February 2020 Newsleter
Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1047 (INCORPORATED 1993)
4545 Airport Drive Wilson, North Carolina 27896
It’s All About Flying and Having Fun!
VOLUME 26, NUMBER 2
President: Keith Daughty Vice President: Grant Clow Secretary: Jim Downing Treasurer: Robert Schellenberg Newsletter Editor: Bob Crowder Membership: Hunter Sullivan
OUR PREZ SAYS February 2020
First I want to say that our January meeting was a good one as we had 36 members/visitors in attendance. We also acquired some new members and that is good news. There was lots of good discussion and some good food. Now we just need to keep this momentum going and make year 2020 the best year ever for EAA 1047.
Now; on a very different note. Sometimes life throws us a curve ball and I received one just recently. Now I will be working to kick this “C” word the doctor told me about. I want to thank everyone that has pledged their prayers and support during this upcoming exercise in medical science. My plan is to overcome this curve ball.
Therefore, I must release the reigns as President of EAA 1047 for now. Our good member and friend Hunter Sullivan will be assuming the duties of President and he is definitely qualified to lead you in the right direction. Please give Hunter all your support and help in continuing to make 1047 super successful.
A thought to ponder:
Make every day you have the most fun and exciting for you and everyone in your circle.
Keith, Our Chapter members are praying for you and Linda as you proceed through these treatments, and we are behind you 100%. God Bless You my friend!!!
MINUTES EAA CHAPTER 1047
Secretary-Jim Downing Chapter Meeting
January 4, 2020
The meeting was called to order by President Keith Daughety at 10:15 with the Pledge of Allegiance. A total of 36 members and guests were present. Guests included; Daniel Cox, Brian King, Charles Strickland and Grandson and Bob Hugel.
Minutes from the abbreviated December meeting were approved along with the Treasurer’s Report. The monthly newsletter was distributed prior to the meeting.
Ken Hillhorst took a few minutes to talk about the recent passing of his youngest daughter, Ashley Nicole who passed away in a tragic accident. Ken told the group a little about Ashley, who was just 19, and about how adventurous she was. Ken told the chapter how appreciate he was for our support and he presented the chapter with a plaque in Ashley’s honor. The chapter expresses only the very best wishes to Ken and his family during this extremely difficult time.
1) Keith reminded everyone that we now have a caterer for our chapter meals and that the price has increased to $10.00 in order to cover costs 2) Keith reviewed some of our accomplishments during 2019
a) New cabinets were installed in the chapter room b) New gutters to were installed by the city around the hangar next to the chapter meeting room c) A good contingent of 1047 members attended AirVenture 2019 at Oshkosh d) The chapter sponsored a “Learn to Fly” Day e) The chapter applied for, and received, a Ray Aviation Scholarship for Richard Green f) Held a Young Eagles Event for the Boy Scouts which included a ground school to help them earn a Merit Badge g) Many chapter members participated in the Annual “Fly Free to Be Me” in Greenville to benefit special needs kids h) Chapter meetings were held in Kenly and Red Oak i) The chapter participated in the Whirligig Festival again in 2019 j) Annual Christmas Party 3) Hunter Sullivan gave a membership report and talked about a new roster management software available through EAA National that we will be using in the near future
2) Bob Crowder talked about the monthly “member profile” for the chapter newsletter. He asked members to please consider sharing their story as all as chapter members find this to be a very interesting way to get to know our membership better 2) Garry Hodges asked when the next Young Eagle Event would take place. Young Eagle Coordinator, Donnie Boyette, explained that it would be when pilots are available. We should know by the next meeting but probably in March or April 3) Donnie Boyette asked the group about the interest in doing a “Poker Run”. After Donnie explained how it works, there seemed to be lots of enthusiasm for planning one of these events 4) Keith talked about the benefits available by being a member of EAA 5) Garry Hodges asked about the possibility of having some future meetings dedicated to education; i.e., building, flyting, etc. 6) Keith briefly talked about the new EAA RC Program being started 7) Keith passed on to all, who may not be aware, that we lost two members in 2019 in Steve Redding and Sandra Richardson
We did not have a speaker for the month so, Keith played the month EAA Video Magazine which was very interesting.
Ben Votipka talked to the group about safety and ADS-B. Ben stated that new controllers in the FAA need this in order for us to them to help them help us. He explained that “back in the day” many controllers were also pilots which is not the case today. He told us that we need to keep up the basic skills that most of us learned when we were training and to not rely entirely on the gadgets that are available today. He said that gadgets are ok, but don’t lose your normal pilot skills in favor of the gadgets.
Ben said that we should consider the risks before every flight and try to mitigate them, Ex: always be ready to go around.
The meeting ended around 11:55 and we enjoyed a catered lunch from “Oh My Lard”.
Next Meeting: February 1, 2020, 10:00am
Location: Wilson Industrial Air Center Speaker: TBD
*************************** Chapter News
This is a plaque presented to Chapter 1047 by a fellow chapter member, Ken Hilhourst. It’s a beautiful plaque in itself, but it has some very special meaning for Ken and for us. You see, Ken was given this plaque as a gift from his wife and daughters. Tragically, his youngest daughter was killed in a traffic accident this past December. Ken wanted us to display the plaque in the Chapter Room as a reminder of how precious life is, and how important it is for us to pay close attention to detail; being constantly vigilant of our surroundings and circumstances. Ken: thank you so much for this plaque. We are so sorry for your loss, and it will serve as a constant reminder for us to pay close attention to what we are doing.
Bocco’s Fun Facts and Aviation Tips!
Here are some interesting facts from BoldMethod.com that perhaps we should all pay attention too!!! This is especially true for those that are “point A to point B” pilots; saying “heck, I don’t want to just fly around and practice; I want to GO SOMEWHERE”!!!
How Simple Practice On Your Next Flight Could Prevent An Accident
By Colin Cutler 10/02/2018
When you're training for a new certificate or rating, you practice. A lot. And whether that practice is short-field landings for your private pilot checkride,
or full-procedure ILS approaches for your instrument rating, you usually get to the point where you feel like you can do them in your sleep.
But after you pass your checkride, how often do you practice maneuvers and procedures? The reality for most pilots is "rarely". That's not to say you aren't learning when you fly. Flying cross-countries and taking passengers on flights from A to B is always a learning process. But those raw stick-and-rudder skills fade over time without practice.
When you look at accidents in general aviation (GA), it's often the basics that get pilots into trouble. And when you look at the stats, a higherthan-normal crosswind on landing is often times all it takes to cause problems.
When's The Last Time You Practiced Crosswind Landings?
According to the FAA, the #4 most common cause of accidents in GA is low altitude operations, and the #1 cause is loss of control in flight. Unfortunately, crosswind landings put you in the bulls-eye for both of those operations.
Take this landing accident, for example:
The private pilot reported that, just before touchdown while conducting a personal flight, the airplane encountered a wind gust that pushed it sideways toward the grass adjacent to the runway. The airplane subsequently landed hard, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The weather conditions reported at the airport included wind from 50 degrees off the runway heading at 9 knots gusting to 19 knots. The pilot reported no abnormalities with the flight control system. Based on the available information, it is likely that the pilot failed to maintain airplane control while landing with a gusting crosswind.
The winds weren't light, but they weren't unusually high either. They were 50 degrees off the runway, 9 knots gusting to 19. But it was enough to catch the pilot off-guard.
Could the same thing happen to you? When's the last time you practiced crosswind landings? What's your personal limit for crosswind? And do you remember how to calculate your crosswind component in your head? (30 degrees off the runway is approximately 50% the wind velocity, 45 degrees is about 75% the velocity, and 60 degrees is almost 100% the wind velocity).
If you don't live in a windy area, it's easy to get rusty on crosswind landings. And crosswind touchdown technique isn't the only thing you might feel rusty on. Not having enough wind correction in the pattern can lead to problems, and going-around can be dicey too, if you haven't practiced it in awhile.
So what's the solution? It's pretty simple: practice. The next time the winds kick up, head out and practice some patterns. Start with landings. Consistently great landings can be hard to come by if you haven't practiced, and it takes work to knock the rust off.
If you aren't comfortable handling the winds on your own, grab an instructor. They aren't just an extra set of eyes in the cockpit, they can also help you pick out bad habits you might have picked up along the way, and give you some tips to improve your landings (after all, who doesn't want better landings?)
Once you've done that, spend time on the other problem areas, like getting slow in the pattern. When's the last time you practiced stalls? With a few repetitions, you'll refresh yourself on the warning signs of a stall: buffet, control mush, and
the stall warning horn. And, you'll knock the rust off your recovery technique as well.
And finally, practice a few go-arounds. Remember that when you start your go-around, you might not start climbing immediately, especially on a hot, high density-altitude day. That's why it's so important to stay on runway centerline during your go around, so if you do touch down, you hit the runway, and not the grass (or whatever else) is next to the pavement.
Practicing To Stay Sharp
Staying sharp comes down to practice. And practicing crosswind landings will keep you on top of one of the biggest problem areas in GA. So get out there, practice up, and keep your patterns and landings looking good, no matter where the wind is blowing from.
Take The Next Step...
Do you have a perfect takeoff and landing every time? Neither do we.
Chapter Member Profile of the Month
A funny thing happened on the way to my retirement. I can say that the career path I had was very satisfying. I feel that divine intervention occurred at the right time and allowed me to grow as a person and enjoy what I hoped to do when I went to school.
When I graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University, I had the idea of going to graduate school for oceanography. I needed to save up some money for this next step in life, so I took what I thought would be a short-term employment. As luck would have it, on my first day of work in the State Labs of Virginia, I was to be assigned to the Pesticide Residue lab for the apple season which was to be approximately 2 months. This was not the job I interviewed for or accepted. However, it was a job so I was happy to do it. The lab tested apples grown in VA to certify they complied with residue standards. Come to find out, they used a technique called chromatography to identify and quantify the pesticide residues on the apples. I found out that I had a knack for this type of analytical work. This temporary assignment lasted for 6 years in this lab (my choice), and I stayed in this field until I retired.
This career, that was thrown in to my lap, brought me down to Greensboro, NC and then to Wilson. I was exposed to quite a variety of challenges over the years in which analytical chemists are charged with finding out what might be in a sample and how much of it. I tested alcohol beverages for quality, food for filth and caloric content, soaps, water, pharmaceuticals, proteins, antibodies, etc., in biological material to name a few types of samples.
I had the opportunity to travel, to see parts of the world I never thought that I would see. My last job was with a company that designed, manufactured and sold Chromatography instruments, to support the sales force and customers with their purchase
and operation of the equipment. I traveled across the southeast and Europe interacting with people in industry, government and universities.
So how did I get into the general aviation stuff? It’s the fault of my wife, Irene. She encouraged me to take flight lessons in Greensboro, managed our household finances to afford my flying habit and somehow managed to save up money to buy the Tomahawk. Funny thing about that N2388T and the purchase experience. That plane literally fell into my lap.
As a chemist, trained in reading graphs, detail and safety oriented, following SOP’s and policies flavored the way I approach my flying. I had a question I asked when I was teaching people in complex chemistry procedures and showing them how to maintain their expensive equipment, to describe my attention to detail. What are the first four letters of Analytical?
I have been blessed in this life, with my wife, and with the friends I have meet being a member of EAA.
Col. Joe Smockatella says…………..
Ya never know what you’re gonna run across in this world of aviation.
So where do you think this may have been spotted? At W03? ……………….No At RWI? ………………No At Kenly International or SS Airpark? ………No How ‘bout Pik n Pig? ……………..No
All great choices, but this is actually a Frank Kidd photo taken at Parker’s BBQ here in Wilson. Heck, we must be the aviation capital of the Southeast; we just find beautiful flying machines everywhere!!! Keep yer eyes peeled!
Safety Tip of the Month
At last month’s meeting, Ben Votipka touched on a topic that we all need to think about, and put into practice. The subject discussed was to always be in the “Prepared to ABORT” mindset. If things don’t look right; “Take It Around”. We need to always be ready, and prepared to “wave off” the approach, come around, and try it again. The military has always taught this, and Ben said that the airlines are
now trying to instill this into their pilots thought pattern.
Don’t try to “Save It”, or to salvage a bad situation. If things just don’t look or feel right, don’t try valiantly to save it; just Take It Around!!! What’s it gonna cost you; maybe a gallon of gas and a couple of minutes? This doesn’t make you look bad or make you appear as a bad pilot. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Who knows, it might even save your life.
Of course to do this you need to be prepared. That means one hand on the stick (or yoke), and one hand on the throttle!!! With our little birds, it doesn’t take two hands on the stick (yoke) to manhandle the aircraft; so don’t do it. Keep one hand on the throttle, and always be ready to Take It Around if necessary!!! If you fly with Ben, he’s going to insist that you do this!!!
From the Editor
Probably, most of you have seen this post from our Vice President, Grant Clow. Grant sent it out as an Email back on January 19th. However, in case you happened not to have received the communication when it was distributed, here is what Grant said:
EAA Temporary Change in Leadership Sadly, as most of you have no doubt already heard, our leader and good friend Keith Daughety has been diagnosed with some serious medical issues. Per doctor's orders, and to allow him to focus on the challenges ahead, Keith has decided to temporarily step down as Chapter President.
A meeting of the Chapter Board of Directors was convened on 1/9/2020. After reviewing and discussing the relevant Bylaws, Hunter Sullivan was nominated by Donnie Boyette to serve as the interim Chapter President, seconded by Frank Kidd. The Board voted unanimously to approve the nomination, and Hunter has subsequently accepted the office on a temporary basis, pending Keith's ability and willingness to resume duties.
The minutes of the Board Meeting are available on request.
I'd like to thank Hunter for his willingness to step in to help us maintain the momentum and enthusiasm of our group.
And, most importantly, on behalf of the entire Chapter, I'd like to offer Keith all our support and prayers for the battles ahead.
Yours, Grant Clow EAA 1047 Vice President