September '99 Volume 99.07

We're Back!

- Dave Griffiths, Newsletter Editor

I hope you all had a great summer. It's been so long since I put one of these newsletters together I'm not sure I remember how, but I'll give it a try.

Next Meeting

- Keith Williams, President

Our next meeting will be 5 PM Saturday, September 11, at the home and shop of Tom and Susan Meeker, 440 North Troy Road, Robins. (Don't miss the date change!)

Main Street of Robins runs east and west. Get on Main Street (it's about the only street you can get into Robins on); if you're coming in from the west Troy Road is the first road after a little bridge as you enter town. If you're coming from the east, Troy Road is the second street after crossing the RR track in the heart of the town. Turn north on Troy Road and go roughly ½ mile. Meeker's home is on the east side of the road, about 300 feet back from the road.
Tom is building a Mustang II and is progressing nicely. Come check out his progress and get reacquainted with your fellow EAAers following a summer without regular meetings.
Gather about 5; around 6 we'll have a supper for those who wish. Tom will have a grill fired up. Bring your own meat to cook, your table service, and whatever else you wish for your meal, plus one dish to pass. This modified pot-luck should be easy on everyone, yet give us the opportunity to have a good time eating together while talking about airplanes.
Please bring your lawn chairs!
This schedule should let us visit Tom's project, chat, eat supper, have a brief business meeting, and still get the meeting finished by the time it gets dark.

Officer's Column

- Keith Williams, President

We're now well into the second season - after Oshkosh. (Dave Yeoman says there are only two seasons: before Oshkosh and after Oshkosh.) School has started and we're all starting to get back into the routine. So it is with Chapter 33!
We have a couple of project visits planned (Sep and Oct), then two conventional indoor meetings, then we will be in the year 2000

It is time to begin thinking of chapter leadership for the next year. Elections will be at the November meeting, if memory serves me correctly. The position which requires the most work and the least glory is probably that of newsletter editor. David has done a fine job, but has expressed the desire to free up some more time for his other activities. So, if you are even a little bit interested in any aspect of newslettering, please talk to David, me, or one of the other officers. If your interest is in writing, editing, layout, publishing, printing, labels, mailing, whatever, let one of us know. The process could be broken into several pieces to reduce the load on the elected newsletter editor. Anyone interested in printing labels, or publishing the newsletter, or handling the mailing process?

Banquet Report

- Keith Williams, President

On May 22, 63 attended the annual banquet in Iowa City. A great social time was had by all. Bob Bailey of Cedar Rapids entertained us during dinner by playing a wide variety of tunes on his keyboard.
Bob Mackey, VP of Chapter Relations, and his daughter Cara were with us for the afternoon and evening. Bob told of some of the changes at "Oshkosh" this year, and stressed that many were due to inputs from EAA members. He stressed the point that if HQ doesn't know what the members want, they can not provide it. Let your desires be known! Clearly, the organization is trying to be responsive to its members requests.
Bob also commented that the degradation of standards of which some have complained happened because we, the members, let it happen. At AirVenture '99, a members-only event, special emphasis will be placed on regaining our legendary high standards of behavior and cleanliness.

Project Visits

- Keith Williams, President

Saturday afternoon prior to the banquet, Bob Mackey, Cara, and Keith Williams visited Alan Kritzman's RV-8 project. It's coming along well, and certainly looks like an airplane! Looks like an airplane with excellent workmanship, actually. Alan also gave us a look at an angle-of-attack indicator he's perfecting in his spare time.
They also visited CID and Terry Scherman's Long Ez. The engine was just about back in working shape when we were there. These visits and the good conversation at the banquet let Bob know that we have a lot of the true EAA spirit in our chapter!

Last Meeting

- Keith Williams, President

Those who withstood the heat and were still around enjoyed the Saturday evening pot-luck at Oshkosh. John Dane recorded the event for posterity, as usual, with his video camera.
We were pleased that former members Bob and Barbara Allen, now of DSM, joined us!

Work Party

- Keith Williams, President

In June, we had a six-person work party at OSH for a weekend. Tom Olson and Steve Ciha flew their RV-6As up and provided speedy transportation for Jim Neagle and Alan Kritzman. Keith and Pat Williams took their 5th-wheel trailer up, not-so-speedy transportation.
On Saturday, the guys unrolled and stretched what seemed like miles of snow fence. Did you notice how straight it was this year? Pat joined the flower brigade - a group of ladies from Oshkosh who come out every week to tend the flower beds. Threatening weather sent the fliers scurrying toward CID about 9 Sunday morning; Keith helped dismantle a deck on one of the buildings which was being revamped.
Keith and Pat remained up their for the week, camping in the "permanent party" campground behind the bunkhouse. With the help of Dave Lammers, they were able to get "hired" at Pioneer airport where they spent the week helping with the antique airplane rides and driving the tram to and from the main museum building.
Volunteering is fun and interesting, and you feel as if you are doing something worthwhile. And you get treated well! See Steve Ciha, volunteer coordinator, and get signed up for next year!
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

- Tim Busch, Young Eagles Coordinator

I hope everyone has recovered from Oshkosh. There are always so many memories you carry back here to tell friends: Jimmy Franklin's turbojet-assisted Waco biplane - all we could do was laugh. The sound just doesn't match the picture. Wayne Handley's turboprop Raven - Wow! Just WOW!
There were many jaws heard dropping on the ground as he stopped on the vertical - then continued climbing. That poor Corsair and pilot....very sad. Probably the strongest memory was the heat. I don't every remember heat like that at Oshkosh
I tried something new this year: volunteering. I know Max and many others around Chapter 33 have been doing it for years, so I'm slow to catch on. I had a good time working at the seaplane base. While I was there, I showed the communications guys how to make a simple antenna so they could talk to the incoming traffic.(See, all that training and Collins experience finally paid off!) They were really happy and offered to give me a tour of the communications center at the main show. I took them up on the offer and was impressed by how much goes on "behind the scenes". Then I spent some time at the NAFI booth. I think I gained more knowledge than I gave out. There was a lot of experience in those working there and they were very willing to share what they had learned while teaching folks to fly.
Back to Young Eagles. This just doesn't seem to be our year. We have been trying an experiment this year, going out to some of the smaller fields around the area with mixed results. We tried an event at Belle Plaine in July. The early IFR, then later marginal VFR weather made it difficult for many to make it there. The few hardy souls that made it managed to give nine rides late in the morning. Thanks to Tom Olson and Terry Sherman. I apologize if I missed someone.
This year we are going to try an Iowa City YE event that does not coincide with SERTOMA. It will be September 12. Jill Fishbaugh is taking the lead on this one, so let Jill or I know if you plan to be there, either as a ground volunteeer or as a pilot.


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Oshkosh Work Party

- Steve Ciha

Six members of Chapter 33 participated in a weekend work party at our convention site on June 26th. Keith and Pat Williams, Alan Kritzman, Tom Olson, Jim Neagle, and myself made the trip and for the most part had a great time! I would like to personally thank each of you. It speaks well for our chapter, that is quite a distance away from Oshkosh, to have six of us there for the weekend.
As with anything aviation, getting there and back was half the fun. Keith had made the trip on Friday afternoon, towing up his fifth wheel trailer house. We all got a tour and were impressed! The rest of us departed CID Friday evening at 6:30 and arrived a little before 8:00. As soon as I got out of the plane I remembered what I had forgotten. I had been supplied with phone numbers to call for a pickup and delivery to the bunkhouse. We started the walk, which is about a mile or so I'm guessing, and eventually found ourselves stopped by a locked gate. There we were, the four of us, locked into the airport. Backtracking, we were able to find a way around the obstacles to the bunkhouse, that was found to be locked up tight, on the first two doors that we tried. Lucky for us that the last one was open. We were the only people in the bunkhouse, and helped ourselves to the pop and beer in the fridge.
Reporting for work on Saturday morning we found ourselves putting up snow fencing. No easy gravy work this year. We all got a good workout. Jeff, our boss, said that there is about 6 miles of snow fencing that needs to be put up and then taken down every year. Chapter 33 did at least 2 of those miles. Meanwhile, Pat was working on some of the flower beds that add great color to the areas around the site.
At the end of the day, each of us were rewarded with a certificate for a free ride in the Ford Tn-motor. After cleaning up and eating dinner, we visited Dave Lammer's RV-6 project that is taking shape in one of the hangers at Pioneer airport. His is one of three that are being built simultaneously. Dave is working hard at building light. His plane looks to be at least 100 lbs. lighter than mine. With electronic ignition and an injected 0-360, it should be a real go fast machine. I would say that he is about 60% done. We then had free run of the museum for as long as we liked. We toured the recent addition and executive offices also.
Anytime you go by air, you always keep an eye on the weather, and Saturday night it started to look a little ugly. When I called Flight Service on Sunday morning and asked them when the best time would be to depart for Cedar Rapids, he said "right now." A front was moving through and Cedar Rapids was scheduled to see thunderstorms in the area by noon. So we left. We stopped at Marion's annual fly-in and ran into John Ruyle that was also going to join us in Oshkosh until the FAA grounded his Mooney because the mechanic hadn't filed the most correct and perfect piece of paper to document the recent installation of a GPS. Common sense and government should never be mentioned in the same sentence.
I had a good time. I like hard work. I did hear whispers behind my back about changing my name from Steve to "the Warden." I am sure that it was meant in the most respectful of ways. Next year I hope that we will see even more of us there. Did I mention the free beer?

Chapter 33 Calendar

Sept. 11

Chapter Meeting, Tom Meeker's
& Project Visit Robins, IA

Sept. 12

Young Eagles, Iowa City Airport

Other Chapters, etc.

Sept. 5

Chapter 948 Fly-In Breakfast, McNabb, IL

Sept. 3-5

Antique Airplane Association National
Fly-In, Blakesburg, IL

Sept. 6-12

National Stearman Fly-In,
Galesburg, IL

Sept. 12

Chapter 327 Fly-In Breakfast,
Dubuque, IA

Sept. 12

Chapter 682 Fly-In Breakfast,
Mt. Morris, IL

Sept. 12

Tommy Martin Memorial Fly-In
Breakfast 7-11,
Hot Dog Lunch 11-3,
RC Airshow 1300, Sioux City, IA

Sept. 17-19

North Central EAA Fly-In,
Sterling/Rock Falls, IL

Sept. 19

Valley Flying Club Fly-In Breakfast,
Peru, IL

Sept. 25

Chapter 475 Fly-In Breakfast,
Freeport, IL

Sept. 25

Chapter 16 Fly-In Breakfast,
Flora, IL

Sept. 25-26

Wings, Wheels and Water Festival,
Expo Grounds, Ankeny, IA

Oct. 2-3

Mid-America Air Show '99,
Sioux City, IA

Oct. 3

Chapter 948 Fly-In Breakfast,
McNabb, IL

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