Happy New Year, everyone! I hope 2024 brings you and those you hold dear a pleasant and prosperous year ahead. Personally, yesterday (January 1st) was the one year anniversary of my retirement, and what a year it was. I had hoped that retirement would allow me to spend more time working on my Bearhawk homebuilt (I started it in 2012) and it certainly did that. I think I put in about 1000 hours in 2023, and while I enjoyed every minute, I'm not done yet. The airplane is mostly scratchbuilt so I have had to learn new skills (welding, basic machining, fabric covering, electrical system design, etc) but the skill I am trying to learn right now is upholstering and using a sewing machine. Buying upholstered seats for my airplane is STUPIDLY expensive so, being a frugal (cheap) so-and-so, I am determined to learn how to do this. In the end will I have seats that look professionally done ? Highly unlikely. Will they cost less than the pro seats ? I expect so, but it depends on how many tries I take at each piece. Will I be happy with the final result? Absolutely, because I will have learned a completely new skill, and I will be able to point at them and say "Yup, I made those."
In my opinion, besides the aviation social/camaraderie aspects, this is the whole point of EAA. Learning. Whether it is how to rivet, or replace a tube and tire, or participating in VMC Club and exchanging ideas on VFR regs/challenges or watching meeting presentations on some technical/historical aspect of aviation, it is all good. It is all fun. And no matter what new skill or knowledge we acquire, it makes us that much more accomplished as a person. And if you are newly retired, it keeps you in your workshop and out of your spouse's hair....
Membership Coordinator's Message:
As we enter 2024, need I remind those members who have not renewed their membership, to please do so. The success of our chapter relies on the support from all of our members and not just the executive. Please send your remittance to email@example.com and we will do the rest. Please check out Membership for information regarding membership renewal or becoming a member.
February 2024 General Meeting
Note: All chapter presentations will now be conducted on the third Saturday of the month at 10:00AM, excluding December and July, and will be held at the EAA chapter lounge unless announced by our president.
VMC Club Meeting
The February VMC Club meeting will be held at the EAA Chapter 245 hangar and will follow our presentation by Phillip Johnson.
This Month's Question:
What is the difference between three- and four-digit identifiers for military training routes (MTRs) charted on a sectional chart?