AOPA Director of Air Safety to Speak at April 1st Saturday Breakfast
Our guest speaker for the April 1, 1st Saturday Aviation Program and Pancake Breakfast will be Mr. Richard McSpadden, our new Executive Director for the AOPA Air Safety Institute. Mr. McSpadden lead’s AOPA’s ASI, committed to reducing General Aviation mishaps by providing free educational resources and supporting initiatives that improve General Aviation safety and grow the pilot population.
Richard is a Commercial Pilot and Certified Flight Instructor with over 4,500 hours in 30 years of flying a variety of civilian and military aircraft. He has extensive experience in aviation safety, including ground, flight and special event operations. Richard currently owns a Cherokee 140 aircraft which he recently used to instruct his son to successful completion of his private pilot’s certificate.
Prior to joining AOPA, Richard had a successful career at Hewlett Packard leading large, geographically dispersed operations providing business-critical Information Technology services. Prior to HP, Richard closed his 20-year Air Force career as the Commander and Flight Leader of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team, where he headed the U.S. Air Force’s flagship organization, and led over 100 flight performances.
Richard is active in the GA community, and has served on the board of directors for the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame and as part of the International Council of Airshows’ council on formation aerobatic safety.
The April 1st program will begin at 10:00 AM and is open to all. An all you care to eat Pancake (and eggs, sausage and biscuits, etc.) Breakfast and/or refreshments are 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 Randy Epstein firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Friday, March 31, 2017 through Sunday, April 2, 2017, the Gwinnett County Police Academy (854 Winder Hwy, Lawrenceville, GA) will be allowing the National Guard to use their property for training. The National Guard will be at the Police Academy all weekend, including sleeping on the premises. They will be conducting a two day troop movement exercise during the day and night, with simulated gunfire using blanks, during some of the training. Please do not be alarmed if you hear gunfire (particularly tenants along Briscoe Blvd.) or if you see people and/or equipment on the property adjacent to the rail road tracks. Please let me know if you have any questions.
We are being put on the schedule to have the Ford Tri-Motor in town. Please put April 27 - 30 on your calendar. We will need help prior to that with marketing and getting the word out. If you want to be on the team, please let someone on the BOD know.
Both the Pietenpol and RV-12 projects are moving forward at great pace. The chapter youth members are nearing completion of the build portion of the wings, ailerons and tail group. The next step is to complete the fuselage under the guidance of the mentors and start the covering process under the guidance of Duane Huff.
The RV fuselage is moving along well with several issues overcome. Before long it will be matted with the empennage structure. You will know it when airplane noises emanate from the Bishop Educational Center. In the meantime check out the photos of both projects on the website and on Facebook.
You can now order your very own chapter mug online. Click Here to order today!
EAA 690 is a Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, located at Briscoe Field (LZU) in Lawrenceville, Georgia. A diverse chapter with over 250 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.