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                                          Experimental Aircraft Association
                                                     Chapter 517 June 2006

www.eaa517.org
                              First: I apologize for all the bad information I put in last months newsletter. I
Steve Rossiter
President                     specifically remember looking at the April calendar and filling in the blanks
542-5177                      when I should have been looking at May. I attribute it all to “brain pharts.” The
eaachapter517@aol.com         problem with “brain pharts,” as opposed to the other kind, is that they don’t
                              smell so you don’t know your doing them. Sorry!
Bob Kline
Vice President                       Overheard on LA Center Frequency:
777-7051
judybob@direcway.com
                                     Cessna 1234: “What’s our ground speed?”
                                     LA Center: “90 knots.”
Zane Rebenstorff                     Twin Beech: “What’s our ground speed?”
Secretary                            LA Center: “120 knots.”
Adult Education Coordinator          F-18 Dusty 52: “Request ground speed check?”
543-9212                             LA Center: “525 knots, Dusty.”
zanereb@onewest.net
                                     Aspen 20: “You got a ground speed read out for us?”
Sherry Rossiter                      LA Center: “Aspen, I show 1,742 knots.”
Treasurer                            You can have ultimate one-upmanship if you are flying an SR-71!
542-5177
ssrossiter@aol.com            Second: I assume you will note that the newsletter is earlier than usual. It is
                              our intent to get the newsletter out around the first of each month in the future.
Gary Weyermann
Young Eagle Coordinator       In the past, it was our intent to publish the week before the Chapter meeting as a
Fly Out Coordinator           reminder that the meeting was coming up soon and more folks would show up.
543-0315                      Experience indicates that it really doesn’t seem to make much difference in
gweyermann@msn.com            attendance no matter when the newsletter is published. So, if you have some-
                              thing to be published in the newsletter, please get it to Frank Tremper by the last
Frank Tremper                 weekend of the month.
PropWash Editor
543-0072
fctremper@aol.com
                                     The SR-71 strikes again: When requested a clearance for FL 600
                                     (60,000 ft) the incredulous LA Center controller asked, “How do you
Craig Purdy                          plan to get up to 60,000 feet?” After a pause the pilot replied, “We
Ultralight Coordinator               don’t plan to go up to it; we plan to go down to it.”
777-4377
cmpurdy@msn.com
                              May Meeting: Don Lorenzen successfully hosted our May meeting at his
Don Eicholz                   house. Don cooks a fine braut and everyone else contributed some truly fantas-
Fund Raising Coordinator      tic support dishes. Don brought us up to date on his Bearhawk, project which is
642-6664                      coming along really well. Don also provided an opportunity for some of us to
                              learn a little bit about riveting......and that was indeed a riveting demonstration
                              (pun intended). Thank you, Don.
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         Back in the old days: The PIC pulled out a .38 revolver and placed it on the instrument panel. “Do
         you know what that’s for?” His navigator replied, “No, what’s it for?” The pilot responded, “I use
         this on navigators who get me lost.” The navigator then pulled out a .45 and placed it on his chart
         table. The pilot asked, “What’s that for?” The navigator replied, “To be honest sir, I’ll know we’re
         lost before you will.”

Breakfast at the Airport: The third Breakfast at the Airport for 2006 will be held at our hangar on Saturday, June
17, 2006 from 0900 to 1200. We will eat well, talk flying and even talk about the fact that when food is involved it is
easier to get pilots to show up. In addition to our regular fare, we will try some biscuits and gravy.

         Rumor has it that this is true: That when a certain female Senator was traveling by Army aircraft in
         Iraq, they used the call sign, “Broomstick One.”

Young Eagles Flight Day: A Young Eagles Flight Day will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2006, at the Museum of
Mountain Flying. Flights will start at 0900 and run through 1200 hours. The Missoula International Airport has donated
$300.00 to help offset the cost of gas for the pilots participating.

         Tower: “Delta 351, you have traffic at 10 o’clock, 6 miles.”
         Delta 351: “Give us another hint! We have digital watches!”
         And we wonder why Delta is in trouble.

June Meeting: The June 19th meeting at our Stevensville hangar will be a joint meeting of EAA Chapter 517 and Five
Valleys Hangar of MPA. It will also be a BBQ/potluck. The Chapter will assure that we have burgers, dogs, brauts,
and drinks. Please bring chips, salad, or dessert. We will start the fire about 1745 and start eating about 1800 hours.
Our program will be an update on Zane Rebenstorff’s Prue 600 standard class glider project. It is far enough along that
Zane will trailer it down to the hangar. We will also do a split the pot drawing with 50% going to the winner and 50%
split between EAA and MPA.

         While holding short, a Cherokee 180 pilot watched an MD80 land and taxi back.
         MD80 Crew: “What a cute little airplane. Did you make it yourself?”
         Cherokee Pilot: I made it out of MD80 parts. Another landing like that and I’ll have enough for
         another one.”

Homebuilt Full Scale P-51: Yup, Cameron Aircraft in Couer ‘d’Alene, Idaho is building a composite full size P-51
Mustang. On June 25, 2006 the company is holding an open house. I am planning to check it out. If you would like to
go on this field trip, please let me know. I am planning on driving unless the weather looks really, really good. You can
get more information about the company from the link on our web site.

News From All Over:

EAA AIRVENTURE NOTAM NOW AVAILABLE: Get your copy of the official EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2006
Notice To Airmen (NOTAM) booklet by calling 800/JOIN-EAA (564-6322) today. You can also download an easy-
to-print PDF document form posted on the AirVenture website. http://www.airventure.org/atc/index.html

         A student became lost on a solo cross country flight. While attempting to locate the aircraft on
         radar, ATC asked, “What was your last known position?” The student replied, “When I was number
         one for takeoff!”
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EAA YOUNG EAGLES NEARING 1.25 MILLION FLOWN; SPECIAL RECOGNITION FOR VOLUNTEERS
UNDER WAY: The volunteer pilots and support personnel who have made the EAA Young Eagles program the most
successful youth aviation education program in history will be specially recognized for their efforts over the next several
months, as the program reaches its next goal of 1.25 million young people flown. The program will celebrate this next
milestone at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 24-30. In the weeks leading to the event, EAA will hold drawings to
reward the volunteers who provide the tens of thousands of free demonstration flights that introduce aviation to young
people. (http://www.eaa.org/communications/eaanews/060525_ye.html)

         When taxiing out, the 757 abruptly stopped turned around and returned to the gate. After an hour
         long delay, it finally took off. When asked about the delay the flight attendant, replied, “The pilot
         was concerned about a noise in the engine. It took us a while to find another pilot.”

FYI: MILITARY INTERCEPTS AND FLARES: Military intercept procedures have been in effect for decades, but in
this post-9/11 era, pilots have had to become more familiar with these procedures so they’ll know what to do just in
case they accidentally violate sensitive airspace. Now there is an addition to be aware of: flares. Flares can be used as
another way to alert the pilot of the aircraft that is being intercepted. The use of flares during a military intercept is
explained in Section 5-6-2 ( http://www.faa.gov/ATPubs/AIM/Chap5/aim0506.html ) of the “Aeronautical Information
Manual”: “If the U.S. military intercepts an aircraft and flares are dispensed in the area of that aircraft, aviators will pay
strict attention, contact air traffic control immediately on the local frequency or on VHF guard 121.5 or UHF 243.0,
and follow the intercept’s visual ICAO signals. Be advised that noncompliance may result in the use of force.” See the
AOPA Air Safety Foundation’s online course, “Mission: Possible—Navigating Today’s Special Use Airspace” ( http://
www.aopa.org/asf/online_courses/mission_possible/ ).

         ATC: “Flight 2341, for noise abatement turn right 45 degrees.”
         Flt 2341: “But Center, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?”
         ATC: “Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?”

POLITICIANS, AOPA SPEAK OUT AGAINST USER FEES: There’s a growing swell against general aviation user
fees in Congress, thanks in part to AOPA’s continued education and advocacy work. Now another congressman has
voiced his opposition to the idea. “If a general aviation user fee is what the FAA has in mind, they won’t get my sup-
port,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in a video presentation to an AOPA Pilot Town Meeting this week in San Diego.
(Rep. Issa is a pilot and AOPA member and was instrumental in keeping Oceanside Airport open.) Meanwhile,
AOPA’s Andy Cebula, executive vice president of government affairs, was shining a spotlight on the fiction that there is
an FAA funding shortfall before an audience of state aviation directors and FAA officials in Kansas City, Missouri, this
          Chester
same week. “The fact is there is no funding crisis justifying the implementation of user fees on general aviation,” said
Cebula. “We crunched the data. The money is there.” Both Issa and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) also blasted admin-
istration plans to cut $1 billion from GA airport funding. In a video message to pilots attending AOPA Pilot Town
Meetings in California this week, Boxer said she would “oppose the administration’s dangerous cuts to the Airport
Improvement Program.” See AOPA Online ( http://www.aopa.org/whatsnew/newsitems/2006/060525ptm.html ).

                                                                                                             Steve
                Young Ea g les F light R all y
                      Eag                ally
                               Flight Rall

Our Chapter Young Eagle Flight Rally was a success, resulting in 85 Young Eagle rides. It was a
success because of all the volunteers who came to put their experience and skills to work making
things happen. A special addition at this event was a Command Trailer brought by Bill Nooney for
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display http://www.firecom.biz/ In the 3 hour period we had 12 volunteers, 6 planes and gave 85 Young
Eagle rides around Missoula.

The event was an example of dedicated volunteers hard at work getting a job done in a very professional
manner. As the kids arrived they were signed up at the sign in table by Valerie Brunson and Mary Ellen
Weyermann. Don Lorenzen was printing out the Young Eagles Certificates and most importantly provid-
ing training and guidance to those of us with some new jobs to do. Sherry Rossiter managed to keep
track of kids who seemed to be everywhere, gather them up and have them ready as soon as planes
were available. Steve Rossiter was keeping ground operations under control and providing assistance
on the air operations, Frank Tremper provided a computer and was busy getting pictures of all the Young
Eagles when they came back from their flight. The pictures were added to the Chapter website for all to
see. Check it out (and other new stuff also) http://www.eaa517.org . As for the 6 pilots, we got the fun of
seeing the kid’s excitement during their first ride. They were Frank Bretz (C172), Bob Brunson (C172),
Hank Butzel (C172), Terry Miles (PA20), Paul O’Bagy (Maule), Gary Weyermann (PA20).

We missed some of the other regulars who were not able to attend this time, but who have contributed
much to the program in earlier Rally’s. We are looking forward to having them back next time. Also,
anyone else who would like to help with these programs and to see what a plane ride will do to a kid, are
encouraged to come take part in the next Rally. Gary
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                               A Saturday flight to Kamiah (S73),
It is 8:00 AM Saturday morning and it is time for the Lycoming to start making noise, we are heading to Kamiah, ID (S73)
for a Montana Chapter of the Shortwing Piper Club flyin (open to all who want to attend). The magnetic heading will be 242
degrees from Stevi (32S) across the valley toward the Bitterroot Range. Because the top of that “rock pile” is a mile above
the airport, it takes a couple turns in the valley to gain more altitude to skirt South of Saint Mary Peak and then work our
way back on course. Looking to right are Heavenly Twins, Bass Peak, St. Joseph Peak with their tops still a little above us
and the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness ahead. About this time Mary Ellen looked at the sectional chart and realized where
our route to Kamiah would take us, and I heard a comment in the headset “Wow, we have a lot of mountains to fly over”.
Anyway it was time to make a position report (on 122.75) and see who else was on their
way. It is always interesting to find out who in our group of western Montana pilots will be
able to attend each Saturday Flyout. Charles Fligel (PA20), coming from Butte, responded
first indicating that he was just crossing the Sapphires. Dave Hedditch and Roxy (PA20)
were crossing the Bitterroots South of us. Later, Charles heard from Tex Irwin (C182) and
pax Mike Conley farther South. Charles’ route crossed Shearer and Moose Creek airstrips
and he said that they were open, Dave and I crossed near Grave Peak Lookout and then
over Fish Lake which was frozen and the airstrip was snow covered. Because we had to
gain so much altitude to get over the Bitterroots we went on up to 10,500 feet for a cruising
altitude to see what was up there along with looking for a smooth ride, but found a little headwind instead. With Kamiah at
about 1194 feet, when we were about 30 miles out it was time to start a decent giving up all that hard earned altitude, then
passing right over the canyon rim and down in the river valley where we found a really nice turf airstrip at Kamiah. Love a
nice turf strip! JoAn Colby                            was already there in her T-Craft with dog TAB (Turn And Bank). Dave and
I were anxious for Charles                              to arrive with his new wing tips (No, not on Charles, on his airplane!!)
They do look nice. We all                              waited until the scheduled arrival time of 9:30 then as the second hand
passed 12 we headed for                                town for breakfast and found a real nice Bakery/Restaurant. Little did we
know, but both Jim Elliot                              (C150) and Russ Reed (C175) were coming a few minutes later. In fact,
both have been to different                            flyouts before, but not at the same ones, and this morning they both left
MSO about the same time                                and landed at Kamiah about the same time, then met for the first time
then found out they were there for the same reason. Did I ever mention that interesting things happen on these outings?
Unfortunately they landed after we had started for town and later were the first back to the airstrip and departed before we
got a picture of their planes. Next time! (For the record, the final report of this trip will show that they did attend, but it will
be duly noted that they did in fact arrive a little late and departed prior to the taking of the official picture!)

When it came time to head back home the problem was to figure a different
route –the unwritten rule here is “on a return flight, try to make it a loop or go
back by another route to see or do something different.” My decision was
made to fly back at lower altitude and follow the Locksa River back (if it
didn’t get to bumpy) and then skirt around the North end of the Bitterroots
and look over the changes at the new ski area. Actually, we did pick up
some tail wind and even though the distance was longer this way the trip
was 1:05 minutes back compared to 1:00 going. What a way to start the
weekend.

Leaving the Stevensville airport to go home and following that same rule, we
went through the town of Stevensville, rather than back along the Eastside
                                  Highway, and as we approached Highway 93 there was Grumpy’s Barbecue Trailer. For
                                  those of you who attended the EAA 517 winter Chili Feed will remember that Grumpy
                                  volunteered to bring two different pots of Chili and donate them to the Chapter event. Now
                                  there is another friend of aviation! We made a quick U-turn to look over his menu and
                                  pickup some very good Pit Smoked Barbecue.

                                   Yes, the lawn needed mowing this weekend, but if I would have stayed home
                                   to do it, in two weeks I wouldn’t even remember what was done. On the other
                                   hand this trip will be remembered for a long time.

                                                                                                         Gary
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                                                      New Photos - Young Eagles &
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                                                      Be Sure to check our website!                  EAA Chapter 517
                                                                      Sep 18 - Chapter Meeting MSO 19:00
                                                                      Sep 16 - Breakfast at the Airport 32S 9 to Noon
                                                                      Aug 21 - Chapter Meeting 32S 19:00
                                                                      Aug 19 - Breakfast at theAirport 32S 9 to Noon
                                                                      Jul 17 - Chapter Meeting MSO 19:00
                                                                      Jul 15 - Breakfast at the Airport 32S 9 to Noon
                                                                      Jun 19 - Chapter Meeting 32S 18:00
                                                                      Jun 17 - Breakfast at the Airport 32S 9 to Noon
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           ing starting at 1800 hours (6:00 PM). So bring your favorite pot luck
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    Monday June 19th We are doing a “Pot Luck” before the meet-
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            Next Meeting: Chapter Hanger - Stevensville 18:00
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