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 started with the Marshfield gang landing in Medford with a flair.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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