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05 Mar 2022 16:53 #7 by Matt Gunsch
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Larry, 
 I submitted them using the submit article hyperlink. I should have saved them, as it is, I would have to re-write them.  If there is some topic you would like covered, I can give it a shot. My day job is QA for one of the largest flight schools in AZ with satellite schools located in TX and FL. I oversee the paper and records for over 75 planes. I have been working on Warbirds since I was 12, and doing GA maint for a living since 92. and IA since 95, and pilot since 98,  I have owned my Coupe for 3 yrs and currently maintain 5 other Coupes. Attached is one of the latest project I just finished, replacing the ignition harness on a T-28. 9 cylinder R-1820, There are 18 leads, firing order is 1-3-5-7-9-2-4-6-8, howerver, the leads go into the mags in order of firing, 1=1, 3=2, 5=3, and so on.  

A&P, IA, PPSEL
too many years GA and Warbird Maint
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04 Mar 2022 16:30 #8 by Warren Hampton
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I am in that older group, My first Coupe ('47 CD 3800H) was 3 yrs younger than I am. I just became Reg 8's Nv wing guy, so I went to FAA list of Coupe in Nv came up with 16 (me for 17,) with only 6 in the Directory that to saying alot.about how the Club is doing.

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04 Mar 2022 15:50 #9 by Larry Snyder
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I’m afraid our aging membership has affected the club. I watched lots of fly-in videos from the 70s to 2000 and the people in it age at about the same pace as the airplanes! I’ll bet the membership in 1980 was 50, on average and now maybe 70-75. Ok, so it’s not a direct correlation, but similar.

This is similar to EAA bemoaning the aging pilot population. So it goes beyond just Ercoupes.

First, how do we make flying cool again?

Second, how do we make Ercoupes cool?

To be a grumpy curmudgeon, I sincerely believe most of the young people do not have the drive and patience to pursue aviation. I’m not going to say money is a problem, since kids seem to be able to get it for things they really want. But getting a certificate takes a lot of book learning and patience learning to fly. You have to take things like safety seriously, almost manically so, something kids don’t do much of nowadays.

Flying requires a passion and commitment most people don’t want to make. Unfortunately, it seems more people were willing to do it in the past. So there are fewer people who are filling our shoes.

The modern virtual world lets you experience a lot of things from your couch, and you can hit the reset button when you screw up. IMHO the ultimate description of our virtual world is NFTs. If you understand what a non-fungible token is, you see how almost everything is sliding from reality to digital. Creepy.

So if I happily pay thousands of dollars for an artwork that exists only in digital files, I may be happy flying the Hudson Exclusion Zone in my SR22 in MS Flight Simulator rather then actually physically doing it in my Ercoupe. I’m sure my heart rate and BP would be better.
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04 Mar 2022 15:37 #10 by Warren Hampton
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Another thought, Maybe ask the reader to put in their thought for where they want the CLUB to be and how to get there.

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04 Mar 2022 15:28 #11 by Warren Hampton
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Did not intend to slight you out of 10 yrs with the Club, Sorry! I joined in '85. I guess everything changes. But if we just go along then things will only get worst... I really like the Capers, however I have mixed emotions about it, or should it go ? Have people use this site to write into They are being stored here anyhow. And I hardly ever went back to look at them. The big wigs need to poll and see how members want to see the club go or let it Die. Or has it already been set in motion? Like the arcives at Bowling Green U that are haed to get into all that Data they have but hard to get into. It is safe but useless to most of us.

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04 Mar 2022 13:49 #12 by Larry Snyder
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I joined the club in 2005 when I bought my coupe. It makes me so sad and frustrated to look at issues from the 80s and 90s and see the high level of participation. You should try publishing a 16 page newsletter every month when no one submits anything. I have to beg people for content. And try putting on a regional fly-in.
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