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This is the April 2004 issue
updated 2004-04-22 16:49:21 +0200
This Editor will stand down at the end of this term ! (before you all ask me to leave :-))
That means at the end of this year with the October 2004 AGM - 6 issues to go
Please storm forward to accept this exciting postion.
It is not all that difficult, a lot of your fellow members contribute articles.
EAA USA have wonderfull guidelines which make your task enjoyable.
Keeping your ear to the ground always helps to find the action in our chapter.
So nominate yourself if no one else will do it for you.
For your information there follows an article on "How to do a Newsletter"
PRESIDENT'S REPORT - April 2004
Greetings to all,
Firstly a big thank you to Patrick Blennerhassit for a very well organized water weekend, unfortunately the weather was foul in JHB but it was bearable at Wingfield.
We had a few campers on the airfield , three boats and one aircraft all in all it was attended by about seven families.
With EAA AirWeek only a few weeks away the council committee is working at full steam to make this one the one to remember, rumour has it that we might have an international visitor exhibiting their wares.
I attended a meeting with the airshow committee and was pleasantly surprised at the amount of help and enthusiasm the Tswane (nee Pretoria) Council members and airport staff are showing, this show should attract a record crowd and a large aircraft attendance as well.
That's about it for this month
Chalkie arrives with the RV
If a parsley farmer is sued, can they garnish his wages?
EAA AirVenture 2004
For those of you who were unable to come in 2003 and may not have heard the
news, Nancy Martini, Barbro Whiting (who used to man the SA desk)
and Pat & Vic Boyce are 'retiring' from the IVT. So, we would like to start
out by giving a warm THANK YOU to all of them for all the hard work they've
done! Long-term volunteers and visitors can see how much the IVT has grown over
the years. They will be missed.
Margaret Koskinen, Victor Briones, and Michel
McDermott will be the IVT chairmen for 2004. Nancy
and Barbro will be attending AirVenture 2004 as
Chairmen Emeritus, helping out the rookies in their
first year. All three of us will be on an equal standing - if you have any questions, feel free to ask any of us.
The three new chairmen will still serve as volunteer
interpreters. We'll still have our 6 'working' tables
along the side of the tent, but the books will be
spread out on all of the tables. Hopefully, this will
help eliminate some congestion. (Nancy/Barbro - any dibs on the Executive Office sign?) We'll still have limited use of Nancy's golf cart when needed in 2004 (thanks Nancy!).
EAA has reached its goal of flying one million Young
Eagles! 15-year-old Andrew Grant from Illinois flew
on October 25th and was registered as the 1,000,000th Young Eagle. Andrew and his family attended the Centennial of Flight celebration in Kitty Hawk NC, where Andrew was a guest of honour. Gen. Chuck Yeager, as chairman of the Young Eagles, took Andrew on a ceremonial flight during his visit.
According to the AirVenture website, Wittman will be
getting a new control tower, across from the Post
Office kiosk. Next year we'll need to update our
speeches to reflect the change.
November 21, 2003 - Funding for a new $4 million air traffic control tower at Wittman Regional Airport
(OSH), home of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, was approved this week by Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle. The new tower will be about 85 feet tall (vision height), or 20 feet taller than the existing 40-year-old tower. Its location will be about 700 feet west of the
current structure, at the northwest intersection of
Knapp and Waukau streets. Construction is scheduled to begin in August 2004, with completion no later than July 15, 2005. The $4.1 million funding package includes $109,244 to reimburse Winnebago County for land acquisition costs. The county currently owns the property where the tower will be constructed. Funding is from the FAA, administered through the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The new tower is necessary for several reasons, including obstructed sight lines to Runway 9/27 as well as costly internal repairs and code upgrades. "During the annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Fly-In at Oshkosh, Wittman Regional Airport is home to the world's busiest control tower," Governor Doyle said. "The new tower will enhance year-round safety and support the annual EAA event that adds so much to our economy and to our overall understanding of aviation."
No site layout changes will take place in 2004 as a
result of the new tower project. In 2005, the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department compound will be
relocated, plus a small portion of the AirVenture Fly
Market will be displaced.
The current air traffic control tower was originally
located on the north side of the airport, and was
moved to its current location in the late 1960s.
Information on flying foreign-registered aircraft in the U.S.:
Current NOTAMs (Notice to Airmen) in effect in the USA prohibit foreign-registered aircraft from operating in U.S. airspace (except those registered in Canada and Mexico). For a foreign pilot to operate a
foreign-registered aircraft in the US, he/she must
apply for and receive a waiver from the FAA/TSA
(Transportation Security Administration). For more
about the waiver process, visit FAA's international
information site at http://www.intl.faa.gov. The upper
right-hand part of the page includes a pull-down menu and a "Go" button. One of the items on the pull-down menu is "Waiver Process For Flight Operations". Select that option, and click the "Go" button. This will take you to the page that has info on the waivers.
If you or someone you know would be able to volunteer in 2004, please let us know.
Would a fly without wings be called a walk?
How to : Chapter Newsletter
Just like anything successful, a Chapter Newsletter must be a planned event.
Of course, the more you plan, the more successful the publication will be. But once you have this set up, its routine :-)
Having never published anything other than essays at high school and some theses to get a further qualification, I had one of those out of body experiences when I heard myself volunteer, over a beer, for the position of Newsletter Editor to Peter van der Velden. Took no notice of the kick under the table from my spouse, whatsoever!
Having looked at my Microsoft packages installed, I found some unused talents of my computer. It was just a matter of studying what others before me had created and use this as an example. Of course the more people you ask the more advice you get. Some of it is usable, other less so. Some kind soul gave me a copy of an old edition of the EAA Chapter Handbook. Bet you this is the original version.
So in order to aid any aspiring Chapter Editors, Iíll quote some Ö
Nothing can do more to build up and maintain interest in a chapter than a good newsletter. Although not an absolute requirement it is strongly recommended that one is prepared each month. It is important that the Editor is supported by a News Committee. In my case they were randomly appointed, badgered and nagged constantly until they gave up the news and gossip :-) Thanks for your support and patience.
A Chapter should NEVER expect any of its committee members to be wholly responsible but should be helped in every aspect. The editor can be responsible for collecting material and the writing the newsletter, but should have assistance in gathering material, publishing, folding, labelling and posting,
NEWSLETTER MATERIALóa good newsletter should contain as much of the following as possible:
A Monthly ďPresidentís CornerĒ an editorial or message from the Chapter President. You may have noticed that this normally goes unedited. This then allows freedom of opinion.
A Project roundup. A few lines or paragraphs on the status of members projects. Of course you can turn this into a complete article too :-)
Personal glimpses: a paragraph or two on a couple of the chapter members each month.
Selected Topics from the EAA USA chapter bulletin. Any part that should be brought to the attention of the general membership, particularly if action on their part is required, such as writing to the authorities about aviation legislation, etc.
A Designee Corner. Oftentimes a special newsletter is sent to the chapter president from the USA, which may include news that needs spreading.
Calendar of Events. A calendar of local and regional aviation events should be included. And donít forget to list the annual AirVenture event in the USA. Of course that information you will get from the SPORT AVIATION newsletter. This part can be a nightmare when insufficient planning is done by others.
New Members: is another topic that can be exploited. Newsworthy here to other members may be address, telephone number and the project that the new member is busy with.
Young Eagles: Here one promotes past and future events. It is a great aid to maintain enthusiasm.
Names: Everyone likes to see their name in print. so the newsletter is a golden opportunity to thank people for the contributions.
Trade: this is where you would put items for sale, for hire, help needed. The name is really should contact you with stuff they need put in this section.
Minutes: some chapters print the minutes of the business meetings in their newsletters.
Contact details: it is important that contact details of committee members are regularly published. The serves to keep current information available and also aids members with short memory spans.
Meetings: it is important that the newsletter contains the information of where we hold our monthly meeting. Due to the fact that the newsletter could be picked up at a flying school, CAA, or any other place where it was left on the coffee table.
DISTRIBUTION: Each paid up member should, of course, receive a copy of the Chapter Newsletter. The newsletter should be printed on a regular basis and mailed out so that members receive it before the next chapter meeting. It is very important that EAA USA receives a copy. Other chapters in South Africa also receive a copy addressed to their President, which he will pass around at their meetings. This also helps in avoiding conflicts with Fly-in dates and keeps members informed on interesting topics and projects in other chapters. It is also a valuable source of aviation parts for sale. Other free copies should be mailed to organizations supporting the EAA, such as some flying schools, etc.
Data Base: This is presently handled by the national committee and is provided in electronic format, so that labels can be printed there from.
Envelope and Posting: normal self sealing envelopes work quite well. And you now have a choice to save money by sticking stamps on it yourself or running to the nearest Postnet.
Printing: lately most printing places will receive your information on a disk and printed from there. This is not really photocopying, but rather laser printing. As you see from this issue it gives super quality.
Attitude: this is the most important point. The whole thing goes about having fun. You as Chapter Editor should also have fun. Most of us are social animalsóeven though going into your garage and playing with rivets does not promote this, and this interaction is very rewarding in itself. Personally, I have always had a feeling of accomplishment when the issue goes to press and I have always appreciated each and every member that came up to tell me that the job was well done. And of course you do get a certificate to hang on your wall at the end of it.
Criticism is something that you solicit! So if you donít want it, donít invite it!
Let me know if you need help filling in your nomination form for the next AGM.
Chris Van Hoof
EAA 322 Chapter Newsletter Editor 1998ó2004
EAA 322 Webmaster 1998ó2004
Why do they lock gas station bathrooms?
Are they afraid someone will clean them?
Don't know who created these, but they were forwarded and published for your enjoyment :-)
One nice thing about egotists: they don't talk about other people.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- WOW! -- What a Ride!" Unknown
Why is there an expiration date on sour cream?
Proposed New Civil Aviation Regulations
1000.A No pilot or pilots, or person or persons acting on the direction or
suggestion or supervision of the pilot or pilots may try, or attempt to try or
make or make attempt to try to comprehend or understand any or all, in whole or
in part of the herein mentioned Civil Aviation Regulations, except as authorized
by the CEO or an agent appointed by, or inspected by the CEO.
1000.B If the pilot, or group of associated pilots becomes aware of, or realizes, or detects, or discovers or finds that he, or she, or they, are or have been beginning to understand the Civil Aviation Regulations, they must immediately, within three (3) days notify, in writing, the CEO.
1000.C Upon receipt of the above mentioned notice of impending comprehension, the CEO will immediately rewrite the Civil Aviation Regulations in such a manner as to eliminate any further comprehension hazards.
1000.D The CEO may, at his or her option, require the offending pilot, or pilots, to attend remedial instruction in Civil Aviation Regulations until such time that the pilot is too confused to be capable of understanding anything.
Sorry, could not resist passing this on!
How is it possible to have a civil war?
Have you Heard That ? ...
ZU-BIJ flew all the way to Australia and is presently flying in Perth says Sakkie van Heerden.
Edís Cozy is painted and the motor is assembled.
Jean says Cozy is a four letter word :-)
Why God Created Children
AND IN THE PROCESS GRANDCHILDREN
To those of us who have children in our lives, whether they are our own,
grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or students...here is something to make you
From Graham Pick
Do have a look at the Website of our friends, returning with another trip with their homebuilts from AirVenture in 2003. http://www.sa2usa2003.com/
The EAA USA Website is well worth a visit: http://www.eaa.org and while you are there, fill in the membership form, you may pay by Visa or other means, read all about the Young Eagles programme and other interesting news.
For those requiring weather information see : http://www.wunderground.com/global/ZA.html this is about SA, but follow the links there to other parts of the world.
All about Canard type planes at http://www.ez.org and Cozy's can be seen at Unofficial Cozy Site and the Co-Z Development Corp for the official version.
Chris van Hoof's Cozy Mk IV takes you to my construction progress. Motor is assembled, Plane is painted, Wireing to do, baffles to do.
Here is the Canopy inverted, complete ready for installation and to receive the final exterior coat
Finished internally with "Hamerite - Light Blue", which ever so fortunately turned slightly turquoise :-)
You may notice the spartan look - I like the "construction" look and by the time you add the upholstery you won't see all that much any more anyway ...
The motor is being assembled by Gavin Lawson in Capetown.
If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is he homeless or naked ?
Chris van Hoof - Architect