EAA Chapter 563 News

July 2016



The 40th anniversary dinner is delayed, likely until this fall's fly-in. Current thoughts are to hold a pot-luck dinner that evening in the chapter hangar, such as was done at the chapter's 30th anniversary. The board would like members to volunteer to organize this dinner.

Youth Programs

Brittany Harvey has resigned her position with our youth programs. Our thanks for her work over the past year.


Another "thank you" to Phil Jones, who this time has donated 16 chairs to the chapter. These have been sold with the proceeds placed in the treasury. Also sold are all our unused books and magazines, to a collector, for $300.


Spending continues to be below that budgeted. To get a better return, $5000 is being transferred from our CEFCU account to that at Vanguard.


The airport authority is finally changing the wording of our hangar lease agreement to properly reflect our use of it. The water heater will need to be replaced.


At the 5/12 chapter meeting, Mike Kellner gave a nice presentation on the B-17 restoration project he organizes. Attendence was disappointing, with only about 16 people there, and about 40% of them were from other EAA chapters.


Welcome to new member John Churchill. Congratulations to Dick Barthel who received the Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award at the June 20 safety seminar in Lacon. The award was presented by representatives of the Springfield FSDO in recognition of 50 years of safe flight and dedication to continual training.


For 2016 45 members have renewed. Dues remain $30 for individuals and $35 for families.



The new maintenance hangar is up but not finished. The airport is looking for line boys, full time and possibly part time. Two hangars are currently available for lease at 3MY. The Airport Authority requested a list of all current chapter members. If you had a gate card based soley on your membership with the chapter but you did not renew for 2016, your card has been disabled.


Volunteers are needed for ushering and gate control at the Commerative Air Force flights at PIA this August. They will be offering tours and rides in several WW-II airplanes: B-29, P-51, C-45, T-6, and Stearman. We might also need volunteers to man a tent to advertise our chapter. Gene Olsen (Director of Airports) wrote this to the chapter regarding the volunteers:
All personnel working the gate will need an ID badge, and probably those helping on the ramp as well... I donít believe we need to do fingerprints. The Airport Authority will pay the cost of the [TSA] background checks and badging... We will need some time to do the background checks... Please have anyone interested get in touch with me or with Doug Palmer.
Gene listed his phone number as 697-8272x100. Alternately, you can send your request to the chapter e-mail address, and I'll forward your name by e-mail.

Upcoming events

(See also the Home and Calendar pages on the chapter web site.)
7/21 6:00
board meeting
Wingfest, Rochelle (RPJ)
8/3-7 9:00-5:00
CAF's B-29 FiFi is at PIA
Antique Aircraft Association, west of Ottumwa