EAA 517


Event Calendar

Upcoming Events  


Coffee & Donuts (Saturday, November 5, from 8:30-10:00 AM)


This is a great chance to visit with other Chapter members and meet new aviation enthusiasts.  Feel free to invite a friend or neighbor to attend.  Also, we will be drawing for the monthly raffle prize at 10:00 am, and there will be an opportunity to purchase more raffle tickets that morning.


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

All non-profit organizations are required to hold at least one formal business meeting per year to retain our non-profit status.  At this meeting we will hold an election for President and Vice-President.  We stagger the two-year terms of our elected officers.  The President and Vice-President are elected by the membership in even years (2020, 2022, etc.).  The Treasurer and Secretary are elected by the membership in odd years (2021, 2023, etc.) 

Our current Chapter President, Ed Lovrien, has indicated his desire to run for President in this Chapter election.  To refresh your memory, Ed was appointed by our Board of Directors in March 2022 to serve as Chapter President after Steve Rossiter resigned early from that position.  Ed has been formally nominated by the Board as the official nominee for the President position. The Board is also submitting the name of Cal Geyman as the official nominee for the Chapter Vice President position.   However, nominations will be accepted at the Annual Meeting, if anyone else has interest in running for these two positions.   If it turns out that Ed and Cal are running unopposed, we will vote by voice acclamation.  If there are others running for these positions, we will vote by paper ballot.

As has been our tradition in the last several years, the Chapter will provide FREE pizza and beverages for anyone who wants to come at 6:00 pm to enjoy food and fellowship.  

The official Annual Business Meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.  According to rules set forth by EAA national, Chapter members eligible to vote in Chapter elections must be current members of both the Chapter and national.  If you don't know if you are a current Chapter member, we will have a Chapter roster available at the meeting for you to check your status.  Even if you are not eligible to vote in the election, you are welcome to attend the Annual Business Meeting. 

The agenda for the Annual Business Meeting will be as follows:  Call to Order; Approval of 2021 Meeting Minutes; Treasure's Report; Young Eagles Coordinator Report; Other Reports; President's State of the Chapter Report; Old Business; New Business; Adjournment.  Immediately following the Annual Business Meeting, we will have a presentation by Missoula's new tower chief, Christel Terrell, who will be happy to answer any of your questions about tower operations and/or communicating with ATC. 


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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