Minutes from 14 August 2016 Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 10.22 AM with 14 members present.  After Walker Decker and Julia and Steve Hanley had introduced themselves the Treasurer reminded the members that membership renewals were becoming due and reported funds of $1494.21.

The President then reviewed the upcoming events, both club and external, and reminded the members of Future Program Topics, Mathews Market Days on 10th September (which is the same date of the Tappahannock Wings and Wheels), and mentioned an FAA booklet he had acquired, titled “Accident Review of Amateur Built & Light Sport Aircraft” which was available for members to read.

There followed an interesting and informative presentation by Steve Hanley on Tail Wheel vs Nose Wheel Considerations.

The meeting adjourned at 10.49 AM.

Paul McGinn (Secretary)

Minutes from 15 May 2016 Meeting

The meeting opened at 10:10 AM with 12 members present, 2 more members arrived a little later.

After all members introduced themselves the President suggested that the club may be interested in changing the club logo and produced a sample of a new logo on the meeting flyer.  No decision was made on this.

The President reviewed the Meeting Schedule for the remainder of the year and pointed out some other aviation related activities coming up.

The Future Program Topics for the forthcoming meetings were announced.

The President then gave a brief but informative talk on ADS-B and showed an economically priced solution for ADS-B IN.

Walker Decker won the draw and the door prize went to Bubba Leigh.

The meeting adjourned at 10:49 AM.

Paul McGinn (Secretary)

Minutes from 10 March 2016 Meeting

Welcome and Introductions
The meeting opened at 7.35 PM with 6 members present.

The Treasurer reported funds of $1717.21 and a membership of 18.

The President reviewed the Meeting Schedule for the coming year and emphasized that the meeting on 9th April would be at Beaverdam Airpark at 10.00 AM.  The meeting tentatively planned for 6th October was rescheduled to 29 September at the Abingdon Rescue Squad due to the Festival of Flight taking place on 8 October.

Old Business

New Business
Future program topics for the forthcoming meetings were announced:

April 9, 2016 – Beaver Dam Airpark – 10:00 AM – Airspace Operations – David Grow
May 15, 2016 (Sunday) – New Quarter Farm – 10:00 AM – Checklists – Nick Ryder
August 14, 2016 (Sunday) – New Quarter Farm -10 AM – Tailwheel vs Nose Wheel Comparisons and Implications – Steve Hanley
September 8, 2016 – Abingdon Rescue Squad – 7:30 PM – Long and Short Distance Flight Planning – Clark Rich
October 13, 2016 – Abingdon Rescue Squad – 7:30 PM – Technology Updates v 78 – Daniel Arkin

There then followed an interesting presentation by Ted Cool on “Swinging the Pilot’s Standby Compass”.

Clark Rich won the draw and eventually took home the door prize after Bubba Leigh won it!

The meeting adjourned at 8.55 PM.

Paul McGinn (Secretary)

Minutes from 12 November 2015 Meeting

Welcome and Intros:
The Southeastern Virginia Light Aircraft Flyers meeting was held on Nov. 12th, 2015 at Abingdon Rescue Squad. There were 7 members in attendance.

Clark Rich said SVLAF had $1618.21 in the treasury. There are 12 members presently. November is the membership renewal month.
A possible club meeting schedule was discussed for next year.

Holiday social will be held on Jan. 16th from 12:30-3:00 pm at Nick’s Restaurant at Gloucester Point.
Danny Arkin (President) explained about the Virginia Festival of Flight combining with the Suffolk Peanut Festival in October, 2016.

Old Business:

New Business:
Danny discussed future program topics. Danny asked for volunteers to present topics at future meetings.


Door Prizes:
Nick won the door prize. Bubba won the 40/40/20.
Meeting adjourned at 8:50 pm.
Meeting minutes by Dennis Gregory


Minutes from 8 October 2015 Meeting

Welcome and Intros:
The Southeastern Virginia Light Aircraft Flyers meeting was held on Oct. 8, 2015 at the Abingdon Rescue Squad (ARS) in Gloucester. There were 6 members in attendance.

Clark Rich (Treasurer) reports SVLAF has $1939.21 in the treasury. There are 23 members presently.  A possible club meeting schedule was discussed for the coming year.  Meeting dates will be posted to the club’s website at svlaf.org

Fly-out to Tappahannock – Sun Oct. 11th
Fly-out to Williamsburg 40th Anniversary – Oct 17th

Old Business:
Clark Rich discussed the 501(c)(7) filing status.

Bubba Leigh moved to donate $150 to ARS for the use of their meeting room. Dennis Gregory seconded. The motion was approved.

Dennis Gregory moved to give C.A. Nuckols $100 to help alleviate the cost of the Beaverdam Fly-in this past summer. Clark Rich seconded. The motion was approved.

The nominating committee offered Danny Arkin for President and Paul McGinn for Secretary. Danny Arkin nominated David Grow for a Director-at-Large position. Bubba Leigh seconded it. Danny Arkin nominated Leo Callahan for Director-at-Large. Bubba Leigh seconded it. Dennis Gregory nominated Bubba Leigh for Director-at-Large. Clark Rich seconds the nomination. Bubba Leigh declines the nomination.

Clark Rich moves to close and accept the slate as presented. Detta Rich seconded the motion. The slate is closed and the full slate was elected unanimously.

New Business:
Danny Arkin discussed future program topics. Ted Cool will present a list of possible topics for the coming year at the Nov 12th meeting at ARS. Dues for next year are now due.
Clark Rich presented a discussion of additional pilot training/endorsements.

Door Prizes:
Bubba Leigh and Detta Rich won the door prizes provided by Ted Cool. Ted won the 40/40/20.
Meeting was adjourned at 9:15 pm.

Meeting minutes provided by Dennis Gregory.


Minutes from 10 September 2015 Meeting

The President called the meeting to order at 7:38 PM with 9 members present.

The President drew the member’s attention to the AOPA Rusty Pilot Seminars being held on Saturday 12 September 2015 at Chesterfield County Airport from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

The Treasurer reported $1906.21 in funds and reminded Club Members to pay their membership renewals.  Membership currently stands at 28.

The next meeting will be on 8 October 2015 at 7:30 PM when the election of Club directors and officers will take place.  The Educational Program will be “Additional Training/Endorsements” presented by Clark Rich.

The President gave an overview of the Mathews Market Day Flyover to take place on Saturday 12 September 2015, weather permitting; reminded members of the Wings, Wheels and Keels Show at Hummel (W75) on Saturday 26 September 2015  (which has been announced as their last show), and the Biplanes and Triplanes WW1 Air Show at Pungo (42VA) on Saturday 3 October 2015.

It was also noted that Franklin (FKN) held a Fly-in Breakfast on the 4th Saturday each month, and that there would be a Wings Program on 28 September 2015 at the Air & Space Museum in Hampton (and at Richmond RIC).  These programs are classified as Safety Seminars and could possibly lead to reduced insurance premiums.

The President then commented on his activities regarding the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight.

The president then selected Bubba Leigh to chair the Nominating Committee for the up-coming elections, with Dennis Gregory and Richard Peters as members.  Bubba Leigh assigned the role of chair to Dennis Gregory.

Danny Arkin then presented a very informative program on “Technology Updates”.

The door prize was won by Paul McGinn and the 40/40/20 went to Bubba Leigh.

The meeting adjourned at 8:58 PM

Paul McGinn (Secretary)


Minutes of 17 May 2015 Meeting

The President called the meeting to order at 10.21 AM with 16 members present. 2 other members arrived after proceedings had started.

The President invited attendees to introduce themselves.

The Treasurer reported $1973.45 in funds and reminded Club Members to pay their subscriptions. There are presently 14 paid-up members.

The next meeting would be on 9th August at 10.00 AM prior to the Fly-in at New Quarter Farm. The educational program planned will be “Safety Around IFR Traffic Areas” presented by Nick Ryder. September’s meeting will be held on the 10th at 7:30 PM, at Abingdon Rescue Squad. The evening’s business will include Election Preparation followed by “Technology Updates” presented by Danny Arkin.

October’s meeting will be on the 8th at the same time and place when elections will be held. The program following will be “Additional Training/Endorsements” by Clark Rich.

The President drew the members’ attention to the Wings and Wheels Fly-in at Cambridge, MD (KCGE) on 23rd May and indicated a Pre-Flight Briefing at 10:15 AM with a departure from 92VA at 10:30AM.

The President then reported on the meeting hosted by Virginia Department of Aviation at Richmond International Airport on May 16th regarding the Virginia Festival of Flight. There was a very good
attendance with various sectors represented but there were no decisions reached, this was more of an information gathering event. It would appear, however, that IF the Festival happens next year it will be at Suffolk.

There then followed a very informative presentation on PPC and Paragliders which was to be continued after the meeting with practical demonstrations.

The door prize was won by Anna Appel and the 40/40/20 went to Walker Decker.

The meeting adjourned at 11.13 AM.

Paul McGinn (Secretary)


Minutes of 12 March 2015 Meeting

Danny Arkin called the meeting to order at 10.20 AM with 8 members present.  4 other members arrived after proceedings had started.

The President introduced and welcomed Jenny Wall.

The Treasurer reported $2017.34 in funds and reminded Club Members to pay their subscriptions.

The next meeting would be on May 17th at 10.00 AM prior to the Fly-in at New Quarter Farm.

There was some discussion on the newly installed Rotax Rick 670 engines and the President remarked that there was a considerable increase in power.

Future educational presentations are scheduled as follows:

May 17th – New Quarter Farm – Flying PPC & Paragliders – Richard Peters & Rick Kenski

August 9th – New Quarter Farm – Safety Around IFR Traffic Areas – Nick Ryder

September 10th – Abingdon Rescue Squad – Technology Updates – Danny Arkin

October 8th – Abingdon Rescue Squad – Additional Training/Endorsements – Clark Rich

The President then commented on the cancellation of the Virginia Regional Festival of Flight and stated that he will attend the meeting hosted by the Virginia Department of Aviation at Richmond International Airport on May 16th to discuss possible options for this event.  The general consensus in the club appears to be that the event should continue but as a small club we are not sure what we could do towards this end.

The door prize was won by Bubba Leigh and the 40/40/20 went to David Grow

The meeting adjourned at 11.15 AM.

Respectfully Submitted

Paul McGinn (Secretary)


Minutes of 13 November 2014 Meeting

Danny Arkin call the meeting to order at 728 PM

12 people present (2 guests from Virginia Aviation Historical Society)

Discussed Leo’s and Danny’s engines travelling to Rotax Rick’s to get the smell out of Danny’s car. Also contemplated the alchemy involved in increasing cylinder volume and horsepower, yet burning less fuel. Group exhibited greater than normal excitement…scribes note: heard Perpetual Motion Paddy is working to top Rotax Rick!

Treasurer’s Report – No financial report, with assumption that finances remain essentially static.

Board of Directors – Discussed new Board of Directors and Officers for 2014-15.  All were installed at this meeting with not much discussion, but some murmuring heard.  New Directors and Officers are:

Daniel Arkin – President
Richard Moore – Vice President
Paul McGinn – Secretary
Clark Rich – Treasurer
Leo Callahan
Nick Ryder
Bubba Leigh (FBO 92VA – Non Voting)
C.A. Nuckles (FBO VA33 – Non Voting

Future Meetings – Discussed meeting schedule for the coming year, including the Holiday social in January, details to be determined, see above.

December, 2014 – No Meeting
January 17, 2015 – Holiday Social in lieu of Meeting
February, 2015 – No Meeting
March 12, 2015 – Meeting at Abingdon Rescue Squad – 7:30 PM
April 11, 2015 – Meeting at New Quarter Farm – 10:00 AM
May 17, 2015 (Sunday) – Meeting Prior to Fly-In at New Quarter Farm – 10:00 AM
June, 2015 – No Meeting
July, 2015 – No Meeting
August 9, 2015 (Sunday) – Meeting Prior to Fly-In at New Quarter Farm -10 AM
September 10, 2015 (Election Preparations) – Meeting at Abingdon Rescue Squad – 7:30 PM
October 8, 2015 (Elections) – Meeting at Abingdon Rescue Squad – 7:30 PM

Discussed suggested meeting topics with no conclusions reached.

Program – Short presentation by Nancy Miller from Virginia Aeronautical Historical Society, promoting talk by former D-Day paratrooper on Thursday, November 20th at Pilot House Restaurant at Hummel Field 1130AM

Meeting adjourned at approximately 915 PM

Respectfully Submitted

Nicolas Ryder (Substitute Secretary)


Minutes of 9 October 2014 Meeting 

Danny Arkin called the January meeting to order at 7:40 pm. There were 9 club members in attendance. The meeting minutes and Treasurer’s report were approved and recorded.

Treasurer’s Report: Clark reported $1,796.34

Membership: Leo said that there are 27 members with yearly dues due now.

Club Meeting Schedule: The new schedule was discussed and the next meeting will be at ARS on Nov. 13th at 7:30 pm. After that, we meet at the Holiday Social on Jan. 17th.

Announcements: Fly-out to Cambridge area Sunday Oct. 12th. Expect a 10:45 pre-flight and leave at 11 am. Fly-out to Brooklyn to the VAOA meeting on Oct. 25th.

Old Business: Richard reported the financial audit to be satisfactory.

Dennis reported the Nominating committee slate of directors. Dennis motioned to close nominations. Leo seconded. Motion passed. Leo motioned that the candidates be elected through acclamation. Ted seconded. Motion passed and the officers were elected.

Danny presnted the by-law changes to the assemblage for discussion and approval. Ted motioned to accept the by-laws and Leo seconded. The motion passed.

New Business:Danny asked for volunteers to cover topics at future meetings.

Educational Program: Danny discussed new technology for pilots.

Door Prize and 40/40/20- Door prize-none  Bubba won the 40/40/20

The meeting was adjourned at 9:17 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Paul McGinn (SVLAF Secretary)

Meeting of 11 September 2014 Meeting

The President called the meeting to order at 7:44 PM with 9 members in attendance.

The Treasurer reported a balance of $1842.32 in funds.
There are currently 29 members and the President reminded the club that Membership renewals begin in November and the next meeting would be at Abingdon Rescue Squad on 9 October at 7:30 PM.

The President drew members attention to the upcoming events:
Open House & 44th Anniversary at Williamsburg Airport (KJGG) on 20 September from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. It was suggested that as there would be a lot of people there and thus Charley’s would get very crowded, the club could fly on to Hampton Roads for lunch.
Wings Wheels & Keels at Hummel (W75) on 27 September.
Fly-in at Brooklyn Airport (0VI1) in Manquin, VA on 25 October.

The President then briefed on the Virginia Airstrip Owners Association which is open to anyone who uses an airstrip, not just “owners”.

The Treasurer then gave an update on the Non-Profit, Corporate and Tax Filing position which is still on-going. As the club is a new organisation we must have some bylaws to comply with the regulations governing our position and the President and Treasurer are working on these.

The President then noted that he will be presenting a program on “Technical Updates” to the Gadgets, GPSs, Tablets, ADS-Band Phones in our airplanes on 9 October as part of our educational series of topics.

Election of Officers and Directors-At-Large is to take place at the October meeting. To this end, the President selected Nick Ryder to chair a Nominating Committee and Dennis Gregory and Bubba Leigh to serve on said committee.

The President also appointed Richard Moore to chair an Audit Committee and Richard Peters to serve on the committee to audit the Club’s financial records.

There then followed a very informative presentation by Clark Rich (aided and abetted by Detta) on Weather and Flying in It!

The meeting adjourned at 9:09 PM.

Paul McGinn (Secretary)


Minutes of August 10 2014 Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 10.20 AM with 12 members present.

The Treasurer reported $1842.61 in funds and 27 members in the club.

The President then noted that subscriptions would be due in November, the September meeting would include the election of Officers in October for installation in November. It was further noted that on September 6 there would be the annual Mathews Market Days fly-over led by Steve Phimister. Members were reminded that the Club meetings would be at Abingdon Fire & Rescue starting on September 11 at 7.30 PM.

Up-coming educational programs are: Today, Nick Ryder, Formation Flying.
September, Clark Rich, Weather.
October, Danny Arkin, Technical Update on all those gizmos out there!

Ted Cool offered an “after meeting presentation” on Avare, a free aviation application for tablets.

Nick Ryder then proceeded with an extremely informative and well-presented briefing on formation flying.

The meeting closed at 11.09 AM.

There was excellent attendance at the fly-in following the meeting. The weather was perfect, about a dozen aircraft turned up and a lot of familiar faces were seen as well as a few new ones. Danny has the photos.

Paul McGinn (Secretary)


Minutes of May 18 2014 Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 10.30 AM with 13 members present. 2 other members arrived after proceedings had started.

Treasurer reported $1917.18 in funds.

Dennis Gregory reported on the trip to Pungo and produced some excellent photos of a selection of warbirds. Those members who attended the fly-in were impressed with the event and the trip in general.

Clark Rich reported on the Non-profit, Corporation and Tax-filing situation. His investigation is not yet complete but the options presented were:
1. Do not renew our registration.
2. Renew as Club 6.
3. File as a new club.
Options 2 & 3 would require a one-time $400 fee. it was proposed by Paul McGinn and seconded by Nick Ryder that, subject to further input from Clark, if option 3 is decided upon the club would pay the $400 fee. the vote was carried unanimously with no abstentions.

The meeting closed at 11.15 AM.

Paul McGinn (Secretary)


Minutes of the March 6, 2014 Meeting

Club president, Danny Arkin, called the meeting to order at 7:31 p.m. at the Abingdon Rescue Squad. There were 11 members present. Michael Campbell rounded us out to an even dozen during the meeting.

Club Treasurer, Clark Rich, reported a balance of $2356.27 in the bank.

The Club Meeting for 13 April 2014 was discussed. Dennis Gregory agreed to take the minutes as the Secretary, Paul McGinn, would be unable to attend. Richard Moore agreed to organise food for afterwards since the meeting will be held at New Quarter Farm that morning.

Danny will put more information on the website regarding cross-country flight to Pungo in the near future with the possibility of visiting 3 events this year.

Michael Campbell introduced himself and was immediately mugged by the Treasurer! Michael expressed interest in Ultralight flying and there was considerable discussion regarding U/L versus Sport Pilot flying, including LSAs and the proposed bill entitled The General Aviation Pilot Protection Act of 2013 (HR 3708).

As part of the Club Continuing Education Program the following individuals volunteered:

Ted Cool Subjects under Aircraft Maintenance: e.g. weight & balance, carburetor tuning etc.

Danny Arkin Technical Updates: options for gadgets, GPS, Tablets, Phones etc

Clark Rich Radio Protocols: Who, where & what

Clark (Detta) Rich Weather Planning: Weather micro dynamics; thermals, mountain waves etc.

Nick Ryder Formation Flying

All Rules of Thumb: You are all invited to submit comments on events from which you have learnt a lesson. This is intended as helpful hints to the rest of us, not as a vehicle to embarrass people! Everybody has, in hindsight, moments when a hind-kicking may have been called for.

The President outlined the corporate and tax-filing status of the old Ultra Light Flying Club and compared that to the SVLAF. There was considerable discussion on the best way forward for us. Clark proposed registering us with the IRS as the SVLAF and will solicit some legal responses to assist us in making our (the Club’s) decision. Clark will report at the next meeting so no vote was taken on this subject.

Clark proposed, and Bubba Leigh seconded, a motion to reimburse the sum of $150.00 to those club pilots (Richard Morse, Danny Arkin, Leo Callahan, and Dennis Gregory) who flew recently to evaluate and calibrate equipment for a private business in Virginia Beach undertaking a project with the Department of Homeland Security. This reimbursement is targeted for the fuel purchased during these test flights. The motion was passed. Richard and Danny waived compensation.

The meeting adjourned at 9:07 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted
Paul McGinn


Minutes of the November 7, 2013 Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 7:40 PM by Danny Arkin

New folks:
Richard Peters, sport pilot, flying powered parachute @ Bubba’s
Richard and Andria Gregg, commercial helicopter rated, interested in light sport
and/or small helicopter

Ted Cool said he started his plane and taxied it. Taking lessons again at New Kent. Looking to fly his plane by December.

Richard’s plane needs a new battery.

23 members renewed so far for 2014

Ted suggested putting complete address of rescue squad there. Danny said he would check on it.

No meeting next month. Social scheduled for January 18. Richard is the chair. Goodfella’s function room, 6-9 PM. Will send email and menu attachment soon. People can request their meals and Richard will coordinate with restaurant.
6-6:45 social hour; seats by 7.

Smith Mt. Lake plan not going forward due to lack of interest. We will set it aside for now. Clark’s plane is coming along; he’s replaced the gear box.
Fly-in @ Merlin in Amelia this Saturday. Interested parties will discuss after the meeting.

New Business:
Danny’s been inundated with requests from new folks interested in the sport. Several rides; an email from a submarine commander who is interested in an UL; Richard forwarded a guy interested in lessons.
Get up in plane first—do you like it?
Get them to a meeting

Everyone interested in airplanes. Paul has his S-12; UL guy to Ward Madsen; forward any used plane info to Danny to perhaps put on website. Many folks also want training, which is difficult. They may not be new to flying, need more orientation. At one time, could be USUA-trained at the farm and move on, but no longer.
We’ve subscribed to having a plane and flying and then later do 20 hours and licensure.
This is all good for the club and the sport.

A couple of weeks ago there was a fly-in at Brooklyn, a private field in King William. Grass strip. Leo, Gary Grabb, and Danny went. They had a meeting there of the VA Airport Owners Assn. Bubba and Dennis went to these meetings earlier and encouraged all of us to join.

At this meeting, 10-12 people in an unorganized format. Randy Burdette from the State pretty much ran the meeting. Danny asked questions. They agreed to distribute SVLAF info for us.

This org represents 100+ private airstrips in state. Since 2002. Mission: to be the advocates for privately-owned airstrip. Such as—coordinating emergency use of fields in natural disasters, etc. But, only has about 30 members.

Danny volunteered to look at the website. Nice-looking and well-organized but pretty empty. Danny isn’t an airstrip owner, so he raised the question couldn’t the org also be for pilots who use the strips, not just the owners. He suggested info disseminated to all clubs, EAA members, etc. to expand their circle of influence.

Randy said he would love to have a brochure; state would pay for it and distribute it. Club needs to clarify their mission in order to expand.

Near Charlottesville area: Ron Dixon Buffalo Air Park?
Another guy, Terry …. can do training.
Light Sport trainers hard to find. Especially certified folks to sign off on books.
New Kent will train you in your own plane. Hampton Roads also, Danny thinks.
BFI UL instructors can train you, but you need a certified SP CFI person to sign off.
EAA website has a table of trainers—but not updated.
Ted Bryant can train but he can’t check-ride.

Possible Presentation Topics:
We need 6 for next year; agenda has 13 listed.
What 6 are we interested in?
Weight and balance. _____ volunteered to do the program.
Safety items—one per meeting.
Creating a pilot’s handbook from scratch.
Technical updates, esp. for GPS
Weather planning. Clark
Rules of thumb (new). A composite collection of quick and dirty tricks, ideas—Clark
Like how far will my airplane glide, etc. –Clark has some, everyone could contribute a couple.
Radio Protocol—Richard asked but he missed the recent meeting where it was discussed. But could be addressed in context of airspace protocols.

Danny will work them up and ID people.

Other new business:
When was the last time the club donated to the Rescue Squad? (Richard)
Clark will check records—may not have been done this calendar year yet. $200 donation.
Richard made motion. Leo seconded. No discussion. Passed.

Charts by Clark Rich
He provided a handout and waxed poetically about charts. Everything you ever wanted to know and more.

50-50 Drawing
Time to buy a ticket @ $1 each.
Yay Leo for winning.

Meeting adjourned @ 9:25

Respectfully submitted
Jamie Arkin