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Club meeting and $5 breakfast fundraiser this Saturday 3-30-19 at 9:30 a.m. at the hangar. Bring family and friends!!

Our very own Jessica at Copperstate fly in!


Desert Sport Flyers meeting December 29th at the club hangar Ryan field.

After coffee and breakfast graciously provided by Mark Gregory, Lyn Taylor called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m
In attendance were Lyn Taylor, James Taylor, Glenn Miller, Mark Gregory, Ryan Close, Milt Ogden, Steve Hulland and guests Emily and Dan King. (I didn't keep great notes this time, so I apologize if I missed anyone)
Emily is considering joining our club and training in the Ercoupe. Once she does, we will work on persuading Dan.
Lyn gave an abreviated treasurer report, and discussed an election for officers to be held in the upcoming year.
Old business items were discussed.
The antenna was changed from the belly to the dorsal antenna and seems to be working well.
The radio circuit was relocated to the main buss and has it's own circuit breaker and this seems to have corrected the problem of the breaker tripping, leaving pilot with no radio comms.
Jim gave a presentation on a study of 308 Ercoupe accidents.
Awards were given. A DSF cap to Milt Ogden and one to Emily King, and a DSF T-shirt to Mark Gregory.
New business was discussed.
The prospect of converting the Continental 75HP motor to 85HP was discussed. We hope to do this when the plane goes through it's annual inspection in April.
Our Ercoupe now has a name. Mark Gregory discussed with the members to name the plane "Lyndell" in honor of our President and benefactor.
Ryan Close suggested a Flying Tigers P-40 type shark mouth graphic for the cowling of the coupe.
Jim is designing something, but give him a little time as he does have a semi-full time job LOL.
Meeting was adjourned at approximately 10:30 am

Jim Taylor
Club Secretary
Desert Sport Flyers

Meeting minutes for club meeting on 9-30-18
Meeting was held at the Ryan field meeting room just west of Richies cafe.
In attendance were Lyndell Taylor, James Taylor , Mark Gregory, Kevin Eaton and Ryan Close.

We decided it was unnecessary to read the minutes for last meeting as they are published on the website and emailed to all members.

Lyn opened the meeting with the treasurers report. Same old stuff, we are getting by but Lyn is still subsidizing the club a bit and no payments have as yet been made for club purchase of the Ercoupe.

Growing our membership will help and as I expected, with the cooler weather, we are generating more interest. There are flyers available if any members would like to take some and place or hand them out anywhere there might be prospective members.

Jim talked about the San Manuel fly in this Saturday Oct 13. We are planning to take the plane there and have a table or something (and flyers)  for any attendees that might be interested.

Mark spoke about the experimental 2 place Stitts playboy we have and some possible things we may have to do to get it airworthy. We are not sure yet whether it will be cost effective to do so, but if we are able to, we may get it ready for club use by the Private pilots in the club, and perhaps later for the Sport pilots if the FAA does change the weight limit requirements for LSA aircraft.

If we find a buyer willing to pay a reasonable amount, we could also sell it and put the proceeds into the other ercoupe project

We have addressed the high oil temperature issue as Jerry has installed an oil cooler. 

We think is is working fine now, especially with cooler weather but  if you do see the temperature going into the red, try throttling back a bit.

We are not convinced that the temp gauge is accurate, so we will be continuing to look into this issue. 

Ryan mentioned that the compass seems to display inaccurately. We confirmed this against GPS and will try to see if correction is possible. 

We also repaired the wiring of the port position light and it now seems to work consistently. 

We attempted to repair the rotating beacon light by changing the bulb but were not successful. We could get it to flicker on sometimes but in looking at the design, I could not see how it can be grounded effectively.
We will keep trying.

The meeting was quick and we ended at about 2pm. We had some members who were out of town and Frank Morris has left the club due to new job travel and not having enough time to fly. 

Good Luck Frank! and the door is always open for you to return.

Respectfully submitted by Secretary Jim Taylor

Desert Sport Flyers Meeting Minutes Sunday 7-29-18  Bob Rills office.

In attendance were members Frank Morris,  Bob Rill, Jim Taylor, Lyn Taylor, guests and hopefully future members Ryan Close and Mark Gregory and guest John Kerekes.

President Lyn Taylor opened the meeting shortly after 2pm  by recognizing Bob Rill for allowing us to meet in his air conditioned office. 
Thanks Bob!

Lyn gave a treasurer report where he stated that he is currently subsidizing the club expenses but is determined that we will make the club work with it's current structure.

Secretary Jim Taylor went over the minutes from the last meeting. Old business was updated to reflect that we have installed a push to talk switch on the right seat yoke allowing comms from that side as well.
Also, we have completed the STC increasing gross take off weight to 1320 lbs and we have installed a mode C transponder.

New business is that the aircraft is currently undergoing a top end overhaul. As of this submission, work continues, but is expected to be wrapped up this week.

It was mentioned that the oil temp in the plane reaches the beginning of the red line but does not extend any further. It was determined that we will need to keep on eye on this and see how it goes after the overhaul.

It was determined that any paid hours unused from the month of July can be carried over, due to the plane being down for maintenance.

It was mentioned that the club insurance will cover primary training for club members.
This could be a draw for new members and we definitely need to increase membership.
It was determined that the club will consider allowing this on a case by case basis.

Ryan Close was introduced. If I remember correctly, Ryan is a helo pilot transitioning to fixed wing and would like to build hours and is interested in our club.
Welcome Ryan!

Mark Gregory was introduced. Mark is an A&P and is interested in our club. He brought us some aircraft cleaning wipes from his company, they will no doubt come in handy.
Thanks and Welcome Mark!

John Kerekes was introduced. John is organizing a Light sport fly-in at San Manuel in October. It was agreed that this is a great thing to further light sport aviation and that the club will support and help however we can.
Thanks for coming John! 

Meeting was adjourned shortly after 3pm.

Respectfully submitted by Secretary Jim Taylor

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.