Jun 05

The Youth Met Albert McMahon!!

Saturday was the monthly pancake breakfast for the chapter.  The youth came down to the chapter hangar at 10:00 am to listen to Colonel Brent Bracewell talk about the 8th Air Force and the museum and tells us about Albert McMahon. Albert was a tail gunner and ball turret gunner in WWII aboard a B-17 with the 306th Bomb Group.  Afterwards Albert answered questions about his experiences.  Once the program completed Albert came down to Hangar 6 to see the youth in action.  We also took a picture of the youth on hand and mentors with the BD-6 fuselage to send off to the Bede Family Foundation. It was a great day!!


Here are some pictures from the 5-27 Session:


Pictures from the Tuesday 5-30 Session:



May 16

Build Session 5-13-2017

We had 12 builders and four mentors in attendance Saturday as work continued on the Ultra-Lite Pietpenpol, the full size Pietenpol and the Corvair engine.

One group worked with Joel on the Ultr-Lite Piet as work continued on the landing gear struts and then there was a discussion concerning the how the aileron cabling will be done.  We are currently seeking wheels and tires to put on the plane and materials have been ordered to build the tail skid.  Good progress is being made all around.

Hugh Colton and Art Farmer worked with a group building wing ribs for the full size Pietenpol.  Lots of gussets were cut out and more plywood has been ordered to make even more gussets

The third group worked on inventorying the Corvair engine and determining what parts we have and what parts we will need to turn this engine into a cutaway learning tool.

We welcomed Ezekiel Lewis II to the group Saturday!!


May 08

Breakfast and Building

It was a pancake breakfast weekend for the chapter and nine of our youth turned out for the build session.  Work continued on the Ultra-Light Pietenpol and new wing ribs began to take shape for the full size Pietenpol. Our builders this week were Paul, Maddie, Trisha, Alex, Steven, Caleb, Hazim, Biya and Curtis.  Thanks to Joel, Hugh, Art, Duane and Dennis for their mentoring.




May 03

A Rough Weekend

Saturday was a busy weekend for our youth.  We not only has a build session, but had youth volunteer over the weekend for the chapter’s Ford Tri-Motor visit.  Joining us to volunteer were Paul Kyser, Caleb Traylor, Maddie Hale, Anthony Baker, Nicholas Sooknanan, Alex Kirkland, Jeremy Welch, Steven Agudelo, Biya Haile and Trisha Warren.  Thank you all for your efforts!

Many of you were at the build session and had a chance to continue the work on the Pietenpol and the Corvair engine.  The photos belwo sur show the difference in weather we experienced over the weekend.

Apr 25

All About Kids Expo – Wrap-up

We had a great time at the All About Kids Expo.  Approximately 2000 folks attended and we got to talk with many of them at our Summer Camp Booth or our Youth Programs booth.  We anticipate seeing some new Young Eagle attendees and we may snag a couple of Summer Camp attendees from the expo.

My thanks to Chuck & Gay Roberts, Louis Pucci, Kathi Parks, Brian Michael, Aimee Walthall, Joel Levine, Duane Huff, Maddie Hale, Alan Sam and Paul Kyser for coming out and helping.

Apr 16

All About Kids Expo

EAA 690 will be participating in the All About Kids Expo at the Infinite Energy Forum. We will have two booths at the expo, a booth for our Summer Camp and one for our Youth Programs.  If you have not already signed up we need folks to help at both booths.  We will have two shifts available at each booth, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm and 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm.  If you can help RSVP to the event on the Build Schedule Page.  Select the shift you want and note which booth you’d like to work in.

We will not have a build session on the 22nd so we can participate in this event.  

Apr 16

Building and Flying 4-15-2017

The EAA 690 Build program had another great day Saturday.  We had nine builders on hand including two new folks Ben and Hazim. They were joined by Jonathan, Steven, Paul, Alex, Trisha, Derrick and Biya. Jonathan helped our Young Eagle ground crew and was the marketing team for our youth programs as he brought several parents and youth up to hangar 6 to learn about our programs.  The crew worked on the landing gear supports for the Ultra-Lite Pietenpol and work began on cutting out gussets for the full size Pietenpol.

We had a great group of mentors on hand Saturday including Joel Levine, Art Farmer, Chuck Roberts, Louis Pucci, Dennis Crosgrove, Gordon Fowlkes, Duane Huff and, joining us for the first time, Bob Higgins.  Gordon and Dennis helped out with Young Eagles.

Speaking of Young Eagles, Derrick, Trisha, Paul, Alex and Biya went flying Saturday!!

Apr 02

Definitely Not An April Fool’s Joke

There is generally nothing more exciting for a pilot than their first solo flight.  What makes it more exciting for the chapter is when it is one of its own and beyond that when it is the first member in the youth build program to accomplish that feat.

Saturday was that day for Jeremy Welch. Jeremy joined our program in May of last year and has worked hard to earn training credits through the program and also worked through the summer to earn money on his own.  Jeremy set a goal of soloing on his 16th birthday, Thursday.  Unfortunately things didn’t quite work out on Thursday and Saturday morning became the second opportunity.

I’m sure Jeremy didn’t realize just how many people were observing his solo but since it was a pancake breakfast morning the crowd grew as word spread what was going on.  Jeremy made three trips around the pattern and made it look easy. Mom, Dad and the family were there to cheer him on.  Next goal, I’m sure, is to take his check ride on his 17th birthday and join the ranks of certificated pilots.

Great job Jeremy, all of us at EAA 690 are proud of what you accomplished!!

Apr 02

Slim Pickin’s – Spring Break

It was a small group Saturday due to Spring Break.  Those that turned out worked hard and also took some time out to catch Richard McSpadden’s program after the pancake breakfast.  More work was completed on the control system for the elevator and a second wing rib jig was built. Jonathan Mesfn, Steven Agudelo, Alan Sam, Paul Kyser and Biya Haile were in attendance with Joel Levine, Art Farmer, Chuck Roberts, Louis Pucci and Duane Huff as the mentor team for the week.

We look forward to adding Dennis Crosgrove and Gordon Fowlkes to our mentor team.

Biya Haile Using the Cutoff Tool

Mar 31

EAA Offering Scholarship to Sport Pilot Certificate

EAA Chapter Network Sport Pilot Academy Scholarship
Through the generosity of EAA donors during the Gathering of Eagles, this scholarship awards $9,999 for full tuition to attend the Sport Pilot Academy in Oshkosh during the August 2017 session. Applicants will have been a participant in the Young Eagles program as well as a current or nominated by a current active participant in an EAA Chapter. The Sport Pilot Academy is an accelerated training process that allows attendees to attain a sport pilot certificate in three weeks while being immersed in aviation with an experience only Oshkosh can offer. For more information on the Sport Pilot Academy click here

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