July News

Pancake Success
By any measure other than temperature, the pancake breakfast was a huge success.  In spite of the sizzling heat, we had at least 25 airplanes fly in, lots of people driving in and our chapter got a nice write up in the local news paper.  Look for official numbers after the next meeting.  Until then, here are some action photos from the event.

We had a steady stream of drive in / foot traffic.

Busy tables filled with happy pancake eating visitors

And a large number of airplanes flying in. The increase in airplane traffic was probably related to two things. We had good flying weather and the earlier date meant that pilots who were normally preparing or already on their way to Oshkosh in years past were home with their airplanes and looking for a place to eat a pancake.

We had 25-30 airplanes. A refreshing number were vintage or experimental!

Everyone please bring your ideas on how to improve our pancake breakfast to the next meeting!  That way we can document them and next year look back in the minutes to see what brilliant ideas we had for improvements.

AirVenture is still going on.  There’s still plenty of time to spend at least one quality day at the event.  So far this year it has been excruciatingly hot with a torrential down pour or two thrown in for good measure so all of the rotten weather should be out of the way.  Enjoy the last few days.  It’s pointless to try to cover AirVenture in this blog, but here are a few shots from AirVenture this year that I thought would be interesting to the chapter.

This year AirVenture celebrated the 60th Anniversary of the Piper J3 Cub. It’s hard to believe there are so many Cubs still flying and even harder to believe how many made it to Oshkosh!

60 Years of Piper Cub - More Cubs than anyone has ever seen in one place.

I got this picture just for our resident Sonex builder. Notice how this builder used the NACA duct air intake as the start of his striping… doesn’t that Sonex have a NACA duct air intake?

Nifty NACA duct striping paint scheme.

We’ve all had to deal with the concern of some kind of critter making a home inside the cowl while the airplane is on the ramp. This guy solved that problem in a really creative way. Stuffed chickens!

Look close. A stuffed chicken in each air intake and another for the oil.

Of course it wouldn’t be a news letter without the obligatory Bearhawk reference. This year there was a lemon yellow Bearhawk at the show that had a LOT of detail on the upholstery and interior.

Bearhawk aircraft parked at the Bearhawk booth

On Tuesday evening our very own Chris Owens hosted the annual Bearhawk BBQ at his camp site. It was very well attended to say the least.

2012 Bearhawk BBQ at the Owens camp site.

Taking a little editorial freedom… one shot of the future Parkinson pilot playing on the pedal planes.

Meeting Minutes

Coming soon….

June News

Madeline Island Fly Out
Congratulations Chapter 992!  We had our first “successful” fly out as a chapter.  After calling off the original date due to thunderstorms, our “rain date” was just that. A rainy day. According to the rumor mill some people even had fun in spite of the weather!  Many thanks go to Allen Mader for procuring transportation for the day while we were on the island.

The fly out gang with the Caprice Classic in the foreground and the Archer, Stinson and Cessna in the background. From left to right Don Halloran, Bill Dieman, Allen Mader, Tom Jablonicky, Alan Hughes, Steven Parkinson, Lori Parkinson, Noreen Moen, Alex Owens, Chris Owens.

The fly-out started with the Marshfield gang landing in Medford with a flair.

Captain Chris demonstrating his fine landing skills for all to see.

In Medford, the Parkinson family in their trusty Stinson along with Alan Hughes and Tom Jablonicky in the flying club Cessna, joined up with the Archer and headed north. The group in the Cessna landed in Phillips along the way to pick up Bill Dieman as the other planes circled the city. After a few laps around Phillips, the three planes headed North dodging rain showers at Stinson speeds until the lake shore was in sight. We flew along the northern coast of Wisconsin as rain poured on one side of us and Madeline Island awaited on the other. We followed a series of islands and before long turned final into the light winds that were favoring runway 22. Allen Mader had left earlier in the day in his Challenger and was waiting at Major Gilbert Field (45R) on Madeline Island with our transportation for the day. It was an early 80′s vintage Caprice Classic complete with AM radio and three fuzzy dice.

After two trips into town with the Caprice, everyone was shuttled into the fine city of LaPointe.  Since it was raining the group decided that the first order of business was lunch. “Grandpa Tony’s” was chosen because Alex Owens has a grandfather named Tony and that’s just how decisions are made on Madeline Island.

Everyone having lunch, solving the world's problems and checking to see if/when the rain will stop.

Just the girls. Alex, Lori and Noreen.

After lunch, the group visited the museum in La Pointe and then set out for the beach even though it was still misting, drizzling or otherwise precipitating.

Chris & Alex riding in the Caprice (AM radio, headliner falling down, no muffler) Classic

It was a very scenic place and one that we should go back and visit when the sun actually shines. But in spite of the on again, off again, on again (mostly) rain, people seemed to have a good time.

Dwayne, Lori and Steven Parkinson on the way to the beach. Steven is catching a power nap.

The gang on the beach. Notice the dark clouds and Alan Hughes trying to get reception just to see if it will ever stop raining.

The lake was cold but the river was warmer. Plenty of water and sand for little kids.

In spite of the rain and mist, the fly out gave us a chance to see some of Wisconsin’s prettiest places from the air. Hopefully the next time we’ll have sunny weather. Thanks to all who participated. We’ll learn from this one and find ways to improve the next fly-out.

Airplane Building Updates
Bearhawk:  Dwayne showed the results of a couple of hours of working on rib stiffners which are little pieces of 1″ wide aluminum that get bent 90 degrees and riveted to the ribs of the Bearhawk.  Thanks (and a case of beer eventually) go to Tom Jakel for helping out with his sheet metal equipment.  Dwayne also showed a “mistake” on the aileron nose ribs where holes for the counter weight didn’t line up correctly between the left and right nose ribs so one set had to be made slightly oval shaped.  Concensus from the group was “don’t remake them” because the oval hole won’t have any structural implications.  A few favored remaking the parts just for peace of mind.

Sonex: Allen Mader has made progress on his Sonex as well.  He has fit, refit, refit and fit again the front cowling.  He has it in what he believes is the final location but if I were a betting man, I’d bet he moves it one more time because it’s 1/8″ off from where he wants it.

Marshfield Pancake Breakfast
Just a reminder that our big event for the year is fast approaching.  It will be earlier this year.  It’s scheduled to be on July 15th starting at 7:00.  Set up will be on the 14th.  Please check the web site, Facebook, Twitter or this blog for more details after the next meeting. Posters for the pancake breakfast will be left with Jeff at the Marshfield airport so Marshfield members can pick them up there for distribution.  You can also print a poster from our home page if you want.  

Meeting Minutes
Minutes of the June 11, 2012
EAA Chapter 992
Medford/Taylor Co. Airport FBO.

Present: Chris Owens, Dwayne Parkinson, Dave LeVoy, Tom Jablonicky, Noreen Moen, Tom Jakel, Don Halloran, Al Mader, Bill Dieman, Alan Hughes.

President Chris Owens opened the meeting at 7:10p.m. No formal minutes of the previous meeting were available. He reported that Harry had informed there had been no changes to the previous bank balance.

Chris and Dave confirmed that 3 applications had been received for our EAA scholarship. As our financial situation is healthy, if approved, all 3 applications could be approved. They should be reviewed soon ( probably at the July 9 meeting , so the winners can be announced prior to our pancake breakfast.

The July meeting will be held in Marshfield on July 9, set-up for the breakfast will be on July 14, and set-up on Sunday, the 15th to start at 07:00.   Posters for our Pancake breakfast would be left with Jeff at the Marshfield airport – so that Marshfield members could pick them up there – to distribute around town.

The June 16 fly-out to Madeline Island was discussed, with a departure time of 08:00 from Marshfield, and 08:30 Medford planned. Arrangements made for filling available aircraft seats. It is expected that bikes will be available at the LaPointe ( Major Gilbert Field) airport for island transportation.

The business meeting was adjourned at 8 p.m.

Respectfully submitted: Noreen Moen