Meeting Minutes: 2011-01-05

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  • Bob Freeman, Brian Cabebe, Tom Larkin, DJ Molny

Operation Rudolph

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UPDATE: Unfortunately this program was canceled due to legal issues. Thanks to everyone who offered to help!

Tom Larkin is organizing a Young Eagles day for fifty (yes, 50!) foster kids on Feb 5th (weather day Feb 19th). We need pilots (with planes) as well as ground volunteers. Single-seaters are also requested for static display.

Please tlarkfamily [at] (subject: Operation%20Rudolph) (contact Tom) if you can help out.

News From Members

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  • Bob Freeman is embarking on a multi-week trip to the Far East, and will not be at the Holiday Party. Bummer, dude!
  • Brian Cabebe is working in Tom Edwards' shop, helping build Rampage aircraft.
  • Al Gordon has his engine back from the shop, and is eager to mount it and get back in the air.

Calendar Updates

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We have over 30 people coming to the Holiday Party. If you haven't RSVP'd yet, please do so by sending an email to our host, tlarkfamily [at] (subject: Holiday%20Party%20RSVP) (Tom Larkin).

Tentative dates remain the same for the Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation and High Planes HypoXia Fest contests, subject to airport availability.

Chapter Meetings

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Objective: Increase member participation through educational, social, and flying activities.

Where: Tom Larkin's house, 2975 Piper Dr. S., Erie, CO (map).  Fly in if the weather's good, otherwise drive.  Thanks, Lark!

When: The 2nd Saturday of each non-contest month: Feb 12, March 12, Apr 9, June 11, July 9, Aug 13, Nov 12, and Dec 10.


  • 9-10am Board & Officers discuss chapter business, closed session.
  • 10-11am: Guest speaker / presentation.
  • 11am-3pm (ish): Critique session at I-25 and Hwy 52 for those who flew in and would like some critiquing or coaching from the ground.
  • noon-3pm: Burgers & hot dogs, $5 per person.

Status of Box Waivers

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We currently have no practice box waivers in place! The FAA instituted a new waiver application process in 2010, and we're still working through it. So for now, you must limit your flying to airspace that naturally conforms to FAR 91.303. The good news is that the process for contest waivers has not changed, so we don't anticipate any problems there.

Bob Freeman has tracked down the property descriptions for the Sterling and Ft Morgan boxes, and send them to the Colorado Historical Society and Division of Wildlife (?) as required by the environmental impact assessment. Those groups have 30 days in which to comment, after which the paperwork finally goes to the FAA. If all goes well, we may have our waivers in place by May... stay tuned.

Spring Contest Update

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Mike Forney is working the airport issue, and will have an update at the Holiday Party.

Roster Update Project

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At the Novermber meeting, we divvied up the membership roster to about seven people, and asked them to contact the members on their lists. We contacted about 70% of the list, and will try hard to get the remainder done Real Soon Now.

Chapter Business

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Our annual renewal paperwork has been submitted to IAC/EAA headquarters. Our Colorado corporation update is due later this month; Brian reports that Clyde Cable regularly handles that.