairs and the upgrade to the outside walls may cost 65 cents a square foot. Perhaps this should be one of the long-term goals of the club. Also Rich asked about what our Chapter’s goals should be. There was just a small amount of discussion on that.

Al Patton brought up the Scamp – perhaps Mark Slone would want to buy it. About twenty people own it but most are now dead. Several members said that EAA 172 owned half of it. There is about $3500 in parts that were put into it. It does not come with the engine. The Board voted to sell it.

Maureen Rhodes said she would like her group to put up photos around the walls. The Board approved that. She also asked about the name tag maker. Al Patton said the Pea Patch Corporation owns it but Maureen could use it. She wants to make and sell name tags. Maureen also said that she had not received much cooperation from the Boy Scouts local headquarters when they were contacted about having us help them out with aviation activities.

Ken Rayburn moved and John Magnan second that the meeting adjourn. After a unanimous affirmative vote the Board meeting adjourned at 12:20 PM.

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