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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Celebration of life event for John Bietsch, April 27th

TR Bietsch and his wife Vicki lost their 33 year old son, John to cancer.

TR and his son frequented our Pancake Breakfasts and TR is a pilot who also flies Young Eagles, and Vicki helps at the Young Eagle Registration table last year.

They are having a “Celebration of Life” on April 27, 2019, from 2:00pm through 6:00pm at the Turkey Creek Golf Club, located at 1525 CA-193 in Lincoln. Please attend if you can.

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Hangar Work Day Saturday, April 27th

In an effort to press forward and complete the hangar upgrades we began in 2018, our chapter is having a Hangar Work Day on Saturday, April 27th. We have a good list of items that we want to accomplish during the work day. Among the items: complete the installation of insulation on the hangar doors, begin installation on insulation on the hangar ceiling; install four circulation fans from the hangar ceiling; rearrange some of the shelving storage; and do some other clean-up items. We have come a long way in upgrading the hangar to our chapter home and it is time to push through and finish the job so we can move on to other tasks. We’ll get started at about 08:00 with plenty of hot coffee and maybe even some donuts. We’ll work until we have it done, but hope that will be by 12:00 noon or so.

Please come join your fellow chapter members in our hangar endeavors. Many hands make light work, and there may be power tools involved too.

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LRAA Aircraft Display Day, Saturday, April 20

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

Come on out on Saturday 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.

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