Our guest speaker for the September 3rd, 1st Saturday in September Aviation Program and Pancake Breakfast will be renowned airshow pilot, Mr. Greg Koontz. Greg Koontz learned to fly in 1969 getting his Private Pilot Certificate when he turned 17 years old. In his senior year in high school, Greg restored a 1946 Piper J-3 Cub in his mother’s garage and flew the antique plane for 300 hours to gain experience for a flying career. Before turning 18, he sold his Piper Cub, using the money to take lessons for his commercial pilot certificate and all the pilot ratings he would need to pursue the pilot profession. Well before that birthday, Greg was working as a flight instructor and attending Business College at the University of Montevallo in Alabama.
At age 20, Greg got his start in the airshow business when he bought another Piper Cub from Ernie Moser in St. Augustine, Florida. Soon Ernie was calling Greg wanting to borrow back the Cub to use it in his traveling airshow called Ernie Moser’s Flying Circus. Greg agreed to lend Ernie the use of the Cub if he could perform in the airshow doing a comedy act. Ernie agreed and after the first show Greg was hired to perform in all the shows the flying circus did. Greg soon was working full time for Ernie Moser and his son Jim Moser living in St. Augustine, FL. As the years went by he learned more aerobatics and other airshow skills. Ernie let Greg perform his famous “World’s Smallest Airport” stunt where he lands on a moving pickup truck. Jim Moser taught him to perform low level aerobatics in the Great Lakes Bi-Plane and later in the Super Decathlon. Greg stayed with the flying circus until deciding it was time to “get serious work” and pursue a corporate flying career in 1981.
Until 2002 Greg flew jet aircraft for a corporation in Alabama and performed airshows in his spare time. Greg is known throughout the USA and parts of Latin America as the foremost authority on the Super Decathlon aircraft. Besides doing an inverted ribbon cut 15 feet above the ground in airshows, Greg specializes in teaching pilots how to fly aerobatics in his Super Decathlon.
Today Greg is a full time airshow and aerobatics professional. Greg and his wife Cora run a Bed & Breakfast on a private grass strip in Ashville, AL. The B&B is home for Greg’s busy aerobatic school and airshow business. Since 2003 he has been sponsored by American Champion Aircraft which supplies him with new Super Decathlons to demonstrate in front of millions of people each year. You can find out more about Greg Koontz Airshows and how you might learn aerobatics at his B&B by checking out www.gkairshows.com .
The September 3rd 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 Joel Levine, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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When the RV-12 project began it was decided to use Slack (http://www.slack.com) as the means of communications between members. Slack can be used on all smart phone platforms as well as one's home computer. We recently decided to rename the Team on Slack to EAA690 and have created channels that can be used by many groups within the chapter for instant communications. We encourage you to create an account at Slack and request that you be added to the Slack team.You may do so by sending the email address you use to register with Slack to email@example.com
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 form the Bishop Educational Center. In the meantime check out the photos of both projects on the website and on Facebook.
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”, the Ford Tri-Motor and Ron Alexander's DC-3.
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.