I sure hope so! Chapter 846 and this year's Young Eagles Day, are the subject of a 4-page spread in the latest issue of The Joy of Medina County Magazine.Check it out, we're looking good!
Our Chapter Fly Out Camping Weekend will soon be upon us. We are flying and driving to Swank Field in Butler, Ohio on Aug 9,10, 11. Swank Field is located close to Loudonville, OH so it is a short drive. Swank Field is a 3000 ft grass runway in great condition. The owner has graciously agreed to let us use the airport for the weekend. There is running water, a shower, and bathroom facilities on the property. You can bring your bike to enjoy the paved bike trail adjacent to the property. We will have a meal and campfire each night.
On June 30, chapter member and friend Joe Begany died in an accident while flying his Piper Cub. Our July newsletter includes a tribute and photos of Joe. A wonderful guy and true supporter of aviation, he will be greatly missed by all his friends in Chapter 846.
Our response to Young Eagles Day was fabulous! We flew 119 kids in 5 hours, with 10 planes, 61 take-offs and landings, and all in planes with 1-3 passenger seats. Our chapter volunteers were the best: setting up and tearing down with energy and good humor, helping the kids and their families, keeping everyone safe in the planes and on the tarmac, answering questions with humor and patience, and making sure that each Young Eagle had a wonderful aviation experience.
Also, our thanks to the Young Eagles and their families for journeying to Wadsworth and patiently waiting for their flights. A couple of kids flown at a time can make for a bit of a wait, even with 10 planes flying. We appreciated your understanding.
A big thanks to Wadsworth Municipal Airport! They let us take over their terminal, lawn, ramp, and generally disrupt most of their operations for this event. We couldn't have held a Young Eagles event without their cooperation and generosity.
Finally, we'd like to offer our heartfelt thanks to our pilots, who gave of their time, expertise, equipment, and wallets (gas ain't free!). All anyone had to see were the faces of the kids to know you succeeded in sharing your love of aviation with the next generation.
Our response to Young Eagles Day has been fabulous! So fabulous, that we need to cut-off our registration for this Sat., but we know you still want to be able to offer your children a chance to experience flight. So, send us an email at email@example.com and let us know you are still interested in having your children participate in Young Eagles. Please include your name and contact information, and the names and ages of your children. We will keep in touch and let you know when we will be able to schedule another Young Eagles Day this summer.
Thank you for your interest in EAA and the Young Eagles program.
Congratulations to Mike Baker and his gallant planning committee for for planning and producing another successful fundraiser for the chapter. Over 40 volunteers pitched in to transport equipment, set-up, cook, sell raffle tickets, marshal aircraft and tear down afterwards. Mike was the main force behind the event and deserves much of the credit, but we have many more folks to thanks, too!
Thanks to Wadsworth Municipal Airport, and staff, (Thanks, Chad!), for their help and cooperation with the event. Many thanks to the Cleveland Clinic Med-Evac group, PHI Air Medical Group, who shared their hangar with us for the day. Thanks to all the local companies who stepped up with sponsorships to make it breakfast possible:
Is your mouth watering already? Remember last year's Pancake Breakfast and Fly-In? We're getting close! Mark you calendars for Sat., May 18, when we'll be serving delicious pancake breakfasts from 8 am - 1 pm at the Wadsworth Airport. And sure, go ahead and brag, plan to fly-in and show off your airplane.
Thanks to event chairman Mike Baker and his dedicated committee of planners and pancake flippers. He can always use more volunteers, so don't hesitate to contact him if you can help out.
The program during our May meeting will be presented by USAF
MSgt Jim Olschlager, member Brad Wurst’s uncle. Jim had to cancel his
appearance at an earlier Chapter meeting, but he is feeling much
better now and is looking forward to talking to us about his
experiences as a Thunderbirds crew chief. This meeting will be the first of our Chapter summer cookouts, which will begin at 6 pm at the Chapter Hangar.As the first cookout, don't forget to bring a side dish to share.
Steve Steele was at our next meeting, Thurs., April 11, to talk about and demonstrate a Barany Chair. The Barany Chair, named after the Austro-Hungarian otologist Róbert Bárány, is a device which is used for aerospace physiology training, especially for student pilots. For his work on the physiology and pathology of the vestibular apparatus Bárány received the 1914 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Join us at the chapter hangar for the demonstration. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.
The chapter had a tour of Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake Hangar for our last meeting, Thursday, March 14. We had a short meeting, followed by a short video and talk by Chief Pilot, Jerry Hissem. Captain Hissem then led us into the hangar, where we had the chance to see the ship, tour the gondola and watch a camera demonstration by cameraman, Jared. It was a unique and special evening!
Built in 1917, the hangar at Wingfoot Lake is the oldest airship facility and one of the oldest active aircraft bases in the world. In addition to being a maintenance and construction facility for Goodyear's Blimp fleet, it is currently the home to Goodyear's new semi-rigid Zeppelin airship, Wingfoot Three.
Congratulations to both young men who applied for our Air Academy Scholarship! What an incredibly tough choice. Each year, Chapter 846 offers a full scholarship to a teen to attend the Air Academy. This is the ninth year the chapter has awarded a scholarship to an area young person.
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.
The deadline for being equipped with ADS-B Out to fly in most controlled airspace is fast approaching! Learn more at our next meeting, Feb 14.
What a great team effort to make our hangar a better, more workable space for us all!