Chapter 513 Houma LA

The Bill Fornof Memorial Chapter

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February Newsletter

Posted on February 2, 2018 at 4:20 PM


Bill Fornof Memorial EAA Chapter 513

Houma, Louisiana

Volume XV Number 2_ ___February 6, 2018

Next meeting Tues. February 6 @ Hammonds-6:30

What is happening in February? Well let’s see, there is a double header the week following our meeting, Mardi Gras on 2/13 followed the next day by St. Valentine’s Day on 2/14. I don’t see too much aviation related action there unless you like to look down on the Mardi Gras revelers from the comfort of your birds’ eye perch high above the teeming masses. Wednesday the 14 could be an opportunity to make some points with your +One with a cross dinner country or local sight-seeing local flight. When was the last time you showed her/him what the old homestead looks like to the birds and the bees?

But there is something else and maybe a little more productive we can do with the 28 days of February like taking a look at where are now and where we want to be at this time next year. When will we do Cajun fly-in 2018? There was some talk about moving from October to an earlier Spring time date.

We plan to be doing more socializing in 2018 so we could talk about that and do a little preplanning to better relate out get togethers to tie in with other Chapter events and maybe even invite some of the people and organization who support us to participate.

Those are just a few ideas that were floating around my empty skull and look like they would add something to this space.

Be at the meeting Tuesday at 6:30. You always find out something new at a Chapter 513 meeting and of course you will get to have a bite to eat with some of the best flying fools in the business.

EAA is 55

On a cold January evening in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, a very small gathering of six restless aviators, some veterans of aerial combat in WWII and members of the “great generation” decided to do something about a common complaint. The meeting was hosted by Paul Poberezny, a veteran Mustang P51 D pilot, who became the founding EAA president. A complaint that we still hear about and lots of weourselves still express. The high cost of doing the most gratifying and fulfilling activity that we have experienced - strapping on an airplane and assuming complete responsibility and control as pilot in command,the reward of a goodsafe flight.The first EAA fly-in was in September 1953 at Curtis Wright Airfield at Milwaukee, Wi with 21 airplanes and 150 souls attending. Today EAA International membership is 200,000.

. Louisiana places to fly in FEBRUARY

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 athttp://laaviator.com. Choose some. Let’s go.

Feb 03 – Chapter 614 – Breakfast Fly-in -Pineville Municipal Airport (2LO) – 8:00 am-10:00am. INFO: http:/614eaachapter.org

Feb 10 –Chapter 244 – Lunch Fly-in – Louisiana Regional Airport (L38) – Fly in or Drive 11:00am-10:00pm – INFO: Chris chris501@hotmail.com

Feb 17–Chapter 836 – NE Louisiana Meting – Airport to be announced, check Info: http://836eaachapter.org

Feb 24 -Chapter 343 -Shreveport Chapter Meeting – Shreveport Downtown Airport (KDTN) 9:30am. Hangar 72 INFO: george@gcpcentnet.com, president@EAA Chapter343.org.

Treasurer’s report –Account balances on hand as of 01/09/2018- $1462.09 Chapter Account and $4333.69 donations for F-16. Norbert Punch, Treasurer

Secretary’s Corner

Minutes of EAA chapter 513 meeting Tuesday January 9. 2018

Members Present:Faron Naquin, Rick Wintter, Norbert Punch, Newton Boudreaux, Charlie Hammonds, Jack Gafford, Tim Rochel, Jerry Gonsoulin, Lindy Hammonds and Richard Cosse

6:30 P.M. Meeting called to order by President Faron Naquin with the Pledge of Allegiance. Tim stated that the F-16 pedestal is finished and he is working on getting more funds to finish the project. Newton said he needs an updated membership list with a record of paid up dues.

6:35 P.M. Treasurer Punch stated that the F-16 account balance is $4043.68 and the club account balance is $1127.07

6:36 P.M. Faron showed a video on how to cover an aircraft control surface with fabric.

7:00 P.M. Tim mentioned his project to collect and give out teddy bears to hospitalized children. Faron said we may have to put that off for a while.

7:02 P.M. Faron motioned to adjourn the meeting and Punch seconded.


RickeyWintter, Secretary

Prez Says

Hello Everyone, I guess we all made it through the Winter Freeze. Good flying weather is right around the corner. Navion Fly In at Shade Tree is March 9 ,10 and 11. I have talked to Lindy about grilling burgers forour March Meeting.Iwould like to have thismeeting on Saturday March 3rd.Wecan make it a Spring Fling Mini Fly In from about 10 - 2 at Hamnonds Maintenance Ramp . We will discuss at this Tuesday’s meeting’.

Blue Skies, Faron

More Parts Procurement

In my last article I shared my cross-country (80 mile) journey to see a completed Glastar in Mississippi. Since then I’ve been limited to only seeing aircraft on the computer screen. This fact has slowed but not stopped my project progress. Thanks to the Glasair Owners Association website, I got a good lead on a Glastar that was being parted out and a few other owners upgrading and looking to sell some parts. I usually spend the “winter” months hunting for deer and other sausage making goodies. This winter was spent hunting parts for my project, and I scored. One Vetterman crossover exhaust, an engine baffle kit, a set of upholstered seats, a throttle control cable, a 60 amp alternator, a set of fuel tank gauges, ASI, Altimeter, a card compass, the larger Sportsman model Door upgrade kit, all of my engine rebuild hardware, a lightweight flywheel, and lastly I just received order confirmation for the EFII System32. This is the newly released FADEC system with dual ECMs for true Electronic Ignition and Electronic Fuel Injection redundancy. Each ECM fires a separate set of plugs. You select R or L to choose which ECM will control the injectors. I should have everything in need to assemble the Lycoming O-320 E2D except Cylinder kits with Pistons. I’ll be hunting for those next. I’ll visit Fibertech Composites down in Florida to meet with Zach Chase in a couple of weeks to book some build assistance time at his shop. I hope to have a new plane flying for Cajun Fly-In 2018. Ray J. Pierce

Fly EFII ECM Fly EFII Panel Monitor and control

Standard Glastar Rear Window & Baggage Door Glastar Sportsman Rear Door Mod in progress

So you thought it was cold here

This photo is from Anchorage, Alaska – and all that iceis not from heavy snow or freezing rain – the ice on the prop is caused by the heavy freezing ground fog and is commonly referred to as hoarfrost. That’s when its so cold the moisture in freezing fog forms ice on unprotected surfaces.

Batcopter at Sebring Expo

January 9, 2018 by General Aviation News StaffAttendees relived the 1960s at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, with a ride on the original N3079G Batcopter from the Batman TV series.

In 1996, pilot Eugene Nock bought the famous helicopter, which was used in the 1966 “Batman” movie and several TV shows.“What we have is an icon in the aviation world as well as the collectable toy world,” Nock said. “It is a one-of-a-kind aircraft, absolutely internationally recognized.”

That’s why Nock, an airline transport pilot who has logged more than 14,000 hours, was flying this special machine at the expo, Jan. 24-27, 2018.

Nock, who’s been a pilot since 17, said his father was in the entertainment business and worked with Adam West, the original Batman, in the 1960s in California. Nock actually met West in the late 1960s.Nock said he hopes by giving rides in the famous flyer that he’s inspiring young people to have a future in law enforcement, military or becoming a pilot.A Special Noon show featured the Batcopter and 1966 Batmobileat noon on Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27.

October 27,1797: World’s first parachute jump

October 22, 2017 by General Aviation News StaffOn this day in history, 220 years ago on Oct. 22, 1797, pioneering balloonist André-Jacques Garnerin became the modern world’s first successful parachutist.

Born Jan. 31, 1769, in Paris, France, Garnerin reportedly first came up with the concept of a parachute while a prisoner in a Hungarian prison during the French Revolution. No surprise, he was looking for a means of escape.

He never got to try it out in prison, but the idea never left him. In fact his passion for the air and ballooning only increased his desire to experiment.

An early adopter and student of ballooning, he worked on many designs and ideas for hot air balloons, and was eventually appointed Official Aeronaut of France.In 1797 he finally got to complete his first parachute jump. However, it was a very different concept from today’s idea of a parachute. Instead of a nylon mattress shaped parachute packed in a bag and attached to his back with a harness, he developed a 7 meter-wide parachute that folded up like an umbrella, using rigid ribs in an envelope of silk.

Below the parachute he attached a basket, similar to ballooning baskets of today. Then, he attached the whole lot to hot air balloon. He rose to an altitude of 3,000 feet above the ground, hanging below the balloon in his wicker basket, the parachute folded like an umbrella above him.At that height he severed the cord that held them together. Falling, the canopy opened, took his weight, and slowly descended to the ground. However, there was not that much, if any, control.

The parachute reportedly suffered from a severe pendulum effect, caused by air spilling out from beneath it in an uncontrolled way, and his landing was heavy.However, he was not put off and he went on to complete another 200 jumps, including one in England from 8,000 feet.Garnerin’s wife, Jeanne Genevieve Garnerin (1775-1847) became the first woman to make a parachute jump. She jumped from 3,000 feet on Oct. 12, 1799.

Garnerin died early – but not from parachuting. He was killed in a construction accident on Aug. 18, 1823.It took almost 100 years for parachutes to develop a serious purpose, when they were used in World War I to allow soldiers to escape from observation balloons, although there are records of many Edwardian stunt acts that used similar parachutes at show grounds and festival gatherings.After World War II, the sport of parachuting as we know it today began to develop and in 1951 the FAI, the World Air Sports Federation, welcomed parachuting into its family and the first records were set and World Championships heldToday, there are an estimated 100,000 active skydivers in the world, and many tens of thousands of one-off solo and tandem jumps are completed safely every year.

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

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