EAA Chapter 992 Ski Plane Fly-In and Chili Feed

It’s kind of like Christmas… only with Chili and Ski Planes

Dave’s famous ski plane fly-in and chili feed is finally here!

When: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 10:00a – 1:00p (or longer!)
Where: Marshfield Municipal Airport (KMFI), Marshfield, WI
Cost: Whatever you donate.

Join us on Saturday for Dave’s home-made chili, ski planes, and fun!  Planes on wheels are also welcome, of course!

The preferred ski landing area is the center of the field, east of runway 34, between runway 23 and the north taxiway from runway 34. Areas north of the taxiway off of runway 34 and south of runway 23 are rough-plowed cornfield, and not recommended. Approximate field lengths:

East side of Runway 34: ~1400ft
North side of Runway 23: ~2000 ft

Ski Plane Landing Areas

View Overhead Map of the Airport here.


January News

Bearhawk Build Update

Chris and Dwayne continue to work diligently on building their Bearhawks.  The joint work sessions are saving time and proving to be more fun than making parts alone in your basement.  The last meeting the wing rib form blocks were shown.  This meeting rough cut metal parts were handed around for review and the overall process for making the parts was explained.

1)  Trace form block onto aluminum.
2) Rough cut around the shape leaving about 1/8″ to 1/4″ of scrap aluminum.
3) Sandwhich rough cut parts between form blocks
4) Use a Formica bit in a router and route right down to the form block to make perfectly shaped parts.

A few willing meeting attendees decided to try out the electric aluminum shears to see how fast they make the cutting process compared to hand shears.

Next meeting there should be some perfectly shaped wing ribs to display!  Some ambitious member who shall remain nameless even suggested on the chapter’s Facebook site that we schedule a “work meeting” for one of our upcoming gatherings rather than our standard business meeting.  I think we can arrange that :)


Dave’s Annual Chili Feed / Ski Plane Fly In

Mark your calendars!  Saturday 2/18 from 10:00 to 2:00 will be the annual ski plane fly in / chili feed at the Marshfield airport!  Members who attend are asked to bring a desert to pass.  More details will come in the next meeting and as always, updates will be posted to Facebook and Twitter.


Meeting Minutes
Date: Jan 9, 2012
Location: Medford Airport (KMDZ) – Hurd Hangar

President Chris Owens opened the meeting at 7:10p.m.

No minutes of the previous meeting were available.

Chris reported that Harry had provided him with the current financial statement – which he had left at home.  The bank balance remained the same as on the last statement – approximately $6000.

Noreen noted that all the scholarship recipients should be reminded that their first semester transcripts should be forwarded to the scholarship committee ASAP – so that the funds can be awarded to them.

Chris thanked Don Halloran for his Christmas get-together presentation about his smoke jumping experiences.  Very interesting!

Patrick Colwell paid his chapter membership dues – $10 cash.

Dwayne led a discussion about the Medford Middle School Aviation Mini Course that is planned for February. Activities will include classroom discussion about aviation/flight properties, etc, pre-flight demos at the Hurd hanger, take home assignments and a day trip to the EAA museum in Oshkosh. Members were asked to volunteer as chaperones for that trip.  Costs for the trip will include transportation, lunch, prizes. Al Mader told the group that it is likely the Medford School board will pay for the transportation of the group, as was done for the 2011 class.  Jeff Lemmenes made the motion that the chapter provide $250 to support the event. Motion seconded and carried.  Check to be sent to Judy Mader, who supervises the financial aspects of the program.

Dave reported he has started his planning for “Dave’s annual Chili Feed/ski plane Fly-in” – to be held at the Marshfield airport on Feb. 18.  Set up to start at 8 a.m. Chili served from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Members are asked to provide desserts( bars/cookies etc.)

Dwayne and Chris showed the group some of the metal bits/pieces and required jigs they have prepared for their Bearhawk Projects.  Lots of time and meticulous preparation involved.

Dwayne provided birthday cake made by his loving wife as a snack – as it was his birthday.

A motion for adjournment was approved at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted:  Noreen Moen

December News

December Christmas Party

Food + millions of Christmas lights + a nifty slide show on smoke jumping = a pretty darn good Christmas party.  As usual there was plenty of food and we were very happy to have so many people show up to eat it!  The Wildwood Station proved to be a very nice place to have a Christmas party.  The light show was spectacular and the facilities at Wildwood Station were bright, clean and worked great.  As always a picture or two is worth a thousand words.

Many EAA members enjoying the party.


Kicking off the "meeting" part of the party.

Don Halloran answering questions about smoke jumping

Don demonstrates how the old parachutes used in smoke jumping were different than parachutes of today.

Thank you so much to everyone who brought food, arranged the party and of course those people who helped set up and stuck around to clean up.

Steven Parkinson busy sweeping up after the party.

See you all at the January meeting!

November News

EAA 992 Goes Social
It’s official.  EAA Chapter 992 is no longer anti-social.  Look for us us on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and even here… on our very own BLOG.  We’re going to use the BLOG in place of the newsletter which has sort of fallen by the wayside as schedules have become hectic.  A printed copy will still be available for the disconnected amoung us.

Beyond the BLOG we will be using Facebook and Twitter to keep our members up to date with current events, interesting any juicy aviation tidbits we find and of course any news from the membership that is “Tweetworthy.” See you in the exciting world of the social Internet.

Holiday Party
Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat; we’re going to have a party but we don’t know where it’s at.

Several members are checking on some Christmasy options that include lights, sleigh rides, and other festivities for our annual holiday party.  Watch your e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and the BLOG for updates on the party.  The location will largely depend on availability and price but just for kicks check out our poll on Facebook and vote for which day in December will work better for you!

Wings & Ribs
No, we didn’t take a trip to a sports bar to watch the Packers destroy the Vikings on Monday night.  Instead we sat around and talked about wing ribs.  Tom Jakel brought in a sample wing rib from the Hatz bi-plane he’s building.  For those who haven’t seen a Hatz, it’s a nice looking bi-plane that just looks “right” as this picture shows.

The ribs of a Hatz are a classic exercise in wood and glue.  Tom brought in a nifty jig he used for building his ribs that allowed him to build one rib each day.  Remember… it takes time for the wood glue to dry.  The Hatz ribs turned out great!

Bearhawk wing forms (solid wood) along with a Hatz wing rib (wood & glue) sitting on top of the jig

In addition to the ribs Tom brought in a couple of steel pieces for the wing that he took from the plans, drew in CAD and had laser cut locally.  Those are shown in the lower portion of the picture above.

Beyond the Hatz, Chris Owens brought in some gorgeous wing forms and the wing building manual for the Bearhawk.  The Bearhawk is a four seat high wing aircraft that carries full fuel, four passengers AND camping gear all while cruising at 160+ mph.  Yet another plane that just looks right.

The wings of a Bearhawk are made from aluminum ribs with aluminum skins.  Since the wing skin is aluminum only one wing strut is needed.  Fabric airplanes require two struts to keep the wing from twisting.  With aluminum wings the aluminum skin riveted to the aluminum ribs provides the strength needed.

To build the wing ribs for a Bearhawk, the form blocks are traced onto pieces of aluminum and then the individual ribs are rough cut from the aluminum sheets using aviation snips. The rough cut ribs are clamped between the form blocks and a router with a ceramic bit is used to trim the aluminum right down to the form block.  The end result are perfectly smooth, perfectly shaped wing ribs which Dwayne and Chris hope to have at the January meeting!

Minutes From The 11/14 Meeting  
Date: November 14, 2011
Time: 19:00
Place: Hurd Hanger Taylor County Airport
Present: Noreen Moen, Dave LeVoy, Dwayne Parkinson, Tom Jakel, Allen Hughes, Chris Owens, and Mona Griffith,

Chris called meeting to order at 1910

Treasurer Report: No financial repost.
Minutes: None available.
Old Business: No old business to report.

New Business:
1) Chris attended EAA Chapter Leadership forum in Oshkosh
- How to get more members and engage our current membership
- Discussed online tool Group Spaces
– Group Spaces has a data base keeps membership list current, consistent and accessible.
– Group Spaces contains Wiki, events, e-mail blast tools, forums, files and other tools.
– Cost is free.
- News letter – convert to a BLOG.
- Make use of social tools
– Dwayne interested in starting a Face Book site.
– Chris and Dwayne to investigate Twitter, Facebook, BLOG’s, etc. and integration with current web site and run with it.

2) Holiday meeting discussed
- Where to be held.
– Chilly – Stichert’s horse drawn wagons
– Marshfield – Memory Lane Wagon Rides
– Marshfield in the pavilion at Wild Wood Park
- Date looking at December 10 -11 or 17-18 to be determined

3) Dues are coming up in January and will be $10 again in 2012.

4) Bearhawk & Hatz Wing Ribs
- Chris brought Bearhawk wing rib forms that will be used to build all the wing ribs for his and Dwayne’s airplanes.
- Tom brought a sample wing rib and the jig used to make the rib.
- Discussion about building techniques. See the BLOG for details.

5) Dates to remember
- Holiday Gathering: date TBD.
- Next Meeting – Marshfield / Airport January 9, 2010
- Chili Feed in February, Dave will check on date.