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PREFLIGHT

January 2022                          
Newsletter Issue #468

The President's Corner

by Greg Burneske

Happy New Year to all members and friends of EAA Chapter 41. I hope 2022 is off to a great start for you and you still have all your new year resolutions intact. One of mine is to do more flying this year. That should include some Sunday morning EAA Chapter 41 fly-outs, don’t you think? Let's make those happen again in 2022.

A big shout out to chapter member Chris Conklin for earning the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. The award goes to pilots with 50 or more years of safe pilot experience. Chris has enough flight experience to write a book. All things considered, he probably has more flight time logged in the air while dealing with near emergencies and bad weather than most of us will log in CAVU VFR in our lifetimes. Humbling, but true. A well-deserved honor, Chris!

If you are building an airplane, or thinking about it, you should sign up for EAA’s 2nd Homebuilders Week webinars. There are some really great presentations on the schedule. Be sure to check it out at https://www.eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building/homebuilders-week

I am really looking forward to our first chapter gathering of the year at the home of Scot Leeman to see the Kitfox 5 he and his brother Joe are building on Tuesday, January 18. Location details later in the newsletter. See you there.

-Clear skies!

Reminder: Winter Party Cancelled

Due to unforeseen circumstances such as the guest speaker needing to cancel, and the current situation with the pandemic, chapter board members voted to cancel the chapter's winter party that was scheduled for January 21st.

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January Meeting Reminder - Field Trip!

Come join us for a field trip to see a Kitfox 5 with Oratex fabric covering. Instead of meeting at our hangar, we’ll be gathering at Scot Leeman’s house at N2651 Meade Street, Appleton, WI 54913 on Tuesday, January 18th at 6:00 PM(click for map) Guests are welcome!

EAA Chapter 41 member Chris Conklin Receives FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

Chris Conklin, who is wintering in sunny Florida with his wife Sue and their Grumman Tiger airplane, has some exciting news to share with the chapter. He writes:

“On December 15th at Airport Manatee (48X), I was honored to receive the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award from the Tampa FSDO. This is given for achieving 50 years as an active licensed pilot with no major transgressions."

Congratulations, Chris!

Chris Conklin (right) pictured in front of his Grumman Tiger

Meeting Minutes

Due to the holidays, there was no monthly EAA Chapter 41 meeting in December.
EAA's monthly Chapter Video Magazine

Jack J. Pelton welcomes you to January's Chapter Video Magazine with a recap of EAA's successes in 2021, and looks forward to the new programs, education resources, advocacy efforts, and offerings coming in 2022. Happy New Year!

Winter SunsetEditor's Note

by Kate Bernard


Happy new year and hello from Florida, where I’m hiding from the Wisconsin winter weather for a few days. Is it just me, or has the weather been unusually crazy this season? The latest example is the winter storm that basically shut down my base airport of Charlotte, North Carolina and caused hundreds of flights to cancel. A few flights were chopped off the end of my trip, turning me loose in Philadelphia, so here I am in Tampa on a whim after taking a ride over the top of all the icy weather chaos.

I haven’t managed to fly for fun in the past month, between the weather and my busy schedule. At my job as an airline pilot, it’s been really nice to get above the clouds and see the sun often. Pilot friends, have you been up lately? I hope that you have found some decent winter days.

If you’re like me and have been hibernating a bit, hopefully you’ve been finding some aviation-related entertainment. I have a stack of aviation magazines to catch up on, recurrent simulator training to study for, and a flight instructor refresher course to take. All of which seem easier to focus on when the sun sets before 5:00. Now’s a good time of year to learn something new. I’ll be daydreaming about building my own airplane when I watch some of the upcoming seminars during EAA Homebuilder’s Week.

A good book can also pass the time during these winter doldrums. I just finished Fate is the Hunter by Ernest Gann. What a great book! It should be on every pilot’s required reading list, and I don’t know what took me so long to finally discover it. Ernest writes about his career as a pilot flying all over the world in the 1930s and ‘40s. I thought there was no way he could survive some of things he got into, but spoiler alert, he lived to write the book.

Many of the aviation truths that Ernest experienced upwards of 90 years ago are still true today: the weather demands great respect, airplanes have limitations, cutting corners doesn’t cut it, and people are people. I could empathize with Ernest about his love/hate relationship with some of the routes he flew, and how his seniority and the airline’s whim could change his day-to-day life just like that, whether it was the equipment or the route or both. People often ask me what my route is. Unlike Ernest in his early airline days, I don’t have a single “route;” I fly from three main hubs to about 100 cities in the eastern U.S. But not Appleton. Nope, we don’t serve Appleton, and never will, I thought, and I accepted that when I decided to work for this company. Except, suddenly we do. The only constant in aviation is change.

It was one of the best experiences in my aviation career to be flying my airline’s newest jet from the captain’s seat on my company’s inaugural flight from Charlotte to Appleton on the night of January 4th. The powers that be decided to give that route to my regional airline for a while, and who knows how long it will be this way, but it’s going to be fun while it lasts. I’ve enjoyed a few more Appleton landings since. It’s extra special because I never thought this would happen.

Compared to Ernest Gann’s quirky DC-2 airliner, the CRJ900 that I brought into Appleton is a luxury machine. Pilots have it pretty good these days thanks to the pioneers who paved the way. Once you read about Ernest’s flights through the frigid northern wilderness looking for a downed crew, you won’t think that cold toes for a few minutes on a winter preflight are all that bad anymore. Check out Fate is the Hunter if you haven’t read it yet, stay warm, and stay entertained this winter… the better flying season is right around the corner!

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Airplane Build Nights
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Brennand Airport Hangar 11
3282 Breezewood Ln
Neenah WI 54956

Tuesday Evenings (Except Meeting Night)
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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January Monthly Meeting - Field Trip!

Scot Leeman's House
N2561 Meade St
Appleton WI 54913

Tuesday, January 18th
6:00 PM
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