Past Events - 2009

January 1st 2009 - Thursday
New Year, time for 2009 dues!

It's that time of year again. Yearly chapter dues of $24 for individuals, and $25 for family memberships are due for 2009.

You must be a current national member of EAA to be eligible for a chapter membership.

See Gene Bjornstad to pay your dues.

We also hope that one of your New Year's resolutions is to become more active in the chapter. It's a long running truism that there's only about 6 people running any organization in Alaska. Please give us a hand...

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January 6th 2009 - Tuesday
Delta AK - MOA Comments Deadline is Jan 19th

Hi,

Please read this and respond to the military email adress below, we have less than 48 hours left. A few of us have responded in writing already.

Here is a good overview, put together by Tom George, the Alaska Regional Representative for AOPA: Delta MOA IFR airways impact.pdf (1.4 mb PDF)

This MOA is a NEW one that was so far not in the sectionals, It will be "permanent" by being in the Sectional only. The Air Force says they will only have it HOT (means do not fly through) on 60 days per year and they claim they only do it for 2.5 hours per day. But as you know, stuff can change quick, and mil. personnel stays here for 4 years, and who knows what the next Commander will do! I did talk with two officiers in charge about this on a DOT Meeting wednesday morning.

This may be the beginning of a more permanent Shut-off of the only existing corridor along the highway that bisects the gigantic military ops area east of Fairbanks. The proposed VFR-only corridor to get through UNDER the proposed MOA is too low to be safe and can only be used in VERY good weather. Its Very Mountainous and a narrow valley and corridor!

AOPA has a very strong and correct position about this, and a very reasonable solution, that was proposed to the AF. AOPA lobbys for a High MOA and a Low MOA that are not being hot at the same time, so that GA can fly through there, at least safely. The more the access is restricted, the more all airspace between Fairbanks and the canadian border will become a military only use area in the future.

Regards,
Lars Gleitsmann (EAA Chapter 42 Director of Government Affairs)

The proposed MOA would shut off access to V-444, a major east-west route. Without access to V-444, pilots would need to make a detour of nearly 400 miles using an airway with a minimum en route altitude that is 5,000 feet higher - a significant difference for most general aviation aircraft. Despite that fact, the Air Force environmental assessment ended in a “finding of no significant impact.”

You have until Jan. 19 to tell the Air Force how the MOA would affect your flying. Written comments should be addressed to:

Mr. James W. Hostman
611 CES/CEAO
10471 20th Street, Suite 302
Elmendorf AFB, AK 99506-2200

You may also email: jim.hostman@elmendorf.af.mil
with CC to AOPA: tom.george@aopa.org
and CC to EAA: govt@eaa.org
EAA 42 doesn't need a copy

Here is a link to the 282-page strong draft environmental document: Delta MOA Draft EA

AOPA Article:

Air Force ignoring GA concerns about proposed Alaskan MOAs

AOPA is opposing the proposed MOA because it would shut off the only corridor that bisects the Pacific Alaska Airspace Complex, which covers about 60,780 square miles. AOPA has explained to the Air Force that when active, the MOA would sever the IFR airways between Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Northway, and Glennallen, and expose VFR traffic to high-speed military aircraft flying along a heavily traveled corridor. AOPA wants the proposed MOA to be divided into a high and low complex, so that the entire area does not need to be active at the same time.

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January 6th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Where: RE/MAX Properties - 110 W 38th, Suite 100

Tuesday, January 6th 2009 at 7 PM - Board Meeting

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January 10th 2009 - Saturday 9:30 AM
Chapter Breakfast

Where: Village Inn on Dimond Blvd.

Our Monthly Chapter Breakfast Get-Together:

The Village Inn at 720 West Dimond Blvd.

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January 13th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Chapter Seminar

Where: Morris Communications

Our January educational seminar will have Steve Denesen from Kenai to do a program on “Special Use Airspace and Special Reporting Service” on Jan 13th. This will include such issues as flying in and around MOAs.

Where: Morris Communications 301 Arctic Slope Ave. Anchorage, (behind Schlotzsky's Deli on Dimond) Look for the signs, the door to the meeting room is on the WEST side of the building.

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January 21st 2009 - Wednesday
Dues

It's a new year. Have you paid your dues?

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January 27th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Chapter Meeting

Where: Alaska Aviation Museum - Lake Hood

The meeting this month, hosted by Rob Stapleton will be at the Aviation Heritage Museum at Lake Hood. We will review the progress of the Pilgrim and other projects, like a BD-5 etc from 7-9 p.m.

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February 2nd 2009 - Monday
TSA LSAP Proposal is a Serious Threat to Personal Aviation

TSA LASP proposed rules will create undue burden for airports in Alaska and make the operation of airplanes over 12,500 pounds unfeasible.

EAA is calling on its members to send comments to the TSA about the LASP. At the request of EAA and other aviation organizations, the TSA has extended the comment period for the LASP to February 27, 2009

Aviators! Listen up!

This is the most serious danger to the very existence of General Aviation (GA) that we have seen so far in (YOUR!) country, this is worse than the proposed changes that will destroy the 51 percent rule by the FAA. NOW is the time to raise your voice, if you don't, you may regret it later. The proposal of these onerous laws has gone further to remove our freedoms than ever before!

With a failing economy weighing heavily on taxpayers, the additional cost and burden of increased regulatory requirements become even more difficult to bear. As other industries and sectors of economic activity receive bailouts and regulatory relief to help them cope with hard times, the opposite is the case for general aviation's businesses and participants. These proposals will make it worse for General Aviation!

Not only the FAA, and the TSA, but even Alaska's Department of Transportation wants to squeeze more money out of us as airport users. Personal flight is under pressure on several fronts: heavy-handed security measures; unjustified user fees; ill-conceived amateur-building requirements; unreasonable and extremely expensive modernization expectations; state and federal rules making suitable aviation fuel less available; misguided reactions to the stigma of "experimental" aviation's name. In addition, other regulatory and policy initiatives could threaten EAA members' access to, affordability of, and participation in aviation.

In the so called name of security the DHS and TSA are throwing a new regulation called the Large Airplane Security Program (LASP) at us. This is a wolf in sheep's clothing. It's more an onerous Airport security program that will cost ALL of US a lot of money. It is also a retirement scheme for TSA agents to keep a very good salary as the auditors of private airplanes over 12,500 pounds gross weight (the plan seems to be later to include smaller aircraft and cover all of GA). The LASP will make private airplane operations with planes over 12,500 pounds totally unreasonable. Also the LASP is yet another strike by the airlines to wipe out GA and wipe out the business and executive fleet in the USA—as the airlines see this as their competition. United Airlines and Alaska Airlines seem to be lobbying in that direction with all their might.

Radial engine historic planes pose no danger since it is not feasible for terrorists to steal them, because of the technical difficulty and the lack of available training the terrorists could get on this subject. Even if they had the training, the necessary procedures to ready airplanes like this for flight are so very laborious, and take such a long time, that this could never go by unnoticed.

The local buddy system of the "Airport Watch" would immediately catch up to it. For example, in a radial engine that has not run for a while, oil drains into the lower (upside down) cylinders below the crankcase, and it puddles up in the intake pipes and the combustion chambers. If it is not properly drained by removal of spark plugs and a so called "brup-run", an instant brutal engine failure will be the result of any attempt to start the engine without the proper procedure, since oil can not be compressed by the pistons.

Our C119's (Flying Boxcar) have two 18 cylinder double-row R3350 engines with two stage crank driven superchargers and 3 power recovery turbines in the exhaust system (they feed exhaust energy back into the crankshaft). The normal pre-oil and burp-run procedures take us two days on one airplane, if we work on it with two of us. This is an example of the complexity of the operation of those airplanes!

Currently we are VERY discouraged to see that the TSA will not hold public hearings in AK (also none in Hawaii, which is equally harshly affected by the proposed rules). They are only holding hearings in the "Lower-48".

3 have been conducted and TSA received heavy opposition. The final two are in Los Angeles on Jan. 23 and Houston on Jan. 28. What will this new regulation require? LASP requires extremely expensive Fences, gates, access code cards, and background checks for flights to airports that can handle airplanes over 12,500 pounds. Also, the owners of those planes are required to apply for permission for their passengers and submit a manifest list for every flight. All people flying or dealing with anything around GA will have to undergo background checks and be vetted against the TSA's Terrorist Watch list. This unfunded mandate will necessitate fees to us—as there is no free security service.

Piston and historic aircraft should be exempt from this new rule, and Alaska should be excluded....but NO, the TSA is not planning on any exemptions!

It is only logical that the TSA complete their due diligence by holding a meeting here. No other state relies on Aviation as much as we do—yet DHS and TSA don't get it. There are many planes in Alaska that will be directly affected and their operation will be made unfeasible, like executive jets used for business as well as two C-119s, four DC-3s in Palmer, two Grumman Albatross, eight Short's Skyvan, two C-123s, and three DC-4s. -Not even listing all the executive planes and freighters. The costs of this onerous rule will eventually affect all of us.

It will force all airports that handle aircraft over 12,500,pounds (Beech 1900s are heavier than that, and the fly into nearly all village airports!) all over Alaska to comply with those extreme rules. -Who will pay for all of that ?(Guess!). The Airport part of this LASP rule is more of a strong arm, ham-fisted approach of the "one size fits all" bureaucracy. Many airports will be forced to use this regulation—thus become more expensive. If this onslaught of bureaucracy continues, we will see GA die in our lifetime. There are few who doubt this doom and gloom prediction. Once you read the wording within the TSA proposed rule you can see it as a future plan to create similar restrictions for aircraft under 12,500 pounds! Don't we want to preserve GA for our children and grandchildren? - I do!

Please respond, and help defeat this issue.

(See http://www.eaa.org/govt/tsa.asp This EAA page is BY FAR THE BEST brief about the issue!)

and http://www.aopa.org/advocacy/gasecurity/ for more info)

The comment period for the LASP ends on February 27, 2009

Regards,
Lars Gleitsmann (EAA Chapter 42 Director of Government Affairs)

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February 3rd 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Where: RE/MAX Properties - 110 W 38th, Suite 100

Tuesday, February 3rd 2009 at 7 PM - Board Meeting

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February 7th 2009 - Saturday 8:00 AM
Super Cub Seminar

Where: Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St

Saturday February 7th - 8 AM - Super Cub Seminar

FAASafety.gov - Super Cub experts Featuring Clyde Smith 19 year Lock Haven Piper factory employee 'Building of the Original Super Cub'

Where: Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St.

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February 10th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Chapter Seminar

Where: Morris Communications

Tuesday February 10th - 7 PM - Chapter Seminar

Our February educational seminar will feature Pete Devaris from the FAA. He has a presentation on Experimental Aircraft Accident Prevention.

Where: Morris Communications 301 Arctic Slope Ave. Anchorage, (behind Schlotzsky's Deli on Dimond) Look for the signs, the door to the meeting room is on the WEST side of the building.

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February 14th 2009 - Saturday 9:30 AM
Chapter Breakfast

Where: Village Inn on Dimond Blvd.

Our Monthly Chapter Breakfast Get-Together:

The Village Inn at 720 West Dimond Blvd.

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February 24th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Chapter Meeting

Where: Medallion Foundation

Tuesday February 24th - 7 PM - Chapter Meeting at the Medallion Foundation

Our February meeting will be at the Medallion Foundation.

We'll find out about what the Medallion foundation is doing for aviation safety in Alaska. They also have quite a few PC based flight simulators in addition to both a helicopter and Super-Cub simulator.

Where: Medallion Foundation at 5520 Lake Otis Pkwy Suite 104.

We had a great time. The Medallion Foundation has the only full motion Super Cub Simulator. The simulator is currently mounted in a trailer that is parked inside the building. The plan is to alternate it's location between Anchorage and Fairbanks for six months at a time. It's got 3 huge flat panel displays.

They told me that I was on Merrill Field. When I applied power I really couldn't see where I was over the nose. Once I got going, the tail came up. Literally, the tail came up and the nose went down! At this point I was weaving towards the north east, diagonally away from the runway. It has great terrain, but no buildings. The grass worked ok, and I took off.

Off to my left I could see the Elmendorf runway. What the heck, it's a simulator, and I don't have to talk to the tower or fill out paperwork, so I'm going to land at Elmendorf. I came in high and fast. Slipped my way down and landed long. I hardly ever looked at the instruments.

When you do a ground loop in a full motion simulator, all of a sudden one wing goes high, you see a lot of sky underneath it, and there is no noise, except for the laughter of the audience to the left, right and behind you.

Go to the Medallion Foundation and fly safe.

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March 3rd 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Where: El Tango Restaurant

Tuesday, March 3rd 2009 at 7 PM - Board Meeting

  • At the EL Tango restaurant, it is located on the corner of Old Seward and Tudor,4300 Old Seward Hwy, 907-770-2888. It is in that little strip mall that also contains Aladdin's restaurant and the Gold and diamond company.

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March 10th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Chapter Seminar

Where: Aero Recip

Tuesday March 10th - 7 PM - Chapter Seminar

Location: Aero Recip Alaska (243-3133)
They are located near the southwest end of Lake Hood at 4451 Aircraft Dr #B

These pictures are from out last visit in January of 2007.

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March 14th 2009 - Saturday 9:30 AM
Chapter Breakfast

Where: Village Inn on Dimond Blvd.

Our Monthly Chapter Breakfast Get-Together:

The Village Inn at 720 West Dimond Blvd.

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March 24th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Chapter Meeting at Landes Airglas Skis

Where: 3500 O'Malley Rd

Tuesday March 24th - 7 PM - Chapter Meeting at Landes Airglas Skis

Location: 3500 O'Malley Rd

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April 2nd 2009 - Thursday
Have you paid your 2009 dues?

Our fiscal year runs on a normal calendar basis, starting in January. We've only had about a third of our members renew so far this year.

Yearly chapter dues of $24 for individuals, and $25 for family memberships are due for 2009.

You must be a current national member of EAA to be eligible for a chapter membership.

See Gene Bjornstad to pay your dues.

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April 7th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Where: RE/MAX Properties - 110 W 38th, Suite 100

Tuesday, April 7th 2009 at 7 PM - Board Meeting

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April 14th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Chapter Seminar

Where: Morris Communications

Tuesday April 14th - 7 PM - Chapter Seminar

Our April educational seminar will have Ernie Walker, an FAA Inspector, giving a video presentation of a landing incident with a PA-18.

Where: Morris Communications 301 Arctic Slope Ave. Anchorage, (behind Schlotzsky's Deli on Dimond) Look for the signs, the door to the meeting room is on the WEST side of the building.

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April 18th 2009 - Saturday 7:00 PM
National Weather Service Open House

Where: NWS HQ on Jewel Lake Rd

Saturday April 18th - 8 AM to 4 PM - National Weather Service Open House

The National Weather Service Anchorage Office Annual Open House on Jewel Lake Rd.

Come to the Weather Spotter Training at 10:30, or bring the kids to the balloon launch at 3:00. Office tours will be available all day. Refreshments provided on a first come, first served basis.

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April 28th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Chapter Meeting

Where: Morris Communications

Tuesday April 28th 2009 - Chapter Meeting

Gary Bennett from Northern Light Avionics on Merrill Field will tell us the latest about ELTs, GPS and Avionics.

Where: Morris Communications 301 Arctic Slope Ave. Anchorage, (behind Schlotzsky's Deli on Dimond) Look for the signs, the door to the meeting room is on the WEST side of the building.

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May 2nd 2009 - Saturday 9:00 AM
Alaska Airmen FedEx Trade Show

Where: FedEx Hangar

Saturday May 2nd Alaskan Airmen Trade Show - Fex-Ex Hangar

Where: FedEx Maintenance Hangar, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport

Saturday, May 2nd - 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, May 3rd - 10;00am - 5:00pm

We need pictures of your projects for the Trade Show. The Airmen's Assoc Trade show is almost upon us and we will have a nice booth, a couple planes and Rob will put together a slide show of our projects. We needs your pictures NOW!!!!

We've got pictures of Tim Coalwell's Zenith 801 posted.

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May 5th 2009 - Tuesday
Summer

It almost feels like summer. Our webmaster was at the Valdez May Day Fly-In, and on Saturday a t-shirt, a long sleeve shirt, a pile vest, a pile jacket and a wind breaker was almost enough to keep warm! On Sunday the sun came out and it was quite comfortable.

We're counting the Alaska Airmen's show at the FedEx hangar as onoe of our meetings. Our seminar series has been suspended for the summer.

Your club needs you to help out with the chapter. Quite a few chapter officers and board members are planning on stepping down. John Davis is heading up the Election committee.

There's a Long-EZ project posted on the For Sale page.

We always appreciate sharing pictures of what you've been up to...

Have fun and fly safe!

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May 5th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Where: RE/MAX Properties - 110 W 38th, Suite 100

Tuesday, May 5th 2009 at 7 PM - Board Meeting

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May 9th 2009 - Saturday 9:30 AM
Chapter Breakfast

Where: Village Inn on Dimond Blvd.

Our Monthly Chapter Breakfast Get-Together:

The Village Inn at 720 West Dimond Blvd.

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May 9th 2009 - Saturday 7:00 PM
Valdez May Day Fly-In & Airshow

Where: Valdez

Valdez May Day Fly-In & Airshow - May 9-10, 2009 Sat - Sun

In 2007 Cub Crafters brought their "Carbon Cub". It's a 220 HP super Cub that weighs 250-300 pounds less than any other Cub. The three pictures here show a 19 foot takeoff! They were also able to do a short field landing of 53 feet!

Last year there was a good crowd. There were approximately 110 airplanes on the ramp. Come on out. Fly or drive, it's worth the trip. It's a good time. If you don't feel like competing in the short take off and landging contest, there are seminars, and a Poker Run.

The rules for the competition are published on our website at www.valdezalaska.org in the events folder.

We expect the top planes and pilots from the Northwest to be attending and competing at this years event and the demonstration of piloting and performance of bush planes will be unmatched anywhere in the United States.

  • Our DVD is on the www.supercub.org web store with a banner on the web page
  • The DVD "Big Rocks and Long Props" available at Northern Lights Avionics and Supercub.org features a chapter with our Fly In
  • The Fly In is on Mother's Day weekend. It is the weekend after the Trade Show.

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May 30th 2009 - Saturday 8:00 AM
Kenai Air Fair

Where: Soldotna, Kenai

Sat, May 30th Kenai Peninsula Air Fair

8 AM - Soldotna Airport - EAA Breakfast

1 to 3 PM - Kenai Airport - Bar-b-que

2 PM - Kenai Airport - Militaty Appreciation Event

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June 2nd 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Where: RE/MAX Properties - 110 W 38th, Suite 100

Tuesday, June 2nd 2009 at 7 PM - Board Meeting

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June 6th 2009 - Saturday 7:30 AM
19th Annual FAA Pancake Breakfast

Where: Palmer

19th Annual FAA Pancake Breakfast - A chance for the public to meet and talk with some of Alaska's senior FAA managers.

Saturday, 7:30 am. Meet Alaska FAA Regional Administrator Bob Lewis and other FAA management.

New Horizons Telecom Hangar, New Horizons Telecom, 901 Cope Industrial Way, Palmer, AK 99645
Sponsored by FAA Alaskan Region Flight Standards Division.

For Information contact Ernie Walker, 907-271-5908

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June 13th 2009 - Saturday
Young Eagles

Ed White is now EAA Chapter 42's Young Eagles coordinator.

Check out our new Young Eagles Page!

On Saturday, June 6th, 2009 Ed White, Rob Stapleton and Tim Rittal were on hand at the Palmer airport for the FAA pancake breakfast and then on to the Youth Aviation Adventure Program.

Ed flew 11 Young Eagles!!!!! Wow.

Rob and Tim did their best to keep those waiting entertained and educated. We think it was a real hit with the kids and a very worthwhile endeavor. We learned a few things as we sort of winged it through the day not having any idea exactly what was going to happen and how many kids were going to show up.

One thing for sure, you need more planes and pilots. Next event will be better than the last.

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June 14th 2009 - Sunday
TSA Airport Security Directive

EAA has more news here TSA Airport Security Directive Still Causing Confusion

Here is the list of Alaskan Airports that might be affected by the unpublished security directive.

ADK Adak Naval Air Station
ADQ Kodiak State
AKN King Salmon
ANC Anchorage International
BET Bethel
BRW Will Rogers-Wiley Post Memorial
CDV Merle K. "Mudhole" Smith
DLG Dillingham
ENA Kenai Municipal
FAI Fairbanks International
GST Gustavus

HOM Homer
JNU Juneau International
KTN Ketchikan International
OME Nome
OTZ Ralph Wien Memorial
PSG Petersburg
SCC Deadhorse
SIT Sitka Municipal
VDZ Valdez
WRG Wrangell
YAK Yakutat

Border Crossing Requirements Mandatory

Beginning Monday, May 18, general aviation pilots entering or departing the U.S. must comply with the new border crossing requirements of the “Advance Information on Private Aircraft Arriving and Departing the United States” rule issued late last year by the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP). At least 60 minutes prior to departure, pilots must transmit advance notice of arrival and/or departure, as well as traveler manifest information, to CBP via the Electronic Advance Passenger Information System (eAPIS) website or a through an authorized third-party vendor. Failure to comply will result in a $5,000 fine for the first violation and $10,000 and/or jail time for subsequent violations.

EAA has more news here Border Crossing Requirements Mandatory

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June 26th 2009 - Friday 6:00 PM
Chapter Picnic

Where: John Davis' house

For those planning to be in town, John Davis and Sue have once again volunteered their yard & home for an EAA picnic. The chapter will supply hamburgers and hot dogs and the fixings to go with them along with a limited amount of beverages.

Deserts and side dishes would be appreciated if you come and a folding chair or two is a good idea. We have an order in for fine Summer weather and as a precaution, I am bringing a 55 gallon drum of wind and rain remover.

John and Sue live on the corner of Caravelle Dr and Raspberry Road at 6827 Caravelle. Caravelle is about a mile west of the intersection of Jewel Lake Rd and Raspberry. Hope to see you there.

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July 7th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Cancelled

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July 8th 2009 - Wednesday 6:00 PM
Memories of flying the Dragon Lady

Where: Aviation Heritage Museum, Lake Hood

Wednesday July 8th - 6-8 PM - Memories of flying the Dragon Lady

Aviation Heritage Museum, Lake Hood

The Alaska Chapter 99s are sponsoring Lt. Col. John Dale, a retired Air Force pilot who will be giving a presentation about flying the U-2.

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July 11th 2009 - Saturday 9:30 AM
Chapter Breakfast

Where: Village Inn on Dimond Blvd.

Our Monthly Chapter Breakfast Get-Together:

The Village Inn at 720 West Dimond Blvd.

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July 11th 2009 - Saturday 7:00 PM
Wrangell St Elias Backcountry Airstrip Work Party

Where: Wrangell

Sat July 11th - Sun 12th - Wrangell St Elias Backcountry Airstrip Work Party

Cancelled due to fire and smoke hazards

Sorry to report that the Wrangell trip is cancelled due to fire and smoke hazards. Initially just this weekend with a possible reschedule for the 17th & 18th but now the park guys think it will extend to the following week as well. I will guy you up to date and let you know if there will be another date. Tim

Do you want back country air strips?

Come put your back where your mouth is, and help us do some maintenance work on some air strips in the Wrangells.

Hey gang,

We are still planning to go to the Wrangells for remote strip clean-up. Details are slow in coming but it looks like we can stage out of the work center at May Creek which is a very nice 2,700' strip of grass and gravel and 100' wide. All in all, it is a really nice strip & was well maintained when I was there a month or so ago. Brush loppers are very handy if you have some, bring them along. Hats & headnets are often a good idea depending on the weather conditions. More on stuff to bring later.

Meanwhile, if you are thinking of going, please reply to me by e-mail so we can get an idea of how many folks are planning to participate. Please let me know if you are flying yourself or if you need a ride.

More details to come....

Thanks Tim

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July 14th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Where: RE/MAX Properties - 110 W 38th, Suite 100

Rescheduled

Tuesday, July 14th 2009 at 7 PM - Board Meeting

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August 4th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Where: RE/MAX Properties - 110 W 38th, Suite 100

Tuesday, August 4th 2009 at 7 PM - Board Meeting

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August 8th 2009 - Saturday 9:30 AM
Chapter Breakfast

Where: Village Inn on Dimond Blvd.

Our Monthly Chapter Breakfast Get-Together:

The Village Inn at 720 West Dimond Blvd.

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August 20th 2009 - Thursday 7:00 PM
Memorial for Jack Brown

Where: Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum - Lake Hood

Our good friend and board member Jack Brown passed away on Sunday August 2nd, 2009. Jack fought a tough battle with cancer since 2005. Our best wishes to Jack's wife Beverly and his family. We will miss him.

If anyone has Jack Brown stories this would be a great time to share them with Jack's family and the rest of us.

This is Jack watching one of the afternoon airshows at Airventure 2008

Jack Brown

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August 23rd 2009 - Sunday 3:00 PM
Chapter Picnic

Where: Matt Freeman's hangar at Birchwood Airport

Sun Aug 23th - 3 PM - Chapter Picnic - at Matt Freeman's hangar at Birchwood Airport - Airplanes, Food

In place of our regular Tuesday meeting, we'll be having a picnic out at Matt Freeman's hangar at Birchwood Airport. It's the first hangar in the south-east corner of the airport.

We are going to fly some Young Eagles at the picnic. Ed White is EAA Chapter 42's Young Eagles coordinator.

We already have planes, pilots and kids lined up. Since this is only our second Young Eagles event, we're not looking for more kids to fly, but we are looking for anyone willing to help, contact Ed White at 694-7525.

688-2204 is the hangar phone, and the The address is:

21210 Southeast Apron Road
Chugiak, AK 99567

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September 1st 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Where: RE/MAX Properties - 110 W 38th, Suite 100

Board Meeting at RE/MAX Properties - 110 W 38th, Suite 100

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September 4th 2009 - Friday 10:00 AM
Aviation Day at the State Fair

Where: Palmer

For whatever it's worth, Friday the 4th is Aviation Day at the State Fair

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September 12th 2009 - Saturday 9:30 AM
Chapter Breakfast

Where: Village Inn on Dimond Blvd.

Our Monthly Chapter Breakfast Get-Together:

The Village Inn at 720 West Dimond Blvd.

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September 22nd 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Chapter Meeting

Where: Oceanview Drive

George Lukens has built a RotorWay Exec helicopter at his home hangar/workshop on Oceanview Drive. He lives right at the intersection of Highview and Oceanview in a wood finished house that sits on the bluff above Potter Marsh and the mudflats.

George is a well known outdoors Alaska film maker who documented and filmed the building of the Trans Alaska Pipeline from Prudhoe Bay to Valdez when he had Pendleton Productions, a film company in the 1970s-80s. After retiring from film work he built his helicopter from a kit which required an extensive remodeling of his home, and re-landscaping his yard to create a heliport there.

A big thank you to Rob Stapleton for arranging the meeting!

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October 6th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

  • Will be held by email this month...

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October 8th 2009 - Thursday 7:00 PM
Kent White Welding Workshop

Where: TBA

Kent White Welding Workshop

Thursday October 8th through Saturday October 10th, 2009

Location to be announced.

Chapter 42 member Dan Shilling is organizing and planning to have one or more welding/metal working classes presented by a nationally known welding fabricator/instructor Kent White. Dan says that Kent is the best of the best.

You can visit his website to learn more at http://www.tinmantech.com

Mr White will be in Alaska in October '09 and if we have interest could put on classes Oct 8th, 9th and 10th. From what I got from conversations from Dan, Kent could put on 3 classes of different topics of welding/metal working or perhaps fewer classes based on interest.

The cost would be $200/person per day and at least one member has volunteered a shop space for the classes.

So far, 10 folks have said they would go. If you are interested, please contact Dan Shilling at dlshilling@gci.net

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October 10th 2009 - Saturday 9:30 AM
Chapter Breakfast

Where: Village Inn

Our Monthly Chapter Breakfast Get-Together is back at a new location:

The Village Inn at 720 West Dimond Blvd.

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October 14th 2009 - Wednesday
Tim Rittal update - Wednesday Oct 14th

EAA Chapter 42 president Tim Rittal is home recovering and healing very nicely, after a landing incident on a bush airstrip at Cripple Creek on Sept. 22nd. There appears to be no permanent damage to Tim, but probably a long rehab on the leg.

Tim says "I welcome any calls or visitors."

"I'll fill you in on the long version of the story later but it appears my left main gear collapsed on touch down resulting in the left wing slamming into the ground sending my head slamming into the steel cage & knocking me out. Unfortunately, not before I firewalled the throttle to do a go around. Fortunately a row of trees prevented the plane from getting too far and dropped me into the creek where I later woke up. Film at 11", Tim

You may also contact Tim and wife Annie after registering and logging into a web page provided by the hospital and family members: http://www.carepages.com/carepages/195984/invitations/740767/f860dd48d0527da5e73e5dc826174a25e3408ddd?clientcode=default&ipc=miv

Once logged in you may view images of Tim, aircraft ‘Journey,’ and the gravel strip as well as leave a “get well soon” message there too.

Every member of our EAA Chapter wishes Tim a speedy recovery!

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October 15th 2009 - Thursday
Thursday Oct 15th - FAA Winter

Guess what? According to the FAA, winter starts on October 15th.

It's time to start carrying your sleeping bag and snowshoes.

Here's a link to a PDF that talks about what our local FAA says about Winter Flying

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October 27th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Chapter Meeting

Where: Morris Communications

Where: Morris Communications 301 Arctic Slope Ave. Anchorage, (behind Schlotzsky's Deli on Dimond) Look for the signs, the door to the meeting room is on the WEST side of the building.

Dean Eichholz is going to come up from Soldotna. He is with the Falcon Insurance Agency, and will tell us all about airplane and hangar insurance.

John Davis, the head of the Nomination Committee, has assured use that he will have some names to announce for candidates for the upcoming EAA Chapter 42 election in November.

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November 3rd 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Where: RE/MAX Properties - 110 W 38th, Suite 100

Tuesday, November 3rd 2009 - Board Meeting

Check out our For Sale Page. 1966 Alon Ercoupe for sale.

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November 14th 2009 - Saturday 9:30 AM
Chapter Breakfast

Where: Village Inn

At the Village Inn at 720 West Dimond Blvd.

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November 24th 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Chapter Meeting

Where: RE/MAX Properties - 110 W 38th, Suite 100

Where: RE/MAX Properties - 110 W 38th, Suite 100

In addition to our program, we will be having chapter elections.

John Davis and the election committee have come up with the following slate:

  • President: Dick Reeve and Elmer Webster
  • Vice President: Bob Edison
  • Secretary: Rob Stapleton

We are looking for a new Treasurer.

We recently moved to a new web hosting company, and one the benefits is that we now have a mailing list just like the big guys. It belongs to us, and there's no annoying advertising.

      Join the EAA42 email List

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December 1st 2009 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

First meeting of the new board?

Check out our For Sale Page. 1966 Alon Ercoupe for sale.

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December 12th 2009 - Saturday 9:30 AM
Chapter Breakfast

Where: Village Inn

Sat, Dec 12th at 9:30 AM - Monthly Chapter Breakfast Get-Together

At the Village Inn at 720 West Dimond Blvd.

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December 27th 2009 - Sunday 5:00 PM
Chuck May

Where: Chuck May's House - 2811 Leeward Pl

Sunday, December 27th 2009 at 5 to 9 PM - (unofficial) Holiday Party

Chuck May's House - 2811 Leeward Pl

Once again, Chuck May is having a holiday party, and all EAA members and their spouses are invited. This is not an official EAA function. It is a lot of fun.

Driving directions to Chuck's House..

  • Take the Seward Hwy South,
  • Exit on Huffman Rd.
  • Turn East (Left) then turn Right on Lake Otis which changes name to Westwind at the first 4 way stop.
  • The first street after stop is Spinnaker turn Left and then Left again on "Leeward"
  • Chucks house is second from the corner, 2811 Leeward Pl.
  • If you get lost call Chuck at 345-4703.

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