EAA Chapter 1218

Willow Springs, MO

Welcome to our chapter

Whether you fly, build, restore or simply enjoy airplanes and aviation, you are welcome to attend our events and join our Chapter.

We are a group of aviation enthusiasts, aircraft builders, and pilots who get together with like minded people to share ideas, exchange information, encourage safety, serve the local aviation community and have a lot of fun doing so. Please come to our next meeting or event as our guest.


Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1218 holds Flying Start “Learn to Fly” event.

Saturday, September 19 was a perfect day in Willow Springs for our Flying Start “Learn to Fly” event. Attendees came from several area towns; some an hour away. We had six walk-ins, along with the twelve pre-registered for a total of eighteen excited to learn where to take that first step. We also had one return from last year still eager to learn more. Fourteen were given Eagle Rides and there were also five Young Eagles flown. Several chapter members were on hand to share their aviation story. The instructors were available for questions. The participants were given the opportunity to walk among the variety of aircraft on display before receiving their Eagle Flight. 


In attendance were two of our newest chapter members (father and son) Ryan and Cinch Liggett. They joined at our May 2019 Flying Start. Ryan joined the Ozark Aviators Flying Club and started flight lessons in the club’s Cessna 172. He completed his first solo flight on September 11, 2020. His instructor Paul Guiley, used the gathering as an opportunity to perform the traditional removal of the shirt tail. Cinch now fifteen is taking flight lessons in the Ozark Aviators Flying Club Cessna 150. He has been awarded a scholarship from the Memphis Soaring Society and is taking soaring lessons at their facility at Cherry Valley, AR. Both were great role models for our participants. 


Our attendees were a well-rounded group, men and women in all age groups and passionate about learning to fly. One purchased a ground school course that very evening. Several plan to begin flight training, join our next chapter gathering and become chapter members. It was an enjoyable day for all involved. Chapter members participating in the event were John Bailey, Willow Springs, Andrew Craner, West Plains, Mike Ennis, Eminence, Paul Guiley, Tecumseh, Brent Humphreys, West Plains, Ryan and Cinch Liggett, Eminence, Robert Palmer, Vanzant, Allan Rineman, Willow Springs, Troy Witte, West Plains, Tom and Phyllis White, Willow Springs and Tom Young, Alton.





Congratulations 2020 Ray Aviation Scholar: Chase Garrison

Members of EAA Chapter 1218 are proud to sponsor our 2020 Ray Aviation Scholar, Chase Garrison.  Chase and his mother Melanie posed with us for a photo at our July gathering.  Chase has soloed and is well on his way to his private pilot certificate.











Chapter member, Bob Coats was presented the Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" award at the annual International Cessna 170 Convention in Newton, Kansas by retired FAA safety officer, Harley Pickett. The award is given for 50 years of dedicated service, technical expertise, professionalism and many outstanding contributions to further the cause of aviation safety.  Bob received his pilot's license in 1969. He has more than 7,000 hours of safe flight.  Bob has helped manage the Cabool airport and has been influential in helping many young people obtain their pilot license.  He has helped organize and fly in the annual senior post graduation flights for the Cabool High School graduates for the past 20 years.  Bob's wife, Carol who is also a pilot, is also pictured.  Congratulations, Bob








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