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EAA Chapter 234 ZOOM Meeting Thursday Sept 17th

(normally the 2nd Thurs but due to scheduling conflicts we opted to postpone  a week)

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Chapter leadership has been busy this summer with much discussion has been going on about the future of the chapter and what might be our next steps.  The following has been developed as our expression of the future mission, vision and goals of the chapter. We'd like to discuss this over the next few weeks and meetings. Your thoughts and opinions are vital to the process, let's hear from you!

For your consideration:
EAA Chapter 234 Introduction
Grand Traverse Region EAA Chapter 234 represents a growing and diverse organization of members with a wide range of aviation interests and backgrounds. As a local chapter of a national non-profit association, the Experimental Aviation Association (EAA) was originally founded in 1953 by a group of individuals interested in building their own airplanes. EAA national, and each of their local chapters, now represents the full “Spirit of Aviation.” Our local Chapter was one of the first to be founded in 1965 and since then, we’ve given 1,200 free flights to regional youth through our Young Eagles program.
  • Accomplishments Since Nov. 2019:
  •  Decided to make a strong push for “revitalizing” the Chapter
  •  Have added 50 paid members
  •  Received a “2019 Bronze Chapter Award” from EAA national after just 2 months of hard work
  •  Acquired “Aviation Explorers” – an aviation education organization focused on local youth, originally started by Bill Donberg
  •  Created a robust 8-person Leadership Team
  •  Expanded from Traverse City to Grand Traverse Region, now supporting Kalkaska, Frankfort, Cadillac, and Antrim County airports
  •  Located & signed for an office at the Cherry Capital Airport – which includes a boardroom, flight simulator, and larger presentation room/meeting space
Our 234 Mission
To grow aviation experiences in the Grand Traverse Region by creating, nourishing, and supporting a clear pathway to participation for youth and adults. We will invite the public to experience flight through both Young Eagles and Eagle Flights. Our team will host aviation events, activities, and continue our active aircraft build & restoration programs while embracing diverse interests, camaraderie, and fun!

Our 234 Vision
Our vision is to create a vibrant and growing aviation community, built around youth involvement, encompassing all fields of aviation. We achieve this vision by hosting fun & informative activities for all pilots, facilitating an active aircraft build/restoration group, and sharing our love for aviation with the wider Grand Traverse Region.

Future Goals
  • Expand our youth education initiatives, including free Young Eagle’s flights & school programs
  • Partner with NMC Aviation to streamline local career pathway programs
  • Solidify substantial revenue generation through restoring, building, and selling aircraft
  • Secure a hangar at Cherry Capital Airport for event & aircraft build space
    • Longer term vision a small museum highlighting local aviation history
Kudos to our Build Committee guys and all their helpers. They've recently completed the repairs to the wings of our donated 750 and their ready to be re-installed and on the airplane (which is in another hanger in Benzie. Mickey and Brad have worked hard on first making the barn a habitable workplace for this winter's activities as well as repairing the wings of the 750.

This is important stuff, as we've received these donations, repaired them and then offered the items for resale, they become an important source of income for the chapter. This activity is one way we can pave the way achieving our long term goal of a hangar/office facility for the chapter. (See Below!)
Speaking of fundraisers, here's the Benson Gyrocopter body that was donated to us last year. Mr. President found a local buyer, Mr. Lee Luck of Oscoda who has plans to get a fully functioning 'copter going from this start. Good 'Luck" sir, we can't wait to see it fly! 
Thanks to Bill Ross for ferreting out these pamphlets. If you're flying East of I-75 this is pretty important information that isn't always easy to know. Knowing these routes and using flight following can help keep everyone while flying.
Interesting video, a bit long, but with some great lessons about weather and forecasting that you may not have known.
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