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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.

December 7, 2017

Due to a last minute speaker cancellation, the meeting had a spontaneous roundtable discussion on various topics.

November 2, 2017

The Metro Detroit Metal Workers Club

Their interests run the full gamut within the realm of metalworking. Membership ranges from amateur to professional, but the projects we saw had us wondering “How did they do that?”.Exhibits will included static and working models, also various projects underway. We understand that the group contributes projects to the annual North American Model Engineering Expo.

October 5, 2017

Steven Oliver & Andy Hill, SANG

Steve opened the evening with a couple of announcements on their new Digital Radar that offers new improved display technology and data management capabilities and heir next electronic upgrades the Digital Tacan and new Digital Radios, and a short description of Michigan’s involvement in nationwide “State Partnerships Program”. Andy Hill addressed the subject of air traffic and airspace in and around Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

September 7, 2017

- David Fatell

September’s speaker was a young man by the name of David Fatell from Davison, MI. David is currently 23 years old and an Airline Transport Pilot flying the Embraer 175 jet. With over 4,200 flight hours, he holds many ratings including Seaplane in both single and multiengine aircraft, Helicopter, and Glider. David is also a CFI and CFI-I in airplanes and helicopters and a CFI in gliders as well.

David’s love and attraction towards aviation began to infiltrate him when he was a very young boy. At the age of 8 he took his first Young Eagles flight in Flushing, MI at the EAA Chapter 77 Young Eagles rally.

David flew up from his home in Columbus, Ohio in September and shared his success story with everyone at Chapter 13!

August 2017

No meeting as usual.

July 6. 2017

No speaker - Oshkosh and dawn Patrol prep.

June 1, 2017

B-25J “Sandbar” Mitchell

We invited Patrick Mihalek and Todd Trainor of the Brighton, MI. Warbirds of Glory Museum, to bring us up to date on their B-25 Project. In addition, you are probably aware of the fact that shop classes of all types are disappearing from our school sys- tems. To offset the loss in part, Pat and Todd have instituted a Youth Apprenticeship Program. We received a briefing on their efforts to educate the next generation.

May 4, 2017

Building a Carbon Cub David Hunstad, MD

David Hunstad MD is a new Chapter #13 member (2016). He has been passionate about aviation since a youngster, and has embarked on building an airplane which is now in the covering stage.

He presented at the May 4th meeting; "An Introduction to the CubCrafters Carbon Cub EX2 Kit". The discussion included a slide show, video clips, items from the CubCrafters factory for review, and a general fun time.

Videos of the build process, CubCrafters factory, and other completed CubCrafters aircraft ran for about an hour prior to the start of the meeting, and were well received.

April 6, 2017

ADS-B - Doug Conciatu

Doug is, once again, a member of the Regional FAASTEAM (Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team). He will be briefing us on the soon to be relevant topic “ADS-B”. Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS–B) is a surveillance technology in which an air- craft determines its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it, enabling it to be tracked. The information can be received by air traffic control ground stations. It can also be received by other aircraft to provide situational awareness and allow self separation.

ADS–B is a part of the new Next-Gen system and could replace radar in the not too distant future.

March 2, 2017

Steve Considine, National Weather Service

I was born and raised in Michigan and have had a fascination with the weather ever since I was a kid. I received my Bachelors Degree in Meteorology from Central Michigan University and I received a Masters Degree in Atmospheric Science from Saint Louis University in St Louis, MO. I began my career as a forecaster in the National Weather Service in 1998 at the Gaylord, MI office. In July 2001, I transferred to the office in White Lake, MI and have been a forecaster there ever since. I have been head of the aviation program at this office since 2002. Since that time, I have given presentations about various aviation weather hazards to many local pilot organizations and have participated in many workshops with the FAAST Team.

Looking forward to seeing you in March.

February 2, 2017

Flight to the Florida Keys - Brian Wezensky

Travel log presentations to distant locations, by Chapter #13 members, are always of interest to the rest of us. Who of us does not think about traversing the country in our own aircraft?

Well, there is one amongst us who has just accom- plished that feat. Brian Wezensky shared with us his adventure to the Florida Keys in his V-tail Beechcraft Bonanza. At the regular February meeting we got the story first hand.

January 7, 2017

FAAST Team Manager Gary Knaggs Submitted by Bill Appleberry

This January our Chapter was paid a return visit by Gary Knaggs and Pat Ryan. Gary and Pat are FAASTeam Program Managers working out of the Willow Run Flight Standards District Office or FSDO. FAAST is an acro- nym for the FAA Safety Team. The topic of Gary's presentation was

"Compliance Philosophy and Remedial Training". Compliance Philosophy is a new way the FAA is dealing with rule violations and other types of issues that compromise safety. The FAA, in its efforts to further reduce accidents in the airspace system, has reevaluated its procedures in dealing with events that build or construct the accident chain. Most acci- dents, being the result of more than one contributing factor or link, may be averted by successfully resolv- ing one or more of the failure points. According to Gary the new compliance philosophy is intended to foster an atmosphere of cooperation with the avia- tion community by encouraging voluntary information flow back and forth between the FAA and the people the FAA oversees.