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September 28, 2015 at 6:14 amCategory:Uncategorized

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There was an exceptional crowd at Saturday’s fly-in at the Lee Place. Good food and a scenic location in the country make this a popular event every year. New officers were elected: Thomas Sippel was elected President. Outgoing President Andy Fultz asked that we elect a new one because he didn’t have the time to devote to it. He received a round of applause for the good job he did during the past year. Other officers are repeat offenders. See the Minutes for other business transacted. See Photo Gallery for more pictures.


Hattie Pearman and her dog arrived in style in the family Beech-18 (below).



President-elect Thomas Sippel takes time to help a Chapter member with a navigation problem.

GTR FAA / Chapter Meeting

There was a good turnout for the meeting Tuesday night (August 18). Thanks to Matt Brignac for hosting the event in his large hangar. Larry Wells made a presentation on safety issues relating to first flights. Jerry Greer briefed us on procedures near the Columbus Air Force Base. GTR Executive Director Mike Hainsey briefed the group on GTR operations. We enjoyed a delicious meal of fried catfish and frog legs prepared by Bobby Caldwell and helpers.

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Unfavorable weather forecasts prevented some from flying to Paul Spurgeons’s place Saturday (June 27, 2015), but despite the forecasts the rain held off and it was good flying weather. There were eight airplanes and about 40 people present, most of whom drove in. The food was excellent as usual, thanks to Paul and the ones who helped. See more photos in Photo Gallery.


I don’t know which is more popular at Paul’s: the food, the fellowship, the flying or the shade of that big elm.


The food line was pretty popular too.

On Saturday, June 13, six Chapter pilots finally got to fly 17 Young Eagles. Several others showed up to help in various capacities. A WCBI TV reporter was there to do a news segment, and the Starkville Daily News ran a story in the Sunday edition. You can see photos in ‘Photo Gallery’ at right.’

Pilots participating in the flights were:
Joel Graber (C-172)
Don Baker (Alon)
David Haney (Citabria)
Sam Suttle (C-182)
J.W. Bruce (Piper Warrior)
Thomas Sippel (RV-6A)


Carey Hardin departing 18 in the Stearman at Starkville.

Aero English receiving Master Pilot Award from FAA Representative Larry Wells on April 11.


Brig. General Robert Stewart, Retired

Top photo: Well-known pilot and Chapter 1189 member Aero English receiving the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from FAA Representative Larry Wells on Saturday, April 11. We also heard an entertaining speech from former Astronaut and retired Brig. General Robert Stewart.

Aero also received recognition from the Monroe County Board of Supervisors. And Aubie Pearman read Mississippi House Resolution 135 commending Aero for his long service in the State. These formalities were preceded by an Honor Guard presentation of the Colors and the singing of our National Anthem. We had a very good turnout, with about 30 airplanes flying in. See more photos under ‘Photo Gallery’.

Home-building is alive and well in Chapter 1189. Starkville is the SmithMikeJrsite of a lot of that activity lately, but Mike Smith, Jr. of Tuscaloosa recently sent photos and an update on his Panther project. This airplane may not be too well known yet, but I predict we’ll be hearing more about it in the future. We’ve modified the menu item labeled “How-To Articles” to include member building projects. Check out Mike’s interesting story under “How-To Articles / Member Building Projects”.

The Panther

Jennifer Henley posted this photo on Facebook of Alan (our Chapter’s namesake) taking Harrison Ford for a ride a few years ago, and gave me permission to use it here. I’ll bet Alan let Harrison fly some too.
   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

 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.