Ole Sindberg has arranged a workshop visit with Vic Bugnits and his Zenith CH 701 project, an airplane with significant STOL capabilities. Vic has indicated that he is nearing completion of this fine airplane, and writes "My Zenith CH701 is a side-by-side two place, high wing strut braced monoplane with all metal structure. Engine is Rotax 912 UL 80 HP. Propeller is a Warpdrive 3 blade unit." Ron Liebmann has provided Technical Counselor services for this and indicates that Vic has been doing excellent workmanship.
Drew visited with us at our December pot-luck and provided an update on his progress toward his goal of becoming a missionary pilot. He is working on his private license with Kingdom Air Corps in Palmer Alaska, while also pursuing Bible training at Alaska Bible College, also in Palmer.
He writes "I am still in need of funds to pay for the rest of this semester ($1,978) as well as a loan that I had to take out. I have a lot of the costs coming up. Some of those costs are my Private Pilot Check ride $600 (November, God willing) to get my Private Pilot Certificate and the Instrument Rating Written Exam which is close to $150 (December). Please be in prayer about possibly supporting me. If there is an insufficient amount of funds I will have to take a break from my training. I am actively looking for ways to pay off my tuition, living expenses and training expenses such as working and looking for scholarships. If you would like to support me, you can do so by mail at the address below or donate on my GoFundMe page HERE and search for Drew Bryant."
248 E. Elmwood Ave. # 405
Palmer, AK 99645
Happy New Year Chapter 790! 2016 Has been a very successful year for us with a lot of positive changes. I would like to take the welcoming of 2017 as an opportunity to look back and celebrate all of the hard work we have done and highlight our accomplishments. Starting with our Youth in aviation, we have hosted six YE rallies flying over 330 children and also sent two chapter family members to EAA summer camp. The Oshkosh summer camps are a great way to immerse children in aviation and I am hopeful that more members nominate relatives as I suspect we will be offering this opportunity again in the future. We closed out our youth in aviation efforts with a free pizza dinner for all those who helped including the CAP participants. Kudos to Bud Herod and Rob Nelson for all they have done in this area, thank you.
Next is our annual banquet where we had a great time at Millrose restaurant last February. We will be hosting this years banquet at Crystal Lake Country Club and due to the great success of our pancake breakfast and sponsorship drive, 790 will be subsidizing over 50% of the bill for members and their guest. On the subject of food, we have continued our tradition of the pre-meeting BB'Q in the summer months and in 2017 will be waiving the fee for members and guests in favor of a voluntary donation.
We have been very successful with membership attendance at our monthly meetings and it is very important that this remains. We will continue do our best to make the meetings interesting, comfortable and on-time. I would request from all members that if you have a suggestion or something you would like to see at these meetings please let me know; we are open to new ideas for meeting activities and speakers. On the subject of member meetings, Ole has set-up monthly breakfast fly-outs for the first Saturday of the months that we do not fly Young Eagles. The first breakfast was at Lake Lawn Lodge and was a huge success. Please keep an eye on the website for these and other fly-out destinations from B-29 restorations to AirZoos as there is always something on the horizon at 790.
2016 was an election year for 790 and one of my goals as president was to recognize the term limits stated in our bylaws. As a result, we have some new people in leadership positions and some prior leaders in new positions. Please welcome our new leadership team which is Rob Nelson as VP, Tom Solar as Secretary, Tom LeGates as Treasurer, myself as President and Ole, Ron and Lon as Board Members. I believe that we have a great and energized team that will serve 790 well in 2017/2018. I would like to acknowledge the members who served on the leadership team in the past and built 790 into what it is today, thank you.
Our upcoming February board meeting will be primarily about setting the goals and calendar for the year so I urge all members to attend as all Board meetings are open and listed on the website. As always feel free to contact me if you have any issues or suggestions you would like the board to consider but can not attend the meeting in person. Lastly, this month is our membership registration and thanks to Tom LeGates hard work, we can now register and pay our dues online and remember, if you know someone who is interested in attending our banquet, their membership dues would essentially be free due to the reduced banquet price so let folks know.
Again, Happy New Year and thank you to all in the 790 family and let's make 2017 the best and safest year ever.