EAA Chapter 551 begins collecting dues for the upcoming year in November of the current year. For example, dues will be accepted for 2024 starting in November 2023.
STARTING JANUARY 1 2024 DUES ARE
$30 FOR ADULT MEMEMBERSHIPS AND
$40 FOR A FAMILY MEMBERSHIP
$10 FOR STUDENT
We will dearly miss you Al (click for more info)
EAA invited to Model Airplane Club Picnic
at Al Warzecha's Field near Holdingford
SPECIAL PROGRAM TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 19, 2023
6:00 FOOD ..... 6:30 pm CDT Program
KEN TUVMAN TELLS THE TRUE WWII STORY OF HIS DAD AS A WAIST GUNNER AND POW IN GERMANY
FLIGHT SIMULATOR AVAILABLE TO TRY BEFORE THE MEETING
EAA 551 YOUNG EAGLES FLIGHT SIMULATOR
EAA Chapter 551 has assembled a new flight simulator for Young Eagle Events and member use.
It runs the newest very excellent X-Plane 12 with three monitors, yoke, throttle quadrant, joystick, and instructor station.
The simulator is available to all EAA 551 current members (dues paid) in the Aero Club Hangar at KSTC.
Come early to the next program meeting and try it out. The simulator will be available starting at 5:00 pm, Food at 6:00 pm, and Program at 6:30 pm.
Thanks to Chip Sauers and the others who spearheaded this project.
SPECIAL PROGRAM TUESDAY MAY 16, 2023 -- WINGS CREDIT
6:00 FOOD ..... 6:30 pm CDT Program
"You Can Call Me Bravo Buster"
Topic: Adventures In And Around Our National Airspace System
On Tuesday, May 16, 2023 at 18:30 Central Daylight Time
Speaker: Laura Herrmann, P/ASEL-IR, AGI, Remote Pilot, Lead FAASTeam Representative
Aero Club Hangar
St. Cloud Airport
1550 45th Ave SE
Saint Cloud, MN 56304
Select Number: GL15121600
"I have a phone number for you to call when you are on the ground. Advise when ready to copy". Those are words no pilot wants to hear! Join Laura as she describes her inadvertent foray into O'Hare's Class Bravo and the events that followed.
She'll also talk about her flight around the DC SFRA, what kind of training is involved, and answers the questions What's the Fluky Gate?, Why is the Leesburg airport special?, and How are P56 and R-6608A different?.
Join us for a tour around some challenging and difficult airspace!
SPECIAL PROGRAM TUESDAY APRIL 18, 2023 -- WINGS CREDIT
6:00 FOOD ..... 6:30 pm CDT program
IS THIS SAFE?
FIND OUT HERE!
If you are unable to attend in person we will be broadcasting this program via ZOOM.
This webinar is based on regulations and good practices when operating in non-towered airport environments. Operations at pilot controlled airports are discussed with reference to Advisory Circular 90-66B and appropriate portions of CFR PART 91.
Discussion centers around practical actions which pilots can take to minimize risks in such environments. There is no single rule which will cover every eventually so all are encouraged to present viewpoints.
Join Zoom Meeting by copying the link below and do not forget you will need to use meeting ID and Passcode to join the webinar:
Meeting ID: 892 0631 5065
It is with great sorrow that EAA Chapter 551 recognizes the passing of local aviation legend Bob Leaders.
ROBERT O. “BOB” LEADERS
February 10, 1933 – January 9, 2023
Bob served his country in the United States Army as a paratrooper. He obtained his pilot’s license and attended Spartan School of Aeronautics in Tulsa, OK. Bob then obtained an aircraft and power plant license. He worked for and managed the St. Cloud Airport for many years. In 1969 he purchased a farm and built an airfield, which became Leaders Flying Service. The airport became a landmark to local airmen who needed a home for their aircraft, necessary repairs such as engine overhauls, float changeovers, hot coffee and airplane talk. He became a successful Cessna dealer as well. Leaders Airport is the home of EAA Chapter 551 and the local skydiving center. Leaders continued to the end with repairs, annual inspections, and rebuilding worn-out airplanes. Clear Lake is a well-known mecca of local aviation.
Bob was inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame in 2018. Bob cherished “shop talk” with his customers. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family. Bob will be remembered for being a humble, honest, and generous man. “If Bob Leaders can’t fix it or fly it…forget it.”
PROGRAM MONDAY FEBRUARY 21, 2022
'MODEL AIRCRAFT - LARGE AND SMALL'
presented by Paul Hulls
Food served at 6:00 - Program at 6:30
We had a very exciting program on Monday, June 21, 2021
by the Minnesota Afterburners at Leaders Airport.
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. The Monthly Program Meetings are a great way to connect with others and socialize before and after the meetings (held the Third Monday evening of the month).
EAA Chapter 551 focuses on good monthly programming, organizing annually typically three Young Eagle Rallies (two at the St. Cloud Regional Airport and one at the Little Falls Municipal Airport). and bi-annually plans Aviation-based Community Education classes geared toward high school students.
The Chapter has recently started a Scholarship and Fundriaisng Program to support local scholarships for flight training, aviatiion maintenenance technology, and a for a future building dedicated to local Aviation education and EAA Chapter 551.
Our Chapter focuses on getting youth (ages 14+) involved in the Chapter. Youth are encouraged to take on leadership roles to gain skills and knowledge to be used in life. Some ways youth have stepped up are to organize a fundraising breakfast, Program meeting setup and tear down, Program meeting greeters, volunteer for Young Eagle Rallies, Chapter Board Vice President (in advisory capacity), Chapter Board President, Photographer/Videographer, and Young Eagles Co-Coordinator.
Some members organize breakfast fly-outs to local airports. In the winter, breakfast flyouts have been organized to local lakes for where unofficial ice runways have been created. Since EAA AirVenture is only six hours away (road time --- less if flying in), many members plan this trip to be able to spend time together.