Planes & Pancakes in the Pines 2019

Fantastic weather, great food, friends, and lots of airplanes from across the state and beyond… what more could you want for the perfect fly-in? This year’s Planes & Pancakes in the Pines had a little of something for everyone. Thank you to everyone who attended! And a huge shout out of thanks to all the volunteers who made this year’s event an huge success.

Click HERE to see all of the photos from this year’s event.

Young Eagles Day at AZ82

This past Saturday, EAA Chapter 1044 participated in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s International Young Eagles Day.

Chapters from around the world offered youth from ages 8-17 the opportunity to experience to the wonders of aviation… and hopefully inspired a few. Our chapter and its pilots flew 20 local area youth on a short flight around the area. For many, this was their first flight in an aircraft of any type, large or small. All were excited to see their community from a new viewpoint… a couple thousand feet above. You can click HERE to see all the happy faces!

If you are interested in scheduling a ride for your child, please email us at

2019 Air Academy Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 EAA Air Academy

Have you always wanted to know more about aviation and airplanes? Have you ever considered becoming a pilot, aircraft mechanic or engineer? When you hear an airplane, do you look up to the sky? Then you should attend the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisconsin!

Camp Activities Include:
 Aircraft Construction (welding, sheet metal work, fabric covering & more)
 Ground School (fundamentals, aircraft systems, preflight, weather)
 Learn about aviation history
 Visit EAA AirVenture Museum
 Fly EAA’s flight simulators
 Watch flight demonstrations
 Experience the thrill of flight in both an airplane and helicopter!
 Attend AirVenture Convention (over 601,000 attended last year)!

Requirements for Advanced Camp:

 Must be age 16-18 (as of July 2019) and reside in Heber-Overgaard area
 Completed a Young Eagles flight (we can arrange one for you)
 Available to attend camp from July 16-24, 2019
 Application Deadline is: February 22, 2019

Scholarship Includes:
 Tuition
 Airfare (Phoenix—Appleton or Green Bay, WI)
 Shuttle (to camp from the airport and back again to the airport)
 Lodging/Meals (Air Academy Lodge)

Click HERE for more information and an application.

Chapter Holds Welding Workshop

On Saturday, six members of our Youth Build group attended a chapter-sponsored TIG Welding Workshop presented by Daniel Hurst. Daniel teaches the welding program at Red Mountain High School in Mesa, AZ, has 30 years’ experience in the welding industry and holds 25 certifications from the American Welding Society. He and Harald Grovers were gracious enough to travel up to Overgaard and share their expertise with our enthusiastic members. Not only was it a fun-filled day, but everyone came away with a newly-learned skill.

Be sure to check out the video for highlights from the day!