Movie Night cancelled

Due to the heat we are going to cancel tonight’s movie at the airport. If it is 95 outside it will be well over 100 in the hanger. We will reschedule this.

Membership meeting on Wednesday

Just a quick reminder that Wednesday night will be our June member meeting. BBQ at 6:00pm and meeting at 7:00pm. It will be held in the same hanger as it was last time. Hanger T6. According to the weather gods it should be cooler temps… Take a look at May’s meeting minutes.

Here is an overview of the topic below. Looks like it will be an interesting meeting!

See you all there!


The Development of the XV-15 Tilt Rotor Aircraft

A brief history of the evolution of the tilt rotor aircraft will be given, including a discussion of the severe technical deficiencies which resulted in crashes of early research aircraft. A focused joint NASA and Army research program lasting two decades produced potential solutions to the technical problems. To validate the analytical and experimental solutions, the Army/NASA XV-15 Tilt Rotor Research Aircraft was developed to “Prove the Concept” in flight. After over 25 years of flight testing, the XV-15 was retired to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in 2003. The successful XV-15 program spawned the military V-22 Osprey and the executive AW-609 tilt rotor aircraft programs.

The speaker, Marty Maisel, is a member of EAA Chapter 1541 in Lincoln and Chapter 526 in Auburn, CA. He obtained his SEL pilot certificate in 1966 and is currently working on a plans-built aircraft project. Marty worked in the development of tilt rotor and related VTOL technologies from 1967 to his retirement in 2002. Marty was a member of the XV-15 Tilt Rotor Research Project Office at the NASA Ames Research Center in Sunnyvale, CA since its inception in 1972. He managed the XV-15 Project for the last two years of its flight testing at Ames.

RVator meeting

The RVators have a meeting:

“Don’t forget the get together this Saturday June 15 starting at 11:00 Kerry Richburg’s hangar row, Executive Airport. “Flying in” tell the tower you want to taxi to the south hangars by Air Born Electronics. “Driving in” the gate code is “7896”. For more info see the June Newsletter.”