May '99............................................................Volume 99.05

This Month

- Keith Williams, President

This month's meeting will be the Annual Banquet at the old Highlander Inn, now the Radisson in Iowa City, on May 22 at 6:30 p.m. Plan to be there! We already have Bob Mackey from EAA lined up as the speaker and have some pleasant entertainment, too. Remember the great time we had last year, as we literally filled The Ranch Supper Club? You can count on just as much fun this year!

What You Missed...

- Dave Griffiths, Newsletter Editor

The April meeting found us back at Hills Bank on April 16h at 7:30 p.m. I counted 30 people present. We acquired a new member, Wes Lucken of Cedar Rapids who works at Collins. It was announced that we can bring in the EAA Ford Tri-Motor if we provide food lodging and expenses for the crew. Keith Williams has EAA awards nominations if you know of anyone who is deserving. Keith also has an EAA catalog of 1/2 price books. Steve Ciha called for volunteers for work parties at Oshkosh. Tim Busch made a plea for your help at Young Eagles events this spring and summer. He also would like you to contact him or Dave Yeoman if you received Young Eagles points in the mail and do not have a youngster in mind to donate them to. Tim reminded everyone that EAA provides $1,000,000 insurance on top of your insurance in case of an accident during a Young Eagles flight. Tim told us a little bit about the Flying Start program which is an adult version of the Young Eagles program. He also reminds us that Phillips 66 will reimburse you $1 per gallon for Young Eagles flights if you have a Phillips card.
Next Steve Ciha got up and told us a little about his trip to Sun 'n Fun. Steve Ciha, (and if I remember correctly) Terry Scherman and Tom Olson left from Cedar Rapids and made a mid-air rendezvous with Bernie Nitz who left from Davenport, then they continued on south. The weather got progressively worse and they stopped for awhile to wait it out. When they arrived in Florida it sounds like some other pilots down there were trying to apply the concept of free flight to the traffic pattern. Based on his observations, there was some question as to whether or not Terry Scherman was on the same trip, but they all seem to have had a good time.

Next Month

- Keith Williams, President

Next month we will be meeting at the Tipton airport for our first Young Eagles event of the year. The time has not been decided yet and will be announced at the banquet or you can call Tim Busch after the banquet. Please call Tim Busch at 393-9069 and Volunteer to help with this or one of the other Young Eagle events.

Wanted: Volunteers

- Steve Ciha

Every year, all the local chapters anywhere near the Oshkosh area get "invited" to volunteer for a weekend of work. I had wanted to do this for a long time, but dreaded the long drive on a Friday evening, and then the return trip home on Sunday afternoon. Since completing the RV, things have become somewhat closer, time wise anyway. Last year, Tom Olson and myself flew up and worked a Saturday and Sunday till noon. I know that many of you volunteer during the convention. I choose not to do this. I am usually there for just a few days, and wish to see everything that I can. Instead, I do my volunteering before the convention.
I found it to be a fun, enjoyable, and rewarding experience. Here's what EAA will provide you, if you choose to volunteer. Lodging in the volunteer bunkhouse, air conditioned of course. Three meals on Saturday, and two on Sunday. While it wasn't the world's greatest food, it was certainly adequate, and free. Free drinks, (non-alcoholic) delivered by a cute gal driving a golf cart. On Saturday night, EAA national has something planned for the volunteers. We got a tour of Pioneer airport, and a trip to the hottest ice cream joint in Oshkosh. Kept wondering why we were driving past the Dairy Queen's until we stopped at a quaint drive up type of place that made anything you can dream of out of ice cream and then had it personally delivered by cute high school girls in pink uniforms.------ Nuff said. Last, but not least, EAA national's deep appreciation. I also received a nice patch in the mail, and an IRS type of form to claim my travel expenses as deductible on the tax forms
Here's what you need to bring. Sleeping bag, pillow, towel, and associated toiletries, just as if you were camping out during the convention. Tie downs, if you choose to fly up. I had brought none, expecting plenty of room to tie down on the ramp. We were there two weeks before the convention, and my plane was the ONLY one on the west ramp. Do you realize that the only tie down there are for the huge planes.
Oshkosh pre-convention is a different world and you owe it to yourself to see it that way just once. I have, in the past, often wondered why it was necessary to have the membership volunteer for so much and then charge us again when we show up for the convention. But when you look at the convention site, you can see that vast amounts of labor and money are needed to make it work. Land purchases and development for camping alone are very substantial.

In discussing this at the April meeting, we have decided to try and do this on the June 25-27 weekend. We currently have Allen Kritzman, John Ruyle, and myself that are interested. I will contact EAA Oshkosh and tell them that we will have 4 to 6 people there for that weekend. They will reserve that space in the bunkhouse for us. If you want to be included, please call me at 438-1204 or do the e thing at

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 (319) 362-8660

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

Young Eagles

- Jill Fishbaugh, Steve Rezabek, Tim Busch

On Friday, May 7 the Young Eagles Committee met at the home of Justin and Jill Fishbaugh. The members consisted of Jill, Tim Busch, Steve Rezabek and newest recruit, Justin. Topics of discussion were many and conclusions were fewer but here is a brief summary of what was discussed. There are a few problems that need to be resolved. We felt that crowd control was the most important issue and could be resolved by a few posts and some yellow tape. We would also ask a volunteer to be the "Safety Officer" and keep the people behind the tape for safety reasons. We also concluded that Waterloo had an excellent idea with an escort assigned to every airplane. This person would be responsible to escort the youth to and from the airplane, before and after the flight.
They would also hold the youth's Young Eagle certificate during the flight and present it on a clipboard to the pilot to sign after the flight. We felt a pilot briefing was another safety issue that could not be bypassed. This would happen just before the flights begin and late-comers would be briefed by the "Safety Officer" before they would begin flying. A "pattern" should be discussed and different altitudes may be assigned to different speed aircraft (i.e. 130 kt. and below fly at 2500 ft and over 130 kt. aircraft fly at 3000 ft.). We feel this should be discussed at the next meeting and a decision made. Also, we should have the pilots sign in on a sheet declaring their pilot currency.
We like the idea of a "ground school" established to move more people through quicker. If we had a ground school, the pilots could focus on flying and be assured that someone else has informed the youth of the basics of flight. It was concluded that we would stick with the age group established by the EAA and not waiver from the 8-18 year guidelines at a structured chapter fly-in. What you do individually is your own business.
We established a "flow chart" for the student to travel on the day of a structured chapter fly-in and it goes like this; 1) Registration. 2) Ground school. 3) Holding Area. 4) The ride of their life. and 5) Exit with a huge smile. This crowd flow could be controlled by one strong person in registration. We'll explain this in detail at our next gathering.
I think it needs to be said that this has to be fun for all, but also has to be in control because of potential disaster. It would require a minimum of 8 ground volunteers to operate in this fashion and we want to be very careful to set realistic goals to implement all of these changes. We don't feel it would be realistic to have them all in place by our first flight in Tipton, but we should set a goal to have the majority in place by the time we do it at McBride. We are looking for input from the members who have participated in the past and are also looking for more of you to get involved and come out and enjoy the thrill of flight and maybe get a ride in something cool for all of your hard work. We'll submit further updates as they happen but until then, Go Young Eagles!

Young Eagles Events

- Tim Busch, YE Coordinator

At the end of each year, Young Eagle pilots receive a coupon from EAA headquarters for Young Eagle Credits. The credits are good through August 31 each year. These credits may be used by a potential attendee at the Air Academy in Oshkosh to reduce his or her cost of attending by a dollar per credit received, up to $100 maximum per person. Dave Lammers has identified a 16 year old wanting to attend this year. Please bring or send your coupons me and we will see that a lucky Young Eagle attends the Air Academy this year with the help of Chapter 33 members. If we gather more than 100 Credits, we may be able to send more than one Young Eagle to the Air Academy.

Our plan for this summer is for four main Young Eagle events:
June 5 in Tipton Airport
June 19 at McBride Airport
July 17 at Belle Plaine Airport
August 14 at Washington Airport

We are going to tighten our safety belt this year to minimize the chance of an incident. While our goal of 1 Million Young Eagles by 2003 is a noble and lofty one, our highest priority is safety. In order to improve, we will need more ground volunteers. Please consider giving a few hours of your time to help this great program.

Officer's Column

- Keith Williams, President

In the past, our annual banquet has been earlier in the year and has served as a night or fun and fellowship near the end of winter. It's a bit later this year, due to scheduling challenges.

This year, the banquet marks the end of our "indoor" season and the beginning of our "outdoor" season.

It had never occurred to me before, but Chapter 33 has two distinct seasons: indoor and outdoor (or winter and not-winter, if you prefer to think of it that way). Beginning in October or November and running through May, we have indoor meetings or activities. This, of course, is necessitated by the fact that we live in Iowa.

As a Chapter, we use the indoor season to present programs of general interest to as large a percentage of the membership as possible. Some are about airplanes and their parts, others are about what people do with airplanes, and some meetings are just plain way-out ---- such as when Don Gurnett talked about the space exploration experiments at the U of I. I'm very please that attendance at this season's meetings has ranged from the low thirties to the mid forties, if I remember correctly. That's a very good average turnout and is a tribute to the presenters who have contributed their time and energy to educating/entertaining us.

When things get green and spring winds start to die down, most of us like to get outdoors. And if we happen to own an airplane, we really want to get out! Since airplanes, in one way or another, are the core of our common interests, the Chapter programs concentrate on flying-related activities in the not-winter season.

This year we have an aggressive schedule of Young Eagles activities---some of them with food mixed in! (Remember the four Fs for EAA chapter success? Flying, Fun, Fellowship, Food.) We also have a couple of visits to projects scheduled for later in the year; it's always interesting to see what the other guy is doing!

As we move from the not-flying season to the flying season, I encourage you to continue your participation in Chapter activities, as your schedule allows. The fellowship goes on, and there is no such thing as "too much help" at Young Eagles events.

We have had the privilege of several new members joining our Chapter this year. We welcome them and look forward to the enrichment they will bring to the Chapter in the coming years.

And, please join your friends at the banquet! You'll be glad you did!

Happy and safe flying during the flying season!

Annual Banquet

Saturday, May 22, is the date for our Annual Banquet. This year, it will be at the former Highlander Inn, now the Raddison, in Iowa City. It's just north of I-80 and just east of Iowa 1.

There'll be a cash bar beginning at 6:30, followed by a buffet dinner at 7:00 with plenty of great food. Come early and met your friends!

For your dining pleasure, there'll be dinner music again this year. We think you'll enjoy this years choice!

Bob Mackey, Vice President, Chapter Relations, and his family will be with us from EAA headquarters. Bob will bring us up to date on all the latest happenings in the organization and give us a preview of AirVenture '99 Oshkosh. Bob's enthusiasm for our organization, airplanes, and life in general is sure to rub off, so don't miss him!

Reservations are a requirement so the cook will know how much food to prepare. Makes sense, right? Please call Pat Williams, (319) 395-7405, and make your reservation on or before May 17, the earlier the better. For those who do, the price is $17.00/person, including everything. For those who call May 18th or later, thus missing the deadline, the price is $18.00/person. (Even if you miss the deadline, call anyway; we'll try to get you in!)

If you were one of the 75 or so at last years banquet, you'll remember what a great time we had. Don't miss out on this year's fun; call Pat today!


We would like to extend an invitation to all EAA members to attend our West Yellowstone Montana Fly-In, July 16-18, 1999. Information on the Fly-In can be found on our web site at: Look forward to seeing you all in July! Jim Cooney

In an effort to increase the level of communication between the EAA Chapter Office and the Chapters and Squadrons, EAA is asking you to send in your e-mail address to:


Beg borrow or rent any RV building aids, tools, jigs, patterns, plans, radios, etc. Jim Neagle (319) 298-9068

I am looking to find individuals who are interested in owning property on a rural Air park in Eastern Iowa, Linn, Johnson, Iowa or Benton county. Or simply persons interested in buying land for a private airstrip. Call Walter M. Rich (319) 364-3733

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

A 40,000 BTU natural gas radiant heater, and a 10" spinner with double back plate and prop cut-out. Call Bob Schrieber, (319) 264-5753.

One set of RV6-6A plans with manuals, some newsletters. Call Merrill Knouse, (319) 732-2861.

Baby Ace type fuselage, all welding done. Call Henry Rahlf, (319) 263-7953.

Small Sears lathe, 30" lathe, drill press, small farm tractor, some blacksmith tools. Call Kenny Kemper (319) 263-8843.

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

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
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