EAA Chap 1504 Hangar Hop 17 Nov

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EAA Chap 1504 Hangar Hop 17 Nov

Unread post by mikev » Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:13 am

EAA Chapter 1504
Hangar Hop 17 Nov 2012
This is an open invitation for all members and co-enthusiasts to fly in and visit the workshop held at the Wolmaransstad high school on 17 Nov.
This is where the Chapters’ Young Eagles build project will be situated starting next year, where various exciting projects will be built with active participation by the school children.
A shuttle will be operating between the Wolmaransstad airfield, situated just north of the town, and the school which is just over a kilometre down the road from the airfield.
Of course the intention is to have them acquiring sufficient knowledge and experience to end matric with a basic AP inspection rating, and possibly an LSA pilot’s licence.
You will be served a substantial breakfast, with all sorts of trimmings, but of course absa-bloody-lutely nothing is free in life!!
You will therefore be required to put all your knowledge and experience at our disposal for the morning to assist us with the layout, planning and operation of the existing infrastructure to best effect.
If you have any redundant aircraft spares taking up valuable space in your hangar, bring it along and leave it here. We shall put it to good, proper use! Particularly useful would be older types of instruments and avionics to fit into the Pietenpol.
See you on the 17th.
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Re: EAA Chap 1504 Hangar Hop 17 Nov

Unread post by mikev » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:18 am

Chapter 1504 Hangar Hop

Saturday, 17-11-2012 dawned bright and pleasant with the sort of flying conditions prevalent in the Northwest province in spring.

Already early we had everything laid out in the workshop at the Wolmaransstad High School, which had taken four labourers and I some three days to clean out after several years of disuse and prepare both Pietenpol airframes for the morning’s presentation to the visitors.

We were all in various stages of unpleasant recovery from a bout of intestinal flu, so I for one was not near to the sharp edge of the blade this morning.

The purpose of the hangar hop was to both inform the Chapter 1504 members as well as all the children earmarked for participation in the project and their parents, as to what we are on about, where we were at this stage, and what would be reasonable to expect in the first half of next year.

Sadly, the corporate sponsor whom sounded very much on board before, had decided against involvement, but we still have enough to start the project.

Just before nine the sky was buzzing over the meerkat colony that serves as Wolmaransstad airfield just north of town. My preliminary inspection and plan was to allow each backtracking aircraft follow a specific path around said invaders, but Cliff Lotter’s piloting skills were vastly ahead of my ground handling skills, and I did not prevent him from putting one wheel into a smallish hole. Fortunately he had almost stopped, and the aircraft swung about a quarter turn, which snapped the tail wheel spring attachment on his immaculate ZU-RVSeven. This necessitated some minor repairs later in the day prior to departure for home.

Five aircraft from Klerksdorp chapter sneaked in front of Human Wentzel’s perfect approach, which made a very grand stately arrival in his Bonanza.

Just as the bus was leaving for the workshop Chapter 322’s Andy Lawrence, in an envy breeding RV6, joined overhead just in time to land and not be too late for the principal’s stern look normally reserved for latecomers to school!

Whilst we had been doing what pilots do best, Joni had been growing more and more worried at the workshop. She was busy welcoming the teachers, children and parents, and serving them muffins, juice and caffeine.
What was quite alarming was the fact that we had laid out the initial Pietenpol airframe, as well as the more completed one kindly donated by Graham Haird, in some semblance of aircraft shape to indicate some scale of the aircraft and so on...! Mothers being mothers of course, look at matters related to their children in a much different manner. They saw only the flimsiest of little wooden frames lying about, and very obviously this is the crap this mindless maniac wants to put MY CHILD IN????? EEEAAAGGHHH!!! It became even worse when they picked up some of the covered control surfaces, and it weighed almost nothing!!

It was noticeable that their confidence levels was substantially restored when all the pilot’s arrived and nobody shared their particular concerns, which seemed to confirm that this is then probably how aircraft are built. Also very obvious was when they left later on that the concern had given way to a restored bounce in the step, so we did something right!!

Speeches were made and all the facts spelt out to the parents in particular. The children simply looked at all the laid out kit, and their beaming faces said it all: “Bring it on!!!”

Cliff Lotter gave a very important input. As the selection process for participants were left to the headmaster and his very capable team of teachers, their selection criteria was based primarily on the scholars’ choice of maths and science, as well as academic excellence. Here a reminder was in order to the children, in that the priority of this project is subject to every single normal school aspect i.e. schoolwork, HOMEWORK, sport and cultural activities. Cliff mentioned that in some cases children may just need exposure to a project of this nature to inspire them to excellence in academics which may have precluded their participation at this time. Mr Robbertse, the principal, acknowledged this and the matter will be looked into.

Mr Van der Colff is on board as a prospective EAA member, as well as the responsible person wrt presence registers and school liaison.

Len du Preez offered his service as ground school instructor, and was gladly accepted as such. Thanks Len!!

Jeff Frost offered books on fabric covering, and brought along the first instrument for fitting into the Pietenpol!

Gustus Roux also gave very valuable inputs on various aspects and suggestions on acquiring aluminium kits for future applications in the project. I am quite certain we are on exactly the same page here.

A special word of welcome and thanks was made towards Andy Lawrence, all the way from Chapter 322, along with a whole lot of models and RC models donated to the project as his late son’s legacy. What was even better was when he made a short speech, expressed his delight in the project and his future support as a contributor to the AP process, as he was in conjunction with others in the process of revising the exam questions for said AP ratings.

Also a special word of thanks went Graham Haird’s way for his donation of a Pietenpol airframe in an advanced state of completion. Every effort will be made to have this airworthy for the 2013 Makwassie Mid-Winter Mojo!

Several of the fathers had that little boy look in the eye, and some pledges of mutual support and other efforts were made. This is greatly appreciated!

All the while this was going on, Ben, from Build-it, the sponsor of this year’s fuel for the Mojo, was beavering away at braaing boerewors. Whilst stuffing our respective faces with boereworsrolls, the children and parents put all pilots through a veritable grinding mill of questions, all answered in the best fashion, and to everybody’s total satisfaction.

After today’s session, during which no grand or unrealistic schemes were promised, merely bare facts relayed, we seem to have the standard laid down as follows:
• Students will start on the Pietenpol airframe to finish in time for the June Mojo. (!!!?)
• A minimum of 300 hours must be spent in the workshop over the next three years.
• After their matric exams, they will attempt the AP exams in pursuit of a basic inspection rating on wood and Rag and/or Alu airframes.
• If we manage the acquisition of additional kits, we shall pursue LSA licences as best as the budget will allow at the time.
• Everyone is aware of the cost factor, and that we are looking at it as best possible.

Pretty soon we were all greeting, getting together to leave for the runway, and a great day was wrapped up with all the aircraft departing, including thankfully Mario, along with several silent prayers at the approaching trees 

We have an open invitation to any EAA member to visit the project at any time. Building will start early next year, and we shall keep everyone updated as much as possible in times to come.

Best Regards

Mike Visagie
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