Snowflake Junior High Visit

This past Wednesday, our chapter hosted 20 students from Snowflake Junior High School. Along with science teacher, Mike Eilertson, the students were able to see first-hand the chapter’s Youth Build Project, restoration of a Kitfox aircraft.

During the visit, chapter Youth Build participants Matthew Robinson, Gwen Phillips, Isaac Tudur and Jordan Pariga took the lead and described the restoration process to the those in attendance. The old fabric has been completely stripped from the wings and fuselage, which gave the students the rare opportunity to see the actual tubing structure.

Afterwards, EAA chapter members Pat and Dave Forbes displayed their Van’s RV-12 SLSA. As the students gathered around, Dave presented information about the aircraft, kit-building and aviation in general.  Mr. Eilertson volunteered that the school would like to possibly build an RV-12 as part of an after-school extracurricular activity in cooperation with other organizations such as our EAA chapter if grant funding could be secured.

Other chapter members also were present and spoke with the students about the aviation field as a career or avocation.  Topics included flying professionally for the airlines, aeronautical and electrical engineering, aircraft maintenance, air traffic control, and “just flying for fun” as a private pilot. Ellen Randoll, chapter Secretary-Treasurer, followed up with a brief summary of the imminent workforce shortages in every area of aviation, both commercial and military, and the abundance of career opportunities looking forward.

Before leaving for the day, the students visited the nearby hangar of chapter member Dennis Collins, who is currently building a Van’s RV-8, and got to see up close the aluminum fuselage – often called the “canoe” – under construction.

Based the interest and enthusiasm of the students, aviation’s future is definitely looking bright!

A few more pictures from the SJHS visit…

Pancake Breakfast Fly-In a Big Success

2018 marked the return of the EAA Chapter 1044 Pancake Breakfast Fly-In to Mogollon Airpark. The event was a huge success by any measure, thanks in no small part to all of our wonderful volunteers… over 40 in total. Hundreds of breakfasts served and dozens of airplanes from around the state flew in to celebrate the event.

You can check out all of the photos of the event, by clicking HERE.

2018 Pancake Breakfast Fly-In


The flyer is done and our Planes & Pancakes in the Pines Pancake Breakfast and Fly-In is just a little over three months away.

Be sure to mark your calendars so you can join us for great food, exhibitors and vendors, static aircraft displays and lots of fun.

This year’s event will be on Saturday July 14, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Young Eagles Take Flight

For a number of our community youth, this Saturday was a little extra special… each was able to experience the magic of flight as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Young Eagle program. For most this was their first ride in a small general aviation aircraft, and for some, their very first flight in an airplane of any type.

Founded in 1992, the Young Eagles program has dedicated 25 years to giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane. It’s the only program of its kind, with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation. Today, the Young Eagles program has flown over 2 million kids with the help of EAA’s network of volunteer pilots and ground volunteers.

To view or download photos from today’s Young Eagle even, please click HERE.