Highway 260 CleanUp – Thank You!

A big thank you to all who helped with out EAA Chapter 1044 Adopt a Highway Cleanup! Volunteers filled 10 large bags with trash in just over an hour.

After the  cleanup, everyone gathered back ad the airpark lodge to enjoy some delicious homemade chili, thanks to Michele Weninger.

Thanks again for helping keep Heber-Overgaard beautiful!

October Newsletter Online

The October newsletter is now online. Be sure to check it out. Everything from Russian “Night Witches”… to a new quarterly magazine “Pilot Expeditions” focusing on destinations for private aircraft… a new weather app… and lots of other features, including the Homebuilt Corner. You can click here to read the latest “News From EAA Chapter 1044.” Enjoy!

Airport Courtesy Cars

The Airport Courtesy Cars app has been around for a while, but developer Glenn Brasch recently announced that mid-December the site will be completely web-based. According to Brasch, this will eliminate many of the issues encountered by some users of the Android and IOS apps.

In addition to listing the availability of airport courtesy cars by state, the site also lists FBOs that offer fuel discounts for mentioning the website.

Check it out at AirportCourtesyCars.com.

Monthly Meeting Day Change

At its October meeting, the membership of the Chapter overwhelmingly voted to move the Chapter Get-Together days to the second Saturday of the month. The change was suggested to hold our get-togethers on the afternoon of the same day as the Mogollon Airpark HOA Board meets so that those who are not full-time residents and serve on the board or wish to attend board meetings do not have to make two trips to the airpark every month.

Meetings will continue to start at 3:30 (3:00 for social and coffee) and be held at the Randoll hangar.

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 eaa1044@gmail.com.