Saturday, November 19, 2011

EAA Eagle Flights

New program for adults to launch spring 2012!

November 17, 2011 – EAA’s upcoming aviation orientation program for adults, which is scheduled to be launched in spring 2012, now has its official name: EAA Eagle Flights. The program, based on the enormously successful EAA Young Eagles flights for youth, will focus on one-to-one flight experiences and pathways that help adults toward discovering more about flying and eventual pilot certification.

Eagle flight“As we reviewed names for the program, it became evident that EAA should properly build on the success and legacy created by the Young Eagles efforts over the past two decades,” said Rod Hightower, EAA president/CEO. “The EAA Eagle Flights name evokes a strong connection to that mission of creating the next generation of aviators, yet stands alone as a unique program for adults to become engaged in aviation through participating in ways that relate best to them.”

As with the 1.6 million youth flown through the Young Eagles program since 1992, EAA Eagle Flights will supply orientation flights free of charge by volunteer EAA-member pilots. Registration material, structure, and additional insurance coverage will be provided through EAA. Eagle Flights participants can be flown either in single flights or as part of larger rallies typically hosted by EAA chapters.

EAA first announced that it would create a flight introduction program for adults during EAA AirVenture 2011. The Eagle Flights program is part of EAA’s effort to reduce barriers to entering aviation and encourage participation.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Trip to Valley Airport, AZ

The Trip to Valley Airport in Arizona called for a little over one hour travel time, 105nm from 1L8 and about 20mph winds at Valley!

Russ and Carole Roberts, Brecken Bang and Jen Carroll flew out at about 8am. The clouds were nice with the sunrise behind them. There was a little wind, but not much. Headwind going there and tailwind coming back. When we left Valle it was about 15-20kts headwind taking off.

We had our Light Sport Airplanes so it was bumpy until we got to altitude. Everyone had a good time. Hopefully we can get the weather to cooperate better next time! The pictures are courtesy of both Russ and Jen.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Chapter 936 Meeting - Sheet Metal Workshop

Pat had invited Chad Haring for this meeting, a fellow aviator with Skywest and an expert sheet metal worker involved in years past with the McDonnell Douglas MD-80.

We discussed different areas of aircraft sheet metal work including: alodine, dissimilar metal corrosion and prevention, especial tools, cutting and preparing sheet metal, riveting using a rivet gun as well as a rivet squeezer.

After the presentation, we all had the opportunity to try the different processes.  Thanks to Art Granger for the use of his Hangar, the tools and his support!

Here are some snapshots of the workshop:

Here is a video on flush rivets to give you an idea of what is involved:

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Chapter 936 Young Eagle Flight

The weather was damp and blustery, but Eagles flew high! Eleven of them to be exact. A hearty breakfast, short ground school lesson and flight stories from elder statesmen of aviation was just the beginning. Tours were also taken through many hangars to examine member's handiwork.

Thanks to all those who contributed in making this an exciting day for all the kids involved. This was a pivotal moment in their lives.

Let's keep Young Eagles flying high!


Patrick Carroll

Here are some images of the event: (click on a picture to see it larger)

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Chapter Fly-out !

Who would be interested in flying  to Planes Fame Air Museum in Valle Arizona?

Tentative dates are November 15,16, or 17 weather permitting.

The airport has a very interesting antique car collection, the Museum is pretty nice and there is food close by!

Please let Pat know @ 435-229-5620

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