The Beacon May 16, 2024

The Beacon

May 16, 2024

This is the semimonthly email newsletter from the Experimental Aircraft Association of Lake Elmo, MN.  If you have difficulty reading this information, view it on the chapter website.

Anna Chase named Ray Scholarship recipient for 2024

Anna Chase and Bruce Olson
At the regular monthly meeting of Chapter 54 on May 13, Anna Chase was named the recipient of the second Ray Scholarship ever offered by the chapter. All of her flight lessons and expenses, up to $11,000, will be covered by the scholarship. It helps that she knows a guy. Her dad, Chase, is a chapter member who happens to have an airplane. At Monday's meeting, Ray Scholarship coordinator Bruce Olson presented Anna with a T-shirt with lines marked for her flight instructor to cut upon her first solo. Under terms of the scholarship, Ms. Chase must complete her flight training within a year. Read more about the Ray Scholarship program. >>

Sim pits and the passion of flight
Jeff Dale's sim pitJeff Dale acknowledges he's not a certificated pilot, though he'd like to be one of these days. But his ability to fly will probably come because his Dad moved the family to Japan when he was young. "My dad's company was going to buy us a new home computer. We had one, my dad used for grad school but the new computer we were getting was going to have a mouse. And it was going to have the new Windows 95." 

Hubba hubba.

That computer, with that spiffy mouse and Windows 95, unlocked a passion, he told the May 13 meeting of EAA Chapter 54, "because it meant we'd be able to play video games on it." 

Granted it took a little bit more. A war, for one.  Read more >>

Annual Chapter Survey Released

EAA chapter survey

The annual Chapter 54 member survey was presented to members at the monthly meeting on May 13. Under the direction of Vice President Jay Schrankler and with the assistance of Scott Hanson, the survey is intended to determine of chapter activities are aligning with member wishes. Though, less than half of the members took the survey, which was conducted January to March, it was a sizeable participation increase over 2023's survey.  See the survey results >>

Fly-Out Schedule 2024
Reminder, This Saturday 5/18 9:00-1:00 at New Richmond there is a fly-in. For those that want to go, meet by the observation deck about 8:30am - Or just see each other at New Richmond. If you want to go and need a seat, let Bill Shanks know and he can see if there are seats open.

June Meeting
Our next meeting is the annual chapter picnic. The picnic will begin at 6 followed by a hangar and airplane tour. Stay tuned for details. The Cinema 54 movie is postponed because of the picnic. Bring your family and friends. BYOB. Meeting Details >>

Give the plants a break
Thanks to Vicky Moore, three new bushes have been planted around the Chapter House. They are located just to the right of the ramp , on the left corner of the front of the ramp, and next to the side stairs. Thanks to Dale Seitzer, there are new hostas planted in the northeast bed. And thanks to Bob Collins, there are two areas in which some anemone perennials have been planted. Along the front and to the left of the side stairs. Because we don't have water, please bring a gallon or so with you whenever you're at 21D, check their condition and if they need a drink, provide it. 

Other aviation: Van's might make it
Judging by the latest video posted this week, Van's Aircraft is making a pretty impressive recovery from last December's bankruptcy filing. The order backlog is being whittled down, and the replacement parts for the laser-cut-parts mess are being shipped.  Engines seem to be another story with significant price increases. See the video on YouTube.

Dale Seitzer: Performing maintenance on your airplane
Aircraft maintenanceWhether you have a certificated airplane, an amateur built experimental or a light sport airplane there are several maintenance actions you can do on your own airplane.  These tips will apply to whatever you are working on.  All these tips are the result of mistakes I made in the past. You can measure ability by the effectiveness of recovery from mistakes. Read more >>


Volunteers needed for Farnsworth Tour
Farnsworth 2nd Graders will be arriving for the annual hangar tour with Chapter 54 on Friday May 24th at 10:15 am and 12 pm Friday May 24. We can always use more volunteers to escort or show off an airplane if you would like to join us. The plan is to have the bus arrive at Lake Elmo Aero with all 50 students and form a conga line through the facility and ending at the big hangar.

First Stop:  Lake Elmo Aero Facility Tour 
Bus takes the inside road to the south side hangars.

Four Smaller Rotating Groups led by teachers and teacher aids.

Dan and Karen Bergstrom Hangar:    Topic:   The Art of Compass Navigation
Dale Seitzer Hangar:     Topic:  Sky Ranger Homebuilt   with Assistance by Al (I Second the Motion) Kupferschmidt
MAC Maintenance Building and Equipment: Outside Plowing, Mowing Equipment and Fire Truck
EAA Chapter House:    Leif Erickson:   Presentation:  Various Forms of Suspended Atmospheric Water
Bonus Stop: Snacks before the bus:    Chapter House

Contact for more information: Jeff Dale or Gregg Adler

A fantastic start to Young Eagles season

Chip Berniard

It would be impossible to ask for a more perfect day than the one that greeted 30 Young Eagles and their families at Lake Elmo Airport on Saturday May 11. An amazing eight pilots volunteered - Dale Seitzer, Leo Correa, Scott Hanson, John Regenold, Bruce Olson, Chip Berniard, Don Wishard, and Tom Seehler. Among the ground volunteers was Vicky Moore, doing her usual incredible job of coordinating the matching of Eagle to pilot; Jim Pearsall, Greg Adler, and Ed Trudeau. Marlon Gunderson provided I.T. support. And Leif Erickson staffed a "What's Next" program at the Chapter House.

The crowd was enthusiastic and the shouts of joy in some cases was exactly what you want out of a Young Eagles rally. Sadly, the only tragedy was the death of our new Young Eagles banner, which did not survive a ferocious wind on Friday evening. See all the pictures from Saturday's event >>

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