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:

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:

Visit her website:

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:

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:

Blue skies,

INCOMING! B-17 On Approach!

B-17 FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: Sept 29 – October 1, 2017 MANASSAS, VA

Join us for an unforgettable experience aboard one of the few remaining airworthy B-17s in the world. You won’t want to miss Aluminum Overcast when it visits an airport near you!

Climb aboard the 65,000-lb. B-17 bomber and step back in time to the World War II era.

Feel the might of this magnificent flying machine as it soars through the sky on your mission flight where you’ll discover why it’s called the Flying Fortress.

Stand in the footsteps of the bombardier, the navigator, and the waist gunner and relive history by experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fly in one of World War II’s most vital and magnificent aircraft.

People of all ages will appreciate the history associated with this airplane that helped the Allies achieve victory. We invite families to visit and learn all about our aircraft and our organization

Revenues from the B-17 tour help cover maintenance and operations costs for the aircraft and aid our ambition to “keep ’em flying” for many years to come. Our tour stops are also hosted by volunteers who are passionate about sharing the B-17’s stories.

Tour Stop: Manassas Regional Airport (KHEF), Manassas, VA

Date: Friday, September 29, 2014
Flight Experiences: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m.
Book a Friday Flight
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2014
Flight Experiences: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m.
Book a Saturday Flight
Date: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Flight Experiences: 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m.
Book a Sunday Flight

Ground Tours
2-5 p.m. (unless noted), weather permitting
$10: Individual Rate
$20: Family Rate (adults/children up to 17)
Free: Children under 8 (with paying adult)
Free: Veterans / Active Military

Mission Flights (weather permitting)
$409: EAA Members
$449: Nonmembers

$435: EAA Members
$475: Nonmembers

*** All passengers must check in at the B17 trailer one hour prior to the scheduled flight time.

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!

First Flight for Dennis Crider’s RV-12!

Dennis Crider

RV-12 N928AC took to the air for the first time February 22nd with my RV-12 instructor, Dan Wroe, at the controls as the “Qualified Pilot” under the new dual pilot program. I strongly recommend it to anyone, like me, who hasn’t flown for a while. My son/co-builder and I both enjoyed our turn at the controls. The airplane flew well with no wing heaviness and a lucky first guess on the rudder tab. A few squawks of course but most are easily fixed. As you can see in the picture, my son’s RV grin started in the air. Mine was undocumented just after the flight when it suddenly hit me that I had just flown an airplane that I had built. Nothing like it. Thanks Vans.

First Flight for N928AC

Son Andrew flying the RV-12

Dennis Crider
builder 120391
Vienna VA

Young Eagles Rally Postponed to March 18

The Young Eagle Flight Rally being hosted by EAA Chapter 186 this Saturday, March 11th has been postponed due to freezing temperatures, windchill of 20 degrees, and possible high winds. Young Eagle Flights are conducted only in good weather conditions.

The rally has been rescheduled to Saturday, March 18. The pre-registration form for that rally is on our website:

Hope to see you then!


EAA 186 Young Eagles Air Academy

Each year, the EAA Chapter 186 Board of Directors provides funding for young people to attend Air Academy Camp at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Because of the success of our Young Eagles program, this year we are offering paid camperships for two youths, ages 11 – 15, to attend the Young Eagles Camp and the Basic Air Academy. Each award covers tuition and lodging costs, but does not include airfare or transportation.

If you know of a child who is interested in attending either of these camps, please contact Sande Miller-Long as soon as possible. Slots are filling fast!

Young Eagles Camp
For ages 12 and 13

Session 1: July 5-9, 2017 or
Session 2: July 11-15, 2017

The EAA Young Eagles Camp is designed as an introduction to the wonderful world of aviation. This program will use small group activities and close counselor relationships to present the basics of flight in a “science camp” format that is a unique combination of fun and discovery.

Basic Air Academy Camp
For ages 14 and 15

Session 1: June 19-24, 2017 or
Session 2: June 26-July 1, 2017

The EAA Basic Air Academy is the next exciting step through the world of aviation. Each “hands-on” activity is developed for the intermediate 14- and 15-year-olds during a classroom and media presentation, specialized laboratory activities, and aviation-related demonstrations.

POLL: New EAA 186 Chapter Merchandise

We’re looking into ordering some EAA 186 ball caps. Would you buy one? If so, what color(s)? Also what new merchandise with our EAA 186 logo would you like to see available for purchase?

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