Our January Saturday BBQ Lunch Program on January 28 will dive into the ups and downs of flying in Europe, particularly Italy and Switzerland. Our presenter is chapter member Dave Magaw, an experienced pilot and builder based right here at Lincoln. He will talk about his experiences flying in Europe for the last nine years, and particularly in the last 4-5 years. Dave will cover some of the differences between flying in Europe compared to the USA, the airspace differences and some of the differences in the rules and regulations for flying. His experiences are only those of flying small private planes for fun and educational purposes (but mostly for fun and food), but he has pictures!
As a bit of background, Dave is 70 years old and received a U.S. pilot certificate in 1999. He received a European PPL in 2021 and an Italian Advanced Ultralight License in early 2022. He has logged in excess of 2,100 hours of flight time, about ¾ of which is in taildraggers. He towed gliders, mostly from the Byron Airport, though he retired from doing that in 2021. He flies Experimental and Light Sport aircraft, which are called Ultralights in Europe. His hangar at Lincoln holds his Pitts S1C and modified tailwheel Cessna 172, both of which he flies often.
Dave Magaw at a big European airshow at Friedrichshafen, Germany.
This is not Dave’s airplane.
Dave gets to Europe for a good part of every year and is part of a Swiss group doing a full rebuild of a Pitts S1C in Switzerland. He owns and files at Groppo Trail (advanced ultralight) based in Italy. His past U.S. projects include rebuilding a Thorpe T-18, building a Wittman Tailwind, and completing a half-built RV-4 project. He is a tool guy and, with his experience and background, has helped many in the Lincoln airport community with advice, knowledge, and hardware.
The BBQ Lunch will start at 11:00 a.m. with good food and hangar flying. We’ll have a short business meeting at about 11:45, and then Dave will present at 12:00. If you are going to attend the BBQ Lunch, please arrive at 11:00 as we will only be cooking and serving food until 11:45, with the program to start promptly at noon. Cost for our full BBQ Lunch is $8.00 for adults, $5 for kids and $20 for a family.
So You Want To Build An Airplane?
Are you building an airplane? Or maybe you are just wondering what is involved. In any case,you should be aware of the upcoming EAA Homebuilders Week running next week, from Monday, January 23, through Friday, January 27
. This is a no-cost, no threat opportunity to view some online presentations that cover the gamut of building your own airplane. Each of the five days has six events scheduled throughout the day that you can attend online. But…be aware that registration is required and space is limited. More information can be found here: https://www.eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building/homebuilders-week
Due to the rain and wind in the forecast for Saturday morning, we have decided to cancel the scheduled Pancake Breakfast that was to begin at 8:00 a.m.
But not to worry. For those dedicated enough to brave some IMC weather, we are still going to open the hangar and offer some hot coffee and donuts, plus the chance to do a bit of hangar flying. So please don’t let the weather deter you…come on out at 8:00 a.m. and enjoy some hangar-flying type touch and go’s.
And, Saturday morning offers a great chance to pay your 2023 chapter dues
. Single and Family memberships are $30 for the year. These dues make the chapter work…we do have expenses that have to be met so if you have not yet done so, please bring your checkbook or cash on Saturday. You can also pay with a credit or debit card through PayPal by clicking here
We do offer a Gold Membership for those who want to go a bit further to support the chapter goals. You get some special perks along with the Gold Membership. The annual dues for Gold Membership are $300.
Also of note: the monthly chapter Board of Directors meeting will still be held on Saturday morning in the hangar. We’ve moved the start time to 9:30 a.m. and expect about a 90-minute meeting. This is the first meeting of the 2023-2024 board and we’ll be discussing goals and schedules for the coming year. All chapter members are welcome to attend.
We hope to see you Saturday.
Our first pancake breakfast of 2023 is on the calendar for this coming Saturday, January 14th from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in the EAA hangar, S-12 at Lincoln Regional Airport. It may or may not be another stormy morning, so in the best traditions of aviation we will make a go/no go decision when the forecasts become more certain towards the end of the week. It would be great to be able to get together for breakfast and have an opportunity to chew and chat, so pencil it on your calendar and we will hope for a pleasant break in our current wet weather parade.
Happy aviating in 2023!
Happy New Year from EAA chapter 1541! Our educational programs for 2023 begin this coming Thursday, January 5th at 7 pm Pacific time, with our January IMC/VMC club online meeting.
The program will have two “What Would You Do?” scenarios. The IMC scenario involves the final segment of an instrument approach in low visibility conditions where a potential conflict arises with a VFR pilot in the pattern. The VFR scenario involves having a passenger who is suddenly in pain.
FAA Wings safety program credits are available for this event by registering here
Happy and safe flying in 2023!