Palm Springs Wings Chapter 1116

Palm Springs, Bermuda Dunes, Thermal, Big Bear, CA

June Newsletter

June Newsletter



Arlene Wohlgemuth, Marty Davidow and Bert Ayers meet with Geno Sexton, District Director for Congressman, Raul Ruiz, to discuss EAA’s Objection to proposed H.R. 4441 Privatization of the U.S. Air Traffic Control System   

June 16, 2017, 7:00 am, Ross Aviation – Young Eagle Flight – Helpers Welcome

June 17, 2017, 9:00 am, Thermal Pilots Lounge – General Meeting

July and August – No Meeting – Summer Break

President’s Message, Nels Carlson

June 17th’s general meeting will be the last until September 16th, so please participate and bring your thoughts on current issues for discussion and direction of our chapter. One of the items is our meeting times and dates and the type meeting which can provide more participation and interests. This will be a subject matter on the meeting agenda.

Co-dos to our two members Marty and Arlene for their presentation of our Eagle Program to the Palm Desert Rotary. A friend attended and gave great complements on their presentation and the offer for a visit to Thermal Airport in September for members introduction to aircraft.   This is great stuff, new program for chapter, I'm in hopes Arlene and Marty can provide more detail at the general meeting.

Rafael Sierra CFI did up-date his CVYAEP  (program) at our Board meeting and the information will be a subject at our  general meeting, for future chapter activity and participation.

Oshkosh EAA annual airshow and event will be July 21st to July 29th and hope some of you plan om attending. Douglas Hay and myself have plans to attend July 22nd to July 27th and will provide a report at Septembers meeting and hope to see some of you at the event.

June 16th at 7 am Roger Ward, Arlene Wohlgemuth and myself will provide a Young Eagle flight for 12 students, girls and boys. This is a chapter event and with Rogers and Arlene help with the flights and Rogers providing the EAA paper work and my securing the students and insurance we are ready to go! I'll provide a report at our general meeting.

A reminder the nominating committee will be established at our September meeting with election of officer in November.  So, start thinking of your interest in serving as an officer of our chapter, bringing new enthusiasm and ideas for a biannual term starting in 2018.

EAA chapter Eagle credits expire at year end. Roger has been flying many Eagle flights and has credited our chapter. A review should be made prior to end year so the chapter has full credit for these efforts.

You-all have a great summer and see you in September if not sooner.

Be Safe,

Signing off for now, President, Nels Carlson 

                            Minutes for June 1, 2017

EAA Chapter 1116 Board of Directors Meeting

A. Opening: President Nels Carlson called the Meeting to Order at 6:00 pm

      1.  Introduction of members and sign-in sheet passed around. 10 members present.

      2.  Reading of May 3, 2017 Minutes of Board of Directors Meeting by Bert Ayers.

           Approved as corrected.

       3.  Financial Report given by Marty Davidow. Marty reported that membership dues are

            are up to date and the Bar-B-Que at the last meeting earned $27.00.

B. Old Business:

      1.  Nels reported on the 99’s meeting. Arlene reported on the progress of the Student Pilot

          Scholarship selection. A long discussion followed. Lack of organization seems to be the

          main problem.

      2.  Nels thanked Doug Hay for his work on the Bar-B-Que at the last meeting. The Bar-B-Que

           is still experiencing pure participation by the membership.

      3.  Nels asked any Old Business from the floor. Marty reported that the Magnetos

           donated by Vince Bastiani were sold for $400 on E-Bay. No other Old Business.

C. New Business:

      1.  Nels reported on the planned Young Eagle Flight on Friday, June 16, 2017. Lengthy

          discussion followed. Roger Ward and Arlene Wohlgemuth will be the pilots and operate

          out of Ross Aviation facilities. Nels will arrange for the 12 students to participate.

      2.  Arlene reported on the meeting with Geno Sexton, District Director for Representative

          Ruiz concerning the proposed Privatization of the US Air Traffic Control System.

          Discussion followed.

      3.  Rafael Sierra reported on the future program of the Coachella Valley Youth Aviation

           Program. Classes will start on September 2, 2017. Nels is asking for Chapter Members

           to help Rafael. Lengthy discussion followed.

      4.  Nels started a discussion about how to make the General Meetings more enjoyable to

           attract more membership participation. It was decided to open the discussion up to the

           membership at the General Meeting.

       5. Nels asked for any New Business from the floor. No new business.

D. Miscellaneous:

      Next Young Eagle Flight is June 16, 2017 at 7 am, Ross Aviation

      Next General Meeting is June 17, 2017 at 9:00 am, Thermal Pilots Lounge

      Next Board of Directors Meeting is September 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm, Cocos Restaurant

      All member welcome.

      Next General Meeting after the summer break is September 16, 2017


EAA Joins Other GA Groups Opposed to White House ATC Privatization Plan

User fees a main funding pillar of plan that is ‘solution in search of a problem’

June 5, 2017 - EAA joined other general aviation groups on Monday, June 5, in opposing the measures outlined by the White House for "reform" of the nation’s air traffic control system, telling the administration that dismantling the current system will devastate GA while not accomplishing the desired goals of efficiency and technological improvements.

A letter to President Trump opposing the “Principles for Reforming the U.S. Air Traffic Control System” was signed by EAA and 15 other general aviation organizations. The letter states the groups’ “very real and long-standing concerns, which include but are not limited to user fees. These concerns are based on our operating experiences in these foreign systems and impact they have had on general aviation.”

The White House principles statement supports removing air traffic operations from Federal Aviation Administration control and giving them to a new, non-profit entity that would be exempt from congressional oversight. In addition, the principles statement advocates for ending fuel excise taxes and creates a system that would make it self-sufficient through the collection of user fees to cover both the costs of operation and recapitalization expenses. The statement also specifically bars review or relief by Congress or the courts regarding any user fees that might be imposed by the ATC corporation. EAA has long been opposed to user fees for general aviation.

“The White House principles make a gross misrepresentation that the air traffic control system is broken, but the facts don’t support the claim,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO/Chairman. “This proposal is a solution in search of a problem. EAA supports modernization of the American airspace system, and progress is happening with the input of all the system’s stakeholders. This new plan would do nothing to solve any current technology or efficiency issues, while undermining the world’s most extensive general aviation system and disrupting the world’s largest and safest air traffic control system. It is a bad idea, and EAA will continue to state that to those in aviation, Congress, and the public.”

The GA group letter notes that the U.S. air traffic control system is the best in the world, moving more aircraft, more safely and efficiently, than any other country. Working with Congress, aviation stakeholders have been able to ensure that the ATC system operates for the public benefit, providing access for all stakeholders to airports, heliports, and airspace, and encouraging competition and innovation. The letter also asks for ample opportunity for all stakeholders and citizens to carefully review, analyze, and debate any proposed legislation changing the governance and funding for air traffic control.

Many of the White House principles are based on the Aviation Innovation, Reform, and Reauthorization (AIRR) Act that was shelved by the full House of Representatives and never taken up in the Senate last year. In April, EAA board member Joe Brown testified to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that privatizing air traffic control services was “deeply troubling” and would not benefit the public.

To see the Official EAA Statement for the Record – go to:

Arlene and Marty at the Palm Desert Rotary Club meeting, promoting Aviation.

All interested folks were invited to participate in the EAA EAGLE Flight program.

Thanks to Arlene and Marty for lots of work generating this presentation – more scheduled.

Coachella Valley Youth Aviation Education Program

To all concerned:

The CVYAEP will restart the ongoing aviation education program, at no cost to selected students, starting September 2, 2017 and as follows:

  1.  Meetings every first Saturday of the month starting at 8:30am-10:00 available to eligible individuals.


a.) US Citizen or legal resident with a TSA authorization

b.) Coachella Valley resident

c.) High School or College student

d.) Must have the desire to become a professional pilot and attend seminars consistently.

  1. Classes will cover: Learning to fly, completing the application process for a Student pilots certificate and Medical Certificate, provision of Internet Handbooks and On Line (Internet) Preparation for the FAA Knowledge Test.


  1. All students will be provided with free official logbooks (spreadsheets and hardcover) and at least a one hour introductory flight. 


  1. A Flight Training Scholarship Program will be configured to enable at least five hours of flight by FAA authorized flight instructors. (Call it the Godfather flight training program)


  1.  For more information and recommendation of applicants contact Rafael Sierra 760-285-3273 (Text) or email


Rafael Sierra, President


Thanks to Vince Bastiani and Marty Davidow’s effort, the donated Slick Magnetos were sold on

E Bay for $425.00 – less shipping.


Reminder – no meeting until September 16, 2017

                    Please attend the Board of Directors Meeting, September 7, 2017, 6:00 pm






TELEPHONE:  760-289-6624


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