April 24, 2017

Cardinial’s New Engine

We are proud to annouce that our C177 RG (8935G) has a freshly TBO engine installed.  We are quickly approaching 30 hours of time on the engine.  Until we reach the 30 hour mark, some special limitations apply to flying.  No Slow Flight, Touch & Go’s etc.  Be sure to check with the Maintenance Officer for details before your next flight.

Bylaw Changes

Back in October, at the annual meeting, there were some changes to the club bylaws. Those changes are below. The bylaws on the website reflect these new changes.

ARTICLE IV – OFFICERS, Section 2:

[EXISTING TEXT] The President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Aircraft Maintenance officer shall be elected by the Board of Directors from their own number at the first meeting after organization of the corporation, and thereafter at each regular annual meeting of the Members by a simple majority vote of the members present or represented by proxy, and shall hold office for twelve (12) months and until their successors are elected and qualified.

 

[NEW TEXT] The President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Aircraft Maintenance officers shall be elected by the Board of Directors from their own number at the first meeting after organization of the corporation, and thereafter at each regular annual meeting of the Members by a simple majority vote of the members present or represented by proxy, and shall hold office for twelve (12) months and until their successors are elected and qualified.

 

ARTICLE IX – MEMBER RESPONSIBILITY

 

[This section was incorrectly numbered IX due to a typographical error and was changed to IXX. The correctly numbered ARTICLE IX – AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE OFFICERS, remains unchanged.]

 

ARTICLE IXX – MEMBER RESPONSIBILITY, Section 2:

 

[EXISTING TEXT : None. We added a Section 2.]

 

[NEW TEXT]: No member may use any aircraft in such a manner considered to be commercial operation as defined by the current insurance provider.

 

ARTICLE II – MEETINGS OF MEMBERS, Section 3:

 

[EXISTING TEXT] Notice of the annual meetings of the Members shall be given by written notice mailed to each Member at his last known place of business or residence at least (10) days before such annual meeting.

 

[NEW TEXT] Notice of the annual meetings of the Members shall be given by written notice mailed to each Member at his last known place of business or residence or to their last known e-mail address at least (10) days before such annual meeting.

 

CLOSING [Updated with current date and president]:

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, this the 25th day of October 2012.

Signed: ___________________________
Ken VeArd, President

Attest: __________________________
Jennifer D. Whitley, Secretary

 

Archer annual nearing completion (3/13/2013)

Our maintenance team reports that the Archer’s annual inspection is complete with no significant issues.  Our shop recommended that we engage them to perform a check of the magneto system.  This check isn’t required, but is highly recommended every 500 hours.  Once this check is performed the Archer should return to our flight line.

Archer and Warrior Status Updates

Mx Officer Loren reports that our A&P has replaced the Archer starter solenoid, and that he is taking the Warrior to ACS at Taylor to have the #2 radio issues addressed.

February 6 2013 – Board of Directors Meeting

The Club had a routine Board of Directors Meeting on February 6.  The official minutes will be published to members, in the mean time here are some highlights from the meeting:

1) Our President arranged a fuel discount from Signature that will reduce hourly rates approximately $10/hour.   In return the Board is asking members to please refuel ‘to the tabs’ at Signature when possible after their flights.  In general the current management at Signature has been extremely helpful to our members and wants to iron out any kinks and concerns we may encounter from time to time.

2) Requirements for hanger and ramp access were reviewed.

3) The Cardinal maintenance team has selected the either the Insight G2 or Insight G3 to replace the ancient EGT gauge in the Cardinal.

4) The Archer maintenance team plans to have the prop dynamically balanced in the near future.  The new interior for the Archer will be delayed until after the Cardinal engine  overhaul and Archer annual are completed to avoid having both planes down at once.

5) The President desires that we start thinking and discussing the long term future of the club with the hopes of coming up with a planning road map.

6) Some board members suggested that our club tends to ‘keep its light under a basket’, and discussed ways to publicize the club to the central Texas aviation community.

7) There was some discussion of the AOPA flying club initiative, but no direct contact with the AOPA has occurred on this topic yet.

Cardinal Engine Overhaul

Our Cardinal, N8035G, is currently in maintenance for installation of a factory overhauled Lycoming IO-360 engine.   As part of the overhaul the current four probe LCD EGT gauge will be replaced with a graphic engine analyzer and fuel totalizer.

This overhaul was primarily funded by the overhaul reserve fund accumulated since we acquired this airplane.

Annual Meeting booked for Thursday, October 25, 2012

Hello Chandelle Pilots:

This is just to confirm that our Annual Meeting has been booked for Thursday, October 25, 2012. Time will be either 6pm or 6:30pm. Location will be where we have had general meetings for the past five years: Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 7601 East Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX, 78741, phone number is
512-386-7600, www.hiexpress.com/austinairport.

Formal announcements and a call for topics as well as positions will occur shortly. In the meantime, remember that more than 50% of the membership is needed to participate in all of the functions our club has.

The positions are:
1) Executive (President, VP, Treasurer, Secretary)
2) Board (4 members)
3) MX (2 per airplane, total of 6)
4) GPS Updater (currently one person does our two GPS equipped planes)

My first question regards current members who hold a position. Are you going to run again for that position? Are you considering not running for that position again? Are you definitely not running for your current position again.

I would encourage you to email your responses to the general mailing list. If you would rather not do that, then please send your response to myself (president @ chandelleflyingclub) and Jen (secretary @ chandelleflyingclub). If for some reason you do not get a response to your email from Jen or
I then something must have gone wrong and I ask that you try again.

My second question is what items do people want discussed? Jen and I will use this to prepare the agenda and the official ballot.

Sincerely
Shawn Searles
President, Chandelle Club

A Vote to keep the Cardindal RG

After months of debate, the Chandelle shareholders met at the Comfort Suites this Thursday evening and voted to keep (or not sell) the Cardinal. The motion to sell the Cardinal required 2/3  of the shareholders approval. 12 shareholders voted yes and 12 members voted no.

The debate stems largely from the low usage of the plane. It was reported that the club put less that 70 hours on the engine last year. As a variable pitched aircraft with retractible landing gear, pilots must be certified in Complex Aircraft and to fly the Cardinal RG, our insurance requires that shareholders have 3 hours of logged time within the preceding 180 days in the same make and model.

At $102/hour (or $130/hour if you don’t gas up offsite), the Cardinal is 1/2 the price of a rental of a similar Complex Aircraft. For anyone thinking of getting their complex aircraft rating, it’s a great time to join Chandelle. There are two members selling their shares, so contact us if you are interested.

New Members Flying

The planes are getting good use with the new members taking to the skies. Way to keep the local CFI’s in business!

If anyone is looking for the least expensive way to fly in Austin, there are two members who are looking to sell their shares. The opoortunity to join Chandelle only comes once every blue moon when a member decides to sell, so join while you have the chance!