LRAA Aircraft Display Day, Saturday, October 19th

LRAA Aircraft Display Day (08:00 – Noon)
&
EAA Pancake Breakfast (08:00 – 10:00)

Come on out on Saturday 19th to the Gazebo area at the airport between 08:00 and 10:00 for a pancake breakfast (in support of the Richard and Susan Bristow Memorial Scholarship Program) and to help support the LRAA monthly display day. Invite your friends and family to come see the airplanes on display and have breakfast to boot.

This will be our last display day pancake breakfast of the year, as winter is coming.

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Membership meeting, Wednesday 16th October

Come to EAA Chapter 1541’s monthly member meeting to be held this coming Wednesday, October 16th, at our chapter hangar. BBQ Dinner starts at 18:00 with our meeting beginning at about 19:00. This month’s program will be a presentation by our chapter’s own Mike Lagomarsino on his decades long service working at the McClellan Air Depot back when it was a huge USAF operation performing heavy maintenance, modifications, and overhauls of the operational Air Force fleet of aircraft. We’re looking forward to hearing Mike’s personal account of working at the depot from 1966 to 1999, very busy years at KMCC.

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Young Eagles rally was a success

We want to pass along that our chapter had a very successful Young Eagle Rally on Saturday, October 12th. Ten pilots flew 69 happy Young Eagles under clear blue skies and calm winds.

We had a great turnout of volunteers to help make the event a success. Our aircraft varied from a classic Globe Swift to Cessnas and Pipers and RVs to two gyroplanes, and the age range of kids was from eight to seventeen. Lots of smiles from the kids and their families who joined them at the airport.

Our chapter’s Young Eagle Coordinator, Cheryl Andrade, was instrumental in both the planning and execution. Darren Coomler was our all-important ramp boss for the day…some of us (me) just called him “Big D” as he commanded the ramp with style and safety. A solid cadre of chapter volunteers served as ramp escorts, manned the administrative tables, kept the kiddie plane monitored, and answered questions from the crowd of families watching their kids and siblings fly. I think it was a great day for all, and our thanks to the many that pitched in.

Below are a few photos from the event (courtesy of Scott and Amy Whelan)…many more are available and we might even have a slide show running Wednesday night in the background….





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Young Eagle Rally on Saturday October 12th

As a reminder, our chapter is holding a Young Eagle Rally on Saturday, October 12th.

We are just about full up with 75 Young Eagles set to fly.

We have twelve planes and pilots who are ready to fly them.

What we need is a few more volunteers from the ranks of our chapter to lend a hand and ensure the success of our Rally.

Our specific needs are for

  1. two volunteers to man the yellow kiddie airplane…it is a good distraction while older brother or sister is on a Young Eagle flight
  2. ramp escorts under the command of our Ramp Boss to escort kids and parents onto the busy ramp
  3. some folks just to answer questions from parents and kids as they wait for flights

It is a fun and friendly time for everybody and we want to encourage the fun part of it. Please, if you are able. plan on meeting at our EAA hangar at 07:30 to help move stuff to the gazebo area for set-up. We will have a briefing for the ramp crew and other volunteers at about 08:15 or so at the gazebo area. We will be flying flights all morning, and into the afternoon, with the last group signed up for the 13:00 hour. We will wrap things up at 14:00 and clean up…all should be done by 15:00 at the latest. Many hands make for light work so please lend a hand.

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Chapter Board Meeting Saturday After Pancakes

Our next chapter board meeting is to be held Saturday October 5th at about 10:15, right after the Pancake Breakfast and a Movie (starts at 8 am).

Please note: We are looking for several more board candidates for the 2020-2021 leadership team. If you have an interest in seeing the chapter succeed, please consider making yourself available as a new board member. We welcome new people and new ideas so please don’t be shy. The duties are modest and the meetings usually have cookies that Cheryl brings. What’s not to like?

10:15 am: Meeting Start

  • Financial Report/Membership Report/Minutes (Jim)
  • Upcoming Calendar Review for balance of 2019 (attached, Scott)
    • Should we plan for December 14 BBQ Lunch or skip?
  • Old Business
    • Report on Hangar Work
      • Remaining work to be done to complete
    • Planning for leadership for 2020-2021
      • Chapter officers:
        • President: vacant; Vice-President: vacant; Secretary-Treasurer: Jim Hughes
      • Board members:
        • 2020-2021 Board candidates are Cheryl Andrade, Darren Coomler, John House, Dan Masys, Bruce Robinson. Randy Sharp, Scott Thompson (?), Scott Whelan. Room for several more (suggestions??)
    • October Young Eagles Rally
      • Report from Cheryl
      • Volunteer status and assignments
      • Flight planning and contingencies
    • 2020 Air Academy Sponsorships
      • Update, if any
    • Holiday Party
      • Silent Auction donation forms
      • Planning Summary
    • Ray Scholarship Award
      • Administration
  • New Business

12:00 pm: Meeting over

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Frank Burkhead flew West September 29th

Frank Burkhead, known in the chapter as a Gold member and always active Young Eagles pilot passed away on Sunday. It was rather sudden – he was diagnosed with MyeloDysplastic Syndrome (pre leukemia) and a couple days later contracted an infection. A few days after that he passed.

There will be a celebration of life next Saturday, October 12th at Kilaga Springs Lodge in Lincoln Hills from 13:00 to 16:00.

Pancakes and a movie, October 5th

Come out to the EAA hangar at the Lincoln Airport on Saturday morning (October 5th) for a pancake breakfast and an aviation movie and some good hangar flying.

All are welcome for our (suggested) $5.00 breakfast that will be served from 08:00 until 09:30. That’s right, last pancakes on the griddle at 09:30 so come early and often for a fun, relaxing morning.

If you haven’t yet volunteered for the Young Eagles rally on the 12th, this would be an excellent opportunity to do so!

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