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SCBC Sumter A Great Day!

SCBCSMS101914eatingEAA Chapter 242 volunteers descended upon Sumter Airport (KSMS) early Sunday morning, October 19, 2014, to help our fine neighbors, EAA Chapter 1456, with food service. The weather was absolutely great. It was a bit chilly with a light breeze but that was welcome after such a hot summer season that is just now giving in to fall.

Thanks to the folks of EAA 1456 for hosting a great event and with all your help getting us set up and running, and tearing down.

Thanks to our SCBC Sumter roster of 242’ers: Ken Berry for transporting the food trailer; Isabel Beville with set up and serving; Xen Motsinger for transporting the tables and chairs; Margaret Claypool for cooking the bacon and handling kitchen ops; Dan Heath for masterfully cooking eggs; Ron Claypool for cooking the grits (we’ll get some salt in bulk form next time); Michael Frank for cooking sausage; Harold Moxley on the cash box; Brad Shealy for cracking and mixing eggs; Jim Herpst on beverages; and Sam Frank for running food. As always is the case, the volunteers help with every aspect of getting the entire food service up and running, filling in where needed and helping other volunteers accomplish their tasks. What a great team!

It was reported that there were 76 paid SCBC’ers in attendance. That would put the number well over 80 counting kids. There were at least two dozen airplanes.
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September 2014 Young Eagles Report: No Fly Day – Two in a Row

EAA Chapter 242 Young Eagles Program

EAA Chapter 242 Young Eagles Program

By Ron Shelton

Rainy/Cloudy prevented any flying on Saturday Morning September 13. Three young eagles were flown a few days earlier so added three for month. We now have 333 year to date. Our all time total is now 10687.

We were also hosting the Spann Watson Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Organization in September. They came and did a wonderful job of producing a cookout (Tailgating on Game Day) for their guests and some others whom we had visiting as well. We expect to have the Chapter back again in the near future. We did tours of the SC Historic Aviation Foundation Hangar and several groups were introduced to the Airplane and flying by Xen Motsinger and Mark Russell. We welcome Mark Russell as another young eagles pilot for EAA 242.
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Flying The US Air Force F-16 Flight Simulator

IMG_0875By Tom Roberts

On August 15, 2014, I had a semi-rare experience. I was afforded the opportunity to fly the U.S. Air Force F-16 flight simulator. An F-16C block 50 simulator to be exact, and the most current USAF version of the F-16 jet fighter. A friend of many of us here at Hamilton Owens airport (KCUB), Captain Matt “Nordo” Bolton, was visiting me in my hangar Thursday, the night before. He is separating from the Air Force at the end of the month and taking a new job with an Air Force reserve unit at Tyndall Air Force base near Panama City, Florida.

We were talking airplanes and things. Besides flying full-sized airplanes, we both like to fly radio control airplanes. I asked him, since he would soon be leaving Shaw AFB, would I be able to take a close up look at an F-16? The answer? “Yes.” Not only that but would the next day work? And would I like to fly the simulator? Huh, does a cat have a butt? We arranged to meet outside the front gate at Shaw, AFB, Friday morning at 0830.

My father was a career Air Force officer and pilot and was assigned to Shaw for several years. My brother, Don and I spent much of our youth at and around Shaw, about half of our high school years and all of our college years before entering the Air Force ourselves. We and our friends spent many hours at the “O” (Officer’s) club swimming pool in the summers and had many great parties on the weekends. After retiring at Shaw, my father and mother moved first to Chelmsford, Massachusetts near Boston then finally to Las Vegas, Nevada. Shaw is a lot different now. There was virtually no security when we lived there. Now even if you are active duty entering the base is a slight ordeal. I met Matt outside the gate at the visitor’s building as agreed and we headed for the front gate I had passed through so many times nearly 50 years ago. The gate now has two lanes headed in. Matt picks the right hand lane since no one seemed to be using it. It turned out that lane is the inspection lane and since we were in it, we were subject to a search. We were asked to get out of Matt’s truck and open the doors. The military police were very polite and we got to see a dog handler and his dog, a beautiful Belgian Malinois, whose name I forgot, inspect the truck. I asked the airman if he always worked with this dog and he answered proudly, “Yes. We are partners.” I have always had a warm spot in my heart for service dogs. Some of you may remember when I arranged for Johnny Mayo who spent a year in Viet Nam as a handler to speak to us about his dog, Buck. Great, but sad, story.
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August 2014 Young Eagles Report: No Fly Day

EAA Chapter 242 Young Eagles Program

EAA Chapter 242 Young Eagles Program

By Ron Shelton

Rainy/Cloudy prevented any flying on Saturday Morning August 9th. Two young eagles were flown a few days earlier so added two for month. We now have 330 year to date. Our all time total is now 10684. We did have a celebration party for Allen Folger’s passing 1000 young eagles a few weeks ago. Ski Roberts prepared a great aviation cake and we had a mid morning snack.

We did have a few families come by and they were treated to cake and a tour of Ron’s “new” Champ and the SC Historic Aviation Foundation Facility.

The September young eagles will be a big day with some special guests and we expect 40 or more children and need lots of help. We will be hosting the Spann Watson Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen Organization. –see announcement below.

Pilots participating or adding young eagles in August: Several pilots came to the Club room in case we did get a chance to fly. They were Allen Folger, Ron Johnson, Tom Roberts and Alice Ann Reu. Alice Ann will help us soon and our kids will get to see a Lady Pilot. Allen Folger leads this year with 65 and Allen just passed his 1000th young eagle. Congratulations Al. See all the pilot’s totals for the year below.
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A “Tail” of Twin Kittens

IMG_2115By Tom Roberts

This is a “tail” of twin kittens, Muffler and Sandlot.

They came to us one cold October, 2012. We later calculated that their birth date was about October 5. They were born on a farm. When they were about ten days old, their mother was killed by a dog. They may have had brothers and sisters that the dog dispatched. We do not know. The owner of the farm found the two and took them to the local animal shelter. The people at the shelter told the farmer that they were not equipped to care for such young kittens and all they could do was humanely euthanize them. Fortunately for the little girls, a person at the shelter knew a good friend of ours, Pam Hoover, who breeds, raises and sells Russian, Siberian kittens and contacted her. Pam went to the shelter and gathered up the two little kittens.

The next day, my wife, Ski, and I were out for dinner with Pam and Mike, her husband, and their family, and Pam began talking about the two kittens. Mike had mentioned them to me the day before. He said the two kittens were truly pitiful and he did not think they would make it through the coming night. They were so weak from hunger they had trouble holding their little heads up. Pam had two mother cats that had recently littered, so she hoped one of the mother cats would adopt the two poor, hungry kittens. But the two mothers were in the process of weaning their own litters and would not feed the kittens. Looking at Ski, I knew she had to go get those kittens.
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Minutes of the July 2014 Executive Committee Meeting

EAA242Wings49th2014_113013Meeting called to order at 12:15 p.m.

PRESENT: Harold Moxley, Jim Herpst, Mike Hoover, Xen Motsinger, Ron Shelton, Reece Hall

TREASURER: Money still in CDs +15000 COH $4572. Funds adequate through end of year. 127 members.

YOUNG EAGLES: Donations to Young Eagles fund: Bill Blythe and wife-$150; TR Parrish-$200. Ron reports July 36 YE’s flown. Allen Folger has passed 1000 YE’s. Congratulations Allen! Air Academy kids back from OSH. Got to sit in their return flight cockpit before departure. Will try to get them to present at August general meeting.

MEMBERSHIP: Harold reports we have three new members and a total of 127. Xen suggests asking for volunteers to fill various chairs to help administer chapter business.

NEWSLETTER/BLOG: Stories coming in from members – thanks! Need a newsblogger volunteer to fill position.

COMPUTER/WEB: Working with new EAA website.
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IFR Equipment Required: A Look at FAA’s FAR 91.205

far-aim_91.205_IFR-equipBy Tom Roberts

Recent discussions about all the Electronic Flight Information Systems available and their fantastic capabilities have begged the question, just what is required for IFR flight? Our RV-7A is a legal IFR airplane. It has one nav / com (a Garmin SL-30 which thinks it’s almost two coms and two VOR’s) and no heated pitot. It does have some duplication, however. It has two airspeed indicators, two altimeters and two vertical speed indicators. One set of the three is included in our Dynon D10A. The duplicates of each of the three are steam gauges. The Dynon is also our artificial horizon, magnetic heading indicator, directional gyro and slip-skid indicator plus a few other instruments. We have a Trutrak, Gemini, Attitude Director Indicator which is electronic and serves as a backup artificial horizon and as a rate-of-turn indicator. We also have a Trutrak auto pilot and a Garmin 496. Our SL-30 is connected to a Course Deviation Indicator so we have glide slope and localizer. The panel is an antique now, but it does what we want it to do. We built the panel in about 2005 and have only added the Trutak Gemini since. Although our RV-4 is VFR only, it is actually a more capable IFR airplane than our -7A due to the features included in its Dynon Skyview.

So I decided to review the latest 2014 FAR/AIMS and listed below are the minimum requirements as covered in subpart C, section 91.205 for an IFR legal airplane.
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July 2014 Young Eagles Report: Successful Day

EAA Chapter 242 Young Eagles Program

EAA Chapter 242 Young Eagles Program

On our regular monthly young eagles day we added 34 for the month. We now have 328 year to date. We got off to a late start because of low ceilings abut was able to assist all families because or pilots and workers stuck it out. We usually try and average 50 per month, so getting closer after not being able to add any in January. Our all time total is now 10682.

The August young eagles will be a big day with some special guests and we expect 40 or more children and need lots of help –see announcement below.

Pilots participating or adding young eagles in July: Paul Carter, James Clark, Ron Johnaon, Rick Morse, Phil Pesek, Don Roberts, Tom Roberts and Ron Claypool earlier in the month. Allen Folger leads this year with 65 and Allen just passed his 1000th young eagle. Congratulations Al. See all the pilot’s totals for the year below.

The ground volunteers in July were: George Batten, Joe Berger, Sharon Berger, Bill Blythe, Claude Chevalier, Kate McLaurin, Xen Motsinger, Jean Roberts, Tom Roberts, Ron Shelton, Kelly Smutylo. Special guests and also assisting were Kelly’s parents, Jerry and Jeanne Smutylo. Much thanks to all.
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Update on Thunder Mustang “Carbon Copy”

GeorgeLucyOutsideBy Lucy Walters

George and I have been working on our Thunder Mustang project on and off since 1998. We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel.

A Thunder Mustang is a ¾ scale P51 carbon fiber kit with a 640 hp V-12 engine. Hence the name – “Carbon Copy”.

We’re 99% done with everything behind the firewall. I’m working on getting labels made for the panel and for all of the switches and lights inside the cockpit. Leon Strock is making the N-number decals.

George has added fluids to all of the aircraft systems – coolant, brake, hydraulic (for the retractable gear), engine oil, and fuel.

Note: The engine was run when it was originally manufactured by Ryan Falconer. That was about 15 years ago.
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Falcon Field RV Squadron Descends on ATL

Final_ATL_26RBy Don Roberts

So I get a call from a guy who asks me (the defacto unelected social chairman and operations supervisor of the Falcon RV Squadron) if I thought there would be any interest in flying some of our RV aircraft into Atlanta Hartsfield Intl to be put on display at the Delta TOC. The TOC is what they call their Tech Ops Center. It is that huge multi-hangar complex that separates the north runways from the south runways at the east end of Hartsfield. My answer was “Sure” followed by “How many?” Are you kidding? Flying an RV or any experimental aircraft into a big airport has to be way up on the list of cool things to do for any pilot. He said he was thinking about 20! Here is the deal. Every year Delta has an appreciation day for all of their maintenance folks. They get all these tool vendors and service vendors and have a feel good love fest complete with music, games and give aways. They have a catered lunch for everyone, including guests. They feed each shift (three shifts) and reportedly serve around 8000 meals. While all this is going on, they like to have airplanes on display. Last year it was mainly antiques. This year they wanted experimentals.

I suggested he contact one of our Delta pilot/RV builder guys who happens to do FAA liaison work with Atlanta Center/Approach for DAL. In the end, they worked out arrival procedures and departure procedures for four groups of four. As you know, KATL claims to be the busiest airport in the world and to say they are was a bit of uncertainty about the project would be an understatement. Our DAL/RV/FAA guy ended up giving us a power point briefing with an FAA ATL tower supervisor in attendance. We had to be on the ground by 0730 and we could not leave until 1545 pm. The were two pretty short time windows that they held for us as long as we were on time and didn’t screw up. The tower guy reminded us several times not to blow tires on landing. I think that was excellent advice. For one of our guys, it was a truly special day. This guy is a Delta maintenance QC supervisor who built his own RV-9. He is a low time guy so we put an experienced retired UAL A-320 Capt, Wally Drage, with him. So this guy got to fly his own RV into KATL, show it off to all of his DAL mechanic friends and then he gave our group two tours of the whole complex. It was his day!
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