EAA Chapter 25

A Community of Aviation Enthusiasts in the Twin Cities

Interested in Gliding?

Filed under: Member Projects — admin at 12:30 pm on Sunday, May 3, 2009

Dale Johnson’s Duster BJ-1B For Sale. This plane has a unique history and is worth a look even if you aren’t in the market! Here are links to two Duster articles as well as info about Dale’s plane.

Pat Hoyt Discusses Zenith Project at March 19th Meeting

Filed under: Member Projects,Upcoming Events — admin at 7:46 am on Sunday, March 9, 2008

601xl_tail.jpgPat Hoyt is in the process of building a Zenith Zenair 601. At our March meeting, Pat talked about his project. Pat tells us, ” Here’s a picture of the tail section. I’ve got a bit more done since the picture was taken. Construction started in November 2006 when I planned a family vacation around a Rudder Workshop hosted by Zenith Aircraft in Mexico, Missouri. Prior to that, I’d done a fair amount of research to determine exactly what I wanted. This research included getting my Private Pilot License, and flying a number of different aircraft before choosing the Zodiac XL.img_6802.jpgI am converting a 1967 Corvair engine for this aircraft. The Corvair (which has been powering Pietenpols for over 40 years) is a popular engine choice for the Zodiac 601.

This is my first aircraft project. Wife won’t let me start another one until I finish this one…”

Pat has done extensive rebuilding of his Corvair engine, and has a well – documented photographic record of the entire project. Pat is also interested in sharing his experience with other builders. Contact him at [email protected] for more information.

Dick Navratil’s Pietenpol Featured in Sport Aviation

Filed under: Member Projects — admin at 7:31 am on Thursday, February 14, 2008

dsc_0508.JPGTake a look at the cover of the February Sport Aviation and you will see the wonderful picture of Dick Navratil’s latest Pietenpol creation. A great article describing this project is worth reading and saving. Congratulations again to Dick on his accomplishment.

Gusty Now Flies In Chapter Hangar

Filed under: Member Projects — admin at 7:34 am on Sunday, February 10, 2008

hang17.jpg Joining Bert Sisler’s model of the Six Pac, our venerable historic aircraft the Gusty now is flying just below the ceiling of our Chapter Hangar at Airlake. Thanks to a volunteer crew assisting Dale Johnson — Ron Hoyt, Steve Adkins, Bert Sisler and Jim Ladwig — the Gusty took to the air last week. We know Bert was especially pleased that this “flight” did not require a test pilot, as we had threatened him with when he led the crew to reassemble the airplane. Join us for our Chili Feed on March 8th and get a chance to see the new display!


Jim Ladwig Acquires Whistler and It moves to Chapter Hangar

Filed under: Member Projects — admin at 7:36 am on Monday, February 4, 2008

ladwigwhistlerontrailer.jpgJim Ladwig and his family are taking up flying — again. As Jim told us,

“I have known the Sisler SF-2 Whistler since it was first built back in 1973. And I knew that Gene Stinar, whom I had known at Southport airport in the 60s, had bought the Whistler project from Bert Sisler.

Recently I had been planning to buy a plane so my kids could learn to fly. My thought was to buy back the black-and-gold Pietenpol I had sold to Vi Kapler in 1988. (Vi had worked with Bernard Pietenpol in Cherry Grove in the 60s and 70s.) However, it occurred to me that a side-by-side airplane was much more suitable for training purposes than an open-cockpit tandem arrangement.

Considering possibilities, I remembered flying the Sisler SF-2A Cygnet for a 3.5 hour dual cross-country on the afternoon of May 19,1979, the day it finished its test period and received its airworthiness certificate. (That morning, after a 10-year break from flying, I had received my first BFR in the J-3 Cub belonging to Paul Wilcox.) A Cygnet seemed the ideal choice for us.

It was at Paul’s funeral last November 1 that an attendee mentioned that Gene Stinar was selling the Whistler to someone. Right there I asked Lee Hurry if he would give me Gene’s phone number, which resulted in my visiting Gene on November 14 and subsequently purchasing the plane.

At the January 16 meeting of Chapter 25, Jon Cumpton offered the use of his trailer to retrieve the plane, which we did on January 26 (see photo) with the help of Jon, Bert Sisler, Bert’s son Eric and my son, Forrest.

Gene had hired a person to plow a long, wide path to the front of the hangar on his country home, and helped in removing the wings and loading the plane on the trailer. His wife, Billie, served hot chocolate and cookies as we were finishing the task.

whisltercrew.jpgIt was a wonderful experience to have all the advice and assistance from everyone present. I will never be able to repay their kindnesses, but they have my everlasting gratitude.

I am also grateful to many, many other members of Chapter 25 who offered
to help, but were unable for one reason or another.”

First Flight of Dick Navratil’s New Radial Engined Pietenpol

Filed under: Member Projects — joncumpton at 3:14 pm on Tuesday, September 25, 2007

DSC_0508.JPGDick Navratil took to the skies in his new Pietenpol on September 22nd. Dick’s flight marks the fifth airplane completed and flown by Chapter members in the last year!. The airplane, powered by a Rotec R-2800, has received much attention from both the engine manufacturer and EAA Headquarters. EAA’s Sport Aviation Magazine is also planning an upcoming article.

Dick says, “The plane handles very nicely, and I’m happy with it so far.” After an initial oil leak problem during taxi tests, Dick was able to correct the problem and clean up the airplane for his Saturday test flight. “I went out to repeat the high speed taxi tests, and had an open mind as to the aspects of flying. I couldn’t have asked for a nicer day with a 12 knot wind almost straight down the sod runway at Osceola. At about 50 mph I expected the plane to want to just lift off and climb, but that did not happen. I had to apply some back pressure and it lifted off smoothly.”

Dick was impressed about the rate of climb in his new airplane, too. He identified some other squawks, and plans another test flight this week. Congratulations Dick!

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