Second Saturday breakfast and educational program on July 13th

On Saturday, July 13, we will be having our Second Saturday Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the EAA hangar, S-12 at the Lincoln Regional Airport. If you are not familiar with the airport, navigate to Flight Line Drive and follow the “EAA” signs. All are welcome.

We’ll be cooking pancakes, eggs, and other good stuff from 8:00 am to 9:30 am when the grill shuts down, so come early. Breakfast is $10.00 per person, $5.00 per youth under 17, or $25.00 per family. We’ll also happily renew your chapter dues for 2024. Cost is $30 for individuals or families. We’ll have our flight simulators up and running and attended to help you or your kids take flight.  At 9:30 we will begin our educational presentation,.

For our summer schedule, we are moving the monthly educational program from the 4th Saturday to follow the 2nd Saturday pancake breakfast.  Our inaugural after-breakfast speaker will be EAA 1541 technical counselor Dan Masys, on the topic of “Do It Yourself Avionics Upgrades for Experimental Aircraft:  How Much and How Long?”

Shown at the left is the original instrument panel of the first aircraft (an RV-7A) that Dan and his wife Linda completed building in 2003. That aircraft is now in the hands of its fourth owner, who contacted Dan in 2023 to get help with upgrading its electrical and avionics systems.  After much discussion, many emails and lots of long distance mentoring and troubleshooting by phone, the airplane now has a new owner-installed Garmin GNC touch screen IFR navigator + com, dual Garmin G5 solid state displays, and a fully coupled TruTrak autopilot:


At the same time, Dan was working on a second avionics upgrade project, to transform a 2007 RV-10 to a state of the art triple Garmin G3X touch screen system integrated with a GTN 650Xi navigator and Garmin 507 autopilot:

This presentation will use this “Tale of Two Upgrades” to illustrate how owners of experimental aircraft can do their own avionics upgrades, including the skills, knowledge and tools needed, as well as the cost and time required to accomplish the task.