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December 6, 2018

As is normally the case, there was no speaker scheduled for the December meeting.

November 1, 2018

Willow Run Airport's, Rick Taig (Airport Director) and Elisa Guyton (Associate Development Director, Yankee Air Museum) gave an overview of the xciting changes that are happening at the historic Willow Run Airport (YIP) in Ypsilanti, Michigan and members of Chapter #13 got a behind-the-scenes sneak peek of the future plans and discussed details of how the airport will be changing and growing in the upcoming years. Rick shared airport construction projects, tenant growth plans, forthcoming changes, and answered questions.

Elisa gave updates and building plans of the new museum (which will be renamed the National Museum of Aviation and Technology) and what has been restored since the devastating museum fire in 2004. She discussed how the national aviation community can support this endeavor and what will be in store for visitors to the new museum.

Amy Kienast, University of Michigan, shared information about U of M's Buddy-to-Buddy program, a peer-to-peer assistance program for military members and veterans from all service eras and branches. Volunteers in the program link veterans to a myriad of available re- sources. She shared information about volunteer opportunities, upcoming events, and success stories of veterans who have benefited from the program.

October 4, 2018

- Adam Pauly

Adam Pauly is a A10 Pilot in the 107th fighter squadron group at Selfridge Air National Guard base. He covered his background, flying A10’s, the Selfridge squadron, typical missions, and how his squadron fits into the National defense system, etc.

One more item with respect to Adam, he flies a Mooney for personal trips.....

September 6, 2018

Randall Novak & Mark Mancuso - Air Academy Cadets

There will be no formal presentation at the Septem- ber regular meeting. However, we will hear from the two Chapter #13 sponsored Air Academy Ca-dets about their experience at AirVenture, Oshkosh 2018. Please be with us to welcome the fellows home, and to hear what they have to say about what they observed and accomplished.

August 2018

Nio meeting is held is August due to Oshkosh AirVenture.

July 5, 2018

There is no formal speaker scheduled for the July regular meeting, as has been the custom for some years back.

June 7, 2918

David Loyd, Air Interdiction Agent for the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).

CBP is charged with monitoring traffic crossing into and out of the United States borders and tracking suspicious traffic as it moves across the coun- try. There are over 300 ports of entry into the U.S.,plus, literally thousands of small, isolated airfields capable of landing a small aircraft. AMO assets monitor maritime movements day and, espe- cially, night along the borders. Data is sent to a na- tional processing center for analysis. This database builds a ÒDomain AwarenessÓ that allows the agency to identify and track potential illegal activi- ties and the vehicles they use. David told us that Ray is a perfect place for a plane to car transfer of illegal contraband. ItÕs isolated, the runway is easily accessible by car or truck and there are few people around at night. He told us we are important sources of information about suspicious activities. We can report suspi- cious activity to CBP at 1-800- BE-ALERT (1-800- 232-5378). There is also the General Aviation Hot Line 1-866-GA-SECURE (1-866-427-3287). Over the years the CBPÕs AMO fleet has largely stopped drug traffic into the U.S. from the air and sea, but illegal activity in the desert southwest remains a problem.

May 3, 2018

DanielStasinski, Photographer -

Recently he started a business called “Critical Imaging”. He takes much pride in his photography and also offers a couple of unique experiences. He specializes in 3D Virtual tours and Drone photography. His 3D Imaging offers a real-time experience of being in a home or space all while surfing from your phone or computer. Although mostly used in real estate sales, he has been able to capture a couple of hangers and it’s been very interesting. He was excited to show what and how you may be able to use this service for yourself and in your Chapter.

April 5, 2018

Doug Conciatu, Faast Team

The speaker for the April meeting of EAA Chapter 13 was our own Safety Coun- selor, Raconteur, and man about the airport, Doug Con- ciatu. Doug is an FAA FAAST Team member and presents Safety Seminars on many sub- jects. Doug’s’ topic for the evening was “25 tips for Safe Summer Flying”.

March 1, 2018

Silent Auction

It had been been a long time since we had an auction at Chapter #13 and we were overdue.

Peter Dugdale coordinated efforts to assemble auction items. Any Chapter member could bring in items to be placed in the auction.

Some of the larger items included a table saw, radial arm saw, brake, band saw, oxy- acetylene bottles, 155 piece tool kit, folding ladder, motor bike lift. Also numerous hand tools, cleco’s, pneumatic pull rivet gun, power drills, small fridge, micro wave, specialized electrician hand tools, rivets, etc...

Income from auction items was received by the owner directly or donated to the Chapter. Your choice.

February 1, 2018

FAAST Team Manager Gary Knaggs

Gary is a FAASTeam Program Manager working out of the Willow Run Flight Standards District Office or FSDO. He has held the position for the past 11 years. FAAST is an acronym for the FAA Safety Team. Last year the topic of Gary's presentation was "Compliance Philosophy and Remedial Training". More specifically the subject was airworthiness and maintenance.

He explained that the goal of the new compliance philosophy was remove the fear of adverse action to an FAA or airspace rule infraction. If a pilot or an aviation mechanic or inspector encountered an issue that adversely affected safety they will be able to report it to the local FSDO without fear of punishment.

Gary gave us the latest news is from the FAA.

January 4, 2018

Paul Danis, Commercial Drone Pilot

Taking Off with Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) – Drone Flight

Ever since the Wright Brothers took to the air, people have always looked to the sky. Drones have the unique ability to offer one a perspective not available anyway else.

This topic was a round table discussion of sUAS flight as well as video and still imagery captured by these amazing machines.

We discussed the regulation and certification process to legally fly. The discussion included the latest updates in the Part 107 requirements for Airspace Approval – Including the newly released LAANC function that gives Certified Part 107 pilots the ability to request and obtain instant airspace approval.