EAA Chapter 1027
Willits, CA
(Mendocino, Lake, and Humboldt Counties)
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All EAA Chapter 1027 meetings are
 open to the general public
with Historical Aircraft on display and experienced pilots available to answer questions.
Historical Aircraft Displays are open to the public at the Ukiah Airport (KUKI) on the first Tuesday and Saturday of each month from 10 AM to 2PM.
EAA Chapter 1027
Monthly Meeting:
Chapter meetings typically occur on the second Sunday of the month at the clubhouse at Willits Airport/Ells Field, at Boonville Airport or another announced location. Lunch, beverage and dessert are provided for a $7 donation to the chapter. All pilots of experimental and certified aircraft as well as people interested in aviation are welcome to attend!

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2012 Officers:
   Paul Trexel, President
   Dick Johnson, Vice President
   Marilyn Harden, Secretary
   Harold Weston, Treasurer
2012 Board:
   Fred Baron (Garberville)
   Larry Lombard (Boonville)
   Art Williams (Lampson)
   Dan Ramsey (News & Webmaster)

Ells Field, Willits CA (O28)
EAA 1027 CLUBHOUSE is 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 website.

Sell, Buy, Trade, Wanted:
  • Van's RV8A: 180 HP Lycoming, 200 MPH cruise, total fun! Visit VansRV8A.com for more information and photos.
  • 1980 Beech Skipper BE77:  Lycoming 0-235-L2C, 3140 hr TTAF, 60 hr SMOH, IFR Panel. All logs, located at RHV, San Jose CA. $31,500. Call Allen at 408-926-1711. PHOTOS.
  • Club members with something to sell, buy, trade, or wanted, contact Dan Ramsey.

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Boonville Fall Fly-In Honors Veterans

Boonville Fall Fly-InBoonville Airport TowerThanks to all who were able to attend this year's Boonville Fall Fly-In. The Boonville weather was spectacular; no wind, full sun, 60 degrees. About 50 people or more attended the event, with 44 partaking of Master Chef ( and Willits  EAA 1027 Board member) Larry Lombard's and Assistant Chef Janet Lombard's burger expertise.

This year, Doug Dugger led a fleet of Zenith's up from Cloverdale,  rivaling the number of RV's that flew in.

We thank you all for expressing your freedom to fly; fought for and won for us as the many other freedoms we enjoy, by our veterans, as we celebrated Veteran's Day.

A special thanks goes out to Formation Leader Larry Lombard, Jim Derickson, Eric Mercer, Harry Crosby, Barry Weber and the Livermore Vans Air Force, and others who flew a formation of aircraft around the Anderson Valley as a salute to our veterans. What a great sight of freedom being exercised in honor of our veterans.

The chapter's annual holiday dinner will be at Ukiah Garden Cafe on Saturday, December 1, at 6 P.M. It will be in the same dining room as last year, with ample room. Please RSVP chapter president Paul Trexel by November 25. Menu options and prices will be sent to respondees.

Willits Food Bank and Our Daily Bread Get Checks

Willits Airport Day and Benefit Fly-InEAA Chapter 1027 president Paul Trexel (center) recently presented checks to Cindy Savage (left) of Our Daily Bread and Jim Marill (right) of Willits Community Services and Food Bank. The donations of $360 each were proceeds from the Willits Airport Day and Benefit Fly-In on August 5. Revenues came from a portion of food sales and aircraft rides at the annual event. Willits Community Services offers emergency food and financial help to low- and no-income families in the area, distributing more than 20,000 pounds of foods each month. About 1,100 local people are served monthly through the food bank, reports Marill. Donations come from area grocery stores, federal food programs and local donations of foods and cash. "We really count on our community to serve our community," says Marill. Also benefiting from the airport event was Our Daily Bread of Willits, open Monday through Thursday from 5-6 p.m. at the Catholic Church. Spokesperson Cindy Salvage says "we serve anyone in need of a hot meal." The event is co-sponsored by the City of Willits and the local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, a group of pilots who volunteer for community service. (Photo by Dan Ramsey, Mulligan Aviation)

Visiting the Historic "Spruce Goose"

Chapter President Paul Trexel reports that the September fly-out meeting was "a great trip for the group, with a tour of the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum. The folks at Cirrus Aviation at McMinnville airport loaned the group two crew cars for the weekend, including a 'retired' cop car with functioning spotlights. The weather was a mild 75 degrees, escaping the hot northern California weather. A great group dinner was enjoyed at the Golden Valley Brewery in historic downtown McMinnville, with all commenting on the great food."
"As a special treat, the group manned the flight deck of the Spruce Goose, with member Eric Mercer at the controls, commenting how exciting it was to be sitting in Howard Hughes' seat with hands on the yoke and throttles.The flight up and back was exceptionally smooth, with pit stops at Illinois Valley airport, and returning to Ukiah airport at sunset, just in time for the evening cool down in the weather."

2012 Willits Airport Day
and Benefit Fly-In

The 20th Annual Willits Airport Day and Benefit Fly-In was a "big success" reports its organizers, EAA Chapter 1027 and the City of Willits. The event was held Sunday, August 5th at the Willits Airport, Ells Field. Unique about this year's event was that a portion of proceeds from vendors went to benefit Willits Community Services and Food Bank and Our Daily Bread, two worthwhile charitable services to the community. Featured entertainment included biplane rides by Coastal Air Tours and helicopter rides by Air Shasta. Hundreds of area residents enjoyed good weather and good times at their airport. Dozens of historic and experimental aircraft were on display as well as classic and custom cars from the Shifters Car Club and others. The Willits Lions Club and the Willits Senior Center both reported that they sold out of food. The event was organized by the City of Willits and EAA Chapter 1027, a group of local pilots who volunteer for community service.

Boonville Airport Day and Potluck Dinner was a successful event despite temperatures that hit 106 on Saturday, Aug. 11. Kirk Wilder was the host which saw numerous planes fly in and lots of good food shared.

Wings and Wieners Fly-In
Passed the Mustard

The June 16th meeting of EAA Chapter 1027 was the "First Annual International Wings and Wieners Fly-In and Aircraft Display " at Ukiah Airport. Approximately 22 pilots, co-pilots, residents, children and grandchildren attended. Planes ranged from light-sport aircraft to tail-dragger to experimentals and historic aircraft were on display. Member Eric Mercer showed off his new-to-him Corby Starlett, a single-place VW-powered experimental aircraft. Lunch of hot dogs, chili, chips and beverages was prepared by Jim Harden and other members.

Next meeting of Chapter 1027 is a planning session for the 2012 Willits Airport Day and Benefit Fly-In. No official meeting.

2012 Willits Airport Day
and Benefit Fly-In Announced

The City of Willits and local EAA chapter 1027 jointly annnounced a special event for 2012: The 20th Annual Willits Airport Day AND Benefit Fly-In, scheduled for Sunday, August 5th at the Willits Airport, Ells Field. Unique about this year's event is that a portion of proceeds from vendors at the event will go to benefit Willits Community Services and Food Bank and Our Daily Bread, two worthwhile charitable services to the community. Featured will be biplane rides and helicopter rides (for a fee). Dozens of historic and experimental aircraft will be on display as well as classic and custom cars. In addition, food will be offered by the Willits Lions Club and others. The event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with opening ceremonies and flag-raising planned for 10 a.m.  Raffle and 50/50 drawings will be held as well. The public is encouraged to visit the airport (northwest of Willits, 4 miles on Sherwood Road, 1 mile east on Poppy Drive),  view the airport and aircraft, and ask questions of pilots and local vendors. Discover how your airport serves the local economy and residents of the area with valuable commercial, fire protection, recreational and other services.

Potential vendors and exhibitors are encouraged to DOWNLOAD and complete the Application Form to participate in the Willits Airport Day and Benefit Fly-In.

EAA Chapter 1027 Meets at KUKI
for Wings and Wieners Fly-In

EAA Chapter 1027 will hold its next meeting at Ukiah Airport on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. calling it the "First Annual International Wings and Wieners Fly-In and Aircraft Display ". Lunch will be, appropriately, hot dogs, chili dogs, chips and beverages for a $5 donation. The barbecue and tables will be set up at the Ukiah Airport administration building near the transient parking.

The public is invited to attend the event featuring historic aircraft and other activities. Pilots will be on-hand to answer questions and show aircraft.

Chapter Honors Old-Old Pilot

"There are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old-bold pilots" says the flying axim. However, there are Old-Old Pilots (OOPs)! The May meeting of EAA Chapter 1027 at Willits Airport celebrated the 80th birthday of chapter vice president and founder Dick Johnson. About 22 members and friends sang "Happy Birthday" and shared in the cake and ice cream. It was preceeded by a delicious lunch of Harden's smoker-cooked pulled-pork sandwiches, various salads and refreshments. A dozen aircraft flew in from Lakeport, Ukiah and Boonville for the meeting and lunch. Historic aircraft were on display.

Dick Johnson also was honored for more than 50 years of flying. In fact, it was noted that there are five members who are eligible for the FAA's Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award with more than a half-century since they first learned to fly. About 15 years ago, Dick build a Van's RV-8A experimental aircraft which he still maintains and flies.

May Meeting to be Eclipsed

Chapter president Paul Trexel recently announced that the May meeting of EAA Chapter 1027 will be Sunday, May 20th (delayed because May 13th is Mother's Day) from 11 a.m. at the Willits Airport (Ells Field, O28). Jim Harden will be cooking up his great barbecued pulled-pork for sandwiches and trimmings plus beverages and dessert for a donation of $7. Jim's pulled pork sandwiches were a real hit last year. All pilots of experimental and certified aircraft as well as people interested in aviation are welcome to attend. Numerous historical aircraft will be on display, with Certificates of Participation available.

This will be a special meeting/fly-in for the Chapter, as after lunch and the requisite amount of hangar flying, there will be a group fly-out to Trinity Center airport, O86, on Claire Engle Lake (or another appropriate site) to see the total eclipse of the sun. The eclipse path centers over Trinity Airport, and becomes full from 6:25 PM to 6:30 PM. NASA advises wearing welders goggles to view it directly. Trinity airport is 99 miles from Willits. There will be plenty of daylight left to fly home, as sunset will be at 8:30 PM. We hope to see you all at Willits for the get together and lunch, then the group Solar Eclipse Fly-out!

Boonville Spring Fly-In Report

Chapter president Paul Trexel reports that the Boonville Spring Fly-In (April 15) was a big success with 36 attendees and 18 aircraft flying in. Lunch was hamburgers, potato salad, and beans, with ice cream and cookies for dessert. Several guests purchased t-shirts depicting the famous Boonville Tower. Under discussion was a potential Willits Airport Day in mid-August.

Sacramento Fly-OUT
Planned for March Meeting

The Willits EAA Chapter 1027 has scheduled a fly-out to lunch at Sacramento Executive airport (SAC) weather permitting, Sunday, March 11th. We will be having lunch at Aviators restaurant, upstairs in the terminal building. Aviators will set aside group seating for us for lunch at noon.

Pilots flying from the west are reminded to be alert for the parachute jump zone at Yolo County Airport, DWA, east of the field up to 18,000 feet.

Check this website on Saturday , March 10th for a weather go, no go. Pauls says, "We hope to see you all there." (Meantime, here's the 10-day forecast for the Sacramento area.)

UPDATE: Event cancelled due to inclement weather.

Special Event for February:

Auburn Fly-OUT

EAA Chapter 1027 is tentatively planning a February Fly-OUT to Auburn, CA, for its next meeting. Destination is Wings Grill & Espresso Bar at Auburn Airport (KAUN) -- depending on weather. Lunch will be no-host and begin about 12 noon. (Watch this website for go/no-go/alternate-plans.) KAUN is 99 miles from UKI and 110 miles from O28 as the RV flies. Runways are 7/25 and 3700' in length; CTAF is 122.7.

Reminder to Mendocino County pilots: Exemption filing for Aircraft of Historic Significance is due February 15. For more information, visit the
BOE website.

Also note a new website for pilots published by Chapter member Dan Ramsey: It's WeekendPilots.com with suggestions for where to fly to lunch and fun places to fly this weekend as well as the latest AOPA and EAA event calendars. Have fun!

UPDATE: Event cancelled due to inclement weather.

Excellent Turnout for Tacos

The first chapter meeting of 2012 was a big success with great flying weather and the promise of home-made tacos drawing 13 fly-in aircraft and 36 members and friends. Janet Hunt provided the excellent  tacos and fixings. Unfortunately, technical issues kept members from see the SeaRey video, but all seemed to enjoy the chance to "hangar fly" with others.

Next meeting of EAA Chapter 1027 is planned for Sunday, February 12, beginning at 11 a.m. with food and topic to be announced.

Next Chapter Meeting to

Feature SeaRey Video

EAA Chapter 1027 president Paul Trexel recently announced that the January 8th chapter meeting will feature a video and information about the SeaRey Light-Sport Amphibian aircraft kit. The Sunday meeting at the Willits Airport clubhouse will begin at 11 a.m. and will include a lunch of tacos, beverages and dessert for a donation of $7. Members and guests are welcome to attend.

BTW: Read the AOPA Pilot Magazine for January, page 78, for an article on the "Greatest T-Shirts On or Above Earth" for info about Boonville Airport's "tower" offered by Chapter member Kirk Wilder!

EAA Chapter 1027's website is now in its seventh year!
Archives: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
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