Hendricks County EAA Chapter 1311
Monthly Newsletter — November, 2004
November’s meeting 48% participation rate; last year the chapter had a 68% turnout.
Although there were no announced candidates for president
November’s meeting was held on Wednesday, November 3,
when the ballot was printed and distributed, Bob Vondersaar vol-
2004, at Boone County Airport in Lebanon IN. At about 6:45 p.m.
unteered to run as president. The following write-in candidates
brought the meeting to order, opening with the Pledge of
for president received one vote each: Dale Gustafson, Mike
Allegiance. Michael Mossman, chapter secretary, presided over
Laurenzano, Glen Matejcek, Dirk Melchior, Gary Reynolds, Larry
Rush, Kenny Shull and Paul Vogel; Larry Rush received six
IN ATTENDANCE: Noted as in were Dennis Crawley, Gus
write-in ballots. He has declined the nomination.
Gustafson, Dirk Melchior, Michael Mossman, Gary Reynolds and
Although there were no announced candidates for vice presi-
Arvel Turner. If you were there but we didn’t record it, let us
dent when the ballot was printed and distributed, Dennis Crawley
and Gus Gustafson offered to run and serve and vice president.
GUESTS: Recorded as in Roy Dawes, Senator David Ford,
The write-in results are: Dave Clark, 1; Doug Roever, 1; Kenny
Dean Ford, Don Deckard, Wayne Deckard, Gene Hollingsworth,
Shull, 4; Dennis Crawley, 3; Glen Matejcek, 1; Troy Grover, 2 and
Katie Mossman and Don Stark. We welcome all guests and
Dale Gustafson, 2.
encourage them to attend a meeting, and especially to join the
Michael Mossman received 17 votes for secretary; there were
no write-in ballots.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Vern Sullenger reported via email
Vern Sullenger received 17 votes for treasurer; there were no
that the chapter has more than $2,000 in the bank and no debts
The results of the balloting for the Board of Directors are: Glen
PROJECT UPDATES: Dirk Melchior and Arvel Turner reported
Matejcek, 16; Dirk Melchior, 11; Doug Roever, 8; Larry Rush, 10;
the status of their current projects, which are an F-1 Rocket and
Kenny Shull, 4.
Van’s RV-9A, respectively. Dennis Crawley spoke briefly about
The Board of Directors will be meeting to draft a candidate for
his Grumman Tiger.
president, and if that candidate accepts, the board will name the
OLD BUSINESS: Mike Laurenzano called a Board of
Directors meeting that was held on Friday, October 8. The main
topic of discussion was the future continuity of the chapter. As Building Tip
you probably read in his newsletter article, our chapter is in risk Now that cold weather is approaching, many aircraft owners
of going inactive with the EAA if we are unable to elect a presi- are becoming concerned about the advanced wear on their
dent and vice president. engines as they try starting them. We all know that the most
NEW BUSINESS: Since the chapter has very little on-going wear an engine experiences is while it is cold and the oil isn’t
expenses the BOD voted to reduce next year’s dues to $10 per flowing very well. How about a pre-heat? These machines can be
year per family. expensive, and not all airports allow owners to store or use their
The December meeting and Chapter Christmas Party will be own preheater; they require you to use their pre-heat services,
held at Vern and Lou Sullenger’s home in Plainfield on Saturday which are often expensive and not as punctual as you would
evening, December 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. I have invitations for all of expect for the price.
you, plus you will be getting them by email. The Sullengers Chuck Long ran across
request that you RSVP by Saturday, November 20th, so that they a great idea at the Jabiru
will know how much food to prepare. website. It relates to cold
Gus Gustafson will be bringing some EAA calendars back start preparation. They
from Oshkosh; they will be available for sale to the chapter mem- showed some pictures of
bers. a nifty little pre-heater for
CHAPTER ELECTIONS: Chapter 1311 conducted its annual use in cold weather.
election of officers and board of directors at the meeting. Since Basically you just place
the chapter was unable to elect a president the responsibility for this thing under your
selecting the president will fall on the board of directors at an cowl exit opening and
upcoming meeting. See story below for details. pump warm air in for 15
50/50: No 50/50 was conducted. minutes before flight.
PROGRAM: Michael Mossman showed his recently complet- Chuck built one his Zenith 601HDS in three-to-four hours for
ed Zenair CH 601 HDS project. See story at end of newsletter. about $40. The milkhouse heaters are available this time of year
—————————— at most of the farm implement and larger hardware stores; same
Welcome New Members goes for the stove pipe hardware. Parts count is as follows:
We have had many guests over the past few months and
• Milkhouse Heater, 1500 Watt Electric
many people have expressed an interest in our organization.
• Pie plate adapter with stovepipe hole in the middle
Look around and see if you have any friends, family members or
• Round-to-oval stovepipe adapter
acquaintance that are interested in aviation. Take the time to
• Adjustable elbow adapter which provides a range of angles
invite them as a guest to the next meeting. If you see somebody
from 0 to 90 degrees
new, introduce yourself, welcome him or her, and invite them to
• 12-inch straight piece of stove pipe cut to length.
sign up. Also current members, please consider volunteering for
the Membership Committee.
As can be seen in the picture, the pie plate rivets nicely to the
Chapter Elections Results heater with only minor modifications. The elbow rivets directly to
the pie plate with eight rivets set at a 45 degree angle. The
With a return of 17 ballots from our 35 members, we had a
straight piece of stove pipe connects the elbow to the oval
EAA Chapter 1311 Newsletter • November 2004 • Page 1
adapter using 4 rivets each. Cut this to the appropriate length so means and how it helps reduce the traditional time and cost bar-
everything fits nicely together. Note that the oval shaped adapter riers associated with training and aircraft ownership. We have a
is cut to clear the nosewheel strut and the U-shaped doubler that special brochure series that answers many of the questions
runs along the bottom of the fuselage. This gives a custom fit members have on this topic. If you’d like to receive this informa-
appearance and ensures that all the heated air makes it into the tion or have a question on Sport Pilot, please don’t hesitate to
cowling. give us a call or visit the website at www.sportpilot.org.
Chuck concludes “I’ll breath a little easier breaking in my new Another new benefit of EAA membership this year is unlimited
Jab engine this winter with the use of a pre-heater. That straight admission to the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. That’s
50w mineral oil is thick as honey when cold. Happy building, right, all members can visit the museum as often as they like at
everyone, and be sure and check out Jabiru’s website at: no additional charge.
http://www.usjabiru.com.” Their pre-heater installation can be The EAA membership umbrella includes the wonderful ability
found under: Technical Tips, Pre-heating. to join a local chapter and participate in all of its activities. Plus,
EAA members also have the opportunity to join one or all of
RV Builders Have New Web Forum EAA’s affiliate organizations: EAA Warbirds of America, EAA’s
From EAA e-Hotline Vintage Aircraft Association, and the International Aerobatic Club
A new web forum/information exchange is available for Van’s division of EAA. Plus, an affiliate of EAA is the National
RV builders at http://www.rivetbangers.com. Created and operat- Association of Flight Instructors. The EAA Homebuilt Aircraft
ed by EAA member and RV aircraft enthusiast John Spicer, the Council reaffirms EAA’s commitment to its homebuilding roots.
message board includes discussion threads on the various RV There’s something for everyone!
models, engines, avionics, and flying. The site aims to allow the With the EAA Flight Planner, EAA members can easily plan a
RV community to congregate and exchange information in one VFR flight, view a route on current maps (including Sectional,
friendly, centralized location. “Though our site is still very new, we WACs and other) check NOTAMs and weather, file with DUATs
have already seen participation from RV builders from other con- and many other functions. This $50 value is free for EAA mem-
tinents and with positive results,” Spicer writes. The site does not bers, just check out the website at www.eaa.org for more infor-
require any type of membership for participation, there are no mation.
user fees, and there are no (nor shall there be in the future) any For individual services, EAA provides a wealth of educational
advertisements or space for sale.” and technical benefits. Access to pilot programs such as EAA
Technical Counselors, Flight Advisors, Aeromedical Advisors, and
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conducting a sweepstakes
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with a KitFox Model V that
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EAA Chapter 1311 Newsletter • November 2004 • Page 2
This sweepstakes is unique because Chapter 517 will offer a MOA’s versus a straight through flight as we now have.
maximum of only 4,000 tickets. The odds of winning will be Suggested revisions to the proposal might for example recom-
based on how many tickets are actually issued. The Chapter mend raising the floors from 500’ AGL to 3500’ AGL, which would
hopes to receive donations for a minimum of 3,000 tickets to see allow safe flight underneath the MOAs.
an appropriate return on the generous donation made by one of WRITTEN comments should be sent to the following individu-
their Chapter members. A donation of $25.00 is requested for als/offices:
each ticket. The drawing for this sweepstakes will be held on
March 5, 2005. The state military responsible for the request:
Entry forms and rules are available on the EAA Chapter 517, Indiana National Guard
Inc. website at: http://www.eaa517.org/Sweepstake.htm Rules Adjutant General’s Office
Attn: General Umbarger
and entry forms may also be obtained by calling 406 542-5177, Military Department of Indiana
mail request at P.O. Box 16446, Missoula, MT 59808, or by e- 2002 South Holt Rd
mail at: Indianapolis, IN 46241-4839
The drawing will be Saturday, April 2, 2005, or when the
4,000th ticket is sold. Brigadier General Tooley
Direct Number: (317) 247-3276
South Field - Indianapolis
(317) 247-3300 - Air National Guard x3271
These Senate offices:
Senator Evan Bayh
1650 Market Tower
10 West Market Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 554-0750 and (317) 554-0760
Senator Richard Lugar
Attn: Mr. Lane Ralph
1180 Market Tower
10 West Market Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
The FAA Great Lakes Office:
Mr. J. Mark Reeves
Manager, Airspace Branch AGL-520
Narrow Runways Federal Aviation Administration
Central Terminal Operations - Room 274
If you’ve ever landed on a narrow runway, say 50 feet across,
2300 East Devon Avenue
you might be able to empathize with these pilots. The plane was Des Plaines, IL 60018
being delivered to a museum at the Rand Airport in South Africa. (847) 294-7477
With our thanks to Mark Monse, the original email states the
claim, “(elevation 5568 feet with 4898 long x 50 feet wide run- You should also send copies of any comments to your local
way!) The 747-200 outer-to-outer main gear tire width is 41.33 ft. newspaper, mayor, airport manager or other interested parties in
Empty aircraft Vref (landing speed) was 115 kts!” The aircraft your area.
was delivered in March. Have a nice day ... drenched in humility. For a PDF reprint of this article with sectional chart of the pro-
posed MOAs and an excellent article appearing in the Columbus
Thanks to Larry Bothe, Editor of Freeman Flash, Seymour (IN) Republic, see
http://www.eaa1311.org/PDF_files/RACER_MOA.pdf. This is a
New MOAs Proposed for Southern 184 KB file.
Indiana Delta and Pilots Union Agree on
Contributed by Mike Foushee
Newsletter Editor, EAA Chapter 729, Columbus IN Concessions
The Indiana National Guard has proposed two Military From the Associated Press
Operation Areas (MOA) known as “RACER D” and “JPG D” Delta Air Lines dodged bankruptcy with a $1 billion tentative
which when combined with the existing Atterbury Restricted contract concessions agreement; the pilots are taking a 32.5 per-
Areas will surround Columbus from the Northwest around south cent wage cut December 1 and have agreed to no raises for the
to the East of BAK. remainder of the five-year pact.
As you can imagine, these MOAs will dramatically affect avia- The proposal, being reviewed by the pilots’ union, came after
tion in the Columbus, Seymour and North Vernon areas not to 15 months of negotiations.
mention cross country flights from elsewhere using the airways Atlanta-based Delta, the nation’s third-largest airline, was
such as Victor 51. expected to decide whether to seek Chapter 11 protection from
It is unlikely that we will be able to make these proposals go creditors. It said that could be delayed if an agreement was
away entirely, but we should make every effort to get the MOAs reached with ALPA. While there are no guarantees the airline will
revised to minimize the local impact. The period for Public not file bankruptcy at some point, the airline hopes the agree-
Comment ends December 6th, so we need to get our input sub- ment will “buy Delta additional time” to continue out-of-court
mitted quickly. An information meeting was held at the Columbus restructuring efforts.
Municipal Airport last week with representatives of the local air- The company had offered to exchange $680 million of its debt
ports, and city officials as well as others. with new notes secured by $1.2 billion worth of debt-free aircraft,
During that meeting, it was recommended that all comments flight simulators and flight training equipment. The offer was
be based on FACTUAL issues; not emotional reactions. For made to holders of $2.6 billion in various forms of Delta debt.
example, how does this proposal affect us? What are the addi- Delta has warned that its debt could force it into bankruptcy,
tional flying costs incurred as a result of circumnavigating the
EAA Chapter 1311 Newsletter • November 2004 • Page 3
even if its unions agree to sizable concessions. talent and materials to Chapter 1311’s various activities, the
Before the deal was reached, the pilots had publicly offered up board asked that members be able to advertise their normal busi-
to $705 million in savings and had not released details of subse- ness services on the website. We would like to post a list for your
quent offers. In a regulatory filing earlier this month, Delta had business, which can include business name, your name, phone
said that to date the union’s “counterproposals have been for number, what you do, etc. We won’t be able to host a full-blown
substantially less than $1 billion.” The company also had said in web site for you but we can link to your site if you already have
the filing that the union was seeking a stock option program that one. We invite all members to see the business services page
involves “substantially more equity” than management’s proposal. and patronize your fellow members’ enterprises. Listing is free
Delta has lost more than $6 billion since 2001, during which and limited to those who have been a member in good standing
time it has also cut 16,000 jobs. Delta plans to cut up to another for at least one year. Contact Michael Mossman for more infor-
7,000 jobs in the next 18 months. Last week, the struggling air- mation.
line reported a $651 million loss in the third-quarter. Visit the business services page at
The contract with the pilots was adopted just a few months http://www.eaa1311.org/services.html
before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The contract put
Delta pilot pay roughly on par with that of pilots at United, who Oshkosh Chronicles
have since agreed to steep cuts as that carrier reorganizes under Mention the word “Oshkosh” to anyone and the first thing they
bankruptcy court protection. think of is the annual fly-in and incredible GA show, AirVenture.
Delta had roughly 7,100 active pilots and 809 more on fur- Oshkosh has become a tradition in many people’s lives, and has
lough earlier this month, Miller said. There were 10,000 pilots at also been a major source of feature stories in the aviation press.
Delta at the time of the terrorist attacks. Chapter 1311’s newsletter started its own Oshkosh tradition with
The company staved off a bankruptcy filing at the end of Bob Vondersaar’s report in the July 2002 edition of the newslet-
September when it reached a deal to allow the company to recall ter. This year we plan on relaying to you any information offered
early retired pilots on a limited basis to help ease staffing short- by our chapter members who attended Oshkosh this year.
ages. Since Jan. 1, 625 pilots have retired, 505 of them before Did you attend AirVenture this year? Share your experiences
the normal retirement age of 60, according to the union. with the rest of the chapter. Download a PDF form at
Private Spaceflight Legislation Dies the requested information or write your own Oshkosh story and
From MSNBC forward it to the newsletter editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A last minute attempt to pass legislation allowing paying pas-
sengers to take suborbital space trips has fizzled, congressional Boone County Airport News
aides and lawmakers said. H.R. 3752 will die out when this Membership in the recently formed Boone County Airport
week’s lame-duck session is adjourned. Its backers would then Association continues to grow, with more people expressing
have to start fresh next year with the new Congress. interest in basing their aircraft at the airport.
The bill would have given private-sector suborbital spaceflights Recently the association installed a rotating beacon salvaged
a regulatory footing. The House overwhelmingly approved the bill from Aretz Airport when it closed a few years ago.
in March but the Senate stonewalled for months during a series There are still a few hangar vacancies available. Anyone desir-
of negotiations that involved first the suborbital space industry, ing to base an aircraft at the airport or use the maintenance
then Senate Commerce Committee staff members. House and hangar will be required to join the association. For more informa-
Senate negotiators hammered out one compromise version in tion contact Michael Mossman, association secretary, or see the
October, only to have it put on hold after industry players raised website http://www.mossmansite.com/bcaaa/index.html
Members of the Transportation Committee were uncomfortable Young Eagles
with the way the bill handled issues relating to crew and passen- Let’s continue to introduce kids to the experience of flight and
ger safety, and wanted more time to review the legislation in its share our passion for aviation. Hopefully we’ll inspire more kids
entirety, said Steve Hansen, the panel’s director of communica- to seek careers in aviation or maybe to just study hard, get good
tions. jobs and follow in our footsteps.
Meanwhile, the Senate gave final congressional approval EAA Young Eagles Update: By newsletter publication date
Tuesday night to H.R. 5245, another bill that would extend more than 1,102,706 Young Eagles have taken their first airplane
indemnification protection for unmanned satellite launches. ride.
Those provisions originally were part of H.R. 3752 but were sep-
arated out when the fate of the more ambitious bill became ques-
Editorial Comments Sought
tionable. If you have an opinion on any story that appears in the
newsletter, or any other aviation-related issue, we want to read
Support Our Servicemen about it. We will make editorial space available for your responsi-
Be sure let the newsletter editor know if any of our members ble comment. Please contact the newsletter editor at michaeland-
or their families has someone in the service, especially if they email@example.com
have been called up for active duty. We’d like to recognize them
and thank them for representing us so honorably.
Upcoming Newsletter Features
SERVICEMAN UPDATE NEEDED: In December of 2002 Jim Project Reports — We have many active aircraft construction
Griffin joined Chapter 1311. Shortly before the war with Iraq start- or restoration projects right now; our members would like to know
ed Jim signed back up as a Major with the Marines and has been how your project is progressing. The newsletter editor will be
serving in Iraq. He had been receiving the newsletter via email contacting you in the coming month or two to find out about the
but this past couple of months the emails to him have come back status of your project.
as undeliverable. If anyone knows how to contact Jim, or knows Mystery Solo — A good friend and former member of the Civil
of his whereabouts or of any way to track him down, please con- Air Patrol suggested a feature that was popular many years ago
tact the newsletter editor at firstname.lastname@example.org. in several California chapters: Mystery Solo. What they would do
is feature a monthly description of a member’s first aircraft solo.
Support Our Member Businesses The identity of the pilot would be kept secret, and the other mem-
As a gesture of thanks to the members who donate their time, bers would try to guess who they thought it was. They would
EAA Chapter 1311 Newsletter • November 2004 • Page 4
then reveal the name at the next meeting or newsletter. If you (this corner has ABC Distributor, the Mormon Church, lit sign
would like to volunteer your first solo just email a short descrip- for Baptist Church on NW corner, and no signal. At the second
tion of the event to the newsletter editor at south street (Ramsey Lane) turn south (left).
email@example.com. We’ll keep it confidential until the 1763 Ramsey Lane is on the back of the horseshoe street.
meeting. The number is on the post of the mailbox.
Building on a Budget — Although some of us are able to
build our projects with every conceivable or desired piece of On the Radar:
equipment or feature, many of us are far more limited resources. December 4 — Annual Christmas party at Vern and Lou
We’d like to investigate the opportunities of building on a budget Sullenger’s (Saturday evening)
with on-going ideas and guest stories. January — TBA by incoming board and officers
We need members to participate in one or two of the planned
features above, and no previous writing experience is necessary. Chapter 1311 Board of Directors for
The newsletter editor will help out with spelling and grammar. 2004
Feel free to offer as much information as you are comfortable President: Tim LeBaron
with sharing. Just type out some notes and email them to the Vice President: Mike Laurenzano
newsletter editor. Note: we may contact you by phone or email Secretary: Michael Mossman
for more information on your project. Treasurer: Vern Sullenger
To download a “printer-friendly PDF copy of the Project Report Director: Glen Matejcek
questionnaire see Director: Dirk Melchior
http://www.eaa1311.org/PDF_files/project_report.pdf Director: Paul Vogel
To download a “printer-friendly” PDF copy of the Oshkosh
questionnaire see Newsletter editor: Michael Mossman
Calendar of Events HANGAR AVAILABLE: Anyone interested in a hangar at 2R2, please call Mike
November 13-14 — Las Vegas Air Show, Nellis AFB. USAF Laurenzano at 201-5889 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thunderbirds, Las Vegas air racing. For more information see FOR SALE: Custom composite panel flush-mount for Garmin GPS 196 $75
http://www.nellisairshow.com Contact Larry Rush k9hxt@msn.
January 20-22 — Great Lakes International Aviation Conference, FOR SALE: O-470 engine. Contact Bob Vondersaar
Lansing, MI. Joe Norris, EAA Senior Aviation Information email@example.com for details.
Specialist, will be doing 3 presentations: “Inspection of Amateur FOR SALE: Inflatable life jackets for over-water flight, only $5 each! Contact
Built Experimental Aircraft for A&P Mechanics”, “Flight Bob Vondersaar firstname.lastname@example.org or Tim LeBaron
Instruction and FBO Opportunities” and “General Sport Pilot TJLebaron@CS.com. Proceeds benefit Chapter 1311.
Presentation for Pilots and Perspective Pilots”. For more infor- FOR SALE: Four sets of very nice Koss headphones. Contact Bob Vondersaar
mation see: https://secure.nsgroupllc.com/greatlakesaviation- email@example.com or Michael Mossman firstname.lastname@example.org
conference.com/index.php for details or to make offer. Proceeds benefit Chapter 1311.
May 12-15 — Mid-Atlantic Fly-In & Sport Aviation Convention, FOR SALE: Three lighted and adjustable “flight desks” for aircraft installation.
http://www.midatlanticflyin.com Contact Bob Vondersaar email@example.com or Michael Mossman
Next Meeting firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to make offer. Proceeds benefit
The next meeting will be the Chapter Christmas party at Vern
FOR SALE: Stinson L-5 Landing gear Struts. Contact Kenny Shull 317-539-
and Lou Sullenger’s on Saturday, December 4, from 6 to 9 p.m.
A buffet dinner will be provided. RSVP with no later than
Saturday, November 20 a 1-317-839-8728 or email at sul- 2004 Membership Roster
email@example.com. Last updated November 19, 2004
NAME EMAIL ADDRESS PROJECT(S)
Directions to Sullenger home: BEETHAM, John firstname.lastname@example.org Fokker D VII, Piper Dakota
BYRUM, Jon email@example.com RV-7A
1763 Ramsey Lane, 1-317-839-8728 CHAPMAN, Jeff PoP6756@aol.com Piper Tri-Pacer
CLARK, David firstname.lastname@example.org 1946 Aeronca Chief
From west Hwy 40, go south on Center Street. CRAWLEY, Dennis Crawley27@comcast.net Grumman Tiger
At the south edge of Hummell Park, turn east (left) on Reeves CUTHBERT, Steve email@example.com RV-8
Road. DAVID, Glen firstname.lastname@example.org Sonerai
At the top of the hill, turn south (right) on the first south street DAVIDSON, Ginger email@example.com RV3
(Rachel Dr.) GRIFFIN, Jim firstname.lastname@example.org Questar Venture
Or the second south street (Ramsey Ln.). GROVER, Troy email@example.com RV10
1736 Ramsey Lane is on the back of the horseshoe street. GUSTAFSON, Dale DALEFAYE@msn.com Piper J-4
The number is on the post of the mailbox. HARRINGTON, Bill bhis60@yahoo. Cessna 182
or HELMINGER, Mark firstname.lastname@example.org helping others
HELTON, Dave email@example.com Piper Tri-Pacer
From east hwy 40, go south on Quaker Blvd. (St. Rd. 267)
LATHROP, Steve firstname.lastname@example.org BearHawk
Turn west onto Reeves Road (this corner has ABC Distributor,
LAURENZANO, Mike email@example.com Bushby Mustang II
the Mormon Church, lit sign for Baptist Church on NW corner,
LeBARON, Tim TJLebaron@CS.com RV8, Breezy, 1946 Ercoupe
and no signal) LONG, Chuck charles.long@GM.com Zenair 601 HDS
At the second south street (Ramsey Lane) turn south (left). MATEJCEK, Glen firstname.lastname@example.org RV8
1763 Ramsey Lane is on the back of the horseshoe street. MATEJCEK, Robin email@example.com RV8
The number is on the post of the mailbox. MELCHIOR, Dirk firstname.lastname@example.org F1 Rocket
or MOSSMAN, Michael email@example.com Zenair 601 HDS
From Hwy 70, north on St. Rd. 267 (Quaker Blvd.) toward NG, Bart firstname.lastname@example.org RV-7A
Plainfield, about 1/2 mi. And turn west (left) on Reeves Road REYNOLDS, Gary email@example.com RV6A
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RINEHART, Mark firstname.lastname@example.org Kolb Mark III Classic more than a half gallon of red. There is a small bit of black letter-
ROEVER, Doug email@example.com RV-7 Tail kit ing under the N-numbers, which probably took less than an
RUSH, Larry firstname.lastname@example.org RV6A, RV-8 ounce of paint.
SHUMAKER, Kim email@example.com — We couldn’t use vinyl numbers or stripes on this airplane
SHULL, Kenny PHONE 317-539-5542 Helping Others because the rivets are not flush; there would be too many raised
SULLENGER, Vern firstname.lastname@example.org Cherokee 140, RV-7A bumps in the vinyl. The N-numbers and lettering were drawn to
TURNER, Arvel email@example.com RV-9A size on computer, then the file was used by a sign-making shop
VITTETOW, J.C. firstname.lastname@example.org PA22
to cut the masks with a vinyl-cutting machine. Wayne sprayed the
VOGEL, Paul email@example.com Helping others
letter color, let it dry, then applied the vinyl masks. From there he
VONDERSAAR, Bob firstname.lastname@example.org Steen Skybolt
sprayed the background color, then peeled off the vinyl masks.
VONDERSAAR, Teresa email@example.com Steen Skybolt
ZELLER, Gary firstname.lastname@example.org Brantly helicopter
The result is the nice, sharp lettering,
I originally designed a red-and-yellow paint scheme with scal-
See our chapter roster online at http://www.eaa1311.org/mem- loped leading edges, much like what would have been in style in
berroster.html the 1930s. I wanted red and yellow for maximum in-flight visibility
Did we miss anybody? Please let us know; we’ll get it updated but the design didn’t look right on short, tapered wings. I went to
right away. the Zenair web site, sifted through hundreds of photos of com-
pleted airplanes, and adapted the design from a few that I liked.
Quote of the Month It looks like an aerobatic aircraft’s paint job.
“After a lifetime of flying I am convinced that it is a simple art, We masked the fans on the wings with tape strictly by eye; it
and nature meant it that way.” Robert N. Buck, from The Art of took many tries to get the pattern to look fairly even. We had to
Flying make many adjustments to miss as many rivets and vortex gen-
erators as possible. It’s not perfect, but then again, the rest of the
plane isn’t perfect, either. But at five feet away it looks really
November’s Program sharp and is extremely visible in all kinds of conditions.
Michael Mossman’s Zenair 601 project Because the room temperature dropped rather quickly when
I started my Zenair CH601HDS project in January 1998 and we were applying the clear coat to the fuselage we started get-
finished it just this past week. I passed my FAA certification ting some runs. We will be sanding some of that off and recoat-
inspection on October 14, 2004, and completed the painting the ing during favorable weather conditions.
following weekend. It hadn’t been ready to fly as some of the I didn’t have any idea of what to do with the cowling other than
systems still needed some debugging. continue the stripe pattern from the fuselage. Wayne, who used
Dennis Crawley stopped in on Saturday, October 30, and com- to paint race cars, hot rods and custom vans, really wanted to
mented that the Chapter visited my project just a few months paint flames coming from the air vents. At first I thought that
ago. That got me thinking, so I checked the records and found flames might be a bit gimmicky but didn’t protest at all. While tak-
out that “a few months ago” was really on December 4, 2002. I ing a break he laid out a few sample flames with fine masking
made some rather bold statements during that meeting, so here’s tape. I saw what could be done and let him go for it. So far
what I said and the reality that followed: everyone who has seen them gets a kick out of them; it’s certain-
1. I claimed that the parts fabrication was 99% finished; all I ly different. I just hope that they aren’t an omen.
had to do was stick the remaining parts together. I used my share of off-the-shelf spray paints for some other
2. I said that I had six to eight weeks’ work to get it ready to components in the airplane. The interior surfaces are painted
fly. That was two years ago. I’ve also made some other out- with an automotive trunk paint that I found at Wal-Mart. It’s a bit
landish claims about when it would be ready to fly; none of them rubbery and is easily repaired with a few quick shots. It’s cheap
came to fruition. and much lighter than an upholstered interior. The floor surfaces
3. As of the meeting I had accumulated 825 of construction of the cabin and baggage compartments are painted with a pick-
time. From that date to now I added 1,200 more hours, bringing up truck bedliner paint, also available as spray, but it comes in
the total to more than 2,000 building hours to date. brush-on, too. I don’t want carpet in the airplane as it is too hard
4. The designer said that the plane should weigh about 600 to clean. The instrument panel and wheel forks are painted with
lbs; the prototype came about the 595 or so. I claimed that I Rustoleum Hammertone paint. It dries hard and looks sharp.
would come in around 625 to 650 lbs. I certificated it at 682 lbs, There is a rubber spray paint coating that is used on tool han-
and that was before it was painted. dles; I used it for a few removable parts that are likely to scratch
5. I claimed that I wouldn’t be painting the airplane in the the rest of the plane. I also sprayed some of it on the rudder ped-
maintenance hangar here. Actually, in October we did paint it als, but I don’t recommend that. Some of the unseen interior sur-
right where it stands in the maintenance hangar. faces were painted with zinc chromate, but later I switched to a
6. As of December 4, 2002, I had spent less than $10,000, self-etching primer in spray cans that I found at NAPA.
and thought that I had only $15,000 to go to get it in the air. My
cash outlay has been about $32,000 total, so I was only off by PROJECT UPDATE: N905KM Flies!
about $7,000. It could still use about $4,000 worth of instruments Outlandish Claim Number 7: I told my wife that
and gizmos, but I can live without them. I wasn’t going to fly it that day. With warm, dry
weather projected for Sunday, November 14,
PAINT JOB and the availability of my painter, I planned on
Wayne Deckard, the painter, was around during the program spending the day doing the touch-up work on the
part of the meeting and answered questions about the paint job, paint job. I got out to the airport early with a can of kerosene for
and how an amateur painter could do an acceptable paint job in heat and got myself prepared for a long day of paint fumes. Roy
less than desirable conditions. Dawes came in and said that Wayne Deckard was going to be
Wayne applied a self-etching epoxy primer paint, which was pretty late but that it was the perfect day for a test flight. The light
dried and hard within minutes. We sprayed the first layer base wind was coming right down the runway, the visibility was great
coat immediately after cleaning the paint gun. The paint system and there was no traffic. Even better, there wasn’t anyone hang-
is a base coat/clear coat polyurethane process, which Wayne ing around to put the pressure on me.
claims weighs less than a single process paint system. We used We pushed the plane outside and did a couple of high-speed
about one and a half gallons of yellow for the plane, and a bit runs, one of which the plane lifted off more than I wanted. I was
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able to get it back on the runway in time for a safe stop. I brought Williams, who popped this shot and a few more. Chuck Leucht
it back to the hangar and asked for another ride in his Colt, which also made a video of the second, third and fourth flights, plus
he agreed. I made three more flights in it and felt very good combined in some footage of me building the project.
about staying on top of everything. I pulled the ballast from the
Zenair’s passenger seat, ran though my checklist, then took a A FEW WORDS OF THANKS
walk to think it over and clear my head. Everything truly came Although I built the main portion of this airplane by myself,
together in the best way so I decided to fly it. when I got to the systems I was lost and had to rely heavily on
In its present configuration it was off of the ground in 200-300 many people to get the plane to completion. Glen David, my tech
feet and flew away from ground effect in just a second or two counselor, did quite a bit of research in helping me to get the
more. I climbed out at a low attitude and higher speed (80 kts) radio and intercom system to work properly. Larry Poe spent
just to stay well above the unknown stall speed. At cruise the many hours adjusting the propeller to get the recommended stat-
engine was running overspeed (6200 rpm; 5800 is redline) so it ic RPM. Gene Hollingsworth cut and rewelded part of the
was tough to juggle everything that was happening and keep it in exhaust system that didn’t fit very well, and helped shape and
control. I brought it in for an immediate landing. form some of the compound curve parts that the plans artfully
We added about 1 degree more pitch to the propeller. I ate avoided. My brother, Matt, welded the torque tube and control
some lunch, cleared my head then departed again. The EGT column and some of the landing gear parts. Tim LeBaron welded
problems are all cured but now I am experiencing some elevated the steps and brake pedals. John Thompson welded the alu-
oil temperatures. We improvised a shroud with scrap sheet metal minum frame of the canopy. Wayne Deckard did the magic paint
and duct tape and that helped a bit, but the problem came back, job, and also worked on the engine plumbing and wiring. Roy
this time a few minutes later into the flight. All-in-all I flew it four Dawes probably did more than anyone with systems work, as he
times, accumulating less than one hour of flight time. Total time made the brake lines and worked on engine plumbing and wiring,
on the engine is now 2.8 hours. trouble shooting many of my electrical problems and helping to
On the ground the ailerons are nearly worthless but once out rig the aircraft. He also loaned me his aircraft so that I could get
of ground effect the aileron control becomes extremely effective. current before my first flight.
Aileron and elevator control seems very balanced, with only light There are quite a few other people that I didn’t mention but
pressures needed. No rudder was needed in the air. The airplane they are mostly the Boone County Airport “regulars” who hang
felt so stable that I was perfectly confident banking up to 45 out and lend a tool or hand whenever needed. For example, one
degrees within the second flight. It will bank left-to-right very day when painting we were fighting the clock, trying to get fin-
quickly, although it is not exactly aerobatic. I haven’t performed ished before the temperature dropped too much. I looked around
stall tests yet. I flew it to the near end of the runway for a landing and there were six guys helping to mask my airplane! When I’ve
and let it float in ground effect until it finally touched down. Lightly pushed it out for tests there has never been a lack of people to
loaded (me but no passenger or ballast, and nearly full fuel) it help open the hangar doors, move it on the ground, position
finally touched down after the ASI stopped indicating at 40 kts. chocks or spin wrenches.
Even with no experience in this make and model I was able to Although my wife, Katie, didn’t do any of the work on the
land and come to a full stop with moderate braking in the first plane, she gets her share of thanks and acknowledgment. If she
third of the 3,600-foot runway. weren’t willing to share the garage, do without while I spent
I didn’t experience any transition difficulties moving from wheel money on the airplane, and put up with a lot of long, lonely hours
to stick; it’s an automatic process. Zenair’s throttle design it at home while I was at the airport, or hadn’t given me constant
cheap and easy to build but I don’t like it. On the Rotax engine encouragement, this project would never have happened. Not to
the carb springs pull it to full throttle, and there is no mechanism mention the hundreds of airplane magazines all over the house,
to lock it in a setting. That’s bad; in cruise it will go overspeed tons of books, and the constant stream of catalogs that seem to
unless you pull back hard. Therefore I had to fly hands-on throttle appear from nowhere. Oh, and the forgiveness for being late for
the entire time. The trim (in it’s current configuration and balance) dinner too many times to count. For her reward she is looking
was to nose forward and roll left. I wanted to adjust the electric forward to fly-in breakfasts and some of the many near-by aerial
trim but couldn’t take my hand off of the throttle or the stick so I eateries I’ve been talking about for years.
flew both hands-on the entire time. We will ground-adjust the trim
on subsequent flights. Once it is close we will reset the indicators
and adjust the control arms to center them up a bit closer. And
do something with that dang throttle so I can take notes in flight.
One more weakness in the design is the wheel forks, which
are bent from aluminum plate and doubled with more of the same
material. They appear plenty strong, but when assembled onto
the gear legs they have enough flex that the wheels and tires can
actually rub on the sides. I have been investigating several ways
of making some legs of substantially stronger material, and will
replace the existing wheel forks when I get new ones made.
I tried doing some GPS speed checks but was unable to con-
clude anything because of the oil temperature problems. Before
we re-adjusted the propeller I was seeing 100 kts indicated with
the engine around 5800 rpm. I was unable to run both directions
with the wind so for now I will just say that it flew at least 90 kts
(or more) indicated, so it is currently faster than a Cessna 150. I
didn’t have the landing light covers on, and I don’t have the
canopy seals in place, so there is a lot of interference drag that
can easily be cleaned up. I also don’t have wheel pants yet,
which are necessary to get some real speed out of this design.
And yes, the propeller still needs more pitch.
The photo above is me leaving ground effect on the first real
flight. Just before departing I handed my camera to Chad
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