EAA 517


Event Calendar

Upcoming Events  


Young Eagles Flights (Saturday, October 1, 8:30-10:30 AM) 

In lieu of the Missoula Airport General Aviation BBQ starting at noon, we will not hold our regular monthly breakfast. We are still conducting our monthly Young Eagles flights! Registration is available here.


Missoula Airport General Aviation BBQ (Saturday, October 1, 12:00-3:00 PM) 

This much-enjoyed annual tradition will resume this fall! Mark your calendars and come join us at the EAA Chapter 517 Hangar (map). We will be holding a Chapter Open House in support of the BBQ. We'll also be selling raffle tickets (cash or check only) and drawing a monthly raffle winner so be sure to check out our raffle prizes in advance!


The airport generously hosts the BBQ in recognition of the general aviation’s role at MSO. Airport staff will be the chefs! Participants enjoy a chance to share a good time with friends and make new ones. Don’t miss out!


Evening Program - Wildland Firefighting and Aerial Support (Monday, October 17, 7:00 PM)

A presentation at about wildland firefighting and aerial support. Come join us at the EAA Chapter 517 Hangar (map) for our October evening program!

Annual Chapter Business Meeting (November 21, 6:00 PM)

Annual Chapter Business Meeting & possible short presentation by new MSO tower chief.  As has been our tradition, FREE pizza will be served at 6:00 pm, followed by the business meeting at 6:30 pm.  The evening program will be at 7:00 pm

Evening Program - Van's RV-10 Shop Tour (TBD, 6:30 PM)


Chapter member and RV-10 builder Allan Glen is opening his workshop and providing an update on his aircraft build. Allan's build log is available at https://airplane.allanglen.com/. An email with the address will be sent to members prior to the event.


Regularly Scheduled Events


Pancake Breakfast/Fly-In (First Saturday of the month, April through September)

We're back with our monthly pancake breakfasts! Come join us at the EAA Chapter 517 Hangar for breakfast and for great conversation with local aviation enthusiasts!


Young Eagle Flights (First Saturday of the month)

We're back with Young Eagle Flights! These coincide with our pancake breakfast events. Visit our Young Eagles page for more information.


Eagle Flights (Based on demand)

Five Valley Flyers, operating as EAA Chapter 517, Inc., conducts Eagle Flights based on demand. See our Eagle Flights page for more information.


Evening Program (3rd Monday of the month)

EAA Chapter 517, Inc. has special speakers and topics of interest.  Normal programs are the 3rd Monday of the month held at the EAA 517 hangar starting at 6:30 pm.  Sometimes these are preempted during the summer months due to the Saturday fly-in gatherings. 


Board Meeting (Once per year)

EAA Chapter 517, Inc. only has one official member meeting per year, usually in November, to meet the requirements of a Montana corporation.


Special Meal Events

In December each year we host a Celebration of Flight Dinner to commemorate the anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright's 1903, First Manned Powered Flight and the Christmas holiday.


Other Activities

Five Valley Flyers often participates in the planning and support of other aviation events in our service area. Periodically, the annual Montana Aviation Conference is held in Missoula. In 2018, there was the AOPA Regional Fly-In and a Tryke Fly-In in Stevensville. The Chapter supported all these events and expects to continue such in the future. We also help support the annual Aviation Day in Hamilton each year.

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