Experimental Aircraft Association
Chapter 455 Newsletter Enid, Oklahoma
03, No. 01
Start out the new year right – with EAA Chapter 455!
EAA 455 Meeting Notice
January meeting of EAA Chapter 455 will be held on Sunday, January 19th,
2:30 p.m. at the Woodring Regional Airport Terminal Building in Enid.
President Ron Decker will open up the new year with his
“inaugural address”, his “state of the union speech”, and his vision for
2003! Dave Chael will be asking for
Chapter database info updates. Refreshments
will be served, and we look forward to seeing you there!
EAA 455 Meeting Minutes
Sumpter called the annual Christmas
Party/December meeting to order at the Woodring Regional Airport Terminal
building at 6:00 p.m. on December 15, 2002.
The party was very well attended, and a great time was had by all.
Special thanks to Syd and Diann for the Turkey, and to Mica for the
Brisket. If you’re wondering
about the Trojan Horse Dirty Santa gift, it was very well disguised by Doc
Nicholas and picked up by Dave Chael’s wife (who incidentally refused
to wear it, ever – imagine that). So……..
better watch out next year! Thanks
to all for a great 2002
455 Executive Board Meeting
Executive board Meeting notes:
Chapter 455 executive board (members present Ron Decker, Syd Nelson
and Dave Chael) met on Saturday, January 11, 2003 at Ron
Decker’s in Meno. We
discussed plans and proposed programs for the Chapter for the upcoming year.
We’ll discuss the findings and recommendations at the January Meeting
on January 19th.
Please pass along my thanks for a great 2002 as your Chapter
President. I feel everyone had a
great time, and we’re all looking forward to another super year!
Please pass on that I have a RV6 or 6A tail group that I will let
go for $600. I have it advertised
at Barnstormers for $800. The
horizontal, vertical and rudder are already assembled and the spars were painted
with epoxy paint. Workmanship is
very nice. The elevators need to be
assembled and I have the holding fixtures for assembly as well as the plans.
It is serial numbered. Thing
is, the horizontal is sitting vertical in my bedroom against the
wall/ceiling........yes I said my bedroom and my wife is getting tired of it
even tho she can use the reflection as a stand up mirror!
I could store it in the attic but moving it around is asking for trouble. I can bring them to Enid on my next driving
trip......provided I can get that much time off!
Not doing much here General Aviation wise other than working on engine
components on my Cessna 170. Starting
to rework cylinders and such at home in the garage.
Homeland defense and alert tours continue to occupy all of my time.
I have intended to make the monthly meetings, but so far my alert
schedule or weather has prevented my participation.
I can't believe the last meeting I attended was at Mica's place last
Aero Club of Enid's Pilot
Shop is now open. Monday 1630 to
2030; Thursday 1630 to 2030; and Saturday 1200 to 1700. Civil Air Patrol is alive and well.
We are looking for more members.
After returning from Ponca City
breakfast Saturday, I started the nose job on my Lancair. With
“bravocharlies” help we removed everything firewall forward and installed
new engine mount. The following
week installed nose gear. Sat 1/11
we installed engine on new mount and constant speed prop all temp.
Now on to cowling fabrication
soooomuuuch#% &*$^$$# ffuuunn...
The RV6 is progressing.
Have been working on the fiberglass pieces.
The empennage fairing did not fit like I wanted it too so had to remake
it. Thought it would be a weekend
project, but took one month (been there…. ed)
! Fits like a glove! The Sensenich aluminum spinner comes unpolished and have also
spent hours and hours getting a mirror shine on it. The RV is getting very close to completion and hope to fly
You know how you start something and expect it to take a certain
amount of time (ask Jerry Calvert), and you end up spending way
more time and money than you’d originally intended at the start?
Welcome to my latest inspection/restoration phase III!
I’m almost ready to paint the ruddervators, the part I consider most
critical on the Bonanza. They’re
taking easily 10X the time I expected! Oh
well. A newly-revised AD dictates a
tighter center-of-gravity balance on the ruddervators, and that required
stripping and repainting mine to comply. In
lieu of putting $6,200 into a re-skinned pair, we’ve decided to repair
a few not-too-bad-spots and repaint what I’ve got!
Sticker shock! New bushings/bearings all over, new aileron cables, inner
gear door repair (thanks Ken Hollrah), ignition harness, exhaust repairs,
new vac pump/cooling hose, new mixture control cable, and a hundred other little
things that add up in time and cash like you would not believe.
The good news: It’s going to be right, and safe, when it’s done.
Hopefully very soon!
Sale: 1966 PA-28-140, hangared & pampered.
Annual 8/1/02, TT2914, TSMOH 1204, Narco AT50A transponder, Narco ADF,
KA134 switch panel, KX155 NavCom, STS Loran C, marker beacon, glideslope,
autopilot. $37,500. (580) 446-5601
days (580)446-5440 firstname.lastname@example.org
New Books Available from author Sonja
fellow homebuilder, I just want to let you know about three new books I have
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If you think this is of interest for other homebuilders, please pass the link on
or mention it in your chapter's newsletter or web page.
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Program – “Ups and Downs”
Coming to Oklahoma City on
Wednesday, February 19, 2003 Metro Tech Aviation Career Center, 5600 S.
MacArthur Blvd Corner of 56th
and South MacArthur Blvd
Coming to Wichita on Thursday,
February 20th, Kansas Aviation Museum Conference Room
3350 South George Washington Blvd
½ mile se of the intersection of
Oliver and Geo Washington, south of the Boeing plant on the east side of
No registration required!
Call 1-800-638-3101 for information or go to www.asf.org
- click on safety seminars to view a video clip
nearly 50% of all general aviation accidents occur during takeoff and landing,
and loss of control causes nearly 1/3 of all takeoff and landing accidents!
14% of all TOL accidents are caused by adverse winds and pilots unable to
control their aircraft. Should be a
great seminar if you can make it!
SW Real Fly-In
Plans are coming together on the fly-in
in New Braunfels this May 16 & 17. Many vendors and forums are signing up.
We will offer chapter tables again at the banquet and will also offer chapter
tents for a cost of rental ---details will follow.
We still need a chairperson for the printed program--- need desktop
publisher and some time to devote to the effort---please volunteer.
We are trying to locate all the former presidents of the event and have
not found: Don Watson-1969, David Beckett-1979, Bill Thomas-1986.
Can you help? Please contact
Stan Shannon at 830-997-8802 with any information you have.
we need digital PIX and stuff for the newsletter.
Even if you don’t think it is important, tell us anyway – your
chapter mates want to know what you’re doing!
never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do, once you
find them…” Time
in a Bottle, Seals and Crofts