October '98 Volume 98.10
- Keith Williams, President
The October meeting will be on Saturday, Oct 3, at
Tom and Marilyn Olson's home: 4170 Riverview Road, CR. The Chapter
will furnish hot dogs and buns, coffee, and soft drinks. Each family
can bring either a salad or dessert. We'll have a bonfire, so you
might want to bring some roasting sticks and marshmallows! Bring lawn
chairs and those neat little picnic tables if you have one. Come
"whenever"; plan to eat at 5:30. If you have questions, please call
Tom at 393-5531. (It won't do any good to call your President, as I
will be out of town.)
Flight testing can be scary, a real drag, or a lot of fun. Tom Olson told
about his flight test program and it was clear that he was enjoying every
minute of it! He didn't even complain about pullin' up to the pumps and
putting $65-worth of avgas in the tanks.
Tom was following, generally, the FAA guidelines for testing of amateur built airplanes. He had also gotten a aircraft flight manual for an RV-4 (I think) off the internet and was modifying it so it would apply to his RV-6A. Tom has gathered data and drawn nice charts to include in the manual. For example, he knows that his glide ratio is 10:1 or better, that he has to slow way down to get the prop to stop, and he has to push the nose down and get up to about 160 MPH before it will turn over again!
The RV-6 builders, and probably many others, must be prolific interneters; Tom sometimes get 60 messages a day from other builders.
One couldn't help but be impressed by the rigor with which Tom did his flight testing. He's now a Technical Advisor and could do a good job of advising regarding flight testing!
What You Missed
Calendar of Events
What You Missed...
- Keith Williams, President
Last month 22 members present and one guest: Stewart
EAA's Flying Start program was described briefly. National requests that each chapter do at least one program this year. I recommended that we do become involved in this program, and asked for anyone who might be interested in coordinating Flying Start programs to contact me.
Tom Olson, Terry Scherman, and Keith Williams
attended chapter workshops and a leadership meeting at AirVenture
'98. Some items from those meetings:
- Chapters with a "home" (hangar or fixed meeting
place which they "own" on an airport seem to be much more successful
than those which don't. A chapter doesn't have to be huge to have
such a home; chapters smaller than ours have their own places.
- Chapters should be politically connected to the local airport commissions. If they don't have a member on the commission, they should at least have a "watchdog" who attends the meetings regularly. Chapters politically involved can often influence the decisions. Those who have watchdogs can at least not be surprised and can provide input to the commission on various subjects of interest.
While it may be impossible to become a strong voice
in the CR airport commission, it would be good to be aware of what's
going on there. Anyone interested? Marion would seem to offer a much
better opportunity for participation. Anyone especially interested in
keeping track of what's going on there on a more-or-less regular
- The establishment and maintenance of tax-exempt
status was stressed often. The key here is that foundations,
companies, and individuals can then make contributions to the chapter
and deduct the contribution. This opens the door to exciting
possibilities for financial growth. (It doesn't take a rocket
scientist to see how this relates to having a home of our own!)
- Chapters should spend some time (it takes a few hours for a few meetings)
reviewing where they want the chapter to be in the
future, and writing a mission statement. This can really help guide
the chapter and is very helpful in attracting support for programs
which provide public benefit (educational programs for youth, for
example). It isn't a lot of fun and not all members need participate.
However, it was suggested that during the winter months 10 to 20
members get together and consider our future and our mission.
Greg Zimmerman commented on the joys and benefits of volunteering during AirVenture and encouraged everyone to do it next year.
I commented that Ron White, Steve Ciha, and Tom Olson
had flown up before the show and put in some time. He apologized for
not having gotten an "official" chapter work party together, but that
was just one of those things which didn't get done. He called for
someone to consider becoming the chapter's Volunteer Coordinator.
(See separate article.)
Bernie Hayes and Randy Hartman have joined Chapter 33
since our last meeting. These are the partners in the Grand Champion
Plans-built airplane at AirVenture '98!
If the Chapter "sponsors" new members to national EAA, we get a $10 rebate. If you know someone who wants to join, get a form from me and we'll get our $10! If that's too much hassle, just have them join and write on whatever form they have, "Sponsored by Ch 33".
- Keith Williams, President
The November meeting will be on the regular night, Friday, November 6, at the Hills Bank in North Liberty. Meeting will begin at 7:30. The entire program is not yet set, but one important part of it will be election of officers to guide the chapter in the coming year.
- Keith Williams, President
Election of officers for Chapter 33 will be held at the November meeting. In
preparation, a nominating committee consisting of Tom
Olson, Max Dirks, and Greg Downes (Greg Zimmerman an alternate for
Downes, if he can not accept) was appointed. If you are interested in
a leadership position or have suggestions regarding chapter
leadership, please discuss it with someone on the nominating
On behalf of the EAA and Chapter 33, the President presented framed completion certificates to Tom Olson, RV-6A, and Bernie Hayes and Randy Hartman, Long EZ.
- Terry Scherman
As I write this column I think back to the day that I first flew my Long-EZ. The year was 1988 just a little over 10 years ago. I did not have a lot of hours in any aircraft at that time. My log shows that I had around 180 hours, 55 hours of pilot in command in spam cans along with an additional 125 hours in my KR-2.
Many things have happened since that time. I have not had a total engine failure in my Long-EZ, but I have had a crankshaft failure in my KR-2. This crankshaft failure occurred shortly before I flew my Long-EZ for the first time. I was lucky and managed to land it at McBride Airport dead stick.
Over these past 10 years, I now have over 1200 hours logged on my Long-EZ. I have had a number of close calls related to engine failures.
The major problem that I have experienced over the years and undoubtedly the biggest problem I have had with my Long-EZ has been oil cooler failures. To date I have had 5 oil cooler failures. Non of these failures occurred in my 40-hour flight test period. In fact the first one occurred after I had over 200 hours on the aircraft and when it happened I was not aware of it. I had noticed that the oil pressure had dropped off about 15 PSI and wondered about it, but did not think too much about it at that time. Fortunately I was landing at Iowa City when it occurred and only became aware of the problem after I had landed. That time I was really lucky because if I had flown for another 15 minutes, I would not have had any oil left and would have had to make a forced landing.
The last time I had a cooler failure, it occurred about 2 years ago. I had been flying with Ron White and had dropped a little way behind him.
In catching up with him I again noticed that the oil pressure had dropped off as it had done every time that I had broken a cooler. This oil cooler failure scared me more than any of the others. We were only 10 miles from Iowa City and 20 mile from Cedar Rapids. I had initially headed for Cedar Rapids but the oil pressure had dropped very rapidly and kept dropping, so I changed my mind and headed for the Iowa City airport. The pressure had never dropped below 50 PSI before but this time it was down to 35 PSI when I entered the pattern at Iowa City.
I think I have since solved the oil cooler problems, which I believe is being caused by a harmonic problem between the engine, prop and oil cooler. I am sharing this with you because I believe that if you fly, sooner or later you will have some kind of an engine failure. Since I have experienced these problems I fly much more conservatively than I used to. Altitude is always your friend and not having any is definitely not a good idea. My Long-EZ has a very good glide ratio but even its good glide ratio will not do me much good if I'm too low.
Probably the most surprising thing to me about all of this, is the fact that I apparently discovered all of the oil cooler failures within a couple of minutes after they occurred. If you would have asked me if I check my gauges that often I would have told you NO. Apparently I have better habits than I thought that I had. This is another reason that you should pay attention to what you airplane is telling you. Any change in sounds, engine gauge readings or flight characteristics should be made note of and checked out.
I hope this article does not scare you out of flying. I still believe that flying has very acceptable risks associated with it. I find that it is a great way to relieve tension after a hard days work and I would not give it up for anything.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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
Paul Jones has the first, second, and third flights
completed successfully on his Solitaire, a Rutan-designed
self-launching sailplane. He flies out of Belle Plaine. Paul reported
that Marv Hoppenworth and Ron White were helpful in completing this
Time Flown Off
Tom Olson completed his 40-hour test period on his
RV-6A and celebrated by flying it to the DBQ flight breakfast.
Steve Ciha has volunteered to be the Volunteer
Coordinator for our Chapter. In this role, Steve will try to be aware
of needs for volunteers at OSH or other aviation-related venues and,
in turn, make us aware of these opportunities to participate. His job
and his intent is not to be an arm-twister but to make it easy for
you to know of the opportunity and to participate. Do you realize
that four two-place airplanes could put eight Chapter 33 volunteers
on the ground in Oshkosh in less than two hours? That's powerful! If
you are even a little bit interested in volunteering, talk to Steve
and let him know of your interest. He'll keep his eyes open for a
perfect opportunity just for you!
Grand Champion Judging
The Chapter is pleased to have among its members the AirVenture '98 Grand Champion Plans-built builders: Bernie Hayes and Randy Hartman. While Bernie was off in Israel serving The Radio Company, Randy "had" to take their beautiful Long EZ to OSH.
Randy described the emotional roller coaster he's been on, going from the pinnacle of home-building success (Grand Champion) to the depth of despair as he climbed out of the same airplane following a not-quite-on-the-airport landing due to a failed engine. Fortunately, his only physical injuries were slight cuts on his face; his passenger had none. At last report, the airplane is back in CR and is quite repairable.
The "judge me" sticker had over a dozen signatures, a pretty good clue that the plane was considered something special. The toughest part was waiting for all the other awards to be given out, as the Grand Champion, Plans-built, is the last award given!
Randy commented that his goal from day one, which was 15 years ago, was to build a Grand Champion plane. And he and Bernie accomplished the goal!
GlaStar Fledging in Monticello
I read in the "Tipton Conservative" this week that
there is a GlaStar under construction at the Monticello Airport. It
is being built by Mr. Robert Kelley of Lisbon. Mr. Kelley is a W.W.II
veteran pilot. He hasn't flown in 30 years, but has decided to take
it up again. His GlaStar is located in Monticello. He started
building it in 1995 and has been working 8 hours a day since then. He
now has 1,600 hours and $57,000 invested in his project.
I spoke with Mr. Kelley this evening and he told me that he is nearly ready to do his taxi tests and hopes to fly in November. I twisted his arm a little bit about joining our Chapter. He said he would be willing to show off his airplane at a meeting when it is finished or have us come visit him.
Mr. Kelley tells me that Marv (H is for Have been there) Hoppenworth has visited his project a few times and has been a help to him.
He sounds like the sort of person we want in our
Chapter. Let's make him feel welcome. I asked him if he knew Roger
Smith or Max Dirks, since he is based in Monticello. He said he
didn't think so. WE FINALLY FOUND SOMEONE WHO
DOESN'T KNOW MAX DIRKS! Maybe Roger and Max
would like to pay him a visit and correct this.
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 http://showcase.netins.net/web/eaa33.
Experimental Aircraft Association
Alexander M. Lippisch Chapter 33
c/o Dave Griffiths
900 Garfield Ave.
Tipton, IA 52772
Marv Hoppenworth has promised to provide me with some information he has regarding the genesis of Chapter 33. That will have to suffice for now. We must get on with our Trivial Pursuit. I am feeling a bit lazy tonight and so I am going to "borrow" the "Puzzler" I heard listening to CarTalk this week since it was related to flying. The story goes that during W.W.II British bombers were dropping out of the sky at an alarming rate(I believe American bombers were falling at a faster rate since they were doing the daylight bombing). Anyway the Royal Air Force consulted a eminent Mathematician and asked him to look at their shot-up bombers and make some recommendations as to where to put armor plating to keep them from being shot down. The question is: Where did he suggest they put the armor plating?
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:
900 Garfield Ave.
Tipton, IA 52772
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(email@example.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
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
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