Take a ride in a Ford Tri-Motor!

Embark on a journey back to aviation’s golden age, when the Ford Tri-Motor became the first airplane put into commercial airline service by the United States. You’ll relive the excitement and wonder experienced by aviation’s finest passengers and pioneers.


February 28 – March 3, 2019
Fresno, CA – Fresno Chandler Executive Airport

March 7-10, 2019
Watsonville, CA – Watsonville Municipal Airport

March 14-17, 2019
Concord, CA – Buchanan Field Airport

March 21-24, 2019
Sacramento, CA – Sacramento Executive Airport

March 28-31, 2019
Vacaville, CA – Nut Tree Airport

April 11-14, 2019
Marysville, CA – Yuba County Airport

April 25-28, 2019
Auburn, CA – Auburn Municipal Airport

PREBOOK COST $72 for adults and $52 for children
Adult walk-up price is $77

IMC / VMC Club Meeting

Topic: VMC & IMC topics are taken from real life events and discussed to aid the decision making process for pilots.
On Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 19:00 Pacific Standard Time

Placerville, CA 95667

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This is an audience participation event. After a brief Audio / Video presentation we ask “what would you do”? Everyone is encouraged to join in the discussion.

To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.

Build or Restore an Airplane Right the First Time

Fremont, CA
Aviation Institute of Maintenance
March 23-24, 2019

Are you ready to build or restore an airplane? Then don’t waste your time watching DIY internet videos that result in costly mistakes. Instead, enroll in an EAA SportAir Workshop and learn how to build an aircraft right with the accomplished and experienced professionals at EAA. You’ll get hands-on, in-depth training that’ll save you time, money, and sweat.

These workshops are being hosted by the Aviation Institute of Maintenance – Fremont Campus. It’s part of a network of twelve Aircraft Mechanic schools located around the country that has been training Aviation Maintenance Technicians for over four decades. There’s no better setting to learn how to build your kit aircraft!

Courses are filling up fast. Enroll now.

Electrical Systems & Avionics
We’ll teach you the clear, step-by-step process to install aircraft electrical systems, avionics and antenna systems, along with electrical system design tips. At the end of the course you will be thoroughly knowledgeable on aircraft electrical systems and have the confidence to build and install a system in your aircraft. Enroll Now

Fabric Covering
Cover a wing section from start to finish and learn how to restore or finish your fabric covered airplane. We’ll go over surface prep, installing the fabric, coatings, rib stitching, finish, and painting and detail repair techniques. Our instructors have worked on everything from Piper Cubs to B-17 bombers and will provide the expert training you need for your fabric airplane. Enroll Now

Van’s RV Fiberglass Techniques
This course will provide training in composite techniques required for completion of non-composite aircraft kits such as the Van’s RV series of aircraft and others. Projects are designed to showcase and develop skills required to finish the ever growing number of composite parts supplied by kit manufacturers. Enroll Now

Sheet Metal
Don’t be intimidated about building a sheet metal aircraft kit. This two-day course will provide extensive hands-on experience and knowledge about the process, tools, and techniques for using them. One-on-one mentoring from our expert instructor will provide you with the experience and confidence to succeed. This course is currently full. If interested, add your name to the waitlist

CalDART award help

CalDART, a 501(c)3 corporation that formed last summer as a wholly owned entity of CalPilots, is promoting disaster preparedness in California by connecting pilots with their communities to provide disaster air transportation service.

CalDART has entered the Endeavor Award contest in hopes of picking up the $15,000 award, entering Paul Marshall as the candidate pilot. If he can get enough votes, CalDART will get a check for $15,000.

Paul Marshall is about half way down the list of pilots.

You’ll need to enter your email address, and you will need to click on a response email to validate your vote. You can find out more about CalDART at caldart.org, and you can vote on the Endeavor Award here.

EAA Tri-Motor Coming to Auburn in April

The Auburn EAA Chapter 526 is thrilled to announce that the chapter will be hosting the Ford Tri-Motor at KAUN (Auburn), on April 25-28, 2019. More information will be forthcoming, but it is possible to buy your ticket(s) now. The adult price is $72.00. There are only 180 seats available for the Auburn experience. Ride days and hours will be: Thursday 4/25 (2-5pm) & Friday 4/26 through Sunday 4/28 (9am – 5pm).

For our Chapter 1541 members, Chapter 526 is looking for volunteer help. Those interested can contact Phil Vardara at 530-613-2301.

The Tri-Motor will be making numerous stops in northern California in March and April including Watsonville, Sacramento, Nut Tree, and Marysville. Schedule is available at the EAA website.

Membership meeting – February 20th – “The Top Ten Things I Learned Building and Flying Three Experimental Airplanes.”

Chapter 1541’s February Member Meeting will be held at Cattlemens Restaurant, 2000 Taylor Road, Roseville. Join us for the optional dinner beginning at 18:00, with a short business meeting to follow.

Dan Masys will give a presentation on “The Top Ten Things I Learned Building and Flying Three Experimental Airplanes.” This David Letterman style Top Ten list will include some of the surprises that a new builder of a kitplane experiences on the way from dreaming to flying. What do you think the #1 Lesson learned will be?

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