Welcome to EAA Chapter 1044

2016 EAA Major Achievement AwardEllen Randoll Picture

It is with great pride and joy that we share with you that Ellen Randoll, our Chapter 1044 Treasurer and Acting Secretary, has been awarded the 2016 Major Achievement Award by the Experimental Aircraft Association. Ellen and her husband Curt are currently en route to AirVenture in Oshkosh and she will be recognized at the EAA Awards Breakfast on Saturday, July 30, 2016.

Ellen was nominated by EAA Chapter 1044 member Paul Taylor this past May. Although all of us in the Chapter know of Ellen’s diligent hard work and dedication to the success of our Chapter, we wanted to share with you the text of Paul’s nomination. You can read Paul’s nomination submission by clicking HERE.

Below is a video of the presentation of Ellen’s award.

July 4th Booth a Huge Success!

EAA Booth July 4 2016 (10)Our booth at this year’s 4th of July event in Tall Timbers Parks was a huge success. Our Chapter was able to get a great start on our fundraising for our 2017 EAA Air Academy Scholarship. The weather was absolutely perfect and according the the Chamber of Commerce the number attending set a new record. Thank you to everyone who came out to help with set-up/tear-down and staffing the booth.  We would also like to express our appreciation to the community for supporting our scholarship fund. Click HERE to view pictures from this year’s event.

Off to the Races

Dennis Collins Lancair AerialMay 27, 2016 – This morning Dennis Collins took off early from Mogollon Airpark to fly to get to Terrell, Texas (KTRL) to participate in the Mark Hardin Memorial Air Race on May 28, 2016.

The event is one of a series of races hosted by various entities as one of the Sport Air Racing League series.

Dennis will fly his Lancair 235 in the Sprint class against two other competitors.  He proudly flies the Mogollon Airpark logo on his plane.  Let’s wish him the best!

EAA Chapter 1044 Selects First Aviation Scholarship Recipients

2016 Scholarship RecipientsOVERGAARD, AZ— Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1044 has selected two local teenagers to receive fully-paid scholarships, including tuition and roundtrip airfare, to the EAA Advanced Air Academy summer 2016 program.

The Air Academy offers young people the opportunity to meet and work with aviation professionals, while living and learning the arts, sciences, and lore of aviation in both classroom and workshop settings.

They join many other young people in the aviation program.  Several days of the Academy take place during the world’s largest and most exciting aviation event – EAA AirVenture 2016.  Participants in the EAA Air Academy come from around the United States and several foreign countries.

Academy activities will include flight experience, workshops, and classroom study.  EAA’s Director of Museum & Museum Education, Bob Campbell, says, “The EAA Air Academy teaches young people new skills and instills a pride of craftsmanship.  More importantly, it develops their leadership potential and broadens their understanding of both aviation and themselves.  The EAA Air Academy is a benchmark of personal experience…and an aviation experience that will last a lifetime.”

EAA Chapter 1044 chose as our first two scholarship recipients Tobias Tomlinson, a freshman at Mogollon High School, and Tristen Martineau, a senior, also attending Mogollon High School.

Larry Driver, Chapter President said, “These scholarships would not have been possible without the generous support of the community, including the Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce.”

Chapter Vice-President, Curt Randoll added, “One of the missions of our Chapter is to provide youth with an educational opportunity to learn about aviation and aviation history.  This isn’t about sending kids to summer camp – it’s about opening their eyes to new experiences and potential new career paths.  The Air Academy fulfills this mission, and being able to send two youths this year, the first year we offered the scholarship, is fantastic.”

Anyone interested in attending any of EAA’s Air Academy Programs, should write to: Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc., Resident Education Office, PO Box 3086, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54903-3086. Applicants need not be EAA members.  The prime consideration is an interest and enthusiasm for aviation.

Funding for our Aviation Scholarship is through various fundraising efforts.  EAA Chapter 1044 has recently received tax exempt status as a non-profit charity under I.R.S. section 501(c)(3). Under the new I.R.S. non-profit designation, donations to Chapter 1044 are now tax deductible.

For more information on EAA Chapter 1044, please visit our website at eaachapter1044.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eaa1044.

EAA Chapter 1044 is based at Mogollon Airpark.  In addition to our aviation scholarship, which is part of our youth education program, the Chapter has a very active homebuilder community with about a dozen aircraft in various stages of construction or refurbishment…everything from experimental Super Cubs to Bearhawks to RVs and Rans. 

Curt Randoll_Tristen_Porter_MartineauNewest EAA Chapter 1044    Young Eagles

On March 19, 2016 both Tristen and Porter Martineau received their Young Eagles flights from pilot and Chapter Vice President Curt Randoll. As evidenced by the picture, it’s obvious both were thrilled with their first rides in a small aircraft. In addition, Tristen, along with Tobias Tomlinson, were recipients of the Chapter’s first scholarship and will be attending  EAA Air Academy and AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in July. Congratulations to both! Click on the link below for a short video of their big day!

Martineau Young Eagle Flight Video


Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce Presents Check To Chapter

CoC Donation

Larry Driver, EAA Chapter Pres.; Cyd Chilleen, Chamber Mgr; Curt Randoll, EAA Chapter V-P; Norm Johnson, Chamber Board Member; June Call, Chamber Pres.


Christmas came a little early to EAA Chapter 1044. This week we were presented with a check from the Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce.

Funds were raised during the Tall Pines Raffle and were distributed to numerous area organizations as part of the Chamber’s “Share With The Community Project.” This donation will enable our chapter to send a second area youth to the EAA Air Academy Summer Camp.

A BIG Thank You to the Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce!


On to the House! Senate Passes Medical Reform

December 15, 2015 – The U.S. Senate has passed the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2 (PBOR2), which will now go to the House for consideration. The bill, which includes third-class medical reform, was passed by unanimous consent on Dec. 15, less than a week after it was reported out by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The House must also pass the bill before it can go to the President for his signature. Read more…

Pilot Hiring at Record Levels

According to an article published in “General Aviation News” the aviation industry is on track to hire 4,000 pilots in 2015, a 15-year record. Pilot hiring in 2016 is expected to hit all-time record.

Unfortunately, through resolutions passed at its November meeting, the board of directors of the Mogollon Airpark continued its ongoing efforts to prevent airpark owner-pilots from providing free airplane rides to area youth through the EAA’s Young Eagle program. That’s truly unfortunate. Many of those with careers in aviation today were inspired through a Young Eagles flight. Click here to read article.

RAF Joins Industries Leaders in Support of PBOR2

Seventeen of the nation’s industry’s leaders have joined together in support of the Pilot’s Bill of Rights.  The Third Class Medical has been a huge issue for general aviation, and the Recreational Aviation Foundation supports this amendment.  The letter states:  This amendment stands to reduce barriers to medical certification in a manner that allows for the continued safe operation of general aviation aircraft while providing cost savings to both the FAA and the general aviation community.  You can read the letter HERE.

New Chapter 1044 Tech Counselor

Gary Towner has recently been added to the EAA Safety Program Team. He has been confirmed by Charlie Becker, EAA Homebuilt Community Manager, as an EAA Technical Counselor. Gary is offering his participation to EAA Chapter 1044 members at Mogollon Airpark and other builders on the mountain.

The goal of the EAA Technical Counselor (TC) is to be available to answer questions and to inspect aircraft in the building process while offering suggestions. The TC program is designed as a free service to EAA members for the benefit of all concerned.

Gary brings his experience as a previous and current builder of homebuilt aircraft. He has restored standard aircraft plus worked as an aircraft mechanic in the civilian and military realms. He is a current A&P mechanic with an IA, an FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative, and is a retired FAA Airworthiness Safety Inspector.

Gary flies a Vans RV-4 based at MAP and is building an experimental Super Cub clone.

He can be reached at gtair@frontiernet.net or by calling 928 587-0953.

Keeping the Torch Burning

Conner Simpson RV8 2015 YE Flight

Conner Simpson’s Young Eagle flight in Paul’s RV8

Conner Simpson’s great-grandfather Archie Taylor learned to fly in Phoenix in 1938, served as an Army Air Corps pilot in World War II in the 1940’s, in the Korean War in the 1950’s, and in the Vietnam War in the 1960’s.

Conner’s grandfather Paul Taylor was a U.S. Air Force pilot in the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s. He then flew for Southwest Airlines for another 19 years.

Conner may be the one to keep the family aviation heritage alive. He took a “Young Eagle” flight with his grandfather Paul on October 13, 2015. They flew for 30 minutes in the gorgeous RV-8 that was built by Conner’s grandpa.

Conner is ten years old and a fifth grader at Cimarron Springs Elementary School in Surprise, AZ. “Conner did all the flying except takeoff and landing. We had built a fort in our backyard from big cardboard boxes and he was able to see that as we circled over the airpark. Conner has flown with me since he was two years old, but this was his official ‘Young Eagle’ flight.”

Paul Taylor, England 1984

Paul Taylor, England 1984

Archie Taylor Republic of Vietnam 1965_resized 300x400

Archie Taylor, Republic of Vietnam, 1965

Archie Taylor RV8 2007 - 91 Years Old_resized 300x400

Archie Taylor in back of Paul’s, RV8 in 2007 at age 91








Legal & Insurance Committee Report to MAP Board of Directors

At the October 10, 2015 meeting of the Mogollon Airpark Board of Directors, the Legal & Insurance Committee presented its report to the Board. The majority of the report addressed issues surrounding our EAA chapter and the ability to provide Young Eagle rides to area youth. For those of you unable to attend, you may read a transcript of the report and discussion by clicking here.

Cancellation of the 2015 Pancake Breakfast & Fly-In…
The Whole Story

At the September 12, 2015 Mogollon Airpark Board of Directors meeting, recently-elected board member, and EAA Chapter 1044 member, Gene Meng made the unsolicited statement that “EAA cancelled the pancake breakfast.” While that is true, it is only part of the story. Read more…

EAA Chapter 1044 Booths at Oktoberfest a Huge Success

Curt, Theo and Paul cooking hotdogs at Oktoberfest

Curt, Theo and Paul Prepping the Dogs!

Thanks to all our EAA Chapter 1044 Members who took the time to come out and staff our booths at the Heber-Overgaard Oktoberfest this past weekend. The event was a huge success. In addition to selling lots of dogs, chips and sodas to fund our Aviation Academy Scholarship, we signed up a large number of kids ages 8-17 for Young Eagles flights.

Pushing dogs in the beer garden at 2015 Oktoberfest

Alan and Kay Pushin’ Dogs

Also a big, big kudos to all of our members who stayed around after the event ended to assist in tearing down tables and fencing in the Beer Garden. The Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce really appreciated the extra hands.

 Mogollon HOA Board Member Warren Brown
Circulates Draft Resolution to Restrict EAA Activities

At the September 12, 2015 Mogollon Airpark Homeowners Association board meeting, homeowner and newly-elected board member Warren Brown circulated a draft of a proposed resolution he will submit to the board for adoption at the November meeting. This resolution seeks to significantly curtail our activities as pilots and as EAA Chapter 1044 of the Experimental Aircraft Association. You can read the text of the draft resolution by clicking here. Please note that this is a scanned copy and the only additions are the inclusion of “(sic)” to indicate this is an exact transcription and that the errors were contained in the original draft resolution.