September '98 Volume 98.9


This Month

- Keith Williams, President
The September meeting will be on September 11 at PSAir, one week delayed due to Labor Day. Come at 7, 7:15, or whatever------the meeting will begin at 7:30. In continuing the Year of the Homebuilder theme, we'll get a brief update on attendees projects from all present, members and guests alike. (This includes restoration/rebuilding projects, too-----not just new airplane projects.) Now that he is a test pilot, Tom Olson will discuss the flight test process and progress of his RV-6A and share some of the things he's learned. And last but certainly not least, Randy Hartman will talk about something every one of us would love to be able to do: give a firsthand account of the aircraft award process at Oshkosh, from the judging through living the life as the owner/builder of a Grand Champion Plans Built aircraft!

October Meeting
Just before he left for China, the Prez told me the October meeting was going to be held at the Yeoman's house. Boy, was I suprised when I got a call from him to to tell me that it was cancelled. That's dedication, calling all the way from Beijing, China to make sure you Members don't waste time going to a meeting that isn't.

What You Missed...
- Dave Griffiths
Last month we had a Chapter Open House at PSAir. I got there a little late, so I'm not sure what the turn out was like, but I did see most of our airplanes there. It wasn't all bad showing up late, since most everyone had already eaten breakfast the ladies serving breakfast were waiting on us hand and foot. They could have used a little help eating all of the pancakes, ham and eggs they had left over. I did my best, but there was plenty left.

- Keith Williams, President

Work Parties
Steve Ciha, Tom Olson, and Ron White did some volunteer work at Oshkosh before the show. Others may have, also; I simply don't know. They all found it worthwhile and interesting. They should be applauded for taking the initiative and pulling this off on their own. Perhaps they found it easier to go in ones and twos, rather than trying to get a big gang together. Would anyone be interested in being a coordinator of volunteers for next year? The biggest reason we didn't send up an "official" work party this year is probably because it was no one person's job, and your officers simply didn't get it done. This should be a relatively painless job. It shouldn't involve arm twisting; just the "encouraging" and coordinating of happy volunteers. If you'd like to consider serving your organization in this way for the next year, please let a member of the Board know.

Oshkosh Winners!
We've known for a long time that Chapter 33 had winners, but now the whole world knows it! On Thursday night, Mary Yeoman's name was the first drawn. She won a couple of Nestle cook books. (We'll expect something chocolate at the bonfire, Mary!) On Sunday night, Dave Lammers was honored as one of four deserving members to receive the President's Award. Finally, after 15 years of work, a grueling week at Oshkosh, and a couple of hours of other awards, it was announced that the Grand Champion Plans Built aircraft was the Long EZ built by Randy Hartman and Bernard Hayes! This is the airplane that we got a peek of at the April meeting at PS Air. Congratulations, guys; way to go!

Randy Hartman and Bernard Hayes display their Grand Champion Long EZ at the April Meeting

Chapter Business
- Keith Williams, President

From now through the end of the year, dues for Chapter 33 are only $5. This is almost as good as a money-back guarantee! It only costs $5 to try us for up to four months! Try us, you'll like us. Then join for 1999 at the normal rate of $15/year. Just a reminder: Membership in the national EAA is a requirement for joining the local chapter. If you encourage a friend to join the national EAA, please get an application form from the Chapter. For each new member sponsored by Chapter 33, the Chapter receives cash from HQ. And, better yet, we gain a potential new chapter member!

Nonmember Builders
Unfortunately, there are still many local builders who are members of EAA who have not yet found the value in belonging to our Chapter. If you know any of these folks, you would be doing them a favor, and the rest of us, too, by inviting them to a meeting or two and introducing them to some of our members who have completed projects. Introduce them to one of our three Technical Councilors, or to our Flight Advisor. And, if they haven't met him, introduce them to Max!

Young Eagles
Young Eagles Coordinator Tim Busch reports that the Chapter has given 1134 YE flights since the program began. That's a bunch of folks! Thanks to all involved.

Officer's Column
- Dave Griffiths
The honor has fallen upon me this month to write the Officer's Column. Due to my lack of imagination I decided to write about recent events. There have been many aircraft crashes in Iowa this summer. On Friday a medivac helicopter out of Sioux Falls, SD crashed in northwest Iowa with no survivors. Just as I was writing this article I heard that a single engine aircraft crashed just after takeoff from Iowa City.
How prepared are you for an emergency or a crash? None of us likes to think about it, but we should. We should think about it before every flight. This can happen to any of us no matter how safe or how good of pilots we think we are. You have probably heard by now, it even happened to our own Vice President, John Ruyle, through no fault of his own.
For any of you who haven't heard, John is a very lucky man. At 10AM on Sunday July 12, at the Traer airport a Kitfox piloted by Ken Stubbe had just taken off when he encountered engine problems and his aircraft stalled and spun striking John Ruyle's Vultee and John in the back of the head while he was taxiing to park. John was knocked unconscious, but is OK. His aircraft which I am sure many of you have enjoyed seeing in the past was damaged but I hope not beyond repair.
Unfortunately Ken Stubbe and his father, Donald, who was riding with him did not fair as well. Donald was killed in the post crash fire and his son Ken suffered major burns and is still in the hospital as far as I know. There is a fund raising fly-in breakfast for Ken Stubbe on September 27 at the Marshalltown airport.
If all of these recent crashes cause us to examine our own flying perhaps some good can come of them. Ask yourself the following questions about you last flight: Did you get a weather briefing? Did you ask for NOTAMS? Did you check published NOTAMS? Remeber the briefer won't tell you about published NOTAMS. When is the last time you reviewed the emergency checklists for your aircraft? Are you prepared for an engine failure? You should already know where you are going to land in an emergency do you? Does your aircraft have a fire extinguisher? Why not? Where is it stowed? Is it overdue for service or replaced replacement? Is your aircraft overdure for maintenance?
How many of you know if you are covered by your life insurance or medical insurance if you are involved in an aircraft accident? Make sure you look at pilot vs. passenger, some policies cover one and not the other. Ask about experimental vs. factory built. How many of you have your wills made out or up to date?
How often do you see someone riding a motorcycle without a helmet and shake your head at their foolishness? John Ruyle's life was saved because he was wearing a helmet. It never occurred to me to wear one, but maybe we are thinking like those motorcycle riders? I wear one when I ride a motorcycle? Why not when I fly? In addition to helmets military pilots wear fire retardant flight suits, gloves and even underwear I am told. Some CAP pilots also wear flight suits. I haven't seen many in helmets, but I am sure some do wear them. What do they know that we don't know? They know that flying is dangerous. Why don't we know this or accept this? I suppose there are a lot of reasons why we don't. Cost, convenience, it takes time to change and you have a lot more to carry around with you. Lets not forget peer pressure. If the Jones aren't doing it maybe we shouldn't? Much like the addition of seat belts to cars, it forces us to admit to ourselves that flying is dangerous. I also suppose we are willing to play the odds and assume we will be safe. Now let's look at the advantages. Safety, comfortable flight suits, and greater peace of mind. I admit, I am probably not going to run out and buy a helmet, flight suit and gloves. But why not? If everyone else did wouldn't you? I hope I haven't scared anyone. I just want to remind everyone of the gravity of the situatuion. No pun intended.

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 Counselors Marv Hoppenworth (319) 396-6283

Tom Olson (319) 393-5531

Ron White (319) 393-6484

Flight Advisor Dave Lammers (319) 337-1425

Young Eagles Tim Busch (319) 393-9069

Directors Tom Olson, John Banes, Roger Smith


Ken Stubbe Fly-In Breakfast
Chapter 675 is holding a fund raising fly-in/drive-in breakfast. All proceeds will go to Ken Stubbe and his family to help offset the costs associated with his care as a result of the crash of his Kitfox on July 12th at Traer, IA. Ken suffers from major burns and is at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The date for the fly-in is September 27 at the Marshalltown airport from 7AM-12PM. Tickets are $5. They will be serving pancakes, sausage, juice or coffee. Airplane rides will be given by Marshalltown Aviation. See the flyer included in this newsletter and please post it somewhere where people will see it.

I hope to see all of you there. This could happen to anyone of us.

Nebraska Fly-In
- Keith Williams, President
I received a flyer from Ch 1091 in Kearney, NB, advertising a fly-in breakfast, open house, Young Eagles, RC flying, homebuilt displays all rolled into one. It's Saturday, Sept 12. Serving starts at 8AM. This might make a good trip for some of our faster airplanes. I can envision two or three EZs and a couple of RV-6As making the trip. I'd like to go over to see how the other guys do it, so if anyone needs ballast, please let me know. By the way, they're giving 25 gal of gas to the one why flies in the farthest!

New Location for Web Page
You web surfers may have noticed that our web page disappeared! The old home for the web page no longer exists. However, we have a new home. The new URL is

Trivial Pursuit
I have no idea when Chapter 33 was organized and apparently neither do you. I was hoping for a response from someone who knew, but so far I have no responses. So the question stands. Hopefully someone will give me the answer before the next newsletter! 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

(Space is limited. Please let me know when you no longer need to run your ads)
I am looking for a Taylor monoplane (flying or project) or a Bowers Flybaby. I will give $100 to the person or club that leads to the purchase of the planes or project I buy. I know that the Taylors are hard to find, but would love to have one, but Flybaby would be great also. Please email(aainds@yahoo.com) or call toll free 1 888 754 3980, ask for Dave

Looking for miscellaneous AN hardware, 4130-N tubing and fittings. Tom Harris (319) 362-6323

For Sale

One share of interest in two airplanes based at Greencastle airport, $2,700. The first airplane is a 1946 J-3 Cub($13.00/hour wet). The second is a 1947 Cessna 140($15.00/hour wet). Well maintained and always accessible. Tail wheel endorsement required. Monthly dues of $45.00 for hangar rent and insurance. Dale Yoder (319) 337-7071 or Walter Rich (319) 364-3733.

Acro Sport II, fuselage on gear, wings nearly ready to assemble, fittings cut out, most material to finish. $8,500.00 Warren Lacey
(319) 462-4009

Cessna steering mechanism and yokes to sell and a pair of cavalier sides to give away. Tom Harris (319) 362-6323

I produce software for airfoil analysis and plotting. In addition, I am publishing an on-line magazine on the use of computers for aircraft analysis. It will appear in January, 1998. The url is: http://www.hanleyinnovations.com Patrick Hanley, Ph.D. Software Developer. Mail Inquiries to:
Hanley Innovations
PO Box 870
Storrs, CT 06268
Phone: (860) 423-4060

Experimental Aircraft Association
Alexander M. Lippisch Chapter 33
c/o Dave Griffiths
900 Garfield Ave.
Tipton, IA 52772