EAA Chapter 846

Wadsworth, OH

Welcome to Our Chapter!

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.

And for more about our chapter and events, check out our Facebook page. EAA We hope to see you soon!


Congratulations Fred Wellman!

Congratulations to Fred Wellman for turning his aircraft project into an airplane! Chapter President and DAR, Matt Tomsheck, inspected Fred's Panther and presented Fred with an Air Worthiness Certificate in September. Fred is preparing for his first flight. Congratulations, Fred!

October Meeting, Oct. 8, 7pm

Fingers crossed we can get one more meeting in at the hangar this Thursday, but wear your EAA fleece as the hangar doors will be open and social distancing will be observed. Gary will be reviewing the recent EAA webinar, So You Think You Can Make a 180 Back on Takeoff? An In-Depth Look at Engine Failure Option, with social time starting at 6:30 and the meeting starting at 7pm.

September Meeting

EAAThe days are getting shorter and it’s cooling off so fall is just around the corner! Looking at the forecast, we should be able to meet at the chapter hangar with the door open. Our meeting is this Thursday, September 10th at 7 pm, with social time starting at 6:30 pm. However, if we do have rain to the point we can’t leave the door open, we will cancel the meeting for this month. The September agenda: T-51 Mustang update, Ray Scholarship, EAA Air Academy, Chapter fly-outs, Christmas Party and the EAA monthly video.

Spirit of Aviation WeekEAA

Are you wonder how AirVenture's replacement, The Spirit of Aviation Week went? This is a reprint of a summary from EAA:

While nothing could replace the Only-in-Oshkosh experience of AirVenture, EAA's inaugural Spirit of Aviation Week brought the flying community together like never before — virtually. 

Created in the aftermath of this year's cancellation, the five-day event streamed live and on-demand content to viewers around the world. 

The spectrum of flight was showcased through forums, tech talks, workshops, and interviews with industry favorites and historical icons. Participants could also explore new products and technologies through a virtual mall of exhibitors. Thank you for helping us bring together the aviation community during Spirit of Aviation Week! 

On-demand videos are still available for a limited time at EAATogether.org.


B-17 at Akron/Canton Airport, Aug. 17-23

The B-17 Bomber “Sentimental Journey,” one of the rarest historical military planes in the world, will be in Akron/Canton, OH on August 17-23, 2020.  Come see it up close and personal, and better yet fly in it! The B-17 bomber is a heavy bomber bristling with armament. They earned a deadly reputation and were legendary for their ability to return home after taking brutal poundings. Over 12,000 of these iconic planes were built for WWII, and Sentimental Journey is one of only five still regularly flying today.

August Meeting

The next monthly meeting is Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 7 pm, social time starts at 6:30 pm.This meeting will be held at the Medina Airport (1G5) at Gary Baker’s hangar. We will be observing social distancing with the hangar door open (weather permitting). The chapter will provide bottled water for the evening, but remember to bring a chair!

The topic will be the new process the FAA has implemented for applying for an Airworthiness Certificate. Matt Tomsheck will present.

Congratulations Jay and Randy!

EAAEAACongratulations to our newest successful homebuilders, Randy Brooks and Jay Waddell! Randy completed his Piper J-3 Cub restoration and Jay completed his RV-9A. Chapter President Matt Tomsheck presented each with a plaque to commemorate their achievements. Congratulations, gentlemen!


Ben Nagy Selected to Talk to Astronauts

EAA has offered us the opportunity to see Ben Nagy asking the SpaceX/ISS (International Space Station) astronauts questions about their mission. Only 20 Ray Scholarship winners were selected and Ben was lucky enough to be chosen. Here is the information for any chapter member interested in viewing Ben’s question and answer session.

EAATo watch, tune into NASA TV or visit www.NASA.gov/NASATV at 1:10 pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.  Please note, this time may change. If it does, we will provide an updated time. Congratulations to Ben for being chosen for this prestigious event!

NASA astronauts (from left) Bob Behnken, Doug Hurley and Chris Cassidy are the U.S. members of the Expedition 63 crew. Behnken and Hurley are the International Space Station's newest crewmates after arriving May 31 aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon. Cassidy is the station Commander and has been on the orbiting lab since April 9 when he arrived with (out of frame) Flight Engineers Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner aboard the Soyuz MS-16 crew ship..

Astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken of NASA's Commercial Crew ProgramEAA were aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon as it approached the International Space Station.
The Crew Dragon's nose cone is open revealing the spacecraft's docking mechanism 
that would connect to the Harmony module's forward International Docking Adapter.

July Chapter Meeting

The next monthly meeting is Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 7 pm. Social time starts at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be held at the Skypark chapter hangar, #M1. We will be observing social distancing with the hangar door open (weather permitting). The forecast for Thursday looks hot but dry. However, if we do have rain to the point we can’t leave the door open, we will cancel the meeting for this month. We will be discussingthe sale of the Titan Mustang.

Invitation from EAA Chapter 5, Now June 15

Chapter 5 would like to invite EAA Chapter 846 to join them for a picnic and presentation at their chapter meeting on Monday, June 15 at 7:00pm.They'll start with an Oshkosh-style picnic dinner ofEAAburgers and brats on the grill. Immediately following dinner, the program will feature a presentation about restoring “Doc the B-29” by Tony Mazzolini- the man who managed the entire project.



Back Together Again! June's Meeting Will be at the Chapter Hangar

Yes, we can meet again in person! Social distancing will be observed and masks are encouraged, and it will be great to be able to see everyone in person, Thursday, June 11 at 7 pm. The topic for the evening is to finalize the plans for the chapter “Tool Crib” and discuss the possible hangar swap. See you then!

Virtual Oshkosh! Spirit of Aviation Week, July 21-25

Spirit of Aviation WeekEAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (June 4, 2020) — The Experimental Aircraft Association is showcasing the whole spectrum of flight this summer in a virtual way, as Spirit of Aviation Week on July 21-25 will celebrate the entire aviation community.

The five-day event will include streamed and on-demand content, encompassing nearly every subset of aviation, with a focus on educational, informational, and entertaining content. EAA’s special interest groups will also be heavily involved, bringing highlights that include homebuilts, warbirds, vintage, aerobatics, ultralights, and much more.

“Nothing can replace the Oshkosh experience in-person during AirVenture week, as that event personifies the common passion we have for flight, in all its wonderful ways,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA’s CEO and chairman of the board. “As unfortunate as it was that the cancellation of AirVenture 2020 took away that personal experience, countless people and groups have stepped forward to ask what they could do to virtually create something from Oshkosh that brings us together as aviators and aviation enthusiasts. We’re going to incorporate as many of them as possible during a full five-day event.” Go to EAA Together for more information.

Congratulations are in order!

Did you notice in the last newsletter what a busy spring everyone is having? If you haven't, take a look. You guys are on a roll!

EAA      Randy Brooks completed his J3 Cub, completing a multi-year restoration.      EAA

Matt Tomsheck's son, Josh completed his training for his private pilot’s license. 







Jay Waddell's RV-9A project passed its airworthiness inspection, going from project to plane in a morning! Also pictured are chapter members Karl Aber, and Inspector and chapter president, Matt Tomsheck








The Hanchecks have moved the Luscombe into its new Skypark home, and the family should be following soon. 






Jason Lorenzon's son, Todd, completed his first solo flight. EAA




Ben Nagy graduated from Cloverleaf High School.




Congratulations to all!



AirVenture 2020 - Cancelled

Jack Pelton, CEO and Chairman of the Board of EAA, announced today that AirVenture has been cancelled for 2020. His letter to members can be found here.

Zoom In to the May Meeting

EAAJoin us online, for our next meeting, Thursday, May 14 at 7 pm. We will be discussing a number of items of chapter business like the Mustang, and Sonex projects and the hangar. Like last month, you will get an email a day or two before the meeting with instructions and the login information. If you weren't able to join us or had difficulty last month, don't hesitate to reach out to a board member before the meeting and they will help talk you through using Zoom. Or if you would like, this link will take you to a short video on how to join a meeting on Zoom.

Reopening Ohio

Did you miss the big announcement about how Ohio will be reopening for business? Check out Responsible Restart Ohio for the latest information. Has the Stay at Home order been hard on your business or family? Here are some of the state resources to help you weather the crisis.

EAACongratulations to our 2020 Ray Scholar: Ferenc Somogyi

We are proud to announce their selection of Ferenc Somogyi as their 2020 Ray Aviation Scholarship recipient. In total, five candidates were selected for final interviews which took place over two evenings utilizing online meeting software to allow Chapter members to participate in the interview process remotely. After a lengthy debate, Ferenc was chosen as the most deserving of the five finalists. The Ray Aviation Scholarship is a flight training scholarship worth up to $10,000 with EAA funding half of the award and Chapter 846 funding the remaining half. For more information check our our Ray Scholarship page.

The April Meeting is Going Online!

EAA Ray Aviation ScholarshipInstead of cancelling our April meeting, we are going to host it in the safety of your homes on your computers or mobile devices. We will be covering some chapter business, but will also have the chance to listen to two of our Ray Scholar applicants. 
You should have received an email with instructions and the opportunity to try out the system on Tuesday evening. If you didn't get the email, please contact a board member and we will be happy to get it forwarded to you. See you online!

EAAApril Meeting Online; Pancake Breakfast Fly-in, Young Eagles - POSTPONED

At this time, we will not conduct an in-person April chapter meeting.  We are looking at a virtual meeting platform.  This would be a great way to stay connected and engaged with the chapter.  We will send out an email on the details once we figure out which platform we'll be using. Later in April we can make a decision about the May meeting depending on which way this virus is going.

With regards to the pancake breakfast, the consensus of the board is to postpone the event until fall.  At this time there won't be any planning meetings.  When this virus settles down and we start to get back to normal we can decide to do a pancake breakfast or as a someone suggested, have a chili fly-in in the fall.

The board also thought it would be prudent at this time to postpone the Young Eagles day until later date.

--CANCELLED--Chapter Meeting, Thurs., March 12--CANCELLED

Bob Norman from Norman Aviation will be at our next meeting, to talk about engine maintenance and overhaul.  Bob founded Norman Aviation in 1984 and has been providing service to the southeast Ohio region ever since. His facility is located at Parr Airport in Zanesville, OH. Join us at 7 pm at the Skypark Terminal to hear this engine expert.  - Unfortunately, tonight's meeting is being cancelled. We hope to be able to reschedule Mr. Norman in the future.

Chapter Meeting, Thursday, Feb. 13

Many thanks to all who braved the dicey weather in February for our chapter meeting, and special thanks to Gary Baker who pinch-hit with an AOPA program on "Essential Aerodynamics." 

Mustang Work Days

Join us to work on our chapter aircraft, the Titan T-51 Mustang! Jeff Paden has put together a list of tasks to be accomplished.  EAAThe goal is to get the aircraft in an airworthy condition, leading up to the sign off of the condition inspection.  Jeff was the original builder of the aircraft and obtained the repairman certificate, which allows him to sign off the condition inspection. Feel free to join us on:

  • Sat., Feb. 2, 9am-12pm
  • Wed., Feb 19, 7pm-9pm
  • Sat., Feb. 22, 9am-12pm (Cancelled)
  • Wed., Feb. 26, 7pm-9pm (Cancelled)
  • Sat., Feb. 29, 9am-12pm (Cancelled)
  • More dates to be scheduled soon! We are waiting for outside work to be completed.
Email Matt Tomsheck at eas170b@gmail.com if you plan to attend.


Chapter Tool Crib Program

As you may already know, EAA National has developed the Tool Crib Program to help EAA chapters build an assortment of tools which might otherwise be too expensive for an individual member/builder.  This program offers reimbursement of 30% of new tool purchases, up to $300.00.  This would allow our chapter to hold tools for loan to individuals on an as-needed basis.

Brad Wurst and Bob Taylor are acting as the coordinators of the Tool Crib Program for EAA Chapter 846.  They are interested in hearing which tools you think should be part of our Tool Crib. Also we have many members who have acquired tools over time.  Should you have tools that you are willing to lend to other members/builders, please let Bob or Brad know.  These could be offered for lending with an appropriate refundable security deposit. 

Chapter Recognition

EAAEAA Chapters have always been one of the most vital components in making general aviation fun, affordable and accessible at the local level. To recognize chapters that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to general aviation, EAA rolled out a Chapter Recognition Program in 2019. This recognition is based off ten criteria that have shown to correlate with active and engaged chapters. Chapter 846 was recognized this year as a Gold level chapter by meeting all 10 out of 10 of the criterion necessary! Congratulations to everyone for making us a vital, fun, committed EAA chapter!


Happy Holidays!

Thank you for being a part of our annual after-the-holidays Holiday Party and White Elephant Gift Exchange! The food was fabulous as always. Big thanks to Dave Gerdeman for handling the main dishes and organizing the buffet. Rounded out by everyone's delicious desserts and side dishes, it was a fine evening for food and entertainment.  


Newly-elected President Matt Tomsheck ran a short meeting, followed by past-president Gary Baker  who recognized last year's Board Members, Young Eagle Pilots, and Chapter Volunteers, and summarized what was a very busy year for the chapter.  Then we got to the hilarious white elephant gifts. Yes, the bowling pin made a reappearance, but there were a few new classic gifts given. Thanks to all who helped set-up, tear down, brought food, and fellowship. You are the reason we're an active, fun, productive chapter. Happy New Year Y'all! 

Congratulations & Thanks to New Officers and Board Members

  Elections were held this month, and we have some new names on the Board. Thank you to all who offered to serve. Our officers for the next two years are:

  • President Matt Tomsheck
  • Vice-President Paul Lutz
  • Secretary Greg Cantrell
  • Treasurer Gary Baker

Board Members: Randy Brooks, Ron Lutz, and Bob Taylor

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