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

First Ride in T-34 Mentor


Former EAA Chapter 1044 President Bob Boyd went up with Edd Weninger in his T-34 yesterday morning. Bob was a Naval Aviator, but he was in the last class that trained in the SNJ and never had a chance to fly the Mentor. So Edd remedied that situation.

Bob has built at least two airplanes and did a fine job running EAA Chapter 1044 for many years.

Paul Taylor flew wing in his RV-8.

EAA Major Achievement Award

Ellen 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.

2016 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 or on Facebook at

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.