Hangar Work Day: Saturday, June 1

In lieu of our normal first Saturday of the month Pancakes and a Movie event, we are instead going to have another fun Hangar Work Day. Our intent is to finish up the work of insulating the hangar ceiling and complete the installation of some ceiling fans. This is all in anticipation of the coming 100 degree days of summer. Please come out on Saturday morning, June 1, at 8 am for a morning (and maybe afternoon) of work to finish up our hangar improvements. If you want, we can put on an aviation movie in the background. No pancakes, though. Maybe donuts.

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IMC club meeting – June 5th

EAA chapter 1541 will hold its first IMC club meeting on Wednesday, June 5th from 19:00 – 20:00 in the chapter hangar. All pilots are invited, whether instrument rated or not, to share their knowledge and experience with one another. These one hour sessions begin with a brief video scenario provided by EAA national that depicts an actual flight that encountered challenges. As an attendee you’ll be asked to put yourself “in the pilot’s seat” and think about what you would have done in the same situation. The result promises some interesting and educational discussions among ourselves.

We hope to see you there!

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Saturday Morning Pancake Breakfast Cancelled Due to Weather

Based upon the weather forecast, we have decided to cancel the chapter Pancake Breakfast scheduled for Saturday morning between 08:00 and 10:00 at the Gazebo area of the airport.

The LRAA Display Day, which our breakfast supports, will still occur as scheduled between 08:00 and 12:00, though may end moving indoors if needed due to the weather. Our chapter will return to support the next LRAA Display Day scheduled for June 15.

Our monthly chapter board meeting will still be held at the hangar beginning at 10:30.

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Board Meeting Saturday, May 18

The May board meeting is on Saturday, May 18, at the EAA hangar to begin at 10:30, or as soon as we complete the cleanup of the LRAA Pancake Breakfast support, whichever comes first.

Main items on the agenda:
10:30: Meeting Start

  • Financial Report/Membership Report/Minutes (Jim)
  • Upcoming Calendar Review (attached, Scott)
  • Old Business
    • Report on Hangar Work: update from Darren
      • Hangar Work Day on June 2
    • Young Eagles Rally for May 4: final thoughts/set date for October Rally (Cheryl)
    • IMC Club Discussion (Dan)
    • Air Academy: report (Dan)
    • Name Tags: update (Jim)
  • New business
    • New Member Packet (Cheryl)
    • Using EAA Credit $$$
    • Planning for leadership 2020
  • Strategic Planning Discussion (postponed)

12:00: Meeting over

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Monthly Member Meeting

Our May monthly member meeting will be held at our chapter hangar at the Lincoln Airport. On Wednesday evening, May 15, we’ll start with a BBQ dinner at 18:00 with all the fixings that we can find. We’ll do some serious hangar flying up until about 19:00 when we will hold a short business meeting and do a few fun little things.

Our program for the evening will be about the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF) and our presenter will be Brittanee Lincoln. The RAF is a group dedicated to preserving and promoting recreational airstirps across the country. Brittanee, who flies out of Concord and is also active in several other aviation groups, will provide information about the mission of the RAF and her involvement in promoting recreational airstrips in California.

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Lunch and a program, Saturday 11th

We’ll be cooking a barbecue lunch from 11:00 to 12:00, then we’ll have a discussion about the Young Eagles event last weekend – what worked well, and what we can do better next time, along with any memorable parts of the event. We’ll also have a slideshow of pictures from the event, so send us links to any pictures you took!

All are welcome to participate!

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Young Eagles Rally was a success

We flew 76 kids on Saturday, and we’ve started a photo gallery here.

We had eleven pilots who donated their time, airplanes, and fuel costs (at $4.90 per gallon for avgas these days) who made numerous flights between 8:30 am and 2:00 pm. We also had a good and dedicated group of volunteers from both our chapter and local community who served as the ground crew to make the event a success. The two gyroplanes that participated were a hit with the Young Eagles, as was the Globe Swift that added a classic touch to the ramp scene. The other eight participating aircraft were also busy all day with flights carrying the “eaglets.”

The Rally was a complete success and everyone had a good time. We exposed several dozen families to the Lincoln Airport for the first time and the experience was a good one for them.

There was a lot of behind-the-scenes planning and work that went into this event, most of which is only noticed because the event came off so well. Nonetheless, it should be mentioned that a Young Eagle Rally is not a spontaneous event and it requires the investment of some significant time and effort by several in the chapter, particularly our chapter’s Young Eagle Coordinator, Cheryl Andrade.

Our chapter’s next Rally is scheduled for October. Young Eagle Rallys are are a cornerstone in the national EAA organization’s initiative to introduce the youth of America to aviation, and the program has provided more than 2.1 million free rides since it began in 1992. Our chapter is eager to add to that number.

Congratulations to all who participated and made yesterday’s event such a success.

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Volunteers for the Young Eagles rally on May 4th

We have the Young Eagles rally coming up on May 4th, and we need more volunteers, both pilots and ground crew:

  • We need people willing to be on site from 07:00 until 15:00 for consistency.
  • We need a set-up crew of 6-8 people at the EAA hangar at 07:00 to move material to the Gazebo area and set up the Young Eagle Rally site.
  • We need ramp escort teams to move Young Eagles and families on and off the ramp from the aircraft.
  • We need a ramp attendants to control access to the ramp.
  • We need attendants at the Kiddie Plane to help kids in and out and answer questions.
  • We need some friendly faces to answer questions and help parents enjoy their time at the airport.
  • We need a break-down crew to move material from the Gazebo area back to the chapter hangar at 14:00.

Volunteer requirements are also listed here.

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City owned hangars

The agenda for the next Airport Committee meeting, scheduled for Monday, April 29 at 10:00 A.M. has just been released, and one of the items on the agenda is “hangar appraisals”.

Anyone renting a hangar from the City could be affected by what the City decides to do regarding the potential sale of the City owned hangars, and might want to attend this meeting, which is open to the public.

The meeting will be at the City office, located at 600 6th St., Lincoln.

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