Pilots looking for Passengers

Lonesome Pine and Lee County

Lonesome Pine and Lee County are the last 2 airports I need to check off to finish off my VA Aviation Ambassador Passport Book. Those are the 2 farthest airports from Manassas that are still in Virginia. If anyone is interested in checking off these 2 airports, let me know and I’ll see what we can work out.

Contact me at mswalpole@hotmail.com or 937-344-5963

Mike Walpole

Fly-Out June 30 – Pilot and Passenger Sign Ups Now Open!

The destination will be Delaware Coastal Airport (KGED) and we’ll have lunch there at Arena’s airport restaurant. http://www.georgetownair.com/airport-amenities.html

10am meet at KHEF
10:30 departures from KHEF
11:30-noon arrivals at KGED
1:30pm deparartures KGED
2:30 arrivals back at KHEF

Pilots: If you wish to participate in the fly-out, please provide a short description of yourself, your aircraft, and any pertinent information about the seats you have available for passengers on the fly out to Jason Fine. Information should include number of seats available, any passenger weight restrictions, applicable shared cost to passengers in accordance with 14 CFR 61.113.

Pilot Sign Ups

Passengers: Please only sign up if you are confident you will be able to attend the fly out. Last minute cancellations leave the pilots in a tough spot, as some may be renting aircraft and counting on a certain number of passengers to help offset their costs.

Passenger Sign Ups

The B-17 Ride Raffle Is Here!

Beginning this coming Saturday – May 5, 2018 – EAA Chapter 186 will start selling tickets at the Leaseweb Manassas Air Show for chances at winning rides on the EAA B-17, Aluminum Overcast, during her Manassas visit, October 19-21, 2018. Bring your $10 bills!

Here’s the deal. The Chapter is again raffling off two seats on the B-17. Each seat is the subject of a separate raffle, and we’re selling only 100 tickets for each seat, so your odds are pretty doggone good. If you want to take chances on winning both seats, you’ll need to buy at least one ticket in each raffle: the Red Raffle, and the Blue Raffle. (These are NOT political raffles: they refer just to the different ink colors on the tickets!)

All purchases must be made in person. We’ll sell tickets at all of our events until the tickets run out or the day of the drawing arrives, whichever comes first. We’ll have them at the Manassas Air Show, our monthly Chapter meetings, our Young Eagles rallies, our Fly-Ins and Fly-Outs, and the like; pretty much every event you see on our upcoming calendar – unless we run out of tickets midway through all that fun!

Each ticket will cost $10.00 and get you one chance to win. The two raffle winners will be drawn on Saturday afternoon, October 13, 2018 – the Saturday before the plane arrives – and I will call them personally at the telephone numbers written on the ticket stubs, or send them email if they’ve chosen to provide an email address instead of a phone number. Please make sure your writing/printing is legible! Each winner will receive an EAA gift certificate redeemable ONLY for one seat on the B-17. Please note: these can ONLY be used for rides. They CANNOT be redeemed for any cash value. If you win and feel generous, however, you can give your ride certificate to someone else.

If I can’t reach the winner at all, or if I manage to leave a voicemail or email but don’t get a response by 6:00 PM EDT Tuesday, October 16, 2018, the first winner will forfeit the prize, and I will randomly select and contact an alternate winner.

After claiming their gift certificates, each winner will be responsible for calling either Oshkosh or the B-17 Tour Coordinator (I’ll give you all the instructions) to schedule their specific ride. The tickets aren’t for preassigned days or times; they’ll be usable for any of the three days – Friday 10/19, Saturday 10/20, or Sunday 10/21 – the plane will be flying in Manassas. The sooner you call, the more flight choices you’ll have. Be advised, some flights may already be fully booked by the time we do the raffle drawing. It all depends on how many people are buying rides in advance online!

If something interferes with your flight actually happening – say the day you choose and schedule is Sunday, and the weather just doesn’t cooperate – you’re not out of luck; you can transfer the certificate to another tour stop, or even to next year’s Oshkosh. You just can’t redeem it for cash, or anything other than a flight.

So the real question is, Do you feel lucky?

And the second question is, Are you coming to the Manassas Air Show, and all Chapter events?

Mary Dominiak
B-17 Coordinator

EAA Chapter 186 Spring Fly-In at KHEF

When: May 26th, 2018 from 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Where: Manassas Regional Airport (KHEF), West Ramp, EAA 186 Chapter House (near the tower)

Admission is FREE!

You’re invited to attend the EAA Chapter 186 Spring Fly-In at the Manassas Regional Airport! The EAA 186 Fly-In allows the public to get up close and personal with pilots who build and fly their own planes, tour display aircraft, and to talk directly with pilots and restorers of military and antique aircraft.

The event will feature:
• Pancake breakfast
• Several forums beginning at 10:00 am
• Burgers and hot dogs for lunch on the deck overlooking the airport
• Aircraft display area including homebuilts and other unique aircraft
• Fly-Mart

Forum Schedule:
10:00-11:00 “The Remora System Head Mounted Avionics Display – Winners of EAA’s 2017 Founder’s Innovation Award” presented by Thomas Baron and the Remora Team
11:30-12:30 “The Different Light Sport Maintenance Requirements” presented by Dick Koehler (of EAA’s Hints For Homebuilders, EAA SportAir Workshops, etc.)
1:00-2:00 “Flying to the Bahamas” presented by Bob Hepp of Aviation Adventures and Bob Haase, EAA Chapter 186 member

Some aircraft on display:
RV-12 — Dennis Crider
Shark UL — Jon Baron
GS-1 Glastar — Scott Bradley
Lancair 360 — Danny Miller
Cessna Skymaster 337 — Gene Petit
Lancair IV-P — Bob Pastusek
Harmon Rocket — Tim Carey
O2-A — Chris Mayer

Young Eagles Flights:
Youths between 8 and 17 can sign up for a FREE Young Eagle flight at our July 14th rally with the goal of creating a lifelong interest in aviation and related fields. We only have 30 seats available for that rally, so be sure to sign up early!

Enter to Win a Flight on Our EAA B-17, the Aluminum Overcast!
Our Chapter is raffling off two seats on the B-17 at the Fly-In. Each seat is the subject of a separate raffle, and we’re selling only 100 tickets for each seat, so your odds are pretty doggone good. Each ticket will cost $10.00 and get you one chance to win. Click here for more information:

Fly-In Traffic:
• Complete the FAA’s Special Flight Rules Area (SFRA) training.
• Follow the SFRA procedures outlined here.
• Manassas Regional Airport is 5 miles inside the SFRA and is easily accessible via the FLUKY or BRV (Brook) gates.
• Upon initial contact with Manassas Tower, advise that you would like parking on the West Ramp.

Drive-In Traffic: Take Virginia Route 28 (Nokesville Rd.) to Piper Lane (at the Wawa). Follow Piper Lane to the parking lot at the end. Do not park in spaces marked for FAA employees.

There’s plenty of space to park your plane or car, so fly-in or come by car and stay for the whole event. Admission is FREE!

A Hero Walked Among Us

Owen Charles (OC, aka Mad Dog) Baker, Col., USMC (Ret.), 1932 – 2018. OC died on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Fairfax Hospital with family members by his side, a resident of Fairfax, VA at the time. OC was born in Breckenridge, MN in 1932 and attended school in So. St. Paul.

OC was a retired U.S. Marine Corps Colonel who began his career as an enlisted man. He spent three years as an aviation structural technician on the R5D (C-54) before receiving an appointment to the US Naval Academy. After graduating with distinction in 1957 as a Marine Second lieutenant, he was commissioned in the Marine Corps and began flight training. His lifelong dream of flying was realized after getting his wings of gold from Pensacola. He was able to follow that dream for the next 60 years through flying to defend his country and as a hobby with good friends before and after retirement. He flew the FJ-4B Fury, the first Navy jet designed to carry a nuclear weapon and launch from an aircraft carrier. He then flew the A-4 Skyhawk, the A-6 Intruder, and the A-7 Corsair II. Later, he transitioned into rotary wing aircraft and flew the H-46 during the Vietnam War.

Known as OC “Mad Dog” Baker, he conducted many heroic exploits, such as inserting and extracting Special Forces teams behind enemy lines. He did this in spite of heavy enemy gunfire directed at his helicopter. He also helped the Marine Corps evaluate the VX-15, a forerunner to the Osprey rotorcraft. OC served his country with distinction, most notably in Vietnam, but it was tough to get him to talk about those accomplishments. His various service medals included the Navy Unit Commendation, Distinguished Flying Cross with Gold Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” and Gold Star and 32 Air Medals.

OC married Barbara Jean Wash in 1958 and they spent the next 29 years raising their daughters in various military posts and communities. Barbara’s favorite tour of duty was the Monterey Peninsula, where OC earned a Masters Degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School.

OC finished his distinguished military career at the Pentagon as a systems procurement specialist. After retirement, he worked several defense and civilian jobs including the Bell Helicopter company.

As a CFI with Bachelors and Masters degrees in aeronautical engineering, OC was a prolific writer on a variety of aviation subjects from aerodynamics to FAA rules. He often wrote letters to the editors of Sport Aviation and Kit Plane magazines and providing educational comments on the Matronics and DC Pilots websites as well as emails regarding the same. In all cases, his inputs were well-referenced statements of fact to clarify information for the flying community.

After complete retirement, he was active in the Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 186 where the friendships and expertise helped him realize his dream of building and flying his own plane. A stalwart supporter of Chapter and airport activities, OC Baker served on our Board of Directors for many years. In addition, he was the secretary of the Manassas (45 unit) hangar condominium association, helping the Chapter board stay in touch with airport and tenant issues. Most outstanding was his role regarding our corporate hangar sale. Not only did he stay on
top of all the maintenance issues (including structural, insect control, incorrect billing by the utility company, and tenant liaison), but he provided valuable paralegal support. When the real estate lawyer requested seventeen separate documents regarding the hangar, the airport, the condominium association, utility and tax information, it was OC who spent scores of hours pulling all of this information together, saving us thousands of dollars in lawyer research fees that made the sale possible.

He also volunteered for such unglamorous jobs as airport security, airport liaison, tool crib manager, and facility maintenance manager. At our fall flyins, OC typically helped with airport landscape cleanup and then worked a double shift on the flight line. OC was a part of every Chapter House or hangar cleanup project, and he coordinated the repair of Chapter owned facilities.

In 2003, OC completed a homebuilt KIS TR-1 that he flew for many years. Having this experience as a homebuilder, he was very helpful in encouraging other members of the Chapter in solving their project problems. In December 2013, for his continuous Chapter support, OC was selected as our 11th George Lutz Memorial Service winner.

OC is survived by his wife, Barbara, of 59 years, their two daughters, Claudia Schlagheck (James) and Janet Smith (Patrick); four grandchildren, Joseph (SJ) and Aaron Schlagheck and Alexandra and Coriston Smith. He was preceded in death by daughter, Ann Douglas Baker.

He will be forever remembered for his love of family, patriotism, and passion for the skies. Burial at Arlington National Cemetery with Full Military Honors will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation – 909 N Washington St, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA, or a charity of your choice.

OC lived his credo, “The best investment we can make is the time and effort to gather and understand knowledge.” EAA Chapter 186 was truly lucky to have him as a member and contributor, and all will dearly miss him. A brick will be placed on EAA Memorial Wall in his honor.

UPDATE! Young Eagles Rally rescheduled for Dec 16

yesFree Flights for kids ages 8-17. This rally is open to the public. 25 seats. Parents must be present to sign permission slip.

EAA 186 Chapter House
10629 Observation Road Manassas, VA 20110
NOTE: If the ramp resurfacing at the Chapter House is not finished, this rally will be held at the Manassas Airport Terminal

Contact Sande Miller-Long for more info:

Pre-Registration now open!

Hurricane Irma Affects B-17 Tour

Alas, we must cancel the special B-17 history presentation that was scheduled at the Chapter House for 7:00-9:00 PM Tuesday evening, September 26, 2017. Hurricane Irma scored a direct hit on Naples, FL with 142 mph winds, and Naples is the home of Tom Ewing, one of our B-17 pilots. Tom and his family are all fine, but his house sustained damage when windows blew out, and word from the airport – which Tom still hasn’t been able to reach and inspect in person, given the flooding, power outages, and road closures – is that part of his hangar collapsed. As I write this, the status of his two beautiful airplanes remains unknown.

Needless to say, Tom will not be flying the B-17 on tour for a while as he picks up the pieces, so he won’t be in Manassas to present his talk. He sent his abject apologies for canceling on us, and I told him not to worry about us!

Oshkosh has already juggled pilot schedules to cover the tour. Another of our pilots, Shawn Knickerbocker, is also based in Florida, but his damages were limited to downed branches, so he’ll be on-site as expected with John Bode. Sean Elliott from HQ will be replacing Tom on the inbound leg. Finally, I promise to share any news from Tom! In the meantime, send good thoughts south …

Young Eagles at Culpeper Remembrance Days


EAA 186 Young Eagles High Flyers Emma Bone, David Day, Tamara Wheater

Although the Culpeper Remembrance Days Young Eagles Rally was a flop due to weather, the EAA 186 Young Eagle High Flyers were able to pass along YE information to people who came out to the airport. The photo was also taken for the newspaper for Culpeper Remembrance Days.

Look To The Skies: WWII Airplanes Fly Again!

At the beginning of May 2015, watch the northern Virginia skies: World War II bombers and fighters are coming to DC, Manassas and Culpeper. On Friday May 8, 2015, the 70th anniversary of V-E Day – commemorating the end of the war in Europe – they’ll fly together in historic group formations directly over the Washington, DC Mall.

The best place to see the flyover will be from the Mall itself. The planes will approach from the north down the Potomac River, bank to the left just past the Lincoln Memorial, fly east along the Independence Avenue side of the Mall directly over the WWII Memorial and just south of Capitol Hill, then bank to the right to fly back to the river to return to Virginia. The first planes are expected to arrive over DC beginning about noon. Because the planes will be flying directly over DC, the Secret Service won’t permit any public access to the planes at the Manassas and Culpeper airports on Thursday or Friday, May 7 and 8, 2015. If bad weather forces a postponement, the flyover would take place on Saturday, May 9. The flyover website is http://ww2flyover.org/.

But the flyover isn’t the only opportunity for people to see these planes. Some of the early arrivals, including the B-17 Texas Raider, a four-engine bomber, will be on static display from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the Manassas Airshow on Saturday, May 2, 2015. Admission to the airshow is free. Complete information on the airshow is at http://manassasairshow.com/. Raider will be selling rides and tours at Manassas on Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 3, 5, and 6; booking information is available on the airplane’s website at http://b17texasraiders.org/.

The other three big bombers participating in the flyover will be open for cockpit tours at the Manassas Regional Airport from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday, May 9, through Wednesday, May 13. The daily admission fee of $15 for adults 18 and over and $5 for students from 6 through 17 (children 5 and under are free) includes the opportunity to go aboard and walk through all three bombers on the ground, including Fifi, the only B-29 still flying; Diamond Lil, the oldest remaining B-24 (like the plane featured in the film Unbroken); and Aluminum Overcast, a B-17G built in 1945.

All three bombers at Manassas will also be selling rides, so visitors to the airport may get the chance to see them starting engines, taking off, and flying. Their flight schedules will depend on the demand for seats. Links to book rides on each of the planes are on the airport’s website at http://www.manassascity.org/airportevents. Some of the smaller aircraft from the flyover will also be part of the Manassas display, including Gunfighter, a P-51 fighter plane; the only flying SB2C Hell Diver, a Navy dive bomber; and the twin-engine Bucket of Bolts C-45 Expeditor, a multi- engine trainer used for light cargo and as a VIP transport aircraft during the war. Rides on the smaller planes will also be available for purchase.

A variety of the other planes participating in the flyover will be on static display from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA, near Dulles Airport. The ground display at the Smithsonian is free, but vehicle parking costs $15. Information on the “Fly-In to Victory Day” event is on the Smithsonian website at http://airandspace.si.edu/events/detail.cfm?id=16029.

So head over to the Mall, the Manassas Regional Airport, and the Udvar-Hazy Center in May to experience a bit of World War II history in the most up close and personal way possible!


The Arsenal of Democracy, which organized the DC Flyover; the Commemorative Air Force, which owns and operates the B-29, B-24, B-17 Texas Raider, P-51, C-45, and Hell Diver aircraft; and the Experimental Aircraft Association, which owns and operates the B-17 Aluminum Overcast, are all charitable 501(c)(3) organizations dedicated to education and the preservation of history.

Culpeper Young Eagles Rally – Fuel discount

Hi everyone,

Neil Milofsky (Culpeper Ops) mentioned to me that they would be giving all Young Eagle pilots flying Young Eagles on April 19, 2015 (Sunday) a $0.20 discount per gallon with Avfuel @ KCJR.

The tail numbers would be needed, therefore if you are flying Young Eagles please send us an email so that we know who is coming and also, for Neil to pass it on to his guys.

Pilots and Ground Crew sign up here: EAA 186 Culpeper YE Rally
Kids between 8-17 who want a free flight: EAA 186 Culpeper Pre-Registration

Thank you all, look forward to seeing you all out at Culpeper on April 19,2015

John & Lucy Bone
EAA Chapter 186
Culpeper Liaisons
Young Eagle Coordinators/Culpeper

Once you have TASTED FLIGHT, you will forever walk with the earth with your eyes turned skyward,
FOR THERE YOU HAVE BEEN, and there you will always LONG TO RETURN