Thank you all for a great Young Eagles Day! While the weather left something to be desired, we were still able to introduce 64 young people to the thrill of aviation. Thank you Alyssa Alfano for covering the event and writing a front page story. Go to our Young Eagles page for some pictures from the day.
Many thanks to all the volunteers who kept the event running. Your hard work is greatly appreciated. And of course, to the amazing pilots who donated their time, expertise, equipment and fuel to make Young Eagles Day possible. One last final shout-out to Wadsworth Municipal Airport Flight Services and AeroTrek Flight School for the use of their hangar and fabulous support of the event and Wayne County RC Club for their display of RC aircraft. Thank you all!
Despite less than picture-perfect weather, we had a fabulous pancake breakfast fundraiser on Sat.! Mike Baker and his committee put together a a wonderful event, including not just great breakfast food, but even delicious Hartzler 's ice cream. Some folks flew in, some drove in and some even pedalled in to eat, to see the planes, to enjoy the RC aircraft, and to have some airport fun. Many thanks to Flight Services of Wadsworth for letting us share their hangar and to our many sponsors for their support.Thanks also to all the volunteers who worked so hard to put it all together. Congratulations all!
Mike Baker and his committee have been working hard planning this year's Pancake Breakfast and Fly-in fundraiser for the chapter. The event is this Sat., May 19 from 8 am-1 pm at the Wadsworth Airport. It's a fun event and the cooks are superb, so plan on flying over to Wadsworth May 19th for planes and pancakes!
Many thanks to all our sponsors for this year:
Best Process Solutions Inc.
Faught State Farm Insurance
Stone Process Equipment
Medina Auto Mall
Lincoln Way McDonald’s
AeroTrek Aviation / WMAFS
We couldn't do it without you!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!