To each one of you who took the time to write, call, or personally talk to your congressional representatives in opposition to ATC privatization, thank you. This week’s announcement that ATC privatization is no longer part of an FAA reauthorization bill in the House is great news. Your combined voices, amplified tens of thousands of times, made a difference. You can be proud of all that we as EAA members did together.

As a wise man once said, “All our hard work only guarantees us more work.” EAA will be fully engaged to ensure that GA is an important part of the conversation as FAA reauthorization and appropriations bills are considered in Congress.

Again, congratulations, and thank you.

Jack J. Pelton EAA CEO/Chairman of the Board

Just a beautiful flying day!

Terry Terrill and I flew to La Junta today and left some flyers in the FBO advertising February’s Chapter meeting there.  On our departure we flew over Lake Meredith where John DaVolt snuck through us in his stealthy DOSS DA-20.

I took some horrible screen shots with a go pro of Terry’s beautiful Cessna 182M aka “Big Red”.  Better Pics next time!

Thanks for the fun day Terry!

Ron Davidson

EAA Chapter 808 VP


From the Editor

Just a word, it has been an awesome two weeks; the weather though cold has been great for flying.  I had the privilege to day to see a couple of our members take off from LaJunta. I was downwind when N3DR the bright yellow bird of our vice president, Ron Davidson took off, good to see it in the air again, and after a couple more landings of a couple Katanas, the all red bird of our Chapter President took to the skies.  Flying toward Lake Meredith I got a beautiful view of N3DR, but couldn’t get my phone out fast enough to take a picture. Then as I approached the lake, I looked down at there was the bright red 182 doing some low level fun flying.  What a beautiful day it was, after about 49 years of flying, and thousands of hours and landings. I still find it a great joy to take to the blue skies, there is nothing like it.

I am going to be flying to Kansas on the 27th to pick up a new bird for me.  I have bought a Cessna 172, and older one, but in great shape and am looking forward to be able to do some traveling in it. I hope to be able to fly it to LaJunta on the 10th of Feb on our fly out.

Winter is a great time to fly. When I had my flight school, I flew with almost more students in the winter than in the summer, the only thing I could figure out was the didn’t have to mow the lawn, couldn’t go boating and it was too cold to ride their cycles.  So what better time to go flying.

Hope everyone has a great New Year.

John E. Davolt, Editor

Congress should maintain oversight of air traffic control

CYR: Congress should maintain oversight of air traffic control

Gary Cyr

The Greeley-Weld County Airport plays an important role in our local community. Local doctors fly from our airport to eastern Colorado, southern Nebraska and western Kansas to provide medical services to these rural communities. Three days a week, cardiologists and other specialists use small aircraft travel to provide services in the rural communities where they are needed, which would otherwise be lacking. Without these small aircraft, patients would be forced to drive hours to see a specialist.

What’s more, our airport is a lifeline for patients in these rural areas who need critical medical treatment that is not provided in their local communities. With a population base of about 450,000 people within 35 miles, Northern Colorado Medical Center offers a wide range of services and specialty practices that are not available in outlying areas. It has an award-winning cardiac program, a highly-rated cancer institute and serves as a level II trauma center. Our airport is also used for a number of med flight transports, with aerial ambulance services flying out to car crashes and other accidents to provide lifesaving services on an emergency basis. (We can add in firefighting, law enforcement, Department of Corrections, etc.,)

Beyond saving lives, our airport also serves agricultural aerial applicators. During peak season, these aircraft can be seen making pass after pass over our farmland, overseeing and treating our crops. In addition, companies like JBS Swift & Company, the largest employer in town, as well as Hensel Phelps Construction Co. and Norfolk Iron & Metal, rely on the airport to transport personnel, visit job sites and increase efficiency.

All of these services fall under the umbrella of general aviation and, as you can see, they play a very important role in the fabric of our society. In fact, across Colorado, general aviation airports account for $2.4 billion in economic activity each year and aviation in the state supports more than 256,000 jobs. This is the best part about our American aviation system; it is the most diverse system in the world. We have many different types of airports, aircraft and our system serves communities of all sizes, not just our largest cities.

That’s why it defies reason to me why we would try to follow countries that don’t have this type of diversity and privatize our air traffic control system in favor of a system that really only caters to the biggest airlines, airports and communities.

Under this type of system, oversight over our national air traffic control system would be dominated by private interests, which would be more interested in concentrating resources into areas where it benefits them. The ripple effect would be felt almost immediately and would be devastating to businesses and all the services that depend on our airport and our system as a whole.

As it stands now, our airspace operates for the sake of all Americans — we should keep it that way.

Gary Cyr is the airport manager for the Greeley-Weld County Airport.

A Word from the President, January 2018

Happy New Year to everyone and we hope you had a safe holiday season. We look forward to the new year and we are off to a great start. Ron updated everyone on the Nitro Burn Chili RC Fly. We had a wonderful time and look forward to next year’s. Our first chapter meeting was held January 13th and we discussed several items we plan to implement this year. John will provide them in the minutes but a few items deserve mentioning:

  • A Young Eagles Scholarship for an introductory instructional flight for a deserving young eagle age to be determined.
  • Several members will participate in the EAA Chapter Leaders Boot Camp January 27th to providing many more ideas in increasing members and activities.
  • A group e-mail alert for spur of the moment activities that members can ride along or participate in.
    We will travel to La Junta for our February Meeting to meet with our La Junta members and have our monthly meeting.

There was an article Sunday in the Pueblo Chieftain by the Greely-Weld Airport Manager Gary Cyr. The article demonstrated the services that a GA airport provides (sounds familiar to all of our local airports) and denounces the privatization of the Air Traffic Control system. Please see next column.

The President, Terrence Terrill

FCRCC Nitro Chili Burn 01/01/2018

EAA Chapter 808,

Happy New Year!  What a great way to start it out with RC Aircraft, Skydivers, Experimental Aircraft, Smoke, Chili, Treats and Friends!

Thanks to Marlowe Cassetti and the FCRCC for the invite!  Thank you Hans and Mary Miesler for the aerial demonstration around the skydivers and the Chili.  Thanks also to Skip and the Fremont County Skydivers.  The RC Aircraft flying was great, so thanks to all of you that put on the great RC Airshow.

Happy New Year,

Ron Davidson

EAA Chapter 808

Cracked Case!!!

Well, I had some bad luck with the Lycoming IO-360 I bought (used).  When I first started working on it I took the paint off of the case and near the #2 cylinder there was something gray that did not want to come off of the case…now looking back it was probably JB weld disguising a crack.  That is also probably why it had a fresh coat of Lycoming gray covering everything!

So, from my first flight on I was chasing an oil leak…at about 15 hours I found the crack coming off the #2 cylinder going down about an inch and then back about 5”.  A buddy and I figured that we should experiment and try welding the case from the outside and monitor it closely.  It worked for a couple of hours, but then the oil started leaking again, and a crack appeared right in the middle of the weld!

Now the only option was to tear apart the engine and get a new case.  I did exactly that.  I used DIVCO in Tulsa, OK to send me an overhauled case, and they did a fantastic job!

At this point I have the case together and the cylinders on it.  I should have it back together this next week, and I will hang it back on the plane.

It was costly and it was time consuming, but it beats a cylinder separating from the case as I’m flying over mountainous terrain!

The Super Bee will be buzzing again soon!

Ron Davidson

EAA Chapter 808 VP


The 2017 Christmas Party

The Christmas party took place on December the 8th.  It was a lovely meal, and a great time for everyone. Door prizes were given; it was great visiting with the fellow pilots.

We had a very interesting guest speaker Mr. William Scott, Flight Test Engineer. See below for more information




Our guest Speaker, William Scott


William B. Scott is a full-time author ( He retired as the Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief for Aviation Week & Space Technology, following a 22-year career with the international magazine. He also served as Senior National Editor in Washington, and in Avionics and Senior Engineering Editor positions in Los Angeles. He covered advanced aerospace and weapons technology, business, flight testing and military operations, wrote more than 2,500 stories for the magazine, and received 17 editorial awards.

His latest solo-written novel, “The Permit,” which is based on actual events associated with the murder of his eldest son, Erik.

He’s also co-authored three other books: Inside the Stealth Bomber: The B-2 Story (nonfiction); Space Wars: The First Six Hours of World War III (fiction); and a Space Wars sequel, entitled Counterspace: The Next Hours of World War III.

Bill is a Flight Test Engineer (FTE) graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School and a licensed commercial pilot with instrument and multiengine ratings. During 12 years of military and civilian flight-testing, plus evaluating aircraft for Aviation Week over 22 years, he’s logged approximately 2,000 hours of flight time on 80 aircraft types. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from California State University-Sacramento.

During a nine-year Air Force career, Bill served as aircrew on classified airborne-sampling missions, collecting nuclear debris by flying through radioactive clouds; an electronics engineering officer at the National Security Agency, developing space communications security systems for satellites; and an instrumentation and flight test engineer on U.S. Air Force fighter and transport aircraft development programs. He also served as a civilian FTE/program manager for three aerospace companies: General Dynamics (F-16 Full Scale Development), Falcon Jet Corp. (Coast Guard HU-25A development and certification), and Tracor Flight Systems Inc. (Canadair Challenger development and certification, plus numerous fighter, transport and helicopter test programs.

Bill and his wife, Linda, live in Colorado. They have two grown sons, Erik and Kevin. Unfortunately, Erik was killed through a senseless, horrific tragedy in July 2010.


From the Editor

We are nearing the end of 2017.    It hardly seems possible that it has been 17 years since the world was supposed to come to a halt because of Y2K.  We are still making things happen.   However, it brings to mind how we have gotten so dependent on technology.  When I was in Independence, Ks, one of the young men that did deliveries was supposed to be delivering a plane to Lakeland, FL. The plane he was to take a C172 only had one nav/com and a transponder.   The airplane was new and certified for IFR but was not equipped with much.  This young man was trying to find a handheld GPS because he just did not feel that he could fly to   Florida without a GPS, and then on top of that the next day it was IFR.  I had done some flying for the company, and they asked me if I could fly it, it down for them since the young man felt he could not.  I filed the VOR’s and airways, and made a successful flight. When I trained and received, my Instrument Rating a GPS had not heard been of.  Challenge yourself occasionally, to fly with the map, and maybe a VOR, etc.   When I used to fly my Sonerai II, I only had a handheld com and flew all over the country, with just the charts.

A few years ago, I was training a pilot to fly, and he insisted on using his Anywhere Control Vision that connected to his IPAQ handheld.  I refused to let him use it on his cross-country, saying that there never is a power failure with Sectionals.  Shortly after he got his private, he called me and said he was glad I trained him the way I did because he had lost all his electrical system.  While I enjoy the GPS, I have no hesitation of getting into a minimally equipped airplane and heading cross-country.

A couple of years after Cessna put the Garmin 1000 in their single engine planes; a pilot ran out of fuel and crashed.  The letters in the Aviation Magazines could not hardly believe that one would run out of fuel in a Technically Advanced Aircraft. (TAA).  The pilot had to enter the amount of fuel on board before flight, for the computer to calculate fuel burn, if it is entered wrong, will you know what happens.  I remember reading where someone asked Richard Collins if he thought the GPS, etc. would make his flying safer.  His reply was “It only tells me where I am at and I already know that.”

I also know of a pilot that had a GPS in the panel, one on his yoke, and a handheld in his bag.  A pilot friend of mine, who had done some flying with him, said I do not think he could fly the airplane if he lost his electronics. Is it easier to fly with the technology? Yes, However know how to fly without it.

So as the New Year approaches, challenge yourself to review basic flight procedures and navigation. Land with a cross wind rather than trying to pick a runway so you can land into the wind every time. Challenge makes flying fun.  Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


John E. Davolt, Newsletter editor.