Chapter 513 Houma LA

The Bill Fornof Memorial Chapter


September Newsletter

Posted on August 30, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Bill Fornof Memorial EAA Chapter 513

Houma, Louisiana

Volume XIV Number 9________ September 5, 2017

Next meeting Tues. September 5 @ Hammonds-6:30

The first Tuesday in September will be an interesting meeting for Chapter 513. We will have a guest speaker who should be of particular interest to anyone involved in aviation in the Terrebonne-Lafourche Metro. If you fly for a living or a sport pilot or just plain interested in what has happened and what is planned or expected at the Gus Brown Houma-Terrebonne Airport our guest speaker for the evening will have the answers. Joe Wheeler Executive Director, Houma-Terrebonne Airport will be visiting with us to give us a report on the airport, its plans and its ambitions. Spread the word to all of your fellow aviators and others afflicted with the airplane bug.

Here’s something else for you to consider – what will you be doing to help the 2017 Cajun Fly-in? We will be asking members to sign up for a little of your time on Saturday October 21 in support of Chapter 513’s original and most successful community outreach undertakings. If you’re not willing to help with this one you will be letting down a whole lot of chapter history not to mention Ray Pierce, Cajun Fly-in and Car Show director.

As is our custom pizza and soft drinks will be served so come hungry and early.

Cajun Fly-In and Car Show

We have just 36 days remaining to get Chapter 513’s signature outreach project ready for its October 21 opening. Our fly-in director, Ray Pierce has spent a lot time planning and preparing during his most recent “August days off” from his work a day job. Ray has been in contact with Joe Wheeler, Director of Houma-Terrebonne Airport. He has also been in contact with the FBOs and other interested and involved parties on both the East Ramp and West Ramp. Those of you who follow Cajun-Fly-in on Facebook can get a more of Ray’s efforts this past month.

The most important need right now is MANPOWER. Everyone is capable of lending their expertise to this our most important public project of the year. Be sure to come to the meeting to let everyone know what you will do for your part.

Louisiana Places to Fly in September

There are a lot of interesting places to fly this month without leaving the state. We are making a special effort to attend other events, especially the Louisiana Series fly-in events. More info is available as well as info on events in neighboring states at http/ Choose some. Let’s go.

Sep 02 – Chapter 614 – Fly-in Breakfast – Pineville Municipal Airport (2L0) – 8 – 10 am. Info: http/

Sep 09– Chapter 244 -Fly-in Lunch – Louisiana Regional Airport –

Info: or htt//

Sep 16- Chapter 614 – Pineville Municipal Airport -EAA LEADERSHIP BOOT CAMP – 8AM-5PM. Friday evening dinner. Info:David Letting, EAA Outreach Specialist 902-426-6116

Sep 23– Fourth Saturday Fly-in/Drive-in – Beauregard Regional Airport, DeRidder (DRI) – Info: 3337-463-8250

Sep 30 – Open House – Gulf Coast Aviation – Baton Rouge Metro Airport(KBTR)

1pm-5pm info:See Gulf Coast Aviation website.

Secretary’s Corner

Minutes of EAA chapter 513 meeting TuesdayAugust 1, 2017

Members present:Tim Rochel, Faron Naquin, Newton Boudreaux, Ray Pierce, Lindy Hammonds, Richard Cosse and Rick Wintter.

Guest: Nolan and Rachel Thompson and their nephew Adam

A quorum was not present so noformal business meeting was held

Ray Pierce, our fly-in director, said that he has ordered a larger banner and 8 smeller banners for the fly-in. He is also mailing our post cards ans has ordered 8 signs to prevent taxiway incursions by the public.

President Tin Rochel stated that he wants to post our newsletter to our Facebook page and he is getting some led floodlights to illuminate the F-16. Tim and Lindy will install the lighting. He also has some paint to be donated by VIDA PAINT to paint the outside of the T-33 canopy.

RickeyWintter, Secretary

Prez Says

Ms Ochs Retires

Ms Patricia Ochs retired July 1st 2017 after 28 years of service with the United States Air Force Museum in Dayton Ohio. Her diligent service as the Static Display Program Director is being honored with this presentation from Larry Beam of Aviation Heritage Park, Bowling Green, Kentucky. We will sorely miss her and wish her and her family the best. Ms Ochs made dealing with the USAF Museum a pleasure. We are hoping she has a well-deserved break and keeps in touch.

Don't forget to celebrate Labor Day this month. By the time we meet, it will have been over! September 4th is Labor Day. We meet on the 5th. Labor Day was enacted as a federal holiday in 1894 to initiate an eight hour work day, which was originally a Canadian idea. Since then it is celebrated annually on the first Monday in September.

I am working on a proposal to have a summer 'camp' at the airport. It would entail much of what we do with the Kids in Aviation, but with a two day program that would include hands on craft projects such as a paper airplane distance race and a drawing airplane control surfaces competition. There are many issues to resolve having a two day program. First, there would be no camping overnight and the lunch problem would have to be addressed. Next there will have to be a group size limit and how many workers will be needed. Then, we will have to locate materials for the crafts projects. Any input from our members is welcomed. We will discuss it at the meeting.

Joe Wheeler, HTAC Director, will be our guest speaker who will give us a 'heads up' about the latest goings on at the airport.

Two more meetings before the Cajun Fly-in. I am hoping we get everything together. Ray and April made their rounds at all FBOs this past week and I'm working on setting up parking areas. We will request members to sign up as workers. As I said before, you only have to give a few minutes of your time at the fly-in to make it a success.

Pizza and soft drinks will start out the meeting.

See you there.                                                                                                     Tim

Miss Vermont to Fly to Miss America Pageant

Katie Chapa Aug 23, 2017 COLCHESTER, Vt.

 Miss Vermont will soon be the first ever Miss America contestant to fly herself to a competition. She will take flight this Saturday to Atlantic City, New Jersey for the 2018 Miss America Pageant.22-year-old Erin Connor says she excited for both the experience of the pageant and the opportunity to take flight. She’s been flying since she was 16 years old, and the two passions are one she’s grateful she can combine.“Here I get to go to Miss America, a once in a lifetime experience, and I get to fly myself there, another thing I love to do. It’s a win win all around,” Connor said. Connor took home the Miss Vermont crown back in April, and since then she’s been busy making public appearances and attending events around the state. She says she’s just completed her 70th appearance since winning the title.Once Miss Vermont arrives in Atlantic City, she says she has a busy two weeks ahead. Her schedule is packed every day from about 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. with charity events, appearances, rehearsals and photo shoots. “This is a once and a lifetime experience. Sam Haskell the President and C.E.O of Miss America said you’re more likely to have a son compete and play for the NFL then a daughter to even go to Miss America, so that’s pretty cool and I’m excited to participate in it,” Connor said.

You can catch the 2018 Miss America competition September 10 at 9 p.m. on Local 22.

President’s Visits Hurt Small Airports

Thor Solberg’sAugust 10, 2017 by General Aviation News Staff

Business is down — try practically nonexistent — at a time when it’s usually way up, and he has President Donald Trump to thank for it, according to an Associated Press story.

Solberg owns Solberg-Hunterdon Airport, one of two small airports in western New Jersey that are essentially closed down because they are within 10 miles of where Trump is spending 17 days this month at his Bedminster country club. More than a dozen other airports also face restrictions.The article notes that the summer is “high season” for general aviation airports.“Twenty percent of our annual business is affected by the president’s visits in the summertime because that’s how much of our business takes place on the weekends in the summertime,” Solberg told the AP.The article notes that small airports and aviation-related businesses near Trump’s properties in Florida and New Jersey have lost out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in business already this year. And they have no recourse other than to appeal to the Secret Service, which oversees presidential security.

The 513 flyer is a monthly publication of the Bill Fornof Memorial EAA Chapter 513, Inc. Editor Newton Boudreaux. President, Tim Rochel, Vice President, Faron Naquin, Treasurer, Norbert Punch and Secretary, Rick Wintter. Mail to P. O. Box 1034, Gray, LA 70359-1034. Newsletter Email

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