Minutes of the Directors
Board of Directors – Regular Meeting
Northern California Aerospace Initiative, Inc.
Friday, June 16 @ 8:30 a.m.
Yuba County Airport
1364 Sky Harbor Drive
Olivehurst, California 95961
A. CALL TO ORDER–The meeting was called to order on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 0834 at Yuba County Airport, CA.
A1. ATTENDANCE–Individuals in attendance were as follows: Sebastian Romanet, Monica Foster, Mike Voight, Mark Gibson, Nancy Gibson, David McCreary, Chris Mahurin, Kevin Bonner, David Lane, Mike Davis, Les Sanders, Dallan Reese, Gill Wright, Chuck Jones, Rikki Shaffer, Mike Leggins
- APPROVAL OF February 3, 2017 REGULAR MEETING MINUTES:
Motion by Kevin Bonner to approve the February 3, 2016 Regular Meeting Minutes as presented, 2nd by Dallan Reese.
- COMMENTS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC CONCERNING ITEMS NOT ON THE AGENDA: No comments
- BOARD MEMBER REPORTS: No reports
- THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL DISCUSS AND/OR TAKE ACTION ON THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:
- Treasurer’s Report
Mary Hansen (Treasurer) was not present, but prepared a report for Les Sanders to share. NCAI budget is $7,137.42. In addition, Monica Foster made a donation of $2,500.
- Yuba-Sutter Chamber of Commerce: Strategic Planning Summary
Rikki Shaffer led a strategic planning session for NCAI on Friday at the Biz Works in Marysville on March 3. The session resulted in key ideas and goals including expanding a FAA Part 107 course for the community and a flight scholarship program for teens in partnership with Beale Aero Club. A summary with budget will be prepared for the next NCAI meeting.
- Fundraising and Outreach
Members Rikki Shaffer and Kevin Bonner have been meeting with Align Capitol Region in an effort to expand NCAI efforts. Goal is to connect with regional communities, industry, local business, and K-12 programs. Kevin Bonner discussed that “aerospace” is a national need, breaking the typical mold of focusing solely on regional/local economy. Discussion on need to increase and formalize fundraising efforts. Consultant could be used to produce a more focused and quality fundraising effort.
Les Sanders proposed a sub-committee to review website, publications, and to better coordinate outreach efforts. Dallan Reese, Chris Mahurin, David Lane volunteered.
- Flight Scholarship Program
Dallan Reese presented NCAI Private Pilot Scholarship Program to begin in 2018. The need is $8000 per scholarship recipient. Application and interview process to be developed.
Motion by Dallan Reese to adopt NCAI Private Pilot Scholarship Program with goal of raising 16K – 32K (2 to 4 students) to be initiated in May 2018, 2nd by Chris Mahurin
- LSA Teen Build-a-Plane
The RV-12 is on schedule. Two independent A&P mechanics inspected the progress and where impressed with the workmanship. Approximately 56K is still needed to purchase the final kits. Students have been presenting to local business to request funds. Kelly Kolb (parent) has been preparing students for the presentations and this has been a positive learning experience for the students. David Lane shared that a raffle for a Van’s bicycle could be a good fundraiser once a raffle application for NCAI is approved. Chuck Jones recommended adopting a Part 147 curriculum that articulates the LSA Teen Build with city college requirements so students can college credit for the experience/course. “Build-a-Plane” is copyrighted, so we will be officially using “Yuba Sutter LSA Teen Build” unless a new name is approved. Discussion if completed RV12 should be sold, or used for marketing/education purposes.
- Aerospace STEM Academy (Charter School)
Chris Mahurin shared that CORE Charter School is writing a charter petition for the Aerospace STEM Academy to become an independent charter school beginning in 2018-19. The Aerospace STEM Academy is currently a program serving approximately 30 junior high students in a hybrid educational model that integrates Aerospace and STEM instruction into the academic coursework.
- Community, Career, College and K-12 Program updates
Sebastian Romanet and Rikki Shaffer shared that Hacker Lab is in discussions for Marysville. The Hacker Lab could benefit the region by growing a “maker” community that fosters innovation. Yuba College is attempting to write a grant that would help fund the project. Next step will be a feasibility study.
- ITEMS FOR NEXT MEETING AGENDA:
- LSA Teen Build
- Scholarship for Private Pilot
- Fundraising and Outreach
- NEXT MEETING DATE, TIME AND LOCATION:
- Friday, September 8th @ 0830 @ Yuba County Airport
- Meeting Adjourned at 0958.