Date: 11 February 2017
Date: 14 January 2017
Time: 10:30am PST
Place: EAA 1119 Hangar, 60 Aviation Way, Watsonville, CA
Type: Chapter Meeting
How called: Regularly scheduled
How notified: Chapter Newsletter and Website calendar.
The meeting convened at 10:30
- Checking: $1425.32
- Savings: $28,905.18
- Bills paid up
- $1500 Insurance and Chapter Renewal in December
- Meeting notes
No minutes from December (Holiday Party)New chapter officers
- President: Chris Laws
- Vice President: Richard Yee
- Secretary: Tom Hail
- Treasurer: Tracy Laws
- Young Eagles Coordinator: Tom Hail
- Board: Ken Locke-Paddon, Sean Farrell
- January 7th Rally rained out
- Christ Laws got his 50th Young Eagle and hat
Upcoming Chapter Meeting Presentations
- February - Unleaded AVGAS (Also WPA meeting)
- March - Sean Tucker (maybe)
- Breakfast also
- April - 3D Printing
- EAA Supplied SolidWorks
Welcome to 2017!
Until a new newsletter editor volunteers, Chapter minutes will be posted via email and the website as required by the bylaws. Any newsletter volunteer?
Membership dues are due again! $20 continues to be the membership dues for EAA Chapter 119. You can send a check to:
The B-17 Aluminum Overcast visited WVI May 3-6. The visit started with a press flight on Monday for the local papers and KION 46 weather reporter Tamara Berg. Click here. The SC Sentinel story is here. Tuesday had the first two flights for paying passengers and a couple of freebies for EAA 119 volunteers. Afterward a lot of visitors came out to the airport to tour through the plane, EAA119 volunteers doing a great job keeping the visitors interested, educated, informed and flowing through the plane. We all learned a lot and I think passed on a lot of information to the community what it was like in that plane. Tony and Thad literally spent hours in the cockpit talking to folks. (click on the title to see more...)
I was talking to Joe about his B-17 ditching in WWII. He said it was because they had run out of gas, the plane they were flying wasn't their normal one and turned out to be a gas hog. By the time they reached Holland, they were throwing guns and equipment out to lighten it up, but they ditched about 20 miles off the Dutch coast. Their mayday got the rescue folks looking for them and a Hudson bomber dropped a boat to them. But they spent more than 24 hours in that boat before they got picked up.
The ditching was on one engine, the others had run out of gas. The crew got into the ditching positions and all made it out when everything stopped. Joe's exit was to be through his window which surprised him since he was so bulky in his flight gear. Both rubber rafts got into the water for the 10 man crew. They used a hand crank radio and flares to attract the rescue crews. The rescue was delayed because at the time a raid was being executed on the Dutch coast and they couldn't risk giving it away with picking them up.