Chapter 1502 Chairman's Report

Gerald Maddams's picture

I have now had the pleasure of working with an efficient committee and other members for two years now. 
We have had the satisfaction of seeing many projects, of all sorts, reach fruition. Aviation is one of our passions – and as such we are charged with the individual responsibility to nurture its growth and development in every way in which we are able. I ask you to remember that the committee members are doing what they do for Chapter 1502 in their own time and entirely voluntarily.
I further ask that you are considerate and helpful whenever any issue raises its head, and that you do as much as you can personally to resolve / solve the issue before asking for assistance from the committee.  Having said that, please know that we are keen to assist in every way.
The committee has had to face various challenges, and I believe that it has dealt effectively with all of them.

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1.1          Membership.

Chapter 1502 had 108 members this year. We attempted to get all members to renew before the end of January. It did not work. Members continued to renew all throughout the year.

I ask that this year you pay your subs within the first month of the year. 

Membership is from January to December, even though you may have originally joined in – say August.    It matters not !     Pay your subs before 31 January, please, and make our treasurers life a great deal easier. Full EAA Members will adopt the system used by all other EAA Chapters and pay through the AeroClub of SA System.  This will be verbally addressed at the AGM.

Only Social / Country / Family members will pay directly to Mervyn this year.

1.2          Membership Subscriptions for 2016.

This year (2016) subs are:-

Chapter 1502/Social Members subs are     ..........R200

EAA National subs are                   ..........R200

AeCSA subs are                           ..........R425 (R400 subs plus R25 levy/donation.... see below]

Total for full membership is                          .......R825

 Ch 1502 has decided to maintain our subs at R200.  National is doing likewise, but Aeroclub has taken a 6% increase, plus the levy for the Aeroclub Centenary Celebrations due soon.

We urge you to pay your subs urgently, so that your all-important ‘licence renewals’ and ‘authorities to fly’ can then be obtained without undue fuss or worry in the months ahead.

2.1      AeroClub of South Africa.

The AeroClub is most definitely showing value for those subs (mentioned above) as AeC have blunted the efforts of SA CAA to railroad various changes to legislation that would have impacted our flying.  Read about this in the Aeroclub of SA Annual Report.   I will not repeat it all here.

AeroClub of S.A.Centenary.

The AeroClub turns 100 in 2020 and there is a drive to raise funds to be able to commemorate the occasion fittingly.  We paid a levy in 2015.   We do the same this year.

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3.1  Pietermaritzburg Hangars and occupants.

Issues around the Oribi Airport hangars have been amicably sorted out by the parties concerned.

This was not done without a great deal of work by everyone concerned and I thank them for all of their co-operation and pro-activity.

In the words of one of the two initiators of the hangar project back in 1973, “The hangars at Pietermaritzburg are, and always have been, a most important asset for local homebuilders/restorers. It would be very sad to see them pass into the hands of non-believers”

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4.1      Chapter Assets.

The concept of building up a stock of equipment and useful tools for the use of members was begun a few years ago, and will continue in the future.

Almost all of the Chapter assets are now housed at Grass Roots airfield. The ‘asset register’ is checked at each monthly committee meeting and their whereabouts noted.

The list includes:-

Pipe-flaring tool
Maule Fabric Tester
Magneto Tester
Continental Engine special spanners
Bore scope
Land Compass
Set of Weight-and-Balance Scales
Loud-hailer.
3-in-1 guillotine
ACF 50 Applicator Wand  
ACF 50 fluid   (kindly stored by Dave Emond)
Taylor Monoplane Aeroplane
1st Aid Kit.
96 knives, forks and spoons
30 plates
The Secretarial Lap-Top Computer.
Steel Cupboard (used to house most of above)
Propeller Trophy.

All equipment borrowed must be collected from Grass Roots and signed-out in the register book. The equipment should then be returned by the borrower for sign-back by a committee member. If members have any equipment or tools surplus to their requirements that other members may find useful, please consider donating them to the Chapter. 

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5.1      Chapter 1502 Activities.

 

5.2      16th December  at Grass Roots.

The Open Day has been an annual event for 32 years and has recently become the “End of Year Gathering” for Chapter 1502 as well.  Last December we saw well over a hundred folk attend in good weather and we enjoyed good food, wonderful conversation and various other sorts of entertainment.  Great thanks must be extended to all of those who pitched in and helped in so many ways in preparation and in the execution of the day.  Setting up the venue, cooking and presenting the food, assisting in clearing up – all done cheerfully by many, many good hands.

5.3      Fly Aways and Fly Ins.

February had a number of aircraft fly to Kittyhawk in the Transvaal.

March saw our aircraft at Vryheid for a wonderful weekend, and huge thanks must be extended to Louis Smit, his wife and the members of the Vryheid Flying Club, plus Grant Beattie who co-ordinated it all..

April was a visit to Waffle Hut and was very well attended.

The El Mirador event happened in lovely weather and was also well attended. 

The Zwartberg Farmer’s Association again invited us to attend their annual event, but the weather threw a wobbly and only two aircraft made it.

The EAA Convention at Margate was, disappointingly, attended by very few aircraft from Chapter 1502 and attendance by our members was embarrassing, to say the least. 

Chapter 1502 thanks everyone who was involved in the fly-ins.  Hosts, attendees, helpers et al

What we need now is more member participation.  You need to come forward and make suggestions, followed on by active participation to see those suggestions bear fruit.

Whilst on that point, we need an “Events Co-ordinator” to take the events calendar to new heights this year.   Please volunteer your services.    

5.4      B/S Sessions.

The entire committee is apologetic that we still don’t seem to have this one right.

We had three B/S Sessions at the Westville Country (Squash) Club and the attendance started well but declined massively  [ Aerial Photography saw 58, Mozambique adventure 48, Gliding 24].

1502 also attended events organised by others, and we thank Pmb Aero Club and SAAF Assoc for inviting us to their events.

What do you, the members, want in terms of activities?   You tell us, and perhaps we can deliver.

 

5.6      Projects under construction:-

Thatcher CX4                      Steve O’Hara

Jodel  G19                          Len Cormac

Vans RV3                            Noel Drew and Mervyn Roberts

Vans RV 7                           Ryan Fabian

Vans RV 8                           John Te Riele

Vans RV 9A                        Kenny O Connor

Vans RV 9                           Grant Beattie

Vans RV 10                         Craig Mee

Vans RV 10                         Sean Kirkham

Sonex Onex                        Jonathan Low.

Kit Fox 7                              Jonathan Low

Kitplanes for Africa Explorer  Gordon Pickles

Zenith CH701 Sky Jeep      Scott Williams

Sling 4                                 Colin Albertyn

Raven CH601                     Pottie Potgieter

5.7      Restorations under way:-

Piper Vagabond                  Alan Lorimer

Auster Mk1                          Gerald Maddams

Auster J1X                          Piet de Villiers

Auster J5 (Mod)                  Ray and Brian Hesom

Atlas Kudu                           Marc Kuster

Taylor Monoplane               EAA 1502

Challenger                           Russell Smith

I know there are others  .... a Carbon Cub being one, but others remain clothed in secrecy ??

5.9      Taylor Monoplane restoration project.   Forwarded from last year’s report.     

This fabulous and historic aircraft was donated to Chapter 1502 by Barry de Groot at the 2014 AGM.    The original builder was Ian Parker and he flew it for many years before building a second example.  As such, it is one of the longest surviving of the truly home-built aircraft built during the 1970s in Pietermaritzburg.

The project needs hands to complete it, and this presents a wonderful opportunity for members to get together to learn new skills or share existing skills with others.

The wings were unfortunately damaged in the violent storm that swept through Pmb last year, and they have been substantiallyrebuilt by Chris Hicks.

Russell Smith has put in many hours of work on the exhausts and motor, which is now in the capable hands of Kevin Cox who intends to get it fully functional.

This could well become a regular monthly build / BS Session if a few folk would take it on.

Hands up to undertake this restoration – please!

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6.1      EAA Yahoo Groups.

There may be members unaware of the EAA Yahoo Groups chat forum.

It is beginning to be used by our members and it provides a forum through which present members, past members, interested pilots, MISASA members, etc., can ask for assistance, sell stuff, discuss matters and post / view pictures.

You can check it out by searching “EAA East Coast, KZN, South Africa, yahoo groups” on the Google search engine or by clicking on the link  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/EAA645/info

To get onto the mailing list, simply get the ‘Home Page’ open, click on “subscribe” and follow all of the prompts.  Thereafter a message goes to the moderators who accept / reject the application.

If you know of past members or any other person interested in aviation in KZN, perhaps you could introduce them to this forum.

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Gerald Maddams

Chairman: EAA Chapter 1502 “East Coast”.