A Word from the President December 2017

This is time of the year that we celebrate the holidays with family and friends. We did so with our fellow EAA members at our annual Christmas party. It was a wonderful gathering with a group of great people. Thanks to Ron, Jon, and the Dials for setting it up. Special thanks to those that donated prizes with a special thanks to Jamie Deventcenty and Rocky Mountain Flower for the teddy bear and the 10 gallons of fuel. Our speaker Bill gave a great presentation on being a flight test engineer for several projects and an intriguing mission to Kuwait. He has written several books and if interested please contact Jon Fredrick for more information.

We are looking forward to the New Year with several items starting in January. We will have our first quarter Chapter 808 meeting at Pueblo Memorial Airport, January 13th; followed by several board members attending an EAA sponsored Leadership Boot Camp in Denver on January 27th. Next will be a fly out to La Junta (KLHX) on February 10th for a chapter meeting and recruitment. March 14th will be at Fremont County for a presentation on Basic Med.

David Springer is working on an updated e-mail listing and dues collection. Please, if you have not paid your dues please send them to David.

Please travel safe during the holiday season.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year see you in 2018!

 

The President, Terrence Terrill

From the Editor

I thought I would write just about the subject that the president, made mention of in his comments earlier, about night flying.

I personally enjoy night flying, it is generally smoother, the lights are beautiful and the traffic is lighter, and from a mechanics stand point the engine actually performs better due to the cooler air temperatures. Some worry about flying single engine at night. The few times that I have known about engine failure at night, or helped investigate an engine failure; the problem was due to fuel mismanagement. One a Piper Arrow, went down on a perfectly gorgeous night, ran out of fuel, when we helped with the investigation there was only a thimble of fuel in the gascalator. Fortunately, no one was fatally injured, but a perfectly good airplane, got totaled.  I cannot understand how or why someone would take off or continue a flight with insufficient fuel at night.

However, the thing that is probably the biggest factor at night is the difficulty at seeing the weather. You can fly into a cloud or clouds and not even notice, unless it is the strobes, or other lights, start reflecting off the clouds. However, you can actually be on top of a layer and in the clear so the strobes are not reflecting, off anything, but when you look down you can no longer see the lights. Now you are on top of a layer, which may end up being solid all the way to your destination.  Unless you are Instrument rated, you now face descending thru a cloud layer.    There have been possibly been more accidents caused by trying to descend below the clouds as there has been engine failures at night.  That is why many of those who rent aircraft require you to have an Instrument Rating to fly at night.

One of the most interesting and possibly the scariest of my earlier flying days, I was flying from Mexico, MO, to Independence, KS, this was in the early 1970’s.  I was just past the Missouri line flying into Kansas, Westbound. I had the beacon for Chanute, Parsons, Coffeyville and Independence, Kansas in sight; I looked down at my chart, check my position (No GPS in those days) and when I looked up there was not a light to be seen.  I looked down and could see the ground, but no lights, by seeing the ground I knew there were no clouds under me, it was pitch black.  I did a cross check on the Chanute and Oswego VOR’s I was right where I was supposed to be. I gave a radio call to Chanute FSS (they had a station there at the time) and tried to find what was going on.  They made sure I knew where was at, as I gave them the radials off the VOR. They came back and said there was a power outage and the whole area was out of power.  I kept flying toward Independence and about 10 minutes later the whole horizon lit up as the lights came back on, it was just as if someone had flipped the switch. It was awesome, and even better, I was right on course, as the beacons were right where they were supposed to be. So carry a flashlight, the batteries in new LED lights last a lot longer than the old flashlights. So keep the lights on and happy flying. Enjoy the beautiful lights.

John E. Davolt,  Editor

Chapter Dues

It is time to pay our EAA Chapter dues for 2018.  The deadline for payment is the Christmas Party December 8.  Please pay Dave Springer or any of the chapter officers.

Dues this year are $20 for singles and $25 for family memberships.

From the President November 2017

Winter is just around the corner and flying time will be limited or run into night time. Flying at night is quite stressful it is best to review the requirements for night flight and prepare yourself for the possibility. If it has been awhile get the help of an instructor, prepare your aircraft and yourself.

We are looking forward to our next meeting November 11th with Breakfast at Pete’s Landing starting at 8:00 a.m. and the Chapter Meeting at the Pueblo Memorial Airport Conference Room starting at 9:00 a.m. The website is up and running at http://www.eaa808.org/. Please forward any photos, articles or classifieds to Dave Myhre.

There was an article in the Colorado Pilots Association Newsletter “FlightLines” I would like to share with you about the future of aviation written by Rose Marie Kern that really sets the tone for what ideas we can share to keep general aviation alive. Please read it and share your comments at our next chapter meeting.

Terry Terrill

Future of General Aviation by Rose Marie Kern

One of the biggest concerns across the country right now is the slow decline of General Aviation. The average age of pilots across the nation is now about 49 years old. Has the magic gone out of flying? Anyone who has experienced the exhilaration of Oshkosh Air Venture would not think so, but the numbers nationwide paint a sad future. So why is this happening? A lot of reasons come to mind – the biggest one of which is simply that there are so many different ways that people can spend their money for personal thrills now. People feel they need expensive computers, TV’s, cars, I phones – and the associated costs to use them. Communities offer their kids Little League, soccer, and many other activities which keep them busy. Unless a person has enough disposable income to buy and maintain an aircraft, they have limited access to the sport. Most young adults are investing in college or creating good homes for their own kids, whose needs also cost money. The closest thing to flying that the general public now engages in enthusiastically is drones. So how can we change the perception that flying is an expensive hobby for wealthy people? How do we bring the kids and their parents to airports? Aviation is an addiction that grabs best when discovered at a young age. The EAA knows this and uses the Young Eagles program to draw in kids everywhere. This idea needs to be expanded, but how? Let’s tackle the problem from different angles simultaneously. The first challenge is to make people comfortable with airports again. High security will still keep away most people unless they are using air carriers, and smaller community airports have been becoming more and more exclusive to the current pilot population. Smaller airports are supported by the communities they serve. That is a lot of land that is often kept completely isolated from any other activity and in many cases the user fees cause the property to be a financial drag. Why can’t they diversify? Yes, any activities must not hinder the safety of aircraft in and around the airport, but communities should be able to use these facilities to the advantage of their citizenry. Bringing people to the airport for any reason is one way of getting them comfortable with being there. Marrying community events with airport facilities also teaches participants the rules – where they can go or not go. It allows people to get close to aircraft. Some airports have are already engaged in these activities. There are aviation museums in Santa Theresa and Grants. Belen flies Santa Claus in for a Holiday event on the airfield. But there could be so much more. What if every small airport had a corner of the area where kids and adults could bring their drones and learn about the rules of flying them? What if a local non-profit could use a hangar for a fundraiser? How about giving a local school or scout troop some meeting space or activity space? Maybe work with the science teachers to bring the kids out and help build airplane parts? And have information available to people about the real costs of flying – starting with aircraft. Many small aircraft these days cost less than some cars, but the perception of the public is that every aircraft costs more than a house. Many of you reading this may have other ideas on ways to attract more people to the wonders of aviation…I ask you, no, challenge you, to send me your thoughts. Let’s examine how we can keep General Aviation alive and growing. Rose Marie Kern has worked in ATC and aviation for over 34 years. To comment on this article go to her blog at www.rosemariekern.com.

Super Bee Update

Well, I had the Super Bee pulled apart for it’s 50 hour inspection and decided to address some avionics issues I had experienced.
I originally equipped the Bee with an iLevil AW 2 that received ADS-B, displayed engine info through the GRT-4000 EIS, and gave real time flight data via the iLevil’s pitot static hook ups. All of this info was fed via WiFi to two iPads, with one utilizing the iLevil AHRS app and the other using WingX Pro 7 to display map and ADS-B information.
I also had originally installed a Navworx ADS-B 600 EXP which gave me ADS-B In and Out capability, or so I thought! Recently the FAA discovered that the Navworks ADS-B 600 was not actually complying with the 2020 rule and issued an AD that proved to be too expensive for Navworx to fix retroactively and they consequently closed up shop…so I am the proud owner of a $1300 paper weight!
My anger toward Navworx quickly turned into curiosity of what new gadget is out there?
The iLevil product has been great so I went to their website to see what they had, and I’m glad I did! They have a wonderful ADS-B out solution for Experimental Aircraft called the “Beacon.” It looks much like a comm antenna, but it is a self contained ads-b out unit. You mount it to the bottom of your Aircraft with three studs protruding from the antenna. An aluminum plate is provided to use as a template for drilling the three holes for the studs, one large hole for a canon plug and one hole for a sma coaxial connector. The Aluminum plate is then used on the inside of the aircraft to sandwich the aircraft skin between the antenna and the plate.
The SMA connector is for a gps antenna. You can purchase a RAMI external antenna from iLevil when purchasing the beacon. You will need to mount it on top of your aircraft and have enough coaxial cable to connect the gps antenna to the Beacon.
The cannon plug comes attached to a 9’ wiring harness. The harness has two bundles of wire, the first contains a 12 volt power cable and a ground wire, the second has several wires that terminate in a DB 9 pin connector. The 9 pin connector is connected to a 1.75” LCD display that can be panel mounted.
The LCD is used for initial setup of the device and inflight will display your squawk code that has been sniffed…
What is being sniffed, you ask? The Beacon will pick up the squawk code your transponder is emitting without having wires running from the transponder. Magic!!!
I found the installation to be pretty easy. The only complaints I have are that the canon plug and DB 9 pin connector are installed on the harness on opposite ends, so fishing the harness through tight spots is impossible without cutting off a plug. Another dislike is cutting another hole in the dash for an instrument that is really only used for initial setup and fault warning…a setup app and no lcd in the Panel would be nice.
Overall it is an easy install and the only wiring you have to do is the 12 volt power wire and ground wire. I give it my approval!

There is talk that the Beacon will be available soon for certified aircraft soon, but contact iLevil for the real story.
Also checkout the iLevil “Bom”…it is a small device that is mounted externally and is completely self contained (No external wiring). It is self powered with a wind propelled fan on the back. It turns on when it senses engine vibration, then it provides ads-b in information and flight performance data all via WiFi to any iOS or Android device or multiple devices…again, no wires!!! Very cool!
Anyway, here are some pics of the Beacon and my install…

Beacon with built in GPS
Mounted under the cockpit
Aluminum plate provided with kit. Canon plug and white wiring harness included in kit, but gps antenna cable and external antenna not included in kit. In this pic I do not have the antenna cable hooked up, I was waiting on an sma to back adapter to be delivered.
This is the iLevil 2 AW that I put behind my Panel that gives me ads-B in capabilities and more…
iLevil AHRS on the left displaying flight data and engine info. WingX Pro on the right with gps location and ads-b In info

 

Ron Davidson

October’s Words from the President

It is now October and winter is just around the corner. We have come this far with many accomplishments thanks to the board and chapter members.

We started off with a young eagles rally in March had a couple of fly outs (La Junta & Salida) and another young eagles rally. To top it off we provided the pancake breakfast at the Fremont County Airshow (Thanks Liz) and the pedal plane that John donated being sold to add to our coffers.

Our Treasurer got us back on track with our 501.c.3 papers being filed and our IRS status being secured.

Ron Davidson has been great in helping me get my feet on the ground and I appreciate all that he has done behind the scenes. It has not been perfect but we will get things on track in the future.

We should make every effort to gain more members, include more youth into our chapter, promote building, safety and continue flying activities.

In a meeting on 10/7/2017 at Colorado Springs it was brought up how there is a shortage of pilots in the commercial industry and it grows each day. It is an opportunity for the younger generation to become involved in aviation and to secure a career. We must become a part of that somehow.

The FAA budget has been secured for another 6 months but ATC privatization still lingers and we should continue communication with our congress men & women.

We will have Hal Ellis conduct a presentation on Basic Med. He gave a great presentation on along with an AME that provided some good information that will be very beneficial for those wanting to get back to flying under Basic Med.

I am sure Dave Myhre will be willing to give us another update on ADS-B. It is just around the corner and is going to happen. Don Brosh also has some good information on many systems that may be more economic than the larger manufacturers.

In our October 11th meeting we discussed the feedback from the chapter members and resolve to address the concerns.

First we have attached the tentative schedule for 2018. The chapter and business meetings will be on a quarterly basis with meetings at Fremont County and trips to La Junta and Walsenburg. Each business meeting will be at KPUB on Saturdays with the Fremont County meetings to be on Wednesday nights.

Second, We discussed the website and will continually update the website to contain more information  so our members can rely on it for further information.

We hope that helps and alleviates some valid concerns.

Our next meeting will be November 11th at Pueblo Airport starting at 0800 at Petes Landing Restaurant for breakfast and the chapter meeting at 0900 in the Airport Conference Room adjacent to the restaurant. We will have a normal agenda and will confirm a date and location for our Christmas Party and finalize the 2018 schedule.

See the website calendar for the 2018 chapter events.

If anyone has photos please send them to Dave Myhre and myself so we can get them in the newsletter and on the website.

Note! Met a gentleman at KPUB on the east ramp that has a RANS S-14. He is in need of some help to get the plane back into shape. He has flown it but needs some ideas to correct some issues. He lives in Colorado Springs but hangars it in Pueblo. If anyone would be willing to help him resolve some questions please give me a call for his contact info.

Terry Terrill, President

Photos from the Fremont County Airshow

Here are some photos from the Fremont County Airshow.

Crew Getting Breakfast Prepared

Enjoying Breakfast

EAA 808 served around 400 for breakfast I belief was the number. I had a great time. Also Jon’s little airplane was auctioned off, I believe it brought $325. It was a beautiful day. I am going to put in a few more Photos. I did not get a photo of N1254R, a Bellanca belonging to Brad Gunter. It shows how small the aviation world is. He bought it from someone in California. I did and annual on it in 2004 and 2005, at Chanute, when it belonged to a Doctor there.

Got a shot of some of the flying,

Tried to get some more shots of the air show performers, but must were just small Dots, need to get used to my new phone. It was a nice day, and there was also a car show involved.

Anyone want to buy a Hatz Biplane?

I had a great day and hope that some were inspired to enjoy the beauties of flying. After many thousands of hours, and 30,000 plus take offs and landings, I still get a thrill when I take to the sky. I have had the privilege of seeing a lot of foreign countries and places from the window of a small plane that few have gotten to see.

John E. Davolt

Thoughts from the Editor

We are headed for Fall, the month of September will soon be gone. That has been a very busy year, either I am getting older and slower and find that it is harder to get as much down as I used. I have never found a time without something to do.
Jon Federic has been busy working on his plane and sent me some pictures to include in the Newsletter.

The following are a few pictures of my project to share.

The first are of the installation of the new lead- ing edge fuel tank for the starboard wing. I have added an auxiliary fuel tank that goes in the baggage compartment. It will feed into the leading edge tank.

The next picture shows the installation of the servo motor for the aileron trim system.

Thanks to Jon for sharing these photos with us. I am sure if you ever get out his way that he would be glad to show you what he has done.

I am sure that if you have been flying around Pueblo that you have seen that there are a large number of Army helicopters, shooting the approaches as well as landing and taking off, here as well as La Junta. If you are getting ready to take off or land when they are in the pattern, be sure and give them plenty of room as they can cause some real turbulence.

Also the old man Jack Frost will be coming to look out for frost on the wings, it doesn’t take much to reduce the lift that you need. As the air gets cooler, there will be need to watch for the iceman, so that we don’t run into the problems with icing. But that being said, it is rewarding to fly in the cool air.

I love to fly in the crisp cool air. It might be cold and we want to sit around the fire, but I can say that some of the most enjoyable times has been flying in the winter. Sometimes it is a problem when it is cold to get the engines started, so you might want to have a heater installed on the engine, or sometimes an electric heater with ducting can be used, this makes for easier starting.

So enjoy the smooth air and make sure that your heater is working, and that it has no leaks. So enjoy the smoothness and performance of the cool, crisp cold air.

I always enjoy any photos you might send to put in the newsletter, so I will be looking for some from you, maybe from places you have flown.

As we get later in to the fall, we are going to see even prettier scenery as we fly. So keep flying, there is nothing quite like it.

John E. Davolt,

September’s Words from the President

September 2017

It is September 11th today as I write this. We remember 9/11 and how it affected each one of us and aviation in general. We can never forget. We also are involved with the current events associated with hurricane Harvey and hurricane Irma. We pass on our thoughts and prayers for those affected and hope for a speedy recovery. If you can donate time, effort or money please do so. With that point many general aviation folks have participated in the rescue, evacuation of people and animals to safer locations, trans- ported needed supplies, medical supplies, food and water to many of our fellow citizens. GA is one of the most valuable resources available to assist in the time of need. It also brings to a point that the house may vote this week on HB 2997 for the privatization of ATC.I am sure that most of you have been contacted by EAA and other associations to contact your congressional repre- sentatives in an effort to vote against it. Please do so. You can also emphasize the capabilities of GA in the time of need that has recently has been displayed and that ATC privatization could impede the efforts by GA to help in the time of need.

Well let’s get back to more of the fun stuff. Several of our members made it to the north to view the solar eclipse. I am hoping several of you have forwarded some photos to John as it sounds like it was a great experience.

We had our second Young Eagles Rally August 26th. It went very well and we flew 24 kids. Thanks to Susan Myhre for heading the program, Don Brosh for taking the safety side and the pilots/crew that participated. We flew one young man named Seth. Seth was the most wonderful kid! He was excited, well informed, personable, courteous and intelligent kids I have ever flown in Young Eagles. It was well worth it to experience the interaction with him. Thanks to all of you that helped and set up the day be- fore. I think Susan is going to take a breather and wait till next year to set up another Young Eagles Rally.

Our chapter is getting ready to do the pan- cake breakfast at the Fremont County Airshow on September 16th. Liz Springer is heading up the Chapter effort and has sent an e-mail out out- lining activities and help needed for the break- fast. Please reply to her if you can help. It is a great way to build our funds for the Chapter.

Several fly ins and airshows are on the horizon. Hope you have time to attend some of them. Keep building and flying!

President
Terrence Terrill