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From the new Young Eagles 25th Anniversary display in the EAA Museum.

EAA’s New VMC Club

Non-instrument rated pilots who want to improve their proficiency now have an excellent new resource through EAA’s VMC Club.

The VMC Club is modeled after the popular IMC Club concept which provides organized “hangar flying” focused on building proficiency in instrument flying. The VMC Club will do the same, but for pilots who are not instrument rated and fly primarily under visual flight rules and under VMC.

The VMC Club offers monthly meetings in which pilots can network and share knowledge and experience. The meetings use real-world scenarios to engage members, and allow a free exchange of information that improves awareness and skills. The intent is to create a community of pilots willing to share information, provide recognition, foster communications, promote safety, and build proficiency.

All EAA members are automatically eligible to take part in VMC and IMC Club programs in their local chapters. VMC Club is supported by Jeppesen.

Charles (Chuck) Kyle has offered to serve as VMC coordinator for EAA 186 to handle startup and organization/scheduling of monthly meetings. To operate meetings with EAA blessings, we need the coordinator plus a consulting CFI and at least three “founding” members. The purpose of having an associated CFI is to have someone to consult in case VMC club members have questions for which they need professional judgement. Chuck will give a short presentation to the chapter at our meeting on Saturday, July 15 about this new program. We believe that this programs will help make our members safer and more confident by sharing their experiences and learning from the experiences of others.

Special Presentation by Anne McCombs at July 15th Chapter Social

Anne McCombs has been working for the National Air and Space Museum in the restoration shop since 1988, beginning at the Garber Facility and currently at the Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar in the Steven F. Udvar­-Hazy Center.

The Hubble Space Telescope SDTV, Hughes H­1“Racer”, B­29 “Enola Gay”, and space shuttle “Enterprise” are among the memorable projects she has worked on.

Prior to her career at NASM, she worked for the EAA for eight years in Oshkosh.

Her presentation will feature a discussion of the Museum’s restoration philosophy and techniques, and how they have evolved over the years, as well as some “behind­ the­ scenes” anecdotes about a few favorite and not-­so­-favorite aviation and space artifacts.

Captain Don to speak at our Pancake Breakfast social June 24

Captain Don will give a presentation to our chapter about his Sea Plane, a A Grumman Albatross G1 11 named “Miss Splash” including a DVD about her rise from the bone yard. This is a must see story of passion & determination that prompted “Tales from the hangar.” Shot in High- Definition.
Promo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhAxg6ErCU4

Joint Base Andrews Airshow 2017

EAA 186 has been invited back to fly in and display at Joint Base Andrews Airshow 2017 (KADW). The event is scheduled to for Fri-Sun, the 15th-19th; statics should be flow in Thursday the 14th. It’s a great opportunity for aviation enthusiasts to see an awesome free, local airshow and static displays of military aviation and ground equipment. The Air Force Thunderbirds will be the headliner and they are projecting 100+k attendees!

EAA 186 Chapter member and current Air Force helicopter pilot Jacob Pomerenke, with Tim Carey’s help, is coordinating to make this event happen but will need your help. The chapter is looking for both individuals and aircraft for the event. We basically talk the EAA talk (homebuilding, Young Eagles, Vintage Aircraft, AirVenture, etc…). Having enough support allows everyone to take turns displaying our fleet, and touring the ramp. Your throat might get sore repeating such statements as, ‘Why yes, I built this myself; ‘Many EAA members have factory built airplanes;’ or ‘We give free flights to kids 8-17, called Young Eagles…We’re just not flying them today.’

Our attendees do need to get vetted (for flightline badges) so early registration is a must. Flying into Joint Base Andrews has its own process (FRZ waiver); we will try to help with this process.

Currently we are assessing the interest and availability of aircraft for this event. Let us know if you have questions or want to fly your aircraft in or help out. It sounds like there will be space for up to 8 aircraft, though they would prefer not to more than one of the same model. We also will need people to bring out/return supplies that won’t fit in our airplanes. This includes orange traffic cones, ropes, and stakes, along with some shade booths from the chapter house. Be part of a great weekend.


CANCELLED – Young Eagles rally – Postponed to May 20

The Young Eagle Flight Rally being hosted by EAA Chapter 186 this Saturday, May 13th has been postponed due to rain, low ceilings, and possible wind gusts. Young Eagle Flights are conducted only in good weather conditions.

The rally has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 20. The pre-registration form for that rally is on our website: http://eaa186.org/events/young-eagles-rally-khef-may-20/

Hope to see you then!


Dr. Eileen Bjorkman to speak at our April Social

Dr. Eileen Bjorkman will give a presentation “A Brief History of Homebuilt Aircraft” based on her recent book, “The Propeller under the Bed.”

Eileen Bjorkman has been involved with aviation for most of her adult life. She holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating and is a Certificated Flight Instructor with 2,000 hours of flying time. Her specialties are aerobatics and tailwheel flying, and she has a 2003 Super Decathlon that she owns in partnership with two other people.

In addition to her civilian pilot time, she was a flight test engineer in the USAF, where she flew more than 700 hours in 25 different types of military aircraft, primarily the F-4, F-16, C-130, and C-141. She retired from the Air Force in 2010 as a colonel.

She has both MS and BS degrees in Aeronautical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology in Ohio, and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Washington in Seattle. She also has a PhD in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.

She has had articles in Air & Space/Smithsonian, ​Aviation History, Sport Aviation, the ​Everett Daily Herald, the Herald Business Journal, and a wide variety of technical journals.

Articles by Eileen Bjorkman: http://www.airspacemag.com/author/eileen-bjorkman/

Visit her website: http://www.eileenbjorkman.com/

Thanks to everyone who attended the March 2017 Young Eagles Rally

EAA Chapter 186 would like to thank everyone who attended the March 2017 Young Eagles Rally at Manassas Airport! We hope all of our visitors had a great time, and we really look forward to seeing everyone again.

Our Young Eagle pilots donate their time, their aircraft and any costs associated with the flight. A special thanks to our plots for this rally: Gene Pettit, George Philipps, Jack McCombs and Chris Mayer. Our thanks also to our ground crew who generously volunteer their time and efforts: Anne McCombs, Tina Rigor, Mary Dominiak, Judy Sparks, Andrew Shippin, Jim Stone, Ron Sisemore and Rich Long.

More photos of the event are now online here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/EAA186/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1111649485611961

A word from Andrew Shippin Photographer for EAA Chapter 186….

“Attendees in these images are encouraged to tag themselves. Additionally, if any parents would like a larger image suitable for printing, please contact us so we can E-mail you a higher rez version of the photo.

However, in the event that you are not comfortable with photos of yourself, and/or family posted in Social Media. Please contact us as soon as possible so we can will promptly remove and delete the image/s.”

The EAA Young Eagles program was started in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 – 17, an opportunity to experience the joy of flight in a general aviation airplane. Since 1992 more than 2 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. We believe our young people are our next generation of pilots and employees in the aviation industry. EAA wants to show these young people that there are opportunities in aviation available to them. It starts with a Young Eagles flight.

Hope to see you all again at our April 15th Young Eagles Rally. Preregistration is now open: http://eaa186.org/events/young-eagles-rally/

Blue skies,

INCOMING! B-17 On Approach!

This just in from Oshkosh: Aluminum Overcast, EAA’s magnificent WWII B-17, will report for duty at Manassas from September 28-October 1, 2017. Mark the dates on your calendar, spread the word, and get ready to volunteer!

We were hoping to get her for the weekend of the Freedom Museum Hangar Dance (October 15, 2017), but some late-breaking news screwed that up. This year, the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing is dedicating its third annual Atlanta Warbird Weekend down in Chamblee, GA to the Tuskegee Airmen. CAF asked EAA to have Aluminum Overcast participate in that tribute event, scheduled for October 7-8, 2017. You can read about the weekend here.

Combined with other existing commitments, that early move down south meant reshaping the draft East Coast schedule – but we were not left out! She’ll be coming to us from her stop in Caldwell, NJ, and will head down to the Dekalb-Peachtree Airport for the CAF event at the end of her weekend with us. Start thinking early about how you’d get home if you get a seat on that nice, long repositioning flight …

None of the stops after September 1-4, 2017 (Cincinnati, OH) are up on the B-17 website yet, but they’ll be posted soon. If you know someone who might be interested in booking a ride, encourage them to book early to get on the first flight of each day, because those passengers get to help pull the props and spend more time on the plane than any others, since the engines have to warm up. People who book online in advance also get a discount: EAA members pay $409, instead of the on-site price of $435, and non-members pay $449, instead of $475. Flights and ground tours will be available Friday through Sunday, September 29-October 1, 2017. Our media flight will occur on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

We should receive some of our print advertising materials in time to display at upcoming Manassas Regional Airport events, hopefully including the Runway Run on April 9, 2017 and the Manassas Airshow on May 6, 2017.

Stay tuned for more information as the days progress. And get ready to join the flight!

New Arrival – N849GS!

Our EAA Chapter 186 has it’s newest arrival, it’s a Van’s RV12 named N849GS hatched February 6, 2017. The delivery at Winchester airport was uneventful and performed by DAR Brooks Smith with the able assistance of Mid Wife Dick Kohler who’s coaching and encouragement were most appreciated. Present with much anticipation was the proud parent Glenn Shields. The new arrival took to the sky for the first time on February 8 and looks forward to winging to Sun ’n Fun and Oshkosh this year. Glenn says he is absolutely thrilled with this airplane!

Glenn – send us some photos!