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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.