Chapter 1117

Experimental Aircraft Association Greeley, CO

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September 2018 Minutes

Posted on September 17, 2018 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

A regular meeting of EAA Chapter 1117 was held on Sep 15 at the Greeley airport conference room at 09:15. Vice President Ed O’Connor presided. As the club scholarship, for an area youth to be used for flying lessons, has not yet been announced for 2018 the committee will meet immediately after the Chapter meeting for finalizing this selection. This Chapter 1117 scholarship is for one thousand dollars, and is to be used for flying lessons. It will be awarded to a youth from the Greeley area, or immediate surrounding communities. This will be an ongoing annual program for the club.

A possible future Young Eagles rally, and an alternative to the Learn to a Fly day were discussed. We would still try to work with the Aims Flight School on a LTF Day, but the school will be moving soon, and they will be approached at a later time on this. This is an ongoing planning item.

Announced at Air venture Oshkosh is a new emphasis: the EAA Flying Start Program. It is a program that is designed to welcome new aviation enthusiasts to the fun, freedom, and accessibility of personal aviation. It is designed to provide interested adults with a local pathway into the world of flight. Flying Start participants will have direct access to EAA’s Eagle Flights program through a hosting chapter, allowing them to experience aviation for themselves with a free introductory flight and informal mentorship from an EAA volunteer pilot. After the flight the participants will receive a free six-month membership to EAA. Due to the flying requirements, It was agreed that if the club did this, we would try to combine, and cooperate, with another EAA club in order to make it as successful as possible. This can be a part of our future planning.

Lee showed a video about an AirVenture project where a RV-12 was constructed and flown in within a weeks time, of course using many builders doing hands on. He also showed a short take on a do it yourself pitot static leak check using surgical tubing.

It was announced that Mr.Ray Hawkins will be at the October meeting discussing Seaplanes and the progress in getting more places approved for landing in Colorado. He is every knowledgeable on the subject.

Don Buman gave us briefing on his recent enjoyable flight into the mountains in this 182 to Johnson Creek airport, Idaho (3U2).

Ed O’Connor has a Sonerai aircraft kit that is partially constructed, with a disassembled VW engine, that is for sale. Asking price is 500 dollars.

Meeting adjourned at aprox 10:40.

Truman Sager, Secy.

August 2018

Posted on September 9, 2018 at 8:40 PM Comments comments (0)

A regular meeting of EAA Chapter 1117 was held on Aug, 18, 2018. The club was briefed by Frank Whitley on advanced high performance gliders including the pressurized Perlan Mission II glider. Frank projected many pictures of this aircraft and explained how it might fly above 90,000 feet. Thanks Frank.

Jim Zarlengo briefed the club on his impressions of the 2018 Oshkosh, WI event. He brought many show publications, including a very newsy daily newspaper printed just for the show. These publications show the dedication of the organizers and how much the show pubs have advanced over the years. Thanks Jim.

Chad Cameron also briefed us on his interest in seaplanes, and what the industry, and that community, is doing today. Thanks, Chad.

Minimal business was conducted, as everyone was so interested in the topics of the day. The scholarship committee will meet soon. Truman Sager, Secy.

March 2018 Minutes

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

A regular meeting of Chapter 1117 was held on March 17th, 2018, with Ron Bland presiding. This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Aims aviation program. Aims again will be heavily involved in our Learn to Fly Day. We salute them, this event, and their involvement in the greater Colorado community.

This year we will have two full runways available for use during the Learn to Fly Day. We only had one last year.

Some coordination with fuel and food vendors, Aims, and certain members of the club have already taken place, Most members have agreed to do the jobs they did last year for the LTF Day. A new advertising poster is being designed, and will be available soon for distribution.

The Goodtimes Car Club will be in attendance again this year, and the Greeley Fire Dept. will participate. The airport personnel are working closely with us on parking, traffic cones, marking tape, air traffic flow etc. also.

March 30th is a deadline for receiving our flight scholarships for 2018. The club looks forward to awarding them.

Ed O'Connor gave a brief presentation and review of the FAA Wings program, and where information can be obtained for it.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:15.

Truman Sager, Secy.

November 2017 minutes

Posted on November 20, 2017 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

A regular meting of EAA chapter 1117 was held on Saturday, Nov. 18th, in the Greeley airport conference center. Minutes of the last meeting were read by the Secretary. Items of discussion were: The club leadership has agreed to continue in their present positions. No change were made.

It is a possibility that our Learn to Fly Day in subsequent years after 2018 might have to be conducted differently than it is now due to a possible relocation of the Aims flight school It may be like an expanded Young Eagles/Eagles day or similar. Several other applicable scenarios were discussed as well.

Flying, and learning to fly, were discussed with respect to controlled/uncontrolled airfields. A few interesting experiences and insights were shared.

The club discussed offering another flight lesson scholarship in 2018. More details on this to come later.

Our annual January get together dinner date was set of January 13th, and will be at the Cattleman’s Steak House & Saloon, 2600 West 11th Street Road, Greeley. Spouses and significant others are invited. More details on this will be announced soon.

October 2017 Minutes

Posted on October 22, 2017 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

There was regular meeting of EAA Chapter 1117 on Oct. 21st. Items discussed were: upcoming planning for our Learn to Fly day of May 19th, 2018, our normal meeting date. This event will be in close coordination with the Aims Flight school, and it will be in their spaces as in past years. More effort will be given to photo taking and supplying certain magazines with our event and scholarship presentation news.

The county is open to a fly over, by the club flyers, over a new completed roadway to celebrate its completion. If we desire to participate, we will need leadership volunteers. This event will be on our next meeting date of Nov. 18th. at 11:00 AM.

A program was given by Mike Holland on a low cost ADS-B, in and out, installation for light aircraft, as well as other modern, in cockpit, pilot navigation technologies. Mike would be glad to supply information to anyone in the club on this.

It is that time of the year when we must choose club officers. The position of President is now open to anyone desiring this leadership experience to add to their resume. The position of secretary is open also. Lee has agreed to continue as Treasurer. Other positions open will be announced as this information becomes available. This can be your chance to exercise your organizational skills to enable the club to continue to operate smoothly and effectively, and to have little fun along the way. No one officer is an island, there is always much help and advice available/offered from other experienced club members to assist you. We have an enthusiastic membership who jump in and get er done when events/needs arrive. We have many very capable/smart members who can enjoy talking part in our club in this manner.

Truman Sager, Secy.

December 2016 Minutes

Posted on December 19, 2016 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

A regular meeting of EAA Chapter 1117 was held on Dec. 17th, 2016 at the Greeley airport conference room at 09:30. Ed O'Connor presided.


The minutes were read by the Secretary, and they were accepted by the membership with no corrections requested. Treasurer Lee D. reported that our financial accounts remain the same as last month. Dues are now being solicited. The Chapter renewal with EAA National has been applied for, and the required payment of approximately 400 dollars has been sent.

Old business was reviewed. February is the planned month for a program for the club meeting. Several ideas on programs, that were brought up at the last meeting, were re-visited and discussed. A visit to the Longmont ARTCC in Longmont is still planned. There will be more details on this later. Coordinating this visitation can take awhile due to security/coordination etc.


The club was given a used handheld vhf radio. The club discussed whether to keep it, sell it, raffle it etc. It was decided that we could raffle it during the May Learn to Fly Day. A battery will be replaced first. Ed O. has possession of it at the present time.


New Business: Our Learn to Fly Day will be May 20th for 2017, which also happens to be the same day as Armed Forces Day. Aims Flight School will be included in our planning for this event.


Mark H. will coordinate the fine points of our January 7th dinner at the Cattleman's restaurant. An email to the membership will be forthcoming on this soon.


The meeting was adjourned at 10:45. Truman Sager, Secy.

November 2016 Minutes

Posted on November 22, 2016 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

A regular meeting of EAA Chapter 1117 was held at the Greeley airport conference room on Nov. 19th, 2016 at 09:30. Visitors John Craig, Erin Rossiter, and Dave Robb were introduced and welcomed.


Ideas from the membership, for future programs /events, were brought up and discussed in order to assist the new Activities Coordinators with their planning. Activities brought up were: (1) Inviting a speaker from the Sampson Motor Co. come and present their car-plane design, (2) Taking up Paul Brevard's offer to come and talk on magneto installation/maintenance and management, (3) Utilizing various FAAST speakers. These talks offer credit for the Wings program and possible credits for aircraft insurance. Their talks generally concentrate on aviation safety, weather, mountain flying etc. The new conference room can accommodate up to 55 people, (4) Utilizing a speaker to talk about engine care and maintenance, (5) Inviting a speaker who represents Savvy Aviation ( to present their Engine Monitor Data Analysis Program, (6) Show a DVD of 2016's Oshkosh event, or other aviation related events, (7) A possible summer cookout, (8) An open hangers day with possible BBQ, (9) a possible virtual tour of the Sierras, with their gold field history, etc.

Mike H. discussed the airport at West Yellowstone as a possible destination airport. They cater to back packing/hiking. They offer on airport tent camping, portable showers, they have 3 mountain bikes for use in visiting the town, and they have a security fence which greatly limits wildlife etc.

Ron B. reminded everyone of the closure of RW 17/35 at Greeley in order to resurface it.

Treasurer Lee D. reported the club treasury has $10,427.00.

No chapter meeting is planned for January, as we will meet at the January 7th dinner at the Cattleman's Restaurant.

Choosing a youth, for our scholarship, to attend an Oshkosh Air Academy, or to help pay for local flight lessons, was discussed. Travel costs, and chaperoning a young person to attend the Air Academy remains a question mark for us. Tom Boos gave a brief on progress toward this end. An application form will be finalized by the scholarship committee soon. He also reviewed the success of our recent Young Eagles day. Tom has become an aviation merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts.

Ron B. reminded the club of the aviation art contest that is sponsored by the airport, and that the club is interested in assisting.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:45.

October 2016 Minutes

Posted on October 16, 2016 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

A meeting was held at 09:30 on Oct. 15th in the Aims class room with Ron bland presiding. Tom Boos gave a summary of the Young Eagles Day of Oct. 8th. 12 Young Eagles were flown by members. Two more that had signed up and could not come, and one Eagle, will be flown tentatively on the 22nd by Truman and Russ. Tom announced also that he will become an aviation merit badge instructor. 8 Young Eagles from Boy Scout Troop 1 were the preponderance of the group. It was generally expressed that Girls Scouts are also welcome to become EAA Young Eagles. Frank Whitely gave a brief on the present situation, and opportunities for people, of soaring clubs across the U.S.

An existing Greeley airport program of displaying aviation art by school kids was presented by Ron. A proposal was discussed whereby the Chapter 1117 could participate as additional sponsors for this by offering an airplane ride and/or a 50 dollar cash prize for the winner. This will be further developed and discussed more at a later date. The club membership expressed much support for the idea.


A 2017 Learn to Fly Day was tentatively set for 20, May, 2017. This is also Armed Forces Day. The Aims college is celebrating an anniversary, and again desires to be a part. The Aims flight school has become a integral part of the LTFD and is instrumental in its success. Ed offered that advertising is key with radio, flyers, and newspapers being utilized. Coordination by Ron with Aims is ongoing. The club is always looking for people who can spare an aircraft for a static display which always adds to a successful day.


November is election time for the club. Anyone desiring to hold a position in the club can let the leadership know. Most club positions for 2017 will be filled by those presently holding positions. The club has agreed to create an activities coordinator. Mark Hinze has agreed to be a co-chair for this position. The club is encouraging someone to step forward and assist Mark. It is generally felt that a program, or guest speaker, could be scheduled at least every other month, but that would be up to the co-chair individuals. We will have access to the new conference room, with computer screen, for our meeting use. All members of the club were encouraged to send program ideas to club leadership for consideration. This can include tours, fly outs, talks from club members, etc.


A belated Christmas dinner is tentatively scheduled for January 7th at the Cattleman's restaurant. Cocktails will be at 6 with dinner at 7pm. The Secretary will make this reservation.


The John Artz scholarship money discussed. This will be spent on a EAA Flight Academy, or flight lessons to a local young person who is selected by the club. Thank you messages will be sent by the Secretary.


The meeting was adjourned at approximately 10:50 Truman Sager, Secy.

April 2016 Meeting Minutes

Posted on April 17, 2016 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

A regular meeting of EAA Chapter 1117 was held on April 16th, 2016 in the Greeley airport conference center at 09:30. Ed O'Connor presided. Two new members were introduced: Frank Whiteley, and Dennis Moss. Dennis is a returning member.


Last month's minutes were read by the secretary, and accepted. A treasurers report, from Lee, was taken as follows: general fund: $7018.91, Pay Pal fund: $1063.15, making a total of #8082.06.

Old business included a review, by Ed, of the club's add that will be put on the tables in the Barnstormer restaurant. Organizations that will donate, or possibly donate, food, airplane fuel and other items, to the May Learn to Fly Day, were mentioned.


New business consisted of refining our plans for the May Learn to Fly Day. Committee assignments were reviewed. A plan for addressing emergencies during the event was discussed. 911 will be utilized primarily.


It is estimated that 6 or 7 aircraft and pilots will be available for the flying event. If there is a great demand, another airplane was offered by Steve McIntyre from Western Plains Aviation.


Frank W. is planning on bringing a glider for static display.


A donation jar wil be available at the hot food stand to help cover expenses for the food prep.


A plan for a sponsor 's recognition sign was discussed. Ron is the go-to guy on this.


The airport will handle the port-a-pottie requirements, as well as the cones, stanchions, and marking ribbon.


Tom and Truman agreed to a plan to distribute flyers to local area middle and high schools. Ron has already notified the Greeley paper and has advertised on Pirate Radio.


There will be a final meeting prior to the Learn to Fly Day in the Barnstormer May 20th, with a walk-through at 11:00 am. This will be for key members, but anyone in the club is welcome to attend.


Everyone was reminded to wear their club hats, and name tags during the event.


Ed agreed to get the food, stock tank for sodas sodas etc.


The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 am.

March 2016 Meeting Minutes

Posted on March 23, 2016 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

A regular meeting of EAA Chapter 1117 was held on Saturday March 19th, at 09:30, in the Greeley airport conference room. Several members of the Good Times Car Club were present with us to find out details of the May Learn to Fly Day. They will be displaying cars there. The club welcomed them.


A surface drawing was presented to show spaces that will be utilized on the Learn to Fly Day on May 21st.


More refinements to procedures were discussed. These were things that will help the day run as smoothly as possible. It is possible that 7 or 8 airplanes will be available to give rides to those seeking them.


A different airplane taxi plan from last year will be utilized, again to make things roll smoothly.


It is planned that pilots with hangers on or near the Learn to Fly Day spaces will be notified in advance that they might be slightly inconvenienced. The club will coordinate with the airport on this also.


A regular club meeting is planned for April, however in lieu of a regular meeting in May we will have a morning walk through of the LTFDay spaces on Friday May, 20th where final coordination will be conducted. Committee members should strive to attend.


Don L. volunteered his 4 wheel Mule, and the car club will bring two other runabouts to assist in running errands during the day. The club thanked them for that.


The meeting was adjourned at 10:50.


The club would like to recognize, and welcome, two new members: Dusty Rhoades, and Kent Newby.

Truman Sager, Secy


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