December '98 Volume 98.12
This Month

- Keith Williams, President

Annual Christmas Party Dec. 4

Chapter 33's annual family Christmas party will be held Friday evening, December 4, at the Community Center in North Liberty. (This is not the Hills Bank.) See directions elsewhere in this newsletter.

The format will follow the Chapter 33 tradition: a potluck dinner followed by a Chinese gift exchange. This should give people a chance to visit with their plane friends, have a great meal, and have a little fun.



This Month

What You Missed


Next Month

Chapter Business

RV6A One Year Later


Officer's Column



Trivial Pursuit


For Sale

Calendar of Events


Share a Ride?

For the meal, bring a dish for sharing and your own table service. Coffee and punch will be provided.

In order to give people the chance to get there, we'll eat at 6:30. Doors will be open by six--maybe even earlier. We must be finished, cleaned up, and out by 9:00:00. This should still give us time to enjoy ourselves.

Remember, this is definitely a family affair so folks of all ages are encouraged to attend.

Even though Walter and Betty have probably moved to Florida by now, we'll have the gift-exchange-with-a-twist anyway! Remember, this is the exchange where you select a gift from either "under the tree" or from someone who has already opened their gift. (If you don't understand how it works, ask Dorothy

Anderson.) These can be a lot of fun, especially when some of the gifts are unique or especially creative!

Participants should bring a gift with a value of between $5 and $10.

Let's finish the year with a good crowd to enjoy the fun, food, and fellowship!

The location of the Christmas party is The North Liberty Community Recreation Center, Cherry Street, North Liberty. From Highway 380, take the North Liberty Exit (Exit 4) east to Highway 965. Turn right (south) aprox. 1/4 to 1/2 miles. Turn left on Cherry Street. There is a Mercantile Bank on the NE corner and a Drs. office on the SE corner. The Recreation center is on the left side (North) of the street just past the Mercantile Bank. We are in one of the rooms behind the main desk.

What You Missed...

- Keith Williams, President

The November meeting was held at Hills Bank in North Liberty. The President opened the meeting at 7:30 or so. I must admit that I forgot to count them, but I would guesstimate that there were about 45 people there.

Tom Olson read the Nominating Committee results, which were:

President: Keith Williams

Vice President: Tom Olson

Treasurer: Terry Scherman


Newsletter Editor: Dave Griffiths

Board Members: Greg Zimmerman

Tom Ruyle

Elections were then held and all officers were elected unanimously, to quote Yakov Smirnoff: "What a country!"

Tim Busch announced that we have flown 1,150 Young Eagles since the program began and 150 this year.

We broke for some apple cider and had a look at Marv Hoppenworth's awards and then the President introduced our guest speaker.

Ann Marie Campbell, named this year's Young Eagle Chapter Coordinator of the Year at AirVenture 98, was the guest speaker. Ann Marie and her husband Carl are from the Waterloo chapter, and what a coordinator she must be: over 500 Young Eagles flown with 23 pilots in one day!

Ann Marie gave a very interesting talk on how to put on a large Young Eagles event. She gave us many tips on how to get organized, how to get the kids interested, how to get sponsor interested and how to make the event fun and safe for every one and how to keep things moving. I thought her organizational and motivational tips were the most useful. She produced a flow chart for the movement of the Young Eagles from start to finish that I thought was terrific.

I also think that it was terrific idea for them to get involved with ATC before hand and assign transponder codes to the airplanes for the entire day. One of the pilots said that ATC new each of them by name. They kept the aircraft on a set pattern and kept everything flowing smoothly.

Not only did their Young Eagles day produce 516 Young Eagles, it also produced several thousand dollars for their chapter through concessions sales. If we ever want to have our own hangar, we might want to think about doing something like this. But remember it takes a lot of help from ALL of you to pull something like that off.

I also got some tips from the Waterloo chapter's Newsletter Editor on how to save money on production of the newsletter.

Next Month

- Keith Williams, President

At this moment I have no information on the January meeting. Watch for more information in next month's newsletter.

Chapter Business

- Keith Williams, President

Jill Fishbaugh of Iowa City and Steve Rezabeck of CR. have volunteered to assist Tim Busch in administering the Young Eagles program. I'm sure this team of three will help the Y.E. program run smoothly and continue to grow. We've been doing better each year and with this additional leadership we should be able to introduce lots more kids to the joy of flying and have a lot of fun doing it!

RV-6A One Year Later

- Steve Ciha

It was about one year ago that I made the first flight in my newly completed airplane. I just completed the first annual inspection and it seemed like an appropriate time to reflect on my experiences of owning and flying an experimental airplane.

Owning an airplane is much different than renting one. The biggest difference is that I am totally responsible for maintaining the aircraft in an airworthy condition. Seems real simple when you say it, but now when I go to the airport, I take with me my air tank to fill the tires, my tool box in case something needs worked on , cleaning supplies to clean paint and windshield, etc. etc. It isn't as simple as walking away from the rental after the flight, and paying the rental bill. You have to be prepared to do the lineman's job, and the mechanic's job along with the piloting. On the plus side of that is the fact that I can fly someplace and leave the plane parked until I'm ready to go and not have to worry about getting the rental back to the airport by a certain time.

The engine has performed very well, although it did loose a nose seal. It was installed by a mechanic using the proper adhesive and it still came out. That was rather embarrassing. My brother was one of my first rides after I had the test time flown off. We were pushing the plane back into the hanger when he looked under the cowling and said, "what's the oil running out of here for?" I didn't have a good answer for that one. The new one was installed with red silicone, and so far so good. Several brand new parts never made it past the first few hours of flight. These include a TKM com radio, turn coordinator, altitude encoder, and altimeter. Most of them were replaced by the suppliers free of charge. A starter died on Tom Olson and Dave Lammers when they were flying one day. This was actually a blessing in disguise. I replaced it with a Sky Tec. These are truly amazing starters, weighing less than half what the old one did. If you are going to use the Sky Tec, make sure that your impulse coupled magneto is working properly. Since these starters spin the engine at almost twice the speed of the older starters, there have been some reports of impulse couplings coming unlocked during the cranking . This causes the spark to advance to the 24 degree before TDC position, rather than the 0 degree desired. Nasty backfires have occurred breaking starter housings.

The first annual revealed no major surprises. I had P & N check the engine out and compression's were high on all cylinders. The airframe showed no appreciable wear anywhere. One often wonders if it is really necessary to remove all of the interior to do the annual. I am glad that I did because I found that rainwater was running down my wings and getting into the fuselage and not getting out. Somehow I had neglected to drill any holes in the belly to allow water to escape. They are there now.

My flying experiences before flying the RV consisted of 100 hours in 152's and 2 hours in an RV. Those 2 hours may well have saved my life. When I told the factory that I had a 180 hp engine with a constant speed prop, they told me that take-offs from dead stop to rotation would take 6 seconds. After that conversation I knew that I needed some help. Dave Lammers was a great help as was Lyle Hefel that gave me the 2 hours of RV instruction. Landings have for the most part been OK although I have botched two of them. This plane doesn't float in like a 152 does with the power off. Some power needs to be left on throughout final approach to keep the plane from descending too fast. This probably sounds obvious to those of you that have been flying all manner of planes for many years, but I didn't have the chance to do an extensive check out before I started with my RV. I have learned some things the hard way and one thing that I have learned is that a 152 will forgive a slow approach but my plane is much less forgiving.

Take-offs have really gotten to be a kick. For perhaps the first 40 hours of flight, I would do my take-offs with about two thirds throttle. 180 HP on a small plane like mine is a handful and also a footfull. I just didn't feel comfortable with full throttle on the runway. I was always off in about 600 feet of runway anyway. Lately I have become accustom to full throttle before rotation. The last half-inch of throttle really gives you a good kick in the pants.

EAA Chapter 33

President Keith Williams (319) 395-7405

Vice President Tom Olson (319) 393-5531

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

(Send articles to 900 Garfield Ave, Tipton, IA 52772 or

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 John Banes, Roger Smith, Greg Zimmerman, John Ruyle

Almost everyone that I have taken up with me has greatly enjoyed the flying qualities of the RV. That includes several of the P & N instructors that were too used to the 152's. The smile on their faces and the glazed look in their eyes told the full story. One instructor is very serious about buying the tail kit and tools and starting one of his own. Van calls the factory demo rides the "$30,000 free airplane ride." I think I sold at least one for him this summer. If you see me with an empty seat sometime and you'd like a ride, just ask. RV pilots like to share the fun.

Officer's Column

- Keith Williams, President

I feel very good about the general condition of our Chapter and for the prospects of its success in the future. Here are some reasons I feel this way:

1. Many chapters which have fewer members than our Chapter have done some pretty exciting things -- including acquiring a home of their own. I know their members are not more talented, smarter, or more clever than our 90 members. So, we have the numbers and the capability. The challenge, then, would seem to be for the leadership to lead the Chapter to become ever-more successful in the coming years.

2. More Chapter members are volunteering to accept positions of leadership for long-term and short-term projects. John Anderson, for example, headed up our Open House effort. Steve Ciha is serving as volunteer coordinator. And just last meeting Steve Rezabek and Jill Fishbaugh signed on to give Tim Busch a hand with the Young Eagles program. The potential results of these projects under these volunteers is exciting!

3. We have had excellent attendance at our meetings the past year. Remember the packed dining room at the Lark Supper Club? Now that was fun at its finest! And the only people who weren't awed by the "space pictures" Don Gurnett showed during his presentation on space exploration by the U of I were those members who missed the program. Your support of the meetings breeds additional support; no one wants to take a chance and miss a meeting!

4. Members are taking a much greater interest in learning of the Chapter activities sponsored by Headquarters than ever before. Pat and I attended a leadership meeting in Indiana. Tom Olson, Terry Scherman, Max Dirks, and Steve Ciha, along with your President, attended one or more chapter leadership

meetings during AirVenture 98. I believe the tips picked up at these meetings and the excitement of hearing of the success of other chapters will result in increasing growth and success for Chapter 33.

These are some of the reasons I feel good about Chapter 33. I hope you feel good about the Chapter also. In fact, why don't you sit right down and write David a little note telling him your reason(s) for feeling good about the Chapter. I'll bet he'll find space for it in the next newsletter or two!

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As I write this, it is Thanksgiving eve. One of the many things Pat and I have to be thankful for is the many friends we have within the EAA family. Thank you for making our life richer and more enjoyable!



Alexander Sportair Center is sponsoring a two-day builder's conference and basic workshop at EAA on January 23-24. For more info, call 800-967-5746 or check

Free Avgas

Note from last month's meeting: A Philips 66 credit card is worth a buck a gallon toward avgas used for flying Young Eagles! If you don't have one, you might want to look into the program for next year!

VisionAire Executive to Speak

The Director of Iowa Operations for VisionAire, Inc., builders of single engine business jets in Ames, will speak at a dinner in Marshalltown. The title of his discussion is "The Birth of a Business Jet". The date for the dinner is Dec. 15th. The location is the best Western Regency Inn, intersection of Highways 30 & 14. The cost is $15.00. Social hour begins at 5:30, dinner at 6:00 and the speaker will start at 7:00 PM.

NOTE: Anyone interested needs to RSVP to Mike Pedersen, (319) 292-8079 by December 11th.

Chapter 33 Calendar

Dec. 4 Annual Christmas Party/Chapter Meeting,
North Liberty Community Recreation Center,
North Liberty, IA, 6:00PM

Other Chapters, etc.

Dec. 5 Bloomington, IN - EAA Ch. 650 Fly-In Breakfast
(812) 233-5674

Dec. 9 Santa Cruz, Bolivia! - EAA Ch. 1179 Year End
Banquet. 00591-3-534343

Dec. 12 Cottage Grove, WI - EAA Ch. 93 Free Chili Fly-In
(608) 274-7423

Jan. 1 Nappanee, IN - EAA Ch. 938 8th Annual Hangar
Over, (219) 773-2866. (11 to 2)

Jan. 23-4 EAA SportAir Workshop - Oshkosh, WI
(800) 967-5746

Trivial Pursuit

Last month's question was the following: "What is the speed record for crossing the continental united states and what aircraft did it?"(No rockets or Space Shuttles).

The correct answer is the Lockheed SR71. I had several correct answers and special mention has to go to Jack Rezabeck for greatest effort, but the prize for quickest response goes to Carl Campbell of the Waterloo chapter(these guys are real competitors!), Roger Smith was a close second and first for our chapter.

By the way, two of Jack's sons work in the Skunk Works. Rick is Chief Engineer on the X-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Mike is the Production Foreman on the same project.

I've included all of the information that John sent here it is:

The speed record to cross the United States is held by Lockheed's SR71A, 64-17972. Lt. Col. Edward Yielding and Lt. Col. Joseph Vida flew from Beale AFB to Dulles International Airport, Maryland on march 6, 1990. It took them 67 minutes, 54 seconds at a speed of 2,124.5 mph. They set four word class records including. US coast to coast as listed above! Los Angeles, CA to Washington, D.C. in 64 minutes, 2 seconds at an average speed of 2,144.8 mph. Kansas City , MO to Cincinnati, OH in 8 minutes, 32 seconds at an average speed of 2,189.9 mph. All four records were set on the same flight.

That SR71 is now on display in the Air and Space museum in Washington, .C. Reference is "Lockheed's Skunk Works, The First Fifty Years", by Jay Miller.

Next Month's Question:

What is the name of the aircraft that Buddy Holly crashed in? I'll give extra credit for make model and serial number.

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


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( 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

Riveter for sale. Contact Robert W. Sutherland, Jr.

Office--(319) 895-4226,

Home--(319) 895-8581


Department of Politics,

Cornell College Box 8113,

600 First St. W.,

Mt. Vernon, IA 52314-1098

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: Patrick Hanley, Ph.D. Software Developer. Mail Inquiries to:

Hanley Innovations

PO Box 870

Storrs, CT 06268

Phone: (860) 423-4060

Share a Ride?

Rides Offered

Walter Rich, Stinson 108(4 place taildragger) weekends, (319) 364-3733 or

Ride Wanted

Walter Rich, wants a ride in a an RV-6 (319) 364-3733.

Dave Griffiths wants a ride in a Cozy or Velocity, (319) 432-6670.

If you want to get or give a ride, contact:
Dave Griffiths
900 Garfield Ave.
Tipton, IA 52772
(319) 432-6670

Aviation Humor

- courtesy of Dennis Arps

True story:

Student pilot (completely lost and desperate...) on the emergency freq: "Big airport with a little Cessna 150 overhead, please identify yourself!"


It was the time of the Soviet Union, communism and control were natural aspects of the everyday life. One day, there was a Tupolev 154 on short final to Oslo Airport. There is a big field of acres close to the runway, and the tower controller alerted the pilots: "Check the farmers on the right side of the runway" "They are all working" the soviet pilot responded with a clear Russian accent.


After a hard landing, the Captain and first Officer were standing in the door way to apologise for the landing. When this old Lady walked by, she said to the Captain: "Please tell me young man, did you really land this airplane, or did we get shot down?"


Overheard at Orlando International Airport.

A student pilot had just received clearance for departure from Orlando. The controller told him to make an immediate right turn after departure for noise abatement. The student was flying a Cessna 172 and was confused by the request for noise abatement. So he called the tower: "Orlando tower, Cessna 6 Hotel Victor, please verify how a 172 can be involved in noise abatement." "Cessna 6 Hotel Victor, because if you don't turn right now, it's gonna make a heck of a noise when that 747 on final hits you!"


On a quiet sunny afternoon at Dublin Airport in Ireland, a bored air traffic controller watched as two aircraft taxied out to line up for take off. One was an Aer Lingus Boeing 747 and the other a student pilot on board a Cessna 152. Both were cleared to line up and hold, the 747 on Runway 24 and the Cessna on Runway 35. Firstly turning his attention to the Cessna the tower radioed: "Echo India Bravo Golf Lima, cleared to take off, Runway 35 with a leftt turnout to the North West sector." The Cessna took off and put-putted its way into the sky. Then turning his attention to the 747, the controller said: "Aer Lingus 105 cleared takeoff Runway 24, right turnout direct track to Shannon........... Caution wake turbelence from a departing Cessna off Runway 35."


We had just landed,and were refuling the Archer rental. As we put the fuel in the plane, my instructor suddenly slapped the back of his neck. When he looked in his hand, their lying was a large mosquito. "Darn" he said "the mosquito's are big this year." I looked at him and replied, "you don't know what a large one is. One time I was working in the NWT in Canada and I had 30 gallons of fuel in one before I relised it wasn't an airplane."


Three Hunters chartered a local bush pilot to fly them for a hunting weekend. Upon returning on a Sunday afternoon the young pilot noticed additional cargo waiting for him. Camping gear, rifles, three large grinning hunters and each toting a deer from their weekend spoils. The pilot quickly explained the small aircraft was already going to be overweight and the deer were going to have to be left behind. The hunters protested dismissing the importance of being overweight and said " Last year we loaded all of this stuff and the deer!" The pilot, not to be outdone, caved to the excess load. The poor aircraft bumped and weezed down the short grass strip and enevitably ended pranging the bushes at the end. Picking weeds off himself, the pilot asked the hunters:" are you sure you guys loaded all this stuff?" "oh yes we did, but last year we crashed over there!"


Ground Controller: Cessna calling ground control. Are you a Skymaster? Pilot's reply: No Sir. I'm just a student pilot.


If God had meant man to fly, He would have given him more money.


A student was having difficulty with his landings. Seems like he would bounce it in every time. However, on the first night lesson, the student greased in all of his landings. Puzzled, the instructor asked, "How are you doing that? You have so much trouble during the day?" The student replied, "It's easy, I continue the approach until you stiffen up, then I just pull back."


A story I heard once, which I was assured was true...

A student pilot had an engine failure one day. He successfully force landed, and found his way to the phone to call the club house. He gave his position to his instructor, who said he would pop straight out in one of the club's aircraft to pick him up. The instructor found the downed student - parked in a rather small looking field. "Hmmm, if he can get in there, so can I!". He performed a text book short field landing, and parked extremely neatly in the hedge at the far end of the field. On extricating himself from the brambles, he asked the

student how on earth he had managed to land in such a confined space. "Oh, I didn't - I landed in that big field over there and pushed the 'plane in here to give you more room!"

Experimental Aircraft Association

Alexander M. Lippisch Chapter 33

c/o Dave Griffiths

900 Garfield Ave.

Tipton, IA 52772