2011 CONSTRUCTION OF THE NACOGDOCHES AERO MODELERS CLUB FLYING SITE
SEE THE UPDATES BELOW AND THE LATEST PHOTOS AT THE END OF THIS PAGE
of our new covered shed at the A.L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport began
May 16, 2011. On June 18th we rented a "Ground Hog," a
hydraulically driven post hole digger and attempted to drill 14 - 12"
by 36" holes. The Ground Hog could not penetrate more than about
8" and finally after moving to three different locations the Ground Hog
"ground" to a halt! June 25th we brought in the big gun.
A "Bobcat" with a 12" by 48" auger attachment. The first
hole required almost thirty-minutes to complete. It was a real
testimony to the effects of the prolonged Texas drought. The last hole
was completed just in time to break for lunch and call it a week-end!
The hard part seems to be behind us!
week of June 27th will find us installing the 4" by 4" metal pole
supports in preparation for the asphalt contractor to prepare and
surface the area under and around the shed. Once the asphalt is
in place we will continue with erection of the storage shed walls and
the roof. When completed we will have a covered area 16' by 48'
with a storage area for our tractor and supplies. Taxi way will
flow from in front of the shed onto the paved runway. We are on
the way to having some of the best facilities in all of East Texas!
14, 2011 - Change of plans!! Since the asphalt contractor
was knee deep in Missouri still doing cleanup after floods and
tornadoes we decided to go ahead and put the roof and storage building
up to give us some relief from the sun (there is no relief from the
heat)!! We decided to put landscape pavers under the shed roof to get
things moving along. Later the asphalt contractor will build an
area around the shed and a strip out to the runway. With any luck we
will have the roof on by the weekend of August 21 and we can start
28, 2011 - The roof is now in place and we have "SHADE." Bay
Solomon plans to take his bobcat out next Tuesday to move the sand
and level the ground under the shed. Dave McGoldrick and Bay ran
a level line Saturday in preparation for the work Bay will complete.
The next step will be setting the forms and installing rebar in
preparation for the pouring the concrete for the floor. Finally,
we are beginning to see some real progress.
30, 2011 - This morning Bay Solomon brought his bobcat out and
moved all the sand to the shed. Bay spread the sand and with the
help of Keith Christian leveled the area in preparation for setting the
forms. Many thanks to Bay and Keith for getting things level!
Our shed is looking good!! Be sure and see the latest
photos below. Jackie Ivey plans to install safety
fencing and form up the concrete pad for pouring the concrete sometime
after September 7.
20, 2011 - Our work crew began arriving at 7:30 a.m. Bay Solomon
and David Hinson purchased all the materials on Monday and dropped them at
the work site so everything was ready for us to start work framing.
The framing went very well. The main work was completed by
noon. Keith Christian began the work of laying out lines to
assure the surface was level and at 4 inch depth. We finally
wrapped up about 2:00.
21, 2011 - Jim Sevey met with
the city engineer at the site for an inspection of the framing.
granted! Many thanks to Jim for taking care of the construction
permit and inspection. Keith Christian continued the work and
completed leveling the area of the storage
building. Keith did a fine job of keeping us on the level!
Believe me we needed his keen eye. Thanks to Keith and a
long list of volunteers we are now ready to pour concrete! JUST ONE
MORE BIG PUSH AND WE WILL FINISH!
30, 2011 - We decided to contract out the final concrete pour and
finishing work in order to complete the work quickly. We hired
Dave Wallace from here in Nacogdoches to do the work. Today
Dave's crew of three started at about 7:30 a.m. and by 10:00 a.m. all
the concrete was in place. The finishing work was completed about
2:00 p.m. and as you can see below it looks really great! We have just
a little work to do constructing the storage section of the building
but we should be complete within the next week or two.
November 12, 2011 - The work is complete and we held a Grand Opening Flyin in celebration.