The Experimental Aircraft Association’s Chapter 782 is a small group of pilots, designers, engineers, and builders located in Vancouver Washington’s historic Pearson Field who are actively restoring and flying antique, classic, experimental, and ultralight aircraft in the local area. Pearson Field is the second oldest operating airfield in the nation and has its roots as a army training post so aviation has been here for a long time and so has 782. Matter of fact, some of the vintage planes and many of the newly made experimental airplanes on the airfield would have been recognized by the military pilots on the field in the 1920's.
What is an “experimental” aircraft? That’s easy! There are legally defined classifications of US registered aircraft. The first are are FAA “certified” airplanes like the Cessna’s and big Boeing’s we see everyday manufactured to exacting production processes and designed from extensively tested concepts and approved by government agencies across the globe. All other aircraft in the U.S. are “uncertified” ones built from designs and ideas by individuals both professional and amateur using any construction method or materials you can think of. They can be any size, configuration, and built from wood, fabrics, metals, composite plastics, even cardboard and use electrical, gas, turbine, and even rocket propulsion to get into the air and stay airborne.
If you are interested in aviation in any form, please feel free to join us for meetings at Pearson and in and around the Clark county area at projects being built. If you would like to join as a member please click and go to the link below, fill it out, mail it back, and we will contact you.