The B-17 Ride Raffle Is Here!

EAA Chapter 186 is raffling off two seats on the WWII B-17 Aluminum Overcast during her visit to the Manassas Regional Airport September 29-October 1, 2017. The Chapter is a 501(c)(3) charitable educational organization, and all proceeds from the raffle will support Chapter activities. We can’t handle online sales, but tickets will be available in person (until they run out, that is!) at each of our upcoming Chapter events, including:

9/9/2017: Young Eagles Rally at Manassas Chapter House, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
9/16-17/2017: EAA Chapter 186 tent and aircraft display at Joint Base Andrews Open House
9/23/2017: EAA Chapter 186 tent at American Aviation Open House, Manassas Regional Airport

Check the EAA Chapter 186 online calendar for event details.

We will sell only 100 raffle tickets for each of the two seats, so the odds of winning are way better than most sweepstakes. Each ticket costs $10.00. If you were to buy that same ride on-site, the price would be $475.00 for anyone not already a member of EAA, or $435.00 for EAA members, so this drawing is a steal!

The drawings for each seat will be conducted separately, so each ticket you buy will be good for only one of the two drawings. Winning tickets will be drawn at random on Sunday, September 24, 2017, and winners will be contacted by phone that day. If a winner does not respond to that notification by 6:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 to arrange to claim their ride certificate, that first winner will forfeit the prize, and a second drawing will identify an alternate winner.

Each winner will be required to contact the EAA B-17 tour to schedule their winning ride; instructions will be provided when the winning certificates are claimed. The certificates will be redeemable for any available seat on any of the Manassas flight days. Be advised, some individual flights will have sold out by the time the prize drawing occurs. If the flight a winner schedules gets cancelled – for example, if weather doesn’t cooperate, or if some mechanical or other issue interferes – that winning certificate could be transferred to a flight at a different stop on the current B-17 tour, or even to a B-17 flight at Oshkosh during AirVenture 2018.

Please note that no certificate or raffle ticket is redeemable for cash; the only prizes are seats on B-17 flights.

If you couldn’t afford to pay for a ride and want to take a chance on winning one, come to one of our events with $10.00 in hand; you could win!

We’re Number 4!

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.

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.