Current Newsletter

courtesy of Mark Edwards our EAA Chapter 1111 newsletter editor


PRESIDENTS MESSAGE April 2021

President Garnet West

Fellow Chapter 1111 members,

Although we head into yet another month of  CoVid restrictions, we can look forward to our new FBO digs undergoing renovations. That means when we do have our  first indoor meeting it will be in a completely new facility that our new hosts have welcomed us to share.Our board will be planning an open air get together this month as the spring weather is beckoning. Probably a Saturday midday event,what do you think about that? Please send us your feedback!Since the FBO is under construction, we will meet at someone’s hangar–to be determined–with refreshments provided, and airplanes to look over and talk about.This should be a great way to kick off the flying season for those who feel bold enough to mingle. As always, masks are available, and many of us have been vaccinated so let’s get back to it!Stay tuned for the e-mail announcing time and date, we look forward to seeing you all!  Garnet West

In light of the formal suspension of meetings and gatherings that we are all subject to, our board has decided to suspend Chapter 1111 dues until we are allowed to resume a more normal schedule once again. At that point we will adjust our dues structure to reflect the actual months remaining in the year. So thank you for your patience as we are all champing at the bit to get back to it.Good health and keep ’em flying!
Garnet West President, EAA chapter 1111

When we are able to resume, our NEW meeting schedule is the second Thursday monthly, 5:30pm followed by the meeting at 6:30. Social distancing and mask wearing policies followed.
Text at (858) 357-3812
Or email To:    eaa1111kelso@gmail.com
Garnet West
President EAA Chapter 1111

MAY 2021 Tech Advisor Report  by Jerry Sorrell

Some  metal skin airplanes are prone to have rivets loosen, usually because of stresses near the landing gear mounts or motor mount stresses  at  the firewall.  There can be other causes such as insufficient driving the field head.! Leaving any aluminum chips or burrs at the drilled hole will also create problems.  Loosening rivets will create a dark “dust” of aluminum oxide  around the rivet head. One of the first signs will be the paint bond  cracking  around the head of the rivet.

I recently watched  the annual inspection of a Cessna 206 on YouTube. Here the inspector noted a number of smoking rivets along the longitudinal fuselage seam  just aft of the rear window.

I could see 15-20 rivets leaving a trail of dust and at least two rivets missing! The  preflight inspection must have been done without much attention to the external condition of the airframe.  These rivets were too far gone to try to re-drive them in place  with a few taps of the rivet gun. Time to drill all the smokers out. In some areas, the rivet holes were too large to insert the same diameter so the next size up was  needed. Drill out, clean up, etch prime and re-rivet. If a bucking bar can not be placed on the rivet, then approved pull rivets may be used.

If that was my plane I’d drill 3-4 more rivets  out  along the seam and open the skin lap enough to see if fretting was occurring. Clean and etch prime the overlap seam, and rivet.

Buying a plane? Be sure rivet security is on the check list. That includes the ones under the carpet, behind the headliner and under the cowl at the firewall.

I could see 15-20 rivets leaving a trail of dust and at least two rivets missing! The  preflight inspection must have been done without much attention to the external condition of the airframe.  These rivets were too far gone to try to re-drive them in place  with a few taps of the rivet gun. Time to drill all the smokers out. In some areas, the rivet holes were too large to insert the same diameter so the next size up was  needed. Drill out, clean up, etch prime and re-rivet. If a bucking bar can not be placed on the rivet, then approved pull rivets may be used.

If that was my plane I’d drill 3-4 more rivets  out  along the seam and open the skin lap enough to see if fretting was occurring. Clean and etch prime the overlap seam, and rivet.

Buying a plane? Be sure rivet security is on the check list. That includes the ones under the carpet, behind the headliner and under the cowl at the firewall.

If you desire to be a tech counselor, there is a process to follow on the attached link. https://www.eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building/volunteer-assistance/eaa-technical-counselors

FLYING ADVENTURES


KELSO AIRPORT WAS WELL REPRESENTED AT THE GROVE FIELD COMPETITION  


THE KELSO 1111 GANG OF PILOTS

JIM’S READY TO GO

KELLY ON THE STARTING LINE

CRAIG DRAGGING IT IN

ALEX READY TO GO

PICTURES FROM DAVE RENNER
A run to Independence. Always a great visit.

OUR CLUB MEMBERS WORKSHOP : KELLY QUICK’S WORKSHOP


THE WIRING ON HOLLIS YAMAHA APEX ENGINE ALMOST DONE

DUSTIN TAKING A BREAK ON THE APEX TO WIRE UP NAV AND STROBE LIGHTS ON BOTH THE QUICKAIR 2 AND THE FRONTIER

CHARLIE WILSON HAS BEEN DESIGNING AND FABRICATING STRUT FAIRINGS FOR KELLY
THE TWO PIECE IS REQUIRED SO YOU CAN  REMOVE THE INNER SECTION TO FOLD THE WING  


KELLY FABRICATING MOUNT AND INSTALLING  SIDE THROTTLE  ON THE QUICKAIR 2

THROTTLE MOUNT FABRICATED AND INSTALLED 

HOLLIS LIKED THE SONEX THROTTLE SO HAD KELLY FABRICATE A MOUNT FOR THE CENTER CONSOLE FOR THE FRONTIER   

HERE’S DUSTIN’S JABIRU PROJECT HE’S HAULING TO HIS HOME SHOP TO WORK ON.

MARK EDWARDS WORK SHOP

MARK EDWARDS WORKSHOP


LEFT DOOR ALL DONE EXCEPT FOR PAINT

GARNET WEST WORK SHOP

No flying this month, as I’m helping with the changeover at the FBO–(no more Kelso Aviation, it’s CASCADE AIR now) –and trying to finish some major maintenance and the condition inspection on my bird.Anyone around the field Monday might want to stop and thank Denny Wise for his years of service to the airport and our Chapter in particular. Be advised though, construction crews will be in full swing.After having to cut some motor mount bolts off due to a weird design, I was able to access a number of components on the engine that needed replacing or inspection.Thanks to Mark Edwards and hangar neighbor Reed West for the assistance. Dave Renner’s borescope allowed for internal cylinder and valve inspection, best tool ever! (Now everyone will want to use it, sorry Dave!)Found oil leaking through the distributor shaft seals, and also weeping from the fuel pump base gasket, so add those to the list of parts getting replaced.Hope to have her back in the air before too long, the skies are calling!

NO MEETING THIS THURSDAY APRIL 8
HIGH HOPES WE WILL SOON BE GETTING BACK TO HAVING MEETINGS STAY TUNED FOR THE LATEST
AS ALWAYS SEND YOUR PICTURES,STORY’S AND ALL THINGS AVIATION YOU WANT INCLUDED IN YOUR NEWSLETTER TO CUBACE32@HOTMAIL.COM

MEETING ADDRESS
CASCADE AIR
2215 Suite A
Kelso WA 98626

EAA CHAPTER 1111 MAILING ADDRESS :
Garnet West
179 LENORA LN
Kelso, WA 98626

Web-editor: Teresa Wilson EAA Chapter 1111 secretary