Chapter 1044 Receives RAIN Grant

EAA Chapter 1044 is pleased to announce it has received a $3,000 grant from the Navapache Innovation Council of RAIN. These funds will support our Chapter’s Youth Education Program and our new Youth Build Project.

EAA Chapter 1044’s Youth Education Program seeks to inspire local Heber-Overgaard youth through the excitement of aviation. We have been flying kids through EAA’s national Young Eagles Program for over 20 years. During that time, EAA pilots have given hundreds of local kids aged 7-18 their first flight in an airplane.

Our newest project in the Program is our Youth Build Project. The goal is to have local youth restore or build an airplane under the mentorship of our experienced members. This will enable them to gain skills they may never have been exposed to before, which in turn could influence their future career path.

Kitfox donated by Jon & Carolyn Middleton

Chapter members Jon & Carolyn Middleton have donated an airplane to be restored. We’ve received a welder from EAA National and now the Navapache RAIN Council has given us a grant of $3,000 to use towards materials and tools to start the restoration.
EAA Chapter 1044 was able to demonstrate, in our grant application, that our Youth Build Project encompasses facets of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The RAIN grant hopes to expand informal education opportunities in rural areas of Arizona.

Chapter Vice President, Curt Randoll is passionate about this project. “It’s been my dream to do this since I first heard about Teen Building Projects several years ago.” He went on to state that, “There are limited career options for our youth here in Heber-Overgaard. We want to give local kids learning experiences that could open their eyes to careers beyond what is available here.”

Chapter President, Larry Driver continued, “Under the mentorship of our members and members of the local community, our participants will learn how to repair aircraft, which includes working on engines, learning about fabric coverings and many other skills. Once this project is done, we will sell the aircraft and use the proceeds to fund another. Our long term goal is to have one plane available to fly while another is being built.”
Thanks to the Navapache Regional Innovation Council of RAIN for approving our grant. This money goes a long way to help us get the project started.

If you know of any local youth interested in joining our Youth Build Project, please have them contact us at

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