President’s Corner

By Darren Coomler

Welcome Chapter 1541 Members and Friends,

Here we are in mid April receiving some needed rain. This weather curtails some of our flight activates but makes for some excellent clear flying days after the rain has passed.

I received an email for EAA national recently informing me that our chapter has received the Gold Chapter status again for 2020-2021:

Congratulations 1541 members, your participation with chapter activities has contributed to our chapter receiving this designation. Along with award notification, EAA national sent us how we ranked among the other Gold chapters. Out of nearly 1000 total chapters, 75 chapters received Gold status, and we are one of only thirteen chapters to
qualify with 11 of 11 activities that we perform and offer. W are also one of only two chapters in California to achieve this high score.

One of the items our chapter was recognized for is our presentations, we have another very special event coming up May 7th. We are very fortunate to have Bud Anderson visiting our chapter. Please come out for “Brunch with Bud” to share some lunch, meet Bud and his son, and get one of his books signed. I recommend you do a Wikipedia search on Bud Anderson; his story and timeline are extraordinary. The program will start at 11am thru 1pm, and I’m looking forward to a large turnout.

In the past I’ve shared podcasts that I have been listening to, first, I recommend again you listen to “Ask the A&Ps”. This is a podcast series provided by AOPA. I recommend this because they talk a great deal about inspecting your engine for problems without removing cylinder heads, and this will tie nicely into Dan Masys’ upcoming program for the Thursday April 21st member meeting about new technology Borescopes. Another podcast that I have been enjoying is called “Midlife Pilot”. It’s a couple of newer certified pilots sharing stories of the aviation journey.
Lastly I would like to thank all of you who have been joining us for our first and third Saturday breakfasts. We have had a large member participation and have attracted many new visitors.

I look forward to seeing you all in person on May 7th. Until then have a great day and enjoy some great flying weather.