I hope I don't jinx anything, but after two unexpected April snowstorms, it looks like Spring is finally arriving at C77. Warm nights, cool calm mornings, and hot sunny days are just around the corner (at least they'd better be!) It's also a good time to share the Spirit of Aviation with that new Graduate, new co-worker, new neighbor, or new friend.
While enjoying your Spring & Summer, please consider coming out to help at one of our Fly-In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfasts and Young Eagles Rallies. There's no better way to make new friends, reconnect with old friends, and share your passion for aviation with our community. Plus, your efforts will help fund our yearly scholarship, as well as maintain our hangar to build the Jenny, help Scouts get an Aviation Merit Badge, provide a community meeting space, and host educational and social events.
Our Pancake Breakfasts are on the second Sunday of the month, May thru October.
Here's what's been going on at Chapter 1414:
EAA Chapter 1414 & the Museum Receive the IL Aviation Spirit of Flight Award
The Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame annually awards the Spirit of Flight Award to an organization that has made a substantial contribution to aviation in Illinois. This year, your chapter in partnership with the museum is receiving this award as a recognition of our efforts to spread the Spirit of Aviation, especially through our program of hosting Boy Scout troops and helping the scouts achieve their Aviation Merit Badges. A big THANK YOU to all the Young Eagle volunteers that help make this program so successful and enjoyable!
Chapter 1414 is Selected to Award a $10,000 Ray Aviation Scholarship
The Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund is a scholarship program that is supported by the Ray Foundation, managed by EAA, and administered through the EAA Chapter network. Through the generous support of the Ray Foundation, EAA will provide up to $10,000 to deserving youths for their flight training expenses, totaling $1,000,000 in scholarships annually.
Thanks to the efforts of our member Chuck Jansen, Chapter 1414 will be giving a $10,000 scholarship to one deserving young person this year. Stay tuned for more details.
Snow for our Ice Cream Social
The combination of our newly donated chest freezer and about 6" of snow helped keep the ice cream cold and the smiles warm at our 1st Ice Cream Social on Saturday, April 27th at the chapter hangar. Steve & Katie McGreevy and a handful of other members provided plenty of ice cream, toppings, cakes & cookies for people to munch while we watching the snow fall.Chapter 1414 Hosts AOPA Safety SeminarOn Thursday, March 21st, the upstairs classroom was Standing-Room Only for the latest AOPA Safety Seminar titled, "Peake to Pavement: Applying Lessons from the BackCountry." People flew in from as far as Minneapolis to listen to Jason Miller (host of "The Finer Points" on YouTube) discuss how techniques used in backcountry flying can make you a better pilot wherever you fly to. We are happy to have assist AOPA by providing a unique aviation venue for Air Safety Institute Seminars for over two years now, and look forward to hosting many more.Full House for Fabric Covering SeminarBack on January 26th & 27th, the Jenny Team and Chapter 1414 hosted a fabric covering seminar presented by PolyFiber. With the extreme cold we had this last winter, the hangar temperature was in the 30's with the heat cranked up, but, thanks to some space heaters hot coffee and the can-do spirit of EAAers, the seminar went off without a hitch. Thanks to Don Perry for his work in making this seminar happen.Take Care,Ed MyersPresident, EAA Chapter 1414.