Chapter 1457

Eugene, OR

EAA Chapter 1457 Meeting Minutes


April 3, 2017

The April 2017 meeting was held at the Oregon Air and Space Museum. President Ron Parker opened the meeting with 10 members and 2 guests (Mark and Patrick) present. Light turnout was attributed in part to the ongoing Sun & Fun event in Florida and the NCAA Championship game on TV.

Ron showed a photo taken of a chrome spinner reflecting the surroundings at an airport in the Willamette Valley and we tried to identify the plane, photographer and airport.

Old Business:

The minutes were approved and a reminder given for everyone to pay annual dues ($20) to Treasurer Paul Colvin.

No update on the T-shirt design as John Stahr was at S&F. No update on flyouts as Larry Lowenkron was not in attendance. Tony Hann at Albany is planning a flyout for Chapter 1524 to Chehalis on 20 May and we are free to join them.

Bob Bronson purchased the Lawrence Air maintenance gift certificate for $1,530. Thanks to Lawrence Air for donating the gift and Bob for buying it!

Wayne Eckertson provided a quick update that planning continues for the EAA National tour stop of the B-17 Aluminum Overcast on 4-7 May. Still room for more volunteers. Fliers were available for Chapter members to distribute around town.

New Business:

Dan Pimentel has created a flyer to be mailed to all EAA members within 50 miles to inform them of the B-17 visit and invite them to check out Chapter 1457.

KEUG ATC granted two tours of the Tower cab and Cascade Approach on 23 May. A few people were able to attend. There are now 5 controllers who are pilots but only one is an active flyer. Everyone is encouraged to offer flights to those folks if time allows.

Carl Chieffo won the bottle of wine for guessing (or was it google??) closest to the actual cost of a B-17 in 1945 dollars; $238,000 for the base model.

The evening’s guest speaker was Paul Ruscher PhD, Science Division Dean at Lane Community College. Dr. Ruscher is a career meteorologist and former instructor of Air Force meteorologists. He spoke on weather products available for pilots and getting the best use of them. He also described efforts to get a third radar system on the Oregon Coast to fill the gap between Portland and Medford radars. His slides are available at:

The April EAA Chapter video was shown with a story on the Apollo program, which will be highlighted at AirVenture 2017 on Friday evening with former Apollo astronauts as the guests. The video also included the 500th weekly Hints for Homebuilders. The video hints originated in 2008 and the latest installment was tips to TIG welding acute angles on tube fuselages.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00.

Hints for Homebilders videos at