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The Official Monthly Electronic Newsletter of the

Southern Nevada EAA Chapter 1300
P O Box 34311

Las Vegas, Nevada 89133-4311



June  2003       ________   _   ____________________________Volume 4, Issue No.6


June 11, 2003:

Our next meeting will be at the North Las Vegas Airport, Grand Canyon Room at 7:30PM.


Reminder: A group of chapter members meet at the Foothills Bar & Grill on 3377 North Rancho at 6:00PM for dinner. All chapter members are invited.

June Meeting Program:

The meeting program will be a presentation on Dehydration by our own Stan Roeske..


We want to extend a big  “Thank You” to Ed Barnes (Exxon/Mobile Rep.) for his very interesting program on aviation lubricates at our May meeting. 


Secretary’s Note Pad:
Our current President, Walt Ayers, convened the meeting at 1945 hours and welcomed the 16 members, 5 guest and our guest speaker, Mr. Ed Barnes.  Our guests were Marine Chief Gunnery Sergeant (Ret) Wayne Bunt from San Diego (Chapter member Paul Gerner’s father-in-law), Sam Knight, Buddy Adams and his son Connor, and Tim Schrader.  Sam Knight is an aircraft upholsterer and passed our several business cards.  He recently relocated to Las Vegas and specializes in homebuilts.  Buddy Adams works for the County Juvenille Corrections Center and is getting back into aviation after a few years out.  His son, Connor, seems quite interested in aviation.  Wayne was visiting his daughter and Paul and has been associated with Marine aviation much of his career.  I didn’t get a chance to talk with Tim, so missed hearing of his interests. 

                                As your VP,  I would always encourage all members to introduce themselfs to those you don’t recognize and exchange your interests.  Someone may know of Tim Schraders’s interest and fill me in.


Business Meeting Items:

                                Old Business:

                                Mtg Minutes:  Walt called for reading of last meetings minutes and it was motioned to forego the reading since they were posted on the Web site and in the distributed newsletter.  The motioned was passed.

                                Treasurer’s Report:  Stan Roeske presented  his Treasurer’s Report.  Our current Chapter balance is $3040.00 (if my notes are correct).  See Stan’s report for details.  Stan took an action item to check the yahoo e-mail list for Mike Cook’s name.   Mike wasn’t getting any Chapter e-mails.  (Editor’s note:  If anyone knows a member who isn’t getting our e-mails, please let one of the officers know. Herman also has an action to update the sign in roster with Mike Cook’s and Travis Marshall’s names.  Neither one had a place to initial on the meeting sign-in roster.)

                                Young Eagles:  Jim Bonelli said we flew 65 kids during the “Discover Aviation Days” (DAD) at Jean, NV in April.  THANKS TO ALL WHO SUPPORTED THE YOUNG EAGLE RALLY EFFORT, especially the pilots who brought their planes!  The whole event turn-out was sparse so we didn’t fly as many kids as we have in the past.  We think from lack of good advertising and media exposure.  Glenn Smith pointed out the lack of advertising, as did Walt Ayers.  Mike mentioned that one of the key DAD organizers told him they were short of money this year and didn’t have enough to advertise.  Tom Donaldson says there is no formal County budgeting to advertise the event, they just provide the facility to the “Discover Aviation Group”.  There was some mention of forming an “Advertising Committee” to advertise all our events, but no one volunteered to organize or chair it.  IS ANYONE INTERESTED IN DOING SO?  Please let a Chapter officer know, if you are.  However, there were some other events like the “Henderson Heritage Days” to compete with. 

                                EAA “Air Academy”:  We briefly discussed the EAA Youth “Air Academy” nominees.  Jim Bonelli is the only one who has nominated a candidate so far.   Mike will send out an e-mail to see if someone else knows of a deserving nominee.  We must get our frim candidate information into EAA National before July 1st.  If no other candidates are nominated, we will vote at the next meeting on the support to give Jim’s nominee.

                                Centennial of Flight Presentations:   Dave Roebke gave an update on the Presentations he is coordinating at the Clark Cty Libraries.  He said we have had some good effort so far but can use more.  IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE AN AVIATION RELATED PRESENTATION AT A CLARK COUNTY LIBRARY, PLEASE CONTACT DAVE at or 564-6398.  He would also like to have someone, who trailers their plane out to fly, bring that aircraft to a library and assemble it during one of the sessions.  Dave’s next open date is on June 14th.

                                Monthly Fly-out:  Ken Wyatt said the Chapter flyout would be to Rosamond, CA on Sunday, May 18th.  (Editor’s Note:  Our Chapter fly-outs are on the weedend after the monthly chapter meetings and we usually don’t get the minutes to Roland Fraga, our Web site manager, until after that, so please call a chapter officer if you don’t get to the meeting and would like to know where we are going.)

                                Projects:  Armin says his airplane is well into the 25 hour flt test program and is flying well after he made a few “improvements” 


                                New Business:

                                 Mike Hope, who is building an RV-6, said there is a new software program out that helps keep track of  bulid hours, your required pictures, etc.   He is using it. It is called “Kit Log Pro” if my notes are correct.  Mike said it can be ordered and downloaded on-line. Walt said some company is offering it free under some condition, but I didn’t get the conditions recorded. Anyone building an airplane that is interested can call Mike at 269-5879 for details on the program.  Call Walt at 795-2313 if you want the details on the free offer.


                                50/50 Drawing:   Paul Gerner sold $58 worth of  our raffle tickets and I believe it was Travis Marshall  who won half in the drawing.


Walt adjourned our business meeting about 2030 hours and introduced our guest speaker, Mr. Ed Barnes from Exxon/Mobil.  Ed presented a great program on “Common Misconceptions About Lubrications” with a focus on Exxon Elite 20w50 engine oil.  At the end, he offered a one time local two for one promotion sale.  He answered several questions at the end.  Thanks for the presentation Ed!  (Editor’s Note:  Ed made the product sound so good I had to try it, so I got a couple of cases.  I just got home from flying to Kansas City and back and the oil worked better than what I had been using.  My engine used less,  ran cooler and had better oil pressure.)


Respectfully submitted,

                M. W. Smith

                                Michael W. Smith

                                VP, EAA Chapter 1300


Welcome New Members:

Mike Kamrat, Henderson, NV

Harry Saxton, Las Vegas, NV


Welcome aboard and we hope you will take an active part in the chapter.

Meigs Field:
If you are interested in Meigs Field, then check out the Link below:


Las Vegas County Library Presentations:

The Chapter’s next monthly presentation on the “First 100 Years of Powered Flight” will be at the following library:


Sahara West Library, June 14, 2003 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., set-up 10:00 a.m.

West Charleston Library, July 12, 2003 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., set-up 10:00 a.m.

Enterprise Library, Tentatively August 16, 2003 - 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., set-up 10:00 a.m.

September, October and November libraries to be determined.


In order to make this project a success, he will need the assistance of many other chapter members. If you can volunteer to help David with some phase of these monthly presentations, then, please contact

David by email or Home phone: 702.269.9454


Meeting Schedule - 2003:
June 11, 2003                                         North Las Vegas - Grand Canyon Room at 7:30 pm

July 9, 2003                                            Henderson Executive – Terminal Building at 7:30 pm

August 13, 2003 North Las Vegas - Grand Canyon Room at 7:30 pm

September 10, 2003                              Boulder City – Location TBA at 7:30 pm

October 8, 2003 North Las Vegas - Grand Canyon Room at 7:30 pm

November 12, 2003                               Boulder City – Location TBA at 7:30 pm

December 10, 2003                               North Las Vegas - Grand Canyon Room at 7:30 pm

Flying Activities:

Have been suspended for the summer months.

Flying Rules:
RULES OF THE AIR (Author Unknown)

1. Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.

2. If you push the stick forward, the houses get bigger. If you pull the stick back, they get smaller. That is, unless you keep pulling the stick
all the way back, then they get bigger again.

3. Flying isn't dangerous. Crashing is what's dangerous.

4. It's always better to be down here wishing you were up there than up there wishing you were down here.

5. The ONLY time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire.

6. The propeller is just a big fan in front of the plane used to keep the pilot cool. When it stops, you can actually watch the pilot start sweating.

7. When in doubt, hold on to your altitude. No one has ever collided with the sky.

8. A 'good' landing is one from which you can walk away. A 'great' landing is one after which they can use the plane again.

9. Learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make all of them yourself.

10. You know you've landed with the wheels up if it takes full power to taxi to the ramp.

11. The probability of survival is inversely proportional to the angle of arrival. Large angle of arrival, small probability of survival and vice versa.

12. Never let an aircraft take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

13. Stay out of clouds. The silver lining everyone keeps talking about might be another airplane going in the opposite direction. Reliable
sources also report that mountains have been known to hide out in clouds.

14. Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal to the number of take offs you've made.

15. There are three simple rules for making a smooth landing. Unfortunately no one knows what they are.

16. You start with a bag full of luck and an empty bag of experience. The trick is to fill the bag of experience before you empty the bag of luck.

17. Helicopters can't fly; they're just so ugly the earth repels them.

18. If all you can see out of the window is ground that's going round and round and all you can hear is commotion coming from the passenger
compartment, things are not at all as they should be.

19. In the ongoing battle between objects made of aluminum going hundreds of miles per hour and the ground going zero miles per hour, the
ground has yet to lose.

20. Good judgment comes from experience. Unfortunately, the experience usually comes from bad judgment.

21. It's always a good idea to keep the pointy end going forward as much as possible.

22. Keep looking around. There's always something you've missed.

23. Remember, gravity is not just a good idea. It's the law. And it's not subject to repeal.

24. The three most useless things to a pilot are the altitude above, the runway behind and the fuel expended.

Members Project:
See the chapter webpage for list:

Webpage Material:
Everyone is encouraged to submit material, information or pictures of interest to chapter members for publication on the
Chapter’s Webpage. Send whatever you have to Roland Fraga, WebMaster,
email address:

The chapter webpage URL is: Be sure to Bookmark this URL.


Young Eagles:

The 2003 Young Eagle Flight Rally Schedule:

Saturday, September,__                      Overton  (99s & Mardell Haskins sponsored)

Saturday, October, __                                                         (Open)
Saturday, November 1st                       Beatty


Refreshment Calendar:

If you would like to volunteer to bring the meeting refreshment to one of our monthly meetings, please email
or call Ken Wyatt at 349-7795 to sign up.

June 11, 2003                                                                         Mike Smith

July 9, 2003                                                                            Tom Donaldson

September 10, 2003                                                              Stan & Carol Roeske

October 8, 2003                                                                     Ken & Phyllis Wyatt

November 12, 2003                              

December 10, 2003                              


Chapter Hats:

The chapter has a supply of Official Southern Nevada EAA Chapter 1300 Baseball Caps (Blue) for sale to members for $20.00.
You can purchase yours at the next meeting.


Other Aviation Events Coming Up:
EAA Chapter 1300 Presentation on the Centennial of Flight at the Sahara West Library, June 14, 2003 – 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 Thanks for reading the newsletter and we will see you at the meeting on the 14th. Bring a friend…..

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