EAA Chapter 846

Wadsworth, OH

Chapter is Accepting Air Academy Scholarship Applicants

Fun and discovery combine for an experience that young people can find nowhere else but at the EAA Air Academy, a series of week-long camps designed to introduce young people ages 12-18 to the aviation world.

Campers are engaged through a variety of hands-on activities while staying at the EAA Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Experienced aviation instructors help them delve into flight through studies, hands-on demonstrations, flight simulation, and other exciting activities.

Each year, Chapter 846 offers a full scholarship to a teen to attend the Air Academy.  Interested applicants need to submit their application to the Chapter by Feb. 9.

Click here for the application form.

Experience the Barany Chair at Jan. Meeting

FAASTeam Manager Steve Steele will be bringing a Barany Chair to our January meeting to help demonstrate its effect on the sensory perception and spatial orientation. Join us at the Skypark Terminal, Thursday Jan. 10 at 7 pm.

If the government shutdown continues, and Mr. Steele is unable to attend, Karl Aber will give an overview of the flight-testing of his RV-14A. Thanks, Karl!


Hangar Improvements Done! Thank You All!

From Randy:

We had a great Chapter Work Day on Saturday, Dec 1. The hangar door is now fully insulated with 2.5" of rigid foam insulation, all the tables have been repaired and the shelving unit that Jay Waddell donated is assembled and ready to fill.
      Thanks very much to all the Chapter members who came out and worked so hard to get all this completed in one morning-- a true example of our Chapter spirit. 
Thanks to: Paul, Ron, Dave M, Fred, Dan T., Pete, Joe, Tim C., Steve, David G., Dan and Josh, Mike B., Bob T., Rob, Bob S., Dale, and Gary Kohler. 
       Finally, a special thanks to Ron Lutz for suggesting and promoting the idea to insulate the door to begin with and for finding the salvage company in Amish country to purchase the insulation at a great price. Also, thanks to Dave Manning for taking the time and effort to pickup all the insulation panels and deliver them to the hangar, as well as providing the hardware and wood to attach the panels.

 What a great team effort to make our hangar a better, more workable space for us all!


Thunderbird Crew Chief to Speak in November

On November 8, Thunderbird Crew Chief, Jim Olschlager will be speaking to the Chapter. MSgt James J. Olschlager (Ret.) was the first crew chief to have his name put on the Thunderbirds when they flew the F-16. Also, MSgt. Olschlager has been involved in a wide range of programs including years with the F-117A, VIP squadrons and testing. 


Around the World Pilot at the Oct. Meeting

The program during our October 11th meeting will be presented by Ron Siwik. Dr. Siwik will talk about his flight around the world he conducted in 2009 in his 1966 V35 Bonanza. He is one of a very small number of people who have flown around the world, and he flew his flight solo! It promises to be a very informative program!

Oshkosh Cookout

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Sleepy Hollow Campsite for our annual EAA Chapter 846 Oshkosh Cookout. Food, friends and airplanes, does it get any better?

To see more photos of our members' Oshkosh 2018, go to our Photos page.

Fly-outs, Cookouts and Oshkosh, Oh My!

Happy July Fourth everyone! And Happy July, that month of polishing up your plane and getting ready for AirVenture 2018, in Oshkosh WI, July 23-29. Come to our next meeting/cookout, July 12 at the Chapter Hangar to plan and hear others plans for the week.  And be sure to include the chapter cookout in your plans, July 25 at the Baker/Brooks campsite at Sleepy Hollow Farms campground. As usual, bring a chair and a dish to share!

With all that going on, check the chapter calendar for one place to find out information on all our events.  Happy July, y'all!

Young Eagles Day, June 9!

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!

Congratulations on a Wonderful Pancake Fly-In!

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!

Pancake Breakfast-Fly-in


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

Joe Lipovitz

Lincoln Way McDonald’s 

AeroTrek Aviation / WMAFS

    Computer Surgeon

                                                         Eyedeal Graphics

                                             We couldn't do it without you!


Engine Disassembly at the Chapter Hangar, April 21

Saturday, April 21st, EAA Chapter 846 will be hosting the complete disassembly of a Continental A65 engine. The event will start at 10:00 AM in the Chapter Hangar at Skypark Airport. All tools will be provided and we will have coffee and doughnuts available.  The hangar will be open by 9:30 AM so come a little early for doughnuts and coffee.

We have a complete Continental A65 engine that has been mothballed for several years that we will disassemble completely and bagged.  We will have all of the tools necessary to take the engine apart and zip lock bags to catalog everything as we go.  The intention is to send the parts out for re-certification inspection.  Assuming all of the parts certify we would like to host another activity to re-assemble the engine under the supervision of one of our resident A&P IA's.  Various drawings and related material will be available for the Continental A65 engine to support our disassembly and documentation.  We would like to make this a hands on activity so be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get oil and grime on your hands and shirt.

The goal is to give everyone a chance to participate in the complete disassembly of a typical aircraft engine, as well as, learn how to document the  aircraft engine as you take apart for future reference.  We will also discuss the re-certification process and what re-certification of the parts does and does not do for the engine.  We will also discuss what legal documentation must be done to document the project in the Engine Log, as well as, what happens when the parts return from inspection and certification.

Once everything has been returned we will evaluate if we can proceed with re-assembly.  If we can proceed with re-assembly we will schedule another activity and everyone can participate in the re-assembly of a newly certified engine.  Hopefully, we can schedule this sometime in the early fall.

Looking forward to sharing this activity with anyone interested.  Bring a friend and be prepared to have some fun. Work will start at 10:00 AM and we expect that we should be finished by 12:00 Noon, Saturday, April 21st.

Cookout & the Recreational Aviation Foundation At April Meeting

The first cookout of the year begins at 6 p.m. and will be held in the hangar, M-1, at Skypark Airport Thursday, April 12th. We will be testing the new heaters installed in the hangar. Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish to share, as well as a chair.

Christine Mortine, a representative from the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) will (weather permitting) fly in to join us and update us about the RAF. The RAF is dedicated to preserving existing airstrips and creating new public-use recreational airstrips throughout the United States. More info on the RAF is available at www.theraf.org.


National Weather Service Expert at the March Meeting

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.

Congratulations to Air Academy Scholarship Winner, Ben Nagy!

The chapter awarded its Air Academy scholarship to Ben Nagy to attend EAAs 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.

ABC's of ForeFlight


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.

Auto Engine Conversions for Aircraft at Jan. 11 Meeting

 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.

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President: Gary Baker


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