I'm not the President but the By Laws were amended several years ago allowing converted 182's to join as regular members.
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This issue was solved long ago. The Club President will be able to confirm but I believe that 182’s that have been converted to a Taildragger is acceptable but an exception. But the club is still called International 180/185 Club.
I’ll leave it to the present to formally respond.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: November-28-17 9:05 PMTo: Allowing Converted 182s Into Club <Converted182ClubMembership@skywagons.club>Subject: re: Allowing Converted 182s Into Club <<$185645073859$>>
I know this thread is old, nearly all the threads on this site are.I just bought my first real airplane august 1 of 2017, a 53 180. I found this site and was hoping for information, and perhaps a way to learn and meet people. But, after a month or two, I rarely visit the site, there are very few new postings. I question as the end of the year nears, why be a part of the "Club"? There is very little discussion on the site, and with only 1000 or so members, I doubt that will change. To not let people with converted 182's join seems quite silly to me. What defines a 180/185? I thought perhaps it could be the landing gear configuration.
The 182 Land-O-Matic front landing gear as well as the lateral trim I believe are the defining characteristics that define a 182 vs 180/185.
As a new member to the forum, I will add this...If I post a question about my 180 on this forum I get nothing. If i post it on supercub.org I get immediate and relevant answers. The only posts I get from this forum are political infighting about membership and webmaster infighting. Not thinking this is useful to most.
Again I am new to the club but love my 180. I was thinking of a fresh thought seeing how both sides are dug in deep on this issue.
Why not have a two tiered membership. Invite everyone one into the first tier and only owners into tier two. It would expand the club, generate more interest, and through an indirect way expand the membership keeping the club alive. The second tier would only have voting rights allow us to keep control of it's direction. Rough first thought but you get the idea.
Just a thought.
Funny how guys with full memberships who barely participate on these forums think the way to "save" the forums is to open the site up to non Skywagon owners. If non owners are the answer it may as well not be a Skywagon site. For those of you who enjoy the watered down generic aviation websites you have choices. I like a type-specific site that weeds out the Tcrafts and Stinsons. Not that those aren't good planes for some guys but I'm just not interested in them. Heck, there's nothing wrong with being elitist. I've worked for it all my life! :-)