A recap of the program/presentations at our
EAA Chapter 501 monthly meetings


2017
JUNE
At the Midland Park home of Marylynn and Craig Reding we got an update on Craig's RV-8 building progress and were treated to a poolside feast.

MAY
At Aero Safety Training's meeting room, we did final preparation for the 5/13 Fly-In followed up by a showing of the May EAA Chapter Video Magazine.

APRIL
At Aero Safety Training's meeting room, after pre-planning our 4/23 Young Eagles event we saw the April EAA Chapter video magazine and a short video of the Intrepid Museum setting up for a 6 month drone display.

MARCH
At Aero Safety Training's meeting room we began to firm up plans for our first Young Eagles event of the year plus the Aeroflex-Andover Fly-In. Then we got another look at Steve Vail's Alton Bay Fly-Out videos and slides.

FEBRUARY
We met at the Teterboro Airport conference room of Dassault Falcon Jet. 501's Bob Menier gave us an introduction to Dassault's TEB operations and a tour of their corporate hangar where several demo models of Falcon Jets were parked. We got a stem to stern tour of a Falcon Jet 7X, N260FJ.

JANUARY
At Aero Safety Training's meeting room we began to plan our 2017 activities. Young Eagles events to be April 23, June 4 and October 8. Aeroflex Fly-in tentatively to be May 13.

2016
DECEMBER
30 members and guests enjoyed our 8th annual Christmas/holiday party at the Sunset Pub and Grill. Jon Seibert was handed the gavel by Steve Vail. Bryant Dunn becomes our new V.P.

NOVEMBER
At Charlie Derk's house in Park Ridge we got updated on the progress of Charlie's RV-10 construction. Wings, fuselage and empenage are all in progress. Charlie has been at it for just over one year and 500 hours.

OCTOBER
At Sam Thornton's red barn in Hawthorne we saw the progress of Sam's Glasair III construction. Looking like an airplane now, although it's in the barn miles from an airport. Wings now are fixed to the fuselage, and Sam's next major step is to decide on an engine... possibly a 300 hp Lycoming.

SEPTEMBER
We showed the full length (20 minutes) September EAA Chapter Video Magazine using the projector (thank you Linda Scully) at the Aero Safety Training meeting room. Also carefully mapped out our October 1 Aeroflex Fly-In plans.

AUGUST
In the Aero Safety Training meeting room Vince Lalomia told us about his March trip to Talkeetna, Alaska where he signed up for a week-long winter bush flying course flying a ski-equipped Cessna 140. The talk was accompanied by a showing of some spectacular digital photos of landings and takeoffs on snow cover glaciers.

JULY
Steve Riethof introduced Rhode Island High School Science teacher Ross McCurdy who is behind research into using biofuels in diesel powered light aircraft. Mr McCurdy described for us how just the day before, he possibly set a world record for an 800 mile endurance flight in Paramus Flying Club's diesel Cessna 182 burning a 50-50 mix of Jet A and Camelina plant seed oil.

JUNE
At Aero Safety Training we discussed the possiblilty of rescheduling our canceled May 21 Fly-In for later this year. We also watched segments of the June EAA Chapter Video Magazine.

MAY
Again at Aero Safety Training we finalized plans for our May 21 Fly-In and June 5 Young Eagles event. We also watched a clip from the May EAA Chapter Video Magazine showing how to successfully bend Plexiglas.

APRIL
At Lincoln Park Airport's Aero Safety Training we pre-planned for our upcoming Young Eagles events and our Fly-In now scheduled for May 21 at Aeroflex-Andover Airport. Selected clips were shown from EAA's March and April Chapter Video Magazines.

MARCH
Our meeting was at the CAE Northeast Training Center in Whippany for an introduction to and tour of the massive simulator facility. 501's Bob Menier, of Falcon Jet, organized the event for us.

FEBRUARY
We got a little stick time on the full-motion Redbird Simularor at Aero Safety Training, thank you Linda Scully! In the business portion of the meeting we laid some groundwork for hosting a possible Fly-In in May.

JANUARY
At Aero Safety Training's meeting room we did some 2016 planning and saw a Nashua to Manchester flight segment of the Real World VFR video series.

2015
DECEMBER
32 members and guests enjoyed our 7th annual Christmas/holiday party at the Sunset Pub and Grill.

NOVEMBER
In his Lincoln Park Aviation hangar Frank Galella gave us a detailed introduction to his new commercial drone business.

OCTOBER
Nancy and Steve Vail hosted us at their Kinnelon home to have a look at Steve's plans-built Acrosport II project in progress. At the BBQ grill Matt Vail whipped up some great eats for us!

SEPTEMBER
With burgers and dogs at Nick Kapotes' N07 hangar. After the business portion of the meeting we walked over to the L.P.A. hangar where Nick's 1942 Aeronca L3B Grasshopper was in for its annual. Nick showed us all the improvements done during the bird's restoration in 2013.

AUGUST
We BBQ'd at Paolo Grassi's N07 hangar and got a look at his AutoGyro both on the ground and in flight. Jon Seibert won the raffle and got a ride in it.

JULY
Field trip: At the Kinnelon home of Mike Elstien where Mike has an RV-10 under construction. Horizontal stabilizer is on the workbench. We got an expert riveting demo!

JUNE
All business: At Aero Safety Training's meeting room we de-briefed the June 7 Young Eagles event and pre-planned for our June 14 Chapter picnic at Warwick, NY Aerodrome.

MAY
In a return visit to Sam Thornton's red barn in Hawthorne (last was October 2013) to see Sam's Glasair III construction-in-progress. The wing is now sealed and landing gear is installed. The rudder is just about ready to be sealed up. Focus is now on controls, panel and engine planning.

APRIL
Thanks to Aero Safety Training for the use of their meeting room. We nailed down plans for our April 19 Young Eagles Flight Rally and watched a segment of the March EAA Chapter Video Magazine familiarizing pilots with flying an AutoGyro.

MARCH
Our video program had to be canceled because Sunset Pub booked other reservations into our meeting room. We did discuss planning for a possible Fly-Out picnic at Warwick Aerodrome sometime in June as well as the April 19th Young Eagles event.

FEBRUARY
A slide presentation by Professor Steve Vail gave us a college course level look at "Animal Aerodynamics - Animals that have the power of flight". There are a lot more critters with wings (or winglets) out there than you might think!

JANUARY
All business, at the Sunset Pub and Grill (with dinner and refreshments). We discussed possible dates for our 2015 Young Eagles Flight Rallies, and got a look at the new safety vests we bought with EAA's cash credits from the 2013 Young Eagles events.

2014
DECEMBER
Our sixth year-end party meeting held at the Sunset Pub and Grill. New officers introduced. Service awards handed out and raffle prizes won by almost everyone. Dining room filled to capacity.

NOVEMBER
EAA 501 member and Warwick, NY, Aerodrome manager Dave MacMillan told us how this gem of a small airfield operates with great success in a time when so many airports are endangered.

OCTOBER
Back at the Sunset Pub and Grill, we firmed up plans for our October 12 Young Eagles event and then heard from our own CFII and EAA Flight Advisor Ron Reinartz about how new avionics technology is changing the way pilots get their instrument ratings.

SEPTEMBER
Again at Aero Safety Training, we laid down plans for running our 27th annual Fly-In (scheduled for September 27th), for the second year in a row to be held at Caldwell Airport. Then Bob Menier briefed us on how Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC), currently commonplace with air transports and scheduled airlines, will eventually be introduced to general aviation.

AUGUST
At Aero Safety Training we got a look at Frank Ghio's Oshkosh photos and heard all about AirVenture from Frank, Bryant and Allen Dunn and Nick Kapotes.

JULY
In the pilots' room of Aero Safety Training we enjoyed (repeat performance demanded) Frank Ghio's great video of our June 8 Young Eagles Flight Rally at Lincoln Park Airport.

JUNE
In the pilots' room of Aero Safety Training we enjoyed Frank Ghio's video of our June 8 Young Eagles Flight Rally at Lincoln Park Airport.

MAY
At the Sunset Pub and Grill. Ron Reinartz brought a history video of air-to-air combat, Mirages vs MIGS, during the Arab-Israeli war in 1967.

APRIL
We were hosted by Steve Riethof at the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum at Teterboro Airport. Steve showed us a video recap of New Jersey's impact on aviation over the years and then led us on a very interesting and detailed outdoor and indoor museum tour.

MARCH
Using the Sunset Pub's HDTV, Ron Reinartz showed a good history video about the Flying Tigers.

FEBRUARY
At the Sunset Pub and Grill. We picked up where we left off in January, planning for this year's Young Eagles events and Fly-In.

JANUARY
At the Sunset Pub and Grill new Prez Larry Kalb led discussions on when to schedule Young Eagles events this year, and when and where to run our Fly-In. Former Prez Allen F. Dunn distributed EAA service certificates and pins to officers and committee chairmen.

2013
DECEMBER
Our annual Holiday Party-Meeting... the fifth at the Sunset Pub and Grill. 34 members and guests enjoyed the festivities!

NOVEMBER
A return visit to Bill Cannon's in West Milford to check up on the RV-10 work-in-progress. Bill is busy on lots of wiring before the nooks and crannies become inaccessible.

OCTOBER
At Sam Thornton's red barn in Hawthorne where we got our first look at Sam's Glasair III under construction. At a major milestone: The fiberglass wing is just about done and ready to be sealed up.

SEPTEMBER
Back at Lincoln Park Airport's Sunset Pub and Grill, Jon Seibert and Ron Reinartz did a show and tell (using their expertly done videos) of their participation in the B2OSH formation flight on July 27.

AUGUST
At our last meeting of the season at Jim Miller's CDW hangar, Chapter 73 members joined with us to finalize plans for our 26th Fly-In, scheduled for September 7 at Caldwell Airport.

JULY
Back at Jim Miller's CDW hangar Jim showed us videos he took on commercial photo shoots of several events on the Hudson River.

JUNE
We met at the Kinnelon home of Nancy and Steve Vail to have our first look at Steve's plans-built Acrosport II aerobatic bi-plane construction project. Steve acquired the partially built aircraft several years ago and expects to make steady progress for several years to come.

MAY
Once again we enjoyed hot dogs and beverages at Jim Miller's Caldwell Airport hangar and Larry Kalb gave us a slide show and technical talk on the mathematics of aerodynamics. Fascinating, and way above what you get from your flight instructor.

APRIL
We enjoyed hot dogs and beverages at Jim Miller's Caldwell Airport hangar. Then our own Bryant Dunn, who is connected with the giant aviation insurer Global Aerospace, gave us a slide presentation of how aviation insurers tackle the chore of settling insurance claims. Many unsettling photos of storm damaged formerly-beautiful aircraft.

MARCH
At the headquarters of Caldwell Airport's Fischer Aviation flight school, Tom Fischer gave us an introduction to their relatively new operation. Then a number of our rusty pilots were treated to short rides in Fischer's CRX Max Pro-Motion Simulator.

FEBRUARY
This was our last seasonal meeting at the Sunset Pub (probably until after Labor Day). Curtis Brewington, FAA tower manager at Caldwell Airport, gave us some FAA updates, including the planning in progress to land and park a couple of thousand airplanes at area airports next year for the Super Bowl.

JANUARY
All business. In addition to setting dates for 2013's Young Eagles Events, we clarified the steps required to conduct an Eagle Flight and also began to explore when and where we might have a Fly-In this year. Our supply of EAA calendars was nearly sold out.

2012
DECEMBER
Our fourth annual Christmas/Holiday Party-Meeting was at the Sunset Pub and Grill. 34 members and guests enjoyed the festivities!

NOVEMBER
We swapped Hurricane Sandy stories, planned for the December holiday party/meeting and elected our officers for next year. Then Jon Seibert showed a string of slides of Teterboro Airport getting flooded at the peak of the storm.

OCTOBER
Back at the Sunset Pub we watched a presentation of Jon Seibert's and Don Provost's photos of the September 8 MGJ Fly-In and the October 7 Young Eagles event at N07. Jon also showed airborne photos he took while formation flying with Ron Reinartz in Ron's Bonanza during a September Air Show at Martinsburg, West Virginia.

SEPTEMBER
At Jim Miller's Caldwell hangar we shared stories about our successful 25th Fly-In held on September 8. (Six visiting aircraft braved the weather to be welcomed by fifteen 501 members on hand.) We also discussed at length the problems and opportunities that go with EAA's new Eagle Flights program, and agreed to explore ways it could be implemented at Chapter 501.

AUGUST
On our fourth yearly visit to Kate and Bill Cannon's place in West Milford we got an update on Bill's progress on the RV-10 construction project. Wings and empenage are done. Careful wiring is in progress on the instrument panel before the fuselage is closed up. During outdoor meeting on the deck we were treated to a cookout and beverages while we firmed up plans for our September 8 Fly-In at Orange County Airport.

JULY
Once again at Jim Miller's Caldwell hangar, we did some planning for our September 8 MGJ Fly-In. We then got an update from New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum Trustee Bill Leavens on how the museum cannot survive without volunteer help, and how an urgent need exists for volunteer docent/tour guides to assist showing large tour groups around the Teterboro facility.

JUNE
Jim Miller hosted our meeting at his new hangar location at Caldwell Airport. The grill was on for hot dogs and the Almbergs brought a "sendoff" cake to celebrate Eric's departure for the U. S. Air Force Academy at the end of the month. Jim then showed a DVD video of a new Smithsonian Channel Aerial America episode in which Jim did the flying for a helicopter tour of Pennsylvania.

MAY
Digital slide shows: Jon Seibert showed his Young Eagles and Shuttle Enterprise photos. Dick Wedemeyer showed pix of his Sun 'n Fun visit.

APRIL
Jon Socolof chaired our first planning session for the September 8 Fly-In at MGJ. Ron Reinartz showed a DVD of the history of Van's Aircraft Corp.

MARCH
Former 501 President Bart Cocchiola brought his R/C multi-rotor drone helicopter up from Hunterdon County to show us the fast developing technology of using these drones for aerial photography. It was too windy to fly, but we saw the equipment close-up where we met in the 2nd floor dining room of the Sunset Pub.

FEBRUARY
Using the Sunset Pub's HDTV, Eric Almberg showed great videos of his aerobatic flights with Sean Tucker's pilots in Sean's Extra 300L.

JANUARY
After talking planning for the 2012 year Ron Reinartz put on a good DVD video that puts you in the left hand seat of a B-17.

2011
DECEMBER
Wined and dined at our annual Christmas/holiday party at the Sunset Pub and Grill. Young Eagles pilots were thanked and everyone looks forward to a prosperous new year!

NOVEMBER
Using the Sunset Pub's HDTV screen, Jon Seibert showed his great AirVenture airshow photos and also recapped the formation flight of 106 "B2OSH" Bonanzas (including Ron's) from Rockford to Oshkosh on July 23rd.

OCTOBER
The B2OSH 2011 story (that is a tight formation of 106 Bonanzas flying from Rockford to Oshkosh) was told by participants Ron Reinartz (his Bonanza), and passengers Jon Seibert and Allen Dunn.

SEPTEMBER
Back for the winter at the Sunset Pub, Ron Reinartz gave us a run through of all the aviation application features on his new Apple IPad.

AUGUST
At Kate and Bill Cannon's place in West Milford we saw the work-in-progress on Bill's RV-10. It has GROWN since last year, displacing all the cars from the garage. Bill is now busy wiring a complex all glass panel and rigging flight controls.

JULY
We visited the Pompton Plains home of Eileen and Nick Kapotes where Nick gave us an update on the restoration of his Army built 1942 Aeronca L-3. As a member of the Military Transport Association, Nick also showed off his parade-worthy Army trucks.

JUNE
Jim Miller hosted our meeting outside his Avantair hangar at Caldwell Airport where we were treated to hotdogs and soda (Thank you, Jim!) and surrounded by the "big iron" that is home-based and active at CDW.

MAY
Linda Scully introduced us to Aero Safety Training's brand new Cessna Skycatcher, not only with a guided tour of it on the N07 ramp, but also by generously donating a 20 minute demo ride in it as a prize in our meeting's raffle.

APRIL
We debriefed our April 10 Young Eagles at which 5 of our pilots flew 85 Young Eagles. Then we saw a Nova video on the competition between Lockheed and Boeing for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter contract.

MARCH
Back at the Sunset Pub we enjoyed Dave Mege's videos of the maiden flights of Ray Johnson's homebuilts: Volksplane (1978), and Coot (2000).

FEBRUARY
We met at the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum where Steve Reithof gave us the run of the museum and showed a Teterboro Airport history video. We also paid our respects to the Gloria rocket plane hanging in the Great Room. EAA 501 members in 1987-1991 did a restoration of the aircraft that flew from the ice on Greenwood Lake on February 23, 1936, in an historic early experiment of liquid fueled rocket propulsion.

JANUARY
SarahMaura Dwyer gave us a great Powerpoint slide presentation of her August 2010 adventure to Alaska where she picked up her seaplane rating at a lake in the mountains north of Seward.

2010
DECEMBER
There was good cheer at our holiday/Christmas party, and special thanks goes to the anonymous member who picked up the bar tab! Sunset Pub and Grill was the venue. President Jim Miller made sure we saluted our Young Eagles pilots who flew enough kids in 2010 to pass the 1,000 Young Eagles mark for our chapter. And we thanked Jim for being a great hangar-host of quite a number of our meetings in the last few years.

NOVEMBER
After some planning for the December party and the annual elections, Ron Reinartz ran a good video: A Nova program highlighting the development of U.S. military drone aircraft over the years.

OCTOBER
Meeting at the Sunset Pub for the winter we saw a series of AirVenture 2010 photos, screen-projected by Harrison Wood. Woody's expert recall of aircraft make/model/types is unmatched and no questions were left unanswered!

SEPTEMBER
On the ramp at Greenwood Lake Airport we got our first look at Jon Socolof's new Lancair Legacy Racer N332E. Jon built it at Lancair's Redmond, Oregon facility over a 3 year stretch. With its 310hp Continental IO-550, the 2 place 1,600 pound aircraft cruises at 240kts. We held our meeting in the passenger cabin of 4N1's Lockheed Constellation.

AUGUST
Ali Ispahany, FAASTeam Program Manager at the Teterboro FSDO Eastern Region, reported on the FAA's efforts to promote safe flying habits in general aviation pilots. We learned that the FAASTeam group operates independently from the FAA's regulatory branch, and that FAASTeam members are not out looking for violators.

JULY
At Jim Miller's hangar, Bob Suess gave us a demo of his brand new hand-held Garmin 696 GPS navigator. Lots of bells and whistles!

JUNE
We returned to Bill Cannon's home in West Milford for an update on Bill's RV-10 building project. The fuselage is nearly complete. Bill said the "quick build" fuselage as delivered had to be partly disassembled in a couple of spots in order to install com antennas and conduit. Sort of 2 steps forward and 1 step back!

MAY
Ron Reinartz showed a DVD of the 1996 PBS-Nova program "Top Gun Over Moscow," exploring the operation and and capabilities of the Russian Air Force.

APRIL
Curtis Brewington, FAA's Chief of the control tower at Essex County-Caldwell Airport updated us on recent changes to rules for flying in the New York area airspace.

MARCH
Susan Loricchio, an historical expert on Amelia Earhart and consultant on the recent movie, narrated a slide/video presentation on Ms Earhart's life and influence on aviation in the 1930s.

JANUARY
501 member SaraMaura Dwyer presented a slide program of her plans to pick up a seaplane rating during an Alaska visit this coming summer.

2009
DECEMBER
32 members and guests partied at the Sunset Pub and Grill. The annual awards ceremony and introduction of 2010 officers did not interrupt the great feasting and fraternizing. Many thanks to Jim Miller for organizing the event.

NOVEMBER
Harrison "Woody" Wood, with his expert aircraft knowledge, narrated a showing of a selection of his photos from Airventure 2009.

OCTOBER
At the Sunset Pub we ran a video "slide" show of our 2009 aviation activities, photos taken by Allen Dunn, Dick Wedemeyer and Don Provost.

SEPTEMBER
Ron Chadwick and Steve Seidel of International Aerobatic Club Chapter 52 gave us a "hold onto your seats" slide and video introduction to aerobatic and competition flying.

AUGUST
Back at Jim Miller's hangar, our Board of Directors met and then, at the general meeting, we discussed long term plans and ideas for meetings, fly-ins, Young Eagles, membership recruiting and filling elective and appointed positions in the Chapter.

JULY
At Kate and Bill Cannon's West Milford home we checked up on Bill's RV-10 construction in progress. The empennage is nearly complete. Fuselage and wing kits are on order.

MAY
Don Provost showed slides about Reaction Motors' development in Pompton Plains of the rocket motor that powered Chuck Yeager and the Bell X-1 past the sound barrier in 1947.

APRIL
At Jim Miller's hangar now that the weather is warming and days are longer. Bob Suess rolled out his freshly painted new Glasair Sportsman for everyone to check out.

MARCH
Video: 1996 NOVA television episode "B-29 Frozen in Time", about the attempted recovery of a B-29 stranded on the ice in Greenland.

FEBRUARY
Video: Demo'ed the different uses for helicopters in industry and emergency services.

JANUARY
Video: A group of adventurous Cessna pilots do a 6,000 mile circle tour of Australia.

2008
DECEMBER
This was our second meeting at the new Sunset Pub and Grill where Tuesday is roast beef night. No quorum, so we couldn't have elections, but we enjoyed the "One Six Right" video, a history of Van Nuys, California Airport.

OCTOBER
Harry Barker did his expertly narrated annual photo recap of his Oshkosh visit. Harry used a digital camera for the first time on many of the photos. In another first for Harry, and a sign of the times, the presentation was done using MS Powerpoint and with the help of Jim Miller's digital projector.

SEPTEMBER
Ron Reinartz, who flew into Air Venture this summer with 92 other Bonanzas, showed a DVD introducing fliers to the discipline of formation flying.

AUGUST
Sue Miller presented video of Jim and Sue's JetRanger trip to AirVenture-Oshkosh in July.

JUNE
Back at Johnathan Macy's in Kinnelon, we saw his "finished", ready-for-paint, GlaStar, before Jon trucks it to MGJ. First flight should be some time this summer.

MAY
At Jon Socolof's West Milford home for an inspection tour of Jon's 3/4 scale Fokker DVIII kit plane now under construction. Jon is about 150 hours into an expected 400 hour project. Should be ready for paint this fall and first flight in 2009.

APRIL
In Jim Miller's hangar for hot dogs, an Oshkosh DVD on the screen, and welcoming a mini-fly-in from Easton of Chapter 70 members.

MARCH
At Allen Poulsen's West Caldwell home to see the details on Allen's Sonex project. Rapid progress. Wings and horizontal stabilizer are in the garage. Fuselage is in the basement. Basement door has been widened. Allen is looking for a hangar somewhere to do final assembly.

FEBRUARY
Lynn O'Donnell, retired United Airlines 747 driver, described a few experiences from earlier in her aviation career. For several years she was a trans-Atlantic ferry pilot. Twelve hour over-water legs, solo, in a variety of singles and twins made for some really interesting flying, and lots of stories.

2007
NOVEMBER
Jon Socolof presented a slideshow of the construction of his new all-composite Lancair Legacy.

OCTOBER
Harry Barker recapped this year's Air Venture with his annual slideshow and extremely well-informed narrative.

SEPTEMBER
Jon Weisswasser gave a great Powerpoint presentation on the construction and flying of his RV-8.

AUGUST
Our fourth visit to Johnathan Macy's Kinnelon home where his GlaStar is nearing completion. Jon has hung a Mattituck/Lycoming engine on the ship and the glass panel is assembled and ready for final installation. Summer of 2008 will probably be the first flight, possibly up at Orange County.

JULY
We combined our July meeting with the annual picnic at Warwick Airport. Ten members and 15 guests enjoyed the food and great weather. A lucky few went aviating with Dave MacMillan in his Stearman.

JUNE
Again, we feasted on burgers and dogs at Jim Miller's N07 hangar. At this meeting Jon Socolof had his new Lancair Legacy on display. Jon had just flown the ship in from Oregon.

APRIL
We feasted on burgers and dogs at Jim Miller's N07 hangar, and then Ron Reinartz demo'd (on his Bonanza) the art of doing an eco-friendly and safe oil change.

MARCH
501 member Allen Poulsen showed a videotape of the last two surviving Martin Mars flying boats and how they are still in service putting out forest fires in British Columbia.

FEBRUARY
Damian DelGaizo of Andover Flight Academy gave us some timely tips, given the rotten winter weather this last week, on flying and the ground maneuvering of ski-equipped aircraft.

2006
DECEMBER
In a joint meeting with Lincoln Park Pilots' Association members in LPA'a Pilots' Room, we celebrated the season with food and drink. President Ron Reinartz handed out Chapter Service Awards and specially thanked the Macys and the Poulsens for letting us meet at their homes this year for a look at projects-in-progress.

NOVEMBER
At Lincoln Park Aviation's Pilots' Room: 2007 Election results: Ron Reinartz; president; Allen Dunn, vice president; George Brewer, Secretary; Don Provost, treasurer; Harry Barker and Jim Miller to 2 year terms as class II directors. The balance of the meeting was spent on a few 2007 pre-plans, hangar talk or watching an EAA tape on the skills required for homebuilding.

OCTOBER
Back at Lincoln Park Aviation's Pilots' Room: The annual "Oshkosh recap" slide show... Harrison "Woody" Wood expertly narrated slides taken at Air Venture by Harry Barker. Harry was out of town for this showing, but returned and did an encore presentation at EAA Chapter 891 in Sussex and also for the Greenwood Lake Pilots' Association in early November.

SEPTEMBER
At Allen Poulsen's West Caldwell home to see the details on Allen's Murphy Rebel project. The kit was delivered on Allen's doorstep in August, 2005 and he has put in over 600 hours on the all-aluminum fabrication, with wings just about done and fuselage in progress.

AUGUST
At Jon Macy's Kinnelon home on the third visit in three years: Jon's GlaStar is closer to completion, awaiting only avionics and the Mattituck engine on order.

JULY
We found our usual meeting place, the Clubhouse Cafe, locked up and out of business! After a brief business meeting on the outdoor patio, we went in all directions... many westbound to Oshkosh.

JUNE
Holding our meeting at the New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum, we saw a great video about the history of Teterboro Airport and then had the run of the museum.

MAY
After a rundown on preparations for the upcoming Warwick Fly-In and Young Eagles, we saw an A.O.P.A. video on preparations for an instrument flight in convective activity.

APRIL
Peter Vajsabel, from Caldwell Air Service, led the discussion of "Owner Maintenance: What you can do and what must be left for the mechanics."

MARCH
"Oshkosh 2003" was the DVD being shown during an animated day-before-St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Clubhouse Cafe.

FEBRUARY
Ron Reinartz presented an AOPA video Seminar-in-a-Box - "Lost and Crossed", showing how it's not too hard even for experienced pilots to lose track of where they are, run low on fuel, and face a 25 knot crosswind at the last remaining choice of airports.

JANUARY
We watched a videotape recap of the past year's aviating by 501 members.

2005
DECEMBER
Icy roads limited attendance at the meeting. The showing of a 2005 Oshkosh video was complemented by President Reinartz' special holiday refreshments.

NOVEMBER
Jim Bordino and FAA Safety Counselor Stanley Sanders presented the interactive AOPA Seminar-in-a-Box - "Never Again", recounting the misfortunes of 3 pilots who did not adequately prepare for the weather ahead.

OCTOBER
In our meeting place in the Pilots' Room of Lincoln Park Aviation, Harry Barker presented his annual recap of the most interesting aircraft and events at Air Venture - Oshkosh 2005.

SEPTEMBER
We were back at Jon Macy's in Kinnelon, where Jon showed off the now completed riveting of all flying surfaces of the Glastar. Jon thanked Harry Barker and Allen Dunn for their riveting assistance. Main gear and nose gear assemblies are finished. Flight controls, cabin interior, panel and engine are still ahead.

AUGUST
501's George Brewer hosted our August meeting at his Wayne home where we took the tour of his Sonex project in progress. The all-aluminum Sonex will be a 2 place, low wing, tricycle gear, lightweight ship that fits into the new Light Sport Aircraft category. (This is quite a contrast to when Captain Brewer commanded C-5's in the USAF about 30 years ago.)

JULY
At 501 member Tom Ware's house in Wayne we got a look at his Wheeler Express CT project in progress. Tom showed us how one wing is complete and hanging up. The other is on jigs for the addition of speed brakes and landing gear bracket. Interior work is in the planning stages. Instrument panel is on the bench taking shape. The fuselage has an IO-540 installed and waiting. Construction is somewhat complicated by Wheeler's bankruptcy and the need to do a lot of networking to get parts and advice.

JUNE
Field trip to Teterboro's New Jersey Aviation Hall of Fame and Museum where we got to operate 2 new flight simulators and saw, among many other exhibits, rocket plane Gloria (restored by EAA 501 about 25 years ago) and a display photo of Ray Johnson flying his Volksplane VP-1. NJAHOF said they will put Ray's donated Volksplane on display when the museum gets enlarged!

MAY
We saw CD slide show of the 5/15 Warwick Fly-In and also, a professionally done 1985 video of Sky Manor pilot George Bunnell and the maiden flight of his RV-3.

APRIL
Curtis Brewington, Tower Manager at Essex County Airport gave us an idea, from his perch, of what it's like handling GA traffic in this area.

MARCH
Video of Van's RV history and production facilities.

FEBRUARY
After we mapped out plans for 2005's Warwick Fly-In and Young Eagles events, Ron Reinartz ran a DVD highlighting the flying and ground activities at last year's Oshkosh air show.

JANUARY
We enjoyed the annual videotape recap of activities of EAA 501 members throughout the past year, airborne and on the ground.

2004
NOVEMBER
Mid-Atlantic Aviation Coalition President Bob Checchio explained his group's main mission: preservation of New Jersey’s public use airports and improvement of their safety and capacity. MAAC also is a forum to express concern about threats against our freedom to fly, and it monitors political actions and decisions that may affect General Aviation.

OCTOBER
Our Chapter President and Sonex builder George Brewer showed a video featuring the flight characteristics and technical features of the Sonex.

SEPTEMBER
The unique aircraft at Air Venture 2004 ("Oshkosh") were recapped by Harry Barker with a slide presentation he put together with the help of Harrison Wood.

JULY
Hosted by Susan and Jon Macy at their Kinnelon home, we toured Jon's Glastar project in progress. Wings are the latest milestone. Subaru engine to be delivered this fall followed by the electronics. First flight targeted for late next year.

APRIL
Bill King, veteran air show pilot at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, showed some amazing video clips of memorable Rhinebeck performances. Another video highlighted his visit to Australia and air show performance there two years ago with a Rhinebeck crew of planes and pilots.

MARCH
Paolo Grassi and Jim Bordino narrated Dick Wedemeyer's video about the trio's trip to Winter Haven in January to pick up seaplane ratings.

FEBRUARY
Dave MacMillan brought members up-to-date on the FAA rules for determining and getting approval for airworthiness of a new aircraft or changes to an old one.

JANUARY
We watched the annual video featuring the activities of EAA 501 members throughout the past year.

2003
OCTOBER
We met at the Oakland home-workshop of 501 member Dolf Battifarano. Dolf schooled us on "Fabric Covering Basics" with live demos and video, citing lessons learned from his recent re-covering of his Citabria.

SEPTEMBER
Harry Barker and Harrison Wood brought back from July's Oshkosh Air Venture and shared with us, in the form of slides and anecdotes, a wealth of aviation information.

AUGUST
501 member Johnathan Macy gave a Powerpoint presentation on the step-by-step process he went through leading to the selection of a 210 hp NSI-manufactured Subaru engine for his under-construction Glastar. Before the decision was made, he carefully ranked the criteria of safety, cost, performance and long term implications against the alternative choices of buying a new engine, a certified rebuilt, an EXP XP 360, or an alternative Subaru.

JULY
501 member Harrison "Woody" Wood presented slides and gave us a run-down on activities at EAA's annual Florida (April 2-8, this year) Sun 'n Fun Fly-in in Lakewood.

JUNE
This was our first meeting on the new monthly meeting date of the "third Monday". The informal session allowed us to enjoy the surroundings of our new meeting place: Lincoln Park Airport's Clubhouse Cafe.

MAY
Meeting was at 501 president Bart Cocchiola's in Nutley where in his workshop Bart demonstrated basic applications of oxy-acetylene gas welding equipment for aircraft construction and how his Skybolt is taking shape using these techniques.

APRIL
501 member Mike Maniatus brought everyone up to date with a talk and slideshow on construction progress of his scratch-built DH Moth Major. Many original parts are being procured from sources around the world. There are only three Moth Majors in existence.

MARCH
Alex Pucciarello, an EAA Technical Counselor, presented "The ABC's of Technical Counseling" and the importance of this guidance as it relates to the stages of construction of a homebuilt aircraft.

FEBRUARY
Continuation of January topics.

JANUARY
Incoming President Bart Cocchiola led the discussion of planning ahead for 2003 events. Topics included expanding the membership, fundraising, Young Eagles flight rallies, the Warwick Fly-In, organizing possible weekend fly-outs under our sponsorship, and tentative schedules for holding monthly meetings on-site at Chapter members' projects under construction.

2002
DECEMBER
Members were taken on a VHS video tour of the countryside as seen from the cockpit of a Cessna 172 and Dave MacMillan's Stearman.

NOVEMBER
The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and particularly the duties of and opportunities for membership in Flotilla 10-20, Air Station Caldwell, were explained by Air Station Commander Darryl Laxon and Personnel Services Officer Dennis Gagnon.

OCTOBER
Teterboro tower air traffic controller and 501 member Tom Matthews shared experiences and provided tips for helping to keep controlled-field operations flowing smoothly and safely.

SEPTEMBER
Harry Barker and Harrison Wood demonstrated their fabled encyclopedic knowledge of aircraft and aviation topics with a presentation of highlights of the awards competition at July's Oshkosh Air Venture 2002.

AUGUST
Slides were shown of the July air race of homebuilts from Kittyhawk to Oshkosh. EAA 501 Vice President Bill Shannon flew his recently completed RV-5A in the race and brought back first hand experience of the event.

JULY
EAA 501 member Dolf Battifarano described the 1,500 hours step-by-step process of the refurbishment of his Citabria.

JUNE
EAA 501 member Don Provost told, with slides, how in 1980 he flew his Cherokee to Alaska and above the Arctic Circle and back on a two week, 8,800 statute mile, 770 gallons round trip.

APRIL
Master Flight Instructor Steve Riethof (Lt.Col, USAF, Ret.) presented "A Case Study of Pilot and ATC Human Factors", an account of a real ATC rescue of a pilot in trouble, and how the interaction between participants, for better or worse, affected the outcome.

MARCH
Members of the Walter J. Schirra. Jr. Composite Squadron of the
Civil Air Patrol briefed us on the duties and responsibilities of "CAP." Guest speakers were... Jack Soldano, Captain CAP, Squadron Commander; Mike Castania, Major CAP, Aerospace Education; Tom Donohue, 1Lt. CAP, Director of Operations; John Donohue, 2Lt. CAP, Director of Emergency Services; Mike Marrinan, Cadet Captain--Cadet Commander; and Carly Gibson, Cadet First Sergeant.


FEBRUARY
Helping us to get ready for next year's 100th anniversary of powered flight, aviation history expert Steve Ivester delivered a slide presentation, "Wright Brothers-Context, Competition and Invention."

JANUARY
United Airlines B-777 pilot Lynn O'Donnell recalled for us her early years of flying Piper singles on trans-Atlantic ferry trips. She described the 12 plus hours ferry flights as a great way to build night and instrument time!

2001
DECEMBER
Video highlights were shown of our 2001 activities including 501's Warwick Fly-in in May and the Young Eagles Rally at Lincoln Park in June.

NOVEMBER
Member Mike Maniatus gave a report with slides of his summer trip to England which included the Woburn Abbey Annual Tiger Moth Rally, and the Shuttleworth collection at Old Warden.

OCTOBER
Guest speaker Bill Weiss, WWII Hellcat pilot and veteran of 150 missions in the Pacific theater, recounted some of his experiences flying from the aircraft carrier Lexington.

SEPTEMBER
Harry Barker, assisted by Harrison Wood, recapped their week at Air Venture 2001 ( OSHKOSH !) with a series of extraordinary slides of the participating aircraft. Harry Barker was also presented with the Chapter's first Lifetime Membership for outstanding service to the organization.

AUGUST
501 President Bill Shannon held the meeting at his home in Cedar Grove and rolled out (from his garage, literally) his under-construction RV-5A.

JULY
Guest speaker at the July meeting was Donald Sweet, USN retired, who spoke about his World War II experiences aboard a PBM Mariner Flying Boat in the Western Pacific. He has authored several books on the subject.