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Ford Tri-Motor event Jan 5-8, 2017 Volunteer List

Posted by Bill Stuhl on December 30, 2016 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks to Kecia, Pete, Andrew, Sam, and the rest of the team for coordinating the list.

Thursday Jan 5 - 9am until...

Thomas Archer
Sam Fischer
Cary Hanlon
Ken Dobbin
Don Elrod
Bob Jacoby
Douglas Johnson

Friday Jan 6 - 8a - 1:30p Friday Jan 6 - 1p - 6:30p

Thomas Archer Sam
Sam Fischer Derek Siegel
Cary Hanlon Cary
Ken Dobbin Marty Sullivan
Don Elrod Don
Meredith Holladay Meredith
Pete Pete
Chip Lee

Saturday Jan 7 - 8a - 1:30p Saturday Jan 7 - 1p - 6:30p

 Andrew Strong Sam
Thomas Archer Pete
Sam Fischer Andrew Strong
Bob DiAngelo Thomas Archer
Dan Gregory John Morrisey
Bill Strong Bill Strong
Derek Siegel Ken Dobbin
Susan Siegel Don Elrod
Amelia Siegel Kecia
Jeremy Wicker

Sunday Jan 8 - 8a - 1:30p Sunday Jan 8 - 1p - 6:30p

Andrew Strong Sam
Thomas Archer Pete
Sam Fischer Andrew Strong
Derek Siegel Thomas Archer
Jeremy Wicker Don Elrod
Ken Dobbin Benjamin Miller
Don Elrod Kecia Timbie

Ford Tri-Motor event scheduled for Jan 5-8, 2017

Posted by Bill Stuhl on December 11, 2016 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (3)

EAA's beautifully-restored Ford Tri-Motor is currently resting at Craig Airport, and is getting ready to make an appearance in the coming weeks.   

The Ford Tri-Motor event is always a crowd-pleaser, and we need your help to make it work. 

Multiple volunteer positions are in need of filling, for team leader, escorts, starter, as well as food and beverage assistance.

Please plan to come to the next regularly-scheduled chapter meeting Saturday Dec 17, 2016, where Pete Timbie will give you a rundown of the responsibilities of each role.  

We need multiple volunteers for 8am to 1:30pm as well as 1pm to 6:30pm shifts. 
On Thursday, Jan 5, this will be abbreviated, as flights are only scheduled the afternoon on this first day.

Please help us make this event a success!

B-17 Aluminum Overcast Event

Posted by Bill Stuhl on January 17, 2015 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I couldn't help but notice that it was a gloomy Sunday morning, January 11, 2015, as I walked onto the ramp at Cecil Airport. The kind of cold January morning that makes you want to remain under blankets in a warm bed. It was gray. It wasn't dark, but you couldn't tell that there was a sun blazing above that layer. The name "Aluminum Overcast" was so appropriate, though I'm told by many that the name of this beautiful aircraft has absolutely nothing to do with the weather I was witnessing.  I had been late to the party.  A party that had begun three days earlier, and here I was coming in on the last day to help out, volunteer, banter, and enjoy the company of others that shared my love for aviation.  Indeed, the smiles on the faces of those I encountered were the shining moments that morning, and suddenly the weather seemed much brighter and warmer.  

The Boeing B-17G (actually built by Lockheed) was delivered to the US Army Air Corps in May 1945... a little too late to see European combat, and was declared surplus and sold as scrap for next to nothing.  34 years later, it made its way into the hands of the EAA, who have painstakingly ensured its restoration, and the teams that travel with this awesome piece of hardware demonstrate a special kind of dedication and love for its well-being.  

So, from my low-end camera, I created a photo album of pictures that I collected that day.  I know many of you were there too, on Sunday as well as other days... I encourage you to contribute to the album as well.  Please go to the photo gallery, and enjoy and share. 

Aviation Safety Seminar June 21, 2014

Posted by Bill Stuhl on June 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

As the sun was rising this morning, someone was studying the weather, and someone was...  Make that two someones were studying the weather.  

ActionNews Jacksonville's Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh was already hard at work going over 850 millibar charts and paying close attention to what his analytical side was telling him the sea breeze would do. Later that morning, he had somewhere to be and the weather would hold out until the afternoon.  

CFII Jason Schappert was performing due diligence in his flight planning, and loading up his Cessna Skyhawk with supplies needed for the trip to Jacksonville.  

And it would all culminate with a great meeting of local aviation experts and enthusiasts.  10am found the Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport conference room bustling with activity.  More than 75 pilots, students and CFIs had gathered to listen to the wisdom of two experts in their respective fields come together to discuss some important topics.  

Mike brought us a fascinating presentation on the cause and effect of the sea breeze and its lesser expected counterpart - the western Florida (Gulf coast) sea breeze, thunderstorm genesis and dissipation, surface winds, coriolis effect, and hurricane science.  Sure, as pilots we know a lot of how this works, but what Mike brought to the party was the point of view of someone who is NOT an aviator - purely a scientist who eats, sleeps, and speaks - as he likes to put it - "All the weather, all the time." The end result was a thoroughly fascinating, educational and lively discussion that we refused to allow to end in 1 hour - indeed we put Mike on overtime and prodded with questions, he continued to educate for a full 75 minutes until our brains were full of weather knowledge.   Finishing off with an excellent walk down a painful memory lane, we revisited Hurricane Dora with a slide show a full 50 years after her reign on the southeast US coast. 

Greg Poole (Air Traffic Control manager) and Michael Chan (Operations, JAXEX Craig Airport) were then given the floor for an interesting review of Craig Airport's movement and non-movement areas, the role of our ground and local controllers, and a wholly necessary review of runway incursion prevention techniques and procedures.  Runway incursions continue to play a role in far too many aviation accidents and incidents, and finding ways to reduce them is the role of the Runway Safety Action Team (RSAT). As pilots and tenants of the airport, it is incumbent upon all of us to do what we can to ensure the safety of our aircraft, our passengers, and ourselves... as well as the safety of those around us.  And since information is power, we come away from this meeting more empowered to make wise choices when moving our aircraft on the surface. 

Jason Schappert is no stranger to public speaking. A full-time instructor with more than 8000 hours, author of 8 books, and founder of, Jason has found yet another way to keep the audience fascinated:  Breaking the accident chain.  Always upbeat and personable, Jason shared his wisdom and insight by deconstructing two separate aviation accidents.  A popular video from youtube demonstrates a Stinson pilot caught in a preventable series of events which ultimately led to a crash with injuries.  Jason took us through the events and showed us how at many points along the way, the accident could have been prevented through "breaking the chain."   Similarly, a very thoroughly researched simulation was created to educate about the events that led to the JFK, Jr Piper Saratoga crash off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, July 16, 1999.  It was apparent that Jason had done some serious homework, as his level of detail was impressive. Finally, Jason gave a third example of a potential accident that had been prevented through good aeronautical decision making.  In this case, breaking the chain is perhaps the very thing that saved the lives of the two pilots on board.

You know, I've heard that flying is the best thing you can do at the airport.  And I do believe that's true most of the time.  However, once in a while instead of being in the air surrounded by beautiful sky, I'd rather be on the ground surrounded by smart people.  Yeah, it's pretty rare... but today happened to be one of those days. 

Sun-N-Fun Volunteering

Posted by Russell Carlson on February 18, 2012 at 7:20 PM Comments comments (0)

This will be my 21st yeart going to SNF and I noticed serveral chapters represented and volunteering in some aspect of the event.  

I currently volunteer at the vintage aircraft parking and spend around 10 days there each year.  

Does the chapter have any other members who volunteer at the SNF.

p.s. Most of you don't know me because you have the club meetings on a Thurday evening and I'm unavailable to meet on Thursdays.


Ask The Experts.

Posted by Sandra on September 2, 2011 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (2)

Stumped by some aspect of your project ?   Post it and we'll get you connected with a possible solution.

Anyone nearly finished or about to fly ?

Posted by Sandra on September 2, 2011 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (5)

We're always really curious about everyones progress on their projects.

EAA Meeting

Posted by EAA 193 Webmaster on August 6, 2011 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (5)

Its time for the August meeting, 7 pm Aug 11, 201 in the JAA Conference Room, Bring any items you may want to donate to the chapter for the up coming yard sale on Sept 24 2011,


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