Desert Sport Flyers Meeting Minutes Sunday 4-22-18 Ryan field hanger.
In attendance were members Frank Morris, Milt Ogden, Lyn Taylor, Jim Taylor, Dana Christian, Andrew Johnson and guests (hopefully future members) Bob Rill and John Worth.
President Lyn Taylor opened the meeting by passing out the treasurer report and revised flying club agreement.
The club is not yet fully self supporting, but we are well on our way.
Secretary Jim (Jeff) Taylor introduced the Ad Hoc officer committee consisting of Lyn -President
Jim-Secretary, Jerry Witt (not in attendance) Aircraft Maintenance officer.
Also introduced Milt Ogden-club instructor. Milt will be returning to Washington State for the summer and is available until May 8th.
We can find alternate instructors for members who need instruction and check rides while Milt is out of town.
As Jerry was unable to attend, Jim attempted to give a maintenance report. The coupe does leak a little oil, most likely the pushrod tube seals. This is not uncommon and just means that we need to be diligent about checking the oil during pre-flight and keeping the level at 4 quarts.
Also, Jerry would like members to try to prevent dripping oil onto the exhaust manifold when checking it by just holding a rag underneath the dipstick. We will also look into replacing the “top quality” cut off water bottle funnel with a proper one for oil filling.
Jim mentioned the torn passenger window channel which needs to be replaced. In the meantime, pilots can guide the window when closing it by pulling down slightly on the edge while closing it to keep it within the channel.
Milt and Frank mentioned that comms to tower are only possible from the pilot side headset.
It was decided that we will look into purchasing and installing an additional PTT switch for the right seat so that both seats will be able to communicate outside the aircraft.
Mention was made that we are pursuing the STC for increasing gross take off weight to 1320 lbs.
Secretary was unclear whether this is completed yet.
It was also brought up that we have a mode C transponder that will be installed in the aircraft in the near future.
Andrew Johnson brought up an issue with a venturi tube interfering with control column travel. He and Lyn resolved that issue.
Meeting was adjourned at 3pm and was followed by general, informal discussion.
Next months meeting is not yet scheduled and will be announced soon.
Respectfully submitted by Secretary Jim Taylor
We are a group of Light Sport pilots in Southern Arizona. We have found that there is a lack of Light Sport aircraft available for rent or LSA flying clubs in the area . Once you get your license, the only option to use it seems to be purchasing your own aircraft, but many people can't afford tens of thousands of dollars for an airplane they might fly once a week.
Our goal is to significantly reduce the cost by starting an equity share ownership flying club.
We also want to build a community and enjoy the camaraderie and friendship such clubs can bring with social events and meetings, knowledge sharing, ongoing safety training, and just hanging out with other pilots.