Well, another AirVenture Oshkosh is in the can. I hope your sunburns are healed, you're systems have adjusted to the root beer float withdrawal, and your feet are recovering nicely.
There has been lots of stuff going on at EAA1414. Here's some of the highlights:
New EAA Member Benefit Announced!
SolidWorks’ computer-aided drafting software is now available to EAA members as a free member benefit in the form of SolidWorks Student Design Kit—EAA Maker Edition.
The new benefit was announced Monday, July 25, by EAA Chairman and CEO Jack J. Pelton with Suchit Jain of SolidWorks and David Kasinskas of GSC.
The EAA Maker Edition of SolidWorks provides the ability to create fully detailed parts, assemblies, and drawings; the ability to generate complex surfaces, sheet metal flat patterns, and structural welded assemblies; and will include wizards to automate designs, check for interference, and perform simple stress and flow analysis.
In order to help people get started using this new benefit and understand the many uses of Solidworks and 3D printing technology, our August speaker will be from GSC explaining how you can take advantage of this new member benefit.
Chapter 1414 Scholarships Awarded
This year, we were able to help two young people achieve their aviation dreams with scholarships. Our $1000 scholarship was awarded to Aaron Akins of Poplar Grove, IL to help cover college tuition. In addition, we were able to combine $500 of our chapter Young Eagles credits with credits from other area chapters to fund an Air Academy scholarship to Patrick Carow of Riverwoods, IL.
June & July Pancake Breakfasts
Both June and July pancake breakfasts were very successful. We had to halt Young Eagle flights for about an hour in June due to an approaching thunderstorm, only to watch the storm "magically" dissipate as it approached Rockford.
Our July pancake breakfast was especially good. We served 408 breakfasts, had 48 planes in the parking area and flew 45 Young Eagles. In fact, it was the most profitable pancake breakfast ever!
Thanks to all the volunteers who gave some of their Sunday to help the chapter and help spread the Spirit of Aviation to our community.
Our next pancake breakfast is on Sunday, August 14th. Please consider coming out for a few hours or all day to help the chapter raise the funds to keep the hangar heated, electrified, in good repair, and constantly improving!
Our new online volunteer signup sheets will be up and running by August 7th. You will be able to go to http://www.1414.eaachapter.org
after then to sign-up for any breakfast this year.
June Oshkosh Work Party
Unfortunately, only two of the nine people who signed up for the Oshkosh work party weekend were able to make it. However, Steve Langdon and I had a great time. We insulated and paneled the walls of the new South 40 aircraft camping registration building. We also got to meet many interesting people from around the world who also came out to help make AirVenture 2016 a reality!
For those that missed out, we will be setting up another work-party weekend trip next year as well.
Hands-On Condition Inspection Seminar
Nine eager-to-learn members participated in our first Condition Inspection seminar at the hangar on July 16th. They learned everything from paperwork requirements to doing a gear-swing to checking valve tappet clearance and everything in between. Tim Gallagher did a great job of walking people thru the process and answering questions.
If you have ideas on other maintenance-related seminars the chapter could offer, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
and let us know.
July "Dinner & a Movie" @ the Hangar
We had 56 people out at the hangar for our July Movie Night. The pulled-pork was juicy, the corn-on-the-cob was very tasty, and everyone enjoyed the movie "Heroes on Deck: WWII on Lake Michigan". Thanks to Glenn Gordon, Ellen Gibbon, Dawn Hecox and Katie McGreevy for helping to make it such a success.
If you haven't come out for a Movie Night before, I highly suggest you check it out. Our next Movie Night is in September. Check the chapter events calendar at http://www.1414.eaachapter.org/ourevents.htm
to see this and all other events going on at Chapter 1414.
If you have any questions, ideas for events or how to make the chapter even better, drop me an email at email@example.com
. And don't forget:
- Chapter Meetings are on the second Tuesday (5:30pm dinner, 6:30pm meeting start),
- The 2016 Calendar of Events can be viewed at http://1414.eaachapter.org/
- Share your project updates and aviation adventures on our Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EAA1414/
- Stay tuned for dates and times of classes, social events and other chapter activities.
I look forward to hearing your #OSH16 stories at the next meeting, chapter event, or just hangin' out at the hangar.
President, EAA Chapter 1414