Aerobatic Competitor Scott Francis to speak at January Chapter Gathering!

January 18th (Note new date!)
Chapter 186 Gathering
9am to noon
EAA 186 Chapter House

Scott Francis

Scott Francis has been flying in airplanes for as long as he can remember.  Born and raised in Wichita, KS, he flew often with his father who was an experimental test pilot. Scott received his private license in high school, and has gone on to earn his commercial, instrument, multi-engine, and Airline Transport Pilot certifications. He currently has over 3,400 logged hours in more than 40 types of aircraft and is type rated in the Dash 8.

Scott began flying aerobatics and competing in aerobatic competitions in 2003.  He rapidly moved up from Sportsman level, to Intermediate, Advanced, and finally the top level — Unlimited.  Scott has been performing in airshows since 2006, starting with a Pitts S-1T, then moving on to a Giles 202, and currently flying the ultra-high performance MXS aircraft.

Today, Scott possesses a surface level aerobatic waiver and flies in more than 30 airshows each year.  He particularly enjoys interacting with spectators before and after each show. When he isn’t flying an “away show”, he can be seen performing at the Flying Circus in Bealeton, VA every Sunday from May through October.


There are only 12 MXSs in the world today. One is flown by 3-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Rob Holland and two others are currently flying in the Red Bull Air Race circuit.

  • Manufacturer: MX Aircraft (
  • Model: MXS (one of only 12 in existence)
  • Construction: All Carbon Fiber Monoplane
  • Weight: 1179 lbs
  • Engine: Ly-Con AEIO-540, 355 HP
  • Max Speed: 310 MPH
  • Roll Rate: 500 deg/sec
  • G-Limit: +/- 14Gs

Congrats to new Private Pilot 2019 Ray Aviation Scholar, Carter Allain

Congratulations to our 2019 Ray Aviation Scholar, Carter Allain, on completing his Private Pilot checkride!  Carter is our first, in what we hope will be an annual, Private Pilot training scholarship recipient.  As a Ray Scholar, Carter received a Lightspeed Zulu 3 headset last spring and rode along with several other Ray Scholars in the B-25 and B-17 to begin the Wednesday night air show at Air-Venture 2019 in Oshkosh!

In 2019, the Ray Aviation Foundation granted the EAA to award $1,000,000 in pilot training scholarships up to $10,000 each.  Out of the 900+ chapters, Chapter 186 was one of the 100 chapters selected last year to award a scholarship.  This program requires chapters to apply each year to be selected as a Ray Scholarship chapter.  We have applied again for 2020, and hope to hear in February that we are again able to give out up to $10,000 this year for a motivated private pilot candidate.

Once we are approved to give out a scholarship, we will begin the search process, most likely in February/March.  We will send out a questionnaire to likely candidates asking for information such as membership status (both EAA and chapter), participation in Young Eagle flights, past participation in Chapter 186 activities, level completed in the Sporty’s Learn-To-Fly ground school, actual flight training experience, possible FAA aviation medical certificate, past attendance at the EAA Air Academy, level of commitment towards flight training during school year, level of commitment during summer months, etc.  The cost for Private Pilot training realistically can be around $12,000 or more, so we will include a discussion question on how the candidate will fund the difference.  The EAA requires the Ray Scholar to participate in chapter activities during the period while going through training, so there will be a question regarding ability to commit to volunteering at chapter activities.

Once a candidate is selected by Chapter 186, he/she will fill out an online application to EAA.  Similar questions will be on that application, but that process is cursory in nature, as only our one final candidate will perform this step.  At this point in time, our candidate will need to have an FAA Aviation Medical Certificate.  This is required for the EAA application.

We will be looking for candidates in the age range 16 to 19.  Private Pilot training requires a large time commitment.  Weather and scheduling issues often can make the training process drag out longer than anticipated.  A high level of commitment in the summer months will help the scholar get through the pre-solo and solo phases and begin the cross-country phase.  Once the school year resumes, the scholar then has a strong foundation for completing training with fewer hours available.  A large commitment during the school year will be required to finish within the required one year.

Bob Prange
Chapter 186 Scholarship Coordinator

Urgent Special Call for Help: Marshal the Arsenal of Democracy!

As you surely know by now, our Chapter will be instrumental in pulling off the Arsenal of Democracy (AoD) 2020 Flyover of Washington, DC, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day on May 8 with a sky full of 112 WWII airplanes. What you may not realize is just how huge this event is going to be, and how much help we’re going to need.

We’ll be putting up information for volunteer sign-ups as we get a little closer to the event, but we have a critical need we must fill up front, right now. We’re slated to have 26 pieces of heavy iron – 26 big, multi-engine WWII airplanes! – on our east ramp, and controlling their ground movements to keep everyone safe is going to be absolutely critical. We need someone with large aircraft (preferably including big taildraggers) marshaling experience to head up our flight line marshaling squad throughout the event, along with enough team members to field at least four marshalers on deck (one communicating directly with pilot, one on each wing, and one positioned along the path) whenever planes are scheduled to move on the field. We can work in shifts if we can get enough people to fill in the squad.

Everyone volunteering specifically for the marshaling squad must be an adult (for insurance reasons, we cannot have CAP cadets or other children working on the field during AoD-specific operations) and will have to attend a training and drill session prior to the AoD, to ensure that all participants are using clear and consistent signals and can communicate effectively with each other. The AOPA will provide the instructor and training session. Our squad leader is the only one who absolutely must already have significant large aircraft marshaling experience; we can train other team members willing to commit to learn, but I’m hoping we might have some ex-military flight line folks eager to strut their stuff again.

I know this is a lot to ask, but we need people – and most particularly our team leader – able to commit to working multiple days. The aircraft are all due to arrive on May 4 and 5, 2020, hopefully not in groups; while the APP Jet Center line folks will be able to help, we’ll need at least a basic four-person squad to assist in getting them into their pre-assigned parking spots. On May 6, the FAA FSDO will be doing ramp checks on all the planes, and then some of them at least will be doing media flights; we’ll have a bit of a zoo on the field, because the media presence for this event will be massive!

May 7 will be our practice day for the flyover. Basically, we’ll be doing everything except having the airplanes actually fly over DC. We’ll practice sanitizing the ramp (which will be essential on the actual flyover day, when the Secret Service, DoD, TSA, FBI, and the rest of the alphabet soup will ensure that nothing on any of the planes could damage DC, and that only the pre-approved crews and passengers board the planes), handling the sequential launches of our fleet, and then recovering the airplanes upon their return. Hopefully, that should be enough for the day!

May 8 – weather permitting – will be the flyover day, when we do it all for real. We’ll need to be a well-oiled machine! Hopefully, our practice on the 7th will have everyone sharp and on the numbers for the ramp sanitization, aircraft checks, aircraft boarding, and aircraft launch schedule. And then things will get even more interesting – because when the planes come back, they won’t be parking in the same spots from which they left!

Here’s the thing. Some of the planes from the flyover – including our EAA B-17 and B-25 – will be staying on to do revenue flights and ground tours for the remainder of the weekend. I’m waiting on the final list of which other aircraft intend to conduct tour business at Manassas, and EAA Oshkosh will need to work out any revenue-sharing arrangements they might want to make with CAF and/or others about sharing the tour stop. But we’ll be parking those aircraft nearest the terminal and creating defined safe space around them where the public will be permitted to roam. During the tour stop setup, our usual ramp rules – not the special adults-only AoD flight line ones – will apply to our line crew, so we could include responsible young people in our ground crews

A bunch of the other planes, including a mix of all the different aircraft types participating in the flyover, will be staying overnight on the field at Manassas, but will then fly off early on May 9 to land at Dulles and go on public display on the ramp at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. We’ll park those birds in their own separate area, to facilitate their early Saturday morning departure. They won’t be coming back to Manassas; instead, they’ll depart from Dulles on Sunday, May 10.

Some planes may simply park and look pretty, without opening to the public, when they return from the flyover. Those would be furthest away from the terminal.

Anyway, that’s the concept in a big nutshell. You’ll be hearing a LOT more as we get closer! But we really need to be certain as early as possible that we’ll have enough qualified marshalers to manage the ramp throughout the AoD, from May 4-10, 2020. If you want to volunteer specifically for the marshaling team – particularly if you’d like to be the official squad leader of the marshaling team – please send an email to, and be certain to detail your large aircraft marshaling experience!

One last heads-up. I know that people in this Chapter ALWAYS turn out to volunteer for the B-17, and that would apply in spades to having 26 WWII planes on the field! But for this monster event, it will be absolutely essential for anyone who wants to participate on the AoD ramp to register in advance. For obvious security reasons, access to the ramp during the event preparation and execution will be strictly controlled. AOPA will be operating a master registration database for all volunteers, and will issue ramp credentials appropriate to the different security levels associated with specific duties. This time, you won’t be able simply to show up and volunteer; you’ll need to jump through the right hoops first. Please, do!

And thanks!

Chapter 186 Membership for 2020 open online now!


Chapter 186 Membership is open to all EAA National members. If you are not already a national member, see the link here. To become a Chapter 186 member fill out a Chapter Membership Application or contact our membership chairman for more information.

Also with your membership application please fill out a Name Tag Order Form as well. We would like members to wear their name tags at chapter meetings and other events.

January 31 is the deadline to be included in 2020 Chapter Directory.

Membership online application
Name Tag/Badge online application


$30 Jan–Dec. Single Member Dues
$35 Jan-Dec. Family Member Dues
$8 for Name Tag and postage
$10 for hard copy of Newsletter* for printing & mailing
$6 for hard copy of Directory* for printing & mailing
$1 surcharge if paying by PayPal

*Digital versions of the Newsletters and Directory are on this website in the Members Only Section

EAA Chapter 186 Officers & Directors 2020

President: Sande Miller-Long
Vice President: Danny Miller
Secretary: Chris Berg
Treasurer: Dan Botzer
Director: Judy Sparks (Membership, Merchandise)
Director: Mary Dominiak (B-17 Tour)
Director: Bob Prange (Young Eagles, Scholarships)
Director: Chuck Kyle (VMC Club)
Director: Mike Walpole (IMC Club, YE Build and Fly)
Director: Rich Long (Chapter House)
Director: Jim Stone (Chapter House, Tool Crib)
Director: Rob Anderson (Tool Crib)
Director: Laura Hoover (Newsletter, Fly-Outs)
Director Emeritus: Al Sparks

December 14 – Young Eagles Rally – KHEF

Saturday December 14, 2019
Noon to 3:00pm

Free Flights for kids ages 8-17. This rally is open to the public. 25 seats. Parents must be present to sign permission slip.  Online Registration opens Dec 1, 8:00am.  This is the direct link:

Call for Pilots and Ground Crew!

Due to the holidays, we’re going to be a little light on pilots and volunteers! To sign-up for  this EAA 186 Young Eagle event, please go to and either login with your existing EAA id or select “Sign Up” to register as a pilot or crew member.
When you login, you will see a list of Chapter 186 Young Eagles events that you are associated with. If this is not the case, please contact Chapter 186 Young Eagles Coordinator, Sande Miller-Long ( for access.
You only need to register one time; after that you will only get an email to accept or decline to attend a Young Eagle event as they occur.

More photos from our November rally can be found on our Facebook page!  Thanks to Andrew Shippin for all the great shots!

The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people, ages 8 – 17, an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers.

Since 1992, more than 1.8 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program. Young Eagles have been registered in more than 90 different countries and have been flown by more than 42,000 volunteer pilots.

Welcome new members to the National Capital Chapter — EAA 186!

Janet Davidson
Mark Tisler
David Farrell
Andrew Binks
Terry Hill
Mario Nardoni
Steve Wallace
Lawrence Ayers
Ken Swingle
Al Olsen
Rene Gonzales
Michael Tozoni
Sean Kelley
Mark Newell
Rich Lee
Saverio (Savy) Gambassi
N. Mariano Pernigotti
John & Val Lackey
Keith Reeves

Our chapter extends a warm welcome to anyone who is interested in aviation.  Whether you fly, build, restore or simply enjoy airplanes and aviation, you are welcome to attend our events and join our Chapter. We are a group of aviation enthusiasts, aircraft builders, and pilots who get together with like minded people to share ideas, exchange information, encourage safety, serve the local aviation community and have a lot of fun doing so.

For more information on all of our chapter activities please visit our website!  Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook  and Twitter.

One Week to the B-17!

The B-17 Aluminum Overcast is due to arrive at Manassas on Wednesday, 10/23/2019; she’s almost here! And we need to get ready. If you haven’t already signed up to help out at, please go there now and pledge your time; we need help every day on the ramp, in the terminal, making and selling lunches, and prepping for (and cleaning up after!) the Friday Big Bomber BBQ at the Chapter House. Many hands make light work; come join the fun!

Our media day on Thursday, 10/24/2019, will be much busier than usual, since the 43rd Bomb Group (5th Air Force) Association is spending the afternoon with us – and that will start with a catered lunch for about 50 people in the terminal lobby at noon. We’ll need to set up tables and chairs before that lunch and clean up afterward. The media flights at 2:00 and 2:30 will include five WWII veterans, so we’ll get to hear some great stories! After the media event, the Bomb Group members will be taking free ground tours through the plane, so our work won’t wrap up until about 4:00 pm.

Friday through Sunday promise to be busy. We’ve already sold 62 seats on the plane, and expect to sell more before she gets here. Keep spreading the word that she’s coming!

And there’s only a few days left to get in on the B-17 raffle! We’ve still got tickets available in both raffles, at $10 each. I’ll be pulling the winning tickets at about 5:00 pm on Saturday, 10/19/2019; do you feel lucky?

Finally, I know there may be some questions and concerns following the Collings Foundation B-17 accident last week. The FAA and NTSB are investigating that accident, and we’re all waiting to learn what happened. Out of respect for all the people affected by that tragedy, EAA did not conduct any flights at their Hyannis, MA tour stop this past weekend, refunding all payments by prebooked passengers, and simply offered free ground tours through the plane. Normal tour operations have now resumed, and the plane will be flying at Westfield, MA this coming weekend.

For anyone concerned, all I can say is, EAA’s safety record operating this B-17 for the past 25 years is stellar. The inspection protocol for this airplane is at an equivalent level of safety to many commercial air operations. Inspections occur every day prior to flight, as well as deeper inspections every 25 hours of flight and major inspections at 125 hours of flight. The required annual inspection looks at every function of the airplane to make sure it is performing at the highest level. Our mechanics are required to have special, specific training on B-17 aircraft. Our pilots each have thousands of hours of piloting time prior to ever applying to be a B-17 pilot, with extensive flying experience in multi-engine aircraft and tailwheel aircraft, and long experience in airline, corporate or military flying. Each pilot candidate is carefully vetted before being allowed to begin training. Those who succeed in the training are then placed in the right seat (second-in-command) for more than a year before they are allowed to serve as pilot-in-command. All pilots must hold FAA commercial pilot certificates, receive and pass annual B-17 recurrent training, and maintain all proper FAA medical certificates to fly the B-17.

We keep her flying to bring living history to people throughout the country, to help people understand the role these aircraft – and all the men and women who built, flew, and maintained them – played in preserving our freedom during World War II.

Be part of that mission. Enlist today.

The B-17 Ride Raffle Is Here!

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 our monthly Chapter meetings, our Young Eagles rallies, 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, Oct 19 – 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 22, 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 10/25, Saturday 10/26, or Sunday 10/27 – 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?

Mary Dominiak
B-17 Coordinator

EAA’s WWII B-17 Aluminum Overcast to Visit Manassas

EAA’s WWII B-17 Aluminum Overcast will be open for flights and ground tours at the Manassas Regional Airport, 10600 Harry J. Parrish Blvd, Manassas, VA 20110, from Friday through Sunday, October 25-27, 2019. Come visit!

Each day, weather permitting, the plane will fly in the morning, and open for ground tours when flight operations cease. The first flight of the day is usually at 10:00 AM, and ground tours typically begin by 2:00 PM. If you want to check the schedule on a specific day to decide when to arrive, you can call the crew that day at 920-371-2244. You’re always welcome to come out to the airport and watch her fly from our viewing area right up close; there’s no charge just to watch from the ground!

If you’d like to book a ride, your best bet is to do it in advance either on the EAA website ( or by calling 800-359-6217. Buying early saves you money! You’ll get the discounted pre-book price of $409 per ticket for EAA members and their guests, or pay $449 for your first non-member ticket. That first non-member ticket price includes a one-year EAA membership, so you’d get any companion tickets at the member price. Pre-booking helps the tour plan efficiently for the stop, so buy now and save!

The flight price goes up once the plane is officially on-site, which happens about 4:00 PM on Thursday, October 24, 2019; at that point, the website sales shut down, and seats become $435 for EAA members and guests, and $475 for non-members. Once the website sales close, you’ll need to call the crew at 920-371-2244 to buy flights at the on-site price. Don’t count on seats being available if you walk up on the day; call ahead if you can!

Unlike flight sales, ground tours don’t go on sale until we’re actually ready to run them each day Friday through Sunday, from the time the plane stops flying until the end of each day at 5:00 PM. We’ll stop selling tickets some time before 5:00 based on the crowd size, to make certain that everyone who buys a ticket will be able to get through the plane before 5:30 PM, or a bit earlier if we need to schedule a late afternoon flight to accommodate the demand. Ground tour tickets are $10 for an individual, or $20 for a whole immediate family, no matter how many kids you’ve got! Ground tours are always free to veterans, active duty military, and first responders (police, fire, EMT), and kids under 8 are free with a paid or qualifying adult. We can also arrange group tour deals for organized groups of kids with adult chaperones; contact the Chapter in advance if you have a school, scouting, cadet, or similar group you’d like to bring!

The B-17 has plenty of fun merchandise available to buy from her van on the field:  bring your cash or a credit card and indulge in caps, t-shirts, patches, pins, books, DVDs, tin signs, magnets, toys, Christmas ornaments, and more! Best of all, the money the airplane earns from seats, tours, and merchandise sales goes back into keeping her flying on tour around the country.

The EAA Chapter 186 Grill food vending trailer will be onsite to serve up food and drinks, so don’t worry about going hungry while you visit. And don’t miss checking out the Freedom Museum in the airport terminal while you’re here: there’s no charge for admission, and you’ll learn a lot about the history of the U.S. military from the Spanish American War to the present, with a special emphasis on the stories of local military veterans.

Basically, this is a fun weekend event for the whole family. Experience history up close and personal, in a visceral way no static museum display alone can provide. Join the flight!