Event Cancellations and Postponements

Due to the coronavirus precautions taking place, event cancellations for our chapter and local aviation events are very fluid at this time. For the most part we are evaluating upcoming events on a month to month basis. Please check our calendar page for updates.

Right now, we are planning for a full very year for our chapter when this is all over. However, there are many uncertainties as this situation unfolds and nobody knows exactly how things will play out. We continue to rely on health authorities for accurate information and to make the right decisions as our chapter year moves forward.

The EAA Chapter 186 Board of Directors is also doing everything possible to gather and disseminate local aviation event cancellations as they are announced. However, please rely only on information posted on the actual event site to determine if the event is taking place.

We value our chapter members and we want to be sure that you get the best, most up-to-date information.

“In the end, it will be impossible to know if we overreacted or did too much, but it will be QUITE apparent if we under reacted or did too little.” – West Grand Superintendent Darrin Peppard

Added note: Point of interest to any readers of this website who are not on Facebook. Both the EAA Chapter 186 Facebook Page, and Andrew Shippin’s Aviation Events – Mid Atlantic Facebook Page, are set up to be visible even if you are not on Facebook, just follow the links below. It may ask you to create an account or log in, but below that there is “Not Now” option.



Young Eagle Rally Postponed

Young Eagles and Parents,

Based on the uncertainty with the COVID-19 virus situation, Chapter186 has decided to postpone the Young Eagles event this Saturday, March 14 to the following Saturday, March 21 at 12:00 noon. We do not want to overact but would rather err on the safe side. As most of you know we often have 30 to 40 kids, plus parents and 15 volunteers in our Chapter House meeting space at registration time. This will allow us time to further assess the events.

If you are already registered for the March 14 rally you will be provided with a direct link to the To register for the March 21 Young Eagle event. Please register by this Saturday night. You will receive a confirmation e-mail on Sunday.

Sande Miller-Long
Bob Prange
Chapter 186 Coordinators

Whose Chili will Reign Supreme!?

Chili Cook-Off Rules and Info http://eaa186.org/event/20th-annual-chili-cook-off/
Chili Cook-Off Registration http://eaa186.org/20th-annual-chili-cook-off-registration/

20th Annual Chili Cook-Off!
March 28 — Noon to 3pm
Sign up Here: http://eaa186.org/20th-annual-chili-cook-off-registration/

Wanted: Chili Cooks
There will be 4 category awards and one main grand prize! Entries can be classic recipes, meatless, beanless, white, or even use surprise ingredients. Chili entries will be judged by the following categories:

Most Creative/Unusual
Best Presentation/Most Attractive
Grand Prize – Best Over All

• All Chili entries must be at the Chapter House by 11:30 am.
• Set up begins at 11:00 and judging starts at high noon.
• Chili entries must be prepared at home and brought in a slow cooker.
• Be sure to name your chili with a sign! Points will be deducted for nameless chili entries.
• All Chili cooks will be provided with name tags the day of the event.
• Your entry and and decor/signage must fit within a 2ft x 2ft space.

Our golf cart will meet you at the gate to assist in bringing your entry to the chapter house. Please ring door bell!

Wanted: Corn Bread, Dessert and Guacamole Chefs
Take home the title of Cornbread, Salad, Dessert or Guacamole Cook-Off Champion! All entries should be an original creation or enhancement. In other words, your standard Jiffy cornbread dish straight from the box and/or cookies from Target are gonna lose you points.
And YES — you can always enter various dishes in different categories.

Wanted: EAA 186 Chili Judges
We need 3-5 judges, so get in on the fun and put your taste buds to the ultimate test!

Sign up Here: http://eaa186.org/20th-annual-chili-cook-off-registration/

Tickets are $5 (suggested donation) for those not entered in the contest, bringing food, or judging. We’ll provide all the chili fixings’ and beverages. There’s plenty of space to park your plane or car, so fly-in, or come by car and stay for the whole event.


EAA Chapter 186 has been selected again to grant a $10,000 Ray Aviation Scholarship to a highly motivated chapter member (age 16 to 19) who is eager to earn his/her Private Pilot License. This rigorous program requires monthly progress checks, EAA chapter participation and a commitment to future chapter participation. This program requires the selected scholar to be dedicated to finishing this endeavor in one year. Our chapter’s ability to grant another scholarship next year will directly hinge on the success of this year’s scholar.

Chapter 186 would like to hear from you if you would like to be considered for this opportunity. Good flying weather is coming! Do you want to spend your summer at the boring pool and beach or playing video games? Wouldn’t you rather study aviation weather, navigation and airplane systems and take flying lessons? We are looking for candidates that will commit to spending their free time to learning to fly. The EAA recommends 3 to 4 flight lessons per week. One flying lesson per week makes progressing through the lessons difficult. Accomplishment of the majority of training before summer ends will make Private Pilot License training completion during the school year easier.


The scholar and parents will choose the flight school or CFI. Families should be prepared for the cost of training for the Private Pilot License to exceed $10,000, possibly by $2,000 to $4,000. The terms of the scholarship agreement require our chapter contact to conduct monthly progress checks with the instructor and scholar. Required milestones of progress are:

–Begin flight training within 60 days of award,
–Solo within 3 months of the first scholarship installment,
–Pass the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge exam within 6 months of the first scholarship installment,
–Pass the Private Pilot check-ride within 12 months of the first scholarship installment.

Funding will be from EAA headquarters to our chapter account. The initial installment will be $4,000. After the first solo flight, another $4,000 will be available. After the FAA knowledge exam is passed, the final $2,000 will be available. We will distribute funds directly to the flight school. Direct flight training costs are covered, including aircraft rent, instructor fees, fuel, flying club dues, flight school insurance (if required) and examiner fees. If the scholar has obtained the license using less than $10,000, there are provisions for using some of the unused money toward additional flying by the scholar. This is not a reimbursement program, therefore if you have already soloed or passed the written, this scholarship cannot pay for those milestones already reached. You may still be considered, but the scholarship will pay less than $10,000.


A current FAA aviation medical certificate is required for consideration for this scholarship. The scholarship hopefuls will be between the ages of 16 to 19, commit to two hours per month of chapter volunteer service, submit required progress reports during training, begin training within 60 days of award and complete training in 12 months.

Interested candidates are invited to send an email to rsp10000@aol.com with answers to the following questions:

1. Name and date of birth,
2. What is the date on your FAA Aviation Medical Certificate?
3. How many Young Eagle flights have you taken?
4. Have you completed the Sporty’s Learn-to-Fly course? If not, what volume have you completed?
5. Have you attended the EAA Air Academy? What dates?
6. Have you passed the FAA Private Pilot Knowledge exam (“the written”)?
7. Describe any formal flight training you have received,
8. Have you soloed? If yes, on what date?
9. In 100 words or less, discuss your commitment to flight training during the summer. How much time each week will you commit toward flying lessons? Will you also be employed? Will you participate in sports or other school activities during the summer?
10. In 100 words or less, discuss your commitment to flight training during the school year. How much time each week will you commit toward flying lessons? What other school activities will you have to manage?

Please submit your information by March 31. Once we select our scholarship recipient, he/she will be instructed to complete an on-line EAA application. That application will include questions and a 250-word essay regarding how they will fund the costs in excess of the award, why they want this experience, how often they can fly and how they will support the local chapter.

Bob Prange
EAA Chapter 186
Ray Aviation Scholarship Coordinator

Tim Carey’s burial at Arlington

From Cathy Carey:
For all our family and friends, we have been scheduled a date for Tim’s burial at Arlington. He will be laid to rest on June 3, 2020, @ 11:00am. 50 yrs ago he graduated from the US Air Force Academy on this date too. For those attending you are requested to arrive 45 min early at the Administrative Building. Everyone must have own transportation and 100% ID check is in process. For those coming from out of town, please contact me for hotel accommodations. We will have a reception at our home after.   Cathy Carey: cthcarey@comcast.net

Arsenal of Democracy 2020 Flyover Update

Sign Up NOW For The Arsenal Of Democracy WWII Flyover Mission!

From Mary Dominiak

Okay, folks: here it is. If you want to work ANY ground operations with the many WWII airplanes coming to Manassas in May – including our own beautiful EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast and newly restored B-25 Berlin Express – you’ve GOT to sign up online NOW. If you don’t sign up on or before March 5, 2020, you will NOT be able to work on the ramp during the Arsenal of Democracy mission in May. If you want to work but aren’t sure you’ll be able to, sign up anyway; we can always take you OFF the list, but we won’t be able to add you ON after the drop-dead date! (That March 5 date may be extended a little for ground crew – who don’t need the same level of vetting as people flying on the planes – but don’t count on it …)

PLEASE NOTE: Having a Manassas gate card or being an EAA/CAF/CAP member will NOT give you access to the ramp during this event: you MUST be pre-registered!

Signing up is a two-step process. First off, go to:


Choose “AOD Event Staff/Volunteers” as your Participant Type, and “Event Volunteer (to be assigned)” as your Staff Type. That’s all you need for step one!

Your second sign-up is on our EAA Chapter 186 website: http://eaa186.org/events/volunteer-for-the-arsenal-of-democracy-wwii-flyover/

We are posting sheets for the event; please sign up for each and every day you want to work, and indicate your duty preference, if any. We’ll use these sign-up sheets to match volunteers to the available jobs, and we’ll need them to make certain that we have all the essential positions covered on every day of the event. I’m hoping you might be flexible, because all positions won’t be available at all times.

If you are 18 or over, want to volunteer for a marshaling position, and haven’t already been included on the list given to our Line Chief, Chuck Hoeppner, please reach out to him (choeppner64@gmail.com) BEFORE ticking the “marshaling” box on the Chapter form; Chuck is in charge of our marshaling team, so you absolutely MUST be on his radar to be part of that team. This is an insurance issue for the AOD, so it is not negotiable, period.

Our marshaling ranks are now full; thank you all! Please volunteer for another task.

None of the other positions are nearly so picky! If you’re mostly sedentary, consider signing up to work Registration/Reception/Information – where aircrews and volunteers will be reporting to pick up their ramp credentials. That will include managing ramp access through the terminal door. We’ll also be doing merchandise sales mostly inside the terminal, because having all the planes out on the ramp will mean it’s not friendly for tents and tables. The other aircraft will also be doing their sales indoors.

We’re not expecting too much activity on Monday and Tuesday, May 4-5, 2020, except for the marshalers and registration/reception/information people and a few ramp rats able to deal with kids; we’re expecting almost all the planes to arrive on those two days, except for the ones already on-site because of the Manassas Airshow and the Lancaster, which isn’t due to arrive until Wednesday. Given that planes will be moving in and around, we’re not advertising anything as being open to the public on those two days, although operators will be allowed to sell rides. Aircrews offering rides on the arrival days will be responsible for escorting their passengers directly from the terminal to their aircraft and back; we’ll need some ramp security folk to assist with that. We’re also going to host a few school field trips to view selected aircraft parked on Foxtrot; hence the need for kid-friendly ramp crew. Only passengers and crew will be allowed access to the main ramp, period. There will be no revenue ground tours those days.

Things wake up on Wednesday. There will be a press conference in the morning, along with media flights – and unlike our usual B-17 tour stop media day, this will be a zoo with all the major networks and VIP guests. We’ll need flexible folk to do things even I can’t necessarily predict at this point; I can predict a lot, but putting all the options into words would take a book! Our reception/registration people will get a workout, and we’ll need plenty of ramp security people to assist the marshalers, whose main responsibility will be managing the media flights.

Wednesday afternoon will be a public day with multiple operators offering tours and rides. We’ll need people everywhere, to make certain that our many guests stay safe and within bounds!

Thursday will be practice day. No one without credentials will be allowed on the field in the morning, as we do a dress rehearsal for launch as if full security were in place. We’ll need a few hardy volunteers to start exceptionally early both Thursday and Friday, because our security will need to be tight beginning around 0630! Friday morning, we’ll be subject to full Federal security, with the Secret Service, FBI, DOD, TSA, and who knows whom else ensuring that nothing and no one going on the planes could pose any threat to DC. That security will evaporate the moment the last plane takes off; then the field will be entirely ours.

Thursday and Friday afternoons, we’ll have some ground tours and flights from various operators only from 1500 through 1700, and will shut down the field by 1800. Friday night will be the Survivors’ Party, when aircrews and ground crews from both Culpeper and Manassas will be bused to and from the party venue down in Culpeper. Fun times!

Saturday and Sunday will look a lot like our typical B-17 tour stop, with all the usual needs for merchandise sales, tour guides, ramp rats, and all, except – there will be a LOT more planes on the field doing the same thing! We’ll need Chapter volunteers to assist with the operations of our EAA aircraft – including the B-25 Berlin Express as well as our beloved B-17 Aluminum Overcast – and to maintain ramp safety for all our visitors and the other planes and crews, as the marshaling team oversees the safe departure and return of revenue flights.

I expect the last of our guests will depart on Monday. There will be NO public operations on Monday at all, unless there are revenue flights from the weekend that were scrubbed for weather or mechanicals. We’ll definitely need a few folk to assist with aircraft departures and final clean-up after the event, but this should not be a gang event.

By the way: the next stop post-AOD for both Aluminum Overcast and Berlin Express will be Oak Island, NC. I expect that the usual rules for repositioning ferry flights will be in play, which would mean – the Chapter will likely be able to put some members on the ferry run. No guarantees, of course, but … you know the drill, if you think you might like a chance at a flight down to Chapter 186 South!

This is, without a doubt, the biggest, most exciting, most demanding, and most complex thing we as a Chapter will ever have done; we really need all hands on deck! I guarantee that if you work this event, you will never forget it.

Come make history!

Feb Membership Gathering Speaker – Andrew Crider

Andrew Crider will speak at our February Membership Gathering about the Virginia Department of Aviation  activities. Particularly, what the government of Virginia is doing for transportation including projects, scholarships and programs. Many DOAV scholarship deadlines are coming up (including those for adults) and he will be bringing the scholarship info/apps with him.

We’re an EAA GOLD Chapter!

This from EAA Headquarters….

Congratulations on reaching the Gold Chapter Recognition level! EAA is thrilled to help EAA Chapter 186 celebrate this achievement.

This program was created to recognize chapters that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to general aviation. Developed in partnership with EAA’s Chapter Advisory Council, it’s based on 10 criteria that are consistently found in active and engaged chapters. Each is worth a point, and there are three levels of recognition: bronze (7 out of 10), silver (8 out of 10), and gold (at least 9 out of 10).
1) Attended a chapter leadership training session
2) Growing or steady membership
3) Offers IMC or VMC club programs
4) Participates in Young Eagles or Flying Start programs
5) Has an EAA-approved flight advisor or technical counselor
6) Participates in EAA’s annual chapter member survey
7) Reads EAA ChapterGram regularly
8) Requested EAA promotional materials or ChapterBlast email
9) Hosts at least two public events each year
10) Owns/leases a facility

Your 2019 Chapter Results
The current score for your EAA chapter is 10 out of 10, which places you in the 100 percentile. Here’s your chapter’s breakdown:

Leadership training 1
Membership 1
Young Eagles 1
Flight Advisor/Tech Counselor 1
Annual survey 1
ChapterGram 1
Chapter promotions 1
Events 1
Facility 1

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 (www.mxaircraft.com)
  • 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