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July Young Eagles Rally

The next upcoming Young Eagle event is on Sunday, July 13, 2014. Feel free to print the PDF and distribute it at your local airports.

To print the PDF:
Click the flyer below and select print (using the print icon )

The Chapter 237 work party weekend will be held June 28-29, which is fast approaching!

Once again, EAA is beginning preparations of the grounds for AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh. EAA headquarters has invited our chapter members to come to Oshkosh and participate in a Weekend Work Party.

Volunteer Positions
Preparation for AirVenture would be impossible without the significant assistance of volunteers.  Tasks will vary, but include carpentry, grass cutting, painting, general maintenance, cleaning, gardening, etc.  Any talent/expertise you have can be beneficial in the preparations. Update – Great news!! Kirk spoke with John Hopkins at the EAA Weeks Hangar and he can use our help working with him.  He has many projects (such as the F-86 & the drone) that he needs to get AirVenture ready and is excited that 237 will be coming to assist. So, if you don’t want to paint or hammer, the opportunity to get hands on with EAA aircraft exists.  If you’ve never worked there before, now’s your chance!

We will need to let EAA know, by no later than Monday 6/23, how many volunteers will be coming.  If your are at least 75% sure you can participate with the work party, or have any questions, please let Kirk know at your earliest possible convenience.  We would like to see as many 237 members (or potential members) as possible participate.  Let’s show EAA that volunteering is not only “The Heart and Soul of the EAA Family”…it’s what 237 and Minnesotans do!

Accommodations and what to bring
Volunteers are provided accommodations in the Bunkhouse or binder House for the weekend as well as meals in the volunteer kitchen and refreshments at the work site.  You will be required to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towel, washcloths, soap/shampoo, etc.

Bonus Event! New for this year.
Additionally, we are invited to attend a FREE seminar on that Saturday evening by Charlie Becker (EAA Director of Communities & Homebuilt Community Manager) on “How To Get Started in Homebuilding”. This will be a very interesting and informative seminar.  Charlie is an active pilot, homebuilder and aircraft owner. He has built and flow a Sonex tri-gear and is currently scratch building a Super Cub clone (called the “Pirate Cub”,  www.facebook.com/piratecub).

Who is currently signed up
So far, the following individuals have confirmed they will be joining us in the FUN:  Kirk F., Mark H., Scott N., Gary L. and Dave P.  If I left someone out, please forgive me and reconfirm. If you are interested in participating, please let me know at your earliest possible convenience.  ALL ARE WELCOMED!  We normally depart ANE on the Friday afternoon prior, but whenever you can get there will be fine. It was a long, cold winter. What better way to have FUN in nice weather and lose some of the “insulation” we all obtained.

Kirk E. Fjetland at:
fjetfamily@msn.com or 651-331-9905

The next Young Eagles event will be on Sunday, June 15th at the Cambridge Airport, Cambridge from 8am – 12:30pm.

Click >HERE< to register! Or visit, the Young Eagles Tab above.

Anoka County Airport – Jane’s Field Blaine MN (ANE)

Event from 7am to 4pm each day.  EAA Chapter 237 is an exhibitor at this event, remember to volunteer if you can!

On display will be many Aspects of Aviation. Experimental, Homebuilt, Civil, Corporate, Military, WWII, and Vintage aircraft.

Vendors & Exhibitors offering the best in food & aviation products and services.

Education Center for all students.

Pancake Breakfast from 7:30am to 11:30am and Lunch from 12-Noon to 3:00pm.

Kids’ Activities for young flyers.

Military History, Past and Present.

Aircraft & Helicopter Rides.

Golden Wings Museum open for viewing its historic collection.

Hangar Dance Saturday Night with the Dave Andrew’s Big Band 7/8pm – midnight $12

Mode C Waiver

Our next meeting was moved up a week because of Memorial Day weekend the following week.

Next Meeting: MONDAY, MAY 19TH, 2014


6:00pm Come for the food! HOT DOGS, CHIPS AND POP and social hour.
(Available for a small donation)

7:00pm Business Meeting

8:00pm Featured Presentation:
Threat Error Management by Frank Huber
• How to think and plan ahead for those unplanned events so we are prepared and have a plan of action for each event.
• Cockpit resource management.
Frank will be sharing what he has learned flying for the military and airlines putting it in terms we can use and understand.
Ideas we can put in practice in our homebuilt, classic, and factory built aircraft.

We have a very busy Saturday coming up for May 10th, 2014. This Saturday it all starts at 8am. Come to one event or come to all, your choice!

::YOUNG EAGLE EVENT – 9:00AM (setup 8am)
Starting the day for Saturday is our Young Eagles event at Key Air located on the North side of the Anoka airport. Starting at 9:00am and going until around noon. Come to volunteer if you can!

::1st SHOP VISIT – Starts at 2:00PM, Al Eke and Jack Smith’s Little Dipper Aircraft Project Visit
Al and Jack will be hosting chapter members and guests to a “Shop Visit” at 2:00pm
Al’s new hanger location is off Lima road to Fox Hollow lane. Enter at the North West Gate, take Lima to Fox Hollow. Yellow and green trim hanger.

::2nd SHOP VISIT – Starts at 3:00PM, Steve Schultz ION Aircraft Company Visit
At 3:00pm we are invited to Steve Schultz’s hanger located on the East end of Kansas lane. Enter airport at South Gate like you are going to chapter building and when you get to stop sign turn right and take the first left in to Kansas.
The Chapter will furnish Coffee, Cookies, and Pop at both of these shop visits.

::MOVIE NIGHT – Starts at 5PM!! Main Movie at 7PM
Following the shop visits you are invited to the chapter building for video/movie night!!!
Starting at 5:00pm we begin with the EAA HQ videos, member videos & YouTube Videos.
At 6:00pm, we will play two Twilight Zone episodes
At 7:00pm, the main feature will play! Those present may choose their preference from a large list!
Pizza, popcorn, pop and other assorted goodies are on hand, feel free to bring a snack to share and/or BYOB.

Please plan to enjoy the day at the airport!

Our Chapter is planning a sheet metal hands on workshop the 15th of March at the chapter hangar. This would be an introduction to cutting, forming, layout, drilling and riveting. Bob has been in contact with Van’s RV people and EAA SportAir workshop to get ideas.

A couple of kits can be ordered for the group to work on. We have many members with experience and it would be great if they would be willing to help out!

The tentative day would go like this:

9am – coffee and donuts
Video on sheet metal construction and riveting.

10am – review projects and tools, device group on projects.
Layout and forming, use of break, form blocks, different methods. (Al Eke and others)

Lunch provided. Donation to cover food and materials ($5.00 each if we have 10 people)

Demonstration and hands on with English Wheel (Al Eke)
Drilling, dimpling, riveting.
Assembly of kits and practice parts.

Finish around 3:30pm-4pm

Ms. Rachel Obermoller, AvRep/Air Transportation Pilot will be our guest speaker at our Chapter Meeting Monday, 27 Jan at 7:30PM. This will be a very informative event. Spread the word! http://www.midwestflyer.com/?tag=rachel-obermoller

We had a good group show up on short notice.

Donated stove was cleaned up, wired, repaired and installed thanks to Mark, Dick, and those who helped.

Tim and Mark practicing TIG welding working on the trailer.

Mounted aqua plane on trailer.

Moved in Bela’s Sonex project.

The newsletter will be out this week with future work shop dates.

Bob Heavirland
Chapter President

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