November 19, 2018


We held our final 2018 chapter meeting last night and I want to thank all of our members for contributing to another very successful year at Chapter 643.  For those of you who were unable to attend, let me briefly summarize what we covered.

 

  • Members present voted on the following Chapter 643 Officers for the 2019 calendar year.  These will be reported to EAA National.
    • Brent Connelly, President
    • Doug Logg, Vice-President
    • Rich Kiselswsky, Treasurer

  • Chapter 643 Young Eagles Coordinator, Frederick Slapa summarized a highly successful year for our program.  In summary.
    • 112 Young Eagles were flown across 3 events by 13 different Chapter Pilots.
    • 30 Chapter Volunteers participated at our events helping make them an even greater experience for Young Eagles and their parents.
    • Frederick has done a tremendous job in helping grow our Young Eagles program and to exceed our goal of 100 flights for 2018.  We should all feel very proud of this accomplishment!

  • Donald R. Gordon Scholarship – Deadline for applications is November 30th.  We ask all members to encourage potential scholarship recipients to get their applications submitted before the deadline which is just a couple of weeks away.

  • New Ray Foundation Scholarship Program – We reviewed slides provided by EAA National that introduces this new scholarship program that offers as much as $10,000 to students 16-19 years of age to complete a Private Pilot license.  Scholarships are also available for Sport Pilot and Glider ratings. 
    • The program requires Chapters to apply to participate, to identify a Ray Foundation Scholarship Coordinator and to act as a mentor to student pilots identified and supported by the chapter.   All of the funds are provided by EAA National & the Ray Foundation and are administered by the Chapter.
    • These slides will be posted on our Chapter website for members to review.  The national EAA website also includes information about the program.
    • There was a strong consensus among Chapter 643 members to actively participate in this new program.  A dedicated chapter Coordinator will be appointed before the program launches in January 2019.

  • Aviation Video for Pilots – We reviewed some basics about using GoPro/Action Cameras in our aircraft.  Cameras, mounts, settings and video editing can be intimidating to some, but hopefully everyone with some interest in this topic learned a few tips and are more confident in shooting and posting interesting clips about their flying.

 

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October 15, 2018


Our October Monthly meeting began by welcoming two new members, Chris Racioppi and Mark Tolleson to our chapter.


Our Young Eagles Rally was scheduled to be held Saturday October 20th at Sky Manor Airport(NOTE:  Despite great attendance by both members and Young Eagles, due to poor weather, very few flights occurred. For those who attended, we will follow-up individually over the next few weeks to find suitable times to get these flights completed.) 


The Donald R. Gordon Memorial Scholarship program is soliciting applications for this year’s program and the deadline is November 30th.   If you know of any pilot who would qualify for the program in our area, please encourage them to apply.  You do not need to be student, just an active “student pilot.”

 

Chapter President Brent Connelly recently attended a regional EAA Bootcamp event in Connecticut.  He shared a few highlights including the new Ray Foundation Scholarship Program and the direction that the FAA appears to be taking with the MOSAIC rule making process.  EAA National is supporting interested members in the establishment of Flying Clubs and for Chapters to consider hosting Flying Start Programs – to encourage, educate and assist local adults to take up flight training.  This type of program may be something that our Chapter considers sponsoring in months ahead.


We enjoyed two very interesting but very different presentations by chapter members.  First, Chapter VP Doug Logg entertained us with a great summary of his flight to Oshkosh in July with member Lee Hilbert.  Doug and Lee saw and experienced an amazing range of sights across the mid-west on their way to, and back from, Wisconsin.  Doug also showed slides and videos illustrating a more recent visit to Indiana by float plane for a fly in event. 


Finally, Chapter Tech Councilor & member Don Kugler along with Master Pilot and fellow member Craig Johnson, shared a refreshed presentation about safely flying the Hudson River Corridor.  Don and Craig are both very experienced in flying this challenging airspace and their insights and advice were valued by everyone in attendance.



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September 17, 2018


Our September Monthly meeting began with remote control aircraft demonstration flights by chapter member Robbie DeVergillo, on the ramp near the meeting room.  Robbie clearly has incredible skills in controlling these models, including an impressive range of aerobatic maneuvers and smooth, controlled landings. 


We enjoyed two interesting but very different presentations by chapter members.  


First, Robbie DeVergillo shared background & information about RC aviation with an interesting overview of his many years of personal involvement.  He not only builds and flies these aircraft, but he also helps train new RC enthusiasts as well.   Tony DeVergillo and Robbie also brought their impressive dedicated trailer (hangar on wheels) which carries numerous RC models.


Finally, fellow member Lee Hilbert shared his own deep experience with float plane flying, including some absolutely amazing videos and great photographs.  Here are a couple of video links that are available on YouTube:

     1948 Aeronca Sedan floatplane launch at the Poplar Grove Airport

     Float Plane: The Return

Lee brings a tremendous amount of knowledge based on years of experience flying with floats.  Despite the sea-plane challenges we have in NJ, I suspect his passion will lead a few of us to find ways to take up this type of flying sooner rather than later.



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September 8, 2018


We managed to successfully execute our annual Fly-In at Sky Manor Airport despite marginal weather conditions going into the day.  Overcast skies, and occasional light drizzle, did limit the number of arriving aircraft this year, but with a tremendous member turnout and some additional walk-in traffic we managed to sustain a chapter tradition. 



Judging by the smiles and laughter, it was a great day all around.  Special recognition and thanks to Past Chapter President Adam Silverstein for leading up this years’ Fly-In planning & organization once again.  Adam will share more details at our next monthly meeting.  See the Fly-In 2018 page for a link to a collection of photos from this year’s event. 



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August 20, 2018


Our August meeting was actually kicked off with some experience flights by at least a half dozen members for other members – a regular August meeting event.   Thanks to our VP Doug Logg who coordinated the activity. 


We discussed experiences from this year’s AirVenture at OSHKOSH; several members shared stories and pictures from their own adventures.  Despite some challenging weather during the lead in weekend, another successful year in Wisconsin.  Several important chapter initiatives such as the planned Sept 8th Fly-In, the next Young Eagles Rally and our Scholarship Program (which is now soliciting applicants), were all reviewed.  Several members shared recent TFR flying experiences.  


For the Fly-in, we expect a large turnout this year (crossing our fingers that no TFRs will be scheduled) so we will need every available Chapter member to come out and support the event, in whatever capacity possible.  Contact Adam Silverstein with specific questions, otherwise please arrive at Sky Manor by 8AM on the morning of Sep 8th. 


Finally, we discussed the pros and cons of establishing a 501(c)(3) recognized charitable structure for the chapter going forward and agreed to continue to pursue this initiative.


We also we want to extend a welcome to our new members, particularly Carlos and also several others who attended our meeting for the first time.  We look forward to seeing you all again!



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July 16, 2018


Special thanks to EAA Chapter 643 Past-President Joe Preston, who hosted our monthly chapter meeting in his hanger.  After some chapter business was discussed, Rich Kulesa shared his recently completed and flawless RV-14 rudder with the meeting attendees.  Joe then demonstrated the use of several different pieces of sheet metal equipment and encouraged fellow members to practice bending scrap pieces of aluminum on their own.  He also demonstrated riveting and hopefully by the end of the evening, he motivated a few more of us to jump into home building.  Whether or not we generated another aircraft project, it was an enjoyable and educational event.  Thanks Joe! 


Our September Fly-In Planning is well underway and Fly-in Coordinator Adam Silverstein is seeking out volunteers who can step in to help work the kitchen, park aircraft & cars, greet pilots, or just to help sell some 50-50 tickets.  Please help your chapter by contacting Adam and offering to help make the event an even greater success.  The annual fly-in event is scheduled for Saturday September 8th at Sky Manor Airport.


Frederick Slapa, our Young Eagles Coordinator, reports that our chapter members have now flown 87 Young Eagles year-to-date, which is very close to our goal to reach 100 by December.  Our next event will be in October after the summer TFR season has passed.


Finally, our chapter Scholarship Committee has now rolled out the updated application for the Donald R. Gordon Aviation Scholarship program (see Scholarship Page) and we are asking all chapter members to both help advertise and to seek out potential applicants.  We anticipate selecting the awardees at the end of this calendar year and formally presenting the scholarships at the January 2019 meeting.



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June 18, 2018


Our June meeting was held at the home of Jerry Cotter, who shared his incredible workshop with the chapter.  For those of you who attended, it was clearly one of the most impressive collections of equipment, tools and supplies that any of us have seen before.  Jerry’s varied interests are only matched by his enthusiasm and skills.  Thanks again from all of us to Jerry.   We also welcomed two potential new members - Piyush Patel & Dennis Harvan.  We look forward to seeing you both again!


Congratulations to fellow member Doug Logg who was unanimously elected as our new Chapter 643 Vice-President.  Doug has a been a member of our chapter for many years and has a passion for aviation and EAA. 


Bruce Windom, who served as Chapter VP earlier this year, is relocating to South Carolina and will unfortunately be leaving the area with his RV-8 this summer.  All of us want to extend our thanks to Bruce for his efforts this year to ensure the ongoing growth and success of Chapter 643.  Bruce brought forward numerous ideas, helped secure interesting speakers for our meetings, and was instrumental in adding additional social media to our group.  His contributions and friendship will be sorely missed.


The Chapter 643 Scholarship Committee is fine tuning the entry criteria for the Donald R. Gordon Aviation Scholarship program, and will be asking all chapter members to both help advertise & to seek out potential applicants later this year.  Our fund has grown from the generous donations of many chapter members.  We plan on supporting up to two aviation scholarships of $750 this year, each targeting local student pilots.  We anticipate selecting the awardees at the end of this calendar year and formally presenting the scholarships at the January 2019 meeting. 



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May 21, 2018


May was volunteer theme month at Chapter 643 and, as many of you know, we have many volunteers in our group both in and out of aviation.  Some of our members have flown Angel Flights for many years, donated time & effort to maintain aviation museums and of course our members routinely volunteer at chapter events such as Young Eagles and others.


We were especially pleased to welcome several new Chapter members to share with us their own unique contributions to aviation.  Bill and Sophia Shay described their longstanding attendance at Oshkosh in the weeks prior to AirVenture, where they help prepare the grounds for the event and also participate during the week of the fly-in.  And Tony and Robbie DeVergillo shared stories about their own involvement with the restoration & ongoing public events with the B-25 Panchito based down in Delaware.  Without the continued contribution of time and effort by people like Bill, Sophia, Robbie and Tony, aviation would just not be as successful as it is today.  We as a chapter are richer for having people like the Shay’s and DeVergillo’s as active members.  Thanks again to all of you for what you do and for sharing with your Chapter.


Our Chapter’s first Young Eagles event for this year on April 21st at SkyManor was a great success.  We had 70 YE flights and a great turnout of ground crew and pilots from our chapter.  Great work by many, and special thanks to our YE Coordinator Frederick for leading up the planning and execution for this latest event.


Of special note, the flights by Craig Johnson pushed him up to the impressive milestone of 100 – Congratulations to him and several other Chapter 643 members who have also exceeded this milestone or who are very close to getting there.


Finally, we heard an amazing presentation from Adam Silverstein and Bruce Wodder about their recent journey to Nepal and up to the base camp at Everest.  Describing it here would not do it justice at all, but yet another incredible accomplishment from a fellow Chapter 643 member.



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April 16, 2018


Our monthly meeting was well attended and we began with our Young Eagle’s Chair, Frederick Slapa, giving us a briefing on all the planning and activity for our first 2018 YOUNG EAGLES RALLY on Saturday April 21st.  Volunteer ground crew are encouraged to arrive by 7AM, with registration scheduled to begin at 7:45AM.  The event wraps up at noon and we expect a strong turnout.    Please contact Frederick with additional questions (see contacts on this website).  


Almost 30 members attended the meeting and each introduced themselves to the chapter and described aviation interests.  Everything from gliders, powered parachutes, RC models, new aircraft, antiques and experimentals were represented.  We also had a number of student pilots as well as several active builders.  We look forward to hearing updates in the weeks & months ahead. 


Plans are coming together for our September Fly-in at Sky Manor.  Please contact Adam Silverstein if you are interested in helping with advanced planning for this signature event.


A reminder for those interested in our June 2/3rd Fly-Out to Ottawa, Canada -- Don Kugler will be holding a briefing at the Sky Manor Meeting Room on May 19th at 2pm for all those interesting in participating.  Please mark down these dates.


Finally, we enjoyed a truly interesting and informative presentation titled ADVENTURES OF A MISSILEER.    Fellow member Rich Kulesa shared his experiences as a USAF Missileer based in Colorado.  Rich not only described the fascinating technical aspects of our US Nuclear Missile Defense, but he also included interesting stories and behind the scenes insights into the training and operations as a key member of our armed forces.  A very memorable and unique presentation.


For those that missed the meeting, additional summary information is available here.



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March 19, 2018


This month, we began with a few updates on recent events and near term plans.  First, our very own member Sophia Shay was featured again in an article about the Chapter 643 Donald R. Gordon Memorial Aviation Scholarship.  You'll find more info in the monthly EAA Sport Aviation Magazine, page 106.  Also, our Chapter’s first Young Eagles event for 2018 is scheduled for April 21st at Sky Manor.  As usual, we expect a strong turnout and encourage as many members as possible to attend either as pilots or ground crew.  We are pleased to learn that member Rich Kulesa put his order in for a Van’s RV-14 tail kit (the first for EAA643).  We all look forward to regular updates on his build.  And finally member Neil Rosoff shared an update on his RV-9A build. 


Most of our evening involved two very interesting talks.  First, member Don Kugler gave a talk titled: US-Canada Flight Operations (click here to see part 1 & part 2).  Don briefed us on the regulations and procedures to follow when crossing the Canadian-US Border, including details on aircraft equipment, pre-flight paperwork, US & Canadian specific rules, as well as general tips that help make the transition smooth and uneventful.  Our chapter is planning a weekend fly-out to Ottawa, Ontario (CYRO airport) for the weekend of June 1-3rd. 


Finally, guest speaker Tim Lelie share with us his history and experience as a military and corporate helicopter pilot.  Tim Lelie shared with us his passion for helicopters with pictures and many interesting stories.  Among other accomplishments, Tim is a retired NJ State Police Officer, Army National Guard Helicopter Pilot, Gulf War Veteran and an active Corporate Pilot.



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March 12, 2018



Ski flying yesterday, Joe P's Champ.  Click here for a short video clip.

 


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February 19, 2018


Our February Monthly Meeting was very well attended by both existing and several new Chapter 643 members.  We agreed to target Saturday April 21st as our first Young Eagles Rally day for 2018 at Sky Manor Airport (N40).  In addition, we reviewed the results of our recent member survey and also our goals and objectives as a chapter for this year.  We aim to grow our membership, support the Donald R. Gordon Scholarship program as well as the Young Eagles program.  And we are planning for another successful Fly-In in the fall.  In addition to improving our website, we have introduced several new communications platforms including public and membership only FaceBook pages as well as our own YouTube channel.  Finally, we are starting to identify great destinations for our chapter fly-out events, which will be open to all Chapter 643 members.  You can find detailed minutes and meeting slides here. 

Our keynote speakers were Adam Silverstein and Adam Hulse, who presented a very interesting and informative overview of formation flying.  They shared the training, some of the techniques and also the challenges pilots face when safely executing formation flying activities.  Both of them have flown in Oshkosh airshows and they described the preparation and unique challenges they deal with in getting ready to participate in large mass warbird formation flights at this premier EAA event.  Whether or not you have participated in this area of aviation before, there is no doubt that its an incredibly challenging and rewarding skill set to strive for.  Thanks again to both Adams for sharing their insights with the chapter.  You can find a video recap here.



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January 29, 2018


Joe Preston’s Workshop Field Trip:

We had a great turnout and a very interesting & fun morning on Saturday at Joe’s Preston’s impressive workshop.  Joe shared with us the background behind his Great Lakes Bi-plane project.  Wings, fuselage and other control surfaces in various stages of restoration were on display.  And as promised, he not only demonstrated his restoration techniques, but allowed many of us to rivet, glue and iron his new fabric skins.  A very informative and enjoyable event if you were able to attend.  If you were not, click here for a short video summary of what you missed.



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January 24, 2018


Newspaper article about Sophia Shay & the Donald R. Gordon Memorial Scholarship: 
click here: North Hunterdon girl wins aviation scholarship


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January 21, 2018



 Sophia Shay was awarded the first
Donald R. Gordon Memorial Scholarship.
Please see the presentation on this short YouTube video.


 


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January 16, 2018



Our first regular monthly meeting was held yesterday.  Click here for a summary of the meeting.


This was our 2018 kickoff meeting.  We had a packed agenda with everything from sharing initial insights from our Member Survey, discussing our goals and objectives for the year, as well as awarding the first Chapter 643 Don Gordon Memorial Scholarship. We also had a presentation on Aviation Legal Issues for Pilots by guest speaker Patrick Bradley, Managing Partner Reed Smith LLC.


                        


Monthly Chapter 643 Meeting

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Hanger on Ramp Area – Sky Manor Airport

6pm Food / 7pm Meeting


Open to ALL current and FUTURE members



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Last updated: 11-29-2018