Mike Baker and his committee are working hard planning this year's Pancake Breakfast and Fly-in fundraiser for the chapter. The event is being held Sat., May 19 from 8 am-1 pm at the Wadsworth Airport. An event webpage has been created using a new hosting service being offered by EAA, and can be found at https://www.flightsquid.com/event/3273 There is also a Volunteer sign-up page available there, so please feel free to sign up for any open jobs. It's a fun event and the cooks are superb, so plan on flying over to Wadsworth May 19th for planes and pancakes!
Gary Garnet is currently the Meteorologist in Charge of the National Weather Service in Cleveland, Ohio. Long-time friend and golfing buddy of Joe Begany, he has accepted our invitation to discuss aviation weather and the tools that the National Weather Service uses to report and forecast aviation weather. Come to Skypark Airport, Thurs., March 8 at 7 pm to enjoy this interesting presentation.
The chapter awarded its Air Academy scholarship to Ben Nagy to attend EAA’s Air Academy Camp this summer at Air Venture. We had three excellent applicants, and the decision was very difficult. The class will be held July 17-25, 2018 at the Air Academy Lodge on Pioneer Airport, next to the EAA Aviation Museum. All expenses of the attendee are covered by the scholarship once they arrive at the Lodge.
Have you been considering trying ForeFlight? Is it worth the cost of the subscription? Join us for the next meeting, Thursday, Feb. 8th at 7 pm at Skypark Terminal meeting room, for a primer on using ForeFlight.
This month’s meeting will be held in the Meeting Room at Skypark Airport Thursday, Jan. 11, 7 p.m. Our social time will begin at 6:30. Bob Taylor, Jeff Paden and Pete Klapp will talk about the automotive engines converted for aircraft that they used in their projects and flying aircraft.
Dec., 2017 - We will be electing Chapter officers for 2018-2019 at our next meeting, Dec. 14 at the Skypark terminal meeting room. Following that, we will have a white board discussion — "Why did you choose your airplane?” and a presentation on in-flight decision-making. See you then!
The Chapter Hangar Clean Up Day is next Saturday, 2 Dec at 8:00 am. (Skypark Hangar M-1). We will finish clean up from our recent storage area construction project and attempt to organize the hangar to store all our equipment and supplies on our new storage loft and in the cabinets that we installed.
It should only take a couple hours to complete—the more warm bodies, the faster it will go. Thanks very much in advance and hope to see you next Saturday morning.
Former Chapter member Kyle Brumfield's Falco flew for the first time ever this week! Kyle had spent twenty-eight years building this beautiful aircraft. He had the FAA inspection scheduled on a day in August, 2015, and passed away four days before the inspection. Pete Klapp, Chapter VP, worked with the FAA over the next year to get the paperwork changed over properly to Kyle's widow and then get the FAA rescheduled to perform the airworthiness inspection.
The project was now an airplane! Next, the aircraft had to have some mechanical issues taken care of. Well, with Pete's many hours of work, along with many other hours donated by Chapter members and friends, the airplane was deemed flyable, Nov. 7, 2017! After a taxi down the runway for a final check of the engine and instruments, Gary Baker went to full power in Falco N729CB and took off on runway 2 at Wadsworth Municipal Airport (3G3) at about 5:05 pm. He landed fourteen minutes later, as the sun was setting in northeast Ohio.
The Falco was very maneuverable and the engine was responsive. It will be a pleasure to fly!
Congratulations, Kyle, and to all who worked so hard to make this flight possible.
At our next meeting, Pete Klapp will be giving a demonstration and discussing aluminum tube bending. Join us, Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7pm at the Skypark meeting room. We will have scrap tubing available for practice, so feel free to bring a tube bender if you have one.
Just in case you need a little inspiration. . .
This coming Sunday, Oct 22, we will be having a flyout to HAAR Airport (9OH1) for their chili fly in. HAAR is located East of Toledo and is a 2600 ft. grass strip. Last year's fly in provided for a nice lunch, car show, and lots of airplanes. Lunch starts at 11:00 therefore we will depart from the Chapter Hangar at 9:30. Sign up to go as either a pilot or passenger. Passengers will be assigned on a first come first served basis. This is possibly the last fly out of the year so sign up and enjoy the day with fellow members. Click here to register.
What do you need to know about tail wheel or tricycle gear when flying? Join us, Thursday, Oct. 12 at the Skypark terminal building for this month's meeting.
You know there is just something about a man in a tool belt! So strap one on and join us at the chapter hangar Saturday morning at 8 am to help build some storage shelves for the hangar. If you've got them, bring: hammer, tool belt, air nailer for spikes, pancake compressor, step ladder, circular saw, carpenter’s level, drill, ruler, pencils, saw horses.
And if you're not too handy, you can always pitch in with lunch. Bring a side dish or a dessert. We can't pay 'em, so let's feed 'em! Thanks everybody for your help!
Join us for the next meeting, Thursday at the Skypark Terminal Building meeting room at 7pm. Dale Housley will present the program, "Firewall Forward Planning." If you're building or thinking about building a project, be sure to join us for this informative program.
Were you at the meeting Thursday? Do you remember the conversation about the ATC privatization debate in congress? "A bill has been proposed that would spin the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization into a private, not-for-profit corporation controlled by a board of system users. EAA is calling all members to oppose this grave threat to the general aviation community." If you want to learn more, or urge your legislators to oppose the legislation, check out EAA's
The Chapter will be helping member Joshua Moore with his Eagle Scout project, painting a compass rose at Skypark today starting at 8 am. and going until 5 pm. Lunch will be provided. Bring a broom handle if you have one. We'll be painting on Sunday, too, if needed. See you at Skypark!
** Late breaking news-- They finished it in one day, so Sunday's work party is cancelled. Take a look; it's gorgeous!
Obviously, you know about our website, you're here! But have you liked our Chapter 846 Facebook page? And what about our newest leap into social media, our Twitter feed @eaa_846? Now bear with me, I don't tweet, so this is new to me and we may have a few glitches as we get it up and running, and I'll take any advice from chapter Twitter users.I promise I won't flood your phone with loads of stuff. Really!
Many thanks to those who came out this weekend to help honor our promise to the Young Eagles we were unable to fly in June. Dan Tennant and Paul Lutz took care of the flying duties, while other chapter members handled registration, ground school, and were plane captains. We flew 11 more young people, making our total over 100 Young Eagles for the year so far.
Last night was the last meeting before Oshkosh, and was hosted by the Lutz families. Thank you Ron, Marilyn Paul & Krisitie! Things got off to a late start due to a lost order on the part of our sub sandwich supplier, but on the up side, they didn't charge us and we got fresh and generously portioned subs. New member Sandy Maurer was there to encourage members to attend AirVenture 2017 and the band concert Wed. night at Oshkosh, in which she will be playing. Welcome to the chapter, Sandy! And there was a special Lifetime Membership presentation
made to Fred Coblentz and John Lasko, Founding Members of our chapter and to Charter Member Karl Mace, who was out of town and couldn't attend the meeting. Thank you for your belief and support of Chapter 846!
A picture perfect day and everyone's hard work spreading the word, resulted in crowds for this year's Young Eagles Day. Unfortunately, that made for some disappointed families when we became so backed up that we were unable to fly all of the young people who came out for their first Young Eagles airplane ride. Hopefully, we will have an additional YE Day scheduled soon for later this year. In the meantime, check out the photos on our Photos page.
The Ryerson family's generous donation of their hangar to Chapter 846 is a game changer. Now is the time to focus, to think a little bigger, maybe to even dream a bit. But before we do that, we need to say thank you to the Ryersons at the official dedication of the hangar on Sat., Oct. 8th at noon. Bring a side dish or dessert, and chairs, (we have tables! Thank you, Randy!) We'll see you at Hangar M-1 at Skypark!