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Chapter 455 Newsletter Enid, Oklahoma

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Vol. 04, No. 1

11 Feb 2004 – Are you taking your Valentine Flying?

February, 2004 Edition

February, 2004 EAA 455 Chapter Meeting

The February meeting will be held in Woodring Terminal at 2:30, Sunday, February 15th. Ron Decker plans to dig out some old mags for show and tell. Be sure to treat your Valentine right Saturday so you can come to this informative meeting.

December, 2003 EAA 455 Meeting Minutes

The evening started with the Chapter 455 meeting. There were plaques given to the 2003 Officers by National Chapter.  Treasury Report: $399.95.  The new Officers were installed and the meeting was adjourned. Gene Martin-President, Roy Camp-Vice President, Syd Nelson-Secretary/Treasurer with Ron and Donnie Hazlett taking the Newsletter.

Submitted by Syd Nelson EAA Chapter 455 Secretary

December, 2003 EAA 455 Christmas Party

There were 23 members and family at our 2003 Christmas party. The dinner started at 6:40 with turkey, noodles and turkey and lots of fine side dishes and desserts. There was a very good selection of food. Shortly after the feast we began the traditional Dirty Santa gift exchange. Nice gifts went all around with Bruce receiving the "special" Santa surprise. All had a good time with a lot of laughter to complete the evening.

submitted by Syd Nelson  EAA Chapter 455 Secretary

January, 2004 EAA 455 Meeting Minutes

Dave Chael talked about his new vernitherm, oil temp senders and brake bleeder. Another in a long line of bailout expenditures for Raytheon.Ron Decker said he would give the Chapter a run down on mags at the next meeting.  Treasurers Report: The expenditure this month was the Chapter's insurance, our balance is now $329.95. Members are reminded to pay their $15 annual dues.

Submitted by Syd Nelson  EAA Chapter 455 Secretary

A Trip to Kittyhawk

By Charlie Calivas

We drove to Arkansas and joined our friends the Greens who now live in Cotter, Arkansas. From there we continued on to Kittyhawk through mostly rain all the way.

Our motel was 52 miles south of the event, the closest I could get by booking in advance eight months. Three night minimum and 100 bucks a night in a flea bag motel, third rate, bare bones. Most of the businesses around were closed for the winter as it is a tourist area serving Yankees during the summer months. Therefore eating and anything else was sketchy.

I did observe some hurricane damage in the area as this is where the last big one came ashore. Hatteras light house was within walking distance of the motel.

To get to the Kittyhawk event we drove north about 30 mi to a parking area and they had busses that took you from there on north the last 20 miles and dumped you off at the front gate. Security was very tight; Bag searches, metal detectors etc.

It rained and blew most of the morning with the appointed time of 10:30 going by with nothing happening. That was the time the Wrights flew. Everybody pretty much stayed around despite being soaked and cold. The President flew in by chopper in extremely low IFR conditions and was on the ground about 45 min then left. We were about 1/2 mile from the speakers platform. John Trovolta introduced the president.

About 2:30 they decided to try to fly. The wind was too low, about 9 kts but I think they just had to put on a show for the crowd, 35000 people, so they drug it out and put it on the rail.

After a couple of coughs, which the crowd groaned, the engine started and the crowd cheered.

That was all we had to cheer about as it went down the rail and right into the sand, no flight. They needed about 20 kt wind to really fly. Just shows how hard this feat was to accomplish and what the Wrights did no one else could do.

Overall the trip was a loss but I just had to be there just in case.  Charlie

New AWOS Service

In a nifty new service for pilots, a quick toll-free phone call can now connect you to any AWOS in the U.S. -- if you don't mind having to listen to a short advertisement before you get to the weather. The service, aptly called "anyAWOS," is a new product offered by Mackinac Software. One of the co-creators of the system, Bill McUmber, told AVweb: "Although my company is a software company, I am an active IFR pilot and thought it would be useful to be able to check conditions on the fly -- hence this system." After dialing the toll-free number (877-any-AWOS, or 877-269-2967), callers can enter any three-digit airport ID and -- after choosing from a list of possible matches, and listening to a word from their sponsors -- they will be connected to that airport's AWOS or ATIS.

Short Finals – GPS Traps

This is a compilation of two stories written by Master Instructor and Designated Examiner Doug Stewart for EAA Vintage Aircraft Association’s magazine Vintage Aircraft.

This part of the story is about a flight he took from his home field in the northeast to North Carolina. Due to a scheduling constraint he determined to fly "GPS Direct" on his Garmin 430.

"I typically fly with the moving map on my GPS set to a 20- to 35- mile scale, but because I wanted to see my proximity to the Prohibited airspace (Camp David), I zoomed in to 10 miles.

(The "Trap" of airspace incursions)

" When operating a moving map on a GPS one needs to be especially vigilant to the airspace that lies just ahead beyond the limits of the picture on the screen. As a dark curved line indicating the "Mode C veil" around the Washington Class B airspace started to move down the map from the top of the screen, I thought to myself that Potomac Approach, with whom I was getting advisories at the time, should soon be clearing me into the Class B."

"YIKES…You Idiot! The D.C. ADIZ!"

"In my fixation on Camp David, in my being in a hurry and wanting to take the shortest line, in my complacency, I had completely forgotten about the rest of the route."


[Always the Master Instructor –He offers advise on how to avoid a few of the many traps associated with the GPS]


"When planning any flight, do not let an ETA force you to rush your planning, or for that matter embark on, or continue the flight. Always have a Plan B, and be sure that plan is thoroughly thought out as well. Do not put your sole reliance for navigation in that little GPS clamped to your yoke (or that big one mounted in the panel). Always carry charts, with your course line drawn on them. Request flight following whenever possible, but do not count on ATC to keep you clear of special – use airspace. That is why you have a chart in your lap."

"Whether because of haste, dyslexia, or a myriad of other reasons it is quite easy to incorrectly enter a waypoint into our GPS. If we do not have a chart with a course line drawn on it, and if we have not plotted our true course and converted it to a magnetic course, we might find ourselves rivaling Mr. Corrigan for "wrong way" honors.

"If you are a VFR pilot, do not get fooled into flying in visibility conditions that would challenge you if you did not have the security of your GPS. If you couldn’t fly in the weather conditions with just a chart, a compass, and a watch, then you shouldn’t be flying in those conditions with the GPS as your crutch."

Coming Events/Fly-Ins

Ponca City Booster Club Breakfast, Ponca City, OK

1st Saturday of each month

SW EAA Regional Fly-In, New Braunfels, TX

14–15 May

18th Annual Biplane Expo, Bartlesville, OK



Aerospace America, OKC

18-20 Jun

Rocky Mountain EAA Regional Fly-in, Longmont, CO

26-27 June

EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh

27 Jul – 2 Aug

Tulsa Regional Fly-In, Bartlesville, OK



Fly Safe! Blue Skies!

Ron & Donnie