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December 1st 2021 - Wednesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Where: Las Margaritas

Board Meeting We are back to meeting in person! Join us at Las Margaritas Mexican & Italian Restaurant at 541 W Dimond Blvd (on the north side of Dimond between Arctic and C Streets). When you walk in, turn left into the front room that is separated from the main dining area and we'll be on the right. So come, get your margarita and nachos and we will talk about aviation and maybe do some Chapter business. As always, all Chapter 42 members are invited and encouraged to attend.

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December 28th 2021 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Chapter Meeting

Where: TBD

Chapter Meeting - TBD

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January 5th 2022 - Wednesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Where: Las Margaritas

Board Meeting We are back to meeting in person! Join us at Las Margaritas Mexican & Italian Restaurant at 541 W Dimond Blvd (on the north side of Dimond between Arctic and C Streets). When you walk in, turn left into the front room that is separated from the main dining area and we'll be on the right. So come, get your margarita and nachos and we will talk about aviation and maybe do some Chapter business. As always, all Chapter 42 members are invited and encouraged to attend.

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News

Oct 30th, 2021 - Airstrip Home For Sale

Airstrip Home For Sale - Doug Leamon is selling his home next to the Flying Crown Airstrip. See the For Sale page

Oct 26th, 2021 - Dominion Propeller visit

Noah Allsup--son of owner, Jerry Allsup--did an outstanding job discussing all things propellers and thoroughly fielding our many questions. He gave an overview of the company, sharing that Dominion is Alaska's only full-service airplane propeller shop. Noah explained details about the propeller types that Dominion typically service, their repair processes, and machinery at Dominion. He has a deep knowledge of propeller manufacturers' product evolutions since the 1970's. He conveyed well the excellent quality of work and service, a core value of the company.
--Scott McEwen

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Sep 28th, 2021 - Rodger Nicholls' KR-2

It was a pleasure to visit Rodger Nicholls KR-2 project. He has worked on this project for 16 years, moved 5 times, had numerous major personal challenges, all while making steady progress. He even built his own molds to make his engine cowl, cooling plenum, canopy frame and turtle deck.
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Aug 25th, 2021 - Product details

At yesterday’s chapter meeting people were interested in where I purchased some of the items for my Glastar.
The firewall pass-thru’s for the engine controls were purchased from Wicks Aircraft. Unfortunately they do not cary them anymore. The manufacturer is Doubletree Products , here is the link. Doubletree Products
The place I purchased the heat reflecting film and the special washers is Pegasus Racing. They also see AN fittings. Pegasus Racing The electronic ignition, valve covers, and intake flanges are made by SDS

Aug 24th, 2021 - Tom Lawhorn's Glastar

Tonight Tom shared his progress on his beautiful Glastar project.
(And his homemade cookies were excellent!)

Tom's Glastar

Tom's Glastar

Tom's Glastar

Tom's Glastar

Aug 7th, 2021 - Young Eagles and The Alaska Airmens Association

Wow !!! What a day. A chapter 42 Young Eagles event, in cooperation with the Alaska Airmens Association aviation youth camp. Cliff Belleau and Burke Wick with their float planes, Bernie Willis and Edwin White flying on wheels, we flew 28 kids. It was a huge amount of work, Tom Lawhorn and Rick Henry as ground crew, Abby Austin, Alyssa Leier and all the airmen volunteers. It went off without a hitch. A GREAT DAY.

Young Eagles
Young Eagles
Young Eagles
Young Eagles
Young Eagles
Young Eagles
Young Eagles
Young Eagles

Jul 26th, 2021 - Scale usage

I just wanted let everyone know how easy it is rent the chapter scales. I contacted Mark Barker who is the caretaker of the scales to arrange pickup. The payment is super easy. On the website under membership join/ renew, there is a category for scale rental via paypal. There is a Glastar I did a pre-buy inspection on that was built as a tricycle gear, and converted to tail wheel and no weight and balance was done. Since I don’t have the nose gear to know how much weight to subtract, I need to weigh the aircraft and do a new weight and balance.

Tom Lawhorn

Jun 18th, 2021 - Young Eagles and The Boys & Girls Club

EAA Chapter 42 along with The Boys & Girls Club of Eagle River gave 14 Young Eagles flights today. Lots of smiles and each got to view the Knik Glacier from the air. Thanks to Ed White - our Young Eagles Coordinator, as well as Bernie Willis and Burke Wick for flying them. Scott McEwen, Tom Lawhorn, Chuck Hosack and Rick Henry helped out on the ground.

Young Eagles
Young Eagles and The Boys & Girls Club
Young Eagles
Ed flying a Young Eagle from The Boys & Girls Club
Young Eagles
Burke flying a Young Eagle from The Boys & Girls Club
Young Eagles
Bernie flying two Young Eagles from The Boys & Girls Club
Young Eagles
Burke flying a Young Eagle from The Boys & Girls Club
Young Eagles
Ed flying a Young Eagle from The Boys & Girls Club
Young Eagles
Burke flying a Young Eagle from The Boys & Girls Club

Jun 17th, 2021 - McCarthy fly-out / drive-out

Friends, Pioneers and Aviators:

This is an invitation and reminder of details on our upcoming Aviators and Pioneers of Alaska fly-out/drive-out to Fireweed (0AK8) near McCarthy set for June 17-21, 2021.

Directions for those coming over the road are in the attachments. Pilots, please announce intentions on 122.9 for landing at “Fireweed” which appears on FAA chart as (0AK8). Elevation is 1250 feet, packed gravel surface with 2000 feet between the orange cones marking the preferred northern end of the airstrip. Runways 01-19. Right traffic for 01. Unless otherwise instructed, park at the south end of the strip with nose pointed NW. For noise abatement on departures to the south on 19, turn left (east) toward the Kennicott River as soon as able. Call me if you plan to fly in and I will share more local information. See attached map for directions over the road.

For the ambitious, who have brought their planes or can bum a ride, we hope to have a work party improving Solo Creek on Park Service land about 30 air miles to the east on Saturday. In the alternative, you may join the work party of the Pioneers of Alaska installing panels publishing the biographies of those buried in the historic Kennicott Cemetery with the cooperation of the National Park Service.

The itinerary:

Thursday, June 17

A few early arrivals would be welcome to mow the grass, trim some brush and make sure we have firewood for the firepit.

Friday, June 18

0800 – 1400 Hosts Al Clayton and Ray Huot get Gladys the bus, picnic tables, BBQs and the buildings/systems up and running 1400 – 1800 Air boss Ray Huot helps inbound landing traffic park at Dave Felts ramp at his green hangar midfield and Ground boss Bob Waldron gets people and gear from strip to meadow for camping or other lodging 1800 – 1815 Safety briefing for optional Saturday mission to Solo Creek 1815 – 2200 Potluck dinner at fire-pit 2200 Lights out

Saturday, June 19

0700 – 0900 Pancake breakfast and picnic lunch preparation at the firepit/grill (Al will supply the pancake batter, potluck additions to the breakfast menu welcome) 0830 - 0845 Pancake flipping competition (pan only, no flippers allowed) 0900 – 0915 Additional instructions and flight plan briefing for work crew outbound to Solo Creek; discussion of Pioneer cemetery restoration and local historic attractions for those staying in McCarthy/Kennicott 0930 – 1030 Air boss controls outbound flights and shuttle between Fireweed and Solo.

1030 – 1530 volunteers at Solo trimming brush/trees and improving surface (bring work gloves/clothes, safety glasses and limb nippers) 1530 – 1730 Air boss controls return shuttle from Solo to Fireweed 1800 – 1815 IFFR/EAA42/C180 – C185 planning meeting at fire-pit for additional 2021 activities 1815 – 2400 Potluck dinner at fire-pit with tall tales, embellishments and outright lies

Sunday, June 20 (Official Summer Solstice at 7:31PM AK time)

0700 – 0900 Pancake breakfast and picnic lunch preparation at the firepit/grill (Al will supply the pancake batter, potluck additions to the breakfast menu welcome) 0830 - 0845 Pancake flipping competition (pan only, no flippers allowed) 0900 – 1500 Self-help tour of McCarthy/Kennicott mine and historic railroad features (vans available on the east side of walking bridge over Kennecott R. will take you to Mine buildings, etc.) With coordination with NPS, this might be the day for the official unveiling of the Kennicott Cemetery panels, with McCarthy panels installed Saturday. To be confirmed) 1500 - 2200 Pioneers of Alaska Summer Solstice party with initiation of honorary members and related ceremony (If you have them, bring your ice axes and crampons for the glacier crossing and inevitable rescue.)

Monday, June 21

0700 – 0900 Pancake breakfast and picnic lunch preparation at the firepit/grill (Al will supply the pancake batter, potluck additions to the breakfast menu welcome) 0830 - 0845 Pancake flipping competition (pan only, no flippers allowed) 0900 – 1500 Wind up, clean up, and depart the pattern.

Of Interest to Pilots on Floats:

Mike Collins of Cordova is the owner of the beautiful property with the grass strip which parallels the road at the west end of Long Lake, 20 miles west of my place at Fireweed Strip. He has kindly given permission for float planes involved in this effort to park at his two docks and the beach there at the west end of the lake near his cabins and the grass airstrip. Operations are at your own risk, of course. If you buzz us at Fireweed and radio us on 122.9, I am sure we will have someone on wheels who can come over, pick you up from the grass strip at Long Lake, so you can enjoy McCarthy and Kennicott with us, and shuttle you back in the evening so you can watch over your parked planes.

It would be great to know you are coming and I would appreciate an RSVP in advance of June 16th. Hit reply all so that Beth can help me keep track of the potential size of the group.

I may depart to set up Wednesday and then might be off the grid and unable to provide further local knowledge. Email, Call or text me at 9072501649 and let me know. If you do not want to camp, email me and I can provide several other options for accommodations at B&Bs and Lodges.

Look forward to seeing you there! Safe Travels. My cell phone sometimes works in McCarthy (907-250-1649).

Thanks, Al

Al Clayton - Alaska State Liaison Recreational Aviation Foundation (907) 276-2999 aclayton@theraf.org | theRAF.org https://theraf.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/raf-email-logo-5.png The Recreational Aviation Foundation preserves, maintains, and creates airstrips for recreational access.

Jun 10th, 2021 - Paul and Sharon Rupple - CarbonCub EX-3 kit

As a new member to Chapter 42 I’d like to share our aircraft build.

My wife Sharon and I received our CarbonCub EX-3 kit September 2020. It arrived in a massive crate, 6’ tall, 3 ½’ deep, 21’ long, and 2,300#, containing everything needed except tools and final paint. We started immediately with an inventory and constructing useful aids such as the wing saw horses.

We live in Seward and are building in our garage. Being retired we can work 6 hour days. As snow birds going south each winter, we only have 6 months each year to build. The goal this summer is to complete the wings and tail feathers thru fabric. We’ll tackle the fuselage next summer.

It is a daunting yet enjoyable experience! We are getting much better at riveting – three types: bucked, pulled, and squeezed. Also getting equally good at removing bad rivets! Seeing the wings come together has been very satisfying. Lots yet to do but we love the process; tho certainly looking forward to that first flight.

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