EAA284 Chapter Meeting January 8 2017

The January meeting of EAA Chapter 284 will be held on Sunday January 8, 2017 at Red Stewart Airfield t 2:30 PM. Weather on Sunday is currently predicted to be cloudy with temperatures in the mid 20’s Of course that can all change. Should it be necessary to cancel Sunday’s meeting because of either weather or travel conditions I will send an email by noon on Sunday.

For January’s program I will show a video of Mark Dusenberry’s October 2009 flights of his reproduction 1905 Wright Model III. Unfortunately on Mark’s second flight of the day he crashed, significantly damaging his aircraft. Mark suffered significant injuries. Neither Mark nor his family have offered any information as the the extent of his injuries or his current condition. This is an issues that his family prefers to be private.

I only show this video to EAA Chapters or to groups that have a significant and legitimate interest in aviation history and aircraft design. I don’t wish to sensationalize the events of the day. The video is a little more than 23 minutes long. It shows the successful first flight, the recovery of the aircraft, placing the aircraft on the launching rail, and the second flight  which ended with the crash. I have also managed to locate a few photographs which show the aircraft fractions of a second before the crash.

January 12th is the first deadline for the FAA to issues their regulation implementing their changes in 3rd Class medical certificates. They do have an additional grace period if the regulations are not issued by January 12th.

Bob Luken
President, EAA Chapter 284
Red Stewart Airfield (40I)
Waynesville OH

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