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Speakers & Programs

December 3, 2010

- Annual Meeting & Banquet

A representative from the Kassel Mission Historical Society shared with us the story of this ill-fated World War II Air Battle and the cloak of secrecy surrounding it. Find out more about this mystery at the Kassel Mission Historical Society site.

December 2, 2010

- Chip Lennemann on Insurance

Chip Lennemann from Aerospace Risk Management Group, Inc. discussed insurance and financial info.

November 4, 2010

-Betty Keil speaks on Angel Flights

Betty Keil, from the the Mid America representative for the Angel Flights organization based at the Dupont-Lapeer Airport, spoke on Angel Flights. Angel Flights are designed for people who cannot afford the airline costs to travel to distant cities for medical care. This is a volunteer group that flies hundreds of people throughout the midwest. Please see The Angel Flights site for more information.

October 7, 2010

Patrick J Mihalek (rescheduled from September)

Patrick Mihalek is the founder of Legend Of Aces Aviation, a company dedicated to the restoration and services of Vintage, Classic, Experimental, and World War II Aircraft.  It has been his goal to help educate the younger generation about the history of these aircraft and keep dreams alive.

As a mechanic Patrick specializes in Vintage Aircraft/Airframes, Fabric/Tube, Sheet metal, Composites, Engines including  Continental and Lycoming. His work Experience includes  maintenance on general aviation aircraft, Restoration and maintenance of many types of vintage aircraft including, Aeronca 7AC Champ, P-51D Mustang, Ryan PT-22, North American BT-9, Fairchild PT-19. His special work experience includes assembling and manufacturing of sheet metal parts.

You can learn more at www.legendofaces.com

August 28, 2010

2nd Annual Joint EAA Chapter 13/ RCCD Fly-In

The joint fly-in of EAA Chapter 13 and RCCD was back by popular demand. Members of both clubs attended. Pcitures here.

Full-size general aviation planes of EAA Chapter 13, and RCCD R/C models were gathered at David’s Landing. EAA pilots had an opportunity to fly R/C planes via buddy box, with RCCD demo pilots. RCCD members had an opportunity to ride with EAA pilots in their planes. Tehre were demos & General R/C flying.

More info on RCCD: click here

July 1, 2010

CarolAnn Garratt of Gainesville, Florida has flown around the world in less than nine days. CarolAnn and her co-pilot, Carol Foy, hold the world's record for their flight in December 2008.

Done to raise awareness for ALS, CarolAnn discussed not only her flight but the grueling eighteen months of preparation that preceeded it.

CarolAnn earned her private pilot license in 1978 and her instrument rating in 1980. In 1996, she completed her commercial license and bought a Mooney in 2000. After her mother suffered and died from ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease, she flew around the world in 2003 to raise awareness and donations for ALS research. Not content to just fly, CarolAnn built her first plane in 2006. Today she owns and flies three different aircraft. She has over 3900 hours and flies more than 400 hours a year including flying students with the EAA Young Eagles program, the sick and needy with Angel Flights, and instructing cadets with the Civil Air Patrol.

June 3, 2010

Kyle Bonser from Fire Defense Equipment Co. provided a demonstration of the proper use of portable fire extinguishers and addressed aviation specific concerns.

Kyle Bonser has been involved in the Fire Protection Industry for 16 years. He holds Firefighter I and II Certificates, as well as many other fire service related certificates from the National Association of Fire Equipment Distributors and multiple manufacturers of extinguishers and kitchen suppression systems.

Since 1949, Fire Defense Equipment Company, has designed, engineered, installed, and serviced commercial & industrial fire protection systems. Our aim has always been and always will be professional service, top‐notch products, and complete customer satisfaction at all times.

May 6, 2010

Ron Lendon - Corvair Engine College

Ron Lendon made a presentation about what it was like traveling to Florida for a four day event where he built and test ran his Corvair engine modified for aircraft use. Ron is building a Zenair Zodiac XL from plans.

Roy Szarfinski, the creator of the Fifth bearing for Ron's engine, also presented with Ron.

The engine was on display.



April 1, 2010

Tim Kurcz

Tim Kurcz spoke to the group about Loctite fastener technology......which ones to use for specific applications. Tim also builds outboard race engines.  Sometimes he has three engines in the assembly process during the same week. With that experience he knows where and when to use Locktite products. Tim is also working on a homebuilt and flying a Grob.

March 4, 2010

The guest speakerwill be Todd Trainor. Todd will be telling us about the history of Aeronca Aircraft including the origins of the company and how they started the light plane industry!

See the Aeronca Club website for details and drawings about the various models by clicking here.

February 4, 2010

Steve Considine

Our guest speaker for the February meeting was Steve Considine from the National Weather Service.

Steve talked about locations on the web to go for aviation weather forecasts and information.

He will also answered other questions we had regarding weather and the National Weather Service.

January 7, 2010

General discussion on a very cold and snowy night.


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