April 16, 2016 Meeting Minutes
At the meeting on Saturday as promised, we had magnificent internet service.
I reported on an email I got from Red and Marilyn Hamilton announcing a Young Eagles event that will be at Little River Airport in Mendocino County on May 7 from 9 AM to 11:30 AM.
Hans Koster said he is in the process of installing a new webcam at the CalFire facility which will look west along most of the runway at KFOT. He also said that the proposed AWOS at Kneeland Airport is in the works.
Al Castaldi mentioned that the Clark Museum is going to install an exhibit of historic aviation at KACV in the terminal in June.
We heard reports of several airplane projects.
After some discussion, the EAA chapter along with the Garberville Pilots Association is fully on board with asking the Aviation Advisory Committee to recommend to the Board of Supervisors the Request for Proposals that has been floating around. It would ask some consultants to study the present relationship of the Aviation Division within the County Public Works Department.
The question came up about the age of the avgas in the tank at KFOT and whether it might deteriorate over time. Here is the best (and most reassuring answer) I found on the web: http://generalaviationnews.com/2011/05/15/how-long-can-fuel-be-safely-stored-2/ . Other than being contaminated by water or crud in the tank the gas is stable for years.
March 19, 2016 Meeting Minutes
At the meeting yesterday:
Hans Koster said that he will be installing a new webcam at KFOT at the request of CalFire which will show the full length of the runway.
We did a poll of those members present to see if lowering the price of gas at KFOT would make it likely for them to buy more gas there. I have asked the Garberville pilots the same question and will let you know the results in a further email.
Al Castaldi announced that the Collings Foundation will not be coming this year to KACV but that the Coast Guard will be holding their 100th birthday Open House there. More info about that later. If we do a Young Eagles event at the Open House, the YE pilots need to be current EAA members (for insurance) and should check out the Youth Protection Policy from EAA at the link https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/aviation-education-and-resources/eaa-youth-education/youth-protection-policy-and-program/youth-protection-policy.
I discussed the current revisions to the Letter to the Board of Supervisors and the Request for Proposals to study the management of the Aviation Division and have attached them below.
George Jutila tried to stream a short video on the FAA's proposed overhaul of their certification standards for GA airplanes. He was relatively unsuccessful because of the low quality of the internet connection at the airport so here is the link: http://generalaviationnews.com/2016/03/10/faa-proposes-rule-to-overhaul-certification-standards-for-ga-airplanes/
Comment by Red Hamilton:
I would like to mention that the original requirement for a SS# is now optional regarding the Youth Protection Policy/background check. The application shows that you can enter all 9’s in place of your SS# if you wish.
February 20, 2016 Meeting Minutes
At the meeting yesterday the subject of the fuel prices at the local airports came up again along with the minimal maintenance on the infrastructure. Joe Shepp talked about the ideas he has proposed for the county to increase the revenues at several of the airports, for instance leasing space for rental storage.
We briefly discussed the EAA requirement for an online course for everyone working with kids at Young Eagles events. Several folks mentioned that there are similar requirements for adults working with Boy Scouts. Related to the discussion, George Jutia showed a TED Talk video on the long term ill effects of childhood trauma of any sort.
I showed off an ADS-B-in receiver I assembled from parts after reading an article in Aviation Consumer. I tried it out again after the meeting and it showed some local traffic going approaching ACV while I was about 6 miles south. I was thrilled.
January 23, 2016 Meeting Minutes
Here are the significant items of today's meeting:
- I handed out Certificates and Pins to chapter officers for their service in the past year.
- We discussed the slow progress in Congress of the Pilots Bill of Rights. The major area of interest in the bill is the big change in requirements for the 3rd class medical.
- We discussed a new requirement from EAA for an online course and background check for everyone involved with Young Eagles flights.
- We discussed again what we feel are shortcomings of the management of the county's airports and resolved to send a letter to the Board of Supervisors listing the issues.
- We heard a short update of the career of former Chapter President Lindsay Locke.