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December 1, 2016

Marla (Conciatu) Smith & Megan Klagstad

In the November issue of the Chapter Newsletter we published a preliminary article discussing a proposal: the establishment of an Aviation Explorer Post sponsored by Chapter #13 and the Boy Scouts of America.

The proposal received a positive reception by the officers and Marla (Conciatu) Smith and Megan Klagstad from the Boy Scouts of America made a presentation to the Chapter membership. This gave all of our members the opportunity to question Marla and Megan on the details of the program, and to determine whether the Chapter is favorable to the proposal.

At the December meeting there was a discussion to consider the issue and to evaluate this “outreach” program aimed at developing an interest in aviation with members of the youngest generation in our area.

November 3, 2016

Jim McDaniel—Project Update - Sea Fire/Trojan

Jim has been pretty busy this past year. The project has outgrown his barn and has now been relocated to a hangar at Ray Airport. Here is a few teaser photo. Fuselage with engine and pylons,


Just imagine all of the material media and trades that Jim has had to master to be able to put this together.

At the November regular meeting we saaw and heard about all that he has accomplished this year.

October 6, 2016

Doctor Robert Gordon DO - Pilots’ Bill of Rights

The EAA Chapter 13 Meeting Presentation for Oc- tober was given by Dr. Robert Gordon DO. Dr. Gordon’s talk was an update on the pilot’s bill of rights rules commonly known as PBR-2. The pilot’s bill of rights is a part of the “FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016”. It was signed into law by President Obama on July 15th, 2016. Under the provisions of PBR-2 a pilot who has taken an online medical course (to be developed by the FAA), has a valid drivers license, and has held a valid medical certificate issued by an AME within the last ten years qualifies. Many of the nuances of the bill and its implemenatin were discussed.

September 1, 2016

Young Eagle Academy Cadet Mackenzie Wassmus

Mackenzie Wassmus of Marysville, was our 2016 Chapter #13 candidate for the Young Eagle Academy. She joined us at the September regular meeting to share with us her experiences.

She was enthusiastically welcomed, and she gave the inside information on what this year’s program had to offer.

August 4, 2016

No meeting

July 7, 2016

Open Meeting

With no formal speaker presentation we got the regular monthly brief on the status of our finances, current events like the Chapter picnic, a Young Eagle update from the June event, and a building and grounds report, etc.

After the updates the floor was opened for com ments and or any issues the members would care to present or discuss. Pretty much the meeting presented an opportunity to socialize with one another and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Chapter members.

June 2, 2016

Rosie the Riveter

Donnaleen Langtree was the presenter in June. She’s the daughter of a Rosie the Riveter and six year President of the Rosie the Riveter Association. Www.rosietheriviter.org.

The story of the Rosies is a huge facet of the war effort, and one that received little recognition until years after the war. At the June meeting we welcomed Donnaleen and heard her story.

May 5, 2016

Peter Washabaugh, Arthur F. Thurnau University Professor, and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of MIchigan

Peter Washabaugh has been on the faculty of the University of Michigan since 1989. His primary background is in the area of experimental solid mechanics and optimal structures and system design. He was the director of the University of Michigan Wilson Student Team Project Center from 2007-2011.

During this period he doubled the size of the center to 20 project teams and was an advisor to the autonomous quad-rotor and solar-powered endurance airplane. Since 1993 he has been an advisor to Tauber Institute projects to integrate recent innovations (e.g. additive manufacturing) into aerospace systems.

For the past decade he has taught a series of design-build-test-compete courses that result in airships and hovercraft for display. These activities can be seen at a bi-annual event called “Aerospace Day.”

We heard more about U of M’s Aerospace Engineering accomplishments.

April 7, 2016

Brigadier General John D. Slocum

Brigadier General John D. Slocum is the Commander, 127th Wing, Selfridge ANGB, Michigan. The 127th Wing is home to 1,700 citizen-Airmen operating both the A-10 and KC-135 aircraft, as well the host to 44 tenant organizations from all branches of the military and numerous DHS organizations. Nearly 4500 Active, Guard, Reserve military and civilian personnel call Selfridge ANGB home. General Slocum has a histdory flying the A-10 “Warthog” and the F-16 “Fighting Falcon” or is it the “Viper”, and he share some of his experiences with us at the April regular meeting.

March 3, 2016

-Gary J. Knaggs, Program Manager, FAA Safety Team (FAAST)

Gary is the FAA Safety Team Program Manager (Airworthiness) for the East Michigan Flight Standards District Office. He has worked in this position for almost 10 years with his main job function being providing education for aviation safety.

He discussed transitioning to a smaller/larger aircraft, owner/operator maintenance, preparing for that first flight, and more.

February 4, 2016

Jim McDaniel—Project Update

Another year has passed and it was time once again for Jim McDaniel to update us on his Sea Fire (Trojan) project. Just as a reminder, the Thurston TA16 Trojan is a light amphibious aircraft developed in the United States during the 1970s for homebuilding. During the 1980s and again in the early 2000s, efforts were made to certificate the design for series production under the name Sea Fire. It is a four-seat flying boat with a shoulder-mounted cantilever wing and a T-tail. The engine is mounted tractor-fashion on a tall pylon above the wings, and the aircraft is equipped with retractable tricycle undercarriage for alighting on land.

Truly a daunting project. We admire your dedication, Jim.

January 7, 2016

Chris D'Acosta, CEO, Swift Fuels

Chris was at our January Regular meeting to discuss Swift Fuels' new avgas development, intended to replace 100LL.

At Oshkosh AirVenture 2015, Swift announced a new unleaded 94 MON avgas that they are bringing to the market. They are also working to expand the availability of this fuel to a number of concentrated interest areas across the U.S.