Have you ever dreamed about learning to fly, but did not know what was involved or how much it might cost. Saturday, April 4th is the day to get those questions answered and have an opportunity to take the controls of a light airplane. Beginning at 12:00 noon EAA Chapter 690 (www.eaa690.org) will have several planes and pilots available to both answer your questions and take you on an introductory flight and give you a chance to take the controls yourself. The best part is the cost, IT’S FREE!! Yes, you read that right. This opportunity will not cost you a thing, other than your time.
The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association), with chapters all across the country, has a program called EAGLE FLIGHTS where pilots that belong to the chapter take interested members of the community on an introductory flight so they can judge their enthusiasm for the world of general aviation and learn more about the cost, etc., that go with becoming a private pilot. For more information, visit www.eaa.org and search for Eagle Flights.
To fly with us on Saturday, April 4th please email email@example.com with your name and contact information and we will be in touch with you. You may also attend our pancake breakfast starting at 8:00 that morning where for $6.00 you will be served all-you-can-eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, biscuits & gravy, mil, orange juice and coffee. Following the breakfast, there will be a program at 10:30 and the Eagle Flights will take place after the program.
For several years the Chapter has had a full sized milling machine in the shop. The last time a class on the use of said machine was held was at least five years ago when David Posey did so. This coming Saturday, March 28 at 9 AM Jerry Fisher will conduct an in-debt training. The class should last around 2 hours depending on number of attendees.
Jerry asks that those planning to attend please bring a notepad, safety glasses (not just plastic eyeglasses), and hearing protection if desired. The course will cover tool safety, set-up of end mill, basic operation, and practical uses for aviation.
Remember, due to Chapter Safety concerns, you cannot use the milling machine if you have not been through such a session. The agenda Jerry has put together follows:
End Mill Class
Google for specific uses, setup, safety, types of cutting tools. The following website has a fairly complete owner manual for manual end mill machines: http://www.me.ucr.edu/UCR-ME-SOP-Manual%20Milling%20Machines-v5.pdf
1- Safety: Safety glasses, hearing protection. Keep hands clear of cutting tools. Take off rings, necklaces, pens in shirt pockets. DO NOT operate when tired, or unable to focus on milling process.
2- Proper set-up of machine: Make sure all equipment/tools are securely tightened before turning on mill. Parallel Bars, Vice for holding work piece. Measuring tools (micrometer, dial indicator, steel rule, gauge blocks, duplicate model for measurement, drawings with dimensions.
3- Sequence the process in order to achieve proper results. (for more complex projects).
4- Start slow & small. Get used to machine. You can always remove material but you can’t add it back to the work piece.
5- Stop frequently to measure for proper dimension.
6- Once completed, final dimension check, clean up machine & work area with vacuum and re-lock the control switch. Place all tools, mills gauges, back in their proper place for the next person.
Our guest speaker for the 1st Saturday in April Aviation Program and Pancake Breakfast will be Mr. Paul Morel, Director of Partner Performance of the informative internet calendar of events program, SocialFlight. SocialFlight (www.SocialFlight.com) was created by pilots for pilots. Morel has always been a big supporter of general aviation and took advantage of his knowledge of the social media technology by designing a free app that would get more pilots and aviation enthusiasts off the couch and giving them a reason to fly.
SocialFlight is not only an informative calendar of events, but once a week, as an email broadcast, is sent to all registered users of upcoming events in their area. Along with educational webinars, SocialFlight now has well over 100 educational and informative videos on pilot training, safety, aircraft ownership, maintenance, products and even areas where everyone can share their experiences. SocialFlight is committed to promoting general aviation and keeping it strong.
Paul, a retired Delta dispatcher currently does contract work for Delta in the charter department. He has been a private pilot for over 25 years and shortly after retirement, started one of his lifelong dreams of building his own airplane. Morel completed his Kitfox Speedster in 2009 and is now working on another. He teamed up with his close friend, Jeff Simon, and with many hours of collaboration and discussions, SocialFlight came into existence.
The April 4th program will begin at 10:30 AM and is open to the public. An all you care to eat pancake, eggs, sausage, biscuits and coffee breakfast is available beginning at 8:00 AM in the EAA Sport Aviation Center, 690 Airport Road, at Gwinnett County's Briscoe Field. The price of breakfast for adults is $6, children under 10, $3. Ample aircraft and auto parking is available. For additional information contact Joel Levine, 404-314-7573 or firstname.lastname@example.org
At the December Board of Directors meeting a new expense reimbursement policy was voted into place. As the chapter moves forward the board has acknowledged a need to have sound fiscal policies in place. This will help us to be able to apply for further grants from other organizations to grow our youth program.
Along with this policy it was decided to separate our scholarship monies from chapter general fund monies. This will provide for better accounting of scholarship funds available to the chapter to help young folks in their pursuit of aviation careers.
EAA 690 is a Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, located at Briscoe Field (LZU) in Lawrenceville, Georgia. A diverse chapter with over 150 members, we offer a wide range of aviation-related activities on a regular basis. While the Pancake Breakfast and our monthly meetings are the norm, we also are heavily involved in youth education through EAA’s Young Eagles program and our Aviation Explorer group, regularly conduct fly-ins, and host historical aircraft such as EAA’s B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” and the Ford Tri-Motor.
Our technical counselors are some of the best in the business, and willingly donate their time to homebuilders, as they progress through the various phases of constructing an aircraft. We have pilots with a wide variety of experience, from former airline and military pilots to general aviation pilots with a private certificate. “Hangar flying” is a fun part of the mix, and our facility is often used for aircraft annual inspections, meetings, special events, and training. We also have an extensive array of aviation tools for loan to members, and a library full of aviation information.
Come join us on the first Saturday of every month at the hangar to enjoy a $6 Pancake Breakfast, and to learn more about EAA 690.