EAA Chapter 1027:
Chapter meetings typically occur on the
second Sunday of the month at the clubhouse at Willits Airport/Ells
Field or at Boonville Airport.
All pilots of experimental
and certified aircraft as well as people
interested in aviation are welcome to attend!
Paul Trexel, President
Dick Johnson, Vice
Marilyn Harden, Secretary
Harold Weston, Treasurer
Fred Baron (Garberville)
Bryant Whittaker (Boonville)
Art Williams (Lampson)
Ramsey (News & Webmaster)
located on Ells Field (028, CTAF 122.8, Rwy 34, R.H.) on the mountain
two miles northwest of the City of Willits which is approx. 120 miles
North of San Francisco on Hwy 101. Runways are 16 (primary
takeoff, downslope, left pattern) and 34 (primary landing, upslope,
right pattern) with PAPI (5-clicks). Our mailing
address is 1320
Poppy Dr. Willits CA 95490 or E-Mail chapter president Paul Trexel.
Aircraft older than 35 years may be eligible for
California property tax exemption. For more information refer to the BOE
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End-of-Year Holiday Meeting
Dec. 17, 2011:
EAA Chapter 1027 held it's annual Holiday Meeting at Ukiah Garden Cafe.
Approximately 20 members and spouses attended from Mendocino and Lake
counties. Membership voted to retain the existing officers and board
for 2012 while by-laws are being revised and updated. President Paul
Trexel was awarded a special gift in recognition for his work on behalf
of the chapter and local aviation. Members discussed various fly-ins,
fly-outs and other events for the coming year. The first meeting of
2012 will be announced soon.
Boonville Meeting Successful;
Nov. 13, 2011: The Annual Boonville Fall Fly-In was again successful with great weather for
the event, says President Paul Trexel. Thirty-three members and friends enjoyed a great barbecue burger lunch provided
by the Boonville EAA Chapter 1027 members. The Livermore Vans Air Force group
arrived with their signature fly-by in their Rv's.Aircraft flying in ranged from a Cessna 310 to a rare Tri-Champ. Kirk Wilder
treated some aircaft to parking on his newly paved taxiway to his
hangar. Regretably, Bryant and Penny Whittaker were unable to attend due to a
loss in the family, our condolences to the Whittakers.
Lee Beery Wins Award at Lampson
The next gathering will be the Annual EAA Chapter 1027 Holiday Dinner,
Saturday, December 17th at 6 PM at the Ukiah Gardens Cafe.
President Trexel also announced that Lampson member Lee Beery recently receiving the FAA's Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award for 50 years
as an aircraft mechanic in a ceremony at Lakeport. Charles Taylor was the
mechanic that designed and built the engine for the first flight of the Wright
Brothers. Lee Beery is the proud owner/pilot/mechanic of a Varga, seen at left.
Chapter Board Meets
After Fly-In and Great Meal
Chapter 1027 held its annual board meeting following the regular
monthly fly-in and meeting on Sunday, October 9th. Lunch was pulled
pork sandwiches proved by Jim and Marilyn Harden plus salads, desserts
and beverages brought by other members. Aircraft flew in from Ukiah,
Boonville, Lampson, Garberville and other area airports for the
event. Officers and board members Paul Trexel, Dick Johnson,
Marilyn Harden, Harold Weston, Fred Baron, Bryant Whittaker, and Art
Williams discussed a review of the chapter bylaws, the EAA Young Eagles
program and chapter maintenance of the Willits airport.
November meeting of EAA Chapter 1027 is planned for Sunday,
November 13, at the Boonville airport. If rain, at Bryant Whittaker's
house; if shine, at Kirk Wilder's house/hangar. All pilots and anyone
in flying is invited to attend.
Great Turnout for
Boonville Airport Day and Potluck Dinner
The weekend of August
12,13,and 14 had spectacular weather for the Boonville
Fly-In hosted by EAA Chapter 1027 member and Boonville airport
manager Kirk Wilder and Chapter 1027 member/assistants. By noon on
Saturday, 30 aircraft were parked on the grass and the ramp, having
flown in from all over the state. Several campers had pitched their
tents and enjoyed the the 3 day event, featuring live music, authentic
Mexican food and a great potluck dinner with evening entertainment.
the local pilots were busy all day Saturday giving rides to the
folks from the area, giving them the experience of flight and to see
their hometown from the air. A Coast Guard C-130 made two passes over
the runway to the cheers and salutes from the crowd.
September meeting of EAA Chapter 1027 has been canceled due to
vacations. Go flying instead! And watch
this website for announcements on future meetings.
Boonville Airport Day
and Potluck Dinner
EAA Chapter 1027
members invite all northern California pilots and friends to the 12th
annual Boonville Airport Day and
Potluck Dinner on Saturday, August
2011. Festivities begin at noon with dinner starting at 5 P.M. Please
bring your favorite potluck dish; drinks are provided. If you get
hungry that afternoon, visit "Alicia's Taco Stand" in front of Kirk's
hangar. Beverages available, too. Also, Boonville
airport manager Kirk Wilder will host a pre-party party at his hangar
on the airport on Friday evening (Aug. 12) with pizza and goodies.
On-airport camping is available for pilots and drivers. (Car parking:
Enter from Estate Dr. and park on the south side of the hangar.)
Contact Kirk or Cindy for
additional information at 707-895-2949. Check AirNav.com
for info on Boonville Airport (D83) and check the National Weather Service for weather forecasts.
Saturday, August 13
Willits RV Fly-In a
July 12, 2011:
The Willits Fly-In held last Sunday at Ells Field was a success
says local EAA chapter president Paul Trexel. "We had at least 35
aircraft that flew in from around northern California. We even had a
twin-engine aircraft do a fly-over for us on its way to Montana. Lots
of fun!" The event was catered by Taquiera Ramirez with Mexican food
and cool snow cones. The public was invited to attend the four-hour
event to watch aircraft arrive and takeoff, including four members of
the Van's Air Force from Livermore. Two short-takeoff-and-landing
(STOL) planes also entertained the crowd by getting airborne in about
200 feet. As an unexpected surprise, three CalFire aircraft circled the
north end of the valley watching a potential fire. Two aircraft flew in
the evening before the event and tent-camped at the airport.
Willits Airport Administrator John Sherman says "We're trying to
encourage more pilots to fly in to our local airport and enjoy the
amenities of Willits." Pilots were offered the use of a courtesy car by
David Bowen of Sierra Pacific Aviation so the campers could go into
town for dinner and supplies. The event was set up and the site
prepared by volunteer members of Experimental Aircraft Association
chapter 1027 based in Willits. More than 400 gallons of aviation gas
were sold by the city during the fly-in.
Willits RV Fly-In and
EAA Chapter 1027 announces a special event for its July meeting:
the Willits RV
Fly-In and Avgas Raffle from 1100 to 1500 at Willits Airport (O28). The
date is Sunday, July 10. Here are FIVE good reasons to attend:
Sunday, July 10th!
important, you'll have fun! With the poor spring flying weather, you've
been looking for a good excuse, er reason to take a Sunday flight to
the "Gateway to the Redwoods". Here it is! Come join other NorCal
pilots and friends and the big event: Willits RV Fly-In and Avgas
Raffle, July 10th at Willits Airport/Ells Field.
to ALL aircraft, especially Vans RV aircraft with participation of the
"Vans Air Force" from Livermore. Whatever you fly -- or drive -- you
are invited to attend this popular summer event.
gallons of 100LL aviation fuel will be raffled off, 10 gallons in each
of two categories: certified/manufactured aircraft and
homebuilt/experimental aircraft. Tickets for the raffle are just
$5 each. Your five bucks could be worth $50+ in fuel! (And Willits
ExxonMobil fuel is among the lowest prices in northern California!)
- ONE-DAY AVGAS
SPECIAL: $4.99/gallon for ExxonMobil 100LL SUNDAY, JULY 10 ONLY!
- The best
Mexican food in Mendocino County, provided by Taquiera Ramirez,
made on-site to order! Check out the menu HERE. And Sno Cones
good stuff: Historical Aircraft Certificates for aircraft
built before 1975.
And watch for Boonville Airport Day
(D83) coming in August!
Willits EAA to Attend
May 20, 2011:
EAA Chapter 1027 recently announced that it will participate in area
fly-ins instead of holding their June meeting. Please join us in
supporting northern California aviation! The two events are:
Ukiah Airport Day: June 11 at Ukiah Airport (UKI), CA.
Airshow & Fly-In: June 10, 11
& 12 at Yuba County Airport (MYV), CA. EAA President/CEO Rod
Hightower will speak Thursday evening!
And watch for Boonville Airport Day
(D83) coming in August!
Great Turnout for
April 10, 2011: The spring weather
cooperated nicely for the Boonville Spring Fly-In hosted by "Captain
Kirk" Wilder and his staff including Jim and Jeanne Nickless, Bryant
and Penny Whittaker, Bob and Sandra Nimmons, Ed and Fely Smith, Larry
and Janet Lombard, Jerry and Barbara Bowers, Tao Tebbits, Cindy Wilder,
and Marilyn and Jim Harden. Kirk and staff put on a great barbeque,
enlisting the services of Head Chef Larry Lombard who was willing to
cook your burger any way you wanted it, as long as it was "medium"!
There was a
wide variety of aircraft in attendance including the newest RV, the
RV12, a Long EZ , Super Cubs, a C-310, a Robinson R44, a French
Robin, and the Livermore RV Squadron lead by Harry Crosby. The final
aircraft count was 28 fixed wing and one rotor wing at the event. The
burger barbecue sold out at 60 meals served and 67 folks in attendance.
All had a good time and are looking forward to EAA 1027's next event
which will be announced soon.
Chapter Members Full
February 13, 2011:
EAA Chapter 1027 featured Judy Ramsey's International Lunch of
home-made chili con carne and French bread at its February club
meeting. Also included was a tossed green salad, beverages and ice
cream for dessert. There were 32 pilots and friends attending the
meeting with 18 aircraft flying in from places as far away as Livermore
and other attendees driving in from Santa Rosa. Several people
participated in the chapter's first swap-meet/flea-mart. During the
event, the City of Willits airport generated $575.00 in fuel sales.
The next chapter meeting will be at the home of Kirk Wilder, adjacent
to the Boonville Airport (D83) on March 13, beginning at 12 noon.
Non-EAA members and local people interested in aviation are welcome to
attend. The lunch will be barbecued hamburgers and other tasty treats
New Year Kicks Off
with Mexican Lunch
January 9, 2011:
Jim and Marilyn Harden made authentic Mexican Posole for the first EAA
Chapter Lunch and Meeting of 2011. The soup was made with pork, hominy,
and many flavorful spices. It was topped with onion, cabbage, and
peppers to taste. Tortillas, chips and salsa were available and dessert
ice cream. Beverages, too.
The meeting included special framed awards
for officers Dick Johnson, Harold Weston, Marilyn Harden, Dan Ramsey,
and a belated
award to past-president Jim Harden. Numerous guests attended the
meeting, including Andre and Jane Berthet of Pleasanton, who took and
shared these photos of the event. Mendocinco County Sheriff Allman was
the guest speaker. VP Dick Johnson asked about interest in
attending the EAA Airventure this year in late July in Oshkosh, WI.
Also in the plans is a possible flock flight to the Evergreen Air
Museum and Spruce Goose in McMinnville later this spring.
The club's next meeting will be on Sunday,
at the clubhouse at noon, featuring home-made chili con carne and
bread, provided by Judy Ramsey. Lunch is $5.00 (donation). Everyone
interested in aviation, EAA
member or not, is invited to attend the open meetings eac month. It is
a gathering of flying friends with or without experimental or certified
more information on chapter membership, contact president Paul Trexel.