EAA Chapter 1027
Willits, CA

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2007 Chapter News

Annual Attendees Well Fed!

Dec. 2: The annual holiday meeting of EAA Chapter 1027 was held at the Ukiah Garden Cafe with 26 members and guests attending. They chose from four entrees, plus salad, desert, and beverages.

Member Kurt Wilder offered a photo presentation of his visit to 2007 Fleet Week in October. His vantage point was aboard the S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien,  the last operating Liberty Ship of WWII, currently docked at Pier 45 in San Francisco. From the deck, "sailors" watched the Blue Angels, other aircraft, and naval ships. The S.S. O'Brien had unseasonably good weather and sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge. Members expressed interest in getting a block of tickets for the 2008 event aboard the "Lucky" O'Brien. The next week-long tribute to naval ships is October 9-14, 2008.

Harold Weston offered the Treasurer's Report. A check for $500 was given to Susie Davis to help defray expenses to attend the EAA
Chapter Leadership Academy on January 11-13, 2008, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on behalf of the club. President Dick Johnson reported on damage to the main gate at the Willits Airport caused by a car. No planes were injured.

Annual Meeting, Leadership Training Announced

Nov. 4: The November meeting of EAA Chapter 1027 was held at Willits (CA) Airport with good attendance. The current officers (see list on left) were unanimously re-elected for 2008.

The annual holiday meeting was announced for Sunday, December 2nd, 12 noon at the Ukiah Garden Cafe, 1090 S. State St. (at Talmidge Rd.) in Ukiah. Members can fly in to the nearby Ukiah Airport (KUKI) and make an advance request for pickup. Guests are welcome. The meal price is $12.95. All members should RSVP Dick Johnson at (707) 459-1380 as soon as possible.

Experimental Aircraft Association announced a Chapter Leadership Academy on January 11-13, 2008, in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The class and lodging expenses are paid by the EAA. Chapter 1027 voted to offer up $500 to defray travel costs for a member to attend. Contact Dick Johnson for more information.

Chapter Election Begins

Sept. 9: After our delicious lunch of barbequed hamburgers, salad, and dessert, President Dick Johnson made a motion to retain the current slate of officers for the upcoming election. Motion was seconded and unanimously carried. The next meeting of this chapter will be held on Sunday, Oct. 7, 12:00 p.m., at the Booneville (CA) airport (D83). See you there.

Booneville, CA Airport (D83)

Airport Day Has Flown Away Until Next Year!

The City of Willits Airport Commission held its annual Airport Day on Sunday, August 5, at Ells Field. The event shared the value of the airport to the local economy as well as the thrill of flying with local residents, spokesperson Marilyn Harden said.

Missed Willits Airport Day? Take a look at some of the photos we took -- and make plans to attend the next Willits Airport Day, Sunday, August 3, 2008. Additional photos are from the Willits Nickel & Dime.

See you there!

Airport Day Moves Ahead

June 3, 2007
: Plans for the 2007 Airport Day at Ells Field in Willits were discussed at the June meeting of EAA Chapter 1027. The annual event that brings planes from around northern California and southern Oregon is scheduled for Sunday, August 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is welcome. In past years, visitors were able to take rides in vintage biplanes, newer aircraft, and even helicopters at a nominal cost.

The EAA chapter meeting also featured a presentation by Clyde Davis on his eventful trip with wife, Susan, to pick up their latest aircraft, a 1947 Piper Cub Special (PA-11) in South Dakota. After some mechanical problems caused by an extra part in the engine after it was rebuilt, the Davis' took a week to fly from South Dakota through Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and back to northern California. The greatest challenge, said Clyde, was fighting the strong headwinds in New Mexico that reduced the ground speed to just 15 mph. The highlight was using their new Garmin 396 GPS system with XM satellite weather to make navigation and weather forecasting relatively easy. Clyde also gave tours of the craft that, after 60 years, still looks like new.

In addition, the chapter helped president Dick Johnson celebrate his 75th birthday. Dick also is a founder of EAA Chapter 1027.

The next meeting of EAA Chapter 1027 (representing Mendocino, Lake, and Humboldt counties) is scheduled for Sunday, July 1, beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Ells Field (north on Sherwood Road, east on Poppy). Members, guests, and anyone interested in aviation are invited. A barbecue lunch of burgers, hot dogs, chips, salads, and soda ($5 donation requested) will be provided.

Airport Day Planned

May 6, 2007: The City of Willits is sponsoring the 2007 Airport Days, scheduled for Sunday, August 5th, at Ells Field. EAA Chapter 1027 will assist with the annual event that draws people and planes from throughout northern California.  The Willits Airport Committee will meet May 29th at 4 p.m. at the airport regarding Airport Days. The public is invited. The EAA chapter is especially interested in finding pilots who would like to offer rides, a favorite part of the annual event.

Predent Dick Johnson announced that nominations for 2008 officers will begin in October with the election held in December.

In addition, it was announced that the club has a BD-5 kit for sale. All airframe and wing parts are included; requires an engine and instrumentation. The price is very reasonable. Contact chapter president Dick Johnson for more information.

The next scheduled meeting of EAA Chapter 1027 is Sunday, June 3rd, at Ells Field (O28), Willits, CA. Guests are invited. A barbecue lunch ($5 donation requested) will be provided.

New Officers Elected

March 31, 2007: Officers were elected for 2007: Dick Johnson, president; Jim Harden, vice president; Chuck Harden, secretary; and Harold Weston, treasurer. Board members include Susie Davis (Willits), Fred Baron (Garberville), Bryant Whitaker (Boonville), Art Williams (Lampson), and Dan Ramsey (news and web).

The club agreed to hold all future meetings on the first Sunday of each month at the clubhouse (Ells Field, O28, Willits) beginning at 12:30 p.m. with a donation barbeque following.

Dues were approved at $20 per year beginning April 1. Membership is open to pilots, wanna-be pilots, and anyone who spends time looking up into the sky and grinning.

Willits Airport Day was discussed, scheduled for August 4th with additonal news as it becomes available. For additional information, contact member Susie Davis. She's looking for vintage aircraft that would like to offer rides at the Sunday event.

The annual Boonville Aviation Knowledge, Folklore Convention and Airport Open House was announced for Saturday, August 11, beginning at noon. Many planes fly in for the pre-party on Friday afternoon and the no-host pizza bash that evening.
Camping is allowed at the field (D83) but fuel is not available. The Open House on Saturday includes a potluck lunch. Last year featured fly-overs by two P-51s! For more information, call Kirk Wilder at 707-895-2949.

Art Williams told the club that Lampson Field (1O2) at Lakeport, CA, now has a flight school and pilot shop. It also features biplane tours of the area. Contact Lake County Biplane Tours at 707-U-CAN-FLY.

Once adjourned, the club sang happy birthday to Clyde Davis and lit the candles on his cake as it was a permissive burn day.

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