Alan Roberts Receives “Master Pilot” Award

At this past Saturday’s EAA Chapter 1044 meeting, member Alan Roberts was awarded the FAA’s Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award. The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61.

This award is named after the Wright Brothers, the first US pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as “Master Pilots”.

Congratulations, Alan!

Pancake Breakfast & Fly-In Returns to AZ82!

At the January meeting of the Mogollon Airpark Board of Directors, the Board unanimously approved EAA Chapter 1044’s request to host a Pancake Breakfast & Fly-In at Mogollon Airpark on Saturday, July 14, 2018. This will be the first one held at the airpark since 2014. The Chapter is excited to bring back the annual Pancake Breakfast & Fly-In, a much-anticipated event by both the local community and pilots from all around the state. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more details!

FIFI Fly-By Over AZ82

Boeing B-29 Superfortress FIFI

Those of you lucky enough to be looking skyward just before 2:00 yesterday afternoon were treated to a fly-by of FIFI, one of only two Boeing B-29 Superfortresses still in the air. The other B-29 continuing to take to the sky is Doc.

FIFI tours the U.S. and Canada, taking part in air shows and offering flight experiences. The B-29 is owned by the Commemorative Air Force and is based at the Vintage Flying Museum located at Meacham International Airport in Fort Worth, Texas.

FIFI overflying Runway 03 at AZ82

I happened to be sitting in my office (working as usual) and caught a glimpse as FIFI flew overhead on a westbound trip to Nellis AFB in Las Vegas for the Veteran’s Day Air Show. We were lucky to be on the flight path of that trip and had advance notice of when the flyover would occur. This, of course, generated a “Waiting for FIFI” party on one of our homeowner’s ramp and another occasion for good friends to get together. We were not disappointed when FIFI flew right over our viewing party on a beautiful clear fall Arizona day. The sound of those giant radial engines is something you don’t forget…..for friend or foe.

Photos courtesy of Edd Weninger.


New Tech Counselor

Gary Towner has recently been added to the EAA Safety Program Team. He has been confirmed by Charlie Becker, EAA Homebuilt Community Manager, as an EAA Technical Counselor. Gary is offering his participation to EAA Chapter 1044 members at Mogollon Airpark and other builders on the mountain.

The goal of the EAA Technical Counselor (TC) is to be available to answer questions and to inspect aircraft in the building process while offering suggestions. The TC program is designed as a free service to EAA members for the benefit of all concerned.

Gary brings his experience as a previous and current builder of homebuilt aircraft. He has restored standard aircraft plus worked as an aircraft mechanic in the civilian and military realms. He is a current A&P mechanic with an IA, an FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative, and is a retired FAA Airworthiness Safety Inspector.

Gary flies a Vans RV-4 based at MAP and is building an experimental Super Cub clone.

He can be reached at or by calling 928 587-0953.