Jun 21

The Ultra-Piet on Wheels

The Ultra-Piet has been up on wheels for a few weeks now. Because of Summer Camp it had to be moved into the storage hangar temporarily. Last weekend it was moved back to the Bishop Education Hangar and we took that opportunity to get a picture of our current youth and mentors with it.  This plane is the original project we used to kick off the youth build program.  The pictures highlight the progress over the two and a half years the program has been in place.  Three of our mentors, Joel Levine, Hugh Colton and Art Farmer have been with us the entire time and we must mention Rick Mathisen as the guiding light during the early part of the program.

Because of the dedication of the mentors, youth and CFI’s at AeroVenture, primarily John Post and Fred Huppertz, we have minted two new private pilots, one of whom is now in the Naval Aviator program and we have two more on the way in the near future and several in the earliest stages of their training.

I hope all members of EAA 690 are proud of this program.  It has put the chapter in the spot light with national organization and we are looked to when other chapters are looking to do something similar. We have had eighty-two young folks participate over the life of the program and  we have seen these youth learn things they never imagined they might learn. We have parents that assist when they can with the mentoring which has been very helpful. We are always on the lookout for new mentors to join us. We don’t ask that you volunteer every week, but any time you can give will be appreciated.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to be a positive influence in a young person’s life.

Mar 31

Jeremy Welch – Certified Private Pilot!!

In 2015 EAA 690 launched a Youth Build Program designed to give youth an opportunity to work on aircraft projects and learn about airplanes and aviation as well as how to use tools and construction techniques.
I may of 2016 a young man by the name of Jeremy Welch began attending our build program. Jeremy had a goal of becoming a pilot and he set out a plan to do just that. His first goal was to solo on his 16th birthday. He missed that one by only two days and soloed on April 1st, 2017, the morning of our chapter pancake breakfast.
Over the next year Jeremy methodically checked off his intermediate goals along the way to his scheduled check ride date of March 30th, 2018, Jeremy’s 17th birthday.
I am proud to say that Jeremy has achieved that goal and is the chapter’s first Certificated Private Pilot to come out of our build program. We do want to thank the AeroVentures Flying Club for giving us the opportunity to rent their Cessna 150 for our youth and special thanks to John Post, Fred Huppertz and other CFIs in the club for donating their time and effort to help Jeremy achieve his goal.
The first picture is Jeremy with his parents and John Post after his solo. The second picture is Jeremy along with his DPE after his successful check ride.

Feb 20

BD-6 Progress is Good

The BD-6 has been moving along quite well.  The right side of the cabin is nearing completion and we will be able to tie the right and left side together soon.  We’ve begun construction on the left side of the aft fuselage.  Many thanks to Andrew Robinson and Jack McKnight for their time on this project.

Feb 19

Full Size Piet Moving Along

The  full size Piet has morphed into sub-projects at this point. Work continues on the fuselage, additional work is being done on the wing ribs and the Continental A65 that is being targeted as the engine for this bird has been included.  Mentors Frank Lipinski, Hugh Colton, Art Farmer and Steven Agudelo have been guiding this along.

Feb 19

Ultra-Lite Pietenpol Progress

Things have been moving along with this project in February.  To the naked eye, it may not look like but the project is at a point where you have to look hard to see the progress.  The work has been focused on the control cable system for the ailerons.

Jan 31

Full Scale Piet Moving Along

This week we were able to break up the Full Scale Piet team into three. One group worked on the fuselage, one worked on wing ribs and the third group worked on the Continental engine.  These young folks are getting a chance to work on many varied pieces of one airplane.  Thanks to Steven Agudelo, Hugh Colton and Frank Lipinski it was possible to do this.

Jan 31

Maths Is Hard

This past Saturday saw the Ultra-Piet group having to deal with some math. At one point Nicolas Hammond had the youth on the floor with string and a protractor working out problems. One of the best things about he program is the opportunity the youth get to not only learn, but to put to practical use something they’ve learned in the classroom. Remember those days in school when you thought you would never use something you were being taught.  Good progress continues on the Ultra-Piet as work continues on the aileron control cables.


Jan 30

BD-6 Update for January

We started this project back in August and for the longest time it seemed like nothing was getting accomplished.  We spent a lot of Saturdays measuring, cutting and cleaning up parts that would become part of the cabin.  Once we had the parts cut and fabricated we started to work on putting things together.  We’ve now nearly completed the left side of the cabin and have made great progress on the right hand side and will soon be able to mate them up and start adding the aft fuselage pieces. This past Saturday we began to fabricate the aft fuselage pieces.  We all look forward to this beginning to look more like an airplane.

Jan 19

Projects Rolling Along Despite the Weather

The weather has not been kind to us here in the Southeast. In spite of that we have been working each Saturday and making progress on the youth build projects. Control cables are being installed on the Ultra-Piet, the fuselage is taking shape on the full scale Piet and the left hand side of the cabin is nearly complete on the BD-6 and construction has begun on the right side. Pictures below of recent work.

Dec 27

Ultra-Lite Pietenpol Progress

Work has continued on the Ultra-Piet.  Control cables for the ailerons are being fabricated and installed.  It has been fun to watch this project continue to progress and move toward the covering stage.  Many thanks to Joel Levine for leading this project.




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