EAA Chapter 54

St. Paul, MN. (Lake Elmo)

The Beacon Archive - 2020-Present

The last quarterly issue of The Beacon was published in March 2024. Subsequently, it was replaced by the semi-monthly emailed newsletter, eBeacon (since rebranded as "The Beacon") as more of the chapter's information moved to the website.

Jun 4:  Board of Directors meets; Young Eagles scheduled; picnic and fly-in planning; anniversaries
May 16: Anna Chase named Ray Scholarship recipient; Jeff Dale on sim pits; Chapter survey results; Performing your own maintenance
May 7: Board of Directors reviews survey results; busiest month of year; Dave Becker dies; website woes
Apr 10: RV12 accident; April meeting hears from MAC relievers boss; St. Paul tower controllers on reducing are conflict
Mar. 27: Quarterly newsletter discontinued; dues increase announced; Preliminary report issued in crash; nominate a volunteer; Flying Start
Mar. 17: March meeting hears from Sonex president; chapter returns to fundraising
Mar. 4: Two chapter members killed in Afton plane crash; chapter survey underway
Feb. 20: Marlon's Fireside chat; Cinema 54 debuts; Sonex boss at next meeting
Feb. 7: Feb Board of Directors meeting; The Future of New Richmond Airport; Feb. Chapter video; Aging pilots
Jan. 17: Newsletter online archive completed; Noise complaints highlight January meeting;  How to volunteer for Young Eagles
Jan. 3: January Board of Directors meeting; First newsletter of year published; chapter house renovations completed; airplane wall of fame.

The following are the quarterly published newsletters

January: Marlon Gunderson pays tribute to Leif Erickson; the new leadership; who are we and where are we going? Chapter House updates. Hybrid meetings now offered. A review of previous meetings. Lake Elmo Airport noise plan. 

April:  Published newsletter discontinued; dues increase announced; a running start to the flying season; planning begins for August pancake fly-in breakfast; Lake Elmo Airport Advisory Committee meeting; rates and changes for airport tenants.


January: Cozy builders; a tribute to volunteers; a preview of upcoming speakers

April: Winter chapter meetings recap; winter fly-ins; new lifetime members profiled; Meet Jeff Dale;  Editor's 2 cents

July: Spring chapter meeting recap; a profile of the new chapter website; Lake Elmo Advisory Committee meeting; Judd Andrews spotlight; ACE camp; Chapter elections

October President Leif Erickson looks back as his term ends; a review of July, August, and September chapter meetings; we meet Chris Gregg, the newest chapter member;  Lake Elmo Airport Advisory Commission update: and Marlon Gunderson describes his trip to Oshkosh and his hangar project. 


January: Mitch Zahler and Bill Schanks Jr on unscheduled off-airport landings; Jay Schrankler's 1965 Beechcraft Debonair; Frank Kurkowski's Quad City Challenger; Remembering Dennis Hoffman; 'green' developments in aviation.

April:  Analyzing recent accidents; stories of aviation romance; Laura Hermann's trip to Alaska;  remembering Dave Fiebiger, who was instrumental in creating our chapter home, and Jesse Black, one of Chapter 54's founding members

July:  Flying Start Day;  21D sound study; airport manager update;  ‘Tales from the Swift Side’ by Mitch Zahler; a flyout report to Theodore Roosevelt National Park

October: Oshkosh recap;  diagnosing an engine problem in a Rotax 912ULS powered Kitfox; new runway open at 21D


January: New hangars at 21D; Johnson High's Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program;  a look back at the 2000 destructive storm in Lake Elmo; Kevin Szalapski's trike

April:  Opening up after COVID;  flying to Brazil in an RV; Doug Rozendaal talks about flying a C-47 across the Atlantic; glider operations out of Stanton and Osceola airports.

July: Oshkosh camping; Jim Pearsall's off-airport landing; upset prevention and recovery training; bird strikes

October: Summer socials at the chapter house; Jim Pearsall's Rans S-21 project; Oshkosh 2021 review


April: Meet the newsletter editor;  aircraft insurance woes

July: Meet the new president; flying to AirVenture

October: 21D improvement plan begins; Commanche memories;  Cozy maintenance

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