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ChapterGram: September 2013

Planning Great Activities Helps Grow Your Chapter


By Darlene Ford, President, EAA Chapter 9, Columbus, Ohio

Note: Here are some simple activity ideas provided by Chapter 9 President Darlene Ford.

On June 28, I received an e-mail from the Chapter 50 webmaster announcing the group's last pancake breakfast at the Griffing Sandusky Airport in Ohio on Sunday, August 11. The airport would be closing. As some of the members in the chapter wanted to go on a fly-out, I thought this would be perfect. Also, we would be supporting our fellow chapter in its goal of serving 1,000 breakfasts.

We ended up with five planes and a total of 11 people participating. It was a gorgeous day to fly. The food and camaraderie were great. It looked like a mini air show.

Those in the picture are (foreground) Chuck Hoffman, Aaron May (membership chair), and Darlene Ford (president); (back row) Kent Rowand, Ted Kellogg (treasurer and Young Eagles pilot) Chris Beasley, Rick Hunt (Young Eagles pilot), Charles Deal (Young Eagles ground crew), Hal Thorley, George Mellon (Board member, Young Eagles pilot), and Dick Wetherald (past president, Young Eagles pilot).

On August 15, we held our second membership meeting of the year. We had a total of 42 people attending, including our guest speaker, FAA Safety Team (FAASTeam) Representative Andy Humphrey. Thanks to Mark Harden, local FAASTeam program manager, for getting Andy to come and speak to us. Andy, an approved Rotax two-stroke engine overhaul provider, gave an overview of the engines.

Andy noted that Rotax manufactures about 80 percent of the two-stroke engines, then described how all the systems work, the cost of an overhaul, and TBO hours until an overhaul is required. Afterwards we had a door prize drawing, with Andy answering several questions from attendees.

EAA Chapter 9 is planning another fly-out, possibly to the Vinton County Air Show on September 15. As always, become a member of Chapter 9 to find out what we are planning next. If you have any questions regarding our chapter, be sure to e-mail me at president@eaa9.org.

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