EAA Chapter 12

Houston, TX @ Ellington Spaceport

Current News


Chapter Gathering - Thursday, 9 November 2023 at 6-7:30PM @ Lone Star Flight Museum (Ellington Airport) 

Our Monthly Topic will be "Getting Started with an Electronic Flight Bag". Following the presentation, we will elect Chapter 12 Officers for 2024 & 2025 and endorse members for other duties.  As always, we will begin the meeting with a Visual Flight Scenario to get our brains thinking about flying and conclude with snacks, sodas and conversation in parking lot. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you are just getting started in aviation or are a high timer. See you on 9 November.

Wings Over Houston Airshow - 14th & 15th of October

EAA Chapter 12, based at Ellington Field provided a booth for the Wings Over Houston Airshow to promote aviation and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). We also provided information about the EAA Young Eagles Program, which provides youth, ages 8-17, who have an interest in aviation on a short orientation flight. It should be noted that over 2.3 million kids have been flown by EAA members worldwide over the past 30 years.. and at no cost to the kids or their parents. Our volunteers answered questions throughout the weekend. In addition to our booth, four aircraft owners brought their aircraft to surround the booth with their airplanes either built by individuals, teams, or manufactured.

The big hit with kids of all ages happened to be Bloke Mauer’s T-18, Thorp airplane painted like a Tiger with lots of Tiger paraphernalia. Kids and parents alike posed with the airplane that certainly will make some great memories.

Rodney Horn brought his red RV-7A, Misty’s Miracle, which was also a hit with the kids.

Our 3rd airplane was brought by Ernie Butcher, an RV-12 two seat trainer airplane, built by two classes of students at Clear Springs High School in League City, Texas. The airplane is inscribed with the names of the students that built the aircraft and the mentors who helped guide the students during the build. The airplane is now owned by Kyle Wilson’s parents, David & Lulu Wilson. Kyle is one of the students who helped build the airplane while a student at Clear Springs High School. He is now a senior at the U. S. Air Force Academy. The Eagles Nest Program, founded by Ernie Butcher, has funded and supervised the building of 28 RV-12’s and one Legend Cub through high school aviation programs.

Another chapter member, Andy Foster, brought his Flight Design CTSW-ELSA, a Light Sport experimental airplane, which is an airplane originally manufactured by the company Flight Design.

All of these aircraft are owned by EAA Chapter 12 members, who donated their time and effort to provide the public with excellent examples of airplanes in the Experimental category and promote aviation. A big thanks goes out to these aircraft owners for donating their time and expertise for the airshow.

We also want thank booth volunteers, L D Stevenson, Dave Forster, Lee and Christina Jordan, Rick Rhoden as well as Bert Wagster for their help in setup and take down of the booth as well as being available to answer any and all questions from people attending the airshow.

submitted by: LD Stevenson, EAA Chapter 12, Secretary

MOSAIC (Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification) 

The FAA has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on July 24 that if adopted will provide new benefits to General Aviation. The main changes affect the capabilities of the aircraft that can be flown by Sport Pilots and the aircraft that can be licensed as a Light Sport Aircraft. There is a 90 day period for comment by the public, after which the FAA will group like comments, and either reject or incorporate them into the final rule by the end of 2024.

Chapter Membership Dues – For 2023 --- Big thanks to our 42 members who are current in their dues for 2023. 

Dues ($20) help cover Chapter 12 expenses and bills from Young Eagle rallies and internet fees. Details on how to join or can be found on the Tab to the left -- Join or Renew Membership.

Approval of Alternative Task Based Phase One

Resulting from a multiyear sustained advocacy effort by EAA, on February 2nd the FAA published its guidelines for an optional task-based Phase I Flight Testing program. The program can be an alternative to the standard 25 or 40-hour flight testing requirement for amateur-built aircraft, replacing the hours-based test period with a list of tasks to complete. When the tasks are complete and the aircraft is shown to operate as expected and an Aircraft Operating Handbook (AOH) is created, the aircraft can exit the Phase I flight testing period. If you would rather stay with the existing flight hour format, you can do that as well, but remember you are verifying that your aircraft performs as designed not just flying off hours.

The new guidance is housed in the recently updated Advisory Circular (AC) 90-89C, the Amateur-Built Aircraft and Ultralight Flight Testing Handbook. This is a wide-ranging document that the FAA first developed in partnership with EAA in 1989. The task-based program itself is found in Chapter 2 of the AC, beginning on pages 2-3. Link to EAA Article on the Topic

Transition to Unleaded Aviation Fuel

The FAA approved General Aviation Modifications Inc. (GAMI) Unleaded high octane Aviation Fuel (G100UL) for all spark ignited piston engines on the first of Sep 2022. G100UL can be mixed in any ratio with existing 100LL without limitation. Each certified aircraft will need a Supplemental Type Certification (STC) from GAMI, which will involve some paperwork and stickers for the aircraft. AvFuel, a major distributor of aviation fuel will assist in the roll out of this new fuel. Since some airports in California have already prohibited the sale of leaded aviation fuel, they will be a priority for G100UL distribution. The fuel will cost more (50-90 cents per gallons) especially while it is produced in small quantities. However, there are expected savings due to less frequent oil changes and spark plug mx. Swift Fuels expects to have its 100R unleaded fuel certified in early 2023. Swift currently sells unleaded 94 octane at select airfields around the U.S.  AOPA's Flying Magazine has a good summary of the topic: Getting the Lead Out..

FAA Experimental Aircraft LODA Rescinded

Following a court case early last year, the FAA required that every Experimental Aircraft obtain a Letter of Deviation Authorization (LODA) to allow flight instruction in an Experimental aircraft, even when the aircraft was owned or borrowed by the student. This was contrary to common practice for over 50 years. Congress directed the FAA to change this policy in the recently passed National Defense Authorization Bill signed by the President. Net Effect: you can get instruction or take a checkride in your own Experimental Aircraft (whether the instructions is free or for a fee).

FAA Extends the Requirement to Reregister Aircraft to 7 Years

At one time, Aircraft were registered with the FAA for an indefinite period (no expiration date). However, in 2010 the FAA changed to requiring each aircraft owner to renew their aircraft registration every three years. This burdensome requirement has been modified per FAA request to every seven years. Every aircraft with a valid registration is extended from three to seven years unless an event or circumstance necessitates a new registration being submitted prior to the expiration of the certificate. (Due to the backlog of pending reregistration requests, aircraft owners may fly their aircraft up to 12 months past the renewal date.)

Chapter 12 Officers (For 2022 & 2023)

Hal Getzelman – President, Denver Hopkins – Vice President, LD Stevenson – Secretary, John Jordan – Treasurer, David Braun – Young Eagles Coordinator, Carl Martin – VMC Coordinator, David Forster – Tech Counselor.

Chapter Tool Crib

The Chapter Tool Crib is up and running for our current Chapter Members. Thru the generosity of our members, who have made their own tools available or via chapter owned tools, you may find a seldom used tool for loan that can help with your aircraft build. (See the menu to the left for the a list of tools and the process to check them out.)

Future Gatherings:

- Thursday, September 14th, 6:00 PM @ Lone Star Flight Museum, Program TBD

VMC Club:

The VMC club meeting will be at the beginning of the chapter meeting at 6 PM. Please feel free to join us as I am sure we will have another lively discussion on how best to fly under Visual Meteorological Flight Conditions. An actual flight scenario is presented and members contribute their thoughts as we iterate to a best technique to resolve the situation.

Upcoming “Local” Events:

- Wings Over Houston Airshow, Saturday & Sunday 14-15 October 2023

- EAA 12 Young Eagles Rally, Saturday, 21 October, Pearland Regional Airport

The Lone Star Flight Museum is open, Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 AM to 5 PM and Sunday Noon to 5 PM. The museum includes programs for all ages, with hands-on displays and simulators for future pilots and historical exhibits for all patrons. Their Redbird MX2 motion simulator can be used to log instrument time with a CFI.



As noted in prior e-mails, the aviation professional shortage is a real thing and recruiters are looking for people be on the lookout if you are interested. We will advise if we get any leads, but please forward us if you are looking for people! In the past year, we have had guest speakers from Texas Southern University in Houston and Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches about their undergraduate aviation programs.


Do you need some artistry for your Aircraft Paint Job? 

Chuck Coupland of Coupland Signs 118 S. 5th Street, La Porte, TX 77571 has produced some excellent airbrushed artwork that were reproduced as decals for local EAA aircraft.

If you have any aviation items to sell please send me a simple pdf document to president@eaa12.org with a description and your contact info so we can add it to this section. We will post it here for 3 months unless you contact us requesting it to be extended or removed.


Do you have a project where you need some extra volunteer help or just want to convey some knowledge, let us know and we can put out a call.

The Rutan Aircraft Flying Experience (RAFE) is restoring several aircraft that were designed by Burt Rutan. You maybe familiar with one of his more popular designs, the LongEZ. They are looking for volunteers to help work on these aircraft. You may find out more and volunteer here: RAFE Volunteer

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