EAA Chapter 37, South Florida, USA

Ray Auxillou and his Pietenpol engine.
Ray is planning to rebuild this automobile Corvair engine for his Pietenpol project.

These are some odds and ends on our Chapter 37 activities in Dade County, Florida of Experimental Aircraft Association.

Our Mission is to have FUN!

Our mission statement is to have fun, and build airplanes, eat a lot of donuts, drink coffee and swap tall stories and other yarns. Leaving the patient wives at home of course!


President: John McDonald, tel: 305 940 8757 ( email: ) He likes to rent planes and fly for pleasure. He tapes lots of airplane shows and brings the video tapes to meetings.

Vice President and Newsletter writer: Jim Smith tel: 305 868 5746 Jim is a retired commercial pilot, certified in many kinds of planes and last known to fly the 747 Jumbo jets.

( e-mail: jjjas@peoplepc.com )

Treasurer: Ernesto Santana tel: 305 554 5123 Ernie is building a Buccaneer, a very fast, very expensive, wood airplane ALMOST finished. OOdles of money in it!

( e-mail: flyerniefly@msn.com )

DIRECTORS: Marcus Menendez, Risto Martilla, Recardo Sotolongo,

Technical Counsellor: Is an American Finnish old guy, called Risto Martilla. ( tel: 305 981 7931 ) He works full time as a line inspector repairing big jets. While building his own amphibian design in his living room as a hobby.

The FOUNDING MEMBER is Dick Nafe, who is in his 80's someplace and still repairing and building airplanes for fun in his garage. Tel: 305-245-4047

Lowly irrevent amateur member is Ray Auxillou: Ray is building a Pietenpol about 50% done, under the two mango trees in his backyard. The rainy season of June is hard on his work. His goal to build an airplane under $5000 including engine and propeller. Tel: 305 685 9752 ( e-mail: hillviewhacienda@yahoo.com, or cayecaulker@justice.com )

Floating members and visitors come and go:

Click here! to see Ray's Pietenpol project now in it's third year.

EAA Chapter 37, Jan. 2003, in Miami Gardens, Fl.
From left: Sam, Risto, visitor, Jim, Ray, Ernie, John in front, at Ray's house.

Organization News

We had our meeting the evening of June 17th, 2005 at Nelson's house, down in South Miami area. He is building an RV 7. A very impressive fast, long range airplane for two, about 700 miles at 200 mph.
A very well engineered kit plane you rivet together, that comes in pieces already cut aluminum and drilled. But still far too expensive for me and way too much work in labor hours, for any guy over 40 years old.

We had our July 15th Friday meeting at the Opa Locka Airport club room. Lots of hanger flying talk and some discussion on turbine engines on Cessna Caravans.

Nelson's RV 7 at his house by the pool.
The June Chapter 37 EAA meeting was over at Nelson's house. He is in the back there.

PEOPLE OF INTEREST TO CLUB MEMBERS IN DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA ARE: Baker T. Aviation School e-mail: gtba@dadeschools.net,
Ted Brousseau who owns a couple of Pietenpol Air Campers over on the West Coast in Naples and gave me a ride one day to get the feel. e-mail: nfn00979@naples.net, tel: 941 775 0322. Jim Scroggins e-mail C7814U@aol.com who used to be a Chapter 37 member but is now living in Broward County and owns an Ercoupe which he uses for our club Young Eagles flights. Jim also does a web page and notices for both our Chapter and his new chapter in Broward. Jack McWhorter tel: 355-357-9834 who builds Flying Fleas in his backyard up in North Florida. The only WELDER worth dealing with in Dade County - Kenny's Welding over in Homestead City tel: 305 258 3615 on homebuilt projects. Kenny is a local Homestead Ultra Light club member but is building a two place in his business. Philip R. Lozman M.D. has two experimental flying airplanes in a hanger at Tamiami Airport. One was a LONG EZE and he gave me a flight over the Everglades I will never forget. I want one so bad, but I'm poor unfortunately. tel: 305 674 5956 e-mail: loz@att.net,


John McDonald 1530 NE 153 St., N. Miami Beach Fl. 33162. Tel: home-305 940 8757, work 305 652 6460 e-mail: JMCDOFS@aol.com

Jim Smith 7930 Biscayne Pt. Circ, Miami Beach, Fl. 33141 Home phone: 305 868 5746, e-mail: jjjas@peoplepc.com

Nelson Tower building a RV7, 6701 sw 84 Ave., Miami, Fl. 33143 tel: 305 598 6278 e-mail: nlt3@bellsouth.net

Risto Martila 1530 NE 118 St. Apt. A, Miami, Fl. 33161, building an amphibian of his own design from scratch. Tel: 305 981 7931

Ralph Mirabal, 3502 NW 194 Terr, Miami, Fl. 33056, home phone: 305 986 1989, e-mail: ralphmirabal@hotmail.com. Ralph is building a Zenair Zodiak 601

Ray Auxillou 2471 NW 152 Terr, Miami Gardens, Fl, 33054, home phone: 305 685 9752 Ray is building a scratch Pietenpol.

Marcos Menendez, 1530 NE 118 st., Miami, Fl. 33161

Bert Garcia, 770 W. 71 Pl. Hialeah, Fl. 33014, home phone: 305 557 0785, e-mail: treb51p@yahoo.com Bert has a Cessna 150

William Bond, 10300 SW 116 Ave, Miami, Fl. 33176

Ernie Santana, 11045 SW 42 Terr., Miami, Fl. 33165, home phone: 305 554 5112, work phone: 305 796 0396, e-mail: flyerniefly@msn.com, Ernie is almost completed his BARRACUDA.

Dave Willaims, 456 Bahia Ave. Key Largo, Fl. 33037, Home phone: 305 451 5936, e-mail dtw@compuserve.com

Ricardo Sotolongo, has a Piper Tomahawk.

Dick Nafe up Homestead way. In his 80's and has two or three plane building projects going at any given time.

Eddy Sanchez tel: 786 356 9993