2nd Annual Cottage Grove Wings & Wheels

We are starting to get registrations forms turned in for the Wings & Wheels event on June 27th, which is very exciting!  As a reminder to all of you who might want to show off your aircraft or your four-wheeled wonder, we do have limited guaranteed spaces available.  If you want to participate, print off a 2015 Wings and Wheels reg form, fill it in and send it to us ASAP.  Unregistered vehicles that simply show up on the day of the event are not guaranteed admission (we may simply not have room for you).  We’re all looking forward to the event – fingers crossed that the weather is perfect!

Annual Meeting and Hall of Fame

We are coming up on Annual Meeting time again, and this year we will be meeting at the Village Green for a lovely lunch of chicken with a creamy Boursin garlic sauce, salad, veggies and dessert.  On Saturday, April 11, we will we be sharing information on the state of the organization and inducting James Carle “Jimmy” Rinehart into the Oregon Aviation Hall of Fame.  Along with his other accomplishments, Mr. Rinehart started the Columbia Gorge Air Service, Inc. (see photo above), was an instructor at Tex Rankin’s school in Portland and was a civilian flight instructor at Ryan Airfield in Hemet, CA during World War II.

We expect to be joined by a dozen or so members of Mr. Rinehart’s family and would love to see as many of our members in attendance as possible.  If you are a member you should have received your luncheon RSVP form in the mail (along with your board of directors ballot).  If you are a non-member and would like to attend, lunch is $22 per person and you can reserve your seats via PayPal, regular mail, or by emailing DJ at the OAHS (she’ll then give you all the details you need).  Visit our Newsletters page to see the latest newsletter with info on Mr. Rinehart.  Make sure to provide the names of your attendees so we can have name badges ready for you at the door.

Newsletter Survey Results

The initial survey on the newsletter and the change to a digital format has been completed and analyzed.  You can find the results at the link below.  If you did not get the chance to respond to the survey and would like to add your comments, please email them to the administrator at oregonaviation.org@gmail.com (or use the Contact form on this website).  Thanks so much to everyone who shared their thoughts!

OAHS Newsletter Survey Results

Happy Holidays!

We’d like to wish all of our members, friends, and supporters a very Happy Holiday season.  Whatever you celebrate, whenever you celebrate, and however you celebrate, please do it safely.  Enjoy your winter holidays and be merry!

Congratulations to our own Tim Talen!

At the Experimental Aircraft Association annual banquet in Oshkosh, WI last month, our very own Tim Talen was inducted into the Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame.  The Eugene Register Guard has a lovely article about Tim and his latest honor in today’s issue.  The header photo is one of the many Vintage Aircraft magazine covers that have featured Tim’s handiwork.  Congratulations, Tim, on an honor that is well-deserved!

The newsletters are in the mail

Hi all!

The Fall 2014 newsletters are going into the mail this afternoon.  We are making some changes and we want your feedback.  Please take a couple of minutes to answer this short survey so we know what you want to read about and how you want us to share that information.  Thanks!
OAHS Survey

Work on the Wimpy is Moving Right Along!

On October 17, Tim Talen, Ben Farringer, and Kyle Bushman placed the left wing on the Wimpy to gauge the fit and determine what needed to be done for a perfect fit.  Ben has been working on the Wimpy’s wings for the last several weeks and we are all very excited to see the work progressing at such a steady pace.  The header photo above shows Kyle on your left, with Ben kneeling by the wing and Tim leaning over the wing on your right.  {filename} Ben wimpy wing cropped

Do You Like to Read?

reading materialAs the traveling season winds down, we have a new volunteer opportunity for those of you in the local area.

We have a lot of written and printed information here at the History Center and we need help going through it all to find the most appropriate search terms for each item.  Much of the printed material is lacking an index of any type, which makes it more difficult for researchers to find what they are looking for.  And it goes without saying that the handwritten info is in a similar state.  All of this material eventually needs to be entered into our archive database with proper (and helpful) search terms attached.

And that is where you come in.

If you like to read and have a couple of hours a week that you can spend on this project, please let DJ know at oregonaviation.org@gmail.com.  We’re pretty flexible when it comes to scheduling, and we will do our best to fit all the volunteers in in such a way as to make it as easy as possible for you to help us out.

This is an ongoing project, so if you can’t help now but think you might be able to do so later, please keep an eye on this space.  We will periodically repost this information as a reminder.

Thanks for all of your support!