March '98 Volume 98.3


New Meeting Location

If you were at last month's meeting, you noticed we were "hanging out" in an odd place. PSAir is experiencing growing pains and divided our old meeting room in half.

At the twelfth hour, we moved into the adjacent hangar which was an appropriate setting, but a lot of people including yours truly found it a bit chilly.



New Meeting Location

What You Missed...


This Month

Chapter Business

10 for '97

Officer's Column


Chapter Open House

Trivial Pursuit

Next Month

John Ruyle has made arrangements for us to meet at Hills Bank in North Liberty this month. The meeting date is Friday, March 6th. The doors will open at 7:00 PM. We encourage people who wish to visit before the meeting to arrive at 7:00 PM. The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM. This will allow people to socialize and give those who have further to travel time to get there before the meeting starts.

What You Missed...

A record turnout of thirty-six people are glad to say they did not miss last month's meeting. I am an old University of Iowa astronomy student, so maybe I am bit biased, but If you were not there, you missed what I think will be remembered as the most interesting presentation we will have for years to come(or until the next time Don Gurnett will do us the pleasure).

I was fortunate enough to be present when Don discussed soaring a year or two ago. I thought that night was captivating, but his presentation last month was a performance of "astronomical" proportions.

Don led us through his lifetime of experiences from the days when he was a boy watching his idol Dr. Alexander Lippisch fly model airplanes, to his days of "running" Red Arbach's hobby shop as a young man, to his job interview with Dr. James Van Allen when he was a freshman engineering student.

Don has been an integral part of space research from the time our country encouraged fledgling research satellites to move skyward to the current behemoth multi-ton interplanetary spacecraft of today.

I cannot begin to relate to you the amount of tantalizing information that was presented to us by an entertaining speaker who mesmerized an audience that might have otherwise been distracted by less than perfect environmental conditions. Nor can I describe the tremendous beauty of the slide presentation of the planets of our solar system and their moons.

Dr. Gurnett is one of the most multi-faceted people I have ever met. Do yourself a favor and don't miss his next presentation.

Thank you Don!

This Month

As usual, do yourself a favor, don't miss this months meeting! The March meeting will feature Dave Lammers as the guest speaker.

Dave Lammers spent many hours volunteering at Oshkosh last summer. No, he didn't dig ditches, fill potholes, and plant flowers all those hours, he flew "our" airplanes! At our March meeting, Dave will share his experiences with us, using color slides to spiff up the presentation.

Dave got to fly some neat planes and meet some equally neat people. Come out and see what goes on there the other 51 weeks!

His Pitts is undergoing a restoration cycle at the moment, it's earned it. Dave is a competition aerobatics pilot and shared the Aresti method of diagramming aerobatics with us at one meeting. He's also an EAA Flight Advisor, another EAA activity which is of great benefit to homebuilders.

Remember, this month's meeting is Friday, March 6th at Hills Bank in North Liberty at 7:30 PM.

Chapter Business

Our President called the meeting to order at 7:15 PM. After introducing the Officers present, Keith had the following announcements: Keith has access to EAA videos at 60% of normal price, see Keith about these. There will be a one day EAA leadership workshop at the DeKalb County Airport in Auburn, Indiana on Saturday March 28th from 9:30 am to 5:00 PM. For more information contact any Officer. Keith also has an EAA chapter handbook which has useful information on things such as various EAA sponsored programs like Flight Advisors and Technical Counselors. It also contains ideas on ideas such as how to setup a phone chain to contact chapters members. If anyone is interested in looking at this contact Keith. It was brought to my attention at the meeting that many of you were impressed with our bulging coffers. For those of you who didn't read the Newsletter carefully last month, I mistakenly reported that we had $48,820.01 in our treasury. A more accurate figure is $5,200.00. At least now I know for sure some of you are you are reading this.

The Board of Directors met at Keith's house on Monday February 23rd. The details of that meeting are as follows: At last report, only forty of you have sent in your dues. Please mail your dues of $15.00 to:

Terry Scherman

1203 16th Street SW

Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

The Board decided to drop members who have not paid their dues from the Newsletter mailing list after the April Newsletter. There have been a couple requests by individuals to place a want ad in the Newsletter. The Board decided to allow this on a trial basis at no charge as space in the Newsletter allows. Chapter Meetings will open doors at 7:00 PM and begin at 7:30 PM. We also discussed future Chapter Meeting presentations and what tools to buy to spend down the Chapter's treasury. We want your input on this, please fill out and return the form in this Newsletter. The Board is looking for someone to help out with the planning of the "Ladies Night/Dinner Meeting". If you are interested please contact John Ruyle or Keith Williams.

10 for '97

Several of our Chapter Members have distinguished themselves by meeting General Chuck Yeager's challenge to fly at least ten Young Eagles during 1997. Fifty-five Iowans made the honor roll, fifteen percent of those were from our Chapter. Kudos to:

Robert Allen

Rick Alter

John Anderson Jr.

Tim Busch

Gregory Downes

David Lammers

John Ockenfels

Dave Yeoman

Officer's Column

Please forgive me if I rehash old material, but I'm still so excited about last month's program by Don Gurnett that I can't help it! Those of you who were unable to attend missed a truly great (the kids would say "awesome") program.

Yet, Don's story is a fairly typical EAA story. Don grew up in the area; SW of Cedar Rapids, I believe. He flew model airplanes on the Cedar Rapids airport. (The fences were lower then.) Dr. Lippisch used to stop by, and became an inspiration to Don. Don grew up and went off to the U; the first thing you know, he was working for Dr. James Van Allen. This led to participation in some very significant space exploration experiments in which the U of I is/was involved. Most of us had no idea that such great things were happening so close to home, and that one of our members is, in fact, a key scientist involved in America's space exploration.

In EAA, you never know whether the guy in faded blue jeans next to you is a company president, an engineer/farmer/pilot/scientist/mechanic/doctor, etc.-or just an airport bum. In this case, he turned out to be a top astro-physicist who also happens to be a great presenter. Thanks, Don!

The Chapter 33 officers and board members met again last week to "do what needs to be done" to keep the Chapter vibrant and useful to the members. Our belief is that if we take care of the details, provide interesting activities, and keep you informed, you'll get excited, attend the activities, and participate when asked. The result will be, well-awesome!

We believe we're on the right track. If you haven't been to a meeting for awhile, come on out and give us a try. You might like what you see!

Keith Williams, President

Chapter Open House

It's been suggested that we have an "open house" when the weather gets even nicer. The purpose would be to share our airplanes and our enthusiasm with the general public for a few hours some Saturday. This could spark interest in aviation in general and in sport aviation in particular. We'd target young people in the area. This could result in new members for EAA and for 33, and in new friendships for many.

This will be one of the topics open for discussion at the March meeting, so think about it and bring your ideas!

Trivial Pursuit

EAA Chapter 33

President Keith Williams (319) 395-7405

Vice President John Ruyle (319) 644-3225

Secretary/Newsletter Editor Dave Griffiths (319) 432-6670

(Send articles to 900 Garfield Ave, Tipton, IA 52772 or griff@netins.net)

Treasurer Terry Scherman

Technical Counselor Marv Hoppenworth (319) 396-6283

Flight Advisor Dave Lammers (319) 337-1425

Young Eagles Tim Busch (319) 393-9069

Directors Tom Olson, John Banes, Roger Smith

Last month's question was: Who was the first person to design an aircraft specifically to be flown in the region of ground effect? I received two correct answers. The first to respond was Marv Hoppenworth. Marv may have had a slight advantage over the rest of you, he had the pleasure of doing the fabric work on the airfoil boat. Marv was followed closely by Bill Bunn of Ojai, CA. The correct answer is Dr. Alexander Lippisch.

Our big winner has offered to let my overheated brain cool off this month by volunteering a question, therefore Marv is not allowed to enter this time and no fair asking him for the answer. The question is: Who was the first aircraft designer to incorporate a liquid cooled engine, reduction drive to the propellers, interconnected roll and yaw controls and counter rotating propellers?(Hint: You will slap your forehead when you hear the answer)

If you know the correct answer, show the rest of us how smart you are and be immortalized in the next Newsletter by being the first one to send it to:

Dave Griffiths
900 Garfield Ave.
Tipton, IA 52772
(319) 432-6670

Next Month

Bet you didn't know the Best Taylorcraft at Oshkosh last summer was from right here in Cedar Rapids, did you? Well, it was! It's a 1946 Taylorcraft BC12D which was last annualed in 1972. Jim Zangger refurbished it inside and out and showed it at Oshkosh. You can read all about it in the February issue of "Vintage Airplane", EAA's magazine for antique and vintage aircraft. Or, better yet, you can come to the April meeting and listen to Jim tell about his award-winning effort!

Many of you might not know Jim, but he's another "typical" EAAer-if there is such a thing. His Dad has been a flight instructor in NW Iowa "forever" so Jim probably really didn't have any choice but to learn to fly. He flew for The Tractor Company, and now flies for The Radio Company. The good news is that he joined our Chapter last month, and we're going to put him to work right away!

Keep looking for a list of Chapter Members. I have received it in electronic format from Keith and I will endeavor to get it in next month. The winner of the Trivial Pursuit question and hopefully a submission from you.

Chapter 33 Calendar

March 6 Chapter Meeting
7:30 PM at Hills Bank, North Liberty

April 3 Chapter Meeting
7:30 PM place TBA

May 1 Chapter Meeting/
"Ladies Night"
time and place TBA

Your Chapter Leaders are considering using some of our savings to purchase tools that would be loaned out (typically free of charge) to our members. We are interested in getting your opinion on using our money in this manner and on what tools would be of the widest benefit to our members. Please fill out the form below and bring to the March Meeting or mail to Tom Olson before the end of March. Also, be prepared to bring up any issues at the March meeting that you feel are not covered by the questionnaire. Example - Some tools such as the transponder test set would likely have a fee associated due to the need for a licensed person to perform the test.

Tool Questionnaire

How much of our current $5,000 savings should be used for this? $____________

Who would be willing to maintain the loaner pool of tools? ____________________

Please rank from 1-5 (5 being most desirable) the tools we should acquire, also add any additional tools you feel would be of wide benefit:

Rank Tool Rank Additional Tools


____ Digital Camera ____ _________________

____ Aircraft Scale ____ _________________

____ Transponder Test Set ____ _________________

____ VOR Test Set ____ _________________

____ Tubing Flare Tool ____ _________________

____ Nicopress Tool ____ _________________

____ Swaging Tool ____ _________________

____ Cable Tensiometer ____ _________________

____ Magneto Timing Light ____ _________________

____ Compression Tester ____ _________________

____ Torque Wrench Calibrator ____ _________________

____ HVLP Spray Gun ____ _________________

Please include comments on issues such as kinds of tools, loan process, etc.

Mail form to Tom Olson, 4170 Riverview Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, Ia. 52411

Alexander M. Lippisch Chapter 33

Experimental Aircraft Association

c/o Dave Griffiths

900 Garfield Ave.

Tipton, IA 52772