The meeting was called to order at 10:15 AM in Dag's hanger by the President, Jay Scheevel. A sign up sheet was passed around to update any member information.
Jay discussed the need to liquidate the remaining EAA Calendars since it was March already, and a motion was made to use them in recruiting for the Young Eagles Program. The motion was seconded and the calendars were turned over to Steve Lindemann.
Jay discussed and passed around some materials he had received from EAA Headquarters that showed the history of EAA and solicited donations for their educational programs and the Museum.
Jim Grady donated some materials for the Library that included a stack of flying magazines he received from his friend who was a former P-38 pilot, as well as a book on flying in Utah.
One guest was introduced: Steve Wood who later discussed information he had received from GJ Regional Airport concerning the consequences of both the recent TSA Security Directive and the Large Aircraft Security Program. Steve is a tenant on the airport and had recently met with GJT representatives.
The April EAA 800 Meeting will be held at Delta Airport, Graham Meyer's Hanger, on 11 April 2009, 10 AM. This will be a joint meeting with the Montrose Chapter. Directions will be posted on the EAA 800 website.
The next Young Eagle Day will be on Saturday, 4 April 2009 starting at 9 AM in Dag's Hanger. A tentative rain date is 18 April 2009. Pilots and Ground Crew personnel should contact Steve Lindemann as soon as possible to let him know if you are available.
The Treasurer reported that we have $1254.11 after recently paying for meeting supplies.
The minutes from the February meeting were read and approved.
Jay discussed an article in Air and Space Magazine concerning the BD-5J that was used in the James Bond movies.
Don Coleman discussed an article in the EAA magazine that compared the current type of homebuilt kit airplane with the former "one-of-a-kind" designs that EAA started with. Much progress has been made in the last 60+ years.
Steve Wood discussed the TSA Security Directive and the Large Aircraft Security Program and the consequences of both at GJT and other airports across the country. He gave us some insights after talking with some reps from GJT.
Several members commented on the lack of replies or form letter replies that were received from the Colorado Congressional Representatives.
The implementation of the Security Directive has been moved to June 1st.
Several members commented on the TSA meeting that was held at the Montrose Airport last month. It resulted in as many new questions as it answered.
It was noted that both EAA and AOPA are actively working these issues with governmental and legal representatives and that EAA Members are encouraged to work with them to try and come to an implementable program.
Ron Raff gave a very interesting talk on the type of work he does as a machinist. Ron has experience from the Navy and working at Northrop Grumman as both a machinist and an electrician. He explained how several of the sample pieces he brought were made and the type of work required to get parts into the machining process.....ie drawings, dimensions, materials etc.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:40 AM for hot dogs and hamburgers.
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