2010 EAA Chapter 1027 Holiday Dinner
December 18, 2010:
The last meeting of EAA Chapter 1027 for 2010 was a special no-host
Holiday Dinner at Ukiah Garden Cafe in Ukiah. Chapter president Paul
Trexel was awarded a special plaque of recognition for his superlative
efforts at managing and building the club over the past two years. The
award was presented by Vice President Dick Johnson.
a short business meeting, the club voted unanimously to continue the
chapter with the same roster of officers as 2010. Plans for the 2011
Willits Airport Day will be made at the March meeting.
Membership in EAA Chapter 1027 continues to grow, with invitations to
ALL pilots of certified and experimental aircraft in Mendocino, Lake,
and Humboldt Counties of northern California -- and to anyone in the
area who would like to discover the fun and friendship of flying. For
more information on chapter membership, contact president Paul Trexel.
The next chapter meeting will be on Sunday, January 9,
beginning at 12:00 noon with a lunch ($5 donation) at the Willits
Airport. All members, prospective members, and friends are encouraged
Lots of Planes Fly In to Boonville
November 14, 2010: Willits EAA
Chapter president Paul Trexel notes "It was a good day for flying to the Boonville Wine Country Fly- In held on
Sunday November 14th. Aircraft from all over northern California flew in from
places such as Livermore, Palo Alto, Santa Rosa, Concord, Sonoma, Ukiah, Willts
EAA 1027 member and host of the event, Kirk Wilder had his hands full
handling the 28 aircraft attending and preparing and serving 43 outstanding
barbequed burger meals with all the trimmings, including ice cream for
There was a wide variety of aircraft participating from a Cessna 310 to a
Sonerai, with several beautiful RV's being the mainstay. Everyone had a good
time, and 6 people signed up to become new members of EAA Chapter 1027."
for EAA Chapter 1027 will be a Holiday Chapter Dinner, Saturday, Dec.
18, 5:30 p.m., at Ukiah Garden Cafe, Talmage and State St. in Ukiah
(northwest of KUKI); no host. RSVP Paul Trexel.
Tri-Tip Fly-In a Big Success
October 10, 2010: Willits EAA
Chapter president Paul Trexel declared the "Willits Tri-Tip Fly-in a
big success. We had a good turnout with 21 aircraft flying in, with 35
meals served, everyone enjoying the delicious food from Kemmy's Smokehouse Bar B Que
Shack. Turnout included many Van's RV aircraft
fly in including from Lampson Lee Berry's very rare RV 2 which
has an uncanny resemblance to a Varga. In addition, Jim Derickson from
Ukiah flew in with his newly completed Zenith 750, which drew a lot of
Also, Gibson from Ukiah brought up his beautiful Cessna 180.
Harry Crosby of Livermore led a large squadron of RV's in occupied by a
lot of really nice folks. Art Williams, member of the EAA Chapter 1027
board of directors led a group of Lampson aircraft in. Fred Baron, also
a board member brought in two Cubs from Garberville. Everybody had a
good time, looking forward to our next fly-in."
for EAA Chapter 1027 will be at Boonville Airport on November 14. VFR
weather is predicted. Hamburgers, hot dogs, 50/50 raffle, local
wine/beer raffle, hangar talk, hosted by Kirk Wilder.
Tri-Tip Fly-In Announced
huge success of September's EAA
Chapter 1027 Fly-in Barbeque, chapter president Paul Trexel announced
the Willits Tri-Tip
Fly-In for October 10 from noon to 3 p.m at Ells
Field/Willits Airport (O28). The lunch will be prepared fresh on-site
by Kemmy's Smokehouse
the food service so popular at this year's Willits Airport Day (it sold
out!). The menu will include barbecued tri-tip, pork,
and chicken sandwiches; french fries; and many other
and beverages. Also available will be Kemmy's specialty pies (including
rhubarb!), made fresh from locally-grown ingredients. The club also
will have a 50/50 raffle to benefit chapter projects.
Pilots from throughout northern California, southern Oregon and
northwestern Nevada are invited to attend the Willits Tri-Tip Fly-In.
"We're hoping for a big turnout," says Trexel," to test
Kemmy's Bar-B-Que Shack will become a full-time food
service at the Willits Airport. It's better than a $100
For more information, contact Paul Trexel.
Turnout for Willits EAA Barbeque
12, 2010: EAA
Chapter 1027's Fly-in Barbeque was a big success reports President Paul
Trexel. "Final count was 31 aircraft attending, 57 burgers served and
115 gallons of avgas sold. Everyone had a great time."
barbeque ($5 donation) included hamburgers with all the trimmings,
baked beans, pasta salad and soft drinks with ice cream for dessert. In
addition, there was a raffle for cash and avgas. Pilots flew in from
throughout northern California.
The next chapter meeting is
scheduled for Sunday, October 10, at 12 noon (weather permitting).
Visitors and prospective members are invided to attend. For information
contact Paul Trexel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Barbeque Fly-In to Award Free AvGas
September get- together for EAA Chapter 1027 will be on
Sunday, September 12th at Willits airport (O28), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
There will be a drawing for 10 gallons of aviation fuel in each of two
categories: experimental/homebuilt and certified/manufactured
aircraft. Pilots that enter in the chapter's 50/50 raffle for $5 will
automatically be entered in one of the two categories for the Free Gas
Giveaway says chapter president Paul Trexel. "We'll have a great
barbecue with beverage and ice cream for a $5 donation. As always, our
events welcome all aircraft, pilots, and anybody who likes aviation".
For information contact Paul Trexel at email@example.com
Willits Airport Day is a Flying Success!
August 8, 2010: EAA
Chapter 1027 president Paul Trexel reports a hugely successful Airport
Day this year. "To run down the numbers, we estimate more than one
thousand people from the community came and enjoyed Airport Day. We
counted 65 participating aircraft with a peak 43 on the ground
at one time., four helicopters participated, and a Coast Guard
C-130. There were 203 people who bought airplane and helicopter
rides, food vendors sold out their food offerings, and 350
gallons of fuel were sold. It was a great community event, promoted
throughout the region with the club's new website, WillitsFlyIn.com.
The annual event was put on by Chapter 1027 volunteers
including Harold Weston, Dick Johnson, Jim and Marilyn
Harden, Dan Ramsey and others. Representing the City of
Willits was John Sherman. The Willits Airport Commission was
represented by Dave Shelton. "We're really looking forward to next
year's Airport Day -- if we can get more great volunteers," says
next meeting, Sunday, September 12, will include a 50/50 Raffle with
two winners also getting gift certificates for 10 gallons of fuel.
Visitors are invited to attend. The club is beginning its search for
new members as well as volunteers for next year's Airport Day. You
don't have to be a pilot to be a member of EAA Chapter 1027. You just
have to love airplanes.
Poker Run a Big Success
11, 2010: On
a near perfect flying day ( except for Little River ) we had great
participation, great airplanes to see, and most important of all, great
people at the Willits Poker Run and EAA Barbecue Sunday, July
11th. I was very pleased to meet new folks from
Lampson,Boonville, Little River, Sacramento, Fort Bragg and
Redding. We had 20 people in attendance, 8 fly-in aircraft, 7
poker hands played. The winning hand was a pair of Jacks,Ace high, I
of the enormous size of the pot, and tax considerations, the winner
shall remain anonymous; but he sure had a nice Tripacer from
Lampson! All the planes were really outstanding examples of
of EAA 1027's resident Chefs Bob Franklin, barbecued some good ribs and
chicken, very easy on the palate, although it was touch-and-go (no pun
intended) when one of the group alerted Bob to flames coming out the
side of the barbecue. Bob replied "Oh, don't worrry about
that, it's just the skin burning." It was great, accompanied by a tasty
pasta salad, green salad, and ice cream.
thank all that were in attendance, and the "dealers" at the
airports for their participation and help
with the event. There will be more of these, bringing together the
pilot groups from Lampson,Little River, Boonville, Ukiah,Fort
Bragg and other area airports in joint activtities with our
common goal of fun flying. Thanks again. We try to keep everybody
updated on our new website www.willitsflyin.com.
Please keep in mind our Willits Airport Day On August 8th, with the
Boonville aviation extravaganza the following weekend. We'd like to see
you all there.
Paul Trexel, President
Poker Run Announced for July 11
airports are Ukiah, Lampson, Boonville, Little River, terminating at
Willits. Start time
0900, finish 1200. Draw
one card per hand in sealed envelope at each airport, $5 donation per
hand. Best hand awarded at Willits followed by a barbecue lunch put on
by Willits EAA Chapter 1027. Safety is the top priority. Any
pilot who feels that they cannot operate safely into or out of any of
the airports can draw a substitute card at Willits airport, even if
they drive to Willits. Only cards
in sealed envelopes presented to event officials in Willits will be
counted. In the
event of a tie, the pot will be split equally. Info Paul
Discussion of Airport Day
13, 2010: EAA
Chapter 1027's June meeting featured Dick Johnson's review of the
Experimental Aircraft Association website as well as a discussion of
the upcoming Willits Airport Day and Skunk Train Fly-In.
The event is planned for Sunday, August 8. Outdoor lunch at the
clubhouse was barbecued chicken, fresh corn on the cob, ice
refreshments. Information on the one-day event will be published at WillitsFlyIn.com.
Note that the following weekend, August 13-15 will feature
Boonville Airport Days, with information forthcoming.
Airport Day, and WillitsFlyIn.com Discussed
May 16, 2010: EAA
Chapter 1027's May meeting was held outdoors under the newly set-up
canopies at Ells Field,
Willits CA. Lunch was barbecued hamburgers, beans ice cream,
refreshments. Special guest again was John Sherman, Willits'
Airport Manager, discussing progress toward maintaining the airport and
supporting Willits Airport Day. He also discussed working with a new
supplier of avgas toward making Willits Airport prices the lowest in
the area. Additional meetings will be held in the coming month to
solidify plans for Airport Day, scheduled for Sunday, August 8. In
addition, Kirk Wilder announced Boonville Airport Day the following
weekend, August 13-15. Information will be published at WillitsFlyIn.com.
President Paul Trexel is working on a cross-promotional relationship
with the Willits Skunk Train, Baechtel Creek Inn, a local rental car
company and other opportunities for the Airport Day.
Meets New Airport Manager
11, 2010: EAA
Chapter 1027 held their April meeting in the clubhouse at Ells Field,
Willits CA. Lunch was sandwiches, salad, ice cream, and
refreshments. Special guest was John Sherman, Willits' new
Airport Manager, discussing various projects and how the city and club
can work together toward improving the airport. Also discussed was
establishing a new website, WillitsFlyIn.com,
as "a pilot's portal to Willits, California." The site will be promoted
and maintained by EAA Chapter 1027 to offer a single site where pilots
from around the U.S. can discover community and recreational activities
in the Willits area. In addition to Airport Day, the site will promote
the City's Frontier Days, Skunk Train, Ridgewood (Seabiscuit) Ranch,
and other local activities and events. It also will coordinate
transportation for pilots coming into the area. The meeting
featured video of landings at Shelter Cove, Half Moon Bay, and other
northern California airports as offered by 160Knots.com.
Flies and Drives to Boonville Airport
March 14, 2010:
The March meeting of EAA Chapter 1027 was held at the residence of Kirk
Wilder, adjacent to the Boonville
Airport. Some attendees flew in
while others chose
to drive the scenic route over the hills. Host Wilder
tour of his spacious hangar-shop, home of two aircraft and numerous
collectibles, the envy of any aviation buff. An outstanding
was presented by our host with the help of several Anderson Valley
friends. Great hamburgers made with local beef,
side dishes and special desserts left everyone more than
satisfied. Vice President Dick Johnson conducted
business meeting to discuss upcoming Airport Days at Willits
August 8th and Boonville on August 14-15. EAA 1027 will
participate at both locations. Other business
the sale of the Chapter's unused TIG
welder. The April
11 meeting is scheduled at the Willits
Weather Seminar Coming to Ukiah Airport
Weather Patterns of Northern California”
will be presented at the Ukiah Airport (KUKI) Terminal
Building on Saturday, February 27 at 10:00 am by Mr. Terry
Lankford. He retired as an FAA Flight Service
Specialist in 1998 after 25 years of service. He has been an
active pilot and ﬂight instructor since 1968. Terry has six
in publication with McGraw-Hill on various aviation topics and has
published numerous periodical articles. In addition to his
instructor activities, he serves as the co-chair of the National
Weather Association's Aviation Weather Committee.
Officers of EAA Chapter 1027 held their annual board meeting prior to
the regularly monthly meeting for February. It was called to order by
President Paul Trexel and included the financial report by Harold
Weston. New business included a discussion of Airport Day
President Trexler will meet with Willits City Manager Paul Cayler to
work out arrangements. Airport Day
was scheduled for Sunday,
August 8, 2010,
and preparations were discussed, including food, concessions, airplane
rides, classic car displays and other opportunities to bring the
community together. The
Boonville Airport event will be on the following Saturday. Minutes of
the annual board meeting are available online.
the board and attending members enjoyed a lunch together and roasting
Dave Shelton on his 80th birthday. The next club meeting is scheduled
for Sunday, March 14, at 12 noon with further discussion of 2010
Airport Day, other topics, and additional hanger flying.
New Chapter President
Jan. 12, 2010:
To all EAA chapter 1027 members,
I would like to thank all of you for your vote of
confidence in the recent election of chapter officers. I will do my
best to work for you in making this chapter a continuing success. From
my first attendance of a chapter meeting I could see that we have a
great group of people that extend a hand of friendship to newcomers.
Thanks too to Jim Harden for his dedication in serving as
president for 2009, we look forward to Jim's continuing participation.
Welcome and congratulations to Marilyn
Harden on her election as chapter secretary. We are fortunate to have
Marilyn on board, as she brings with her years of experience in her
roll as former airport manager and City of Willits clerk. Thanks for
coming on board Marilyn. I look forward to working with Dick
Johnson,Vice President, Harold Weston, Treasurer, and of course Marilyn
and with all of the members in continuing the success and
growth of this chapter. Dan Ramsey's excellent work as chapter
webmaster is invaluable and much appreciated.
I would like to invite all of you to make any
suggestions that you may have in making this an even
better chapter. Any and all ideas to have more fun, expand
membership, and anything else you would like to see are welcome. We'll
set aside some time at the next meeting for open discussion of ideas.
You can email me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org
with ideas or questions. Thanks again folks,I hope to see you all at
the next meeting on February 14th. It just so happens that the meeting
is scheduled for Valentines Day, if this is going to conflict with
possible commitments to the member's significant others, let us know if
you think we should look at changing the date.
Chapter Officers Elected for 2010
Jan. 10, 2010:
Chapter officers were elected for 2010 including Paul Trexel,
president; Dick Johnson, Vice President; Marilyn Harden, Secretary; and
Harold Weston, Treasurer in its annual meeting. Outgoing president
thanked past officers for their efforts and asked for additional
volunteer cooks for the new year's meetings. Kirk Wilder
discussed challenges faced by Boonville Airport as state funding is
being removed from many small airports, including Boonville and
Willits. EAA chapter offered to assist with a fund-raiser later this
year, if needed. Kirk also noted that Boonville Airport Open House is
scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 14. Willits Airport Day's date will be set
by the city soon. The club also voted to accept a private offer for the
TIG welder and the BD-5 project. The next chapter is tentatively set
(depending on flying weather) for Sunday, Feb. 14, at 2 PM.
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