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Facilities

EAA14 has some of the finest facilities of any EAA Chapter. With ample tie down space, meeting and food facilities, building spaces and hangars, the Brown Field location is the perfect place for aviation enthusiasts to gather and work.

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EAA Affiliation

The San Diego EAA Chapter is part of the largest organization of sport aviation in the country. Through the EAA Chapter Program, our members have access to information, support and comraderie with pilots who participate in experimental aviation from around the world.

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Monthly Speakers

Every month at the general meeting of the members, there is a special speaker that provides important information for the members. Presentations include aviation safety, aviation maintenance, regulations, construction tips and other topics of interest.

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Half-way through August already – time does indeed fly! This was a busy day at Chapter 14, initiated by our faithful breakfast crew who were plying their trade to early arrivals by the time I got there at eight o'clock. Jerry Williams had no time for that – he was busily engaged in taking apart his Cassutt in preparation for loading it on a trailer for transportation to his home base in the TriCity area in Washington State. This turned out to be nearly an all-day project; removing the wing required a great deal of dis-assembly of the instrument panel and so forth, however by four o' clock he was about ready for the 1000+ mile journey. We will miss him as a member.

Meanwhile, Ryan reported that our other (Australian) Cassutt had been sold, so a little space freed up for other projects.

This was our regular General Meeting day, well attended by fifty or so members and three or four guests. After the usual preliminaries, President Larry Rothrock called on our committee chairman for their reports. Pete Grootendorst noted the FAA notice regarding Piper Cherokees and others concerning intake ducting problems – inspection required. Young Eagles coordinator Mark Albert reported a record 60 cadets, home-schoolers, and adults flown, and thanked the pilots who volunteered for this effort. EAA National is getting serious about adult involvement in the flying experience and has distributed mentoring manual to assist with this. We had five adults who flew last Saturday, so there is certainly interest out there.

Shortly before the start of the meeting, a nifty Skybolt taxied up in front of hangar one, and out stepped two lady aviators, one of whom turned out to be our speaker for the month, Colleen Keller. A good way to arrive! Her topic was “Statistical methods for search and rescue” - sounds like a pretty dry subject, but Colleen, a charismatic and accomplished speaker, made it an interesting and instructive presentation. She showed how, using all available data, estimated and actual, including weather, aircraft performance and other factors, a map could be prepared showing the most promising area for search for a missing airplane. She used three well known accidents as examples: Steve Fossett's disappearance, the Air France 447 over the south Atlantic, and the more recent Malaysia Air 270. In the case of Steve Fossett, the airplane search was abandoned after a month, the wreckage being found about a year later just outside the search area, so it was a near-miss. The Air France flight analysis was much more successful, with more detailed information on the flight path available, and floating wreckage located. Both the flight and data recorders were found, but had failed to activate. The Malaysia flight remains a mystery, although a most-likely scenario has been prepared and will be followed up soon.

Colleen also had some recommendations for equipment to be carried to assist in location in the event of a crash: ELT of course, PLB (Personal Locator Beacon), and your cell-phone turned on at all times. Filing and following a flight plan, and most important of all, using flight following when available. Altogether most useful information.

Following the presentation, cook-for-the-month Joe Russo had prepared some outstanding roast pork loin, which was served with beans, bread and salad; truly a first class lunch, enjoyed by forty-five or more lucky members.

Enough for this week – join us if you can for next Saturday's fly-out to Flabob!

 

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If you've got an interest in general aviation, sport aviation or experimental aviation, we would invite to you consider membership in EAA Chapter 14.

A new Membership is only $35 a year and renewals are only $25.  The member benefits alone make this a huge bargain. 

You'll have lots of fun, meet other aviation enthusiasts, and through programs like Young Eagles, make a real difference today and in the future.

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Over the years, members and others have donated cash, tools, aircraft, equipment, hangars, parts, materials, engines and vehicles, among other things and been able to take a deduction on their taxes. As you do your tax planning, we'd like to have you consider EAA 14 as part of your strategy.

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Available now - EAA 14 Custom Coffee Mug! These aircraft quality stainless steel coffee mugs are the perfect addition to your tool collection. Helps get you going for that early morning preflight, EAA breakfast or rivet or glassing session. Get your's before they're gone for good. Just $10. 

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Devon Strut

EAA 14 is pleased to be associated with Devon Strut, an aircraft club in England with similar interests, goals and activities. It is part of the UK's Light Aircraft Association, a counterpart to EAA.

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Member's Featured Airplane

Chris Puntis' Sonex is our featured aircraft. Chris built the airplane completely from scratch, with a little bit of help from his friends.

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