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2014 EVENTS 
             2014 Fish-Fry Fly-in     2014 Spring Breakfast Fly-in      Boshears Skyfest     2014 EAA 172 O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in      2014 Barbecue Fly-in   
 
2014 Wrens Fall Fly-in      

2013 EVENTS 
             2013 Fish-Fry Fly-in     2013 Spring Breakfast Fly-in       2013 EAA 172 O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in       2013 Barbecue Fly-in       Boshears Skyfest 
 
2013 Wrens Fall Fly-in       2013 Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in

2012 EVENTS 
             2012 Fish-Fry Fly-in    2012 Spring Breakfast Fly-in      2012 EAA 172  O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in     2012 Barbecue Fly-in   2012 Wrens Fall Fly-in    Boshears SkyFest 2012 
 Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in 

2011 EVENTS
 
             2011 Fish-Fry Fly-in   2011 Spring Breakfast Fly-in       2011 EAA 172  O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in  2011 Barbecue Fly-in    2011 Wrens Fall Fly-in  Boshears SkyFest 2011   Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in
             2010 EVENTS             
 2010 Fish-Fry Fly-in   2010 Spring Breakfast Fly-in  2010 EAA 172 O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in  2010 Cold-Cuts Fly-in  2010 Wrens Fall Fly-in    Boshears SkyFest 2010   Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in

2009 EVENTS  
             2009 Fish-Fry Fly-in   2009 Spring Breakfast Fly-in      2009 EAA 172 O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in    2009 Cold-Cuts Fly-in    Boshears SkyFest 2009    Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in 2009 
 

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for December 13, 2014
Christmas Party
The weather was fine, no rain, and the temperature was in the mid 60s. Two planes flew in. Bill Couch, Sue Couch, and Debbie Cummings came in Bill’s Cessna 185. Charles Lewis and Pierre Smith came in Pierre’s RV 10. Then 32 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the delicious Christmas meal with smoked turkey prepared by Ben Brown and his dad, club president Sid Brown. At 12:31 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation. The short business meeting started at 1:03 PM. Sid thanked those who brought the side dishes and set up the Christmas decorations in the clubhouse for the meeting, especially Frances Weiss who decorated the tables. He also thanked members for bringing in the gifts for the children at the Children’s Medical Center in Augusta. He said that his son, Ben, would bring the toys and gifts to the Children's Medical Center.  

Old Business: Don Bush moved for the approval of the minutes of the November 8th meeting. Joe Britt seconded the motion and it was approved by the members. Sid Brown said that the autocross held on the ramp at the Wrens airport on December 6th, with FAA approval, went well. There were 21 participants.

New Business: Secretary John Magnan passed around the proposed EAA 172 events calendar for 2015. After the members looked at it and discussed the proposed fly-ins, John made a motion that the calendar be approved. Don Bush seconded the motion and the members approved the 2015 calendar. President Brown said that the next newsletter would have a copy of the calendar.

The January 10th meeting will be a “Chili Cookoff” so President Brown asked for volunteers to bring their favorite chili. Four of the volunteers were: Sheila Connell, Virginia Bush, Cindy Britt, and Frances Weiss.

There will be no social eat-out in December. Virginia Bush said that she would be handling the next social eat-out for Thursday, January 22, 2015. Virginia also thanked Sid Brown for cooking the turkeys. Sid said that his son Ben did most of the work.

Treasurer Don Bush said that so far he had received the dues for next year from 50 members. The dues will be going up to $40 for those who pay after December 31st.

Sheila Connell said that Al Patton was in the hospital for a possible bowel obstruction. We will be sending a “get well” card to him.

We held the election of the EAA 172 officers for 2015. John Magnan moved that Joe Britt should be the 2015 vice-president. Richard Fender seconded that motion. Then Charlie Connell moved to retain Sid Brown as president, John Magnan as secretary, and Don Bush as treasurer. Richard Fender also seconded that motion.  Then Richard moved to close the nominations. Charlie Connell seconded that motion. Those present approved all the motions unanimously.

Richard Fender moved to adjourn the meeting. Virginia Bush seconded the motion. Those present approved the motion unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 1:26 PM. The meeting closed with a singing of “Jingle Bells” led by Cathy and Sid Brown on the guitar.

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Pea Patch Post (for December, 2014) -- Entire December 2014 newsletter   ( 27 minutes for dial-up or throttled Internet )
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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 7 minutes )
  Prez Sez,
Minutes for the November 8, 2014 meeting

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 9 minutes )
More Wrens Fall Fly-in Photos,
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Aviation Question of the Month

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 3 minutes ) 
  FAA Makes Searching for NOTAMs Easier,
Non-pilot "Joe Citizen" and his Christmas Drone

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 4 minutes )
FAA Does Control Everything in the Air,
St. Simons Islnd AOPA Fly-in a "Resounding Success",
 
Quicksilver MX Sprint for Sale, Continental O-300-D for Sale

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 3 minutes )
Upcoming Events for December 2014 & January 2015,
  Name That Plane

ENTIRE report for the Wrens Fall Fly-in 2014 ( 22 minutes for dial-up/throttled Internet )

Tentative CALENDAR FOR 2015  (1 minute )

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for November 8, 2014
Club Meeting -- Elections
Though it was cool outside with temperatures in the low 60s, those who came to the meeting were warmed by a roaring fire in the clubhouse fireplace. Before the meeting 18 members and their families enjoyed the delicious grilled pork chops prepared by club president Sid Brown. Pierre Smith flew in with his RV-10. At 12:22 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone ate. The short business meeting started at 1:04 PM. Sid thanked those who brought the side dishes and set up the clubhouse for the meeting.

Old Business: Club members approved the minutes of the September 13th meeting.

Those who had used the club’s 16 foot flatbed trailer during the past month reported that one tire was constantly losing air. Newsletter editor John Magnan said that he had put a note about the need for at least one replacement trailer tire in the October newsletter. The tire’s size is P215/70 R15. A couple members at the meeting said they would check to see if they had a good used tire that size at their home or business. [If anyone reading this has a good used tire that size please contact the club secretary.]

New Business: Because only a few members were present at the meeting, President Brown suggested that we postpone the election of the 2015 EAA 172 officers until the December 13th Christmas Party meeting. The meeting attendees agreed to this.

Virginia Bush said that there would be no social eat-out this month or in December. The next one will be in 2015 on Thursday, January 22nd.

Treasurer Don Bush said that so far he had received the dues for next year from 28 members.

Secretary John Magnan mentioned that at the next month’s Christmas Party we would be accepting unwrapped gifts that would be given to
the Children's Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia.

Ed Christian moved to adjourn the meeting. Joe Britt seconded the motion. Those present approved the motion unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 1:13 PM.


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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 9 minutes )
  Prez Sez, AOPA St. Simons fly-in procedures,
Wrens Fall Fly-in October 22 - 24, 2014.

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 8 minutes )
Wrens Fall Fly-in October 25, 2014,
Membership Form, Dues for 2015


Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 3 minutes ) 
  Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Aviation Question of the Month,
Quicksilver MX Sprint for Sale, Continental O-300-D for Sale,

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 2 minutes )
Upcoming Events for November.

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 2 minutes )
Upcoming Events for December,
  Name That Plane

Tentative CALENDAR FOR 2015  (1 minute )

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for October 24-25, 2014
WRENS FALL FLY-IN
The weather for all the fly-in days was perfect: in the 70s to low 80s, very light wind, and blue skies. The winds aloft from 1000 to 5000 feet AGL were light with no turbulence. Quite a few aircraft flew in on Friday, October 24th. A few gyroplanes were also trailered in on that day.
-- Bill Smith from Elizabeth, West Virginia came in early AM on Wednesday.                                                                          -- Tents were set up on Tuesday with help from the Olson men.
-- On Friday CFI Will Robertson trained an IFR student.
-- Several planes were on the ramp early afternoon on Friday.
-- Quite a few gyroplanes set up to go flying mid-afternoon on Friday.
Both Friday and Saturday evenings featured high definition videos taken from the air of the day's flying and of the beautiful scenery around the Wrens area. The videos and a movie were shown on a huge 24' screen fastened to the outside wall of a hangar. Five gyros were parked in the hangar overnight on Friday.                        
-- There was a sizeable fixed-wing flightline on Saturday.
-- There was perfect flying weather throughout the fly-in.

*** A German designed Cavalon gyroplane flew in from Wadesboro, North Carolina.
*** A Hungarian designed Apollo Monsoon light sport trike was flown from Savannah, Georgia.
*** A U.S. designed Robinson R44 helicopter was flown from Lawrenceville, Georgia.

More than 55 attendees enjoyed the fabulous barbecue prepared by our club's "BBQ-Meister" Sid Brown. Coleslaw, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, cookies, coffee, and soda were also on the buffet table under the tents.
A panoramic photo of fly-in activities was taken by Harold Powers of Toomsboro, Georgia, at 1:00 PM on Saturday.


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Pea Patch Post (for October, 2014) -- Entire October 2014 newsletter   ( 13 minutes for dial-up Internet )
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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 6 minutes )
  Prez Sez,
Minutes for the September 13, 2014 meeting

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 2 minutes )
FAA's Draconian Hangar Usage Policy,
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Aviation Question of the Month

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 3 minutes ) 
  ADS-B for Some Small Aircraft - Why?,
Quicksilver MX Sprint for Sale, Continental O-300-D for Sale,

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 2 minutes )
Upcoming Events for October,
Upcoming events for October, November

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 2 minutes )
More Upcoming Events for November,
  Name That Plane

CALENDAR FOR 2014  (1 minute )

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for September 13, 2014
Club Meeting -- Cold Cuts Fly-in
Before the meeting 30 members, their families, and guests enjoyed the delicious cold cuts prepared by Sid and Ben Brown. Because of the rain no aircraft flew in. At 12:23 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone ate. The short business meeting started at 12:59 PM. Sid thanked those who brought the side dishes and set up the clubhouse for the meeting. He welcomed visitors Derea and Cynthia Baker. They are from Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria, England. Derea and Cynthia were guests of Charlie and Sheila Connell. Sid also said that the cruise he had gone on the second week of August went great. President Brown mentioned that at the beginning of September he had gone to the Triple Tree Fly-in near Woodruff, South Carolina, and had seen a P-51 and C-46 there among the more than 700 other aircraft. He also saw an RV and Cessna almost run into each other in the air! Sid and other members brought up the big RC model aircraft event (Joe Nall Fly-in) held this year (and every year) in May at Triple Tree. [This year there were 1,484 total registered pilots with their aircraft at the Joe Nall Fly-in.] Don Bush said that there is a Chilli Chili Fly-in at Triple Tree on February 7, 2015.

Old Business: Richard Fender moved to accept the minutes for the August 9th meeting. Al Nodorft seconded the motion and the club members approved the motion unanimously.

New Business: Tomorrow (September 14) will be the Bob Rhodes barbecue fly-in at his farm near Lincolnton, Georgia, starting at about 1:00 PM. The members talked about the Wrens Fall Fly-in October 24 – 25 at the Wrens airport. Saturday, October 25 will be the main day. Sid Brown said that there would be a barbecue lunch for only $5.

There will be no meeting on October 11th because of our Wrens Fall Fly-in on the 25th. So our next regular meeting will be on November 8th at the Pea Patch. It will be the election meeting for the 2015 club officers. On that same day there will be a big AOPA regional fly-in only about 100 miles from Augusta on St. Simons Island on the coast. Treasurer Don Bush said that he might go there the day before as a volunteer to help in the set-up.

President Brown said that since the 2015 Boshears SkyFest was moved to May 16 & 17, the 2015 O.B. Brown Fly-in will be held on April 18 before Sun ’n Fun which will be April 21-26, 2015.

Virginia Bush said that the September club social eat-out would be at 6:30 PM on the 25th at Rae's Coastal Café on West Wimbledon Drive in Augusta, Georgia.

Richard Fender moved to adjourn the meeting. Don Bush seconded the motion. The membership approved the motion unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 1:22 PM.

BOARD MEETING (to 2:00 PM)
Officers talked about the meal charge for youngsters at the club meetings. After some discussion it was decided that there would be no charge for any youngsters under 13 years of age since below that age they would eat considerably less than older children or adults.  They also discussed the upcoming November 8th club elections. Secretary John Magnan brought up the need to replace at least one trailer tire. President Brown said that he might be able to get a used one from the place he works at. [Its size is P215/70 R15 for anyone who has a usable tire to donate.]
 
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Pea Patch Post (for September, 2014) -- Entire September 2014 newsletter   ( 23 minutes for dial-up Internet )
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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 6 minutes )
  Prez Sez,
Minutes for the August 9, 2014 meeting,
Change in Boshears SkyFest 2015 dates

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 10 minutes )
Aaron Ramsey's Adventures at AirVenture Oshkosh 2014,
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Aviation Question of the Month

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 3 minutes ) 
  Rhodes Barbecue & Fly-in September 14, 2014 - Map & Directions,
Quicksilver MX Sprint for Sale, Continental O-300-D for Sale,

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 2 minutes )
Upcoming Events for September,
Upcoming events for October

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 3 minutes )
More Upcoming Events for October,
  Name That Plane

CALENDAR FOR 2014  (1 minute )

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for August 9, 2014
Club Meeting -- Breakfast Fly-in
Before the meeting 34 members, their families, and guests enjoyed the delicious eggs, pancakes, bacon, and sausages prepared by members Spence and Mindy Olson. Because it was overcast and rainy no planes flew in. At 9:37 AM Jim McBurney gave the invocation and everyone ate. The short business meeting started at 10:04 AM. Acting club president, vice-president Nandi Shetty, thanked Spence and Mindy Olson and the others who helped prepare the meal and set up the clubhouse for the meeting. Acting president Shetty said that now that he had “presidential powers” he would make several decisions that, if enacted, would resolve most members’ complaints against the Federal government and also would solve many world problems. However, he said that unfortunately after the meeting his new powers would no longer exist and the problems would not be solved! Nandi welcomed guests  John, Michelle, Molly, and Jenna McBurney. He also welcomed guests Robert Berrett-Johnston and Mike VanHoten from Melrose Landing, Florida.

Old Business: After he was asked, Nandi talked about the vacation in India he and his family just returned from. He said that there, in India, his sons, Jay and Dev enjoyed the opportunity of riding on an elephant. Secretary John Magnan mentioned that at the time of this meeting the club president, Sid Brown and his family were enjoying a cruise on the huge Disney cruise ship Disney Dream. John said that Sid had told him that unlike other cruise lines such as Carnival, the Disney cruise lines have had no problems with sicknesses or disasters. Richard Fender moved to accept the minutes for the July 12th meeting. Don Bush seconded the motion and the club members approved the motion unanimously.

New Business: The members talked about the schedule for events in October. Allen Nodorft brought up that we need to decide whether or not to have a club meeting on October 11. After some discussion the members voted to not have a club meeting on October 11. Then we discussed whether or not to have a big breakfast on the Saturday of the fly-in. The EAA 172 Wrens Fall Fly-in is scheduled for Friday & Saturday, October 24 & 25. Some members mentioned that a group of visiting pilots always liked having that breakfast. After more talk among the members it was agreed to only have a “big” lunch from 10:00 AM to noon on the 25th and to still have a breakfast for the early-bird pilots but not advertise that to the public.

Spence Olson said that an acquaintance of his had asked about having RC (radio controlled) model airplanes at the Fall Fly-in - whether there were any Wrens city ordinances about it. Secretary John Magnan said that more than ten years ago a person in Wrens complained about RC airplane “noise” coming from the airport. At that time the Wrens city council did pass an ordinance against having them at the airport. However, people have flown them since that time and no one has complained, especially since now most are battery not gas powered and make little noise. John said that Spence’s acquaintance would have to get an insurance policy from the AMA [Academy of Model Aeronautics, Inc.], as had to be done for the 2012 O.B. Brown Fly-in, before we apply for the EAA fly-in insurance in early September. Spence said he would pass the information on to his acquaintance.

The August club social eat-out will be at 6:30 PM on the 28th at the Bonefish Grill on Washington Road in Augusta, Georgia.

Jim McBurney moved to adjourn the meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion. The membership approved the motion unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 10:26 AM.


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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 9 minutes )
  Prez Sez,
Minutes for the July 12, 2014 meeting

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 8 minutes )
O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in Additional Photos and Happenings,
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 5 minutes ) 
AirVenture Oshkosh 2014,
Boshears 2015 Dates Set,
NTSB Report: Premier Jet Crash February, 2013,

  Rhodes Barbecue in September,
Aviation Question of the Month

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 2 minutes )
Quicksilver MX Sprint for Sale, Continental O-300-D for Sale,
Upcoming Events for August

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 3 minutes )
Upcoming Events for September,
  Name That Plane

CALENDAR FOR 2014  (1 minute )

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for July 12, 2014
Club Meeting -- Barbecue Fly-in
It was warm and there were quite a few clouds, but no rain. Before the meeting 43 members, their families, and guests enjoyed the delicious barbecue prepared by Sid and Ben Brown. Five aircraft flew in. At 12:30 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone ate. The short business meeting started at 1:00 PM. Sid thanked those who came to the meeting. He also recognized those who decorated the clubhouse especially Fay Allen and Sheila Connell who set up the tables with patriotic coverings and decorations. Sid welcomed Todd Abercrombie and David Sanders who came in the airplane of their friend, Billy Couch. Sid also welcomed Rudy Smith and Tony Zorn who came in Rudy’s RV-4. Everyone gave a warm welcome to new member Spencer Olson and his wife and four children, as well as their Aussie Shepherd dog Nalla.

Old Business: Richard Fender moved to accept the minutes for the June 13th meeting. Charlie Connell seconded the motion and the club members approved the motion unanimously. President Brown brought up the old refrigerator that was in the clubhouse and needs repairs. After some discussion members decided to not replace it and just use the refrigerator they moved from the food trailer two months ago. Spence Olson volunteered to haul the old refrigerator off to the landfill or recycling center. Secretary John Magnan brought up the KR-2 advertised in the newsletter for $5,000. He said it was a good deal since the new upgraded VW engine alone is worth the selling price.

New Business: President Brown talked about future events and fly-ins. He remarked that we need to know who can or will come to these events so we can decide whether or not to have the events at all. Sid also said perhaps next year we will make the date of the Wrens O.B. Brown Fly-in earlier in the Spring to see if doing that will increase the attendance. Sid said that the September 13th meeting will feature cold cuts.

The July club social eat-out will be at 6:30 PM on the 24th at Miyako Sushi and Steakhouse on Washington Road in Augusta, Georgia.

Sid gave out the 2013 Chapter Service Awards to Nandi Shetty, John Magnan, Don Bush, Al Patton, and Pierre Smith. Secretary Magnan gave President Brown the 2013 Chapter Service Award.

Sid said that he will not be at the August 9th club meeting since he and his family would be on a cruise. Vice President Nandi Shetty is going on vacation in India during July but will be back in time to preside over that meeting in August. Sid also said that he needs people to help cook the breakfast in August.

Charlie Connell moved to adjourn the meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion. The membership approved the motion unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 1:20 PM.


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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 8 minutes )
  Prez Sez,
Friday, June 13, Evening Fly-in Meal -- Wrens Airport

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 7 minutes )
Saturday, June 14, O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in, Wrens Airport,
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 5 minutes ) 
FAA Appeals NTSB UAV Ruling,
  FAA Says It Can Regulate Model Planes,
Aviation Question of the Month,
Liability Protection Granted to South Carolina's Private Airfields,
KR-2 Project For Sale -- VERY REASONABLE PRICE

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 2 minutes )
Quicksilver MX Sprint for Sale, Continental O-300-D for Sale,
Upcoming Events for July

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 1 minute )
Upcoming Events for August,
  Name That Plane

CALENDAR FOR 2014  (1 minute )

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EAA 172 WRENS O.B. BROWN MEMORIAL FLY-IN
at the Wrens Airport (65J) June 14, 2014

It was a warm day with a blue sky, fluffy clouds, and temperatures in the mid to upper 80s, yet not too hot. Starting in the late morning fifteen aircraft of all types were on display on the ramp. Billy Couch, from Dewey Rose, Georgia, came in his Cessna 185 with his daughter, Sue, as the pilot. Charles Lewis from Louisville, Georgia, brought his Destiny tandem powered parachute along with his grandson Alex Gomez-Leon. Eddie Chalker, from the Twin Lakes airpark, came in his Tecnam Bravo light sport airplane. There was an RV-6A from Newberry, South Carolina. Johnny Anderson, manager of the Trenton, South Carolina, airport brought his Cessna 172. Tommy Mitchell from Noonan, Georgia, piloted his Cessna 172 with three family members as passengers. Steve Amster brought his Cessna Skyhawk. Eddie Booth came in his RV-7. Al Young, from Honeapath, South Carolina, came in his Cessna 172. Pierre Smith flew in his RV-10. Rudy Smith, from Vidalia, Georgia, came in his RV-4. Sandy Howard came in his Beech Bonanza. Dewey Morgan flew in his Scottish Aviation Bulldog from Sylvania, Georgia. Larry Maynard, from Mountain Air Park, Georgia, came in his RV-8A. Of course Sid Brown had his Challenger 1 light sport airplane which his father, O.B. Brown, had built. Cathy and Bethany Brown sold food at the concession stand under the tent. Hugh Fleming and Hayse Radford started up and ran the huge Wrens Flour Mill diesel engine. One of those who worked with the diesel engine also brought in a "hit and miss" single cylinder gasoline engine connected to an ice cream churn and served delicious home-made ice cream to many visitors. There was a 1956 Ford 8N tractor on display (and for sale) by guests Ryan and Keith Washington who also worked with setting up the big diesel engine. There were 62 visitors: pilots and their passengers, diesel engine and ice cream churn people, as well as some club members and a few people from Wrens at the fly-in. 
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Friday, June 13, 2014, evening fly-in meal
at the Wrens airport

During the day three aircraft came in for a visit. Both John Sligar and Shane Nothdurft brought in their ultralights. Those at the airport gathered around them while John and Shane described enhancements and refinements they had made on their aircraft. Before that time, Mike Hutson and George Weeks, from the Twin Lakes, South Carolina airpark, came in on Week’s Cessna 150. Sid, Cathy, and Ben Brown prepared potatoes and salad and set out grills for the attendees to use to cook the meat they brought. There were many delicious dessert side dishes. By 7:30 PM twelve members and visitors had started grilling their meat and sitting down and enjoying the meal. At 7:45 PM Sid Brown gave the invocation. Sid noted that perhaps we should have scheduled the meal for 7:00 PM rather than 6:00 PM since usually we don’t start grilling the meat and eating until 7:00 PM anyway. Also, around 6:20 PM Hayse Radford and Hugh Fleming brought in the huge 80+ year old diesel engine that had been used for Wrens' industries during the 1930s. They were planning to set up and run the engine on Saturday. 

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Pea Patch Post (for June, 2014) -- Entire June 2014 newsletter   ( 18 minutes for dial-up Internet )
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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 6 minutes )
  Prez Sez,
Meeting Minutes for May 10, 2014

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 5 minutes )
More Boshears Skyfest 2014 Photos,
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 3 minutes ) 
AOPA Membership Rates Going Up,
  CBP to be Nicer to Pilots,
Aviation Question of the Month,
Liability Protection Granted to Georgia's Private Airports,
EAA and the FAA Flight Testing Manual,
FBI: $10,000 Bounty for Laser Pointing Perps

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 2 minutes )
Quicksilver MX Sprint for Sale, Continental O-300-D for Sale,
Upcoming Events for June

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 3 minutes )
Upcoming Events for June & July,
  Name That Plane
  CALENDAR FOR 2014  (1 minute )

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for May 10, 2014
Club Meeting
Before the meeting 33 members, their families, and guests enjoyed the delicious hamburger and hot dogs prepared by Sid and Ben Brown. It was warm but there was threatening weather so no aircraft flew in. However we did have members and visitors with four motorcycles come in! At 12:39 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone ate. At 1:05 PM, before the business meeting, we welcomed our speaker, Col. (ret.) James "Pete" Booth who discussed his book Returning Fire: In the Beginning about the Huey UH1-B being the first armed helicopter. Col. Booth spent 30 years in the army and in 1965 he commanded the 197th Armed Helicopter Company in Vietnam. After Vietnam he was on the Pentagon army staff, then became the commander of the 1st Squadron 9th Cavalry Division. Following that he was the commander of the Lightning Brigade at Fort Knox, then G3 8th Army, Korea until his retirement in 1981. He wrote the book in 1994. His talk was very informative with many anecdotes about the Huey UH1-B and various situations in Vietnam. Col. Booth talked about “bizarre” combat humor and various Huey configurations. The short business meeting started at 2:07 PM. Sid thanked those who came to the meeting.

Old Business: Steve Thompson moved to accept the minutes for the April 19th meeting. Don Bush seconded the motion and the club members approved the motion unanimously.

New Business: We discussed preparations for our activities at the O. B. Brown Memorial Fly-in at the Wrens Airport June 13 & 14. President Sid Brown said that we would have our usual “bring meat to grill” meal around 6:00 PM on Friday, June 13, at the Wrens airport. The club will provide salad and baked potatoes. Members should bring sidedishes. The fly-in will start around 9:00 AM at the Wrens airport on Saturday, June 14. We will need members to volunteer to help out with various activities including cooking for the concession stand.

The May club social eat-out will be at 6:30 PM on May 22nd at the French Market Grille, 425 Highland Ave. in Augusta, Georgia.

Joe Britt moved to adjourn the meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion. The membership approved the motion unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 2:30 PM.

 
EAA 172 BOARD MEETING MAY 10, 2014
At 2:30 PM there was a short Board Meeting after the meal and regular meeting. The focus of the meeting was the sale of the Aerosport Scamp and the Taylor Monoplane now stored in Al Patton’s open hangar at the Pea Patch. Both are now considered “projects” since they have been non-flyable for more than thirteen years and are in pieces and/or have deteriorated. The Scamp project was originally approved for sale in January 2001, by the EAA 172 Board of Directors after it was determined that none of those who donated funds for the project had any objections. In fact, the majority of the funds were from EAA 172 itself. The Taylor Monoplane project was donated to the club in January 1999. It had been severely damaged by gunfire in January 2008, and now is in pieces in Al Patton’s open hangar at the Pea Patch. The proposal was to get the projects into willing buyers’ hands so that the projects would not deteriorate into scrap. The Board unanimously approved the sale of the projects for a “best offer” price. Within that day the two projects were sold to EAA 172 club members.



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Pea Patch Post (for May, 2014) -- Entire May 2014 newsletter   ( 23 minutes for dial-up Internet )
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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 4 minutes )
  Prez Sez,
Meeting Minutes for April 19, 2014

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 14 minutes )
Airman of the Year,
Boshears Skyfest 2014


Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 2 minutes ) 
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
  Dorothy King Crawford RIP
Aviation Question of the Month,
Airventure 2014 NOTAM Available

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 3 minutes )
Quicksilver MX Sprint for Sale, Continental O-300 for Sale,
New National EAA Website,
Upcoming Events for May, June

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 1 minute )
Upcoming Events for June,
  Name That Plane

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Boshears SkyFest 2014
Airshow and Fly-in
April 26 - 27
    
The weather was perfect Saturday and Sunday, sunny in the upper 70s to low 80s. Perhaps it did get a bit warm Sunday afternoon. According to visiting pilots, the winds aloft were somewhat higher than expected, but still low enough so that they didn't give any problems. Our club members handled the Flightline -- parking of aircraft for the fly-in, the EAA 172 Information Tent, the History Tent, and the People Movers carrying visitors around the airfield. There were more than 41 GA (General Aviation) planes that flew in. There were many visiting restored vintage, military and other large aircraft. Club members Greg Connell and Gary Ward gave spectacular aerobatic performances on both days.
EAA 172 appreciates all those who  volunteered to help with our activities at Boshears.
Below are those who helped out:
INFORMATION TENT / AIRPLANE GREETING
Ben Brown, Bethany Brown, Cathy Brown, Sid Brown, Sheila Connell, Shirley Harden, Cami Nodorft, Carmen & Mikayla Nodorft, Dev & Jay Shetty, Nandi Shetty
HISTORY TENT
Bruce Cameron, Richard Fender, Jean Hildebrant, Joe Miles, Al Patton, Tom Patton

PEOPLE MOVERS
Ely DeGroodt, Tom DeGroodt, Noah Goff, Linda Harycki, Ron Harycki, John Magnan, Allen Nodorft, Carmen & Michael Nodorft, Amber Nothdurft, Shane Nothdurft, Machell Wheeler, Ross Wheeler

AIRCRAFT PARKING / FLIGHT LINE

Ed Booth, Ed Christian, Charlie Connell, Paul Connoly, Bob Enarick, Ron Haley, Gary Harden, Travis Reynolds, Steve Thompson

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for April 19, 2014
Spring Breakfast Fly-in

We had this meeting one week after the usual date because the Augusta, Georgia, Masters golf tournament events were held April 7 to 13. The temperature was cold, in the lower 50s, and it was raining. Before the meeting eleven members, their families, and guests enjoyed the delicious eggs, bacon, sausages, biscuits and grits masterfully prepared by chef Sid Brown assisted by a couple members. Because of the rain no planes flew in. At 9:11 AM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone ate. The short business meeting started around 9:46 AM. Sid thanked those who came out in the cold and rain to the breakfast. Members also expressed thanks to Frances Weiss who had set out the materials so that the clubhouse and tables could be decorated with Easter and Spring décor.

Old Business: Joe Britt moved to accept the minutes for the March 8th meeting. Ron Haley seconded the motion and the club members approved the motion unanimously. Ron Haley remarked that at the recent Sun ‘n Fun fly-in (April 1 – 6) there was a great light show on Saturday evening.

New Business: Our next event will be the Boshears SkyFest April 26 & 27 at Daniel Field. President Brown said that besides other “goody bag” items, there will be free food for those pilots/passengers flying in.

President Brown remarked that we should contact our representatives in the U.S. Congress regarding the legislation about obtaining a pilot certificate for VFR flight using only an automobile driver’s license, not a third-class medical. House and Senate legislation would exempt pilots who make noncommercial VFR flights in aircraft weighing up to 6,000 pounds with no more than six seats from the third-class medical certification process. Pilots would be allowed to carry up to five passengers, fly at altitudes below 14,000 feet MSL, and fly no faster than 250 knots.

The April club social eat-out will be at 6:30 PM on April 24th at Prime Steakhouse, 316 Richland Ave. W, Aiken, South Carolina.

Charlie Connell moved to adjourn the meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion. The membership approved the motion unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 10:09 AM.

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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 7 minutes)
  Prez Sez,
Minutes for the March 8, 2014, Meeting

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 3 minutes)
Sun 'n Fun April 1 - 6, Gary Ward & MX2 at Sun 'n Fun,
Masters NOTAM,
Boshears: Gary Ward & Greg Connell,
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 2 minutes) 
What To Tell Overweight Plane Passengers,
Wyman Fox Memorial Service,
Aviation Question of the Month,
Sun 'n Fun & AirVenture Must Pay For ATC Services,
Head of Customs Questioned About Warrantless Searches


Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 2 minutes)
Quicksilver MX Sprint For Sale,
iFLY 700a GPS For Sale [SOLD], Continental O-300 For Sale,
Upcoming Events for April

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 2 minutes)
Upcoming Events for May,
FAA Requiring Verbatim Readbacks,
 
Name That Plane

 
CALENDAR FOR 2014  (1 minute)

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for March 8, 2014
Fish Fry Fly-in

Although we had freezing fog in the early morning, the weather turned out to be beautiful with blue skies and temperatures in the low 70s. 14 planes flew in. Before the meeting, 78 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of catfish, crappie, trout, fries, onion rings, and hushpuppies prepared by our masterful chefs Dennis Allen, Ron Haley, Gary Harden, and Steve Thompson. The black-eyed peas, cole slaw and a plethora of other sidedishes as well as desserts were brought in by many club members. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. At 12:38 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone ate. The short business meeting started around 1:15 PM. Sid thanked those who brought and/or prepared the fish, french fries, hushpuppies, side dishes, and desserts. He specially thanked Danny Glover, a friend of Dennis Allen, and Wade Rhodes, Bob Rhodes’ nephew, for their fish and hush puppy donations. President Brown  welcomed EAA 38, EAA 242, and EAA 1499 club members who flew in. He also thanked all who beautified the clubhouse with the .St. Patrick’s day décor.

Old Business: Sheila Connell moved to accept the minutes for the February 8th meeting. Joe Britt seconded the motion and the club members approved the motion unanimously.

New Business: Our next meeting will be a breakfast fly-in on April 19th rather than April 12th, the usual second Saturday. Club members may be attending activities centered around the Masters Golf Tournament being held in Augusta during the second week and the first two weekends of April. The breakfast fly-in will start around 9:00 AM and we will have a delicious breakfast of eggs, grits, bacon, country ham, sausages, and rolls prepared by our fabulous cooks. President Brown said that during the short meeting after the breakfast we will review the activities our club members will be involved in during the Boshears SkyFest taking place April 26 - 27 at Daniel Field.

Virginia Bush said that the March club social eat-out would be at 6:30 PM on the 27th at Villa Europa, 3044 Deans Bridge Road, Augusta, Georgia.

Member Charles Lewis talked about the play “The Ransom of Red Chief” being presented by the Schoolhouse Players, a community theater group, at the Mancin Auditorium in Bartow, Georgia, on March 14 & 15 and 21 - 23. Our club members are invited to see and enjoy this humorous presentation.

Frances Weiss discussed the fact that although she “retired” from the duties of preparing the clubhouse for meetings she still does it because she enjoys doing it and is not obligated to do it.

Charles Lewis moved to adjourn the meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion. The membership approved the motion unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 1:37 PM.
St. Patrick’s day décor.
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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 6 minutes)
  Prez Sez,
Minutes for the February 8, 2014, Meeting

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 4 minutes)
Convalescing Members:
Dennis & Fay Allen, Joe & Pearl Miles, Aaron Ramsey, George Weiss,
Historic Ice Storm May Have Damaged Members' Aircraft,
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 2 minutes) 
RIP: Wyman Fox
FAA Claims Authority Over ALL your Air,
Aviation Question of the Month

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 3 minutes)
Quicksilver MX Sprint For Sale,
Dragonfly Mark III Project for Sale,
iFLY 700a GPS For Sale, Continental O-300 For Sale,
Upcoming Events for March

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 3 minutes)
Upcoming Events for April,
 
Name That Plane

 
CALENDAR FOR 2014  (1 minute)

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for February 8, 2014
Winter Soup Party

The weather was cool and rainy earlier in the day but by 11:00 AM there were blue skies with temperatures in the low 60s and a light wind -- perfect flying weather, according to Billy Couch who came in his Cessna 185. Three planes were on the field. Before the meeting, 34 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed sampling delicious soups prepared by five club members. The soups were vegetable soup, 15 Bean Soup, chicken soup with dumplings, Green Chili stew, and lima bean soup. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Frances Weiss had been in earlier in the week to start setting up the tables with a Valentine's Day motif. At 12:30 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone ate. The short business meeting started around 1:05 PM. Sid thanked those who brought their favorite soups allowing others to enjoy them. Among those preparing soup were Cindy & Joe Britt, Cathy & Sid Brown, Sheila Connell, Don Murphy, and Frances & George Weiss. No soup poll was taken since all the soups were great!  President Brown welcomed visitor Bryson Jimenez, Jean Hildebrant's great-grandson.

Old Business: Don Bush moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Al Nodorft seconded the motion and the club members approved the motion unanimously. Sid Brown said that his son, Ben, only has his third oral and written exams remaining before finishing his aircraft A&P education and training.

New Business: Commercial pilot Vice-president Nandi Shetty and airline first officer Ed Christian discussed the new FAA policy that commercial pilots wishing to become airline first officers now have to obtain an ATP certificate and to have logged 1500 hours experience. They also have to be “type rated” for the aircraft they fly in airline service—i.e., receive special training and testing on operation of that specific aircraft type. Because of the low pay for pilots especially for the regional airlines (sometimes as little as $20,000 a year for first officers, about what a McDonald’s server earns), this may decrease the number of available airline pilots in the United States because of the increased requirements and costs to obtain the first officer rating.

Shirley Harden said that the February club social eat-out would be at 6:30 PM on the 27th at Emilio’s Italian Eatery, 461 Parkwest Drive, in Grovetown, Georgia. Members discussed where the restaurant is in relation to I-20.

President Brown talked about the Wrens fly-in, the O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in scheduled for June 13 (for the evening meal) and June 14 for the main day of the fly-in. He said there is a possibility of getting a powered parachute group there for the fly-in.

Don Bush moved to adjourn the meeting. Al Nodorft seconded the motion. The membership approved the motion unanimously and the meeting adjourned at 1:30 PM. After the meeting some members moved the low-functioning clubhouse refrigerator out and, for a replacement, brought in the working refrigerator from the food trailer into the clubhouse.

BOARD MEETING
There was a short board meeting before the meal and regular meeting. The officers discussed the financial report that was in the February newsletter. They determined that we could spend an increased amount for youth flight training with the Al Patton Scholarship if the club had more funds. So it was decided that future printed newsletters, starting with the April Pea Patch Post, will have two, not five, double-sided pages. There will be the main page – the Prez Sez along with the Name That Plane and the phone numbers & addresses of the club officers and contact information for the Club Division Leaders. The printed newsletter will also have the Minutes and photos for the last meeting or event. Then it will have the information about the Name That Plane aircraft as well as the South Carolina Breakfast Club locations for the next five or six weeks. There will be no other pages besides the mailing address page. This is expected to save the club $600 - $700 annually which can be more appropriately spent on other club activities.

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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 7 minutes)
  Prez Sez,
Minutes for the January 11, 2014, Meeting

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 2 minutes)
RIP: Dennis "Marty" Allen, Jr.
RIP: Gerald C. & Lula S. Slone
Aviation Question of the Month,
Pyramax Plant Expanded Near Wrens,
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 4 minutes) 
Dennis Allen at Club Meeting and is Doing Fine,
Rich Gabor's UltraAce, Jamail Larkins on Forbes List,
Summary of EAA 172 2013 Finances,
Quicksilver MX Sprint For Sale,
Teenie Two Project For Sale,
Dragonfly Mark III Project for Sale,
iFLY 700a GPS For Sale, Continental O-300 For Sale,

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 2 minutes)
Upcoming Events for February,
Upcoming Events for March

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 3 minutes)
Name That Plane,
 
2014 EAA 172 Calendar

 
CALENDAR FOR 2014  (1 minute)

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for January 11, 2014
Chili Cook-off

The weather was wet and very stormy so no planes flew in. The temperature was in the low 60s. Before the meeting, 32 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the delicious chili prepared by six expert chefs from among our many talented club members. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes and decorated the tables. At 12:32 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone ate. The short business meeting started at 1:02 PM. President Brown welcomed visitor Danny Glover. Sid thanked those who brought their favorite chili allowing others to enjoy them. He also thanked the Aerospouses for the meal setup and for decorating the tables.

Old Business: Steve Thompson moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Ed Christian seconded the motion and the club members approved the motion unanimously. More members paid their dues to Treasurer Don Bush. Secretary John Magnan recorded their updated membership and address information.

New Business: Sid Brown asked Dennis Allen to talk to the members about his successful open-heart surgery and rapid recovery. The members applauded as Dennis walked up to the lectern. After he talked about his hospital stay he phoned member Bob Rhodes who was convalescing at home from having broken three ribs. Club members called out “Hello” to Bob by way of Dennis’ iPhone.

Next we spent more time deliberating about the Fish Fry Fly-in that EAA 172 has had every March since before 1996. We always lose money for that meal! Treasurer Don Bush said that the fish fry usually costs about $200 more than we receive with the $5 per-plate donation. After much discussion Don Bush, Charlie Connell, and Dennis Allen moved and Richard Fender and Sheila Connell seconded to have the March 8th Fish Fry and require an $8 donation unless members were able to catch enough fish before that meeting. The membership approved the motion unanimously.

We also decided other events for the 2014 calendar. Don Bush moved and John Magnan seconded that the April breakfast meeting would be on April 19th not April 12th to avoid a scheduling conflict. The members passed the motion unanimously. The O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in would be June 14th and the Wrens Fall Fly-in would be October 24-25. The membership agreed that there would be no regular October 11th club meeting. The Boshears Committee had decided not to have a second airshow (during October 2014) but only the April 26-27 Boshears SkyFest that made up for the cancelled 2013 SkyFest. [The updated calendar is HERE.]

Sheila Connell said that the January club social eat-out would be on Friday (not Thursday) in January. It would be on the 24th at Sticks Bistro in North Augusta, South Carolina.

Sid Brown said that at the next meeting members would move the working refrigerator from the food trailer into the clubhouse to replace the current defunct one. Someone will have to bring a hand-cart for this move.

A poll was taken to determine which chili recipe was the favorite among those presented to, and tasted by, the club members. Three members’ chilis tied for the winning spot: Fay & Dennis Allen’s, Cindy & Joe Britt’s, and Johna & Steve Thompson’s. 

President Brown talked about the February 8th Winter Soup Party. He asked for volunteers to prepare and bring their favorite soup. Four members volunteered. Those members were Joe Britt, Sid Brown, Sheila Connell, and Al Nodorft. Sid said he would check with Don Murphy about bringing his Green Chili.

Rich Gabor related that an article he wrote about his Ultra Ace aircraft completion is in the December, 2013, Sport Aviation magazine.

Don Bush moved to adjourn the meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion. The membership approved the motion unanimously and after a short reflective prayer by Sid Brown the meeting adjourned at 1:33 PM.

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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  ( 9 minutes)
  Prez Sez,
Minutes for the December 14, 2013 Meeting

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 2 minutes)
Dennis Allen Out of the Hospital,
New Tenant in Wrens Hangar, Monty Rast Fly-in Called Off,
AMEs Disagree with the FAA,
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 3 minutes) 
Airplanes and Bootlegging in Alaska,
Aviation Question of the Month,
Brad Pitt Buys a Spitfire,
FAA Cracks Down on Illegal Drones

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 2 minutes)
Possibly No Third Class Medical for Some Pilots,
Dragonfly Mark III Project for Sale,
iFLY 700a GPS For Sale, Continental O-300 For Sale,
Upcoming Events for January


Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 2 minutes)
Upcoming Events for February,
 
Name That Plane

 
CALENDAR FOR 2014  (1 minute)

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for December 14, 2013
The Christmas Party

The weather was wet and stormy so no planes flew in. Before the meeting, 49 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the delicious Christmas meal with fried turkey prepared by our expert chefs Dennis Allen and Steve Thompson. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes and decorated the tables. At 12:30 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone ate. During the meal we enjoyed fine Christmas music as well as some country music, some of it original, sung by Bethany Brown accompanied by her guitar. The short business meeting started at 1:30 PM. Sid Brown thanked everyone for bringing in the toys for the children at the Children’s Medical Center. He said his daughter, Bethany, would bring the toys and gifts to the Children's Medical Center. He thanked the chefs Dennis Allen and Steve Thompson for frying the turkeys. He also thanked the Aerospouses for the meal setup and for decorating the tables.

Old Business: Steve Thompson moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Joe Britt seconded the motion and it was approved.

Many members paid their dues to Treasurer Don Bush. Secretary John Magnan recorded their updated membership and address information.

New Business: We discussed the meals for the January 11th and February 8th club meeting. Members agreed that the January meal would feature chili and the February meal will focus on soup.

President Brown talked about the January 11th Chili Cook-off. He asked for volunteers to prepare and bring their favorite chili. After some discussion seven members volunteered. Those members are: Fay Allen, Joe Britt, Ed Christian (if his flight schedule allows him to make the chili), Ron Haley, Shane Nothdurft, Steve Thompson, and George & Frances Weiss.

Then we spent a lot of time deliberating about the Fish Fry Fly-in that EAA 172 has had every March since before 1996. Pierre Smith, who most often obtains the fish, was very active in this discussion. It seems that fish, including catfish, is getting very expensive. We always attempt to buy U.S. raised or caught fish rather than use foreign sources. In the last couple years the cost of the fish fry, with all the trimmings, has exceeded the amount of meal money obtained from the meal attendees. We always lose money for that meal! Members brought up canceling the fish fry, or perhaps having it in July in the place of the now barbecue (formerly cold-cuts) fly-in. President Brown tabled the discussion to the January meeting when it would be decided.

Because of all the holiday activities there will be no club social eat-out for December. Sheila Connell said she would let people know the location of the social eat-out for January later on in the month.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting. It was seconded and the meeting adjourned at 1:53 PM.

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  Prez Sez,
Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in November 9, 2013

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   ( 2 minutes)
SC Drone Restrictions,
Germans: Electric Rotorcraft - Drone,
Aviation Question of the Month,
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 ( 3 minutes) 
Chunky Pilots: Beware the FAA,
Monty Rast Fly-in December 28,
GPS Signal Degradation in Florida,
RIP: John "Sonny" Applewhite,
RIP: Richard Snowalter,
iFLY 700a GPS For Sale, Continental O-300 For Sale

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  ( 3 minutes)
Secret Illegal Operations at Small Airports,
Teen Pilot "Wannabes" Might Want Your Plane,
  The Physics of Santa Claus's Flight


Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  ( 2 minutes)
Upcoming Events for December, January,
 
Name That Plane

 
CALENDAR FOR 2014  (1 minute)

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for November 9, 2013
Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in
Jenkins County Airport, Millen, Georgia


We had beautiful weather for the EAA 172 fly-out to the Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in at the Jenkins County Airport, Millen, Georgia, on Saturday, November 9. There were clearing skies, little wind, with the temperature in the upper 60s -- near perfect flying weather. There was no regular EAA 172 club meeting. Before 10:00 AM there were already four planes on the ramp. Earlier that morning Sid and Ben Brown had brought a number of tables and three dozen chairs from the Pea Patch. Don & Langga Gay had set up the fly-in area. They prepared the bounteous amount of food including varieties of meats, soups, many fancy breads, tasty desserts, coffee and sweet tea. Nine vintage automobiles were on display. 13 planes were in by 11:45 AM. Among members who flew in were Eddie Booth with his RV-7, Sandy Howard with his Beech Bonanza, Steve Thompson with his Cessna 175, Joe Britt with his RV-9A, and Don Bush with his RV-7A. Besides those pilots there were club members Sid & Ben Brown, Greg Connell, Don & Langga Gay, Gary Harden, Jean Hildebrant, John Magnan, Roger McCoig, Shane & Amber Nothdurft, Al Patton, Tom Patton, Johna Thompson, and several other members. There was a sizable group of visitors who drove in from the Millen area. Counting several planes that left earlier in the morning, about 20 planes flew in. The last planes to leave took off around 3:00 PM.

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Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out

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Breakfast Fly-in October 26, 2013,
Aviation Question of the Month,
Wrens Fall Fly-in 2013, October 24 - 26, 2013, Part I


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Wrens Fall Fly-in
October 25-26, 2013
Wrens Memorial Airport (65J), Wrens, Georgia

Though cold in the early morning we had clear skies and in the upper 60s during the day on Friday and Saturday. More than 100 visitors and members were at the Wrens Fall Fly-in October 25 - 26. Visitors were from seven states: Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Virginia, Nevada. Georgia had the most visitors, then South Carolina, then North Carolina, then Florida, Virginia, Kentucky, and Nevada. The first aircraft, a Cessna 172K, came in on Thursday, October 24. Since pilot/owner Dennis Allen, Augusta, GA, was the first person to fly in to the Wrens Fall Fly-in with his Cessna 172, he was  (jokingly) told he earned the “First Pilot to Arrive” award of a fifth of  Jack Daniel’s! On Saturday morning members and visitors enjoyed a fine Southern breakfast. During the fly-in about 38 aircraft were on the field including four gyroplanes. There were two tandem two seaters, a modified SnoBird and a Calidus, a German designed cross-country gyroplane. It achieved the record for the farthest distance for this fly-in: 240 miles from Grantham, North Carolina. For static display there were two single-place Gyrobee gyroplanes, one owned by Rodney Smith of Mooresville, NC, the other by David Robinson of North Augusta, SC.

Many members of the north Georgia rotorcraft club came to the fly-in. A Carolina/Georgia Rotorcraft Club member, Tim Verroi, came in with his RV-6A. Phillip Kennedy, from Kathleen, GA, drove in specifically to get his first experience with a gyroplane. John Tabor and his dog Jake came in from Leesburg, VA, in his Cessna 182. Kent Goddard drove from Tampa, FL, in his motorhome.

During the day on Saturday, Sid and Ben Brown grilled the burgers and hot dogs and also sold the refreshments. They had already prepared and served the grits and rolls for breakfast. Ken Rayburn, after preparing the breakfast eggs, bacon, and sausages, assisted with aircraft parking.

Of course, with every fly-in, there is much work that is done prior to the event. Rick Revels mowed the fly-in field and around the hangar and cleared brush. Sid and Ben Brown mowed the auto parking area and grass airstrip.  Rick Revels also cleaned up the hangar and lounge. John Magnan set up the fencing, tents, electrical, and water system and also advertised the fly-in throughout the previous six weeks. He also cut firewood and brought heaters for the Saturday evening videos and movies. On Saturday evening a visitor from near Rome, Georgia, showed HD videos of the fly-in and also movies on a huge screen attached to the side of Jeb Barrows' hangar.



Wrens Breakfast Fly-in
October 26, 2013
Wrens Memorial Airport (65J), Wrens, Georgia

In the middle of the Wrens Fall Fly-in was the Breakfast Fly-in at 9:00 AM on Saturday, October 26. It was originally planned to be on the field under the tents. However, it was cold, for us at least, with the temperature between 30 and 33 degrees Fahrenheit, very unusual for this time of year when it is normally in the upper 50s in the morning. Last year the fly-in breakfast was on October 6 and we had shirt-sleeve weather. The evening before, club president Sid Brown asked members to move the tables and chairs into the airport main hangar in anticipation of the predicted cold temperatures. They had been set outside near the tents in preparation for the next morning’s breakfast. As promised to visitor Fred Perdue from Atkins, Virginia, club secretary John Magnan had set out a coffee pot on a table outside, ready to be plugged in. While John was getting some coffee creamer at the store, Fred moved the coffeepot into the hangar and fixed the coffee himself making it less strong than John usually did. Some people, including Fred, had noted that John’s fly-in coffee was often strong enough to “awaken the dead.”

Several aircraft flew in for the breakfast. Sid and Ben Brown had prepared the grits and rolls. Ken Rayburn and Becky Wallace fried the eggs, bacon, and sausages. President Brown gave the invocation at 9:05 AM and the 23 breakfast attendees enjoyed the breakfast indoors rather than under the tents outdoors as originally planned. EAA 172 member Rick Revels put a number of Fly-Mart items on tables in the hangar.

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Boshears SkyFest
October 19-20, 2013, at Daniel Field (DNL), Augusta, Georgia
The Boshears SkyFest was cancelled for this year. It is being postponed to April 26th and 27th, 2014. It seems that this is due to the government shutdown, which includes parts of the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration). In order to have an airshow with aerobatic performances, an airshow waiver is required. At this time, the waiver is still at the FAA Office according to event spokeswoman Becky Shealy.

Boshears SkyFest was advertised as an airshow. No waiver means no airshow. “Boshears SkyFest was advertised as an airshow and no waiver means no airshow,” Becky Shealy said of the Daniel Field festival which draws 6,000 to 8,000 fans to Augusta annually. Shealy said organizers initially planned to downgrade the show to only include military plane fly-ins and fly-bys, but decided against that course of action. “It just wouldn’t be right to do that to this community,” she said. “This community deserves the best. They deserve the show that had been advertised.”

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for October 12, 2013

The weather was comfortable, featuring a sunny sky with temperatures in the low to mid 80s. This was a special work meeting to prepare for the Boshears SkyFest, October 19-20, and the Wrens Fall Fly-in, October 25-26. Starting around 10:00 AM, 25 members and their families thoroughly cleaned both rooms of the clubhouse and also the two People Mover trailers. They moved most of the furniture out of both the front room and meeting room of the clubhouse and placed the chairs, tables, etc. on the lawn. While the floors were drying we had a scrumptious cold-cuts lunch set up by club president Sid Brown who gave the invocation at 12:11 PM. During the meal a short meeting was called to order around 12:45 PM by club president Sid Brown.

Old Business: A motion was made to accept the minutes for the last meeting. It was seconded and approved.

New Business: We discussed the upcoming Boshears SkyFest October 19-20. Everything is in order as mentioned at the last meeting: Sid Brown said he and Al Nodorft would be working with those flying in. Charlie Connell will handle the flightline. Sheila and Charlie Connell had been involved in the planning.

We also talked about the Wrens Fall Fly-in scheduled for October 25-26. The fly-in breakfast with eggs, grits, sausages, toast, etc. will be at 9:00 AM on Saturday, the 26th.

The club social eat-out for October 24th would be at Sheehan's Irish Pub, 2571 Central Ave, in Augusta.

We held the election for the 2014 club officers. Ron Haley moved and Ed Christian seconded that the current officers should be re-elected. The motion passed unanimously. The officers for 2014 will be: Sid Brown, President; Nandi Shetty, Vice-President; John Magnan, Secretary; Don Bush, Treasurer.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting. It was seconded and the meeting adjourned at 12:55 PM. After the meeting adjourned, Club members put all the furniture back into the clubhouse and finished around 1:30 PM.

After the regular meeting there was a short Board Meeting. The Board decided to have the same terms for the 2014 club membership as for 2013. The dues will be $30 for the year. If paid after December 31, 2013, the dues would be $40 for the year.

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for September 14, 2013

The The weather was comfortable, the temperature in the low 80s with a blue sky and light winds. Three aircraft flew in. Before the meeting, 39 members, their families, and many visitors enjoyed the fine grilled hamburgers prepared by Sid Brown. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. At 12:32 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation. He had a minute of reflective silence in memory of the recently departed Al Newman, Sr. who, at past meetings, usually gave the invocation. Then everyone enjoyed the hamburger meal, side dishes, and desserts. The short business meeting started at 1:13 PM.

Old Business: Joe Britt moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Don Gay seconded the motion and it was approved.

Some members who went there discussed the Triple Tree fly-in, held September 4 - 8 at the Triple Tree Aerodrome (SC00) near Woodruff, South Carolina. They remarked that the weather was perfect and perhaps more than 500 aircraft showed up to land on the huge golf green quality 400' x 7000' grass runway. We also talked about the Rhodes BBQ Fly-in that was held on September 8. Many hundreds of people attended. The aircraft that came in were those of club members.

New Business: Don Gay talked about the Millen - Jenkins County Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in on November 9. For fly-in pilots and companions there will be free coffee & Danish from 8:00 to 9:00 AM. Free lunch will be served from 11:00 AM to 12:00 noon.

President Brown said that our next meeting will be Saturday, October 12. It will be early, 10:00 AM, and we will spend time cleaning up the clubhouse, perhaps the concession trailer, and the People Mover trailers. We will also hold our officer elections for 2014. There will be a cold cuts meal after we finish our work.

Sid also talked about the Boshears SkyFest, October 19 - 20. He said he and Al Nodorft would be working with those flying in. Charlie Connell will handle the flightline. Sheila and Charlie Connell have been involved in the planning. President Brown also said that the main day for the Wrens Fall Fly-in would be Saturday, October 26.

About the Al Patton Scholarship that is given out at Boshears: Sid said our club donates $1,000. Al Nodorft read a letter from a former winner’s mother who related that he took full advantage of the scholarship and is now at West Point. Sid passed the bucket to the members for more donations to the Scholarship Fund.

Virginia Bush reminded everyone that the club social eat-out for September 26th would be at the Boll Weevil Café on Ninth Street in Augusta.

Program: Thomas Dunston, an instructor for the A&P school for the Augusta Tech Aviation program at the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport, who spoke to us at our January meeting, brought a guest, Bridgette Doremire. She is a Master CFI, CFII, MEI, and Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic and has written a book, Flight Instructor Notebook. Her articles have appeared in Plane & Pilot Magazine and the Cessna Pilots Association’s monthly magazine. She talked about her work and interests. The company she is associated with, QREF, has more information about her work and interests on its Website Qref.com

Don Bush moved to adjourn the meeting. Virginia Bush seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 1:42 PM.

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Alfred F. Newman, Sr. Passes Away,
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out

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EAA Founder Paul Poberezny Passes Away,
Aviation Question of the Month,
Some Young Eagles Pilots May Receive Compensation,
New AOPA President,

Final NTSB Reports on Wootten York

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for August 10, 2013
Breakfast Fly-in

The weather was comfortable, with a blue sky scattered with puffy cumulous clouds. The temperature was in the low 80s. Before the meeting, 23 members, their families, and a guest enjoyed the breakfast -- eggs, grits, bacon, toast, and sausages -- prepared by Sid & Ben Brown as well as chefs Gary Harden and Steve Thomson. The Aerospouses, Shirley Harden and Frances Weiss, prepared the tables and set out the side dishes. Two planes were on the field. At 9:02 AM guest Rev. David Hibberts, pastor of the Louisville, Georgia, United Methodist Church, gave the invocation and everyone ate. At the short business meeting, starting at 9:37 AM during the meal, President Sid Brown thanked those who helped prepare and set out the breakfast. He welcomed our guest, Rev. Hibberts.

Old Business: Steve Thompson moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Joe Britt seconded the motion and it was approved.

Dennis Allen mentioned those who went to Oshkosh (July 29 – August 4): Dennis, Joe Britt, Don Bush, and Sam Hart. Dennis and Don said they saw the Terrafugia roadable aircraft. Steve Thompson commented that for the cost of the Terrafugia (up to $250,000 now) he could buy a good used airplane and also enough decent used cars to leave at the various airports he might fly to so he would always have a car to use after he landed. One could have a decent $75,000 plane plus perhaps 10-15 cars left at various airports!

New Business: Charlie Connell told the group that club member Al Newman, Sr. had died the day before (August 9). According to Charlie, Al only found out about his cancer a month and a half ago. The viewing will be tomorrow, Sunday, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Poteet funeral home on Davis Rd. in Augusta. Funeral services would be Monday at Warren Baptist Church at 11:00 AM with the burial at Westover Memorial Park.

Shirley Harden reminded everyone that the club social eat-out for August 22nd would be at the Village Deli, on Wrightsboro Rd. in Augusta.

Sid Brown brought up some future events. He wanted to know whether we should have a meeting on October 12, perhaps about the upcoming Boshears and Wrens fly-ins. After some discussion Steve Thompson moved to have a meeting at 10:00 AM on that day. The motion was seconded by Ron Haley and Pierre Smith and approved. Sid said it would be somewhat of a “work day” and that after making sure everything was ready for Boshears we would have a cold cuts meal, perhaps around noon. President Brown also that we need to bring our planes to the two fly-ins. Pierre Smith said that a well-known aviator he knows will have a big display of aircraft at Boshears.

There was a very informative discussion about Wootten York’s fatal plane crash on October 22, 2011. The NTSB had just released the factual account on 06/25/13 which was written about in our August newsletter. In particular, the NTSB had this statement about the internal forward Y-tail attachment structure where the breakup appeared to have initiated: “General examination of the aircraft structure revealed several areas of ‘less-than-optimal’ construction techniques. These included a lack of deburring drilled holes, notching from metal cuts that were not smoothed out, excessive chamfers, mis-drilled holes, and the use of oversized washers to cover mis-drilled holes.” Note that Wootten did not build the plane and had purchased the light-sport Waiex aircraft used and had only worked on some brake and nose-wheel issues.

Club member CFI Pierre Smith stressed that everyone should have a “pre-buy” inspection made on any aircraft before putting money down for it. Steve Thompson discussed improperly installed rivets on some aircraft he has looked at. Sid Brown observed that we need to let our more experienced members examine planes we want to buy.

Bob Rhodes called someone to verify that the September Rhodes barbecue would be on September 8 not 15. Bob said that the fly-in is the second Sunday – the 8th of September not the second full weekend of September.

Frances Weiss moved to adjourn the meeting. George Weiss seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 10:06 AM.

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FAA Residential Through-the-Fence Policy Released,
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Alfred F. Newman, Sr.
March 12, 1926 - August 9, 2013
Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) #72898
Alfred F. Newman, Sr.

One of the Founders of EAA 172


AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Friday, August 09, 2013 at Trinity Hospital, Alfred Freeman Newman, 87, husband of the late Joyce R. Newman. Mr. Newman served in the United States Navy and was a World War II veteran. He was a longtime, active member of Warren Baptist Church and the Muns Sunday School Class and Joy Club. He was a private pilot and loved to fly. He was a member of the EAA Chapter 172. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 63. He retired from BellSouth as a Special Services Installer with 37 years of service. He was also proud to attain an amateur extra radio license  AC4TW/KO4UF (ham radio). Family members include daughters: Rosanne Mason and husband Charles, Terri Padgett and husband Richard; son: A. Freeman Newman, Jr. and wife Bunny; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held Monday, August 12, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. in the Chapel at Warren Baptist Church with Rev. Dave Dillard officiating. Private interment followed in Westover Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road, Augusta, GA 30907. The family received friends on Sunday, August 11, from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com



Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for July 13, 2013
Barbecue Fly-in

Even though there was much heavy rain and flooding in the area, 47 members, their families, and guests enjoyed the barbecue prepared by Sid Brown and his family. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Because of the threatening weather no planes flew in. However, before the meal Steve Thomson was working on his 1958 Cessna 175 in his hangar. At 12:24 PM club president Sid Brown gave the invocation and everyone ate. At the short business meeting, starting at 1:04 PM during the meal, President Sid Brown welcomed many visitors, among them Vice President Nandi Shetty’s children Jay and Dev, Richard Thomson, Steve’s brother, Bibiana Falatova, a friend of Ed Christian, Shane Nothdurft’s cousin John Barrow, and friends Bob and Will, and Lester Sheafe, Richard Fender’s guest. President Brown thanked those who helped prepare and set out the barbecue.

Old Business: Richard Fender moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Ben Brown seconded the motion and it was approved.

Steve Thompson thanked the “few” who came out on May 18 to finish the re-roofing of the clubhouse.

Al Nodorft said that he has the club T-shirts ordered by Steve Amster, Ben & Sid Brown, Bruce Hitt, and Richard Fender.

New Business: HVAC expert, club member Charlie Connell, looked at the non-functioning Admiral refrigerator in the clubhouse. It seems to use the old Freon 12 which is now extremely expensive. The possibility of a re-charge was put on hold. Sid Brown suggested just using the working refrigerator in the concession trailer parked next to the clubhouse.

Shirley Harden reminded everyone that the club social eat-out for July 25th would be at P. F. Chang’s China Bistro on Wrightsboro Road in Augusta.

Sid Brown asked who would be helping out for the fly-in breakfast to be held on August 10. Volunteers included Gary Harden and Steve Thomson. Sid said he would get the food but might not be there for the meeting because of family commitments.

President Brown passed around copies of the June 27th News & Farmer which had a headline article about Blythe Dant who won the Al Patton Scholarship award in 2007, then continued his flight training through 2013 when he became a CFI. Sid also said that his son, Ben, is just about finished with his college work and after testing will have his A&P certificate.

Sid asked for the Veterans to stand and receive a round of applause for their sacrifices.

Everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to Billy Couch whose birthday was on July 8.

Don Bush moved to adjourn the meeting. Ed Christian seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 1:15 PM.
1:04 PM.  

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O. B. Brown Memorial Fly-in

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EAA 172 History  Part III,
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EAA 172 WRENS O.B. BROWN MEMORIAL FLY-IN
at the Wrens Airport (65J) June 8, 2013

Although overcast in the morning, it was warm and there was no rain. It became partly sunny by early afternoon and the temperatures rose to the high 80s. Starting at mid-morning a number of aircraft of all types flew in. Club members who based aircraft at the Wrens airport brought them out to display. Al Nodorft had towed in his Russia AC-5M glider from his home in Grovetown. The huge Wrens Flour Mill diesel engine was set up for display. One of those who worked with the diesel engine also brought in a "hit and miss" single cylinder gasoline engine connected to an ice cream churn and served many visitors delicious home-made ice cream. Barry Kropelin had brought in his Xtract gyroplane (actually a modified Wind Ryder) from near Charlotte, North Carolina. The Air Methods medevac crew (from the Thomson-McDuffie Airport) flew in their Eurocopter Astar helicopter around 9:45 AM. They had the aircraft open and displayed and discussed what they did.

Among the visiting aircraft were two twin engine aircraft: a Cessna 401A with six aboard, piloted by Bob Pinckney from EAA 1132, and a Cessna 310D. There were several RV types of aircraft as well as two Cessna single engine airplanes for a total of 20 aircraft at the fly-in. Jerry Esquenazi, from Peachtree City, GA, flew in his RV-8. Rudy Smith, from Millen, GA, came in his RV-4. Dale Cole from Greenwood, SC, came in an RV-6. Troy Payne, from Carrolton, GA, came in an RV-8A. Club member Steve Amster came in his Cessna 172S. CFI Blythe Dant, a past Al Patton Scholarship winner, came in a Cessna 150D. Member Bill Johnson came in his Taylorcraft. We had 130 visitors from all around Georgia and South Carolina and two from North Carolina. Unfortunately it was overcast, though not raining, in the Atlanta area, so the Sky Soldiers -- Army Aviation Heritage Foundation-- were not able to be at Wrens with their UH-1H Huey helicopter since it was based just south of Atlanta. Some club members worked in the EAA 172 food trailer providing hamburgers and other refreshments to the visitors.

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EAA 172 Friday, June 7, 2013, evening meal

Though the tents had been prepared for the meal, rainstorms started around 4:30 PM, so the meal was not held under the tents. Even with the rain it was quite comfortable, with temperatures in the 80s. So the preparing of the meal and the meal itself took place in the airport hangar. Sid, Cathy, and Ben Brown had prepared potatoes and salad and set out grills for the 20 attendees to use to cook the meat they brought. There were dessert side-dishes. At 6:51 PM Sid Brown gave the invocation. By 7:00 PM members and visitors started grilling their meat and sitting down and enjoying the meal.  Afterward everyone sat around to fellowship and "hangar talk" to nearly 10:00 PM.  

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EAA 172 History  Part II

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Upcoming Events in June & July

Pea Patch Post -- pages 11-12  (2 minutes)
Air Methods Air Medical Transport Display to be at Fly-in,
Clubhouse Re-roofing finished,

Name that plane


CALENDAR FOR 2013  (1 minute)

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for May 11, 2013
Club Meeting

Although it was cloudy the weather was comfortable, with temperatures in the low 80s. Before the meeting 34 members, their families, and guests enjoyed the barbecue prepared by Sid Brown and his family. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. At 12:21 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Seven planes flew in. At the short business meeting, starting at 12:49 PM during the meal, President Sid Brown welcomed many visitors, among them Wise Ziyo, an exchange student now at Hephzibah High School. His home is in Tajikistan, a country in central Asia. Sid also welcomed Kerri Tyson, Amber Nothdurft’s daughter, Tanner Grose, Charlie Connell’s grandson, Noot Irvin, a guest of Phillip Blanchard, and Lester Sheave, Richard Fender’s guest. President Brown thanked those who helped prepare the barbecue.

Old Business: Steve Thompson moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion and it was approved.

Don Bush asked about those who wanted new EAA 172 T-shirts. Ben Brown, Sid Brown, Bruce Hitt, Bill Johnson, and Rick Revels ordered shirts. Others had ordered shirts at the previous two meetings. Don already had given them their shirts.

Steve Thompson said that he is planning to get a crew together to finish re-roofing the clubhouse. At first the date for doing this was June 1. Then, after some discussion, the date the members decided on was the next Saturday, May 18. Steve asked any volunteers to be there at 7:30 AM. Among the volunteers were Steve Thompson, Dennis Allen, Don Bush, Charlie Connell, Sandy Howard, Al and Michael Nodorft, Aaron Ramsey, and Terry Stout. Charlie Connell said he would handle getting any food for the workers.

New Business: President Sid Brown talked about the upcoming Wrens, O. B. Brown Memorial Fly-in on June 8. Fay Allen, Cathy Brown, Sheila Connell, and Al Nodorft volunteered to work in the food trailer. There might be more. Sid said three cooks are needed. Shane Nothdurft and Rick Revels volunteered to be cooks. There would be no Young Eagles since there is a difficulty obtaining Young Eagle pilots. There would be the usual “bring your own meat to grill” meal the Friday evening before the fly-in. It would start around 6:00 PM under the tents at the Wrens airport.

Virginia Bush reminded everyone that the club social eat-out for May 23rd would be at the Chop House restaurant, on Wrightsboro Road in Augusta.

Al Nodorft said that he is building a new plane (to replace his Christen Eagle?). It is a DR-109, a two seat low wing aerobatic monoplane.

Richard Fender moved to adjourn the meeting. Bruce Hitt seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 1:08 PM.

BOARD MEETING
  
     There was a Board of Directors meeting starting around 1:40 PM. Treasurer Don Bush said that we are changing banks because of increased costs at the current bank, as described at previous Board Meetings. Don noted that the March electric bill was more than $70! This might indicate someone had left the heating or stove on during March.
      Member Bill Johnson discussed the possibility of having the “Sky Soldiers” -- Army Aviation Heritage Foundation -- at the Wrens Fly-in. They could bring a Huey helicopter, offering 15 minute rides for $60 a head. They could also bring a Cobra helicopter but those rides would cost a minimum of $275. Bill said this is “short notice” but it might increase attendance at the fly-in. Bill had previously contacted the officers on May 5 about this. Bill was in the EAA Advisory Council and had worked with the Sky Soldiers activities in the past.

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  Prez Sez,
Minutes of the April Meeting


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EAA 172 History  Part I

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 (3 minutes) 
Laser Weapons Kill Drones, Aviation Question of the Month,
Medical Certificates Easier for Those with Conditions,
Free Pilot Guide to Avionics,
Sun 'n Fun OP ED


Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  (1 minute)
Upcoming Events in May & June

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  (2 minutes)
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out
Name that plane


CALENDAR FOR 2013  (1 minute)

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for April 13, 2013
Spring Breakfast Fly-in

Before the meeting 35 members, their families, and guests enjoyed the delicious eggs, bacon, sausages, biscuits and grits masterfully prepared by Sid & Benjamin Brown and other club chefs. Sid was assisted in the food preparation by Shane Nothdurft and John Magnan. Mark Slone, Bibiana Falatova, Shirley Harden, Amber Nothdurft, Sheila Connell and her guest Karen Gramenz set out the dining and serving tables as well as the side dishes and prepared biscuits for the meal. Two planes flew in. Billy Couch and his wife Marlyn and daughter Sue flew in Billy’s Cessna 185 (Sue, also a pilot, did the flying). Visitors Thomas Parrish and his son J.T., from EAA 242, flew in Thomas’s Mooney M-20G. At 9:49 AM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Sid Brown called the short business meeting to order at 10:19 AM. He thanked those who helped prepare the breakfast. Sid also welcomed visitors Terry Pitts, a friend of Tommy Edwards, Mark & Karen Gramenz, friends of Sheila Connell, and Thomas Parrish & his son J.T., friends of Ed Christian. Ed and Thomas are Delta First Officers who would be flying to South Africa the next week.  

Old Business: Don Bush moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Aaron Ramsey seconded the motion and it was approved.

New Business: President Sid Brown talked about the Wright Flyer and the Wright Flyer replica. During the meal a DVD of the Wright Flyer and the replica was playing on the TV. He also said that the next meeting on May 11 would be a regular meeting and we would have barbecue as the main dish.

Shirley Harden reminded everyone that the eat-out for April 25th would be at the French Market Grill on Highland Ave. in Augusta.

Al Newman moved to adjourn the meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 10:31 AM.
  
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  Prez Sez,
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Joe Miles' Wife Had Stroke,
Airport Tower Closures Delayed Until June 15,
BSA Merit Badge University,
Aviation Question of the Month

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Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Were the Wright Brothers First?,

Sequestration Won't Affect AirVenture 2013

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  (3 minutes)
NTSB Issues Five Safety Alerts,
Bizjet Accidents Have Increased,
Upcoming Events in April

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Upcoming Events in May,
Name that plane


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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for March 9, 2013
Fish Fry Fly-in

Before the meeting more than 60 members, their families, and numerous visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of catfish, fries, onion rings and many sidedishes and desserts. Our masterful chefs Dennis Allen, Ron Haley, Gary Harden, and Steve Thompson prepared the fried foods. Pierre Smith had purchased the fish. The aerospouses, including Fay Allen and Frances Weiss, set out the side dishes and prepared the serving and meeting room tables with a St. Patrick’s Day motif. Six planes flew in and a seventh plane, an RV-8A, took off and flew around the patch and landed. It’s pilot was Charlie Connell and it was the first time he flew it since his unfortunate roof mishap June 15 of last year. At 12:38 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Sid Brown called the short business meeting to order at 1:12 PM. He thanked those who prepared the catfish, fries and onion rings. Sid also welcomed Richard Fender's guest Lester Sheafe and Frank Christian’s guests Leon Walden and Leon’s grandson Grady. Ed Christian had flown young Grady as a Young Eagle before the meal. Sid also welcomed Charlie & Sheila Connell’s guests Carl and Michele Connelly, George & Frances Weiss’ guests Fred and Mary Jordan, and Sandy & Barbara Howard’s guests Rob and Aubrey.

Old Business: Don Bush moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion and it was approved.

New Business: President Sid Brown said that he would not be able to be at the Breakfast Fly-in on April 13. Vice-President Nandi Shetty would handle that meeting. Sid also said that he wants to expand the Tech Counselor program and passed a paper around to be signed by those interested in becoming a Tech Counselor.

Secretary John Magnan said that Joe Miles had called him. Joe’s wife, Pearl, had a stroke the past Sunday and got back from the hospital on Thursday. Joe told John that Joe would not be able to make that many meetings since he would be taking care of his wife who had difficulty walking and speaking. Joe said he would still remain a member of EAA 172 even though he might not go to the meetings.

Sheila Connell reminded everyone that the eat-out for March 28th would be at Malibu Jack’s Surf Grill on Fury’s Ferry Road in Augusta. Don Bush talked about an August, 1962, issue of Sport Aviation featuring Al Patton and the APF 1.

Program: Toward the end of the meal all enjoyed the spirited presentation by aerobatic pilot Greg Connell. He said his “True Pitts” is the greatest “Raise Hell” airplane. Its redline is +240 mph. It has “tons of torque” and its fuel burn is 13 gallons an hour in cruise. Greg said his first airshow this year is April 6. 

Al Newman moved to adjourn the meeting. Don Bush seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 1:46 PM.


BOARD MEETING

At 1:50 PM there was a short Board Meeting after the regular meeting. The Board again discussed honoring the Founders of EAA 172. As promised, Al Patton had given Secretary John Magnan a sheaf of information about the founders of EAA 172. Other members also gave him old newspaper clippings about the early EAA 172 members. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts are all in order but because of increasing fees by our current bank he was considering a change of banks to hold our funds.  President Sid Brown still does not know whether the Modelers (model airplane people) would be coming to the O.B. Brown Fly-in June 8. Sid might just invite one group of Modelers.


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  Prez Sez,
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Thomson Jet Crash,
We're Adding a QR Code, Pope-Emeritus is a Pilot,

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 (3 minutes) 
Wrens Happenings - the Runway & Ramp,
Aviation Question of the Month,
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  (2 minutes)
AOPA's President Resigns, Sequestration Affects Airshows,
Bats vs. Cropdusters, Has Your Insurance Policy Expired?,
Hobby Drones to be Illegal in Texas?


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Upcoming Events in March and April
Name that plane


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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for February 9, 2013
Winter Soup Party

We had fairly nice weather with blue skies, few clouds. Before the meeting 42 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the fine soups prepared by outstanding chefs Shane Nothdurft and Amber, Sheila Connell, and Cindy Britt. The soups included Shane/Amber soup, Taco stew, and chicken and rice soup. Four aircraft flew in. The aerospouses set out the side dishes and prepared the serving and meeting room tables. At 12:29 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Sid Brown called the short business meeting to order at 1:10 PM. He thanked those who prepared the soup and  welcomed new member Joel Birney, a friend of Terry Stout. Sid also welcomed Richard Fender's guest Lester Sheafe and Amber's son, David. President Brown said that possibly we could have small Young Eagles events at the Pea Patch perhaps 2-5 youngsters. Young Eagles Coordinator Nandi Shetty would handle those. Sid also said that Blythe Dant has his commercial pilot certificate and is working on becoming a CFI.

Old Business: Richard Fender moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Sheila Connell seconded the motion and it was approved.

President Brown talked about the funds for the windsock stand and pole. He congratulated Gary Harden for a job “Well done!” Sheila Connell passed around a bucket to get more funds for the windsock since we’re short some money for it. 

New Business: Sid said that the meal for the March 9th meeting would feature catfish. Dennis Allen, Gary Harden, and Steve Thompson said they would prepare the fish, onions, and fries. Pierre Smith will get 45 pounds of fish.

Pierre Smith talked about final flow test methods for aircraft engines. Sid discussed needing more tech counselors like Pierre. They could be those specializing in certain facets of aviation. These could include light planes, Rotax engines, aircraft covering, and modifications to aircraft. Pierre agreed that we need to make more use of the tech counselors and flight advisors. He handles RV transition training. Secretary John Magnan passed around a list for members to sign up if they are interested in becoming a tech counselor or flight advisor. Terry Stout talked about calls he has received about the Rotax 447 which he knows well.

President Brown presented 2012 Service Awards and medals to the 2012 officers and club division leaders.

Shirley Harden reminded everyone that the eat-out for February 28th would be at the Buca di Beppo restaurant on Wrightsboro Road at the Augusta Mall in Augusta, Georgia.

Al Newman moved to adjourn the meeting. Joe Britt seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 1:44 PM.



BOARD MEETING

At 1:50 PM there was a short Board Meeting after the regular meeting. They discussed honoring the Founders of EAA 172. Al Patton had told Secretary John Magnan that he has a copy of the complete history of the Founding of EAA 172. Al will bring it to the next meeting.  Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts are all in order. The Board talked more about the funding of the windsock support and pole. The Pea Patch Corp. had paid for the concrete.


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  Prez Sez,
Minutes of the January Meeting


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Pea Patch Wind Sock Finished,
Aviation Question of the Month,
Upcoming Events in February and March

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 (8 minutes) 
Wrens Airport Refurbishing,
PyroMax Proppant Plant Under MOA,
Innocent Glider Pilot Arrested,
FAA Proposes No iPads for Pilots


Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  (3 minutes)
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Cropduster Attacker Convicted,
Confederate Helicopter


Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  (2 minutes)
  Name that plane
tentative Calendar for 2013

CALENDAR FOR 2013  (1 minute)

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for January 12, 2013
Chili Cook-off

A great day for a meeting! It was mostly sunny, in the 70s, with a blue sky. Before the meeting 52 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the fine chili prepared by six club members. Six aircraft flew in. The aerospouses set out the side dishes and prepared the serving and meeting room tables. At 12:30 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Sid Brown called the short business meeting to order at 1:06 PM. He said that the wind sock framing looks fine. He thanked Gary Harden and the others for the time they spent and the work they have done building the steel stand and framing. Sid also re-introduced our new Vice-President, Nandi Shetty, who talked about his background and interests.

Old Business: Richard Fender moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Joe Britt seconded the motion and it was approved.

President Brown asked everyone how his or her chili was. All the chili selections were excellent. He then asked those in the dining room to vote for the best tasting chili, using the numbers next to the chili pots. Fay Allen’s chili won by a decisive majority.

New Business: Sid said that the meal for the February 9th meeting would feature soup. He asked who would be able to bring soup. The volunteers included Sid Brown with bean soup, the Weiss’s with vegetable soup, Sheila Connell with taco stew, the Britts with chicken and rice, and Shane Nothdurft with a “something” soup.

President Brown talked about the nametags. He said that he would have the nametag board moved to the front serving area so that more would be able to retrieve their nametags when they lined up at the serving table. Al Nodorft volunteered to update the names on the tags and asked those present to let him know whether their names on the tags needed to be corrected.

Virginia Bush reminded everyone that the eat-out for January 24th would be at Villa Europa on Dean’s Bridge Road in Augusta. Gerald Ballard talked with the group about the Twin Lakes airport. He said the runway was open and no matter what they had heard, they could land on it. Al Nodorft modeled the new EAA 172 T-shirt and took orders for it. It has a pocket and may cost between $25 and $35. 

Al Newman moved to adjourn the meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 1:24 PM.

Program:  Our guest speaker was Thomas Dunston, an instructor for the A&P school opening this month at the Thomson Airport part of the Augusta Tech Aviation program. He said he has been around EAA members most of his life. He talked about the program there. He now has 30 students. He will be starting more classes in the near future. Members could also contact him and possibly bring in aircraft projects. His phone number is 706-597-8265.

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  Prez Sez,
Minutes of the December Meeting


Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   (4 minutes)
Al Nodorft: "Thank You!" to Club,
Aviation Question of the Month,
EAA List of Instructors with LODAs,
Toys Brought to Children's Medical Center,
FAA: Replace Paper Certificates or Else!,
Drone Privacy Laws Possible

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 (2 minutes) 
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
FCC to FAA: Allow Tablets,
Model Aviation Code of Conduct for Kids


Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  (2 minutes)
List of Members Who Paid BEFORE January 1,
Upcoming Events in January and February

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  (2 minutes)
  Name that plane
Membership Form

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for December 8, 2012
Christmas Party at the Pea Patch

George and Frances Weiss came in around 9:30 AM and turned on the heat and put logs in the fireplace and started them burning so we had a warm clubhouse for the meal and meeting. It was mostly cloudy with temperatures in the low 60s. 52 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the fine Christmas meal with fried turkeys prepared by Sid Brown and his family. The aerospouses set out the side dishes and prepared the serving and meeting room tables. Three planes flew in. At 12:28 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the short business meeting to order at 1:09 PM. He thanked Sid Brown for preparing the turkeys. Al also thanked Ely DeGroodt for cleaning up the clubhouse. Ely said that it was a team effort. Al also thanked everyone for bringing in the toys for the children at the Children’s Medical Center.

Old Business: Richard Fender moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Steve Thompson seconded the motion and it was approved.

President Nodorft reminded everyone that the dues for 2013 are due. Club Secretary John Magnan asked everyone filling out the membership form to be careful about addresses. Several dues postcards were returned because one or two letters or words such as “Street” rather than “Avenue” caused the U.S. Postal Service to return the postcards, even if the mail carrier knew the person and was standing right in front of the correct house. Treasurer Don Bush also said that unless only EAA 172 was on a check the bank might refuse the check. You can’t put anything else next to EAA 172!

New Business: Steve Thompson said that Sid Brown cooks the “best turkey”. Al Nodorft announced that Roy Wicker has a plane for sale. The notice is on the bulletin board. It is a Piel Emeraude project he started in 2010. Roy wrote that he has finished most of the “back breaking” work and that the wing is finished -- the flaps, ailerons, landing gear, and all the controls are installed. The fuselage, tail feathers, and trim tabs are finished except for the turtle deck and canopy. Roy said that if anyone is interested they could fly in to see it. He has a mile long paved runway and his hangar is just south of the east end of the runway. He lives in Quitman, Georgia. His Landline is: 229-263-4019 and his Cell is: 229-563-1711.

Vice-President Sid Brown talked about the meals for 2013. He asked who would provide a pot of chili for the Chili Cook-off at the first meeting on January 12, 2013. Volunteers included Dennis Allen, Ed Booth, Ed Christian, Ely & Tom DeGroodt, Ron Haley, Steve Thompson, and George & Frances Weiss. Sid said the February 9th meal would focus on soup. He asked for soup volunteers. So far Sid Brown, Don Murphy, and Joe Britt said they would bring pots of soup. The March 9th meeting would be the Fish-Fry Fly-in.

President Nodorft thanked everyone for their cooperation and assistance during the three years he has been the EAA 172 president. Then Sid Brown, the EAA 172 President-elect, went up to the lectern and presented Al with a thank-you card from the club along with a monetary gift card.
 
Richard Fender moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Sid Brown and the meeting adjourned at 1:25 PM.
BOARD MEETING

At 2:00 PM we had a short Board Meeting after the regular meeting. President-elect Sid Brown was filled in about club matters by outgoing President Al Nodorft. Vice-President-elect Nandi Shetty also found out about more club matters he will be involved in. The Board members discussed the past Boshears Sky-fest. Secretary John Magnan passed out a proposed 2013 club calendar of events. Treasurer Don Bush discussed the funds on hand and the dues and other funds that were received.


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  President's Desk,
Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in


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Upcoming Events in December,
Boshears Scholarship Winner Thanks EAA 172,
Reno Air Race Future Safe


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Additional photos: Boshears SkyFest 2012
Additional photos: Wrens Fall Fly-in 2012

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Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Aviation Question of the Month,
Bulldog MOA Expands,
Fighter Lights Out in Bulldog MOA


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  Name that plane
Membership Form

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for November 10, 2012
Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in
Jenkins County Airport, Millen, Georgia

We had beautiful weather for the fly-in. There was no regular meeting. There were 47 attendees including 22 EAA 172 members and family at the fly-in. 18 aircraft flew in. Terry Stout flew in with his Titan. Gerald Ballard came with his Beech Baron. Curtis Garnto was there with his newly acquired Luscombe. Pierre Smith came in his RV-10. Ken Rayburn flew in his J-3 Cub with Richard Fender. Tom DeGroodt came in with the MCG Flying Club Cessna 172. His wife Ely and son Dakota were his passengers. Sandy Howard came in his recently acquired Beech Bonanza. Ray Trenter was there with his Cessna 150D. Ray Sheffield came in with his Rans S-19. Shane Nothdurft came in with Amber in his Thatcher CX4. Billy Blackburn flew in his Cherokee 160. Dewey Morgan came in his Scottish Aviation Bulldog. William Walden came in his J-3 Cub. Stacy Phillip flew in his Zodiac CH 601XL.

Don & Langga Gay prepared the fly-in area. They, along with 7-8 Jenkins County airport committee members, set up the tents, prepared the hot dogs, hamburgers, and egg rolls and sold snacks and sodas. Steve Thompson brought the chairs and tables from the Pea Patch.

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  President's Desk, Membership Form re: Dues

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   (13 minutes)
70 Young Eagles Flown During Mule Day, Washington, Georgia
Pelton  In, Hightower out at EAA,
Wrens Fall Fly-in 2012


Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 (15 minutes) 
Boshears SkyFest, Daniel Field, Augusta, Georgia
Aviation Scholarship Winner Essay
Cody Gunby
Aviation Question of the Month


Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  (9 minutes)
Aviation Scholarship Winner Essays
Adrian Coleman and Nicholas Thompson

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  (1 minute)
 Upcoming Events for November, December
Hawker Beechcraft Chinese Deal Canceled

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Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out
Name that plane: Fisher Horizon 1


CALENDAR FOR 2012  (1 minute)

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Boshears SkyFest
October 20-21, 2012, at Daniel Field (DNL), Augusta, Georgia
The weather for this year’s Boshears SkyFest was perfect! Sunny, warm, not much wind. On Saturday there were about 45 aircraft on the field, including more than 25 GA (general aviation) aircraft. EAA 172 members Greg Connell and Gary Ward performed fantastic aerobatics including a race at the end of the show when Gary's MX2 looped around Greg's Pitts 12's smoke trail. The eleven RV aircraft of Team RV had very colorful demonstration flying. We enjoyed the Hotwire Harry comedy act. On Saturday the RC aircraft modelers had a great number of aircraft on display. Sid Brown, Sheila Connell, Shirley Harden, Al Nodorft, Nandi Shetty, and other EAA 172 members manned the EAA 172 fly-in tent. Al Patton, Jean Hildebrant, Bruce Cameron, George & Frances Weiss took charge of the History Tent. Tom & Ely DeGroodt, Richard Fender, Keith & Noah Goff, John Magnan, Al, Carmen, Michael & Mikayla Nodorft, Shane Nothdurft, John Sligar, and Herb & Elaine Watson handled the People Mover tractor/trailer operations. Many club members directed the GA aircraft parking. Charlie Connell, still recovering from his leg injuries, would like to add a note of thanks to members who helped him on the flight line at Boshears Skyfest. He would not have been able to get the job done otherwise. In particular he gives his thanks to Ed Christian, Ed Booth, Gary Harden, Sandy Howard, and Joe Britt. 
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for October 6, 2012
Breakfast at Wrens

Saturday, the last day of the Wrens Fall Fly-in had perfect weather. Blue sky, not too hot, little wind.
Fixed wing aircraft started coming in early. Jon Carleton came in with Gerald Keasler in Jon's Bonanza a little before 9:00 AM. 26 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the the tasty grits, eggs, bacon, sausages, and rolls prepared by our excellent club chefs Sid and Ben Brown as well as Ken Rayburn.

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Bill Johnson Fly-in at The Farm Airport,
Sporty's Learn To Fly Course Free For Young Eagles,
Tom Hitt Obituary,
Aviation Question of the Month


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Update on Charlie Connell, Reno Air Races,
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 Upcoming Events in October

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   Name that plane: Blériot XI, Membership Form

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Wrens Fall Fly-in, October 5-6, 2012

We had perfect fly-in weather - little wind, moderate temperatures, blue skies, no rain. The first aircraft came in on Wednesday, October 3rd. On Saturday morning members and visitors enjoyed a fine Southern breakfast. There were more than thirty aircraft at the fly-in. Visitors viewed many aircraft including the seldom-seen Scottish Aviation Bulldog and some new ones such as the Tecnam light sport airplanes and the WindRyder gyroplane. The EAA 172 concession trailer served food from lunch until late afternoon on Saturday, October 6.
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for September 8, 2012

We had some fine weather for this meeting. Before the meeting 31 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the barbecue meal. The aerospouses set out the side dishes and prepared the serving and meeting room tables. Three planes flew in including a yellow Fisher Horizon 1 flown in by visitor Spence Olson. In addition, two members flew around the field with their aircraft but didn't land. At 12:30 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club Vice-President Sid Brown called the first part of the short business meeting to order at 12:57 PM.

Old Business: Steve Thompson moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Don Bush seconded the motion and it was approved.

Program: At Sid’s request, Rick Revels moved to suspend the business meeting. Don Bush seconded the motion and it was approved. This was done so that we could listen to the very interesting presentation of our guest speaker, Dana Atkins, a former USAF Thunderbirds pilot. 

Dana said that he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1972. He wanted to be a doctor but was convinced to become a pilot. After finishing his degree in biology at the University of Portland, Oregon, he earned his Air Force commission and became a pilot. He started in the T-37, then the T-38 and became a flight instructor for a couple years. Then he advanced to being an A-10 demonstration pilot. The A-10 is not a pretty plane -- its nickname is Warthog. However it was and is extremely effective in close ground support for troops and is durable, heavily armored, and is called a “flying gun” and a tankbuster. Dana was an A-10 demonstration pilot in Europe. He applied more than once to become one of the Thunderbirds pilots and was with that team for two years – 1988 and 1989. Dana answered many questions about his flying with the Thunderbirds. He said that the spacing between wings during their maneuvers was only three feet! Dana also flew out of Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina to practice with an F-16 fighter jet in the Bulldog MOA (Military Operation Area). Several club members live in that MOA including Allene and Sid Brown, Charles Lewis, John Magnan, Rick Revels, and Pierre Smith. Almost any day of the week they can see the “mock” combat operations overhead down to a few hundred feet above them.

Atkins moved up rapidly in the ranks of the Air Force Command. His last command was as a Lieutenant General (3 star) Commander of Joint Task Force Alaska where he commanded the 11th Air Force and oversaw the training and readiness of three wings and Air Force installations located throughout Alaska. In late 2011 he was approached by the Augusta Chronicle management and on October 14, 2011 was named president of The Augusta Chronicle. He retired from the U.S. Air Force January 1, 2012. Dana discussed his work at the Augusta Chronicle. He said he is not flying today but wants to get a V-tailed Bonanza just like Sandy Howard’s.

New Business: The business meeting resumed at 2:08 PM. Al Nodorft passed around a sign-up list for Boshears. [contact Al right away eMail: Nodorft@Hotmail.com if you want to be involved in an activity such as the People Mover, History Tent, EAA 172 desk, Fly-in tent, or Flight Line.]

Virginia Bush said that the next club “Night Out” would be on September 27 at Rae’s Coastal Café in Augusta.

We held the election for EAA 172 officers for 2013. Sid Brown was elected President, Nandi Shetty was elected Vice-President, John Magnan was re-elected Secretary, and Don Bush was re-elected Treasurer.

Steve Thompson said that the roofing party would be in two weeks – on September 22 – on September 22 – if the weather was not too hot.

Don Bush moved to adjourn the meeting. The motion was seconded by Steve Thompson and adjourned at 2:20 PM.

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  Bob Rhodes Barbecue,
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Tom Hitt
Tom Hitt
A founding member of Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 172
Entered into rest Wednesday, September 5, 2012, Mr. Thomas Waymon Tom Hitt, 90, husband of Mrs. Ruth J. Hitt. Tom was born in Augusta, but raised in Edgefield County. He was a graduate of The Academy of Richmond County. He served as a navigator in the 8th Army Air Corp, 351st Bomber Group in WWII. Tom was a retired real estate broker, a member of the Shade Tree Model A's and a founding member of Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 172. Tom was an avid car enthusiast who spent many hours restoring antique cars. He was of the Baptist faith. Family members in addition to his wife include sons: Thomas W. Wayne Hitt, Jr. and wife Linda of Grovetown, the late David William Hitt and his surviving wife Susan of Dearing, Bruce Alan Hitt and wife Cathie of Hephzibah; daughter: Beverly A. Freeman of Martinez; grandchildren: Tommy Hitt, Kristin Ryan and husband Matthew, Amy Hitt, Alan Hitt, Patrick Hitt, D.J. Hitt; and 4 great grandchildren. A graveside service was held Saturday, September 8, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. at Sweetwater Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Pittman officiating. Honorary Pallbearers were his grandsons and grandson-in-law. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association , 1899 Central Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904 or Silver Run Baptist Church, 5348 Hwy 221 SE, Harlem, GA 30814. The family received friends Friday evening, from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com
Published in The Augusta Chronicle on September 7, 2012



Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for August 11, 2012
Breakfast Fly-in

Some strong thunderstorms started moving in about the time of the breakfast so no aircraft flew in. Before the meeting 32 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the excellent grits, eggs, bacon, sausages, and rolls prepared by our fantastic club chefs, Sid Brown and Mark Chapin, assisted by many club members. The aerospouses set out the side dishes and prepared the serving and meeting room tables. At 9:09 AM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called a short business meeting to order at 9:40 AM. He welcomed new club member Herb Watson, a retired submariner, a pilot, and now is working in the nuclear industry.  The submarines Herb served on as Chief Petty Officer were the USS Henry L. Stinson, the USS Daniel Webster, the USS Nebraska, and the USS Wyoming.

Club President Al Nodorft called a short business meeting to order at 1:10 PM. Al thanked Sid Brown and Mark Chapin for preparing the breakfast. He also thanked the ladies who prepared the tables, set out the food, and cleaned up afterward. He welcomed visitors Chris and Tommy Rhodes.

Old Business: Ed Christian moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Richard Fender seconded the motion and it was approved.

New Business: Al Nodorft asked who went to Airventure Oshkosh July 23 – 29 beside himself. Greg Connell said he was there.

Ed Christian said that the work Gary Harden was doing on the windsock was currently under budget and going well.

Shirley Harden said that the August 23th club “Night Out” would be at Maria's Mexican Restaurant on Pinelog Road in Aiken, South Carolina.

President Nodorft said that there will be a raffle for airplane rides. A bucket was passed around to sell chances for $5 each. These are the results:

Pilot & plane                          Raffle Winners

============================================

Pierre Smith & RV-10:                Steve Thompson & Don Bush

Ed Christian & RV-6:                                  Benjamin Brown

Don Murphy & APF:  a child of Greg Connell's choosing

Al Nodorft & Eagle:  Herb Watson (our new member)


Al Newman moved that the business meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded by Richard Fender and the business meeting adjourned at 9:54 AM.
  
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Van's RV-14, FAA Updates,
Hang Glider Tragedy, AOPA Launches Youth Membership

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Upcoming Events in August

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  Humor? . . . Chinese taking over U.S. aviation!,
2012 EAA 172 Events Calendar

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for July 14, 2012
Barbecue Fly-in

Again we had fine weather. Before the meeting 37 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a extremely tasty barbecue prepared by club VP Sid Brown and his friend Mark Chapin. The aerospouses  set out the side dishes and prepared the serving and meeting room tables. Three aircraft were on the field. At 12:30 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called a short business meeting to order at 1:10 PM. Al thanked Sid Brown and Mark Chapin for preparing the barbecue. He also thanked the ladies who prepared the tables, set out the food, and cleaned up afterward. He welcomed the visitors Chris and Tommy Rhodes, Curt Garnto, Bill Walden, and Nandi Shetty. At the end of the meeting Curt Garnto and Nandi Shetty joined our club. They are both commercial and instrument rated pilots. In addition, Curt holds an ATP certificate and is a CFI.

Old Business: Richard Fender moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Joe Britt seconded the motion and it was approved.

New Business: Al Nodorft asked who was going to Airventure Oshkosh July 23 – 29. He said that he would be flying there in his Christen Eagle.

President Nodorft told the club that Allene Brown, the widow of O.B. Brown for whom the Wrens Fly-in is named, sent the club a “Thank You” note and a donation.

Virginia Bush said that the July 26th club “Night Out” would be at T-Bonz Steakhouse on Washington Road in Augusta.

The club embarrassed Pierre Smith by singing “Happy Birthday” to him.

Don Bush and Steve Thompson talked about Charlie Connell who is still recovering from his fall. They said that his spirits were much better. Steve also said, when he was asked about it, that the crew would get back to repairing the clubhouse roof when it wasn’t so hot.

Al Newman moved that the business meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded by Richard Fender and the business meeting adjourned at 1:32 PM. Members then went out to say "goodbye" to Jean Hildebrant's Luscombe which was purchased by one of the guests.
guests. 
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"Bring your own meat to grill" meal,
  O. B. Brown Memorial Fly-in

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Christopher Bowen's Passing,
Tarmac, Ramp, or Apron?, Line Up and Wait

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  Items for sale, Humor,
2012 EAA 172 Events Calendar

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EAA 172 WRENS O.B. BROWN MEMORIAL FLY-IN
at the Wrens Airport (65J) June 9, 2012

Starting early in the morning a number of aircraft of all types flew in. The weather was fantastic -- sunny with a light breeze. Aircraft continued coming in during the day. There were several RV types of aircraft: RV-4, RV-8, RV-8A, RV-10. Also there were a number of Cessna and Titan aircraft and the Air Med 109C helicopter. David Robinson brought in his Bensen B-8M gyroplane from North Augusta, SC. Of course Ross and Machell Wheeler displayed the RAF 2000 GTX SE gyroplane. John Sligar brought out his Phoenix Aero 503 powered parachute. There were about 28 larger aircraft (not RC) of all types at the fly-in. We had visitors from all around Georgia – from Rome, Atlanta, Macon, Millen, and of course Augusta, Evans, Grovetown, Martinez, Wrens, Louisville, and Stapleton. Other visitors came from North and South Carolina. Many more RC people came in. They were mainly from two groups: the Trenton RC Flyers from Trenton, SC, and the Ogeechee Aeromasters from Statesboro, GA. There were more than 20 RC aircraft including jets and helicopters. There were also tractor and vintage automobile displays. Some club members worked in the EAA 172 food trailer providing hamburgers and other refreshments to the visitors. There were 150-200 visitors from the local area. In the afternoon we enjoyed the Country/Western and Gospel singing by Michelle Quick.


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EAA 172 Friday, June 8, 2012, evening meal

For both days we had some of the best weather for a fly-in -- light wind, sunny skies, not-too-hot. On Friday the Wrens hangar group displayed their aircraft. Don Murphy flew in with his APF. Some aircraft folks came from the Carolinas and the Rome, Georgia, EAA chapter. So, the day before the “official” fly-in there were already 14 aircraft on the field! The RC (radio control) modelers also started to arrive and were setting up in their area at the east end of the airport property. At this RC section of the field Shane Nothdurft started cooking the hog which takes 12+ hours to prepare. This would be devoured by the RC visitors the next day. We had a “bring your own meat to grill” meal under the tents. Sid Brown and his family had prepared potatoes and salad and set out grills for attendees to use to cook the meat they brought. By 6:00 PM members and visitors started grilling their meat and sitting down and enjoying the meal. At 7:53 PM, after the meal started, there was an invocation and remembrance of visiting pilot Chris Bowen who had passed away earlier in the day. Club President Al Nodorft welcomed all the visitors. During the meal members enjoyed music by Bethany Kathleen. After the meal the RC airplane people demonstrated the fully lighted RC aircraft flying around the airport in the dark. Then members enjoyed fly-in videos presented by the Rome, Georgia, visitors. It was projected on the side of the adjoining hangar. 
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Christopher William Bowen,  Gyroplane pilot, Entrepreneur, Builder and Mechanical Maintenance Superintendent - BLUFFTON, SC/CLAXTON
EAA #1015053   EAA Chapter 1514, Savannah, GA
Christopher Bowen                                Chris Bowen 05/13/11
Mr. Christopher William Bowen, 54, born July 06, 1957, died June 08, 2012. He enjoyed flying. Friends who knew him testify to his ability and competency as a Gyrocopter pilot. He was a member of Indian Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Bluffton, South Carolina. Chris loved the Lord and was a loyal friend. He enjoyed being with his friends, hunting, being outdoors, fishing, making delicious low-country boils, maintaining a website for his personal designs of deer hunting stands, caring for his yard and home, and tinkering in his garage. There wasn't much Chris couldn't do.

Survivors: Chris is survived by his wife, Rosemary Roberts Bowen, of Bluffton, South Carolina; his mother, Gerlinde Korzer Jenkins of Bluffton, South Carolina; his father, William Kenneth Bowen, and step-mother, Wealthy Bradley Bowen of Evans County, Georgia; his two sons, Forrest Bowen and Forrest's most significant friend, Amanda Erin Waters of Bluffton, South Carolina and Marion Bowen of Turbeville, South Carolina; three step-sons, Richard Bowen of Bluffton, South Carolina, Shane Crosby of Vidalia, Georgia, and Gary Crosby (Leslie) of Claxton, Georgia; two brothers, Kenneth Craig Bowen of Bluffton, South Carolina, William Robert Bowen (Anna) of West Melbourne, Florida, two half brothers, John West (Kim) of Pickens, South Carolina and Michael DeLoach of Bluffton, South Carolina; one half sister, Sharyl Teresa Anderson, Swainsboro, Georgia; a brother-in-law, Daniel Roberts of Lakeland, Florida; two sisters, Debra Ann Bowen-Moline (John) of Austin, Texas, and Michelle Denise Bowen-Blakley (Paul) of Austin, Texas; two grandchildren, Hannah Elizabeth Bowen and Layla Grace Pye Bowen.

Visitation: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, from 6-8:00 p.m., at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home.
Funeral: services honoring the life of Mr. Bowen was held Thursday, June 14, 2012, at 1:30 p.m., with Reverend Harold Byron Twigg and Reverend John West officiating, at J. Mellie NeSmith Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial: Ephuses Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Bulloch County, Georgia.

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Steve Amster - Flight Instructor,
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2012 EAA 172 Events Calendar

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for May 5, 2012

Again we were treated to beautiful weather. Before the meeting 42 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious hamburger meal with fries and onion rings. Sheila Connell, Frances Weiss, and Carmen Nodorft set out the side dishes and prepared the serving and meeting room tables. Four planes flew in: Freeman Newman in his Pitts Special, Phillip Blanchard in his Diamond DA20-C1, Ed Booth in his RV-7, and Sandy Howard in his new Beech Bonanza. At 12:32 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called a short business meeting to order at 1:15 PM. He pointed to the name tag holder board and thanked those who took their name tags from it and put them on. He asked members  to put the tags back on the board after club meetings. Al thanked Sid and Benjamin Brown, and Terry Stout, who prepared the hamburgers, french fries, and onion rings. He also thanked the ladies who prepared the tables, set out the food, and cleaned up afterwards. He also welcomed the visitors and the new club members Tom, Ely, and Dakota DeGroodt.
 
Old Business: Richard Fender moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Don Bush seconded the motion and it was approved.

New Business: Al Nodorft asked for anyone who could help keep the clubhouse clean to contact him.

V.P. Sid Brown talked about the upcoming Wrens O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in. On Friday, June 8, there will be the usual “bring your own meat to grill” meal around 6:00 PM. The club will provide the baked potatoes and salad. For the fly-in day, June 9, Young Eagles will be flown, assuming he can get enough pilots. He he asked any volunteer pilots to sign their names on a list. He said that the Young Eagles would be flown from around 10:00 – 10:30 AM to about 1:30 PM [ed. note: This has been modified to 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon.]. He said that Terry Stout had contacted three car clubs to see if they could come and display their vintage automobiles. 

Virginia Bush said that the May 24th club “Night Out” would be the Village Deli on Wrightsboro Road in Augusta.

Ed Christian talked more about the Pea Patch wind sock support replacement. He said that Gary Harden had designed it and that now there are enough funds to get started. He will ask for more later.

Al Newman moved that the business meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded by Richard Fender and the business meeting adjourned at 1:28 PM. Members stayed to listen to two speakers, Michael Davis and Sandy Howard.

Program: Michael Davis, an Al Patton Scholarship winner, talked about his flight training. He said he has used 7 hours of the awarded flight time. He has flown the Cessna 152 and 172. He likes the Piper Arrow. He plans to go to a military school this summer. He wants to go to the Naval Academy.

Then Sandy Howard gave a rousing talk about the trip he and Ed Christian made getting Sandy's 1959 Beech Bonanza to Augusta. After taking a commercial flight to Arizona, he and Ed got the plane in Kingman, Arizona, and flew to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Oxford, Mississippi, to Daniel Field. They had other stops along the way. As to who was PIC most of the time – it seems that Sandy was able to get a lot of practice at the controls but it will remain one of those “flying legends” as to who was PIC the most. Sandy parked his plane in front of the clubhouse so members could look it over.

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 Joyce Ann Newman: March 8, 1934 - April 16, 2012,
Pea Patch Wind Sock, Wave Vidmar - Adventurer

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Sandy's New Plane, Where the Drones Are,
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Aviation Engine Sound Contest,
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  Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Revised 2012 EAA 172 Event Calendar

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Joyce Ann Newman
March 8, 1934 - April 16, 2012
Joyce Ann Newman
Joyce Ann Newman is the wife of EAA 172 member Al Newman, Sr.

Augusta, GA – Entered into rest Monday, April 16, 2012, Mrs. Joyce Ann Newman, 78, wife of Mr. Alfred F. Newman, Sr.

Mrs. Newman was a life long resident of Augusta, GA. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved everyone. Mrs. Newman taught preschool and kindergarten at Warren Baptist Church. She was a member of the Joy Club and the Senior Adult Choir.

Family members include son: Richard Dale Renaud (Kim); daughter: Carol Ann Rushton (Dennis); step daughters: Terri Padget and Rosanne Mason; step son: Freeman Newman; grandchildren: Christina Ann Lewis, Alicia Joye Toole, Jason Nathaniel Rushton, Tyler Michael Renaud, Jace Andrew Renaud, Melissa Viller, Ryan Mason, Bret Mason and Tara Mason and 6 great grandchildren. Mrs. Newman was preceded in death by the father of her children and husband of 32 years Mr. Richard O. Renaud.

The family received friends Thursday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Funeral services were held Friday, April 20, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. at Warren Baptist Church Chapel with Rev. Dave Dillard officiating. Interment followed at Westover Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Ryan Mason, Bret Mason, Richard Padgett, Charles Mason, Freeman Newman and Dwayne Rushton.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Children’s Ministry at Warren Baptist Church 3203 Washington Road, Augusta, GA 30907.  Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com


Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for April 14, 2012
Breakfast Fly-in
There was excellent weather for this meeting. The air was clear and the sun was shining. Before the meeting President Nodorft set out the new clip-on name tags so that members could use them and identify who they were. Then 31 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious breakfast of eggs, grits, bacon, country ham, sausages, and rolls. These were prepared by chief chef Sid Brown, with assistance from Sam Hart, Nico Hoernle, John Magnan, Al and Michael Nodorft. Two aircraft flew in: Sam Hart in his RV-6A, and Pierre Smith in his RV-10. We welcomed visitor, and speaker, Al Patton Scholarship winner Nico Hoernle. We also welcomed Bibiana Falatova, Debia Freyre, great granddaughter of Jean Hildebrant, as well as granddaughter Leslie Freyre and her fiance, Tony Clocker. We welcomed Wave Vidmar, a friend of Frank Christian. The club especially welcomed guest, and at the end of the meeting, new member, Tom DeGroodt who was at the meeting, along with his wife, Ely, and son, Dakota, at the personal invitation of our club president. At 9:38 AM Pierre Smith gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the bountiful meal. Club President Al Nodorft called the brief business meeting to order at 10:11 AM. Al welcomed the guests and visitors and thanked Sid Brown and the others who prepared the meal and helped out cleaning up before the meal. Al especially thanked Frances Weiss for the preparation work she accomplished before the meal.
 
Old Business: Richard Fender moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Ed Christian seconded the motion and it was approved.

New Business: Al Nodorft reminded everyone about the roofing party that was going to be held after the meeting finished today. He also said that the name tags were made and a board for them is being readied. He asked that members pick up the name tags before meetings and then return them before leaving.

Al asked if anyone wanted to talk about what happened at Sun'n Fun (held March 27 – April 1st). Pierre Smith talked about the original RV, the RV-1, which was there. He also said that Team RV will be at Oshkosh this year for the first time (July 23 - 29). Ron Haley said that the weather was better than last year. He said the night show Friday night was great. He was impressed with new aircraft that were there, especially the BK-1. Ron said that Thurmon Kent was also at the air show.

Ed Christian, the Pea Patch Corporation president, talked about the Pea Patch wind sock support replacement. He showed us a drawing of the planned support framework and asked that those present donate to assist paying for the cost. Secretary John Magnan passed around a donation pan and members contributed. Donations will also be requested at the next meeting.

Frank Christian introduced one of his guests, adventurer Wade Vidmar, who discussed, among other things, his solo trek to the North Pole. He also talked about his planned solo kayak trip, starting May 1, from San Francisco to Oahu, Hawaii.

Program: Nico Hoernle, an Al Patton Scholarship winner, talked about his flight training. He said he's 17 years old and goes to Richmond Academy in Augusta. He's nearly finished with his training. The scholarship money helped out “a lot.” He said that his flight instructor, Heather Kasubowski, from Augusta Aviation, at Daniel Field, was an excellent teacher. Nico said the most difficult part of his training was the landings. He has not yet done any soft field training. He said he hopes to become an instrument rated pilot. For his future plans he hopes to go to medical school. 

Joe Britt moved that the business meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded by Richard Fender and the business meeting adjourned at 10:17 AM. Afterward, some members went out to start work on the clubhouse re-roofing.
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Pea Patch Post (for April, 2012) -- Entire April 2012 newsletter   (41 minutes for dial-up Internet)

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 President's Desk, Minutes of the March meeting

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   (10 minutes)
Re-Roofing Party, Joyce Newman,
Charles Lewis's other aircraft and his aircraft carriers

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 (7 minutes) 
Wrens Airport Happenings, FAA Medical On-line Only,
Could Truckers Cause You to Crash Your Plane?,
Aviation Question of the Month

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  (15 minutes)
BSA 2012 Merit Badge University, Sun'n Fun 2012 & 2011,
Terrafugia Transition Flying Car

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  (2 minutes)
  Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
2012 EAA 172 Event Calendar

Pea Patch Post -- pages 11-12  (2 minutes)
  Name That Plane -- EA-6B Prowler,  Membership Form  

CALENDAR FOR 2012  (1 minute)

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for March 10, 2012
Fish Fry Fly-in
Before the meeting 37 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of catfish, fries, onion rings and many sidedishes and desserts. These were prepared by our masterful chefs Steve Thomson, Dennis Allen, Sid Brown, Ron Haley, and Gary Harden. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Four aircraft flew in: Ed Booth in his RV-7, Sue, Bill, and Marlyn Couch in their Cessna 185A, Al and Mikayla Nodorft in his Christen Eagle II, and Barnwell visitors Bud Coward and Tom Cofer in Bud’s Piper Cub J3C-65. We welcomed visitors Sue Couch, Bill’s daughter (who piloted the C185A), and Joe Britt’s mother. At 12:35 PM Pierre Smith gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the meal. Club President Al Nodorft called the business meeting to order at 1:11 PM. Al thanked all who prepared the meal and beautified the clubhouse with the St. Patrick’s day décor.
 
Old Business: Joe Britt moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Charles Lewis seconded the motion and it was approved.

New Business: Al Nodorft reminded everyone about the roofing party to be held on Saturday, March 24th. He said that Steve Thompson would lead the group. It will start around 8:00 AM. Al will have an e-mail sent out if there are more details.

Virginia Bush said that the next EAA 172 eat-out would be Thursday, March 22nd at the French Market Grille in Augusta. Sheila Connell will be handling the location for the eat-out for April.

Pierre Smith moved that the business meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded by George Weiss and the business meeting adjourned at 1:19 PM. Members then stayed to listen to Charles Lewis give a presentation about Naval Aviation.

Program: Charles Lewis gave a very interesting presentation about Naval Aviation and his involvement in it. He said he is a blue & gold officer for the Naval Academy. In the Navy he had many activities. He piloted both the A-6 and the EA6B which he was flying at the end of his career. He was flying for 18 years before he was behind a desk. He flew off three carriers: the Ranger, the Saratoga, and the Nimitz, his favorite. He played a video showing some of his activities while on the Nimitz. Charles talked about the value of aircraft carriers. Also he discussed the daily activities of the pilots on carriers. He described how aircraft land and take off from carriers.

There was also a Board Meeting after the regular meeting. During that meeting Treasurer Don Bush discussed the bank where we keep our money. It seems that the bank is increasing the checking charges. Chairman Al Nodorft said that we should have name tags and a name tag board by the next meeting. Al also said that Frank Christian would be happy to take photos for those who wanted to have photos of themselves and their aircraft on the wall in the front room of the clubhouse. 
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 President's Desk, Minutes of the February meeting

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   (6 minutes)
Al Newman, Sr.'s WW II Experiences,
BSA Merit Badge University, March 10, 2012,
Is a Glass Panel Safer?

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 (1 minute) 
Drones Over Your Back Yard, Uncharted Invisible Towers,
Sun'n Fun AOPA Member Discounts,
Demonstration of Motion Induced Blindness

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  (1 minute)
Cause of Oshkosh F-16 Runway Overrun, Aviation Question of the Month,
RIP: EAA 172 Member Bruce Self

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  (2 minutes)
  Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
Name That Plane - DeHavilland DHR

Pea Patch Post -- pages 11-12  (2 minutes)
  Updated Calendar,  Membership Form  

CALENDAR FOR 2012  (1 minute)

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EAA 172 extends its condolences to the family, relatives, and  friends of Bruce Self, who passed away February 25, 2012.
Bruce was an avid pilot and held an instrument rating. He cherished his Piper Archer II. He belonged to EAA 172.


Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for February 11, 2012
Chili Cook-off
Before the meeting 49 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed savoring several chili recipes prepared by five club members. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Because of high winds only Greg Connell flew in with his Pitts. We welcomed visitors Chris and Tommy Rhodes as well as Boshears Essay Contest winner Nico Hoernle. At 12:30 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the meal. Club President Al Nodorft called the business meeting to order at 1:10 PM. Al thanked all who participated in the chili cook-off including the Rhodes family, Sheila Connell, Virginia Bush, Jim McBurney, and Steve Thompson.
 
Old Business: Richard Fender moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Joe Britt seconded the motion and it was approved.

New Business: Al Nodorft and the club wished V.P. Sid Brown “Happy Birthday”. Then Al announced that Chris Rhodes was the winner of the Chili Cookoff.
 
Virginia Bush said that the next EAA 172 eat-out would be February 23 at Sheehan’s Irish Pub in Augusta.

Joe Britt moved that the business meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded by Richard Fender and the business meeting adjourned at 1:19 PM. Members then stayed to listen to Al Newman, Sr. talk about his Navy adventures in World War II.

Program: Al Newman, Sr. gave an outstanding history of his involvement in World War II. Al said that he’s 86 years old and throughout his membership in the club he has restored seven aircraft and rebuilt four. He then discussed his service in the Navy during World War II. He was stationed on two ships while in the Navy: The S.S. Yukon, and the U.S.S. Unimak. See more about his adventures in a separate article.

BOARD MEETING: There was also a Board Meeting after the regular meeting. During that meeting a modification to the 2012 EAA 172 Calendar was again made changing the August 11 meeting from a noon meal to a fly-in breakfast. Also, for the Wrens Fall Fly-in, there will not be a fly-out from Wrens to the Pea Patch for breakfast. Instead, the breakfast will be at the Wrens airport around 9:00 AM on October 6. Also the Board discussed the upcoming roofing work and possibly having a Sport Tech Counselor. See the Calendar link below for the complete updated calendar.


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 President's Desk, Minutes of the January meeting
Need for Side-dishes

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   (3 minutes)
Joe Miles' Korean War Experiences,
EAA 172 Website & Newsletter Updates, EAA Reorganizes
Modifications to the EAA 172 Calendar for 2012

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 (2 minutes) 
Letter from EAA's Hightower & Poberezny
Possible Weight Increase for LSA, FAA to Remove 50% of VORs
 

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  (2 minutes)
Gary Ward's Central Averica Tour 2012
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  (1 minute)
  20th Boshears SkyFest, Aviation Question of the Month

Pea Patch Post -- pages 11-12  (1 minute)
  Name That Plane - P-51D,  Membership Form  

CALENDAR FOR 2012

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for January 14, 2012

Before the meeting 44 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed delicious Green Chili prepared by Don Murphy. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Five planes flew in. We welcomed visitor Hank Williamson, a guest of Frank Christian. At 12:26 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone enjoyed the meal. Club President Al Nodorft called the business meeting to order at 1:07 PM. Al thanked Don for preparing the chili. Al welcomed visitors. He also reminded members about the club dues for those who have not yet paid.

Old Business: Richard Fender moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Don Bush seconded the motion and it was approved.

New Business: Al Nodorft gave a very interesting report about his visit over the holidays to Just Aircraft in Walhalla, South Carolina. They produce kits for the Highlander LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) at a very reasonable price. Just Aircraft also offers an “in house” build plan at the factory. Al talked about their light plane work and suggested that if we wanted, someone could give a presentation to us about their aircraft.

Members were asked who could participate in the chili cook-off for the February 11th club meeting. A couple members volunteered. Al asked if there were more volunteers to contact him or Sid Brown.
 
Don Bush talked about the next South Carolina Breakfast Club meeting which would be at Lake City Municipal Airport (51J) Evans Field, Lake City, South Carolina, on January 22nd. The next EAA 172 eat-out would be January 26th at the Mt. Vintage Plantation Restaurant, North Augusta.

President Nodorft presented Chapter Service awards for 2011 to Newsletter Editor, Flight Advisor, and Tech Counselor Al Patton, Tech Counselor Eddie Booth, Vice President & Young Eagles Coordinator Sid Brown, Treasurer Don Bush, and Secretary and Web Editor John Magnan. Secretary Magnan presented the Service award to President Al Nodorft.

Al Newman moved that the business meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded by Richard Fender and the business meeting adjourned at 1:19 PM. Members then stayed to listen to Joe Miles talk about his P-51 Mustang “adventures” during the Korean War.

Program: Joe Miles gave a vibrant recounting of his P-51 experiences in the Korean War. He discussed in detail his 120 missions in the P-51, including 101 combat missions. See more about his exploits in a separate article.

BOARD MEETING: There was also a Board Meeting after the regular meeting. During that meeting a modification to the 2012 EAA 172 Calendar was made changing the Wrens Fly-in date from May 12 to June 9. Also the Board discussed the current club finances and the possibility of member name tags.
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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  (7 minutes)
 President's Desk, Minutes of the December meeting

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   (7 minutes)
Al Patton's WW II Experiences,
Eagle Flights for Adults, Lafayette Flying Corps

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 (2 minutes) 
Red Bull Air Races, Gary Ward's Schedule,
FAA to Charge for Charts, Unusual Christmas Yard Decoration,
FAA May Charge $150 for iPad Data
 

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  (2 minutes)
Harry Kemp, Sr.
Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out
Aviation Question of the Month

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  (1 minute)
  EAA 172 - 2012 Calendar, Name That Plane - SB2C Helldiver

Pea Patch Post -- pages 11-12  (1 minute)
  Membership Form  


CALENDAR FOR 2012

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  Harry Talton Kemp, Sr.
January 05, 2012
Harry Kemp, Sr.
Harry Kemp was one of the original Pea Patch founders.

Augusta, GA – Entered into rest Thursday, January 5, 2012, Mr. Harry Talton Kemp, Sr., 88, husband of the late Mrs. Mary Alice Bailey Kemp.

Born in Lawrenceville, GA on December 30, 1923 Harry was the son of Earnest and Gertrude Kemp. He grew up in Lakeland, FL where he graduated from Lakeland High school in 1942. Harry and his twin brother Larry attended their first year in college at Carson Newman College in TN. They then joined the Army to serve in WW II. After receiving their basic training at Camp Wheeler in Macon, GA they received orders to proceed to New York where they were shipped overseas to join the 14th Armored Division in France. In the winter of 1945 their Division was moving forward towards the French and German border. On January 15th his brother Larry was killed by a German sniper. Harry with his platoon took the building the sniper was in, killing all of the German soldiers inside. During his service he received the Purple Heart; multiple Bronze Stars and was one of the few and possibly the only citations, Private First Class Soldier in Europe to receive a battle field commission directly to 2nd Lieutenant. Shortly thereafter he was wounded and returned in the summer of 1945 to Oliver General Hospital in Augusta. That is where he met his future bride, Mary Alice Bailey. They were married September of 1946. They returned to Lakeland, FL where he graduated from Florida Southern College. After graduation he went to work for Bibb Juice Company as Treasurer of the Company. In the 1960’s they moved to Atlanta where he became a teacher in the Gwinnett County School System. Later he took a position at Middle Georgia College and then moved to Augusta and was a counselor in the Richmond County Schools.

Family members include sons and daughters-in-law: Harry Jr. and Gayle Kemp of Cumming, GA, Richard and Heidi Kemp of Brentwood, TN; grandchildren: Andrea, Katie, and Max Kemp.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. in the Chapel at Thomas Poteet & Son with Rev. Jim Bailey officiating. Interment followed at Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens in Thompson, GA.

Honorary pallbearers were Friends from Cracker Barrel.

In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association at 1899 Central Avenue, Augusta, GA 30904-5755

The family received friends Sunday, prior to the service at 12:00 P.M. at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 706- 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com





Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for December 3, 2011
Christmas Party

Before Before the meeting 48 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed delicious turkey prepared by Steve Thompson and Dennis Allen.  The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Three planes flew in. We welcomed visitors Chris and Tommy Rhodes, Chuck Very, a friend of Greg Connell, as well as Essay contest winner Nico Hoernle with Kaj Hoernle. At 12:33 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate the Christmas dinner. Club President Al Nodorft called the business meeting to order at 1:07 PM. Al thanked Dennis and Steve for preparing the turkeys. Al welcomed the visitors who flew in as well as the Boshears Essay contest winner. He also reminded members about the club dues and the possibility of purchasing EAA calendars for $10. They should talk with Don Bush if they wanted one.

Old Business: Steve Thompson moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. The motion was seconded and approved. Members brought in many gifts for the children at the Children’s Medical Center.

New Business: Al Nodorft said that yesterday it was Tommy Edwards’ 87th birthday and everyone wished Tommy “Happy Birthday.” Tommy said that during WWII he was in a B-17 school as well as other training locations all over the country. However, he never went overseas.

Al said that VP Sid Brown could not be here today but left a message about the meals for the next three months. For January soup was suggested at first, but Don Murphy volunteered to make his Green Chili but needs some people to help. For February we will have our annual Chili Cookoff. March has our annual fish fry.

Al Newman moved that the business meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded and the business meeting adjourned at 1:16 PM. Members then stayed to listen to founding member Al Patton talk about his exploits in World War II.

Program: WW II veteran Al Patton told amazing recollections about his piloting activities attacking the Japanese on Mindanao (Philippines) in a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver. He especially mentioned joining the "Caterpillar Club" after bailing out when another fighter bomber collided with his during a Stateside training exercise. He also talked about flying a Grumman F4F Wildcat and an exciting "under a bridge" adventure with a Corsair. See more about this in a separate article.

BOARD MEETING: There was also a Board Meeting after the regular meeting. During that meeting the 2012 EAA 172 Calendar was approved. The calendar is in this newsletter.
 
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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  (8 minutes)
 President's Desk, Minutes of the November meeting

Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   (10 minutes)
Essay Winners Fly, "Thanks" from Ken Moore,
Words from the Prez

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 (2 minutes) 
Pumpkin  - and - Turkey drops, MIT & Boeing - Smartphone Drone,
Phillip & Janie Tweety's Accident,
Dues Due, Breakfast Club - December 11


Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  (2 minutes)
Duct Taped Plane, Birthdays, Anniversaries,
Aviation Question of the Month

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  (1 minute)
  Name That Plane - Nieuport 11
Membership Form  


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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for November 14, 2011
The Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in

Though it was quite cold in the morning the weather turned out to be Spring-like by lunch time. Before the meeting more than 60 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the delicious barbecue prepared by VP Sid Brown. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. There were six aircraft on the field. We welcomed two of the Boshears Essay contest winners, Michael Davis and Nico Hoernle. At 12:30 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate the fine barbecue. Club President Al Nodorft called the business meeting to order at 1:02 PM. Al thanked Sid Brown for preparing the barbecue. Al welcomed the visitors who flew in as well as the two Boshears Essay contest winners who were present. Al also welcomed all members who are Veterans. He noted that the meal today was free for all Veterans. He also reminded members about the club dues and the possibility of purchasing EAA calendars for $10. They should talk with Don Bush if they wanted one.

Old Business: Steve Thompson moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Charlie Connell seconded the motion and it was approved.

New Business: Al Nodorft said that we needed cooks for the five turkeys for the Christmas Party. Steve Thompson volunteered. Sid Brown would be looking for more people to prepare the turkeys.

Don Bush talked about Keith Brock for whom the fly-in is named. Don also said that Millen could be closed for quite a while since there is a lot of construction going on. Normally the Keith Brock Fly-in is held at Millen at this time.

Larry Garner said that at the Christmas Party there will be containers for unwrapped gifts for boys and girls at the Childrens Medical Center (CMC) at Georgia Health Sciences University - formerly MCG.

Al said that the Thomson-McDuffie airport would be closing soon, though he had been told the taxiways could be used for landings/takeoffs.

Gerald Ballard said that the South Carolina Breakfast Club meeting (at 9:00 AM on Sunday, December 11), would have “a number of raffled prizes, some of great value!”

Frances Weiss was honored with a gift certificate for all the work she has done in organizing the clubhouse and making it shine.

All the Veterans were asked to stand and be honored. At their right was a photo of Major Wootten York (ret.) who would have been at the meeting. He passed away in the previous month.

Al Newman moved that the business meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded and the meeting adjourned at 1:18 PM.

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 President's Desk, Minutes of the October meeting
Our Honored Veterans and Heroes


Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   (17 minutes)
Wrens Fall Fly-in photos,
Boshears SkyFest winning essays

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 (18 minutes) 
Boshears SkyFest photos, Charlie's Jet Flight

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  (3 minutes)
Wootten York, Dorothy "Dot" Colman,
Monthly Aviation Question, FAA Laser Web Page

Pea Patch Post -- pages 9-10  (2 minutes)
  Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out,
iPad Aviation Charts Could Be Wiped Out

Pea Patch Post -- pages 11-12  (1 minute)
  Name That Plane - Avro 504K
Membership Form  


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Boshears SkyFest
October 15-16 at Daniel Field (DNL), Augusta, Georgia
The weather for this year’s Boshears SkyFest was great! Over 50 General Aviation aircraft came to the fly-in. Club members helped out with various activities including handling the GA fly-in, led by Sid Brown; directing aircraft, led by Charlie Connell; taking care of the People Mover activities, led by John Magnan; and, manning the History tent, led by Al Patton and Joe Miles. Besides that, as a Boshears activity, our members were Air Boss: Larry Garner, and aerobatic pilots: Greg Connell and Gary Ward. In addition, one of our members, Larry Garner, was awarded Aviator of the Year! You can see some photos at Boshears SkyFest 2011.
THE BOSHEARS SKYFEST SCHOLARSHIP
Al Patton, Al Nodorft, and Becky Shealy reviewed the thirteen scholarship applications. Then they chose the best five for interviews. From those they chose the three scholarship winners. The scholarship is called the Boshears Skyfest Scholarship and is a combination of the Al Patton Scholarship ($1000), Augusta Aviation ($1000), and The Hodges Brothers ($5,000). Three applicants were chosen to receive 10 hours of flight instruction. The one who shows the most promise will then get money to finish his or her pilot's license training. Read two of the Essays HERE .

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 Wrens Fall Fly-in
Wrens Memorial Airport (65J), Wrens, Georgia
More than 100 members and guests were at the Wrens Fall Fly-in October 7-8. Visitors were from five states. 24 aircraft were on the field including 8 gyroplanes and 1 sailplane. See photos at Wrens Fall Fly-in.  Of course, with every fly-in, there is much work that is done prior to the event. Sid and Benjamin Brown, Rick Revels, Terry Stout, and Mark Slone, as well as workers from the City of Wrens, prepared the fields and burned any weeds on the runway, taxiway, and ramp. Sid, Benjamin, Rick, Terry, and a couple more Wrens airport group people cleaned up the hangar and lounge. John Magnan set up the fencing and tents. On Saturday, Sid and Benjamin Brown grilled the burgers and hot dogs and Cathy Brown and Mikayla Nodorft helped sell the refreshments.
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for October 8, 2011
Breakfast Fly-in

Before the meeting 34 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of eggs, grits, sausages, biscuits and other breakfast trimmings. These were prepared by our Chief Chef Steve Thompson and the fabulous EAA 172 cooks. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. There were three aircraft on the field. We welcomed the visitors from the Wrens Fall Fly-in who drove in rather than fly in. Windy conditions prevented flights from the Wrens Fall fly-in. At 9:30 AM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the business meeting to order at 10:00 AM. Al thanked Steve Thompson for preparing the meal. Al welcomed the EAA 1313 members from the fly-in: George & JoLynn Lambert, Dan McAllister, Greg Mills, and Greg & Trish King.

Old Business: Steve Thompson moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Charlie Connell seconded the motion and it was approved.

New Business: Al Nodorft said that perhaps there would be no History Tent at Boshears this year because some Augusta Aviation people indicated that the stored display was messed up [ed. note: They were able to put up the History Tent after all.].

Members talked about the upcoming Keith Brock memorial Fly-in on November 12. Since there is construction at the Millen airport where the fly-in usually occurs, President Nodorft asked for suggestions about an alternate location. Members agreed having it at the Pea Patch as was done a couple years ago would be the best move. The Club agreed to this. Then the members discussed the food. Low Country Boil would be preferred but it is quite expensive. VP Sid Brown said that he could prepare barbecue for it. Steve Thompson made a motion for barbecue and Rick Revels seconded the motion. It passed unanimously.

Al Newman talked about kit making. He was referring to a kit that was gotten years ago and finally finished by his son Freeman – Freeman’s new Pitts S-1C seen at the meeting last month and one of the planes on the field today.

Al Newman moved that the business meeting adjourn. John Magnan seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 10:08 AM. Afterwards many members headed back to the Wrens Fall Fly-in. 
 
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Pea Patch Post -- pages 1-2  (6 minutes)
 President's Desk, Minutes of the September meeting
Paul Poberezny: Food for Thought


Pea Patch Post -- pages 3-4   (7 minutes)
A Pitts Surprise, U. S. Rep. Sam Graves Comments on Tragedies,
Quadricopter, R/C Terrorist

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 (5 minutes) 
Cliff Robertson, Rutan's Flying Car,
The "Silvery Mustang", All-Electric  Helicopter

Pea Patch Post -- pages 7-8  (1 minute)
EAA 172 Night Out, Col. Thomas Tilley,
Monthly Aviation Question, Birthdays, Anniversaries

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  Name That Plane - Curtiss Pusher
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for September 10, 2011

Before the meeting 43 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed delicious hot dogs and hamburgers prepared by our fabulous EAA 172 grillers, Sid Brown and his friend Mark Chapin.  The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Six planes flew in, including two Pitts and a Beech Baron. At 12:29 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the business meeting to order at 12:55 PM. Al thanked Sid Brown and his friend, Mark Chapin, for grilling the hot dogs and hamburgers. Al also welcomed back CFI Mike Morris who had moved away several years ago.

Old Business: Richard Fender moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Steve Thompson seconded the motion and it was approved.

New Business: Virginia Bush said that the September 22nd EAA 172 “night out” will be at Villa Europa on Deans Bridge Road in Augusta.

Members talked about the upcoming EAA 172 Wrens Fall Fly-in October 7-8, as well as the Breakfast Fly-in on October 8, and Boshears SkyFest October 15-16. Steve Thompson volunteered to be the Head Chef for the Breakfast Fly-in.

We had the election of club officers for 2012. There were no other nominations so the current officers volunteered to continue serving the club in 2012. Steve Thompson made a motion to that effect and Richard Fender seconded the motion. The motion passed with only one “nay”.

Richard Fender moved that the business meeting adjourn. Al Newman seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 1:15 PM.

Program: Our guest speaker was going to be World War II veteran Ray Nault who was going to talk about his life and his book The Silvery Mustang in War and Peace. He had mailed a copy of his book to club president Al Nodorft. Unfortunately, Ray Nault passed away two days before the club meeting.

Al Nodorft’s daughter, Mikayla, read a moving poem related to the 09/11 terrorist attack.

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 President's Desk, Minutes of the August meeting

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Rhodes BBQ Fly-in Map, Gray Eagles to Start, Falsified Logbooks

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2012 BSA Merit Badge University, Europe vs. Lightspeed
Monthly Aviation Question, Lycoming: Pump Gas Isn't MOGAS

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Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out

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  Name That Plane - Lincoln Sport Biplane
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for August 13, 2011

Before the meeting 52 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed delicious grilled chicken prepared by VP Sid Brown and his friend Mark Chapin. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Two aircraft were on the field. At 12:30 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the business meeting to order at 1:07 PM. He asked Pierre Smith to introduce his guest, Daniel Erasmus, from Pretoria, South Africa. Daniel has experience crop dusting there and is here for further training at Flying Tiger Aviation in Louisiana. Al welcomed visitors Charles Garner and World War II veteran Ray Nault who agreed to talk about his life and book at the next meeting. Al thanked Sid Brown and his friend, Mark Chapin, for grilling the chicken.

Old Business: Richard Fender moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Charlie Connell seconded the motion and it was approved.

New Business: Shirley Harden said that the August 25th EAA 172 “night out” will be at P.F. Chang's - China Bistro, 2450 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta.

President Nodorft passed around the volunteer lists for those who wish to volunteer to help out at the Boshears SkyFest October 15-16. He needs to get the list to the Boshears committee who will be meeting later this month.

Sid Talked about an article in Sport Aviation regarding builders adding too many “extras” to their RVs – greatly increasing the weight and possibly degrading the performance.

Don Bush moved that the business meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded and the meeting adjourned at 1:10 PM.

Program:  Al Nodorft talked about his trip to Oshkosh AirVenture the last part of July. He said he flew his Christen Eagle to a friend’s grass airfield about 45 miles from Wittman Regional Airport where AirVenture is held. At the fly-in Al saw Burt Rutan and Bob Hoover’s flying exhibitions as well as the “incidents” including the Air Force jet over-running the runway. Al said that his children were able to pick up a lot of free stuff. Al’s wife, Cami, drove the children to AirVenture in her car.

Al’s son and daughter, Michael and Mikayla, also talked about their car trip to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and what they did at AirVenture. Mikayla talked about her visit to Churchill Downs in Kentucky. Michael was excited about Gary Ward’s aerobatics at Oshkosh.
  
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Oshkosh: McCulloch Engine, AirVenture "Around the Patch"
Germany's AutoGyro, Phil Colman's Former Pal

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Birthdays, Anniversaries, EAA 172 Night Out
Follow-up: Pure Gas -- NO ETHANOL, FAA & DOD See and Avoid 

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for July 9, 2011
The Barbecue Fly-in
Before the meeting 50 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the delicious barbecue prepared by Sid Brown. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Five aircraft were on the field. At 12:27 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the business meeting to order at 1:05 PM. He welcomed visitors Ray Furrow and Roger McCoig. Al also welcomed visitors John Lewis and his wife Karen. John is the brother of Charles Lewis, our featured speaker today. Al thanked Sid Brown for preparing the barbecue. Al said he will be going to Airventure Oshkosh at the end of the month (July 25-31).

Old Business: Richard Fender moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Sam Hart seconded the motion and it was approved.

President Nodorft passed around donation buckets for the building and Al Patton fund. The Al Patton fund will be used as an award at the Boshears Skyfest October 15-16. The winning youngster will obtain free basic flight training.

New Business: The August 25th EAA 172 “night out” will be at P.F. Chang's - China Bistro, 2450 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta.

During the meal members were treated to a video about the space shuttle Atlantis. The video was provided by Sid Brown.

Program:  Charles Lewis showed a Naval Aviation print signed by 12 prominent aviators. Charles said he would talk about Naval Aviation at a future meeting.

Charles then introduced the powered parachute to the members. He showed a powered parachute video presentation and discussed the powered parachute controls, flying, and other aspects of being “low and slow” in the air. He noted that the winds could only be 10-12 mph, at most, to fly powered parachutes.

Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Richard Fender seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 1:10 PM. After the meeting visitors Roger McCoig and Ray Furrow became members and joined EAA 172. Also after the meeting Charles Lewis demonstrated setting up his powered parachute for flight. That afternoon it was too windy to make any flights so the club members were only able to view the takeoff roll.
 
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Pure Gas -- NO ETHANOL

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Birthdays, Anniversaries, Monthly Aviation Question
B-17 Crashes, Brainwave Controlled Flight Simulator

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Al Patton Fund & Building Fund, EAA 172 Night Out
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for June 11, 2011

Before the meeting more than 40 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of hot dogs and hamburgers prepared by Sid Brown and Sam Hart. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Two planes flew in. At 12:42 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the business meeting to order at 1:17 PM. He welcomed our new members Gene Mohr, Johnnie Poole and returning member Phil Turner. He also welcomed EAA 330 members Ron McClendon and "Hoot" Gibson Huger. Al thanked Sid and Sam for preparing the meal. Al said that starting today we will be collecting for the Al Patton fund which will be used as an award at the Boshears Skyfest in October. The winning youngster will obtain free basic flight training.

Old Business: Treasurer Don Bush moved to accept the minutes for the last meeting. Al Newman seconded the motion and it passed. Vice-President Sid Brown said that Blythe Dant, a previous Al Patton award winner, has finished his flight training.

New Business: Secretary John Magnan introduced two members of EAA 330, Ron McClendon and “Hoot” Gibson Huger. Ron and Hoot said that their club has been “reconstituted” at the Briar Patch (9GA1) which is still the home for EAA 330. Secretary John Magnan was a past newsletter editor for that club. Ron and Hoot said that the airport is under new ownership. Also, very soon they will be having a fly-in near there. Acting Club President Wayne McCullough will send an e-mail to Secretary Magnan with the information.

Sid Brown, who will be preparing the meal for the July 9 meeting, asked that the fly-in be changed from “cold cuts” to “barbecue”. Steve Thompson seconded the motion and it was approved.

Program:  Kinsey Butler talked about his new business location. He has moved his A&P business, Southern Air Repair LLC, from the Thomson-McDuffie airport to the Washington-Wilkes airport (KIIY) where he will manage the airport. Kinsey discussed some of his plans for the airport. After the meeting he took questions, among them one about problems with aircraft engines “messed up” by alcohol in the autogas used by many aircraft owners.

Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Steve Thompson seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 1:45 PM.
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 President's Desk, Part 1 of the Wrens O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in

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Parts 2 & 3 of the Wrens O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in

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Deer Stand Removal, Pig Pickin' Hacienda De Gay, 2011 Georgia Air Challenge

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Narco Avionics, Human Powered Helicopter, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Monthly Aviation Question

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for May 13, 2011
The EAA 172 O. B. Brown Memorial Fly-in
Nearly 30 members and guests came to the "bring your own meat" club meeting and meal at 7:00 PM on Friday, May 13. Sid Brown put out a barbecue grill and prepared the grill for the meat. He also prepared the boiled potatoes. Those who were there put their meat on the grill and everyone ate. Cathy Brown set out and arranged the side dishes. We had no club meeting during the meal.

Much earlier that day, a gyroplane and its owner/pilot arrived on the field. Chris Bowen, from Bluffton, South Carolina, came with his Gyrobee. Chris was in the air much of that day, as well as the next. John Sligar was the first fixed-wing attendee. He came in his Hummel Bird. He was soon followed by Don Murphy in his APF. Phillip and Janie and their foot-launched powered paraglider were also on the field on Friday.

On Saturday, May 14, there were more than fifteen aircraft including one gyroplane that came in the day before. Threatening weather greatly reduced the number of aircraft. There were also a goodly number of members and visitors at the Fly-in. Young Eagles Coordinator Sid Brown arranged for Young Eagle flights starting around 10:00 AM and the two Young Eagles pilots, Phillip Stacy and Wootten York, flew about 17 youngsters in their aircraft. During the day there were display farm tractors and the big, old diesel engine.

The aircraft and pilots were from the local area as well as from Appling, Augusta, Grovetown, Kite, Martinez, and Washington, Georgia. There were also owner/pilots from Bluffton, South Carolina, and Phenix City, Alabama. Later that day three gyroplane pilots from North Augusta and other parts of South Carolina came in.

Preparation for the fly-in began weeks before. Rick Revels came in and cleaned up the lounge and restrooms. Terry Stout helped clean up the hangar. Sid Brown arranged mowing and he and his son, Benjamin, mowed areas around the hangar. John Magnan set out the flagging fences and put up the tents, borrowed from EAA 1313, assisted on Friday by the visiting gyro pilot Chris Bowen, and foot-launched power parachute pilot and crew, Phillip and Janie, and others. Sid Brown and Rick Revels procured the EAA 172 Food Trailer and set it up on Friday.


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Member Spotlight for May, Phil Colman, Bob Kitchens

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Hawker Hurricane, Pig Pickin' Hacienda De Gay
ATC Incidents Become Political, Sun'n Fun Tiedown Tests


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EAA 172 Nightout, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Monthly Aviation Question, Building Fund

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Name That Plane  Membership Form 
 

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Phil Colman
Lt. Col. Philip Eddy Colman
U.S. Army Air Force (Retired)
December 1, 1921 - April 28, 2011


Bob Kitchens
 November 6, 1930 – April 12, 2011




Dorothy "Dot" Colman
  September 7, 1925 – October 16, 2011



Wootten York
September 21, 1944 – October 22, 2011




Wrens Fall Fly-in
We had more than 100 people from five states (Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee) at the fly-in. There were 24 aircraft including 1 glider and 8 gyroplanes.
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for April 9, 2011
Breakfast Fly-in

Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the delicious eggs, bacon, sausage patties, and grits prepared by Sid Brown and Cami Nodorft. The Aerospouses set out the desserts and side dishes. Ten aircraft flew in. 33 members, family, and guests signed in. At 9:42 AM Ed Christian gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the business meeting to order at 10:11 AM. He welcomed the guests including Abbey Puckett, a friend of Mikayla Nodorft, Matthew Middleton, and Frank Christian’s guest, Nick Winton, a visitor from England (actually Dalmunzie, Scotland) who was here for the Master’s. Al mentioned the upcoming Vidalia Onion Festival Airshow April 30 – May 1 and also the RC fly-in May 7 – 14 at the Triple Tree airport which he will attend. Al thanked those who prepared the breakfast. Al asked who was at Sun’n Fun. They were Eddie Booth, Sid Brown, and Gary Ward.
 
Old Business: Steve Thompson moved that that the minutes for March should be accepted. Don Bush seconded the motion and it was approved.

New Business: Don Bush said that the April 28th social eat-out would be at Sheehan's Irish Pub in Augusta. Ed Christian said that he's setting up a Pea Patch - EAA 172 work day for Saturday, April 30. An e-mail with details will be sent in about a week.

Sid Brown said that he will also have a work day on May 7 for the Wrens Fly-in. Also, for the Friday evening meal (May 13), the club will be providing potatoes. It will be a bring-your-own meat meal. There will be no breakfast on May 14, the main day for the fly-in.

Ed Christian moved that the meeting should adjourn. Steve Thompson seconded the motion. The meeting adjourned at 10:50 AM.

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Member Spotlight for April

Pea Patch Post -- pages 5-6 (4 minutes) 
Microsoft Sells Flight Simulator, FAA Through the Fence Policy,
New Hummel Bird at Wrens, Broadband vs. GPS


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EAA 172 Nightout, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Monthly Aviation Question
What's New in Al Patton's Open Hangar?


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Name That Plane, Young Eagles Works!, Membership Form 
 



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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for March 12, 2011
Fish Fry Fly-in

Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the delicious fried fish and trimmings prepared under the leadership of Master Chef Steve Thompson. Dennis & Fay Allen, Ron Haley, Everett Parks, and Maureen Rhodes assisted Steve in the food preparation. The Aerospouses set out the desserts and side dishes. Thirteen aircraft flew in. More than 70 members, family, and guests signed in. At 12:28 PM Rev. Bill Farley gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the business meeting to order at 1:20 PM. He welcomed the guests including Bonnie & Harry McGahee, Dean King, Richard Thompson, Patty Barrett, Tricice & Ian Rogerson, Bobby Shafer, Harrell Tiller, and Antonia & Bibiana Falatova. Al thanked all those who prepared the fish and trimmings for the meal.
 
Old Business: Richard Fender moved that that the minutes for February should be accepted. Steve Thompson seconded the motion and it was approved.

Frances Weiss said that those who helped prepare the clubhouse for the meeting were her husband, George, and some Leprechauns.

Pierre Smith said that the catfish were U.S. grown, from Mississippi.

New Business: Sheila Connell said that the March 24th social eat-out would be at the Mt. Vintage Plantation Restaurant in North Augusta, South Carolina.

Al Nodorft presented the EAA Chapter Service Award to Tech Counselor Eddie Booth.

Program:  There was no scheduled program so member Charles Lewis told us about the Bartow, Georgia, "Schoolhouse Players" presenting a play "Belles on their Toes" on March 12, 18, & 19 at 8:00 PM; also on March 20 at 3:00 PM.

Jim McBurney moved that the meeting should adjourn. Richard Fender seconded the motion. The meeting adjourned at 1:35 PM.
   
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Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge at Thomson on March 12th,
Electric Motor Glider, Air Tractor Seaplane, Chinese Cirrus


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EAA 172 Nightout, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Monthly Aviation Question, 744 Miles in a Sailplane

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Name That Plane, Membership Form   


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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for February 12, 2011


Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of chili - a selection produced by eight chefs. These chefs were: Fay Allen, Virginia Bush, Frank Christian, Sheila Connell, Jim McBurney, Al Newman, Steve Thompson, and George Weiss. The Aerospouses set out the desserts and side dishes. Several aircraft flew in, including Greg Connell’s new Pitts. 56 members, family, and guests signed in. Before the meal three judges: Sid Brown, Mary Hembree, and Chris Rhodes, assessed the quality and tastiness of the eight varieties of chili. At 12:41 PM Rev. Farley gave the invocation and everyone ate.  Club President Al Nodorft called the business meeting to order at 1:14 PM. He welcomed guests Chris & Tommy Rhodes, Walt Burton, John Rule, and Cliff, Palmer, and Ethan Russell, friends of Greg Connell. Al thanked all those who prepared the chili for the meal. He also commented that the Valentine’s Day decorations for the tables were “great”.
 
Old Business: Steve Thompson moved that that the minutes for January should be accepted. Al Patton seconded the motion and it was approved.  Frances and George Weiss thanked those who helped set up for the meal today. The helpers included herself and her husband, George, Fay Allen, Jon Dunn, Terry Bibeau, and Maurine Rhodes.

New Business: Shirley Harden said that the February social eat-out would be on the 24th at the Augsburg Haus in Augusta. Al Nodorft handed out the annual EAA chapter service awards.

Mary Hembree then announced the winner of the chili cook-off: Frank Christian. He accepted the award and cash and immediately donated it to the Building Fund.
 
Sid Brown reminded everyone about the fish fry next month (March 12). He verified the cooks. Sid said there would also be a breakfast meeting on April 9th. He asked if anyone was interested in cooking breakfast on that date. There were no immediate volunteers, so Sid is asking that anyone willing to cook breakfast on April 9 should contact him. His contact number is on the front page of the Pea Patch Post.

Program: Lt. Col. Higgens of the CAP (Civil Air Patrol) gave a very interesting talk about the Civil Air Patrol. This included what activities they do and how they perform search-and-rescue. He said that they still monitor 121.5 and 243 mhz as well as the newer 406 mhz ELT frequency to locate downed aircraft. He said that Georgia is the 7th largest CAP group with Florida having the largest. The CAP in Augusta has a Cessna 172 at Daniel Field. The CAP handles the ground support at the Oshkosh EAA fly-in and in the future may handle the over the forest firewatches around the country.

Richard Fender moved, and Al Newman seconded that the meeting should adjourn. The motion passed and the meeting adjourned at 1:27 PM.

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 President's Desk, February Minutes

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Member Spotlight for March, More chili cook-off photos, Chapter Service Awards

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Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge at Thomson on March 12th,
Electric Motor Glider, Air Tractor Seaplane, Chinese Cirrus


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EAA 172 Nightout, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Monthly Aviation Question, 744 Miles in a Sailplane

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Name That Plane, Membership Form   

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for January 8, 2011

Before Before the meeting members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of potato soup and the 15-bean soup prepared by Sid and Cathy Brown. The Aerospouses set out many desserts and side dishes. Because of the wind, no aircraft flew in. 46 members, family, and guests signed in. At 12:28 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the business meeting to order at 1:00 PM. He welcomed new member Charles Lewis from Louisville, Georgia. Al also welcomed guests Walt Burton, John Rule, Michelle Burch, and Markus Schuessler as well as Blake Seller, a friend of Benjamin Brown. Al thanked those who prepared the soups for the meal.
 
Old Business: Richard Fender moved that that the minutes for December should be accepted. Steve Thompson seconded the motion and it was approved.  Frances and George Weiss thanked those who helped set up for the meal today. The helpers included Sheila Connell, Sam Hart, and Cami, Carmen, Michael, and Mikayla Nodorft.

New Business: Al said that Shirley Harden would handle the social eat-out for February and Sheila Connell would be in charge of choosing and scheduling the March club eat-out location. Members also discussed what to do about the extra sink located next to the restrooms. The decision was tabled until the next meeting.
 
Sid Brown said that Fay Allen would handle the menu for the February meal. Pierre Smith will obtain the fish for the March fish fry.
 
Fay and Sid talked about a Chili Cook-off for the February meal. The member who brings in the best chili, as judged by the members at the meeting, will win a $50 award of which at least half has to go to the clubhouse roof fund.

Program: At the end of the meeting we enjoyed listening to and sharing our feelings about a Chinese company purchasing the company that makes Continental engines. We also heard Tech Counselor Pierre Smith talk about bogus AN fittings that have appeared on the aviation market. Pierre also talked about an interesting fly-in spot near the coast. It has a 2600’ grass strip that is somewhat clumpy but usable. It is right across from the Marine Corps Beaufort air station. Greg Connell also was there and added his insights. He said that they had some events including a flour drop. Greg also talked about his replacement aircraft for the Pitts he has been flying.
 
Al Newman moved, and Richard Fender seconded that the meeting should adjourn. The motion passed and the meeting adjourned at 1:42 PM.
 

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LSA Cub, DOD GPS outage, EAA 172 Nightout, Birthdays, Anniversaries

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Annual Financial Statement, Monthly Aviation Question, 121.5 ELT, Atlanta TAC

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for December 4, 2010
Christmas Party at the Pea Patch

Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of turkey with all the Christmas trimmings. This was prepared by Sid and Cathy Brown. The desserts and side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. There were 57 members, family, and guests who signed in. Six aircraft flew in. At 12:39 PM Al Newman gave the invocation and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the business meeting to order at 1:25 PM. The club welcomed new member Charles Lewis from Louisville, Georgia. Al thanked Sid and Cathy Brown for preparing the meal.
 
Old Business: Richard Fender moved that that the minutes for October (no minutes for November since we did not have a meeting) should be approved. The motion was seconded and approved.
 
Those who wish to purchase calendars should see Don Bush. Also, President Nodorft reminded everyone that dues for 2011 are $30 through the date of the January meeting. After that a $10 late fee will be assessed so the dues would then be $40.
 
New Business: We held the annual election of officers. Steve Thompson moved and Pierre Smith seconded that we keep the same officers for 2011 as we had for 2010. The motion passed. The 2011 officers are: President: Allen Nodorft; Vice-president: Sid Brown; Secretary: John Magnan; Treasurer: Don Bush.
 
Sid Brown said that the menu for the January 8, 2011, meeting will be potato soup and 15-bean soup. He also said that for future meetings there will be teams of cooks for each meeting and asked members to volunteer to cook at a monthly meal. The menu for February will be chili. For March it is the Fish Fry fly-in.
 
Wootten York talked about his plane crash on November 27. He said that though he was not injured, after the accident, when he was walking between the crashed plane and the ambulance, he had a heart attack so the ambulance was needed after all to take him to the hospital. He’s mending OK and in a few days he will be getting his Quicksilver GT500 from the field where he crashed. Wootten said that it is repairable. Wootten also said that he will be marrying his fiance, Joy Crom, the next day (December 5).

Program: Will Robertson, a former Young Eagle who graduated from Embry Riddle Aviation University and is a CFI/CFII, talked about his aircraft, a Skycatcher, and also about a new program put on by Spirit Aviation at the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport. This will be a “club” where members join for $40 and pay $15 a month. For this, aircraft flight training in combination with aircraft rental will be available at a reduced cost. This will not apply, however, to taildragger endorsement.
 
Al Newman moved, and Richard Fender seconded that the meeting should adjourn. The motion passed and the meeting adjourned at 1:42 PM.
 
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for November 13, 2010
Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in
Millen Airport
November 13, 2010

More than 200 people and 30 aircraft were at the Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in. Visitors enjoyed fine freshly cooked food provided by the Jenkins County Booster Club. The food was available between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. Among the offerings were soft drinks, hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, egg rolls, candy, and boiled peanuts. Another attraction was the antique automobile display. Don Gay, the Chairman of the Jenkins County Airport Commission, did an exemplary job of arranging all the activities. We were treated to an aerobatic display by Greg Connell who also honored the veterans at the Magnolia Springs Veterans Ceremony at the adjoining Magnolia State Park. He was joined in the fly-over by Dennis Allen, Steve Thompson, Thurmon Kent, and Edwin (Ed) Brock. Ed and Diana Brock welcomed everyone to the hangar. Ed also was selling all equipment, supplies, and fixtures from the Brock Equipment Company site as well as the hangar. Thurmon Kent, the airport manager, spent many days grooming the fields and doing other preparation work for the fly-in. Sid Brown handled Young Eagles and the pilots he recruited flew many youngsters. Charlie Connell ably handled the air traffic coming in.
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Boshears Skyfest, 2010
at Daniel Field (DNL), Augusta, Georgia
October 16-17

Many EAA 172 members helped out during Boshears Skyfest held October 16 & 17 at Daniel Field (DNL) in Augusta, Georgia. The event was sponsored by Boshears Memorial Fly-In, Inc., Augusta Aviation, and the city of Augusta. The weather was perfect both days. Our club was responsible for the History Tent, the EAA 172 Information tent, the People Movers, and judging the Fly-in portion of Boshears-Skyfest. Some of our members handled the flightline and two were part of the airshow.
 
Bruce Cameron, Joe miles, and Al Patton were at the large History Tent most of the two days. Al Patton was there a day or two earlier making sure the parts of the History Tent were assembled and set up correctly. In the tent were many photos of those involved with aviation in the Augusta area particularly those associated with Daniel Field and local people who are in the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame such as EAA 172 club members Phil Colman, Joe Miles, and Al Patton.                      

The EAA 172 Information Tent had material about EAA 172 including brochures about our club. Sheila Connell, Shirley Harden, Mary Hembree, Stuart Hembree, George & Frances Weiss, and others were in the small tent during the two days of Boshears. They talked with visitors and pilots, describing the activities of our club.
 
John Magnan set up the People Mover trailers in the days prior to Boshears. Club President Al Nodorft arranged for two new John Deere 3720 tractors to be loaned to us by the John Deere facility in Grovetown, Georgia. Al is an engineer for John Deere. During the two days of the fly-in the drivers and people sitting on the trailers to collect donations were Richard Fender, John Magnan, Al & Cami Nodorft, Michael & Mikayla Nodorft, John Sligar, Ray Trenter, Ross & Machell Wheeler, and Wootten York. Al Nodorft’s children Michael & Mikayla did yeoman service for EAA 172 by collecting more than $300 in donations.
 
Sid Brown handled the GA (General Aviation) fly-in activities. He was assisted by his son Benjamin as well as other members who helped judge the aircraft. Sid flew in to Daniel Field in his Challenger I light plane and displayed it with information about the builder, his father O.B. Brown. Note that Ross and Machell Wheeler parked their RAF 2000 gyroplane next to the Information Tent. They were there both days giving information about gyroplanes. They also helped out with the Information Tent as well as the GA fly-in activities.
 
A number of our club members helped out with Flight Line activities. Using golf cars they led aircraft to parking spots on the Daniel Field runway 11/29 which had been converted to a ramp for the fly-in. These members included Ed Christian, Charlie Connell, Ron Haley, Gary Harden, Marshall McLane and others.
 
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for October 2, 2010

Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of eggs, grits, sausages, biscuits and other breakfast trimmings. These were cooked by Sid Brown and Ed Christian with assistance from Rick Dant. The desserts and side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. About 42 members, family, and guests signed in. We welcomed the visitors from the Wrens Fall Fly-in. About fifteen were there. Seven gyroplanes flew in from the Wrens airport. They landed about 9:15 AM. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. The visitors really appreciated and enjoyed the meal. Afterwards one wrote “Thanks to the Pea Patch gang for their hospitality and a great breakfast.” Another wrote “The EAA Chapter 172 put on a really great breakfast for us. Those folks was what they had in mind when they told us Yankees about the ‘friendly South’ when we was jus’ pups growin’ up.” At 9:30 AM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the short meeting to order at 10:13 AM. Al welcomed the visitors. He welcomed two visiting Englishmen. One was an air traffic controller from Southamton, UK. He was visiting his brother who now lived near Savannah. Al thanked Sid Brown and Ed Christian for preparing the food. Al asked people to pass around buckets to collect money for both the Clubhouse Roof fund and the Al Patton Fund. He spoke about the club’s condolences upon the death of member Earl Hildebrant.
  
Old Business: Ron Haley moved that the minutes for the last meeting should be accepted.  The motion was seconded and approved.
 
Al Nodorft talked about the Al Patton Scholarship and club roofing fund. The updated chart would be in the next club newsletter.
 
New Business: Virginia Bush said that the next club eat-out would be on October 28th at the Frog Hollow Tavern, 1282 Broad Street, Augusta, Georgia. She was told that the dress code was "business casual dress".
 
Secretary John Magnan introduced Barry Kropelin, the EAA 1313 president. Barry eloquently thanked EAA 172 for inviting his chapter to participate in the Wrens Fall Fly-in.
 
Al Nodorft discussed the Boshears Skyfest event coming up October 16-17. He said that those who had signed in as volunteers at the last meeting were on the list and would have no admission charge. Unfortunately those who volunteer afterward will still have to pay admission since the Boshears folks had already made their volunteer list by the end of September and it could not be added to at this time.
 
Sid Brown said that starting in January he will be asking for people to sign up for a three person team to cook meals.
 
Members also talked about the Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in at the Millen airport on November 13th. Al said that since the city of Millen would be handling most details, all our club needed to do is bring aircraft. He said there would be no club meeting that day.
 
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. Mary Hembree seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 10:21 AM.
  
After the meeting everyone went outside to watch gyroplane demonstration flights. Then many drove to the Wrens airport to see the aircraft at the fly-in. After the meeting there was a short Board meeting where members discussed our planned activities for the Boshears Skyfest to be held October 16-17.

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Wrens Fall Fly-in October 1-2, 2010

At the Wrens Fall Fly-in, held at the Wrens Memorial Airport (65J) in Wrens, Georgia, we had a fairly good turnout of aircraft of all types - 34 in all. Eleven were rotorcraft including a Robinson R44 helicopter. The rest were airplanes except for Phillip and Janie -- Phillip flew his foot-launched powered paraglider. About 200 people visited the fly-in. People were there from Trenton, SC; Columbia, SC;  Black Creek, GA; one from Southampton, UK (England); Grovetown, GA; Peachtree City, GA; Daytona Beach, FL; Rockwall, TX; Fort Mill, SC; Cleveland, GA; Calera, AL; St. George, GA; Augusta, GA; Greenville, NC; Taylorsville, GA; Plains, GA; Dublin, GA; Carrolton, GA; Atkins, VA; Severn, NC; Anderson, SC. Of course there were also people from Wrens, Matthews, and Louisville, GA. EAA 172 and the people at the Wrens airport had invited the rotorcraft group, the Carolina-Georgia Rotors & Wings Club out of Charlotte, NC, - EAA 1313 – to participate in the fly-in. That club's President is Barry Kropelin, from Matthews, NC.

Some of the gyroplane folks came as early as Tuesday, September 28, and camped out on the field at Wrens. The weather became rainy and blustery Wednesday and Thursday but turned out to be great on Friday and Saturday, the actual fly-in days.

Early Friday evening everyone gathered under the tents for the Low Country Boil meal. Sid, Cathy, and Benjamin Brown prepared it. Sid said it was the South Carolina version: Shrimp, Smoked sausage, Potatoes, Corn and Onions. EAA 172 members brought some side dishes. The next morning there was a fly-out to the Pea Patch for breakfast.

In preparation for the fly-in, Sid and his son Benjamin also did a fine job making sure all the fields were mowed and the lounge and hangar were spruced up. Shane and Amber Northdurft, Ross & Machell Wheeler, and Terry Stout also helped with the preparation. John Magnan put up the fencing and prepared the two main tents. The city of Wrens did a fine job of preparing areas along the runway and the fields that were not mowed by Sid and his son Benjamin. Many of the club members from EAA 1313 assisted in putting up the main tents as well as taking them down.
 
Some comments from the visitors were “Thanks John and Sid for all your hard work.........it was a hit!” and after returning from the Pea Patch breakfast “After breakfast, I promised the kids of the chapter they could get Young Eagles flights with our club, and by golly they all showed up at Wrens shortly after we got back. Seeing a 10-yr old boy hold out his arms like wings on a low fly-by was worth the trip alone.”

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Earl L. Hildebrant
Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Wednesday, September 22, 2010, Mr. Earl L. Hildebrant, 83, Earl Hildebranthusband of Jean Hildebrant. Mr. Hildebrant was a native of Midland, MI. He worked as a Field Service Engineer for Garrett Aviation. He was a pilot for 68 years and traveled the world extensively. Mr. Hildebrant was held in high esteem by members of the aviation industry, locally and abroad. He served as a mentor to many and will be sorely missed. Family members in addition to his wife include children: Peter Hildebrant (Leanne) and Susan Hildebrant, stepchildren: Jessica Jimenez, Marjorie Jimenez, Juan Jimenez (Kathie), Jon Jimenez (Toni) and James Jimenez (Debbie), grandchildren: Samantha Hildebrant, Luci Barnhill, Leslie Fryer, Sam Jimenez (Marcie) and Shelly Lorenzen (Steve), great-grandchildren: Shelby McNeal, Bryson McNeal, Amber Jimenez, Emily Jimenez, Samantha Jimenez, Jamie Jimenez, Herbert Barnhill, William Barnhill, Debra Fryer, Alyssa Lorenzen, Maddie Lorenzen and James Lorenzen, Best Friend: Steve Thompson (Jo). Mr. Hildebrant is also survived by one sister and three brothers. A Memorial service will be held Saturday, September 25, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. at Hephzibah United Methodist Church, 4431 Brothersville Rd, Hephzibah, GA 30815, with Rev. T.G. Hall officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers the family request that memorials be made to Hephzibah United Methodist Church, PO Box 65, Hephzibah, GA 30815. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Please sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com







Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for September 11, 2010

Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of barbecued chicken prepared by Benjamin and Sid Brown. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Everyone appreciated the Autumn Theme serving table decoration created by Mary Hembree. 34 members, family, and guests were at the meeting. Six planes flew in. At 11:27 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the meeting to order at 1:11 PM. Al welcomed the guests. Al thanked Sid and Benjamin Brown for preparing the food. Al asked people to pass around buckets to collect money for both the Clubhouse Roof fund and the Al Patton Fund. Al asked for a moment of silence to remember those lost in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
  
Old Business: Steve Thompson moved that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. Al Patton seconded the motion and it was approved. Treasurer Don Bush said that there was $170 in the Kitty. This covered the food expenses.

Al Nodorft talked about the Al Patton Scholarship and club roofing fund. The updated chart would be in the next club newsletter. 
 
New Business: Virginia Bush said that the next club eat-out would be on September 23rd at the Village Deli, 2803 Wrightsboro Rd., #28, Augusta, Georgia 30909.
 
Al Nodorft discussed the Boshears Skyfest event coming up October 16-17. He said that even though we would not have the food trailer there to prepare and sell food as we have had in the past, the Boshears committee asked if we wanted to possibly handle providing the food for the volunteers. Members were mixed in their reactions. Some did not want to use our food trailer to do this. Others said that they would possibly do this if it were with the Boshears equipment and that they would only be serving the food.

Al said that people are needed to volunteer for registering the planes and also to act as security for the aircraft. Also, pilots are asked to bring their planes to Boshears as part of the fly-in.  Also, volunteers are needed for the People Mover and Information Booth. Al passed around a sign-up list. He needed the list so that he could inform the Boshears folks this month who would be listed as volunteers and obtain volunteer passes for the event.

Members discussed the Wrens Fall Fly-in, October 1-2. Secretary John Magnan clarified that this was not a rotorcraft fly-in. It was a Fall fly-in at the Wrens airport where our sister club, EAA 1313, which focuses on rotorcraft, has asked us if they could participate. As in the past, we will have many fixed wing aircraft there, Sid Brown said that there was a Low Country Boil planned for Friday evening, September 1, at the Wrens airport. Al said that the next meeting would be a breakfast meeting at the Pea Patch on October 2. The rotorcraft and fixed wing folks at the Wrens Fall Fly-in were expected to fly out from Wrens to the Pea Patch for this breakfast.

Members also talked about the Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in at the Millen airport on November 13th. Al said that since the city of Millen would be handling most details, all our club needed to do is bring aircraft. He also mentioned the Christmas Party on December 4.

Sid Brown moved that the meeting adjourn. Sam Hart seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 1:21 PM.
  
BOARD MEETING: After the meeting there was a short Board Meeting where, among other items on the agenda, Frances Weiss showed the members the “fun kits” she put together to keep children who accompany their parents to our club meetings busy and entertained.

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 Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for August 14, 2010
Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious barbecue meal cooked by Sid and Benjamin Brown. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Everyone appreciated the “Back to School” theme which Frances Weiss arranged on the tables. Approximately 52 members, family, and guests signed in. Because of the overcast weather and threat of storms no aircraft were able to fly in. At 12:30 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the meeting to order at 1:03 PM. Al welcomed the guests. Al thanked Sid and Benjamin Brown for preparing the food. Al also thanked those who were at the August 7th clean-up day. He also asked people to pass around buckets to collect money for both the Clubhouse Roof fund and the Al Patton Fund. Also there still is a need for someone to handle advertising for the newsletter. Some members still need to pay their dues for 2010.

Old Business: Richard Fender moved that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. Dan Scukanec seconded the motion and it was approved. Treasurer Don Bush said that there was $265 in the Kitty which covered the food expense.

Frances Weiss thanked everyone who came out on the club cleanup day at the Pea Patch on Saturday, August 7. Elsewhere in this newsletter there is a list of those who helped. She said that when there is a Saturday clean-up day there is no Thursday meeting preparation day.

New Business: Virginia Bush said that the next club eat-out would be on July 22nd at Crum's on Central restaurant, 1855 Central Ave., Augusta, Georgia.

Don Bush said that Craig Fuller will be at the Athens Van Epps airport this coming Wednesday.


Al Nodorft congratulated Will Christian for obtaining his pilot’s license. Will said that he started one and a half years ago and that his favorite moment was soloing.

Sid Brown talked about the Low Country Boil planned for the next meeting, September 11. He said that the cost would be $10 since shrimp was getting expensive. (Ed. Note: see elsewhere in this newsletter that the food for that meeting has been changed).

Everyone wished Al Nodorft’s son, Michael, “Happy 10th Birthday” and enjoyed his birthday cake.
Al Newman moved that the meeting adjourn. The motion was seconded and passed and the meeting adjourned at 1:30 PM.

Program: Because of the weather, our speaker, Tim Wright from Chapter 780 in Athens, Georgia, was not able to be at the meeting.

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 Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for July 10, 2010
Cold Cuts Fly-in

Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of submarine sandwiches. The Aerospouses set out the side dishes. Approximately 54 members, family, and guests signed in. There were four visiting aircraft. At 12:30 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the meeting to order at 12:58 PM. Al welcomed the guests. Al thanked Sid and Cathy Brown for purchasing and bringing the food. Al also thanked those who were at the July 8th meeting preparation day. He reminded everyone about the aerobatic performances this evening by Greg Connell and Gary Ward for Thunder Over Thurmond. He reminded everyone that we should separate the aluminum cans from the rest of the trash so that we can get some recycling money for the cans. Also, his children are collecting the pull tabs from the cans for their school. Al said that at the next meeting Tim Wright from EAA Chapter 780 would present a program about the Ben Epps Day. Also there still is a need for someone to handle advertising for the newsletter. Some members still need to pay their dues for 2010.
  
Old Business:
Don Bush moved that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. Steve Thompson seconded the motion and it was approved. Treasurer Don Bush said that there was $253 in the Kitty which covered the food expense. Don said that is leaving a couple of DVDs in the clubhouse library. These are about fighters and bombers in World War II.
 
New Business: President Nodorft and Frances Weiss reminded everyone about the club cleanup day at the Pea Patch on Saturday, August 7. The time for the work would be 9:00 AM to noon. The club will provide the lunch. Virginia Bush said that the next club eat-out would be on July 22 at Rae's Coastal Cafe, 3208 West Wimbledon Drive, Augusta, GA 30902.

Ed Christian talked about and showed a photo he has from Arnold Palmer. Benjamin Brown said that he was changing his major to aviation maintenance technology at Middle Georgia College.
 
Stuart Hembree talked about the Leadership meeting he went to. Sheila Connell said that Stuart was nominated to attend the National Forum on National Security for the National Youth Leadership Forum. She said that the cost would be $1500 to $2000 for the week-long event. Sheila asked for donations from the club members to help Stuart attend this prestigious forum.

Al Newman moved and Don Bush seconded that the meeting adjourn. The motion was accepted and the meeting adjourned at 1:21 PM.
  
Program: We enjoyed an informative talk and demonstration by Pierre Smith about how the iPad can now be used to replace VFR sectionals and approach plates in the cockpit resulting in hundreds of dollars of savings each year. Much of the information can be downloaded free from government Websites.
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 Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for June 12, 2010

Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of hot dogs and hamburgers prepared by the Sid Brown family.  The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. Approximately 55 members, family, and guests signed in. There were six visiting aircraft. At 12:30 pm Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the meeting to order at 1:04 pm. Al welcomed the guests, including Frank Gougher who is joining EAA 172. Frank lives at Twin Lakes and has a Cessna 140.  Al thanked those who grilled the burgers: Sid and Benjamin Brown. Al also thanked those who were at the June 10th meeting preparation day. He also thanked Dan Scukanec for fixing up the ladies’ restroom and  Sid Brown for his work at the Wrens Fly-in. Al said that Allene Brown, Sid’s mother, had donated $500 to the club. After the regular meeting the Board will review possible uses for this money. Al said that he has DVDs of Oshkosh, Gary Ward’s aerobatics, Sonex, etc. which he’ll leave at the clubhouse. Members can take them home to view and return them when done. Also there still is a need for someone to handle advertising for the newsletter. Some members still need to pay their dues for 2010.
  
Old Business: Don Bush  moved that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion was seconded and passed. Treasurer Don Bush said that the Food Trailer netted about $200 from the Wrens fly-in. There was $336 in the Kitty. As decided on at the last board meeting, for the meeting today the empty food plates were sold for $5 each. Those who purchased the plates then could put all the food they wanted on the plates.

Sid Brown said that 36 Young Eagles were flown during the Wrens Fly-in. Wootten York said that the memorial service for the Chris Hughes, the Washington-Wilkes airport FBO manager who recently died, would be on Saturday, June 19th from 2:00-3:30 pm.
 
New Business: President Nodorft and Frances Weiss reminded everyone about the club cleanup day at the Pea Patch on Saturday, August 7, rather than July 3 (because of the holiday). The time for the work would be 9:00 AM to noon. The club will provide the lunch.
 
Secretary John Magnan mentioned that Don Gay was having a birthday party today at 4:00 at Don’s airstrip. It was in honor of his grandson.
 
Virginia Bush said that the next club eat-out would be on June 24th at Luciana's Taste of Italy restaurant on Fury’s Ferry Road in Augusta. Al Newman moved and Charlie Connell seconded that the meeting adjourn. The motion was accepted and the meeting adjourned at 1:25 PM.
  
Program: Al Tyler, the Vice-Chairman (soon to be Chairman) of the Soaring Society of America - SSA, was our guest speaker. He had a video slide presentation going during the meal. Al talked about gliders and soaring and gave a very interesting presentation. Al is also the U.S. representative for the world gliding championship being held in Szeged, Hungary, in July.
 
After the meeting club members went outside to look at the gliders and talk with their owners.
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for May 21, 2010
Wrens O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in

There were about 30 members and guests who came to the "bring your own meat" club meeting and meal at 6:00 PM on Friday, May 21. Sid Brown put out two barbecue grills and prepared and lit the coals so that the grills would be ready for the meat. Those who were there put their meat on the grills and everyone ate. We had no club meeting during the meal.
 
Prior to the meeting a several members of EAA 1313 which bases itself at the Goose Creek, NC, airport just below Charlotte, NC, trailered in their gyroplanes. Unfortunately one rainstorm started around 10:00 AM. A second one started around 7:30 PM. The gyroplane pilots were able to fly some in between  storms. By the end of the fly-in there were six gyroplanes on the field.
  
THE WRENS O. B. BROWN MEMORIAL FLY-IN MAY 22, 2010
  
On Saturday there were 16-20 more aircraft. This was the actual day of the fly-in. It was overcast with threatening rain at times. This might have caused some not to fly in. The RV line of aircraft was the most predominant. One AirMed helicopter came in, only visiting, for a display. There were also at least 150 members and visitors at the Fly-in. Young Eagles Coordinator Sid Brown arranged for flights for Young Eagles starting around 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 22nd. Sid’s son and daughter, Benjamin and Bethany, along with his wife, Cathy,  helped out at the Young Eagles sign-in table. Pilots Dennis Allen, Ed Christian,  Bill Couch, and Pierre Smith flew at least 30 Young Eagles. There were a number of tractors on display in addition to the large cotton mill diesel engine. There were also two classic automobiles on display. There was excellent assistance at the food trailer. Fay Allen along with Bethany Brown and Morgan McDonald prepared the food in the trailer.
  
In preparation for the fly-in Sid Brown did all the paperwork including contacting the FAA and closing the MOA in the Wrens area by using his contact at Shaw Air Force Base. He also did much of the mowing and arranged for the city to put out a crew on tractors to prepare the rest of the airport during the past several weeks. Cathy Brown handled the advertising for the event. John Magnan put up the tents, set up the extra power and water as well as all the flagging poles and flagging. Terry Stout cleaned the hangar. Ross Wheeler used chemicals to kill weeds along the runway and taxiway.  Amber, a friend of Shane Nothdurft, cleaned up the lounge area and prepared a side room for the flight simulator.


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EAA 172 shares the bereavement of the family and friends of George Odom and expresses the club's Condolences.
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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for April 10, 2010
Breakfast Fly-in
Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious breakfast of eggs, grits, sausages, bacon, and all the extras prepared by Sid and Cathy Brown and other club members. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. More than 40 members, family, and guests signed in. There were six visiting aircraft. At 9:14 AM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the meeting to order at 9:55 AM.  Al welcomed his guest, Rich Wallace, who also works at John Deere. Al thanked those who cooked the breakfast: Sid and Cathy Brown. Al also thanked those who were at the April 8 cleanup day: Fay & Dennis Allen, Charlie Connell, and George & Frances Weiss. Condolences were given to the family of former member, Phil DeWitt, who recently died.
  
Old Business: Don Bush moved and Sid Brown seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed. Treasurer Don Bush discussed the accounts. Many members have not yet paid their dues and also often the Kitty was not enough to pay for the food at a meeting. The EAA 172 Board will meet after the regular meeting to discuss the accounts. There was $220 in the Kitty.
 
New Business: President Nodorft reminded everyone about the club cleanup day at the Pea Patch on May 1st. Among the items to be worked on were cleaning the refrigerator and stove, putting skirting on the clubhouse roll-up door, cleaning up Boulineau Road from Highway 88 to the clubhouse. EAA 172 had assumed responsibility for cleaning up Boulineau Road. The time for the work would be 9:00 AM to noon. The club will provide the lunch.
 
Sid Brown talked about the Wrens O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in May 21-22. The food trailer would be there on Saturday. Fay Allen said she needs people to help out in the food trailer. There would be Young Eagles flown that day. Sid needs volunteers to handle registration. He also needs pilots and planes to fly the youngsters. Besides Dennis Allen and Bill Couch, Pierre Smith volunteered to fly them. More pilots are needed. The scheduled time for the Young Eagle flights is 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Sid said that there would be a Wrens clean-up day Saturday, May 15. He needs people to help cut the grass and clean up the lounge, hangar, and the area around the hangar.
 
Jim McBurney moved that the meeting should adjourn. The motion was seconded by Richard Fender. The motion was approved and the meeting adjourned at 10:06 AM
  
Program: Doug Johnson of the Trenton RC Flyers gave a very interesting talk He discussed his early childhood, partly spent in South Africa. He said he became a pilot even after his father had flown into a mountain in California. Doug has had many planes over the years and now has a Grumman. He discussed the various RC (radio controlled) aircraft. He gave explanations of the types of RC aircraft and that many were now going to electric powered ones. Doug talked about the various RC events, one big one being at the Triple Tree airport in South Carolina. Afterwards members went outside to watch several large RC models “do their stuff” in the air.

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April 10th Board Meeting
 
Attending this month's board meeting were Al Patton, Don Bush, Steve Thompson, Dennis Allen, John Magnan, Allen Nodorft, and Sid Brown.
 
Don Bush showed us the cash flow for the first quarter of the year and we have a deficit of $1,100. We are still missing the dues from over 70 of our members. This would put us in a positive situation, but not a very strong one. It is only fair that you should have visibility to where the money is going. The board has recommended the following actions:
 
1. Raise the dues to $30 immediately after the June meeting. To avoid the increase, you can pay $25 any time prior to that. The dues will remain at $30 for the next years as well. According to Al Patton there is an unwritten policy that dues are to be paid in the months of January through March. I understand that we have not enforced this so well in the past and there are potentially all sorts of understandings about dues.  In the future we will try to be more clear about the expectations.
 
2. We often do not receive the average of $5 per person for the food we serve at our chapter meetings. About half the time this causes us to lose money at our meeting meals. There will be 3 actions taken to improve this situation:
  a. Most of the time we will serve meals that cost less. This may mean hamburgers and brats, cold cuts, soup,   barbeque, etc. This will help us control our costs. When we choose a more expensive meal such as low   country boil and the fish fry, we will charge more as appropriate. Of course you can eat as much as you   want.
  b. Next, each person will have to pay $5 to receive a plate to eat. This will ensure that all pay an equitable   amount for the meal. The only exceptions will be guests that we invite to speak or entertain us. Members who   bring guests will be expected to pay for their guest or work it out with their guest. We appreciate those who   spend additional time and money to bring the side dishes, but they also will have to pay for a plate. We will   be asking for volunteers to manage the plates and money.
  c. In order to not discourage families with children, it was decided that children would only have to pay $3.

3. We have already implemented the emailing of newsletters. This will also save the club much money in printing and mailing fees. If anyone has an email that they use and is still receiving the newsletter via mail, please email John Magnan at jcm2@earthlink.net and tell him you wish to receive the newsletter only by email.
    
4. The board approved the opportunity to put advertising into our newsletter the Pea Patch Post. We only need a volunteer to make this happen. This could also generate revenue.
 
We hope you understand that we must take these actions in order to make our chapter financially healthy.  If anyone has other ideas that can help us, please bring it up.
 
The board also discussed the possibility of EAA 172 members helping to maintain Pea Patch Corporation property. The board felt that this would be OK for special clean up days.  When possible, a combined list of work items will be published. Visitors to our EAA meetings do not know the difference between the EAA chapter and the Pea Patch corporation. Together we need to make our facilities an inviting place.

Al Nodorft, EAA 172 President

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Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for March 13, 2010
Fish Fry Fly-in
Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of Alabama catfish and all the extras. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. More than 80 members, family, and guests signed in. It was somewhat windy so there were only four visiting aircraft. At 12:30 PM Rev. Bill Farley gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the meeting to order at 1:07 PM. Al welcomed visitor Land Creson, a guest of Greg Connell. After the meeting Land joined EAA 172. Al thanked those who cooked the fish and fries: Dennis Allen, Ron Haley, Pierre Smith, and Steve Thompson. Al also thanked those who were at the March 6 cleanup day and those who helped in the pre-meeting clubhouse preparation on Thursday: Fay Allen, Sheila Connell, and George & Frances Weiss. Recognition was given to those who underwent surgery since the last meeting: Fay Allen and Sid Brown, who both had recovered nicely and were at the meeting. Al also recognized the person who was the March Member Spotlight – Ed Christian. President Al Nodorft then talked about the “pleasure”side of his European business trip. Al said that he flew a paraglider for the first time. It was a six minute flight at 28 mph.
  
Old Business: Don Bush moved and Richard Fender seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order. Because the day was somewhat blustery and we had 30-40 fewer fly-in attendees, there was not enough to pay for the fly-in food from the Kitty donations. There was $356 in the Kitty and the meal cost around $400. The club general fund paid the difference. There was much food left over which some members took home.
 
Club secretary John Magnan reminded the group about the newsletter being emailed. Next month (April) only those without email addresses as well as those who had email access but who still wanted the mailed copy would be receiving the Pea Patch Post in the mail. If you have email but still want the mailed version contact John.
 
New Business:  Members discussed the upcoming fly-ins/meetings including the Breakfast Fly-in at 9:00 AM on April 10 and the meeting and meal on May 21 at 6:00 PM. This would be a day before the O. B. Brown Memorial Fly-in on Saturday, May 22nd. Young Eagles would be scheduled for the Wrens Fly-in for 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM on May 22. Members approved September-October events: The Fall Breakfast Fly-in date was changed to October 2nd from the original date of October 9th. This will allow those who come to the Wrens Fall-Fly-in, now scheduled for pilots for September 29-October 2, to fly to the breakfast as had been done in 2007 and 2008. The fly-in dates for the public would be October 1-2.
 
Frances Weiss thanked those who helped at the scheduled clubhouse cleanup on March 6. They were: she and her husband,  George, Ron and Heather Banning, Sheila Connell, Bill Farley, and Al Nodorft.  Frances said the next one will be on May 1. EAA 172 will again provide the lunch.
 
Virginia Bush said that the next EAA 172 social meeting “Night Out” would be at T Bonz Steakhouse, 2856 Washington Road, Augusta, Georgia on March 25.
 
We had a raffle for a beautiful fern prepared by Mary Hembree. Dick Schoenfelder won.
  
Al Newman moved that the meeting should adjourn. The motion was seconded by Don Bush. The motion was approved and the meeting adjourned at 1:38 PM.
  
Program: Gary Ward gave a very interesting talk and demonstration about aerobatic flight. He said that he took his first flying lessons at Daniel Field when he was 15.  Gary participated in his first air show in 1998. He flew the Giles for eight years and the current MX-2 is an outgrowth of the Giles. Gary demonstrated the gyroscopic actions which affect aerobatic flight. Former club president Sheila Connell assisted him in the demonstration. The new act Gary participates in is Team Chaos which involves three separate acts  involving his MX-2, Randy Harris in his Skybolt, and Neal Darnell in the Flash Fire Jet Truck.


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February, 2010

Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for February 13, 2010
Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitor enjoyed a delicious feast prepared by Mary Hembree. The repast was a good old-time meal with  pot roast, fresh cooked green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, bread, some greens and other vegetables, and desserts (sweet potato pie, cakes, chocolates, etc.). Since Mary had planned for about fifty people, we had plenty, and much left over. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. Even though they had just been through a snowstorm, 30 members, family, and a guest signed in. There were no visiting aircraft because there was 4-5 inches of snow on the runway. At 12:35 PM Rev. Bill Farley gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Because President Al Nodorft had to take a business trip, Club Vice-President Sid Brown called the meeting to order at 1:02 PM. Sid welcomed the visitor, Mary Crom, a guest of Wootten York. Sid thanked Mary Hembree for preparing the pot roast. He also those who helped prepare the clubhouse for the meeting and decorate it for Valentine’s Day: Fay & Dennis Allen, Don Gay, and George & Frances Weiss.
  
Old Business: Richard Fender moved and Ron Haley seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order and we had $149 in the Kitty. Don said that there was one EAA calendar remaining.
 
Wootten York said that his son-in-law, SSG Dusty Magner, and  wife Rebecca, now had a home in Tampa. Dusty’s wife, an Army 2nd Lieutenant, was now permanently assigned to the VA hospital there. Dusty had been severely injured in an IED attack in Afghanistan last year.
 
Sid Brown, Don Bush, and John Magnan talked with the group about the newsletter being emailed. They repeated what was in the newsletter: if someone did want it mailed by the USPS they would have to let John know. The members were also told  that they did not use email they would still get the mailed newsletter. Of the 30 people there 10-12 wanted the newsletter by e-mail only. The members there who received the e-mailed newsletter enjoyed it. Don Bush said he enjoyed the high definition color.
 
New Business:  Sid Brown brought up the Wrens O.B. Brown fly-in. After a bit of discussion and suggestions from the members, the vote was 14-2 that in May there would be no club meeting on May 8th, the scheduled date. Also there would be no separate Social “Night Out” in May. The Wrens O.B. Brown fly-in would  have a short business meeting on the 21st (Friday), perhaps around 6:00 PM,  followed by a meal under the tents (if it's not raining) and the main fly-in on May 22nd. The going away day, for anyone who stayed Saturday night, would be Sunday, the 23rd.
 
In preparation or the fish fry on March 13, Vice-President Brown asked if anyone had fish fryers. Also he would contact Pierre Smith, who was not at the meeting,  about obtaining the fish. He would also contact those who usually prepare the fish, fries, etc. Those people were unable to attend the meeting.
 
Frances Weiss scheduled clubhouse big cleanups/fix-ups every other month starting Saturday, March 6, at 9:00 AM and ending around noon. Lunch will be bread, lunch meat, soft drinks, etc. provided by the club. This will go throughout the summer. This is not the same as the regular meeting preparations the Thursdays before a club meeting.
 
Sheila Connell said that Dot Colman (Phil's wife) has improved (she had a stroke) and is temporarily in a nursing home for a week before going home. Virginia Bush said that the next EAA 172 social meeting “Night Out” would be at Harbor Inn Seafood, on Wrightsboro Road in Augusta on February 25.
 
Since Pierre Smith was not there, Greg Connell made a very short report about the RV-10: "Flies great."  We had a raffle for a $50 gift certificate for dinner(s) at a restaurant. Sid Brown won. Don Bush said that the club made $11 on the raffle so it paid for itself.
  
Jim McBurney moved that the meeting should adjourn. The motion was seconded by George Weiss. The motion was approved and the meeting adjourned at 1:44 PM.


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Gone West: Longtime Volunteer Marguerite Lawrence Passes Away

(Club member Sondy Lawrence's mother)

  Marguerite Lawrence
Marguerite Lawrence celebrated her 90th birthday with her family during her last AirVenture in 2006.

February 25, 2010 —EAA is mourning the death of Marguerite Lawrence, who was an Admissions  Gate volunteer at the EAA convention for 30 years.  She died on February 16 at the age of 93 in Wichita, Kansas. Her last visit to AirVenture Oshkosh was in 2006, and that year her family traveled to Oshkosh to celebrate her 90th birthday. They held the party at Admissions Gate 346 (the Warbirds gate), where she volunteered for many years.

Marguerite always chose to camp on the grounds with her friends. “She refused to stay in a hotel," her son, Stan, told The Wichita Eagle.

Marguerite was also a pilot, soloing in 1938 and earning her private ticket in 1940. She wound up marrying her flight instructor, Roy Gene Lawrence who, her eldest son, Sondy, joked, “Got her in the airplane and would not land until she said ‘yes.’”


(Below from Wichita Eagle:Posted on Sat, Feb. 20, 2010)
BY MOLLY MCMILLIN
The Wichita Eagle


Marguerite Lawrence was a "free-spirited" woman dedicated to her family, friends, faith and aviation. Mrs. Lawrence died Tuesday. She was 93.

Mrs. Lawrence was a familiar face in the aviation community. Until her 90th birthday, she volunteered at the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual AirVenture Oshkosh, selling tickets by day and camping in a pup tent at night.

"She refused to stay in a hotel," said her son, Stan Lawrence. She would say, "'Why would I want that? I'm with my friends. I'm exactly where I want.' "

The family celebrated her 90th birthday at the event.

Mrs. Lawrence was a long-time volunteer at the Kansas Aviation Museum, served on the national board of the OX5 organization and was an active member of the Kansas chapter of the Ninety-Nines, an organization of female pilots.

"She was very supportive and always encouraged our members to work at their flying and to get additional training or ratings or proceed as far as they would like to go," said pilot Kay Alley, who serves as treasurer of the chapter.

Mrs. Lawrence soloed in 1937 at the age of 21. She earned her pilot's certificate three years later.

In the process, she fell in love with her flight instructor, Gene. They were married nearly 50 years at the time of Mr. Lawrence's death in 1986.

In the early years, Mrs. Lawrence helped her husband with the fixed-based operation he ran in southern Nebraska. She also was a charter pilot and ferried airplanes.

"She was a great mom," Stan Lawrence said. "She was firm and fair and always ready for the next adventure."




January, 2010

Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for January 9, 2010
Prior to the meal DAR (Designated Airworthiness Representative) William Duncan finished the inspection of Steve Thompson’s RV-9A and presented Steve with the temporary certificate of airworthiness for the aircraft. Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of barbecue prepared by Sid Brown and his family. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. There were 58 members and guests as well as five visiting aircraft. At 12:26 PM Rev. Bill Farley gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Club President Al Nodorft called the meeting to order at 12:58 PM. Al welcomed the visitors and thanked those who helped prepare the clubhouse for the meeting: Fay Allen, Charlie & Sheila Connell, and George & Frances Weiss. One visitor was Rev. David Herberts, a guest of Pierre Smith. Al also thanked Vice President Sid Brown for the barbecue. He congratulated the Member of the Month, Sheila Connell. Al said that there were still some EAA calendars left.
  
Old Business: Steve Thompson moved and Mary Hembree seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order and we had $334 in the Kitty. Don also reminded everyone that the 2010 dues were due. President Al Nodorft thanked Charlie Connell and Al Patton for putting in the trim in the men’s restroom. President Nodorft also presented a Boshears Homebuilt Aircraft award to Ralph Powell.
 
New Business: President Nodorft presented a gift from the Aerospouses and EAA 172 to the now ex-president of EAA 172, Sheila Connell.
 
Sid Brown asked for volunteers to provide the meat portion of future meals. Of course the cost of the meat will be paid for by the club. Frances Weiss passed around a sign-up list for those who would help keep up the clubhouse.

Virginia Bush reminded everyone about the EAA 172 social meeting-eatout which will be on January 28 at Villa Europa on Dean’s Bridge Road in Augusta.
 
Al said that he has been digging into information about our club. In EAA 172 there are 82 members who have aircraft and 64 members who don’t.
 
Al  presented the 2009 service award to Tech Counselor & Flight Advisor Pierre Smith.  Secretary John Magnan talked about AOPA and TSA's Airport Secure and showed a DVD video about it.
 
Program: Pierre Smith talked about the animal rescue program he is involved in, Pilots N Paws. Pierre made one of his flights with his RV-10 at the beginning of January. He had written on the Vans RV forum “I can't recall another time about anything that I've done that has brought this much satisfaction and emotional reward! Hard to put into words. Y'know, they also need temporary foster parents for animals making long trips, where half a dozen pilots are used to each do 300-400 mile legs. They need the animal housed for a day or two 'til the next pilot can come, either because of weather or work schedules. So go to www.pilotsnpaws.org and add your name.”
 
Steve Thompson moved that the meeting should adjourn. The motion was seconded by Don Bush. The motion was approved and the meeting adjourned at 1:38 PM.
  
After the meeting the EAA 172 Board of Directors met at 2:15 PM. In attendance were: Al Nodorft, Sid Brown, John Magnan, Don Bush, Dennis Allen, and Al Patton. The results of that meeting are elsewhere in this newsletter.

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December, 2009
EAA 172 Meeting

Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for December 5, 2009
The Christmas Party
  
It was a fairly nice day. Nearly 60 members and visitors as well as six aircraft were at the Christmas Party at the Pea Patch Aerodrome. Dennis Allen had prepared the delicious fried turkey. The dressing was prepared by Fay Allen and Sheila Connell. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. At 12:28 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Club President Sheila Connell called the meeting to order at 12:56 PM. Sheila welcomed the visitors. A couple of the visitors were Steve and Michelle Boshears. Michelle is the Weiss’ daughter. Sheila said that she had received an e-mail from Keith Robbins who had recently visited France and would soon be back at his home in Las Vegas. Sheila thanked Larry and Rita Garner for delivering the gifts the club members had brought for the youngsters at the Medical College of Georgia hospital. She congratulated the Member of the Month, Al Nodorft, and congratulated him on his election as the 2010 president of EAA 172. She also congratulated Sid Brown on his assumption of the office of club vice-president as well as continuing as Young Eagles Coordinator and taking over the responsibilities for the Wrens airport operations from club secretary John Magnan. Sheila thanked Shirley Harden for the three years of handling the Social Coordinator responsibilities. Sheila thanked those who had helped prepare the clubhouse the previous Thursday.  President Connell announced her choice for the EAA 172 member of the year. Her choice was Fay Allen for the untiring devotion Fay had given to EAA 172 over the years. Sheila awarded Fay a monetary gift from the club.
  
Old Business: Don Bush moved and Larry Garner seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order and we had $338.25 in the Kitty. Don also reminded everyone that the 2010 dues were now due.
 
New Business:  Al Newman and Bob Rhodes gave tributes to the departing club president, Sheila Connell. Shirley Harden thanked everyone for “not complaining” about the restaurants she had chosen as Social Coordinator. Al Newman praised all those who had worked on the Thursdays before the club meetings.
 
Sheila presented the 2009 service awards to the members who were officers and advisors for the club. The photos of the presentations are on the EAA 172 Website.
 
Al Newman moved that the meeting should adjourn. The motion was seconded by Richard Fender. The motion was approved and the meeting adjourned at 1:18 PM.
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The Minutes for the December 5, 2009, EAA 172 meeting:  Minutes 12/05/09

 Only on the Web:
  Presentations of the 2009 Chapter Service Awards from EAA:  Presentations Chapter Awards

Two articles from the January, 2010, Pea Patch Post:  Two Articles 12/09 Pea Patch Post
(One of those articles is about the time running out for ELSA training aircraft; the other is about Georgia's governor and his association with General Aviation)

One article from the January, 2010, Pea Patch Post:  One Article 12/09 Pea Patch Post

(This article is about the AOPA's input into changes in FAR Part 61)  

Only on the Web: AOPA's article about Georgia's Governor:  GA Governor - ga Governor

Birthdays, anniversaries, etc. for January, 2010:  Birthdays, Anniversaries 

 
The Aviation Question of the Month for January, 2010:  Aviation Question
(and the answer to December's Aviation Question)
 
Al Patton's answer to "Name That Plane" for January, 2010:  Name That Plane

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November, 2009
Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in

Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for November 14, 2009
It was a perfect day for a fly-in, sunny, warm, hardly any wind. Numerous members and visitors as well as many aircraft were at the annual fly-in held this year at the Pea Patch Aerodrome. There were 10-12 aircraft on the field by 11:00 AM. More than 20 aircraft were there as well as a crowd numbering over 100. About a dozen people - youths, counselors, administrators - for the Broken Shackle Ranch provided the barbecue and a special “Mighty Man” turkey stew. At 12:30 PM visiting Chaplain Gary Cobb gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Club President Sheila Connell called the meeting to order at 12:58 PM. Sheila welcomed the visiting pilots and aircraft who had flown in. She thanked the youths from the Broken Shackle youth home for preparing the meal. Richard Fender moved that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion was seconded by Don Bush and passed. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order and we had $523 in the Kitty. Those funds, less $31 for our incidental expenses, went to the Broken Shackle Ranch. Don gave the Boshears SkyFest financial report: The Food Trailer netted $391.63. The People Movers received $175 in donations for a total of $566.63 in for that fly-in.  Sheila welcomed the visitors and  guests. She thanked those who had helped prepare the clubhouse the previous Thursday: Don Bush, Charlie Connell, George & Frances Weiss, and Tom Whisnant who did the grass cutting. Sheila thanked Sid Brown for providing the boiled peanuts before the meal. She said that after his accident Don Murphy was taken to the Medical College of Georgia where his condition was fair but improving. She also welcomed back Marlyn Couch and Shane Nothdurft who had been in the hospital. Sheila also said that Sam Hart is back after his unfortunate incident. She congratulated the Members of the Month, George & Frances Weiss. Sheila announced that John Magnan is retiring from being the EAA 172 representative handling the affairs of the Wrens airport after handling them since the mid-90s. After the meal those members with aircraft at the Wrens airport will meet with her and decide on John’s successor.
  
Old Business: Sheila presented two Boshears awards for those who had home-built aircraft. The Grand Champion award was given to Al Patton for his Rose Parrakeet. The Reserve Grand Champion award was given to Ralph Powell for his Thorp T-18.
 
New Business: David Cobb, the administrator of the Broken Shackle Ranch youth home, talked about the goals of the youth home. They deal with young men ages 16-19. He said that they had a great success rate. Their funding is by grants and donations.
 
We held the annual EAA 172 elections. By acclamation, the Secretary, John Magnan, and the Treasurer, Don Bush, were re-elected for 2010. Sid Brown was nominated for Vice-President and Allen Nodorft was nominated for President of EAA 172 for 2010. The nominations were seconded and approved by the members.
 
We discussed the next meeting, the Christmas Party on December 5th. Sheila reminded everyone to bring a new unwrapped toy to be given to the hospitalized children at the Medical College of Georgia. Dennis Allen will fry the turkeys. Fay Allen and Sheila Connell will prepare the dressing.

Program:  We enjoyed a talk by Vice-President-Elect Sid Brown about the Sport Pilot license as well as aircraft safety. Sid said he started his aviation experiences with his dad.
 
Al Newman moved that the meeting should adjourn. The motion was seconded by Don Bush. The motion was approved and the meeting adjourned at 1:35 PM. After the meeting some of the youths from the Broken Shackle Ranch had first plane flights as Young Eagles, thanks to pilot Patrick Kirkland with his Cessna 172. 
IN LIVING COLOR!  
 
The front page of the December, 2009, Pea Patch Post, with the PREZ SEZ:  Pea Patch Post

The Minutes for the November 14, 2009, EAA 172 meeting:  Minutes 11/14/09

  EAA 172 President-Elect Allen Nodorft writes a few words:  Words from the President-Elect

Two articles from the December, 2009, Pea Patch Post:  Two Articles 12/09 Pea Patch Post
(one of those articles is about the FAA ban on residential TTF (through the fence) operations; the other is about the FAA grounding the Zodiac 601XL &605 S-LSA)

One article from the December, 2009, Pea Patch Post:  One Article 12/09 Pea Patch Post

(This article is about a well known Georgia pilot being arrested at Griffin-Spalding)  

Birthdays, anniversaries, etc. for December, 2009:  Birthdays, Anniversaries 

 
The Aviation Question of the Month for December, 2009:  Aviation Question
(and the answer to November's Aviation Question)
 
Al Patton's answer to "Name That Plane" for December, 2009:  Name That Plane

MEMBER OF THE MONTH FOR November, 2009: Click on  George & Frances Weiss

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BOSHEARS SKYFEST 2009
Daniel Field October 17-18
On Saturday, the 17th, the weather started out just damp and cold. It deteriorated to cold, wet, and rainy by early afternoon. Only 11 non-Warbird GA aircraft who were not part of the airshow flew in to the field. The airshow was “called” around 2:30 PM and the visitors headed home. Those who saved their ticket stubs would be able to get in free to Boshears SkyFest on Sunday.
 
However quite a few EAA 172 members did come on Saturday. Wootten York flew in his two aircraft, a Quicksilver GT-400 and a Quicksilver GT-500. Not at the same time, of course! He flew one in on Friday, went back home, and flew the other in on Saturday.
  
As President Connell mentioned on the cover page, many EAA 172 members participated both days to help make Boshears SkyFest a success even with the less than perfect weather.

Sunday had much better weather. Though a bit chilly, the sun did shine and there was some blue sky. There were more GA aircraft in than on Saturday.
  
Freeman Newman and Sid Brown handled the aircraft awards. Here are the results:
Kit Built
Grand Champion - Ed Booth with his RV-7 N67EB
Reserve Grand Champion - Gary Harden with his RV9A N227HP
 
Antique/Classic
Grand Champion - Jim Renwick with his PA 22/20 N1495AReserve Grand Champion - Al Newman with his Aeronca 7AC N85568
  
Light Sport
Grand Champion - Ross Wheeler with his RAF 2000 GTX-SE gyroplane N378TW
Reserve Grand Champion - Wootten York with his Quicksilver GT-400 N75297
 
Warbird
Grand Champion - Tom Reilly with his B-25
Reserve Grand Champion - CAF (Confederate Air Force) Douglas Dauntless
Boshears.

Read this story about Boshears SkyFest 2009 with color photos at: BOSHEARS

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October, 2009
  Breakfast Fly-in
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for October 10, 2009
Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the delicious eggs, bacon, sausage patties, and grits prepared by club V.P. Freeman Newman who was assisted by his wife, Bunny, and member Jon Dunn. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. At 9:08 AM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Club President Sheila Connell called the meeting to order at 9:32 AM. 43 members, family, and guests signed in. Because of the weather, only one aircraft flew in, our speaker’s Lake amphibian. Richard Fender moved that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion was seconded by Steve Thompson and passed. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order and we had $215 in the Kitty. There was also an additional $195 in the Al Patton fund. Sheila offered the club's condolences to the family of Al Youngblood who passed away on October 8th.  Sheila welcomed new club member Ross Wheeler. She also welcomed guests Jeff and Jade Long, friends of Rick Dant. Sheila thanked Ralph Sandeford for the donation of the new grill used to prepare the breakfast. She congratulated the Member of the Month, Rick Dant. Sheila thanked Fay Allen, Maureen Rhodes, Don Bush, George & Frances Weiss, Gary Harden, Everett Parks, and Mary Hembree for helping out on the Thursday clean-up day.
  
Old Business: Sheila discussed the upcoming Boshears SkyFest (October 17, 18). She reviewed the list of volunteers. Also she mentioned that the volunteer’s party would be on Saturday at 7:00 PM. There would also be a Worship Service at Boshears at 9:00 AM on Sunday, the 18th.
 
New Business: Social Coordinator Shirley Harden said that the next club eat-out would be Thursday, October 22nd, at  P.F. Chang's - China Bistro, 2450 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, Georgia.
 
Sheila said that the new EAA calendars were available and members should see her after the meeting if they wished to order one.
 
We discussed the next meeting, the Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in, which will be held November 14th at the Pea Patch rather than Millen as explained at the last meeting. Pierre Smith said that the Broken Shackle Ranch boys would have barbecue prepared for 100-125 people.

Program:  We enjoyed a talk by Joe Grimaud.  Joe and wife Gladys are owners of Chapin Furniture in Chapin, SC. They're pretty well "known" in this area from their "cutesy" radio commercial where Mrs. Grimaud expounds on her husband's aviation experiences in the Air Force versus promoting furniture. After the talk Al Newman moved that the meeting should adjourn. Steve Thompson seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 10:35 AM.


IN LIVING COLOR!  
 
The front page of the November, 2009, Pea Patch Post, with the PREZ SEZ:  Pea Patch Post

The Minutes for the October 10, 2009, EAA 172 meeting:  Minutes 10/10/09

Two articles from the November, 2009, Pea Patch Post:  Two Articles 11/09 Pea Patch Post
 (one of those articles is about the FAA issuing the new 51% homebuilder rules;
the other about new FAA instrument rated pilot certification renewal rules.)


One article from the November, 2009, Pea Patch Post:  One Article 11/09 Pea Patch Post

(This article is about Sully & Skiles becoming the national EAA Young Eagles Co-chairs.)
 
Birthdays, anniversaries, etc. for November, 2009:  Birthdays, Anniversaries 

 
The Aviation Question of the Month for November, 2009:  Aviation Question
 
(and the answer to October's Aviation Question)

Al Patton's answer to "Name That Plane" for November, 2009:  Name That Plane

MEMBER OF THE MONTH FOR October, 2009: Click on  Rick Dant

Obituary for member Q. Allen "Chief" Youngblood: Al Youngblood

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September, 2009
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for September 12, 2009
Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of grilled/barbecued chicken from Country Boys in Waynesboro. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. At 12:30 PM Rev. Bill Farley gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Club President Sheila Connell called the meeting to order at 1:00 PM. 55 members, family, and guests signed in. There were 12 visiting aircraft. A motion was made that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion was seconded and passed. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order and we had $264 in the Kitty. President Connell read a letter from EAA president Tom Poberezny thanking our club for our $229 donation to the EAA museum Founder’s Wing. Sheila welcomed visitor Roger Noirot. She congratulated the Member of the Month, Ed Booth. Sheila thanked Fay Allen and Mary Hembree for decorating the clubhouse. She also thanked those who helped out on the Thursday clean-up day. Sheila asked Stuart Hembree to talk about his Civil Air Patrol activities at Oshkosh this year.
  
Old Business: The front page of the local Metro Spirit featured Al Patton and his contributions to aviation. Vice-president Freeman Newman took that article as well as those appearing in other newspapers and put them behind a large frame.
 
Treasurer Don Bush reminded everyone about donating to the Al Patton Scholarship fund. This is the fund used to give free flight training to a deserving young person who wins the award. It’s awarded at the Boshears Skyfest October 17-18. By the end of the meeting Don said there was a total of $656 in the fund.
 
Sheila reminded everyone about the Rhodes’ barbecue being held tomorrow (Sunday). She said that she has some extra maps and directions for those who need them.
 
Al Newman gave out the new club shirts members had ordered at the last meeting. The cost was $31.  Anyone else who wants a shirt should contact Al at 706-736-3905.

New Business: Social Coordinator Shirley Harden said that the next club eat-out would be on September 24th at Malibu Jack's Surf Grill, 231 Furys Ferry Road, in Augusta.
 
Sheila said that Ed Carter, who does a lot of things for Boshears Skyfest, is in Emory Hospital. Also, member Shane Nothdurft is at home recovering from a serious auto accident. Virginia Bush will send cards to them. Sam Hart was not quite ready to come to this meeting. He has more surgery scheduled as a result of his plane crash.
 
Sheila asked everyone interested in helping out at the Boshears Skyfest to sign up for their activities. Ed note: The final list presented to the Boshears Committee at the September 17th meeting had 39 names.
 
President Connell said that the Millen airport will not be ready for us to have the Keith Brock Memorial Fly-in there this year. After some discussion the members decided to have that fly-in at the Pea Patch on November 14th. Members talked about the food. After more discussion Steve Thompson moved and Mary Hembree seconded using the youths from the Broken Shackle Ranch again to provide the food. This time, however, it would be barbecue, since the cost would be more reasonable. The motion passed. Pierre Smith will handle contacting the Youth Home. From previous notes, John Magnan will provide the number of people who may be at the fly-in.
 
Program:  We enjoyed our speaker -- club member Allen Nordorft, who presented us with a synopsis of his aviation background. He’s married, has three children, and works at John Deere in Grovetown. He has flown thirty types of planes in his twenty years flying experience. After the talk Al Newman moved that the meeting should adjourn. Don Bush seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 1:45 PM.


IN LIVING COLOR!
The front page of the October, 2009, Pea Patch Post, with the PREZ SEZ:  Pea Patch Post

The Minutes for the September 12, 2009, EAA 172 meeting:    Minutes 09/12/09

Two articles from the October, 2009, Pea Patch Post:  Two Articles 10/09 Pea Patch Post
(one of those articles is about Will Christian soloing;
the other about FAA cutting NDB, GPS, VOR approaches)

Two articles from the October, 2009, Pea Patch Post:  Two Articles 10/09 Pea Patch Post

(one of those articles is about EAA giving away FREE aviation equipment;
the other about aircraft owners needing to get on the Web or paying extra)

Obituary for member Leonard Nance, Jr.: Leonard Nance, Jr.

MEMBER OF THE MONTH FOR September, 2009: Click on  Ed Booth

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August, 2009
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for August 8, 2009
Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a Surprise meal consisting of heaps of fried chicken. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. 49 members, family, and guests signed in. There were seven  visiting aircraft. At 12:31 PM Rev. Bill Farley gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Club President Sheila Connell called the meeting to order at 12:57 PM. Ed Christian moved and Al Newman seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed unanimously. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order and we had $279 in the Kitty. Sheila welcomed visitors Mitchell Smith, Blythe Dant’s cousin, as well as Russ and Becky Appleton. Russ, assisted by his wife Becky, was the speaker at the meeting. She also introduced her sister, Mary Land, who had come to the meeting. Sheila gave congratulations to the Member of the Month, Frank Christian. She thanked John Magnan and Rick Dant for working on the People Mover seats. She also passed around cards to be signed for Dusty Magner who had been severely wounded in Afghanistan, and a condolence card for Wade Hammer whose wife, Betty, died earlier this month. Sheila thanked Fay Allen, Charlie Connell, Jim McBurney, and Maureen Rhodes for helping out on the clean-up day on Thursday.
  
Old Business: Secretary John Magnan said that he had removed some of the seats from a school bus at Gerald Ballard’s salvage yard. He said that Rick Dant had volunteered to weld the seats together. John said that he would be getting the rest of the seats sometime toward the end of August.
 
Treasurer Don Bush reminded everyone about donating to the Al Patton Scholarship fund. This is the fund used to give free flight training to a deserving young person who wins the award. It’s awarded at the Boshears SkyFest October 17-18. By the end of the meeting Don had collected $222 toward the fund.

New Business: Social Coordinator Shirley Harden said that the next club eat-out would be on August 27th at the West Side Bowery Restaurant in Aiken, South Carolina.
 
Bob Rhodes said that the Rhodes Family Barbecue would be the second Sunday of September.
 
Members discussed getting new EAA shirts like we did several years ago. Al Newman volunteered to handle getting new shirts.
 
Sheila said that several items needed to be taken care of in preparation for EAA 172's work at the Boshears Skyfest. Sheila asked if we were going to use the food trailer at Boshears. After members said that we would Sheila asked about those who would be running the Food Trailer at Boshears. Fay Allen, assisted by Maureen Rhodes, said that she would handle that. Sheila said that the Food Trailer is leaking. Don Bush suggested that caulking is needed. Steve Thompson volunteered to handle that. Sheila said that at the next meeting there will be lists to be signed by those who would be helping at Boshears. Besides signing they would need to put down their Boshears shirt sizes.
 
Program:  We enjoyed guest speaker Russ Appleton, Chief Pilot for AIR MED air ambulance company. Russ had flown to the meeting in the Aerospatiale Ecurevil Air Med helicopter. He talked about his flying experience which started in 1973. Russ had belonged to EAA 242 in the past. He had about 14,000 hours. Russ talked about the “Golden Hour” and how the Air Med helicopters can get people to medical help within that hour. During his talk, as if by cue, an Air Med Agusta 109E helicopter flew overhead. Members went outside to see this. Russ said that most insurances cover the cost of the air ambulance service which can run many thousands of dollars. After the talk Don Bush moved that the meeting should adjourn. Sid Brown seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 1:42 PM.


IN LIVING COLOR!
The front page of the September, 2009, Pea Patch Post, with the PREZ SEZ:  Pea Patch Post

The Minutes for the August 8, 2009, EAA 172 meeting:    Minutes 08/08/09

Two articles from the September, 2009, Pea Patch Post:  Two Articles 09/09 Pea Patch Post
(one of those articles is about Al Patton receiving the Major Achievement Award)

Three articles from the September, 2009, Pea Patch Post:  Three Articles 09/09 Pea Patch Post


MEMBER OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST, 2009: Click on  Frank Christian


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Betty Dean Webb HammerBetty Dean Webb Hammer 08/02/09

Wife, mother, grandmother, teacher, homemaker. Following a massive cerebral hemorrhage Betty Hammer, a native of Rogersville, Tennessee, went to be with her God on Sunday, August 2, 2009 at the Medical College of Georgia at the age of 78. She was predeceased by her parents, Hubert Walter Webb and Ida Ruth Webb, and two brothers, Wayne and Murle Webb, all of Rogersville. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dr. Wade B. Hammer of Augusta; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert B. and Karen C. Hammer of Atlanta; a daughter and son-in-law, Joanna Hammer Dykes and S. Wade Dykes of Monroe, GA; and four grandchildren, Austin Taylor Dykes and Hannah Nicole Dykes of Monroe and William Burke Hammer and Hadley Elizabeth Hammer of Atlanta. She is also survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Fodel Webb; and sisters-in-law, Irene Webb and Erma Webb of Rogersville, Tennessee and Mary Jo Hammer Purves of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Mrs. Hammer graduated from public schools in Rogersville, TN and Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, TN with a degree in elementary education and moved to Lakeland, Florida where she taught kindergarten at the First Baptist Church and then fourth grade in the Polk County FL school system. There she met her future husband Dr. Hammer, a native of Lakeland. Upon his completion of pre-dental studies at the University of Florida, they married and moved to Atlanta where she taught in the Dekalb Co. GA educational system while he studied at the Emory University School of Dentistry, oral surgery residency and practiced in Atlanta. She continued to substitute in Richmond Co. GA after they moved to Augusta where her husband joined the faculty of the Medical College of Georgia. She was an active member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Augusta since 1968 where she has served as, den mother, board member, WMU Church Circle, wedding committee coordinator and numerous other roles. She was an active member of the Jane Mitchell Sunday school class. Other activities included Reserve Officers Association League (ROAL) where she served at state and national level in many roles including national president 2004-2005. She was currently President of the Georgia Department of ROAL. In 1991 when Dr. Hammer's 382nd US Army Reserve Field Hospital was deployed to Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, she performed a key role with the unit family support group here at home. She served as a true "Colonel's Lady". Betty was an active member of the Magnolia Garden Club of Augusta has served many offices and was presidency several terms. Her home garden is evidence of her love of gardening. She and Wade are active in the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller where she as Dame Commander has served as Grand Chancellor of the Grand Priory of the United States. She was presently Commander of the Augusta Commandery. Betty was a loving wife, mother, friend, patriot citizen, and community activist who will be truly missed by her family, her church, and her many colleagues both locally and internationally. The funeral service will be held Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 10:00 A.M. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church with Rev. John Pinson officiating. Pallbearers will be Austin T. Dykes, Thomas Murle Webb, Jeff Folkard, Earl Duncan, Charles Ruhl, Brian Mulherin and honorary pallbearers include Jane Mitchell Sunday school class, the Magnolia Garden Club and the Order of Saint John. Interment will follow in Westover Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Building or Missions Fund at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 3185 Wheeler Rd., Augusta, GA 30909. The family will receive friends Friday, August 7, 2009 from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. A guestbook may be signed on our site: www.thomaspoteet.com


July, 2009
  COLD CUTS FLY-IN
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for July 11, 2009
Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal of cold cuts - subs. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses who also decorated the table with a 4th of July motif. More than 60 members, visitors, and guests signed in for the meeting. We also had nine visiting aircraft. At 12:29 PM Rev. Bill Farley gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. We enjoyed the fresh-churned ice cream provided by Sid and Benjamin Brown.  Club President Sheila Connell called the meeting to order at 1:02 PM. Ed Booth moved and Charlie Connell seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed unanimously. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order and we had $290 in the Kitty. Sheila welcomed visitors Tim Burchett and his grandson, Garrett Carter. Tim is interested in obtaining his Sports Pilot certificate and possibly a light plane. He joined EAA 172 after the meeting. Sheila gave congratulations to the Members of the Month, Bill & Marlyn Couch. President Connell also congratulated Will Christian who soloed on July 9th.
  
Old Business: Secretary John Magnan brought up the People Mover seat issue which had been tabled at the last meeting. The seats need refurbishing or replacement. These are seats which sit on 16 foot trailers pulled by John Deere tractors at the Boshears Skyfest. They haul visitors around the Skyfest area. John said that he had made estimates for various methods for replacing them. These ranged from $1825 for new chairs to $440 for the expenses for welding and attaching bus seats donated by Gerald Ballard’s salvage yard. After some discussion Sid Brown said that he thought that Rick Dant would be able to pick up the seats (after John disassembled and removed them from buses at Ballard’s salvage yard). Rick also volunteered to weld them together. After some discussion Steve Thompson moved and Ed Christian seconded that a maximum of $440 could be spent for removing and refurbishing the seats. The motion carried.
 
Treasurer Don Bush reminded everyone about donating to the Al Patton Scholarship fund. This is the fund used to give free flight training to a deserving young person who wins the award.
 
Sheila brought up the funds donated by Allene Brown. After some discussion members seemed to agree that the money would be used for a plaque of some type at the Wrens airport and also an award which could be given at the next O. B. Brown Memorial Fly-in at the Wrens airport. John Magnan moved and Steve Thompson seconded that this would be done. The motion passed.
   
New Business: Wootten York talked about his son-in-law, Dusty Magner, who was severely injured in an IED attack in Afghanistan several weeks ago. The members discussed the new landing fees possible at Augusta Regional - Bush airport. Pilots said they would not purchase gas or land at Bush if the landing fees were implemented.
 
Social Coordinator Shirley Harden said that the next club eat-out would be on July 23rd at the French Market Grille on Highland Ave. in Augusta.
 
Sheila congratulated Al Patton for winning the EAA national Major Achievement Awarded which will be given out on August 1st at Airventure Oshkosh. Members congratulated Al. Then they discussed how he would get to Oshkosh to receive the award. After the meeting the officers decided that the club would pay any costs for gas for an automobile for the trip to and from Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
 
Program:  Harley Drew, radio personality from the WGAC Radio Station, was our guest speaker. He said that he knew Frank Christian well. Also Harley started out flying with a Taylorcraft and was taught to fly by Forrest Boshears. Lately he has pushed flying aside for his other activities. In 1962 he joined what is now WBBQ radio. After the very interesting talk Al Newman moved that the meeting should adjourn. Don Bush seconded the motion and the meeting adjourned at 2:08 PM.


IN LIVING COLOR!
The front page of the August, 2009, Pea Patch Post, with the PREZ SEZ:  Pea Patch Post

The Minutes for the July 11, 2009, EAA 172 meeting:    Minutes 07/11/09

The article about Al Patton going to Oshkosh for the Major Achievement Award given August 1st
Al Patton - Oshkosh

(note: contrary to the article, EAA indicated that it could not stream the video for the awards breakfast)
 
 MEMBERS OF THE MONTH FOR JULY, 2009: Click on  Bill & Marlyn Couch

Three articles from the August, 2009, Pea Patch Post:  Three Articles 08/09 Pea Patch Post


AIRCRAFT SPACE AVAILABLE AT THE WRENS AIRPORT
There is now an opening for another aircraft at the Wrens, Georgia, hangar at the Wrens Memorial Airport (65J). The largest space available is for a smaller aircraft such as a Cessna 150 or 152, Cub, Luscombe, Pitts, Titan, Quicksilver or other light plane. If you are interested contact John Magnan at 706-547-3607 (leave a message) or e-mail him at jcm2@earthlink.net
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June, 2009
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for June 13, 2009
Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed a delicious meal from Country Boys Cooking in Waynesboro. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. We had nine aircraft and more than 50 members, their families, and visitors there for the meeting. At 12:33 PM Rev. Bill Farley gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Club Vice-president Freeman Newman called the business meeting to order at 1:03 PM. Ed Christian moved and Richard Fender seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed unanimously. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order and we had $290 in the Kitty. Also he said that we had received more funds for the EAA Headquarters Founders Wing fund for a total of $229 which he will send to the EAA headquarters. He also said that we had received a donation from Allene Brown, O.B. Brown’s widow. Don said perhaps we could use it for something in O.B. Brown’s name at the Wrens airport. Nothing was decided at this time. Freeman welcomed the visitors and guests. New members who joined at the meeting were James Reeves and Aaron Ramsey who obtained a Family membership to include himself as well as Brenda, Raven, and Michaela Ramsey. Freeman thanked Ralph and Polly Powell for obtaining the delicious barbecue from Country Boys. During the meal we enjoyed a video by Tom Poberezny about EAA activities and also a builder’s hint. Freeman thanked Gene Criswell for fixing the air conditioning for the front room of the clubhouse.
 
Old Business: Young Eagles Coordinator Sid Brown thanked all who helped with the Young Eagles activities at the Wrens O.B. Brown Memorial Fly-in. Special thanks were given to Dennis Allen and Bill Couch who together flew 30 new Young Eagles. Sid passed around a sign-up sheet for any aircraft owners/pilots who might want to participate in future Young Eagles events.  Secretary and fly-in coordinator John Magnan thanked all those who helped prepare for as well as worked during the Wrens fly-in. Sid Brown thanked John Magnan for the work John did.
   
New Business: The members discussed the directive from the TSA (Transportation Safety Administration) about security at airports that are considered to be commercial service airports. Freeman mentioned that the latest directive has toned down the strict rules somewhat for General Aviation pilots. The newest directive, SD 1542-04-08G, states now that transient pilots do not need any special ID but must stay near their aircraft or the FBO that they are visiting. Those who base their aircraft at these special airports must still have a special ID in order to have access to the airports and their aircraft. John Magnan said that the day before this meeting (on June 12) the TSA has issued a list of “commercial-service” airports. Augusta Regional - Bush is one but McDuffie County, Aiken, and Daniel Field are not.
 
Treasurer Don Bush said that our club gets back money for every new member who joins us and then also joins EAA national. He also said that EAA has started a new program – a 6 month complimentary EAA membership. This is being done to get new members to join EAA. Don asked if we should also have a complimentary membership to our local EAA 172. After some discussion Don Bush moved and Jim McBurney seconded that we should have the same complimentary membership. The motion passed unanimously.
 
Secretary John Magnan said that the People Mover seats need refurbishing or replacement. These are seats which sit on 16 foot trailers pulled by John Deere tractors at the Boshears Skyfest. They haul visitors around the Skyfest area. John asked for suggestions on what to do with them since the seats are falling apart. Perhaps old church pews could be used. Jim McBurney suggested treated lumber could be placed on the seat frames. Vice-President Newman tabled the issue until the next meeting.
 
Program:  Greg Connell, gave a very interesting and enlightening talk about aerobatics and answered questions about the aerobatic work he does for airshows. The meeting adjourned at 2:02 PM.
 

IN LIVING COLOR!  
The front page of the July, 2009, Pea Patch Post, with the PREZ SEZ:  Pea Patch Post

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May, 2009  
  O. B. Brown Memorial Fly-in
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for May 8 & 9, 2009
There were 30 members and guests who came to the "bring your own meat" club meeting and meal at 6:00 PM on Friday, May 8. On Friday there were four aircraft that flew or flew in. Phillip and his wife, Janie, flew his foot launched powered paraglider in the morning but did not stay for the cookout. Mike Kelly flew in from Wagener, SC, in his L-19 but also did not stay long enough for the meal. Freeman Newman flew in. Wootten York came in his Quicksilver GT-500. Sid Brown put out two barbecue grills and prepared and lit the coals so that the grills would be ready for the meat. At 6:30 PM Rev. Bill Farley gave the invocation for the meal. Those who were there put their meat on the grills and everyone ate. Club president Sheila Connell had a short business meeting at 6:55 PM. Don Bush moved and Jim McBurney seconded that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion passed unanimously. Treasurer Don Bush said that the accounts were in order. He collected an additional $45 for the new EAA Founders Wing Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Sheila welcomed the visitors and guests.
  
Old Business: President Connell recognized Wootten York, the member of the month for May. Sheila thanked Sid Brown, his son Benjamin, and Steve Thompson for getting the food trailer to the Wrens airport. Sheila also reminded everyone about the donations for the EAA Founders’ Wing in Oshkosh.
   
New Business: Social Coordinator Shirley Harden said that the next social gathering would be on May 28th at Sheehan’s Irish Pub in Augusta. Sheila said that Rick Revels will be leaving the area next month for a position as Mortuary Officer at Fort Benning. She also said that she and her husband, Charlie, would be going on a cruise so Freeman Newman would be in charge of the June meeting. The June meeting will feature barbecue from Country Boys in Waynesboro. Ralph Powell will bring the barbecue to the June meeting. Don Bush mentioned that if anyone from the club joins EAA national the club receives a $10 check from EAA for each new member.
 
WRENS FLY-IN MAY 9, 2009
On Saturday there were 21 more aircraft. This was the actual day of the fly-in. It was sunny but there was some wind and this might have caused some not to fly in. The aircraft ranged from an Aeronca to two Barons. The RV line of aircraft was the most predominant. Two helicopters came in, both medivac that often land at the airport with patients. On this day they were only visiting.  There were also about 120 members and visitors at the Fly-in. Some counted as many as 150. Also on Saturday, Sid and Cathy Brown prepared a delicious breakfast of pancakes, bacon, and sausages for the members, guests, and tractor owners.Young Eagles Coordinator Sid Brown arranged for flights for Young Eagles starting around 9:00 AM on Saturday, May 9th. Sid’s son and daughter, Benjamin and Bethany, along with his wife, Cathy,  helped out at the Young Eagles sign-in table. Pilots Dennis Allen and Bill Couch flew at least 30 Young Eagles. There were 16 tractors on display in addition to the large cotton mill diesel engine. There were also three fancy motorcycles and one classic automobile on display. That car was owned by Blythe Dant.
   
There was excellent assistance at the food trailer. Fay Allen, along with Shirley Harden and Frances Weiss, prepared the food in the trailer. One of the medivac helicopter pilots, Tommy Keains, did some grilling. Rick Revels and Steve Thompson cooked the burgers and hot dogs. Steve also did many other tasks and was extremely helpful to many throughout the fly-in day. He had sold his two aircraft and was building one so he was “planeless” for the fly-in. Had he kept at least one plane he said he would have been happy to fly the Young Eagles.
  
In preparation for the fly-in John Magnan did all the paperwork including contacting the FAA and closing the MOA in the Wrens area by using his contact at Shaw Air Force Base. He also did much of the mowing and arranged for the city to put out a crew on five tractors to prepare the rest of the airport earlier in the week. Sid Brown mowed the grass strip and Phillip and Janie mowed around the hangars. Cathy Brown handled the advertising for the event. John put up the tents, set up the extra power and water as well as all the flagging poles and flagging. Sid cleaned the office area. After the fly-in John took down the flagging and tents. For the tents he was assisted by the farmers and others who were handling the tractors and the flour mill engine.
  
Sid Brown, assisted by his wife, Cathy, and John Magnan, gave out the awards for the fly-in. Longest Flight: John Slagle’s RV-8A from the Eagleneck Airpark near Savannah. Fastest Homebuilt: Charlie Connell’s RV-8A. Slowest Flight: Wootten York’s Quicksilver GT-500. Best in Show: Ray Snyder’s RV-6A from Eagleneck Airpark.
 

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April, 2009  
  Breakfast Fly-in
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for April 11, 2009

Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the delicious eggs, bacon, sausage patties, and grits prepared by club V.P. Freeman Newman who was assisted by other club members. The members especially enjoyed the grits prepared by Jon Dunn using his family's secret recipe. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses who also decorated the clubhouse with an Easter motif. Six planes flew in and 46 members, family, and guests signed in for the breakfast meeting. At 9:19 AM Rev. Bill Farley gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Sheila Connell, the EAA 172 president, started the short business meeting at 9:45 AM. Secretary John Magnan made a correction to the minutes for the March meeting: It was Frank Christian, not Ed Christian, who took the annual photo of the club members. Don Bush moved that the minutes for the last meeting, as amended, should be approved. The motion was seconded by Rick Revels and passed. The Treasurer, Don Bush, said that the accounts were in order and that there was $267 in the Kitty. Sheila welcomed the visitors and guests.  Sheila also welcomed new member Joseph Krzywda from Augusta. Sheila thanked Freeman Newman for preparing the breakfast and also those who had worked earlier that morning and on the previous Thursday cleaning up the clubhouse and decorating it for Easter. These included Fay Allen, Mary Hembree, and George & Frances Weiss.
  
Old Business: President Connell recognized Ron Haley, the member of the month for April. Sheila thanked Steve Thompson and his brother, Dickey, for setting up the new hot water heater for the clubhouse. John Magnan said that Wootten York was flying his Quicksilver GT-500 to San Antonio, Texas, to see his daughter and grandson. The round trip would be more than 1800 miles.
   
New Business: Social Coordinator Shirley Harden said that the next social gathering would be on April 23rd at la Cantina Restaurant, 1750 Garret Rd.,  Clarks Hill, South Carolina. She reminded everyone that la Cantina does not take credit cards, only cash and checks.
  
The members discussed the upcoming Wrens O. B. Brown Memorial Fly-in May 8-9. We will have a bring-your-own-meat-to-grill meal on Friday, May 8, at 6:00 PM. There will be extra grills  there. John Magnan said that the Ingles supermarket across the field from the airport is open late and has some fine meat. He also said that Charlie Connell has volunteered to handle any airplane communications and parking.  On Saturday there will also be a tractor display on the field as well as that huge diesel engine. There will also be a breakfast on Saturday morning for the tractor owners and others. It will be handled by Sid Brown and others at the Wrens airport. Young Eagles Coordinator Sid Brown said that the Young Eagles flights would start between 9:00 and 10:00 AM on Saturday. He said that he would
be around after the meal to get information from pilots who might fly youngsters at the Wrens Fly-in and other Young Eagles events. Special Events Director Fay Allen said that the food trailer would be there and she needed volunteers for the food preparation on Saturday. Ron Haley volunteered to get the food trailer there on Friday.
 
Sheila talked about the Founders Wing Museum at Oshkosh. EAA has requested donations of cash and memorabilia from the chapters. After some discussion John Magnan moved that our chapter donate $100 to the Founders Wing foundation. Charlie Connell seconded the motion and it was approved. However, Al Newman said we should donate more. After further discussion Sheila said that further money donations could be made by individual members. Treasurer Don Bush would handle the additional money at the end of this meeting and during the next meeting at Wrens.
 
Sheila congratulated Blythe Dant and Keith Goff about their recent solos. Blythe soloed in a Cessna 152. Keith soloed in a Cessna 172 in Aiken. Blythe gave a short talk about his
solo.

Program: Pierre Smith talked about and gave an excellent description of what crop dusting entails. He said that now the logging of the flights and also making sure that all the field was sprayed is made easier by a GPS system. He answered many questions about what his work entails including his flight speeds and ground altitude. He flies around 140 mph and at 9 feet AGL. He only looks at the instruments when in a turn. His Air Tractor has a 700 hp engine and a 500 gallon tank for the chemicals.
 
At 11:09 AM Al Newman moved that the meeting should adjourn. The motion was seconded and approved. 


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March, 2009
  Fish Fry Fly-in
Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for March 14, 2009

The weather was poor, so no aircraft flew in. Before the meeting nearly 90 members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the delicious catfish meal cooked up by Dennis Allen, Ron Haley, Gary Harden,  and Steve Thompson. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. At 12:27 PM Al Newman gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. The Club President, Sheila Connell, started the short business meeting at 12:58 PM. Secretary John Magnan made a correction to the minutes for the February meeting: Bruce Hitt did not win the raffle for the aircraft print. He won the FIRST one drawn, which was for the two "airline" caps. Ed Booth won the aircraft print and Jon Dunn won the GRAND PRIZE, the $50 gift certificate for The Chop House. Don Bush moved that the minutes for the last meeting, as amended, should be approved. The motion was seconded by Al Newman and passed. The Treasurer, Don Bush, said that the accounts were in order. Sheila welcomed the many visitors and guests.  Sheila also welcomed new members Douglas Johnson and Dana Dudley. Sheila thanked Pierre Smith for obtaining the fish for the fish fry. Sheila also thanked those who had worked on the St. Patrick’s Day decorations and for their preparations earlier in the day as well as on the previous Thursday when they prepared and decorated the clubhouse. These included Fay Allen, Mary Hembree, Maureen Rhodes, and George & Frances Weiss. Sheila welcomed back Al Newman and Don Murphy who both recently had undergone surgery. Sheila thanked the members who participated in the Club Fly-out to Douglas the week before. [article about the fly-out in this issue] Sheila said that everyone enjoyed them selves there.
  
Old Business: President Connell recognized Greg Connell, the member of the month for March. She also reminded everyone about the Breakfast Fly-in on April 11th. It will start at 9:00 AM and will feature Chef Freeman Newman, the club’s Vice-President, preparing his great breakfast menu. 
   
New Business: Shirley Harden said that the next social gathering would be on March 26th at the Sticky Fingers Restaurant,  277 Robert C. Daniel, Jr. Parkway, Augusta, Georgia.
  
Dr. Jowers discussed pilot medicals. He said that if a pilot had a doubt about his medical, don’t sign the paperwork!
  
Sheila said that at the Boshears Committee meeting she found that there would be an emphasis on Warbirds at the 2009 Boshears Skyfest.
 
Stuart Hembree talked about his airplane solo. Richmond County Commissioner, Don Grantham, discussed the Pea Patch airfield and that it was an asset to the county.
 
Program: Our guest speaker was Bob Young, former mayor of Augusta and appointed by former President Bush to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development in 2005. Bob shared with us some of his recent experiences as well as some of his aviation background. Bob said that Bob Smith was his flight instructor and Don Brown gave him his checkride in 1979.  Bob said that now that he has “retired” from the government in January he may have more time to do some flying. He said “flying gave me a great freedom and empowerment.”
 
At 1:47 PM Al Newman moved that the meeting should adjourn. The motion was seconded and approved. Afterwards Ed Christian took the annual photograph of the club members.
 

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February, 2009  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for February 14, 2009

It was raining so no aircraft flew in. Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the delicious meal of  bratwurst, peppers & onions grilled by Steve Thompson and Greg Connell. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. There were at least 60 members, family, and visitors at the meeting. At 12:28 PM Rev. Bill Farley gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. The Club President, Sheila Connell, started the business meeting at 1:03 PM. Everett Parks moved that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion was seconded by Don Bush and passed. The Treasurer, Don Bush, said that the accounts were in order and that there was $277 in the Kitty. Sheila welcomed the many visitors and guests. These included a group brought in by Jim McBurney. They were members of the Royal Rangers which is a ministry that motivates boys spiritually through Bible study and memorization, devotionals, and Christian role models.  Sheila also welcomed new members Bruce Hitt, Robbie McMillan, and Jerry & Dorothy Crawford. Sheila also thanked those who had worked on the Valentine’s Day preparations earlier in the day as well as on the past Thursday when they prepared and decorated the clubhouse. These included Mary Hembree, Fay Allen, Maureen Rhodes, Don Bush, George & Frances Weiss, Ben Covington, Charlie Connell, Ginger Connell, Al Patton, Bruce Cameron, Blythe Dant, and Phil Colman.
  
Old Business: President Connell recognized Pierre Smith, the member of the month for February.
   
New Business: Shirley Harden said that the next social gathering would be on February 26th at P.F. Chang’s China Bistro on Wrightsboro Rd. in Augusta.
  
Sheila discussed the Fish Fry Fly-in which will take place on March 14th. Steve Thompson volunteered to head up the cooking crew. Pierre Smith said he would handle getting the catfish.

We had the raffle for caps, an aircraft print, and a $50 gift certificate. Bruce Hitt won the two "airline" caps. Ed Booth won the aircraft print and Jon Dunn won the GRAND PRIZE, the $50 gift certificate for The Chop House.


Blythe Dant talked about his aircraft training.
 
Program: Tom Reilly, who won the Best Warbird Award at the 2008 Boshears gave a motivating talk about his work with the reconstruction of warbirds. He passed around original pieces of damaged and crashed warbirds and told how their group in Douglas, Georgia, reconstructed the old aircraft using the pieces as templates. Toward the end of his talk Tom said that after looking at the Pea Patch field he could probably make a trip here with his  B-25. He invited us to the breakfast fly-in they are having at 9:00 AM on March 7th at their Douglas, Georgia, airfield.
 
At 2:19 PM Don Bush moved that the meeting should adjourn. The motion was seconded and approved.

Actual pages from the March, 2009, Pea Patch Post
all in PDF format
NOTE for Dial-up users: Some of the files below will take up to five minutes to load!

Read EAA 172 President Sheila Connell's PREZ SEZ for March, 2009    PREZ SEZ

See the minutes, with photos, as printed in the newsletter: Minutes for 02/14/09 EAA 172 Meeting

Look at the Pea Salad recipe in the March Newsletter:  Pea Salad

Read about the guests from the Royal Rangers in the March Newsletter: Royal Rangers

Read about Greg Connell: Member of the Month for March:  
Greg Connell

Read what Pierre Smith wrote about RV transition training in the March Newsletter:  RV Transition Training

and, finally, read Gary Ward's Rebuttal to what Greg Connell wrote last month about "The Race"

Gary Ward's Rebuttal
THE RACE

to what Greg Connell wrote in February:

Greg Connell's version of "THE RACE"


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January, 2009  
  Minutes of the Meeting for EAA Chapter 172 for January 10, 2009

Before the meeting the members, their families, and visitors enjoyed the delicious meal - chili prepared by our President, Sheila Connell. The side dishes were set out by the Aerospouses. More than 60 members, family, and many guests were at the meeting. Ten aircraft flew in. At 12:30 PM Rev. Bill Farley gave the invocation for the meal and everyone ate. Steve Thompson moved that the minutes for the last meeting should be approved. The motion was seconded and passed. The Treasurer, Don Bush, said that the accounts were in order and that there was $319 in the Kitty. There was also $953.08 remaining in the Al Patton Scholarship Fund. Sheila welcomed the many visitors and guests. These included Ralph Capen from Maryland; Dana and Laura Linn from Twin Lakes; Terry Bibeau, who came in a Grumman AA5A; Chuck, Trevor, and Joshua Usry who came with Greg Connell; Bruce Veal, who came in his Maule; Jacob, Belle, Jacob E., and Heidi Crause from Savannah. Jacob - “Jake” -  is an OH-58 Delta Kiowa
helicopter pilot. He is based at Hunter Army Airfield. Sheila also thanked those who had worked on the meal preparations earlier in the day as well as on the past Thursday when they prepared the clubhouse and decorated it for the first Winter meeting of the year. These included Dennis & Fay Allen, Mary Hembree, Al Patton, and George & Frances Weiss. Mary again arranged the table decorations.
  
Old Business: President Connell recognized Fay Allen, the member of the month for January.
   
New Business: Shirley Harden said that the first social gathering for the new year would be on January 22nd at the Village Deli across from Daniel Field. Al Newman read the poem “The Master is There” from the Chaplain’s Corner.
  
Sheila said that the February meeting is on the 14th, Valentine’s Day, and would of course have a Valentine’s Day motif. Members should bring appropriate side dishes for the occasion. Sheila related an e-mail from Pierre Smith. It had an inspirational story Who Packed Your Parachute? about gratitude, a story about remembering those who have helped you along the way. “We sometimes don't even recognize the help we were given.” The story ends with the words “As you go through your week, month, and even New Year, recognize the people who have packed your parachute and enabled you to get where you are today!”
  
Program: Stuart Hembree talked about his Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training (SUPT). It was pilot training familiarization and orientation for what real T-1A pilots do. It included orientation T-1A flights, classroom work, and flight physiology.  The T-1A Jayhawk is a twin-engined jet aircraft used by the United States Air Force for advanced pilot training.
 
At 1:19 PM Al Newman moved that the meeting should adjourn. The motion was seconded and approved.

Read about Pierre Smith: Member of the Month for February:  Pierre Smith

Included in the mailed February newsletter was a report by Greg Connell of how, using his RV-10, he wupped Gary Ward's old Bonanza.

Read that report here:   Greg's "RV-10 as a Bonanza Smoker"


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