Thursday, December 20, 2012

'Twas the night before Christmas

Twas the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp,
Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ.
The aircraft were fastened to tie downs with care,
In hopes that -- come morning -- they all would be there.

The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots,
With gusts from two-forty at 39 knots.
I slumped at the fuel desk, now finally caught up,
And settled down comfortably, resting my butt.

When the radio lit up with noise and with chatter,
I turned up the scanner to see what was the matter.
A voice clearly heard over static and snow,
Called for clearance to land at the airport below.

He barked his transmission so lively and quick,
I'd have sworn that the call sign he used was "St. Nick."
I ran to the panel to turn up the lights,
The better to welcome this magical flight.

He called his position, no room for denial,
"St. Nicholas One, turnin' left onto final."
And what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a Rutan-built sleigh, with eight Rotax Reindeer!

With vectors to final, down the glideslope he came,
As he passed all fixes, he called them by name:
"Now Ringo! Now Tolga! Now Trini and Bacun!
On Comet! On Cupid!" What pills was he takin'?

While controllers were sittin', and scratchin their heads,
They phoned to my office, and I heard it with dread,
The message they left was both urgent and dour:
"When Santa pulls in, have him please call the tower."

He landed like silk, with the sled runners sparking,
Then I heard, "Left at Charlie," and "Taxi to parking."
He slowed to a taxi, turned off of three-oh,
And stopped on the ramp with a "Ho! Ho! Ho!"

He stepped out of the sleigh, but before he could talk,
I ran out to meet him with my best set of chocks.
His red helmet and goggles were covered with frost,
And his beard was all blackened from Reindeer exhaust.

His breath smelled like peppermint, gone slightly stale,
And he puffed on a pipe, but he didn't inhale.
His cheeks were all rosy and jiggled like jelly,
His boots were as black as a cropduster's belly.

He was chubby and plump, in his suit of bright red,
And he asked me to "fill it, with hundred low-lead."
He came dashing in from the snow-covered pump,
I knew he was anxious for drainin' the sump.

I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work,
And I filled up the sleigh, but I spilled like a jerk.
He came out of the restroom, and sighed in relief,
Then he picked up a phone for a Flight Service brief.

And I thought as he silently scribed in his log,
These reindeer could land in an eighth-mile fog.
He completed his pre-flight, from the front to the rear,
Then he put on his headset, and I heard him yell, "Clear!"

And laying a finger on his push-to-talk,
He called up the tower for clearance and squawk.
"Take taxiway Charlie, the southbound direction,
Turn right three-two-zero at pilot's discretion"

He sped down the runway, the best of the best,
"Your traffic's a Grumman, inbound from the west."
Then I heard him proclaim, as he climbed through the night,
"Merry Christmas to all! I have traffic in sight.

Thanks to J. Rosser for submitting this great poem... 

Sunday, December 9, 2012

EAA Chapter Flyout

We are planning our first Flyout under the direction of Russ Roberts to Page, AZ (KPGA)
Here is Russ's email:
With, and all in agreement that Tuesday December 11, will be either "sunny" or "mostly sunny" in Page, AZ, I propose that date and place as our first fly-out.

The ETA in KPGA will be 11:30am MST (1830Z). This being winter, Arizona and Utah are on the same time zones. We will meet at Classic Aviation FBO. Be there at or before 11:30am. Call me for last minute delays or changes on cellphone 435-590-7610.

For those unfamiliar, the GA ramp is northwest of the terminal. (Do not take the terminal exit from the runway. The preferred GA exit is toward the north end.) There are two FBO's and they actively compete for business. You may actually see two follow-me vehicles meet you as you turn in the ramp. If so, follow Classic Aviation. If no follow-me from Classic, park on the west side of the GA ramp. Classic's office is on the southwest corner of the GA ramp. We'll meet there.

If we get at least three planes and the weather holds, we will proceed. If not, we will postpone to another date when more may be able to participate.  After checking the TAF's on Monday afternoon, I will send an email about 18:00 confirming that we are going or cancelling.

For now, promptly send me an email if you plan to go with the usual A/C type, N number, people, etc.

If you were coming from Hurricane Airport and would be flying a Cessna 172, this is what your flight plan may look like:

Young Eagle Flight

Please join us for the first Young Eagles Flight of the year!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Chapter Meeting & Christmas Party

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Any questions please contact:

Patrick or Jen Carroll
EAA Chapter 936

EAA Chapter meeting is the second Thursday of each month.
Location does change.
6 pm

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New EAA Young Eagle Movie!

September 20, 2012 - This video shares the excitement of flying for the first time as a Young Eagle. Narrated by Harrison Ford.

Please feel free to forward this post to anyone!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Huntington Fly-In Sept 28-29

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you and your passengers to the UBCP Fall Fly-in at Huntington, UT. The airport is 69V, and is located in central Utah . This will be the third year that the Huntington Airport has invited UBCP and once again they are going all out. There will be plenty of food. Snacks and such will be out all day Friday. Saturday morning breakfast is free as will be the hosted dinner Saturday evening. This year, we are having dinner at Huntington State Park, about a mile from the airport. Transportation will be provided. The airport has up-dated and enlarged the camping area. As always, the shower and bathrooms are sparking clean. Fuel will be available with an expected price of $5.40 which makes it one of the lowest in Utah.

You can tour the back country or take part in several activities at the airport on Saturday.  There will be a 8-position sporting clays course set up around the dirt runways. There will be a charge of $7.00 per 25 clays - bring your own shotgun and ammo. The county will have a van or two on hand for those who may want to visit the Natural History Museum in Castledale or drive out to the "Wedge" Overlook or any number of other locations. The county has also invited the local car club to display their cars on Saturday.There will be special marshallers to make parking airplanes safer.

This has become a fun event and we look forward to it. The weather seems to be perfect every year at this time. We hope to see you there.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Young Eagle Flights

Patrick Carroll
EAA Chapter 936 President
EAA Chapter meeting is the second Thursday of each month. 6 pm
Location does change.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Hurricane Airport Closing

 Please note:

The Hurricane airport runway

will be closed from Sept 10 at 7:00amfor 12 days until Sept 22, at 7:00am.  

Notam has been issued.

Reason:  Repairs to the runway.

Art Granger

Airport Manager 

EAA Chapter Fun !

Time again for a fun get together! Dinner again and a movie this time. We will provide the hamburgers and hot dogs. The side dishes are potluck, so bring what you like. Thursday the 13th, 6pm at the Hurricane Airport. Hope to see you all there! Call if you have any questions.Thanks!

Patrick Carroll
EAA Chapter 936 President
EAA Chapter meeting is the second Thursday of each month.
Location does change. 6 pm

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Cedar City Fly In Breakfast

Fly in Breakfast @ CDC
Sept 15, 2012 at 8AM

Presented by:  Sphere One Aviation    

Pancake Breakfast provided by our local Boy Scouts of America Troop 1865

Come see the SyberJet SJ30. Manufactured right here in Cedar City, the SJ30 is the world’s fastest and longest range light business jet:

· Commemorative Air Force

· Zenith 750 STOL Aircraft

· Aerobatic Bi-Plane Demonstration
· RC plane demonstration

· Classic cars and much more

2277 W. Kittyhawk Dr.
Cedar City, UT 84721

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Air Power in New Harmony

When you spend years building an aircraft and then perform your first flights, there is a feeling of accomplishment that is truly indescribable.  It is one of those things that you need to do have done it to know what I am talking about.  I have had the pleasure of that a couple of times.

But, when you spend years building, have performed your first flights AND you get to land in your own airstrip, now that has to be the ultimate accomplishment !
Congratulations Russ and Carole!


From Jim Rosser:

"Russ made his first landing at his New Harmony, UT home strip (1200 feet) this morning.  Jim, Judy, and friends and co-conspirators in attendance of course.

Photo of Russ and Carole Robert's Zenith 750 and a visiting Carbon Cub resting on the airstrip while all have refreshments on the patio 8/15/12."

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Chapter Meeting and remembering Cliff Chaney

The Chapter meeting will be held at Art Granger's Hanger, Hurricane Airport tomorrow Aug. 9th @ 6:00pm
We will be honoring and remembering our friend Mr. Cliff Chaney.
Please come and bring your memories and photographs to the meeting.
There will be hot Dogs, Hamburgers and Ice Cream.


Patrick Carroll
EAA Chapter 936 President

Cliff Chaney

Monday, May 14, 2012

Grand Gulch Meeting

I just got word that the meeting's location for tomorrow morning for those who planned on going up to Grand Gulch with Wayne and Gordon has been changed. Jazzy Java doesn't open as early as they would like, so they are meeting at Starbucks by the Gun Barrel restaurant on North Bluff at 5:45am. They will go by Jazzy Java about 7am to pick up anyone who is there.

Patrick Carroll
EAA Chapter 936 President
EAA Chapter meeting is the second Thursday of each month.
Location does change.
6 pm

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Chapter Meeting Agenda

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder of our chapter meeting coming up tomorrow night. It will be held in Hurricane at the airport, thanks to Art Granger.
Here is a short agenda of what we will be talking about:

1) Cliff Chaney is giving a presentation on airspace. Don't miss this opportunity to get a few tips from someone with a few years of experience!
2) Young Eagles
3) DR-107

Gordon Rock and Wayne Loeber  need help cleaning up the airstrip at the Grand Gulch mine.
1) Lunch on May 14, 2012 at Jazzy Java at noon to go over plans. The address is 285 N. Bluff St., St. George.
2) Meet at Jazzy Java May 15th  at 6 am to head to the airstrip.
Contact Wayne at 501-541-9473 or
A good article about the Grand Gulch Mine by Scott Mahnken and Hal Hilburn:

Patrick Carroll
EAA Chapter 936 President
EAA Chapter meeting is the second Thursday of each month.
Location does change. 6 pm

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Chapter Meeting and Minutes

The Chapter will be having its monthly board meeting at noon on the 2nd Thursday of the Month just before the meeting. The meetings are taking place at the Honolulu Grill on 700 South in St. George.

Suggestion for items on the agenda will be greatly appreciated.

Minutes of the April 12, 2012 meeting:

1)  The Airshow was very successful. We hope to have a plane at the booth at the next one.
2)  The DR-107 is making progress. We have room to work on the plane at Jack Hunter's hangar. (Western Sky's Aviation Warbird Museum.) We hope to mount the wing in the next few months.
3)  Fund raising. $495.00 from the Airshow. Still waiting for the check.We are planning a fly-in breakfast and open house in Hurricane. We would charge for the breakfast.Art Granger, the Hurricane airport manager is working with the city.
4)  The Young Eagles is combining efforts with the Boy Scout to form an Explorer group.
5)  Attending the meeting:

Pat Carroll - President.

Don Lowe - Vice President
Gary Goodman - Young Eagle Coordinator
Jennifer Carroll - Secretary/Treasurer (was not in attendance.)

Patrick Carroll
EAA Chapter 936 President

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

AOPA Lessons Learned Video

About a pilot that got caught on top...

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Building of a J3 Cub

If you like the Piper J3 Cub, you will enjoy this video:

Sunday, April 22, 2012

EAA Chapter 23 Young Eagle Rally

EAA Chapter 23 from Salt Lake City is holding a Young Eagles rally in Mesquite, NV (67L) on 
May 5th, starting about 8:30am. They have invited all of our members to be involved.

Last year, 10 Airplanes and Pilots participated in the event and over 70 kids received their Young Eagle certificate. Please rsvp.
Contact Mike Guarino for details:

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Chapter Members,
I am attempting to determine how many experimental amateur-built (homebuilt) aircraft are now owned by someone other than the original builder of the aircraft.

Some of you have already sent in your survey, and I thank you for doing so. For those that haven’t seen the survey yet, I would like to request that you answer the above short survey...

If you have any questions regarding this survey, call me at 920-426-6806 or e-mail

Chad Jensen, EAA #755575
Manager, Communities
Homebuilders Community Manager
RV-7 & Tailwind W-10 Builder
EAA-The Spirit of Aviation

Phone: 920.426.6806
Fax: 920.426.6579

See you at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh-July 23 - July 29, 2012

AOPA’s Keep ’Em Flying Challenge

Keep 'Em Flying Challenge

AOPA Unveils The 2012 Keep ‘em Flying Challenge

Looking for an excuse to go flying? Take up AOPA’s Keep ’Em Flying Challenge, a new time-bound contest to get you in the air between April 1 and July 31.

The Challenge:

Between April 1 and July 31, 2012, a pilot must,
  • Complete an Air Safety Institute online course;
  • Fly at least five hours; and
  • Fly in an aircraft serving as pilot in command to five airports or destinations that are more than 50 nautical miles from the immediately preceding departure point.
Those in the lighter-than-air and glider aircraft categories are exempt from the last two tasks, but instead must make five flights.
Pilots who complete the challenge and submit their notice of completion will be entered into a cash prize drawing.
The challenge is open to any aircraft category, class, or type. Participants must be at least 19 years old, hold at least an FAA student pilot certificate, and the flight must be conducted under and in accordance with FAR Part 91.
AOPA will use an honor system where pilots can electronically certify that they met the criteria listed above. Participants are encouraged to use Facebook and Twitter to post pictures and update their progress. The winners will be announced at the AOPA Aviation Summit in Palm Springs, Calif., in October. Prize winners will be required to produce logbooks that verify their entry. 
The grand prize winner will receive a cash award of $2,499. The second-place winner will receive $1,000, while the third-place winner will receive $500. Four fourth-place winners will receive $250 each.

See the Official Rules

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Chapter Meeting

Just a reminder about our EAA Chapter Meeting coming up on March 8th at 6:00pm.
We will discuss our participation at the Thunder over Utah airshow and the EAA Booth.
The meeting will be held at Art Granger's Hangar @ the Hurricane Airport.
Don't forget to bring a chair!
(For details and a Google Map, scroll down the menu on the left)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

EAA, AOPA Pressing Forward With Third-Class Medical Exemptions

February 28, 2012 – EAA and AOPA are continuing to press forward with their joint effort to expand the use of a driver's license and medical self-certification in lieu of an FAA third-class medical certificate, with a goal of submitting a formal exemption request to the FAA in March.

The GA organizations remain steadfast in their effort, which was formally unveiled at the AOPA Summit last September. EAA and AOPA have petitioned the FAA numerous times over the past 25 years regarding changes to the third-class medical requirements. Those efforts have resulted in the extension of the third-class medical certificate duration for pilots under age 40 and use of a driver's license in lieu of a medical certificate for pilots operating under sport pilot certificate privileges. The FAA, however, has repeatedly failed to act on petitions seeking expansion of the driver’s license/self-certification concept to broader segments of general aviation.

Petitions for similar rulemaking submitted by individuals to FAA have also failed, including the denial earlier this month of a 2009 petition by David Wartofsky, owner of Potomac Airfield of Friendly, Maryland. Wartofsky's petition requested that the driver's license medical certification be expanded to private pilots flying aircraft of 6,000 pounds or less. In its letter of denial to Mr. Wartofsky, the FAA expressed unwillingness to support expansion of driver's license medical certification to complex aircraft, including multiengine, turboprop, turbojet, and helicopters that fall within the 6,000-pound threshold proposed under his petition.

"Mr. Wartofsky's petition did receive more than 1,000 supportive comments, which is very much in line with EAA member input telling us that the expansion of driver's license medical self-certification privileges is a key issue for aviators," said Doug Macnair, EAA's vice president of government relations. "We are working with AOPA to finalize our request for an exemption, which is quite different from a petition for rulemaking, and hope to have it completed and ready to submit in March."

The EAA/AOPA exemption request proposes to expand the driver's license medical beyond the sport pilot certificate to those pilots flying recreationally in fixed-gear aircraft of no more than 180 hp, with a maximum of one passenger in daytime VFR conditions. The request also seeks to boost safety by creating an online educational course addressing medical self-assessment that pilots would be required to complete to qualify for the exemption.

It is estimated that the exemption would encompass more than 50,000 aircraft in the existing fleet. It would allow pilots to fly those aircraft, with which they are most familiar, without the need for a third-class medical certificate provided they meet the requirements and limitations of the exemption. That would maintain GA safety while expanding aeromedical knowledge and resources for pilots.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Paper Forms for Flight Physicals to Disappear October 1

The FAA medical application Form 8500-8 will be eliminated by October 1, 2012, and MedXPress will be used exclusively for medical certificates.

January 30, 2012 – The traditional paper forms completed by many pilots prior to their airman medical exams will completely vanish by October 1, as the FAA moves exclusively to its MedXPress online system for these applications (officially known as FAA Form 8500-8).

Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Fred Tilton reported the change in the Federal Air Surgeon's Medical Bulletin on January 27. He explained that the MedXPress system debuted in 2007, but it was not required to be used by pilots and Aviation Medical Examiners (AMEs). Dr. Tilton said that "the paper system allows for too many errors, leads to storage problems, and creates security risks" as reasoning for discontinuing the paper forms. In addition, FAA would save an estimated $150,000 per year by eliminating the paper forms.

Many AMEs already use the MedXPress system exclusively for pilots who apply or renew their medical certification. The change is that all pilots who apply for medical certification or simply have their regular flight physical after October 1 will be required to use the online system.

"EAA supports wise use of FAA funds and more efficient technology, but there are many questions that remain as to this change," said Sean Elliott, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. "EAA is most notably concerned that a lack of education by the FAA to both pilots and AMEs will lead to confusion. We are willing to do our part to communicate these changes and educate pilots, but it must be an effort by all involved."

In addition, EAA and its Aeromedical Council are seeking solutions and clarification in other areas that may raise concerns among some pilots, including:

  • Unfamiliarity with online technology
  • Worries about online security and access
  • Those AMEs who do fewer medical exams each year may be unfamiliar with the specifics of the online process
  • Point in time where the online application becomes “official,” when the applicant can no longer withdraw the application
  • "EAA has resources that can help pilots who are not yet familiar with the MedXPress system, which is already used by tens of thousands of pilots each year," Elliott said. "We are exploring other local resources, such as EAA chapters, flight instructors and schools, and others who can help educate and assist those who may not have used the MedXPress in the past."

To access the FAA MedXPress website, click here.

Sunday, February 5, 2012


Can you identify this airplane?

The Chapter Meeting is coming up this Thursday at the museum, St. George Airport.
Please plan to attend and find the proposed agenda:

  • Secretary Report.(Jen)
  • President Report.(Pat)
  • Young Eagles Report (Gary)
  • Airshow report.(Pat)
    • Need for more help. (Pat)
    • Handout posters and brochures.(Pat)
  • Plans for the booth.(Gary)
  • DR-107(Jim and Gary)
    • Go over Gordon's plan?
    • Projected budget for the build.
    • Time schedule for the next 6 months.
    • Location for build: Free hangar at Deseret Lab.
    • (Suggestion: how about the City of  Washington for storage, so it is more central?)

Patrick Carroll
Thunder Over Utah Local Representative
EAA Chapter 936 President
Meeting is the second Thursday of each month.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Thunder Over Utah - Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are still needed! Don't miss your chance to be part of our 1st ever Thunder Over Utah in St. George.  All positions available from parking to moving VIP's.  Please contact Pat Carroll for applications.  Applications must be received by Feb. 24th.

Patrick Carroll
Thunder Over Utah Local Representative
EAA Chapter 936 President

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Chapter Meeting

From the President's Desk:

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick reminder of our next EAA mtg. will be Thurs. Feb. 09th at 6pm. We will meet at Western Sky Aviation Warbird Museum, Jack Hunter's hangar at the new St. George airport.

Topics to be discussed:

  1. Look over blueprints of the DR-107.

  2. Work on plans to build the plane.
  3. Inspect and organize pieces that we have of the plane.

New St. George Airport.
Take the first left past the airline terminal and the gas station. You will see a banner on the fence in red that says the museums name.
Park in the first parking lot on the right after you make the turn.


Patrick Carroll

Thunder Over Utah Local Representative
EAA Chapter 936 President