EAA Chapter 180 May Meeting
President Dave Bothe opened the meeting at 7:32 with the 'Pledge to the Flag'. 31 members and guests were present. The chapter officers were introduced followed by an introduction of guests. Dave presented our past president, Blaise Pierson with a plaque of appreciation for his service to the chapter. He had been president for 3 years.
Builders Reports: Rob Brooke is starting on the 4th wing of his Fisher Tiger Moth project. Steve Walters report he is progressing with the Queen Air, but does not have the engines running yet. Bill McManus has about 20 percent left to go on the left wing of his 601XL. The wings are now on Hugh Corley's self designed ultralight. Bill Peters has sold the Fly Baby and it's new owner is very impressed with the performance. Richard Cheek still has his Taylorcraft project underway.
Secretary's Report: The minutes of the April meeting were accepted as printed in the newsletter.
Young Eagles Report: Chip Miller reported three aircraft and about twenty four kids flew at the April event.
Tool Committee Report: Rob Brooke said nothing new had been acquired in the past month.
Treasurer's Report: Frank Hurlburt says the April report will appear in the next newsletter. The current balance is $15,023.59.
Membership Committee: Chip Miller is taking photos of the members for the chapter website.
Old Business: Dave reminded the chapter a trip to Fantasy of Flight will take place June 18th. Those flying in need to fill out and submit the necessary paperwork. The 2nd Annual Mid-Atlantic Fly-in was successful and is expected to return next year. A chapter picnic is being worked on for sometime in September when the weather is cooler.
A committee is updating the chapter by-laws and will be printed in the next newsletter.
Dave reminded everyone to send letters to the FAA and elected officials to try and return control of airspace around SRQ to local controllers. Chapter 180 was mentioned in last month's AOPA magazine in an article concerning this issue.
A break for refreshments was followed by a 50/50 drawing.
The program for the evening was a DVD about the new Sport Aviation categories for both pilots and aircraft. The new rules were detailed and explained in depth as to how they will benefit general aviation.
Respectfully submitted, Rolf Bostrom, Secretary