Saturday, February 24 BBQ Lunch and Program

The Timber Tiger ST-L

A 95% replica Ryan ST-A

Our Fourth Saturday BBQ Lunch and Program will be held this coming Saturday, February 24, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. The BBQ Lunch starts at 11:00 at our hangar at the Lincoln Regional Airport. If you are not familiar with our hangar’s location, come to the airport and just follow the “EAA” signs.

The grill is hot from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. when it shuts down, so come early. BBQ Lunch is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for youth 17 or under (yep, we changed the youth age range to 17 and under), and $25 for families.

And, for your convenience, we are now accepting credit and debit cards, plus other methods of electronic payment, for our meals, t-shirts, dues, and donations. Also, if you have not paid your chapter annual dues ($30 for single or family membership) we will accept payment for that also.

And, remember, we will have our two flight simulators up and running for young and old alike.

Future Young Eagle on the Chapter’s simulator

Our Program for February

Our program for February will be presented by EAA member Glenn Gordon, who comes to us from Cameron Park.

Glenn will speak on the Timber Tiger ST-L, a 95% scale Ryan ST-A replica that is offered as a homebuilt kit.

For those not quite familiar with beautiful and classic aircraft, the 1930s Ryan ST design is both of those things. Derivatives of the Ryan ST were built for the U.S. Army as PT-22 primary trainers during World War II and we have at least one PT-22 based here at Lincoln. The Timber Tiger ST-L kit is a 95% scale faithful reproduction of the Ryan ST as developed by Nick Pfannenstiel and his company, Timber Tiger, at Montrose, Colorado.

Our speaker, Glenn Gordon, was instrumental in the development of the ST-L kit with his Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills. He remains deeply involved in making the kit a success, moving beyond the CAD drawings to designing production tooling for molds, jigs, and fixtures. As an experienced pilot, he also flew the prototype ST-L to Oshkosh to put it on display at AirVenture. Gordon has a long history as a mechanical design engineer going back to the 1990s and is currently employed as a Thermal/Mechanical Engineer for a Rancho Cordova company.

Here is one example of what Glenn contributed to the project…and from these CAD drawings come the ability to accurately produce parts with computerized tooling.

Of course, Glenn is building one of the ST-L kits at Cameron Park. His admiration of the original Ryan ST is, after all, what brought him to the ST-L. Both Glenn’s website and the Timber Tiger website offer detailed information about this unique and attractive kit built airplane.

Glenn started his ST-L build in June 2022 and is planning on using the Rotax 912 ULS engine on the project. (As with any homebuilt aircraft, it will be done on Tuesday.) We look forward to what Glenn has to say about the ST-L, his project, and the Timber Tiger company.

Please join us on Saturday for some good food, hangar flying, and a great program.

Pancake Breakfast This Coming Saturday (February 10)

This coming Saturday, February 10, 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 (yep, we changed the age range for youth), 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 both the free chapter flight simulators, our Sim 1 pod and our virtual reality simulator, up and running and attended to help you or your kids take flight. 

Please join us Saturday morning!

Saturday, January 27, BBQ Lunch and Program

EAA Chapter 1541’s Fourth Saturday BBQ Lunch and Program will be held on Saturday, January 27, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. The BBQ Lunch starts at 11:00 at our hangar at the Lincoln Regional Airport. If you are not familiar with our hangar’s location, come to the airport and just follow the “EAA” signs.

The grill is hot from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. when it shuts down, so come early. BBQ Lunch is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids 17 or under (yep, we changed the age range to 17 and under), and $25 for families.

There will be a short business meeting at 11:45, followed by our program beginning at 12:00 noon.

Our program for January will be presented by chapter member Cris Ferguson. He will speak on designing, building, and flying the LR1 biplane air racer. Cris flew the LR1 when he won the 2007 National Champion Air Race for the Biplane Class.

Cris has been flying since he was 12 years old. Since then, he has accumulated more than 5,000 flight hours in 75 different aircraft ranging from a 1918 Jenny bi-plane to a Grumman US-2C Tracker. He has flown competitive aerobatics, performed in more than 80 air shows, and raced at the Reno National Championship Air Races in the Bi-Plan class and Formula One class for 20 years. Besides this, he also holds an Airframe and Powerplant mechanics certificate With Inspection Authorization.

He owned an S1-C Pitts for 22 years which he rebuilt from the wheels up. It had a highly modified engine capable of generating 230+ horsepower and he used this for airshows and air racing for many years.

His passion is building and designing experimental aircraft and race planes. This led him into the aircraft restoration business after he rebuilt a fellow racer’s aircraft after it was damaged in a runway accident.

In 2000, he moved to Arkansas to help start C & H Aircraft Restoration, Inc. Projects he worked on included an AQC-6 Cabin Waco and Meyers 145 (one of only 20 in existence). Plus, he designed and built a new race plane, the LR1, for fellow race pilot Jeff Lo; it debuted at the Reno Air Races in 2003. Chris later flew the LR1 himself at Reno and won the National Championship in the Biplane class.

Additionally in years past he worked for All Coast Aircraft Recovery. In moving various types of military aircraft across the United States for museums, he gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

In 2011 he and his wife Margret moved to California where he worked as the Service Manager for Selway Machine Tool Company in Hayward and retired from them in 2022.

Today he lives in Yuba City and joined Chapter 1541 last fall.

 

Pancake Breakfast and Airport User’s Meeting This Coming Saturday (January 13)

This coming Saturday, January 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 child under 12, 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 both the free chapter flight simulators, our Sim 1 pod and our virtual reality simulator, up and running and attended to help you or your kids take flight. 

Airport User’s Meeting

Also on Saturday, January 13, our chapter will host an Airport User’s Meeting immediately after the pancake breakfast. Beginning at 10 am, the meeting will provide an opportunity for representatives from the City of Lincoln to present information about the current status of the airport and future plans, and also provide an open forum for users to ask questions and give input to the city, our airport operator.

Representatives from the city are expected to be:

  • Sean Scully-City Manager
  • Matthew Medill-Public Works Director
  • Scott Boynton-Maintenance Services Manager
  • Rich Spinale-Sr. Airport Maintenance Worker II
  • Roland Neufeld-Senior Engineer.

The planned agenda includes:

  • Introductions
  • Greeting from City Manager
  • Housekeeping (Code Enforcement Inspection Checklist)
  • Capital Improvement Plan Update
  • Fuel Truck Updates
  • Tee Hanger Development Update
  • Open Forum  

The meeting is open to all airport users and interested parties. Please forward this email to interested non-members and spread the word about the meeting. This is an opportunity to learn, ask questions, and provide input.

Pancake Breakfast This Coming Saturday (December 9)

This coming Saturday, 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 child under 12, or $25.00 per family. We’ll also happily renew your chapter dues for 2024. Cost is $30 for individuals or families.

Tickets for the Holiday Party on the following Wednesday, December 13, will be available for purchase at the breakfast. (Update: Tickets are no longer available.) Tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for kids under 12.  Tickets are also available online anytime at this dedicated page at our website, but only through Saturday, December 9.

The chapter board of directors will hold its monthly meeting immediately after the pancake breakfast…at 10:00 am. All chapter members are welcome to attend the board meeting.

Pancake Breakfast on Saturday (November 11)

We will be having our Second Saturday Pancake Breakfast from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. in 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.

Saturday is an important day…it is Veteran’s Day and our chapter salutes all the many U.S. military veterans in our chapter and among our family and friends by offering a free breakfast to all veterans who attend.

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  free to veterans, and is otherwise $10.00 per person, $5.00 per child under 12, or $25.00 per family.

Something new: our chapter is now accepting payment via credit or debit cards, and also Venmo and PayPal.

Tickets for the Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 13, will be available at the payment table. They are also available at this dedicated webpage.

Our chapter Board of Directors will be having its monthly meeting directly after the pancake breakfast, so you are welcome to stick around for that also.

Come on out and enjoy some good food and hangar flying too.

Holiday Party Tickets Available for Purchase

Yes, the holiday season is officially upon us, so the EAA Chapter 1541 2023 Holiday Party is set for Wednesday, December 13 at BJs Restaurant and Brewhouse in Roseville. Tickets are for sale at this special page on our chapter website. Tickets are $40 for adults and $15 for kids under the age of twelve. For our dinner, we’ll have an entree and four offerings of BJ’s deep dish pizza, plus salad and non-alcoholic beverages served in buffet style. There will be a no-host bar available also.

image.pngThe party will offer a raffle with prizes to include a breakfast or lunch for four at Wings Grill at the Auburn Airport, special aviation books, gift certificates for local merchants, pilot supplies, and much more. All proceeds from the raffle benefit our chapter’s youth scholarship fund.

Plan to spend the evening of December 13 with chapter members, family, and friends at our special 2023 Holiday Party.

Tickets must be purchased ahead of time; they will not be available at the door of the event. The firm deadline for ticket purchase is Saturday, December 9. They will also be available in-person at the December 9th Second Saturday Pancake Breakfast.

Tickets purchased online will be “will-call” by name at the door.

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Saturday, October 28 BBQ Lunch and Program: Scrapping Our World War II Air Force

For our Saturday, October 28, BBQ Lunch meeting, Scott Thompson will present on a widely-known but less-understood topic: Scrapping Our World War II Air Force.

(This program was originally scheduled for July 22 but that meeting was cancelled due to summer heat.)

Rows of aircraft engines removed from surplus bombers at the Kingman boneyard

Almost everyone has seen pictures of the endless rows of surplus warplanes gathered at remote desert fields after the end of World War II. Why were these bombers and fighters seemingly abandoned? What happened to them? Did we just scrap them and turn them into pots and pans? This presentation provides the details of what we did with a massive air force no longer needed.

War weary B-17's at Kingman AZ, waiting to be destroyed : r/WWIIplanes

Scott Thompson is the author of several books and numerous articles on different aspects of American aviation history. He has specialized in the post-war civilian use of World War II aircraft and thus has extensively researched the process of how the U.S. disposed of surplus warplanes. He maintains an historical aviation website at aerovintage.com.
BBQ Lunch starts at 11:00 at our hangar at the Lincoln Regional Airport. If you are not familiar with our hangar’s location, come to the airport and just follow the “EAA” signs.

The grill is hot from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. when it shuts down, so come early. BBQ Lunch is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids 12 and under, and $25 for families.

And, for your convenience, we are now accepting credit and debit cards, plus other methods of electronic payment, for our meals, t-shirts, dues, and donations. Please join us on Saturday.

Curtiss P-40 Warhawks stacked on their noses to save space at Walnut Ridge, Arkansas after World War II

September 23: Saturday BBQ Lunch and Program

This coming Saturday, September 23, EAA Chapter 1541 will be having its 4th Saturday BBQ Lunch and Program at the EAA Hangar.

This month, our program will celebrate the successes of our youth scholarship and sponsorship programs for this year. Specifically, our 2022-2023 Ray Scholar, Anthony Moreno, has completed his private pilot training. Our current Ray Scholar, Danielle Hanes, is well into her training for her private pilot certification. We also sponsored two of our chapter’s young people, Sam Mach and Prahlad  Iyengar, to attend the EAA Air Academy summer camp this past summer. We have asked all four to come and present their experiences through these programs.

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And, we also want to provide a few of our chapter members with an opportunity to share some of their own experiences from AirVenture at Oshkosh this past July. We had a good group of guys and gals make the trip east, either by the easy pain-in-the-neck way or the hard, fun way (your experience may have varied). So, if you were one of those and would like to share a few minutes of your experiences, come prepared.

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So, for both our young presenters and our Oshkosh travelers…we will have our chapter computer hooked up to our screen and audio system…bring your thumb drive to project a Powerpoint or images, or bring your own HDMI-connection-capable computer and plug it on in. We’ll ask the presenters to come to the front and use a microphone so all can hear.

We’ll have a brief business meeting at 11:45 with the presentations and programs to begin at 12:00.

BBQ Lunch starts at 11:00 at our hangar at the Lincoln Regional Airport. If you are not familiar with our hangar’s location, come to the airport and just follow the “EAA” signs.

The grill is hot from 11:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. when it shuts down, so come early. BBQ Lunch is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids 12 or under, and $25 for families.

And, for your convenience, we are now accepting credit and debit cards, plus other methods of electronic payment, for our meals, t-shirts, dues, and donations.

Please join us on Saturday.

This Coming Saturday: Breakfast at the Hangar

A reminder to all that we will be holding our Second Saturday Pancake Breakfast this coming Saturday (September 9) from 8:00 am until 10:00 am. Except there won’t be any pancakes this time around. Instead: Breakfast Burritos…yes, you read right. Breakfast burritos! Plus sausage and the other good fixings that go along with breakfast. Why breakfast burritos, you might ask? Well, we are using up some of our egg stock from the very successful Open House Pancake Breakfast. Waste not, want not, etc.
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We’ll be cooking from 8:00 am to 9:30 am when the grill shuts down, so come early. Breakfast will be $10.00 per person, $5.00 per young person 12 and under, or $25.00 per family.
Something new: our chapter is now accepting payment via credit or debit cards, and also Venmo and PayPal.