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December 12, 2014 at 6:00 amCategory:Uncategorized

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Don’t forget: Christmas Dinner Saturday night, December 20 at 6:00 PM at the Plymouth Bluff Environmental Education Center near Columbus. We have a total of about 60 plates reserved. See driving directions from link on Main Menu.
 Engine pre-heater: Chapter member David Haney has designed and built an expensive heater anyone can build. Click here for  details.
We have new photos in the Photo Gallery made by Austin Haney on his flight to Campbell Field on Saturday, November 29.
Early morning fog on way to Campbell Field.

Early morning fog on way to Campbell Field.

Member Directory: David Johnson is working to ferret out photos of members we lack. We now have pictures of about two-thirds of our members (70 out of 104 members). If you have a photo we need – an updated one of you or one we are lacking – please send to David at .img[at].img .
Chapter member Aubie Pearman sent in this photo of their 9-year old son Mac at the controls of their Loockheed Harpoon, shown at right. He's been flying it since he was 6.


Chapter member Aubie Pearman sent in this photo of their 9-year old son Mac at the controls of their Loockheed Harpoon. He’s been flying it since he was 6.

David Johnson managed to get his picture made with Patty Wagstaff.

David Johnson managed to get his picture made with Patty Wagstaff at Oshkosh.





We had a good turnout Saturday at Paul Spurgeon’s place (See minutes). See photos (thanks to Thomas Sippel, David Johnson, and Austin Haney); scroll down in Photo Gallery / 2014 to the Spurgeon fly-in. (New: See full-page Powerpoint presentation. The regular gallery presentation is there also.) Got to ‘Videos’ in main menu to see Avid Flyer doing a loop Saturday.
 Part of the outside crowd
 Menu additions:
The A & P’s, etc that were listed in this spot have been moved to the “Technical Assistance” category.
New: “Directions to Private Airstrips“.
Below: I rode in the front seat of Carey Hardin’s Stearman in 2008 in formation with these three other beautiful ships.
Stearman flight over Starkville

Stearman flights over Starkville, 2008

 Someone counted 92 at Saturday’s fly-in at West Point. The weather was great – blue skies and white cumulus clouds. We enjoyed crawfish cooked in the best Louisiana tradition by Shane Lamkin. We thank the City of West Point and everyone connected with the event for making our fly-in a success. We were welcomed by West Point Mayor Robbie Robinson and Selectmen William Binder and Gary Dedeaux. Gary, as most of you know, is a Chapter 1189 member.


 Eating crawfish

Eating crawfish

 Allen Pepper sent in this photo showing progress on his Challenger project. He hopes to fly it this summer. The Challenger XL-65 should be a good performer with an empty weight less than 600 lbs. It is an LSA; cruise speed is 90 mph.




Below: Artercub? Warren Arter is designing and building his version of the venerable Piper Cub. He has built several RV’s and a Carbon Cub, and this appears to be a combination RV and Cub. Note all-metal wing. See ‘Artercub’ photo album (2013) for more pictures.


Chapter President Joel Graber sent me the following project updates:
Billy and Greg at Lowndes County are deep into an RV-8 project.
Shane at Lowndes Co is building a Legal Eagle. Seems to be working on it every day. Project can be seen at Tom’s Paint (aka The Floor Gallery) on Gardner Blvd. Columbus.
Kedric Borntrager at Macon just ordered a set of Double Eagle plans.
Quinten worked all last week assembling the engine and installing it on his Pitts. Should be back in the air soon.
There is work every Thursday evening at Paul Grabers hangar where we are restoring the Protech Prostar.
Additionally, on Thursday evenings Gabriel Barnhart is building a Legal Eagle at Paul Grabers
Daryl Schrock is every weekday working on the Glassair III at Macon.
Bill Page and company appear to be still working hard on 2 legal eagles and 2 double eagles at Starkville.

Chapter member Darryl Schrock is building a Glasair III (below). See more photos in Photo Gallery menu (2013/glasair project). Note big 300 hp Lycoming. The Glasair III cruises well over 250 statute MPH.

Glasair III (6)
Abolish third-class medicals? You’ve probably seen the EAA and AOPA sites this week. The big news is a bill introduced in the U.S. House Wednesday by Reps. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Sam Graves (R-MO) that seeks to abolish the third-class medical certificate for many pilots who fly recreationally.
The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act of 2013 (HR 3708), co-sponsored by Reps. Bill Flores (R-TX), Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Richard Hanna (R-NY), would require pilots who fly recreationally to hold a valid driver’s license in lieu of a third-class medical certificate and operate under specific limitations. EAA and other aviation associations worked with Rep. Rokita to develop and promote this legislation as part of a continuing commitment to lowering barriers to aviation participation.
 Some of the limitations:
 Not for compensation
Conducted in VFR operations only, at or below 14,000 feet MSL
No faster than 250 knots
In aircraft with no more than six seats and no more than 6,000 pounds gross takeoff weight.
 “The third-class medical certificate does little to evaluate the day-to-day fitness of pilots flying recreationally,” said Sean Elliott, EAA vice president of advocacy and safety. “There are better ways to maintain high medical standards for aviation and allow individuals the freedom to enjoy the world of flight.”

 The EAA and the AOPA have petitioned the FAA to allow such a provision.