EAA Chapter 1288
Monthly Chapter Meetings
EAA 1288 holds regular membership meetings at 7:00 pm on the second Tuesday of every month at the EAA hangar at Valkaria Airport (to get there, take the main entrance of the airport off Valkaria Road and then take the first right, towards the T-hangars). All interested parties are invited to attend, so please feel free to bring a guest! Usually, we have hot dogs and soft drinks available for a $3.00 donation beginning around 6:30 pm.
Meetings can last anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours, depending on what topics are up for discussion and what kind of presentations may be scheduled, but we always try to have fun. The monthly meeting is also prime time for getting advice on your project from other experienced builders, or just plain "show and tell". Of course, there's always a healthy dose of hangar flying and getting the latest airport scuttlebutt as well!
We are always looking for folks willing to talk about topics of interest to the membership. This could be something technical, or something fun. In the past, we've had many speakers on a wide variety of topics. Here is a sampling of some past speakers:
- William Wynne (The Corvair Authority) - William taught us about the exciting Corvair aircraft engine movement, which is one of the biggest alternative engine movements going today, and even brought an engine with him.
- Paul Royko (Aeroshell) - Paul gave us a very interesting talk about aviation oils. Paul knows his stuff... he heads up the Aeroshell division of Shell Oil!
- Flt.Lt. Wallace McIntosh DFC and Bar, DFM - Coming all the way from Scotland to visit us, the late Mr. McIntosh was the most successful air gunner in the RAF Bomber Command in World War II, having shot down at least 8 enemy aircraft as a Lancaster crewman. His son-in-law is in our chapter and we were treated to a great time hearing about his incredible experiences and even seeing his awards, as documented in the book Gunning for the Enemy.
- Steve Ruckman (FAA Terminal Approach Controller) et al - The FAA and USAF visited to discuss the state of "Temporary" Flight Restrictions and how to avoid getting caught up in them.
- Wayne Lanza (Composite Designs) - Wayne talked about aircraft wiring and terminal applications... what size, where and for what.
- Tom Bauer - Tom is one of the longtime builders/pilots of a Dyke Delta, and told us all about this unique and rarely-seen design.
- Palmer Stiles (FIT) - Professor Stiles is an expert on, and author of books about, roadable aircraft. He gave us a fascinating presentation on the history and current state of the dream of a "plane in your garage", and even brought an example with him.
The heart of EAA is the education of it's members. If you have knowledge that might be of use or interest to others, please consider telling us about it! You don't need to have a fancy presentation style or superb speaking skills, we're an easy-to-please group. If you would like to speak to the Chapter, please let us know!