January '99 Volume 99.01

This Month

- Keith Williams, President

The New Year for Chapter 33 will begin on January 8 at the Hills Bank in North Liberty. As usual, the doors will be open by 7 and the meeting will start promptly at 7:30.

Tom Olson has arranged for a very interesting presentation on a subject which affects us all but has not been given as a Chapter program: System Safety Engineering.

The presenter will be Steven Wilson, Senior Staff Member of the Avionics Certification Office at Rockwell Collins, where his responsibilities include Air Safety Investigator, Regulatory Liaison, and Technical Support. Steven has worked at Rockwell Collins (twice!), at what used to be King Radio in Olathe, and at NASA Langley.

He was an Air Force pilot, is an EAA member, and is well along on a Long EZ.

Steven's presentation will provide a basic understanding of the System Safety Engineering process as commonly understood in the aviation industry. He'll present the rationale and methods to accomplish the system safety engineering process as it relates to experimental amateur built aircraft. Topics such as Functional Hazard Assessments, System Safety Assessments, Fault Analysis, Failure Modes Effects Analysis, and Faults Trees will be addressed. These topics will be discussed in relation to systems or functionality that may exist or be added to an experimental amateur built aircraft.

Steven understands that we're a practical lot and don't go for long formulas and theoretical derivations in a big way. So, for an hour or so on the 8th of January, he'll blow all the smoke away and give us information that we can all understand about what goes into making a "safe" airplane. If you have a homebuilt, this could be critically interesting. If you fly spam cans, it may open your eyes to a different way of thinking about reliability and safety. And for the rest of us, it should give us something to think about as we watch news coverage of air disasters.



This Month

What You Missed


Next Month

Chapter Business

RV6A: First X-Country


Officer's Column



Trivial Pursuit


For Sale


Calendar of Events

Share a Ride?

What You Missed...

- Keith Williams, President

Twenty-six hardy souls braved the seventy-degree temperature and made it to the annual Christmas potluck dinner. It was held in the year-old Community Center in North Liberty. The facility was almost enough to make one want to move to North Liberty! It's very nice; the residents of NL can certainly be proud of it. And we'll keep our eye on it as a place to hold future meetings.

As usual at a Chapter 33 function, no one went away hungry. There was a good assortment of food to sample and everyone enjoyed a leisurely meal while chatting with their friends.

Then, when the anticipation was almost more than one could bear, the gift exchange began! Clearly, the hottest item at the exchange was a hand-crafted cockpit heater, made of solid maple (?) and walnut and complete with instructions. In general, the passenger was to rotate the crank at 50 rpm to keep warm but one needs to read the instructions in their entirety to get the full benefit.

After moving through several hands, I believe Greg Zimmerman was the lucky one who got to take it home. Thanks to Steve Ciha, all of our hearts were warmed by his creativity!

We closed the evening by joining in singing Silent Night, followed by Marv Hoppenworth's solo rendition in German! Marv commented that the "performance" was about 65 years old! Thanks, Marv! It gave a nice touch to our annual Christmas Party.

Next Month

- Keith Williams, President

The indoor meetings which start the year off will be held at the Hills Bank in North Liberty. They offer an attractive and comfortable room which meets our needs well and which is about as centrally located as you can get for our geographically-diverse group. While the programs have not been nailed down, the meeting dates are:

February 5th, March 5th and April 9th.

Doors will be open by 7:00 and the meetings will begin promptly at 7:30. Mark your calendars now so you don't miss out on anything!

Chapter Business

- Keith Williams, President

Chapter 33's Year In Review

Other successful publications often review the year just past as a means of highlighting important events of the year. Rather than try to review all the important events or our Chapter and our members, let's just recap the meetings held in 1998:


Steve Ciha presented the story of his RV-6A in words and pictures.
Marv Hoppenworth gave a presentation on "Fasteners".


Don Gurnett wowed a hangar full by showing and describing the exciting space programs in which the U of I is involved.


Dave Lammers gave an excellent presentation on the vintage and not-so-vintage airplanes he flew as a volunteer pilot at EAA's Pioneer Airport.


Jim Zangger related the story of how he acquired his Taylorcraft and what it took to restore it to award-winning condition.


Tom Barrett, Director, EAA Air Adventure Museum, gave an illustrated talk titled "High Altitude Reconnaissance During the Cold War" and a male quartet provided entertainment as 86 members and guests enjoyed the annual Ladies Night Banquet.


A non-meeting meeting held following our very successful Young Eagles event (158 YEs flown!) at McBride Airport. This month, the emphasis was on Flying, Food, Fellowship, and Fun. A second YE event was held two weeks later at Vinton.


Chapter 33 Open House at PSAir.


Annual potluck dinner at Oshkosh.


Tom Olson discussed the flight test process and progress he used on his new RV-6A.

Randy Hartman gave a first-hand account of the aircraft award process at Oshkosh-he and Bernie Hayes having won Grand Champion for their Long EZ!


A rained-out weenie roast, but great Fun, Food, and Fellowship (no flying' that day!) at Tom and Marilyn Olson's.


Ann Marie Campbell, Young Eagle Chapter Coordinator of the Year, gave a great presentation on how the Waterloo Chapter pulls off their very impressive YE events.


Annual Christmas potluck dinner, complete with Chinese gift exchange and Marv Hoppenworth's rendition of Silent Night in German.

RV6A: First X-Country

-Tom Olson

Hello All! Since we now have about 10 RV's under construction in our chapter area Keith felt I should provide a report of my Christmas getaway trip. I am sure many of our builders, RV and otherwise, could use a few words of encouragement about now to ensure they make the most of these dreary winter months to get that project done.

As you may have guessed, my wife and I had a wonderful getaway trip courtesy of our recently completed RV6 A. Who would have thought that a home made airplane could get us to and from sunny San Antonio, Texas, with an average enroute time of a mere 6 hours?

Prior to the trip I had accumulated a total of 80 flight hours since this summer's first flight. The RV initially had a number of minor glitches that kept me busy making small repairs and adjustments. However, the last several hours had been trouble free excepting a Mag fault that shook my confidence just a little. So with the lure of warm weather, my wife and I decided to put the airplane to work.

We were both a little apprehensive, she because this airplane was a homebuilt and me because even though I have amassed about 180 hours total time I have never flown more than a 250 mile cross country trip. However, on the proposed departure day the weather was amazingly clear all of the way from Cedar Rapids to San Antonio, 941 miles away.

I found the Internet to be an invaluable flight planning tool. The Landings site provides trip planning on-line to choose fuel stops at the best gas prices in addition to the headings and distances between stops. It then provides all desired information about FBOs at your destination. Who would have thought that Hallmark Jet Services in San Antonio would arrange for our rental car and hotel getting better prices than I could alone? Because of weather uncertainty I didn't make these arrangements until the morning of the departure.

With courses laid out on Sectional Charts, weather briefings, flight plan, and airport facility directory in hand we headed to the airport getting a bit of a late start. The CID tower was very helpful and must have punched my flight plan into FAA computers just like IFR traffic. They provided Flight following all of the way to my first stop with each hand-off completely pre-arranged. This was quite comforting.

We got off about 10:40 am flying at 8500 ft. running 2600 RPM / 20" mp and burning about 8 gallons/ hour to achieve an IAS of 164 MPH which due to head winds translated into a slightly disappointing 167 MPH ground speed on the GPS. But the weather was perfect with unlimited visibility and no clouds most of the way. We arrived in San Antonio about 5:45 p.m. We did find that the RV was quite tight for space and needs some map pockets, etc. to arrange things in the cockpit to avoid those roller coaster rides while reaching in the back for maps/snacks etc.

Neither of us had been to San Antonio before and were truly impressed by the city and its people. Even though it is a large city, it is well laid out with expressways and signs. Even the downtown area was easy to drive through. It was of course, over flowing with purple shirted Kansas State fans there for the Alamo Bowl. San Antonio boasts a several block long river walk area (really a canal) lined with shops and restaurants. We enjoyed visiting this area as well as the Catholic Missions including the Alamo, city Tea Gardens, and Botanical Gardens. It was surreal to be enjoying near perfect summer weather while Iowa was being blasted with zero degree weather.

Fortunately, the weather held near perfect for our return trip as well. However, there were low ceilings in the San Antonio area that were not as good as predicted and we wound up climbing to VFR On Top through a hole shortly after departure. This epsiode taught me I still have some things to learn on requesting weather reports and flying the airplane in weather. Once on top, it was clear sailing back to Cedar Rapids. However, what was predicted to be nasty head winds weren't very strong and we were able to maintain a ground speed of nearly 200 MPH getting us back to Cedar Rapids 6 hours after our 9:00 am departure and one day before the next cold blast from the north.

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 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 John Banes, Roger Smith, Greg Zimmerman, John Ruyle

Officer's Column

- Keith Williams, President

The New Year is not yet 20 hours old and here I sit, trying to be creative, cleaver, and-most of all-inspiring. What words can come forth to fulfill those goals? This is one of the tougher jobs which befalls your Chapter President each month.

Sometimes I've used this column to provide experience for the other elected leaders of the Chapter. Each has provided at least one Officer's Column during the past year and I anticipate they will do the same this year. There have been other opportunities for gaining experience, also. I was absent a few meetings and John Ruyle handled the duties. John Anderson grabbed onto the Open House project and whipped it into shape in great style. And Tim Busch has been almost a "lone eagle" handling the Young Eagles. (But no longer; as Jill Fishbaugh and Steve Rezabeck have volunteered to take active roles in helping Tim with Young Eagles' activities this year.)

These are just a few examples of the capabilities our members have and are willing to use for the good of our Chapter. I feel very, very, good about the Chapter's leadership and leadership potential as we enter 1999.

One of the goals this year will be to expand the experience base and get ourselves organized with a broad base of DOERS, whether they be called leaders, followers, chairmen, visitors, members, or spouses. Once we get organized, there is no limit to what this Chapter can accomplish. We have the talent to do great things for our community, ourselves, and for EAA!

Last year was designated The Year of the Homebuilder, and what a year it was! At least three new airplanes were launched by Chapter members (Hartman/Hayes, Olson, Jones), with one of them becoming a Grand Champion!

With the emphasis on organization, it would be appropriate to designate 1999 The Year of the Chapter .

Before leaving this column for this month, there are two important messages:

1. Thank You to all who contributed their time and talent to creating a very successful year for Chapter 33, and 2. To each and every one of you, have a Safe, Happy, and Prosperous New Year!



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 www.sportair.com.

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!

Someone Reads the Newsletter!

Steve Ciha paid a visit to Cabella's in Owatonna, MN, as a result of reading the brief article that had appeared here a few months ago. Steve reported that it was a 2.2 hr round trip in his RV-6A. (It's right at 4 hours one way by car.)

The Cabella's van happened to be there to pick up other air arrivees, so he just tied his plane down and jumped in! "I had a great time!" said Steve.

Winter Workshops

EAA is offering two workshops at the beautiful EAA Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, as follows:

The fee for each session is $800, which includes accommodations at the Lodge, meals, instruction, supplies, and local transportation.

If interested, call 1-888-322-3229 now to get more details or to register.


Wicks has asked me to let you all know that they would be happy to send you a catalog.

Wicks Aircraft Supply:

Orders: 800-221-9425

Order Fax: 618-654-6591

Web: www.wicks.com/aircraft

E-mail: aircraft@wicks.com


Don't forget to pay your dues. Dues are $15.00 and are due now. Bring them to the January meeting or send them to:

Terrance Scherman
1203 16th Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Trivial Pursuit

Last month's question was the following: "What is the name of the aircraft that Buddy Holly crashed in?" I'll give extra credit for make model and serial number. No one had the correct answer, but Marv Hoppenworth had the aircraft type nailed, according to Marv, "the aircraft that Buddy Holly crashed in was a Beechcraft A-35 Bonanza owned by Dwyer Flying Service." I heard on the radio the other day that the name of the aircraft was "American Pie" as is mentioned in the song "The Day the Music Died", you remember, "Bye, bye, Miss American Pie".

I am all out of questions today. This time why don't you send me a question instead of answer and I'll put the best question in next month's 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


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

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: 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

Share a Ride?

Rides Offered

Walter Rich, Stinson 108(4 place taildragger) weekends, (319) 364-3733 or rich@comic.net

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

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