EAA Chapter 54

St. Paul, MN. (Lake Elmo)

Welcome to EAA Chapter 54

From its beginnings in the late '50s, Chapter 54 of the Experimental Aircraft Association has served aviation enthusiasts, aircraft builders, and pilots in the East Metro of Minnesota's Twin Cities. 

EAA Chapter 54 has earned Gold statusWe meet monthly at the Chapter House at Lake Elmo Airport (21D) 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. Let us know you're coming so you can be properly greeted and introduced to the chapter.

In the meantime, please explore our Web site for details about the many programs and benefits we offer. Select the dropdown menu to the left to learn our history, find out how young people can get a free flight, and the latest chapter news. You can also find flight planning and airplane-watching tools.

You do not need to be a pilot to join Chapter 54. Find all the details here.



Join us for our next meeting on Monday May 11 with a social hour at 7. We welcome visitors who are interested in general aviation. Our speaker will be Jeff Dale, displaying his flight simulator cockpit.

The Cinema 54 movie is "Sully". Showtime is 5:05 pm.

Meeting Details >>


Latest Chapter News

Saturday Seminar: Flying to Canada
The Chapter House is open every Saturday morning The Chapter House will be open on Saturday (April 27) as part of the occasional Saturday morning coffee and seminar series. On an as-able basis (basically, Saturdays when the Twins don't play a day game, or a Young Eagles Day), EAA Chapter 54 invites its members and visitors to stop by the Chapter House for a cup of coffee and the Saturday Morning Coffee and Wings Seminar.  The House is also heated every Saturday for those who wish to stop by. Email Bob Collins for the door passcode. Although these seminars are eligible for Wings credit, we're unable to provide the credit because we don't have a FAAS team representative to monitor attendance. If you register separately, you will not be able to obtain Wings credit unless you log in separately and the chapter house WiFi cannot handle the additional bandwidth at this time.  See schedule >> 

Pancake planning underway in earnest
Jim Pearsall, left, and Marlon Gunderson, right, go over a list of duties for volunteers at a planning event on April 13, 2024 for a pancake breakfast fly-in in August.

The steering committee and interested volunteers met at the chapter house on Saturday April 13 as planning begins for the first chapter fundraiser since the pandemic. A fly-in breakfast will be held on Sunday August 11. It's a huge effort to pull off, and all chapter members will be expected to help as the chapter's programs depend on fundraising revenue to continue. Please mark your date now and be thinking of what roles you'd like to play.  For more information, see this dedicated page for the fly-in planning.

MAC reliever boss brings positive vibe to chapter
Joe Harris, MAC's director of reliever airports, speaks at the chapter monthly meeting on April 8 2024Joe Harris, the head of reliever airports for the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) gave an upbeat report on the area's airport situation during the regular monthly meeting of EAA Chapter 54 on April 8, 2024. It was a relatively sparsely attended gathering, possibly owing to the solar eclipse earlier in the day.

Chief among the positive vibes was the fact that, at least for storage tenants a Lake Elmo Airport, MAC fees are going down.

"The last time we looked at our rates and charges for our reliever reports was 2014," he told the group. "From about 2000 to 2014, we adjusted rates and charges every other year.  We're lowering the annual escalator from how it's written into the ordinance today. So that's a good message because that represents about 95% of my audience and when I say that I'm expecting the public hearing not to go too bad. Now they might still say, 'hey, they're high.' Okay, fair. We're not cheap. We get it but what we hope and what we offer to you and services is unmatched, the reality is as all six of our reliever reports today." Read more about the meeting >>

First Young Eagles rally scheduled
The cub pilot in a Cub airplane
Registration has just opened for the first Chapter 54 Young Eagles Day of the summer. Slots are very limited as the day depends on having enough volunteers. At the April 8 meeting, Young Eagles coordinator Dale Seitzer reported that all 36 slots filled up in less than a week from the time reservations were opened.  We're always looking for pilot volunteers and ground support personnel. Chapter members can find the requirements here.

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