Our WWII B-17 Aluminum Overcast on Approach!


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 19-21, 2018. 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 (www.b17.org) or by calling 800-359-6217. Buying early saves money: you’d get the discounted pre-book price of $409 for EAA members and their guests; or $449 for non-members, who become members with their first ticket purchase. 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 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 18, 2018; 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. 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 and active duty military, and kids under 8 are free with a paid adult or a vet.

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 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!

B-17 Volunteer Call

Hello, Chapter 186 Members!

I’m Mary Dominiak, coordinator for the B-17 visit this October, and I’m looking for your help. We need volunteers to assist with security, crowd control, merchandise sales, and ground tours during the visit. Could you spare a few hours on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, October 18-21? If so, read on!

We don’t need a lot of help on Thursday, October 18, but we will need some. We’ll be doing our media flight at 1:00 PM to hopefully attract more attention to the bomber’s presence. We’ll need about 4 volunteers beginning at noon to help welcome media attendees, escort them onto the ramp and around the airplane, and move the stairs to and from the plane while we’re engaged in flight operations. Most of the real work, however, will happen around 3:00 PM after the media flight concludes, because we’ll have to position our cook trailer, tables, chairs, and small tents, and put up the temporary fencing and stanchions to define the B-17’s operational area and set it apart from the south side of the ramp where the Freedom Museum will construct its Hangar Dance tent pavilion. We’ve never used the airport’s new temporary plastic fencing before, so there’s going to be a bit of a learning curve, and we’ve never had to create quite this extent of partition barrier. I know we can do it, but we’ll need to plan and adjust a bit on the fly! We should be done with our work by 5:00 PM.

Activities on each of our public days – Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – will run from about 8:30 AM to about 6:00 PM. Depending on the weather, flights usually happen in the morning with the first flight taking off around 9:50. When the flights conclude – and that depends on how many seats we sell, but usually happens no later than 2:00 PM – the aircraft goes on static ground display.

For most positions, we could staff separate morning and afternoon shifts, if enough people participate. Those shifts would run from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM, and from 1:00 to 6:00 PM. The 1:00-1:30 overlap is intended to let people grab lunch and transfer information. If you’d like to work a full day, great – just say so!

The merchandise van is the one assignment where full-day shifts are important, and if a couple of people would be willing to volunteer to run the van for all three days, that would be ideal! There’s a bit of a learning curve on running the cash register, tracking inventory, and tallying up the take each day, so continuity really helps there. We’ll need two people in the merchandise van for each shift. With the van, it works best if one person takes and assembles orders from customers, while the other one runs the cash register and credit card machine to ring up the sales. Don’t worry: you’ll have professional help and training from the crew!

The rest of our volunteer positions can rotate around and trade off on duties to keep folk from getting bored, hot, cold, sunburned, or wet, depending on our weather. We’ll need someone inside the terminal to card people through the door to and from the ramp, as well as folk outside to assist with ground tours, crowd safety, and ramp security.

While the plane is on the ground for tours, we’ll need three people to stay right with her: one at the nose to make certain people have their ground tour stickers and to guide them up the ladder without crowding; one in the flight deck area to guard the controls and keep people moving through (no sitting in control seats!); and one by the rear exit to keep people from entering the wrong way (except for those with impaired mobility who may only be able to access the rear area) and to assist people in leaving the plane. Anyone taking those positions will need to be relieved before departing from them.

During both the ground tours and flight operations, we’ll need an additional four to eight people to help manage visitors, directing people to the merchandise van for tickets and information, restricting them to safe areas on the ramp (“Yes, sir; I know she’s a big plane, but you can’t go beyond the safe zone cones to fit her into your viewfinder …”), and reminding folk not to touch such tempting things as the tail guns or walk into a wing or stabilizer while looking at something else! During flight ops, two of those volunteers will be tasked with handling the boarding stairs, carrying them to and from the plane, opening and securing the rear hatch, and helping folk in and out.

When the plane secures from flight operations each afternoon, we could also use volunteers willing to get physical and maybe a bit dirty cleaning her up. Have you ever wanted to groom a bomber? If so, here’s your chance! We’ll also be putting cones around the plane to define the safe area visitors need to stay inside.

This year, our Saturday operations will be a bit different from the usual, because the bomber’s visit overlaps with the Freedom Museum’s Hangar Dance. We’ll be doing a hard shutdown of all B-17 operations at 5:00 PM, to ensure that we’ll be able to clear all our visitors off the ramp by 5:30 PM so the area will be open in the evening only for Hangar Dance staff and patrons. In addition, after we secure from flight operations at 2:00 PM, we will occasionally need to reconfigure the ramp to park additional vehicles close to the B-17, including Andrew McKenna’s P-51, Chris Mayer’s O-2, and some planes from the Flying Circus. Happily, Paul Schafer has volunteered to be our ramp boss for that activity, but since no craft will be allowed to operate under power, we may be looking for willing hands to push planes or assist with crowd control while APP tows them into position. We will be flexible!

At the close of business on Sunday, we’ll also need to take down the temporary fencing and stanchions and return the ramp to its normal appearance. Hopefully, we’ll be able to accomplish that by 6:00 or 6:30 PM.

The plane will arrive on Wednesday, 10/17, and depart on Monday, 10/22. We might need a couple of extra hands on those days as well, just to help with initial setup and final cleanup, and to staff ground crew if any missed flights over the weekend wind up being completed on Monday. Let me know if you might be available for one or the other of these odd days.

I’m looking forward to an awesome weekend … I hope you’ll plan on being part of it! Thanks in advance!

Volunteer signups here: http://eaa186.org/b-17-volunteers/
Contact Mary Dominiak: mary@bardicvoice.com

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:
http://eaa186.org/category/news/

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:
vicepresident@eaa186.org

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 …

Big Bomber BBQ!

Once again Our chapter will host a catered deck BBQ during the B-17 visit — Pulled Pork, Smoked Chicken, Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Ranch Beans, Buns and a Drink. Prices are $15 to general public and $10 for B-17 Volunteers. Be sure to reserve your seat early so we can get a head estimate for ordering food and have enough tables set up. Come meet and Greet with the B-17 Pilots and Crew!

Click here for ONLINE RESERVATIONS.

Here are the details:

Friday, September 29, 2017
6:00pm to 9:00pm
EAA 186 Chapter House deck
Manassas Regional Airport (KHEF)
10629 Observation Road Manassas, VA 20110

If paying by PayPal: You can pay by PayPal when you make an online reservation. just following the instructions.
If paying by check: After you make an online reservation, please make checks payable to EAA Chapter 186 and mail to:
EAA Chapter 186
Attention: Dan Botzer
10629 Observation Road
Manassas, VA 20110

No matter how you purchase your ticket, an online reservation is REQUIRED: Since this is a catered event, we must have an accurate head count in advance.

Click here for ONLINE RESERVATIONS.

More info? Contact Sande Miller-Long
vicepresident@eaa186.org