Fox Valley Flying Club
Minutes of April 12, 2012 Meeting
Meeting was held in the meeting room at the Illinois Aviation Museum. Called to order by Roger Kellogg at 7:00pm
Roger welcomed the members and guests and reviewed the agenda and mission statement
Steve V. joined us, back visiting on a break from working in Alaska.
The Secretary read the minutes from the March meeting.
The Treasurer reported a balance of $1,526.62 with 21 paid members
WEB SITE: up to date, no newsletter as no material has been submitted by members.
Kevin B. sold his hanger and plane Gary B. Kevin is done with flying for now but will still be “hanging with the club”
Cavalcade is the first weekend in June. Volunteers needed. Contact Kevin B. if you are interested in volunteering
All past volunteers report having a great experience
Field is good and has been rolled. Still no fuel.
May 10th to be held at Cushing Field
June Meeting: Moved to Saturday the 23rd to be hosted by Kent and Sharon at their lovely home and air ranch near Aurora
July Meeting Moved to Saturday July 14th and combined with the Cushing Picnic
Steve V. no progress on his Kitfox as he has been working in Alaska. Steve expects to be back in three months for OSHKOSH
Andrew K. no progress, working in Minnesota
Tom H. Kitfox, has 47 hours on the airplane, had to change out a leaking oil cooler.
Roger K. RV7, slow progress due to travel for work.
Had a discussion about flying in the Southwest US
Difficult flying midday due to thermals
Lots of rough terrain that is sparsely populated
Kent reported on a once in a lifetime opportunity. He got to visit a US Navy Aircraft Carrier including flying aboard on a C2 Greyhound. Kent reported the landing was intense and the takeoff more intense.
In landing you go from 102mph to zero in 200ft. On takeoff zero to 126mph in three seconds.
Kevin reported he took a nice scenic flight near Sedona in a WACO biplane flown by a former Blue Angel. Two weeks later the same plane/pilot crashed killing two passengers.
GOOD OF THE CLUB
A discussion was had regarding off airport landings
General consensus: corn is better than soybeans. Practice emergency procedures including dead stick landings.
Some discussion was had regarding what gives more drag. A stopped prop or an idling prop? Much discussion no real consensus
A discussion was had regarding meeting location. The last several meetings we have not met the minimum at Charlie’s
Continue to use Charlie’s and try and get more attendees
Find another restaurant with no minimum
IAM meeting room is usually available (normal to give the museum a small donation to thank them for the use of the room. For this meeting we gave $25)
Tom H flew with Phil B in Phil’s plane. Tom said it was the longest flight Tom ever took with multiple stops.
Bob B did an Angel flight to Columbus Ohio.
Bob also told of his first flight of the season in the Piper Cub
Bob noted the breaks were not fully functional but figured he was landing on grass so no big deal (Cushing)
Then Bob decided to fly to Morris to get gas, again no big deal, lots of runway.
When Bob left Morris he did not feel like taxing to the end of the run way to takeoff. Took off using only part of the runway and at 30ft up the engine quit
Bob had to execute a short field landing on pavement with no brakes (doh!) he did get the plane stopped before running out of pavement
Turns out he had not turned the fuel valve “ON” after fueling. Turned on the fuel and headed home no problem.
THANKS to Christine and Barry for Pizza and Cookies. Tom for the soda
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