February 2017 Chapter meeting


Hello and happy February to all Chapter 40 members. Our next chapter meeting is this Saturday February 18th at good ol’ Rockys. Meeting time is the usual 9:30 a.m.


Don’t be alarmed by all the new construction. The Civil Air Patrol has taken over the complete old office building, pilot lounge and good ol’ Rockys, but fear not! I have made arrangements with the Civil Air Patrol to use the restaurant as we have in the past.

Plans for the new restaurant are on schedule. It should be ready about the same time your great grandchildren get their pilot certificates, assuming they start flying very late in life.

It is time to show and tell! We’ll be talking about your projects this month. If you have a sample please bring a piece of your kit, or a dream, or an idea…

Our project airplane (the little Cygnet) is at Camarillo Airport, and ready for its first flight. Our courageous, brave, valiant, fearless (well, you get the idea) test pilot Bill “Nerves of Steel” Berle will be getting her in the air very soon. Our friendly FAA DAR has signed off the airplane and says that it is air worthy (at least Bill certainly hopes so). A big thank you to¬†all chapter members, and to all the other hangar rats that put this little fliver together. My gut feeling is this little plane is going to fly very nicely! The engine sounds great; never heard a Volkswagen sound so good.

A word about Chapter dues: If you have not paid your chapter dues, please pay Ferd immediately; we don’t want him to have to do anything rash.

Hangar space is now available. With the Cygnet getting up in the sky we now have space for a lucky builder. Please contact Ferd or ask at the meeting about the hangar space.

A big shout out to Clyde Carpenter (or any donut bringing person)! We *love* them at the meeting.

FYI, a doughnut or donut is a type of fried dough confectionery or dessert food. The doughnut is popular in many countries and prepared in various forms as a sweet snack that can be homemade or purchased in supermarkets. They are considered one of the primary food groups for pilots. Interesting Fact One: There are many documented cases of pilots surviving entirely on donuts and beer for extended periods of time. Interesting Fact Two: Most of those same pilots are members of Chapter 40.


Hope to see you this Saturday!

Blue skies and Tailwinds,

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