Ralph Gregus's Zenith CH750 N755RJ
First flight was made on June 7th, 2013 piloted by Ralph Gregus.
Steve Houghton's RV-7A N807SH
First flight was made on October 21st, 2012 piloted by Steve Houghton.
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Click Here to veiw Steve's first landing
Dave Cook's & Greg Hover's RV-6A N655HC
The RV-6A N655HC was completed on 11/19/10. It's first flight was made on 6/14/12; piloted by Terry Lutz.
Dennis Hall's Zenith 701
has been building his Zenith 701 for two years and upon completing the
aircraft, flew it to the November meeting. Dennis said it flies beautifully
and he is very happy with the project. Congratulations, Dennis on a
very nice looking plane.
Bart Smith's Schreder RS-15 Sailplane N25133
Bart is a long time member of the Chapter. His homebuilt Schreder RS-15 sailplane (N25133) pictured here was one of the early homebuilt projects completed and flown by a Chapter 55 member.
In September 1970, Bart flew the company twin to the Schweitzer Factory at Elmira, New York to get his Glider Rating. While there, he was in a gaggle with a Schreder HP-14 and very impressed by its appearance and performance. Shortly thereafter, Bart visited Dick Schreder in Bryan, Ohio, to view his new design, the RS-15, and to learn how to rivet.
of his project started at home in 1972. The sailplane and trailer were
completed by Bart in June, 1981 (long before the chapter had a website
to feature our member's achievements).
The sailplane soars the skies of New Jersey to this day.
Dave & Debbie Groh's PT-17
and Debbie Groh of Mason, MI are finally reaping the rewards with their
PT-17 after a 5 year restoration. Purchased in 1996, this is the product
of many leftover parts from another restoration. Debbie described it
as "lots of pieces, nothing whole." In fact there was enough
extra parts that Dave was able to sell enough to recoup over half of
their initial investment.
George Moore's Therapy
First Flight - October 8th, 2001
For a little
more than two years, we watched as George
Moore labored to build and prepare for flight a KIS, which is an
all fiberglass, two-place airplane. He worked long hours, often in cold
and damp weather, to complete the thousands of details it takes put
an airplane together. George chose to install a Subaru Legacy 2.2 liter
auto engine of 135 hp, and utilized an Eggenfellner reduction drive
with a Prince propeller. Installing the engine, and making sure that
all of its systems were properly installed and operating, was a major
challenge. George prepared himself and the airplane very well prior
to first flight, which was completely successful, including a picture
perfect first landing.
I ended up having surgery for a long term ear infection. The surgery very likely saved my life, as the infection had taken out a large portion of my mastoid bone. I ran out of money so I sold the Polywagen project and Craig and I moved back to Michigan.
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