Minutes of the Propbusters Meetings 

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September 2017

September 12th, 2017

Meeting called to order at 6:35 PM.

Officers present: Justin Gebes, Gene Jobgen, Jim Tiller. Mike Rossman. Members present: Darryl Cassidy, Bob Olson, Zac Roller, Ethan Thibault, Ken Corrin, Darren Schwede, Warren Malone, Neil Ludtke, and Lonnie Giedd. Guests: Matt Day and Sam Garret.
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Minutes accepted as printed in the newsletter. MIke Rossman gave the treasurer’s report.
Old Business:

Thanks to Neal Lutke for painting the shed. Great job. Justin will donate some steel roofing to redo the shed roof.

Postmortem on the Air Rally.

All the bills are turned in to Mike Rossman. He will give us the financial statement on the rally at the next meeting. The raffle sales and entry fees look pretty good however.

The porta-potties are a mess. The rented one has not been picked up and ours needs cleaning.

Everyone was quite pleased, but here’s some general scuttlebutt. Some pilots want a lower safety fence in front of the pilot box because they fly with the transmitter down low. More things for pilots to do -- gates, pylons, warbird gaggles, etc. Give out most of the local gift certificates before the weekend. Breakfast? Daytime vendor was good, but could be better. Doing the dinner ourselves looks like the way to go. We need to get the sponsors the pictures we took. Zac Roller will start working on next year’s raffle plane. Need better music,. Should do a flag raising each day.

New Business:

Warren and Jim went to the D9 Fun Fly in Sheridan. About 50 pilots. It was a great time. AMA plane went to a guy from Casper.

AMA is sponsoring a national contest with the new AMA Alpha rubber band powered airplane. We should work with some kids to build and fly them for the contest.

We need to organize some winter programs and see about the indoor flying at Mines over the winter.

Justin named the election committee. Neal Lutke, Bob Olson, Denny Bernal and Darrell Cassidy.

Meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.

The Prop Restoration Fund was won by Mike Rossman.

 

August 2017

Meeting called to order, July 11th, 7:30 PM, at Propbuster Field.

Officers present were: Justin Gebes, Mike Rossman and Gene Jobgen.

Members present were, Darryl Cassidy, Darryl Crown, Bob Olson, Denny Bernal, Ken Corrin, Neil Lutke, Jim Tiller, and Warren Malone.

No guests were present.

August 8th, 2017

Meeting called to order at 6:38 PM.

Officers present: Justin Gebes, Gene Jobgen, Jim Tiller. Members present: Darryl Cassidy, Bob Olson, Ken Corrin, Warren Malone, Neil Ludtke, and Lonnie Giedd.
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Minutes accepted as printed in the newsletter. There was no treasurer’s report..

Old Business:

Air Rally work day is set to Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, the 20th if needed.

Warren Malone will get posts and fence for increasing the length of the barrier fence. We will move the canopy back some and set up a line for positioning trailers and canopies. We will make the space behind the barrier fence an airplane storage area.

We will have two porta potties for the Air Rally. The second will be rented from Sander Sanitation and placed at the north end of the parking. We will move the existing potty slightly to the east to extend parking. Both potties will be cleaned once during the event.

Jim Tiller made stickers to put in the pilot bags. Justin will get bags from the city and we will put stickers and other goodies in them from the local businesses.

Darrell and Ken will organize food and we will serve it ourselves. Chicken will be from Family Thrift. Justin Gebes will make pulled pork if we buy the meat. Potato salad and beans from Sam’s Club.

Zac Roller has the raffle plane done except for the stickers.

New Business:

Jim Tiller attended the Flying Farmer event in MN. Alliance, NE has a pre-eclipse fly on the 19th and 20th. The District IX AMA meeting will be conjuction with the Sheridan Fun Fly the weekend after labor day.

Meeting adjourned at 7:34 PM.

The Prop Restoration Fund was not drawn because the treasurer was not here.

Cover Photo by Lori Wiles


July 2017

July 11th, 2017

Meeting called to order at 6:45 PM.

Officers present: Justin Gebes, Gene Jobgen, Mike Rossman, Paul Sandal. Members present: Darryl Cassidy, Darrel Crown, Ken Corrin, Warren Malone, Neil Ludtke, and Denny Bernal and Darren Schwede.
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Minutes accepted as printed in the newsletter. Treasurer Mike Rossman gave the treasurer’s report.

Old Business:

A report was given on the IMAC event The consensus was that all went well. Discussion was how the event might be improved for next year. No general agreement on any of these issues.

Discussion of the field layout for the Air Rally. Jim Tiller reported that he does not think Tim Jesky will be able to attend due to a conflict with an event he has to attend in Iowa. AMA Education Director and his son Greyson may attend. Greyson is a hotshot pattern flyer and a new AJ aircraft pilot.

We will have two porta potties for the Air Rally. The second will be rented from Sander Sanitation and placed at the north end of the parking. We will move the existing potty slightly to the east to extend parking. Both potties will be cleaned once during the event.

We are working on local sponsors for the Air Rally. Justin has a few on the hook, but we need more. We ask all members to take one of our posters, go into a business here in town and ask that they network with us for this event. Any coupons, freebies or other support is appreciated.

News about attendees and sponsors should be on our Facebook page. Justin and Darryl Crown will keep that up to date.

Meeting adjourned at 7:27 PM.

The Prop Restoration Fund was drawn and the winner was Mike Rossman.

Gene and Zac gave an aerial program on aerobatics. The focus was on throttle control coming out of vertical maneuvers such as loops and stall turns.

Cover Photo by Lori Wiles


June

2017

June 13th, 2017

Meeting called to order at 6:40 PM.

Officers present: Justin Gebes, Gene Jobgen, Mike Rossman. Members present: Darryl Cassidy, Darrel Crown, Ken Corrin, Warren Malone, Neil Ludtke, and Denny Bernal.
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Minutes accepted as printed in the newsletter. Treasurer Mike Rossman gave the treasurer’s report.

Old Business:

A report was given on the Community Appreciation Day. The consensus was that all went well. Discussion was how the event might be improved for next year. No general agreement on any of these issues.

A report was made by Gene Jobjen on the LAMA IMAC event in Denver. Gene attended but early on lost his 3W 220 4cy to a mechanical problem but the plane survived. No trophies, but a great time.

Paint has been purchased for the shed. No painting day has been selected. Perhaps later on in the fall with cooler weather.

Discussion on the food for the IMAC event. Food and trophies are part of the requirements for those events and comes from the entry fees. Discussion of the possibility of doing a pot luck for the meal. Consensus was to get burgers and dogs and members bring other goodies. Darrell Cassidy will by the barbeque supplies. Gene Jobjen will provide the plates, condiments, etc.

We need sponsors for the Air Rally. Justin has a few on the hook, but we need more. News about attendees and sponsors should be on our Facebook page. Justin and Darryl Crown will keep that up to date.

After discussion, a motion was made and passed that the club sell the metal shed and sprayer . Will offer to club members first. Denny Bernal is interested in the metal shed.

Meeting adjourned at 7:35 PM.

The Prop Restoration Fund was drawn but I have no idea who won.

The program was supposed to be on some introductory acrobatic techniques. With the weather, the meeting was held at A&A and the program will be carried over to the July meeting.

May

2017

May 9th, 2017

Meeting called to order at 6:40 PM.

Officers present: Justin Gebes, Gene Jobgen, Mike Rossman. Members present: Darryl Cassidy, Darrel Crown, Lonnie Giedd, Ken Corrin, Warren Malone, Bob Olson, , Zac Roller, Ethan Thibault and Denny Bernal.
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Minutes accepted as printed in the newsletter. Treasurer Mike Rossman gave the treasurer’s report.

Old Business:

A report was given on the Family Day Potluck. Five members, 2 wives and one guest were present. The guest was a flyer from Texas who will be in our area some this summer. He may come back and visit the field a few more times this summer.

A report was given on the Float Fly. Bob Olson, Denny Bernal, Doc McGuigan, Jim Kammert and Ken Corrin were in attendance.

Discussion of the upcoming Community Appreciation Day. Jim Tiller wants to build a series of gates for the drone course. One was in progress at the meeting made from PVC and pool noodles. We need 3 or 4 more and a work day will be set up to construct them. So far the expenses are in the $20 range, but there will be more. We have paint balls left over from last year. Gene and Paul will have foamies to use as targets. Drone racing will take place Saturday and Sunday. Bob Olson and Darrell Cassidy will have a trainer available for buddy-box flights. We will do demos as the day progresses for IMAC, 3D, warbirds, etc.

The ownership of the boat was discussed at the last meeting, but no resolution took place. The issue is that a licensed vehicle is not covered under our AMA insurance.

After continued discussion at this meeting, the title to the boat was signed over to Denny Bernal.

Discussion took place about the raffle plane for the Air Rally. Consensus is that will buy the 95” Laser from AJ Aircraft. Jim Tiller will bring it back from Muncie and save us the shipping. We hope to get a little more discount as a result.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 PM.

The Prop Restoration Fund was won by Darrel Crown.

The program meeting was the building of the gate for the Drone Course which was put together after the meeting and a bill of materials laid out for the other gates.

April

2017

April 11th, 2017

Meeting called to order at 6:40 PM.

Officers present: Justin Gebes, Gene Jobgen, Paul Sandal. Members present: Darryl Cassidy, Darrel Crown, Zac Roller, Ken Corrin, Warren Malone, Bob Olson, , Zac Roller, Ethan Thibault and Darren
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Minutes accepted as printed in the newletter. Treasurer Mike Rossman was not present so no Treasurer’s Report was given.

Business:

After some discussion, a motion was made to fix Quentin’s flat tire. Motion passed.

Results of the field work day. Everything on the list has been completed. A second work day will have to be held to paint the shed. That will probably take some time. Motion was made to paint the shed at a later date. Motion passed. The Biffy is in need of cleaning.

Discussion of the upcoming trip to Camp AMA by our young member Ethan Thibault. His tuition is already paid by the District IX Scholarship fund. Discussion on the club putting in some money for travel expenses for him and his family. Motion was made to donate $500 to Ethan. Motion passed.

Meeting adjourned at 7:20 PM.

Since our Treasurer was not at the meeting, there was no prop restoration drawing.

Discussion of the rules for our upcoming IMAC took place at the end of the meeting.

March

2017

March 14th, 2017

Meeting called to order at 6:38 PM.

Officers present: Justin Gebes, Mike Rossman, Gene Jobgen, Paul Sandal. Members present: Darryl Cassidy, Darrel Crown, Lonnie Giedd, Zac Roller, Neal Lutke, Jim Tiller, Warren Malone, Bob Olson, Don Sipes, Zac Roller, Ethan Thibault and Doc Dolan.

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Minutes accepted as printed in the newletter. Treasurer’s report was read and accepted. Mike Rossman gave the Treasurer’s report.

Old Business:

Neal Lutke will head a committee to update the bylaws and print out a new copy. The old copy does not have all the changes the club accepted in the last year or so. The website also needs to have a current copy. He would like to have a new copy on the website by next meeting.

Bob Olson turned in the bill for the new sign that hangs on the gate. Thanks to Bob, Darryl and Lonnie for creating the sign and getting it hung on the gate..

Lonnie Giedd donated an American flag to the club. Discussion went on about how and where to put up a pole for the new flag. Motion by Gene Jobjen and seconded by Darryl Cassidy to purchase materials for a new flag pole and accessories to hang the flag. Motion passed.

Bob Olson reported the wind sock is in need or replacement. A new one would cost about $60. There may be another one stored somewhere. Bob will look for it.

Bob Olson got a new fire extinguisher to add to the field and replaced the old one. The old one was not in working condition.

Bob Olson is gathering materials for repairs to the fence for the field work day.

The mowing crew of Darryl Cassidy, Denny Bernal and Bob Oslon were given a check for $300 to buy gas and maintenance items for the mowing season.
Jim Tiller reported on a meeting with the Rapid City School Building and Grounds committee. There biggest concern about indoor flying is damage to the ceiling tiles.

Jim Tiller discussed the progress with the Parks and Rec concerning an electric field.

Meeting adjourned at 7:17 PM.

The prop restoration fund was won by Gene Jobgen and donated back to the club.

Show and tell of new airplanes followed the meeting.

February

2017

Minutes accepted as printed in the newletter. Treasurer’s report was read and accepted; November minutes were read and accepted. Mike Rossman requested that all members pay their 2017 dues.

Old Business:

Bob Olson presented the field repair list as follows:
Recharge fire extinguisher, top rails on pilot’s boxes, safety fence retied, repair south barrier fence including new fence, north safety fences repaired, airplane stand repair, outhouse needs cleaning, drag field to break up cow manure, fill gopher holes, paint the shed, make a decision on redoing the field roof.

Field work days will be April 8th and 9th. Paul and Gene will supply weed guard. Quinton’s wood lot needs to be cleaned for drone racing area. Bob Olson is authorized to buy repair supplies.

Committees for Community Appreciation Day
Bob Olson will be in charge of buddy box flying. Paul Sandal is in charge of paint ball shoot. We decided not to buy a FliteTest cardboard plane for paintball. Zac Roller in charge of FPV with the help of Brandon Koch. Darrel Crown will look into food wagon.

Dakota Thunder Imac
Dates for the Air Rally are July 8th and 9th. Mike Rossman will make the trophies and will be scorer.

Black Hills Air Rally
Gene Jobjen will put up the barrier ropes. Justin needs help lining up sponsors. Jim Tiller will get a second porta-potty and see to cleaning. Paul Sandal may get Colton Clark.

New Business

Jim Tiller discussed the progress with the Parks and Rec concerning an electric field. the new site, but will probably be less than $100.

Mike Rossman will send sympathy card to Jim Kammert.

We will have an old fashioned fun fly on April 23rd. Gene Jobjen in charge.

Neal Lutke won the Prop Restoration.

Meeting adjourned at 7:25 PM.

January

2017

January 10th, 2017

Meeting called to order at 6:45 PM.

Officers present: Justin Gebes, Mike Rossman, Gene Jobgen. Members present: Darryl Cassidy, Darrel Crown, John Pondish, Zac and Ethan Roller, Neal Lutke, Jim Tiller, Ken Corrin, Warren Malone, Bob Olson, Lonnie Giedd, Steve Crane, Don Sipes, Mark Richter, Clancy Kingsbury and Paul and Morgan Sandal and Darren Schwede.

Guest: Clay Hutchinson, Dan Alsmacher, John Mitchell.

Treasurer’s report was read and accepted; November minutes were read and accepted. Mike Rossman requested that all members pay their 2017 dues.

Old Business:

The Black Hills Air Rally was discussed. It was reported by Jim Tiller that we may be able to get a 100cc AJ airplane to raffle. It might also be possible to get someone like Andrew Jesky or Ququie Somenzini to give some support to the rally promotion. The discussion was positive concerning the purchase of a raffle airplane and Jim and Zac will get us a price for that airplane. Zac Roller volunteered to cover such an airplane in an Air Rally/AJ Aircraft scheme.

Frost Your Buns went well with about 10-12 people participating. The weather was pretty good as these things go and quite a few people got a flight in. There was snow and open ground so all types of airplanes were in the air.

Jim Kammert’s wife went to hospice care.

New Business

The website needs to be redone. Jim and Mike Rossman discussed what the solution will be. The current web material will be moved to a site that will be set up by Mike Rossman. Hopefully this will be done this spring. There will be some cost to the club for the new site, but will probably be less than $100.

Jim Tiller announced that he has nominated Ethan Thibault (Zac Roller’s son) to Camp AMA in June. He asked the Propbusters to help fun this trip. The total cost of the tuition and the trip is about $1000. Some of this will come from the AMA District IX Scholarship fund, but he asked the Propbusters to donate to this campaign.

There is a Camp AMA for adults in Los Vegas next December if any of you are interested in that.

Steve Crane won the Prop Restoration.

The program on Drones and the development of the Propbuster drone site began at 7:15.

December

2016

December 13th, 2016

Business meeting called to order at 6:45 PM. No bills, no report, no business.

Meeting called to order at 7:05 PM.

Officers present: Justin Gebes, Mike Rossman, Gene Jobgen. Members present: Darryl Cassidy, Darrel Crown, Neal Lutke, Jim Tiller, Ken Corrin, Warren Malone, Bob Olson, Lonnie Giedd, John Pondish.

Mike Rossman brought the leftover ribs. Most other attendees brought other food items. If you went home hungry it was your own fault.

Treasurer’s report was read and accepted; November minutes were read and accepted.

Old Business:

The 2017 event schedule was discussed. There were no additions or changes proposed. Calendar was accepted by acclimation.

Indoor flying will start on Sunday, January 15th at SDSMT. Same gym we were in last year at the student wellness center. About 9:00 AM and until about noon.

Saturday’s from 4 to 6 PM, there will be indoor flying at North Middle School. Activity coordinated by Alan Jeuel.
Jim Tiller talked about the progress in his proposed indoor rubber band powered airplane event. It will probably be on a Saturday in March or April. Dr. Dolan will look at availability of the Mines gym for the event. It will be a build session for a couple of hours in the morning with flying in the afternoon. There will be tuition charged -- about $40 but there will be some scholarships available. For 7th-8th grade kids. We will promote it as a STEM event.

The drone racing venue at the field was discussed. Clancy Kingsbury will bring drones to the next meeting and we will invite any interested drone guys in the area to attend that meeting for additional discussion. It might be as simple as letting the drone racers who become members design their own course. The area near the shed or even in the woodlot might be the best place. We will try to have a drone race event as part of our Community Appreciation Day in June.

No new business.

Meeting adjourned at 7:35 PM.

Prop restoration was won by Neal Lutke.

Meeting program followed on foam airplane repair. Discussion chaired by Jim Tiller and Jim Kitchen and lasted about 40 minutes.

November

2016

November 9th, 2016

Business meeting called to order at 6:30 PM.

Mike Rossman presented the reconciled books for 2016. Neal and Darrell audit 2016 books and approved them. He also presented the budget for 2017. The 2017 budget was discussed and modified according to the wishes of the members. Motion by Darrell and second by Denny to approve the 2017 budget. Motion carried.

Old Business:

Quinton has allowed a friend to put some cattle in the field due to a shortage of pasture in dry conditions. The field will need some repairs after the cows are gone. Nothing to be done at this time.

Shed repair list was presented and discussed. Repairs should begin when the weather warms up in the spring.


New business:

Gene Jobgen began a discussion about finding a place for drone racing at Propbuster field. There are several places that a course could be set up. One might be in the wood lot at the entrance to the field. It could also be behind the parking area. Everyone thought it was a good idea if it does not interfer with the runway. There would be some costs for gates and flags, but it should be minimal. The group agreed to go ahead with setting up a drone race course.

Discussion of the bylaws was next. The bylaws need updating and the appropriate changes to the existing paper work for already approved changes need to be done. No one volunteered to complete that work.

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 PM.

Prop restoration drawing was held, but I did not write down who won.

Meeting program followed on flight trimming. Discussion chaired by Gene Jobgen and lasted about 40 minutes.

October

2016

 

October 11th, 2016

Business meeting called to order at 6:30 PM.

Darrell Cassidy turned in all the receipts for field mowing and maintenance.

A discussion took place about further field maintenance items. Items mentioned were 1)Club sign on the gate. Lonnie donated the metal, we need to purchase vinyl letters. Mike Rossman said he can do the vinyl cutting for us.
2) The shed needs to be painted and reshingled. Probably won’t get to it until spring. Justin Gebes said he has some steel roofing he would donate but is probably not enough for the whole thing. Consensus is that steel roof would be preferable.

The November meeting is the business meeting. Mike Rossman will present a detailed financial report, including a 2017 proposed budget, at that meeting. Neal Lutke and Darrel Crown were appointed to do an audit of the books before the next meeting. There is no election of officers this year. Someone should look over the by-laws before November to see if anything needs to be cleaned up there.

Bills were presented for payment.

General Meeting

Meeting called to order, October 11th, 7:00 PM, at A&A Restoration.

Officers Present: Justin Gebes, Paul Sandal, Mike Rossman, Gene Jobgen.

Members Present: Bob Olson, Darryl Caassidy, Darrel Crown, Lonnie Giedd, Neal Lutke, Warren Malone, Jim Tiller, Tom Pekarna, Ken Corrin and Steve Crane.

Minutes of the last meeting were accepted as printed in the newsletter.

Mike Rossman gave the Treasurer’s report.

Old business. The Fun Scale Contest and the Ben Roller Memorial Fly will be next Sunday. Mike Rossman will bring the leftover barbecue from the Air Rally. Attendees should bring a food item with them and eating utensils.
We need to talk to Dr. Dolan about indoor flying at SDSMT. Motion was made by Bob Olson and seconded by Mike Rossman to, once again, barter the dues for the Student Model Aviation Club members at Mines for some inddor flying time. Motion approved.

Motion was made by Denny Bernal and seconded by Mike Rossman to create a budget item for equipment replacement and place $500 of dues money in it each year. Motion carried.

New Business. Jim Tiller discussed the idea of doing a STEM workshop building rubber band powered airplanes with junior high students at North Middle School or somewhere else. It would be a two part workshop. Part one to build the airplanes would require about six of our guys as instructors. The second part would be an indoor fly of those planes. We will ask SDSMT if they can help with that part. More info is needed.

The 2017 IMAC patterns are available on the IMAC site.

Meeting adjourned 7:30 PM.

Prop restoration fund was won by Darrel Crown

October Program was a discussion of what to do before and on the first flight of a new airplane. Lasted about 40 minutes. Moderated by Jim Tiller

September

2016

September 12th, 2016

Business meeting called to order at 6:30 PM.

The purchase of a new Husqvarna lawn mower is complete thanks to Darrell Cassidy and Bob Olson. Darrell Cassidy funded the purchase and needs to be repaid. There are a few outstanding bills for field and equipment maintenance. Those should be paid and reconciled by the November business meeting, so the field maintenance account is zeroed for the new year.

The council recommends an equipment replacement fund be established and have a significant amount of money put into it from dues on a yearly basis. The rationale is to accrue a sum available in the future for these kinds of purchases.

The November meeting is the business meeting. Mike Rossman will present a detailed financial report, including a 2017 proposed budget, at that meeting. There is no election of officers this year. Someone should look over the by-laws before November to see if anything needs to be cleaned up there. No volunteers.

Bills were presented for payment, including a bill for a post-Rally cleaning of the toilet.

General Meeting

Meeting called to order, September 13th, 7:00 PM, at A&A Restoration.

Officers Present: Justin Gebes, Mike Rossman, Gene Jobgen.

Members Present: Bob Olson, Darryl Caassidy, Darryl Crown, Lonnie Giedd, Warren Malone, Jim Tiller, Tom Pekarna, and Denny Bernal. Welcome to new member Steve Crane.

Minutes of the last meeting were accepted as printed in the newsletter.

Mike Rossman gave the Treasurer’s report.

Old business. The Air Rally was a great success. There is a big bunch of barbecue left which will be carried over to the Ben Roller Memorial Fly. We made money on this year’s rally. The food cost a little more than we thought, but the raffle sales will make up the difference. There was general discussion of what we might do to make next year’s event even better.

Motion was made by Bob Olson and seconded by Mike Rossman to pay the bills including the lawn mower check to Darrell Cassidy. Motion approved.

Motion was made by Denny Bernal and seconded by Mike Rossman to create a budget item for equipment replacement and place $500 of dues money in it each year. Motion carried.

New Business. Ideas for winter meeting presentations were discussed. Jim Tiller asked members to write for the newsletter on the topic 10 Things Every Pilot Should Know. He would like everyone to contribute an article sometime over the winter. Jim’s contribution will be in the October issue. Signing on after that will be Gene Jobjen, Darrell Crown, and Darryl Cassidy. Please put your thoughts into your contribution.

Meeting adjourned 7:14 PM.

Prop restoration fun was won by Tom Pekarna.

Jim Tiller gave the presentation on preparing a new airplane for its first flight.


 

 

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