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N O RT H WO O D S N OTA M S
SUMMER FUN FOR L A DY F LY E R S !
PAM TRASK, CHAIRMAN
Hasn’t this been an enjoyable sum-
mer for our Northwoods ladies? Other than
the really hazy day when I recently took a
girlfriend for a flight, we’ve had some nice
flying weather. And our chapter gatherings
have been quite productive. Besides that, it
is so thrilling to announce that we are grow-
ing in numbers! Welcome to our new FWPs
and pilots! We are glad to have you aboard.
Rainbows and roses, fish and fun!
That summarizes our first experience with
Business Sept 13th
painting two compass roses (brand new and
Meeting a touch-up) this summer. First of all, I was
Iron Mountain so impressed with all the people who came
to work on these two projects at Sawyer and
Escanaba. Not only was everyone working
Meeting, Oct 10-
Newark, OH hard to tape off lines and try to keep the
12th paint between them, I saw lots of smiles. It
was fun to be together for these projects the conversation with Cliff. I mentioned
and amazing to see our beautiful finished that I was a member of the 99s. His
Notice: the Sept meet-
product. Ladies, you should be very pleased face lit up, his eyebrows raised and his
ing will be held at IMT with yourselves and your family and friends voice practically cracked as he said,
in Iron Mtn, MI on who joined in. A special “thank you” goes to “Ooohhh, I LOVE the 99s.” My heart
Sept 13th at 11:00 am our Airmarking Chairman, Sheryl Rains, melted—I wanted to make him an hon-
who took charge of the Northwood Chapter’s orary 49 ½ of the Northwoods Chapter
CT. first compass rose in Escanaba with absolute right then and there. But the best was
We will meet at Kubick confidence and sweet success. when he told me, “Your husband is a
Aviation In July, my husband and I attended lucky man.” Believe me, I’m keeping
Transportation will be EAA’s big fly-in at Oshkosh. It was really a that one in my arsenal—a periodic re-
provided to the Blind great time and fun to run into other North- minder for my man.
woods members, Dee working hard at the As summer fun fades into fall
Duck Inn for lunch. 99s tent and Lynn working “overtime” as a color tours, I want to take this time to
Business meeting will be volunteer for EAA. This year the EAA cele- tell you that my first year as your Chap-
conducted. brated “Womenventure”—highlighting the ter Chairman has been an honor for me.
fact that there are many lady pilots out You are an amazing group of ladies that
there. The culmination of this “celebration” I have truly enjoyed getting to know
came with a photo on Friday morning of over better this year. You all have made my
Reminder: The Fall Sec- 400 women pilots in pink tee-shirts. I think “job” enjoyable and effortless. Thanks
tion Meeting will be held we were actually standing in the shadow of for your help and your encouraging
John Travolta’s Quantas airplane—so cool! words.
in Newark, OH at the Also, each lady pilot had signed the “world’s
I hope to see you all at IMT on
Cherry Valley Lodge and biggest logbook” of lady pilots. Yes, it was
September 13th at 11 a.m. CST (12 EST)
Spa on October 10- fun to have the recognition and, of course,
for our quarterly business meeting. We
the free tee-shirt.
12th. Make plans to will plan for a lunch at The Blind Duck
At a Young Eagles banquet in Osh- Inn. If you fly in to Kubick Aviation, we
attend the relaxing
kosh, I heard Harrison Ford speak, met Dick can provide transportation to the restau-
weekend with fellow Rutan (of Voyager fame), and chatted with rant. Bring along your summer stories
North Central Section actor/aviator Cliff Robertson. I tingled after to share with your sister 99s who’ve
Ninety-Nines. that evening. The best part, however, was been here, there and in the air!
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A V I AT I O N Q U I Z
1. What is required to operate under special VFR minimums?
2. What does my exhaust gas temperature gauge tell me?
3. How does carburetor ice form?
4. What is the difference between condensation and sublimation?
5. What is density altitude, and how does it affect aircraft performance?
Questions supplied from AOPA online.
Answers on page –3-
“When once you have
ANNOUNCEMENTS tasted flight you will
always walk the earth
If you are interested in hosting a Northwoods Please invite your friends who are interested in
Chapter monthly meeting, please contact Pam aviation to our meetings. with your eyes turned
Trask at (906) 779-9157 We would love to share our enthusiasm and skyward: for there you
firstname.lastname@example.org love of flying with them.
or Who knows...they may just acquire the passion have been and there you
for flight that we all have.
Lynn Sykes at (906) 362-5966 will always be.”
Please submit articles for the newsletter to
Lynn. Share your flight experiences!!! Leonardo de Vinci
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT—MARGARET COFFEN
1. Job Title: Log Home Builder / Office Manager
2. What I enjoy most about my job: Building lifelong dreams for families who have been dreaming
of living in a log home and we make it a reality
3. When I am not at work I am: Visiting family, hanging out with my hubby, hiking, backpacking,
kayaking, reading, studying, winter skiing
4. One thing most people don’t know about me: I was an optician for 15 years
5. My greatest accomplishment in life so far: Previously owning 2 optical businesses
6. One thing I want to do before I die: Take a vacation with all of my siblings and extended family
7. The person I most admire: My Mother
8. My Favorite place to be: Colorado skiing visiting with my brother and his family
9. Favorite Airplane: any seaplane
10. Why I joined the Northwoods 99s: Fellowship and a place to meet wonderful people with like
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WE A R E G ROW I N G
Melissa Siegwart, Private Pilot
Melissa Siegwart to
earned her private
pilot certificate in Feb-
ruary of 2008. She
calls Escanaba, Michi-
gan her home base.
Her dad and brother
are also pilots.
Welcome Melissa. We
are glad that you de-
cided to join us.
“I’m impressed with
NEW AND TRANSFERRED MEMBERS anyone who sticks with
TERRI WOLSKI AND KATHY HANNEMANN it to get the private
Terri Wolksi is a new member Guardian Angel and Terri accepted. license … that’s still a
who hails from Sault Ste. Marie, Recently, Terri flew her first cross big accomplishment.
Michigan. Lynn Sykes met her at country to Traverse City. Maybe
the steak fly-in held in St. Ignace next time … Sawyer. There aren't’ too many
on June 1st. They had a nice chat Kathy Hannemann transferred to
and low and behold a few months
people who can walk
the Northwoods Chapter from the
later, Terri is a full fledged North- Wisconsin Chapter. Kathy met Pam around and say ‘I’m a
woods Chapter Future Woman Pi- Trask at Airventure 2008 at Osh-
lot. kosh. We hope that Kathy will be
Pilot.’ It’s a big deal.”
Terri is working on her ground able to attend a meeting shortly so
school and trains in a Piper War- that we can all get acquainted. Patty Wagstaff
rior. Lynn Sykes offered to be her Welcome Terri and Kathy!
ELIZABETH FLESHER, PRIVATE PILOT
Elizabeth Flesher de- day Friday AND Saturday.
cided to join the North- Since that day in June, she
woods Chapter in July of has been flying 2-3 times
2008. She completed a per week in order to com-
flight lesson with Terry plete her private pilot train-
Glimn in Escanaba and ing before leaving for col-
noticed that there was lege at Western Michigan
activity on the ramp. University.
Sheryl Rains and her Dad Well, her dreams came
were marking out the true. On a very gusty Fri-
soon to be newest Com- day afternoon, August
pass Rose at ESC. Eliza- 22nd, she earned her Pri-
beth asked if she could vate Pilot’s License (two
help out And that is what months after her training
she did...she stayed all began).
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MAY 2008 CMX ADOPT AN AIRPORT
The May 2008 meeting was held at CMX in
Houghton, MI. Jeff Dohrenwend offered
our members a tasty catered lunch in a
beautifully appointed hangar. We all do-
nated perennials to accent the Adopt an
Airport Program already managed by Jeff
and Eloise Greenlee. Everyone had a
great time chatting, eating and planting.
Bill Landry was also presented with a
plaque signifying his 49 1/2 of the Year Left to right: Lynn Sykes, Pam
status. We all appreciate Bill’s efforts to Trask, Sheryl Rains, Jeff Dohren-
help all the Northwoods 99s. wend, Eloise Greenlee, Kathy Ihde,
Hannah Ihde, Dee Dreger, Margaret
“The stars seemed near
JU NE AND J U LY 2 0 0 8 enough to touch and
S A W A N D E S C C O M PA S S R O S E S never before have I seen
On June 23rd Northwoods On July 14th, our members once again gathered
Chapter members assembled to truly paint our FIRST ever Northwoods Com-
so many. I always
at SAW to repaint the 138’ pass Rose at ESC. Sheryl Rains, Airmarking believed the lure of
Compass Rose which was Chair, had
originally painted by the Michi- everything flying is the lure of
gan Chapter 99s in 2004. We organized
were able to tape and paint and the beauty, but I was sure
the white portion of the Rose project be-
as well as the center rainbow came a of it that night”
and the Ninety-Nines logo. reality.
The remaining blue will be
painted at a later date this
summer. It was great to be
able to have our newer mem-
bers “practice” painting a
C o m p a s s R o s e .
NORTH TO ALASKA
BY LYNN SYKES
Sheryl Rains and I attended the International Conference in Anchorage. We joined 33
other North Central Section Members enjoy the hospitality and camaraderie of the Alaska
99 gals. The residents of Anchorage must be applauded. We would be standing on the
street trying to navigate with the city map and people would stop and ask how they could
help, not once but at least three times. Salmon was the food of choice as main meals,
garnishes, even a salmon BLT sandwich. During our 7 day stay, we enjoyed an Alaskan
fashion show, toured the countryside by train, and listened to famous English pilot, Polly
Vacher, who flew solo across the North Atlantic in a single engine Piper Dakota. Sheryl
was one of six 2008 AE Scholarship Recipients to receive their awards in person. She
looked lovely. I also received my AE Medallion for having successfully completing my
Commercial checkride on July 24th. We were delayed by 22 hours due to a volcano erupt-
ing and spewing ash over our flight path. It was a great place to visit but we admitted
that Alaska is simply the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with mountain. It was good to get
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A V I AT I O N Q U I Z
1. As stated in FAR 91.157, the pilot must receive a clearance from air traffic control, have at least
one statute mile flight visibility, and remain clear of clouds. The aircraft must be equipped and the
pilot certified for instrument flight. When taking off or landing, a minimum ground visibility of one
statute mile is required. If ground visibility is not reported at a minimum of one statute mile, flight
visibility may replace ground visibility. Special VFR operations are only permitted between sunrise
2. Exhaust gas temperature (EGT) provides an accurate measure of your best power or best econ-
omy fuel/air mixture. As you lean the mixture, the temperature of the exhaust gases increases to a
point—then begins to cool. Correct leaning provides the best fuel/air ratio optimizing your aircraft's
range. Mixtures too rich lead to spark plug fouling, and mixtures too lean lead to detonation.
3. Carburetor ice forms as a result of a temperature change induced by the restriction in the venturi
of a carburetor. The operating principle of float-type carburetors is based on the airflow through the
venturi causing a decrease in air pressure, which draws fuel from the float chamber. When there is
sufficient moisture and a significant temperature decrease, ice can form.
4. Condensation is the conversion of a vapor to a liquid. Sublimation is a conversion of a solid to a
vapor with no intermediate liquid stage. The reverse of sublimation is known as deposition. Frost is
an example of deposition frequently encountered by pilots.
5. Technically speaking, density altitude is pressure altitude corrected for nonstandard tempera-
ture and pressure. Simply put, it's a term used to describe the expected performance of an aircraft
at a given temperature and altitude. On a stan-
dard day, at sea level, the outside air tempera-
ture is 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahren-
heit) and the atmospheric pressure is 29.92 Hg.
However, as temperature increases the air den-
sity thins and, as a result, aircraft performance
deteriorates. The higher the altitude and tem-
perature combination, the thinner the air and
the worse the aircraft will perform. A density
altitude of 3,000 feet at sea level means an air-
craft will perform as if it actually was 3,000 feet
above sea level. A high density altitude trans-
lates to less power output, decreased lift, and
decreased propeller efficiency, resulting in
needing significantly more runway to achieve
liftoff and obstacle clearance.
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BY BILL LANDRY (49 1/2 OF THE YEAR)
As an A&P mechanic, I am often asked to find and fix the cause of electrical problems.
Over the years, I have found an increasing number of these problems are owner induced.
As more and more electronic “bells and whistles” become available to make the pilot’s
workload easier, I have found that these are being installed with little regard for the re-
quirements of the electrical system set forth by the manufacturer and the acceptable
methods and techniques found in Advisory Circular 43.13-2b.
Recently, as an example, I was asked to find out why the navigation light circuit breaker
switch on a Super Cub kept popping. After a lot of time looking at the obvious, corrosion in
sockets, splices to wiring, etc., I found that “someone” had decided to add more lighting in
the cockpit. The system in this plane calls out the 3 navigation lights and one cockpit light
share the switch. I found that there had been 3 military style spotlights added in the circuit
with 24 gauge wiring, all spliced to an 18 gauge wire going to the switch. To see what this
was doing, I disconnected the wire to the switch and jumpered directly to the buss. In
about 5 seconds, the jumper wire was extremely hot to the touch. After an extensive
“discussion” with the owner, it was decided to remove the extra lighting and revert back to
the original set up, which amazingly cured the problem.
As an aside, I also have a customer who uses an automotive 3 port cigarette lighter
adapter to plug his GPS and some other items into. During annual, he always finds it has
been removed and bagged on his front seat, and I always find it reinstalled next year.
I realize it gets cold up here sometimes, but that is not a way to get extra heat into the
The charts in the electrical chapter of the above-mentioned AC look scary at first, but
they are fairly easy to read with a little studying, and will save you and your mechanic a lot
of grief later on. If you can’t figure it out, it doesn’t cost anything to ask.
NORTHWOODS CHAPTER NINETY-NINES
Pam Trask Chapter Chairman
Lynn Sykes Vice Chairman
Jeffrey Dohrenwend Secretary
Cindy Brew Treasurer
Eloise Greenlee Member at Large
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