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
Young Eagles, 2022!
Okay, maybe we're not quite ready to post a recap yet, but we know you want to see the pictures. So here is the link to see them, Young Eagles Photos. But keep checking back, as more folks send us more pictures, and we'll post them.
Thank you for joining us for Young Eagles Day. We love sharing our love of aviation with your children and families.
First US Customer!
On March 17, member Steve Bauman placed an order for a G1 STOL airplane kit (see g1-america.com) and is now the FIRST U.S. customer for this airplane model. He traveled to Kent, Illinois (north west corner of the state) to visit with the U.S. dealer, and the only U.S. builder of this airplane, to study his project and ask a million questions. He previously saw this same airplane at the Midwest LSA Expo last September. The airplane is produced mostly as completed airplanes in France for the European market where there are many of them flying, and have been for 15 years. There are also 2 planes flying and 2 more nearly complete in Ontario, Canada where another dealer and partner is operating. Steve expects to get his kit in July and will be building it in his home shop in Granger Twp.
Let the FLYING Begin...
Ray Scholarship award winner, Logan Cohara is ready to get back into the cockpit after a short hiatus. He was honored at the last April chapter meeting and presented with his large check!
Chapter 846 2021 MVP Award Winner!
Congratulations goes to Paul Lutz for receiving the Chapter 846 2021 Most Valuable Person award!
Member Chris Sopko gave a great presentation on the effects of density altitude on aircraft performance. Chris has extensive experience in high altitude flight and flight within mountainous regions. Everyone who attended came away with a great respect for the affects density altitude has on aircraft and the importance of "good" preflight planning especially in high altitude environments.
Congratulations Logan Cohara!
EAA Chapter 846 Ray Scholar recipient Logan Cohara has finally received his FAA medical certificate. We were very excited to see him persevere through the FAA aeromedical process and begin his flight training journey. Our Chapter will now pursue a second Ray Aviation Scholarship for 2022 in the hopes of being able to award that later this year.
Where to go in February...Bahama's of Course!
Member Tim Conway gave a great presentation during our March meeting on his recent trip to the Bahamas. Chapter members Greg Hackett, Glenn Krafcik, Ed Pavlovich and Tim Conway flew the Bahamian Islands in February. They took two aircraft, Ed’s Beach Bonanza (BE36) and Tim’s Cirrus (SR22). The total flight from Medina(1G5) to Naples Florida (KAPF) then off to the Bahamas and back covered over 3500 miles, with just about 1200 miles flown between 1500-1800 feet above the Bahamian Island chain. Islands included the Grand Bahama, Great Abaco, Eleuthera, Cat Island, Rum Cay, Long Island, The Exumas, New Providence (Nassau), Berry Islands and Bimini Islands.
Welcome New January Member
Please welcome Will Hiteshue to the chapter! Will resides
in Lakewood, Ohio and is a pilot for Republic Airways.
Our very own Gary Baker attended the EAA Chapter Leadership Academy.
The academy was hosted by EAA staff and was offered to all chapter officers around the country. Forty of us met October 20 at the Air Academy Lodge where we met the EAA chapter office staff and our classmates.
The first evening we were treated to a visit to Sonex Aircraft, which is located on the east side of Wittman Field. John Monnett, founder, generously gave us a two-hour tour of the facilities.
Thursday and Friday morning were spent with EAA staff: Charlie Becker, Director, Chapters and Homebuilt Community Manager; John Egan, Chapter Depts. Manager; David Leiting, Eagles Manager; Serena Kamps, Chapter Field Rep; Chris Gauger, Chapter Field Rep; Natasha Sarauer, Administrative Asst; and Samantha Olson, Eagles Program Asst. They covered all aspects of operating a chapter and finding ways to generate enthusiasm for members.
Chapter Polo Shirts Available
Blue chapter polo shirts have finally arrived! We now have medium large and X-Large sizes available. These will be available at the chapter meetings. The cost will be $25. A few blue polo and gray t-shirts are also available.
Congratulations Esther Lin!
Member Esther Lin has recently earned her CFI and CFII. Esther trained at Midwest Corporate Air located at the Bellefontaine Regional Airport.
Gary Baker appointed to the EAA Chapter Advisory Council.
Our very own Gary Baker has been appointed to the EAA Chapter Advisory Council.
Congratulations & Thanks to New Officers and Board Members
Elections were held in December, and we have some new officers and board members. Thank you to all who offered to serve. Our officers for the next two years are:
- President- Chris Oehlers
- Vice-President- Brad Wurst
- Secretary- Greg Cantrell
- Treasurer- Gary Baker
Board Members: Mike Baker, Randy Brooks, Brian Burke, Paul Hancheck, David Gerdeman, Paul Lutz and Ron Lutz
Welcome New December Members!
Please welcome George Salcewicz, Josh Tomsheck, Stephen and Douglas Tytko to the Chapter!
George joined after attending the December meeting. He lives in Stow and is interested in learning about autogyros and other smaller aircraft. Josh and his wife and family live in Wadsworth. Josh is a private pilot and is working with his dad, Matt, on completing the Just Aircraft Highlander. Stephen, Sherry, son Douglas and daughter Amy live in Brecksville. Douglas took a Discovery flight at Medina Airport a few months ago and is interested in pursuing a pilot’s certificate. Welcome, George, Josh, Stephen and Douglas!
Awesome January Meeting Presentation from A&T Recovery
Author and adventurer Taras Lyssenko of A&T Recovery gave a presentation to our chapter on his company and the perils of recovering WWII aircraft from the bottom of Lake Michigan. Most members were unaware that more than 100 Navy mishap training aircraft rest on the bottom of the lake. For the past thirty-five years Taras has led a team who has located and recovered dozens of World War II US Navy aircraft from Lake Michigan. The work was performed on behalf of the National Naval Aviation Museum and many other sponsors. Most of the aircraft are now on display in museums and airports across the country.
Victoria Lorenzon, our newest CFI!
Operation Air Drop!
Five aircraft from Chapter 846 departed on a mission from northeast Ohio on December 21, 2021 to bring much needed supplies and donated items to tornado-stricken Mayfield Kentucky. A huge THANK YOU goes to Ed Pavlovich for setting this up. The following individuals participated in this mission:
(1st Photo, Standing left to right) Chris D'Errico, Glenn Krafcik, Ed Pavlovich, Tim Conway, Karl Aber, Chris Oehlers, Gary Baker
Among the five aircraft, 1,310 Lbs. of supplies were delivered. It was a great day of flying for a very worthy cause.
AMAZON Smile Donations
While you are doing your on-line Christmas shopping on Amazon, you can help out Chapter 846! Amazon has a charitable aspect called AmazonSmile. When you shop at Smile.Amazon.com, Amazon donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases – at no cost to you. AmazonSmile offers the same products, same low prices, and same services as the Amazon you know.
Sign in with your existing Amazon account to get started at Smile.Amazon.com. Chapter 846 has received contributions from Amazon in excess of $100 over the past few years because chapter members have designated EAA Chapter 846 as the beneficiary of their purchases.
Thank you to the chapter members who have designated the chapter.
January Chapter Meeting:
Join us for the upcoming EAA Chapter 846 Monthly Meeting on Thursday, January 13, 2022 @ 1900. The meeting will be held in the Skypark Terminal Bldg.
Meeting Room at the Skypark Airport FBO (15G). Social hour begins after 1800.
January Meeting Agenda:
1. Welcome to the January meeting
2. Officer Reports
3. January Safety Topic– Stabilized Approaches—Tim Cochrane
4. Monthly Program– Recovering WWII Aircraft from Lake Michigan presented by Taras Lyssenko of A&T Recovery
5. Project Updates
Memorial Bob and Pete
We had a Celebration of Life November 13, 2021 for members Bob Taylor and Pete Klapp at the Chapter Hangar. Bob and Pete perished in separate aircraft accidents in September. The Celebration was well-attended and everyone was well-fed, compliments of Chef David Gerdeman, Greg Cantrell, and others who did the cooking. Many thanks to everyone for attending. I’m sure that Pete and Bob would have enjoyed this event. We will miss you guys and always remember you!
Join us for the upcoming EAA Chapter 846 Monthly Meeting on Thursday, November 11, 2021 @ 1900. The meeting will be held in the chapter’s #M1 hangar at Skypark Airport (15G). Social hour begins after 1800. Randy Brooks will present on “VFR Charts - Revisited” and nominations for the 2022-2023 chapter Officers and Board Members will be held.
Join us for the upcoming EAA Chapter 846 Monthly Meeting on Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 1900. The meeting will be held in the chapter’s #M1 hangar at Skypark Airport (15G). Social hour begins after 1800. We will be getting an update on our Pancake Breakfast and Fly-in, a presentation by Gary Baker on “Aircraft Safety Near Helicopter Operations” and a presentation by Fred Kelly - Across the Atlantic from CLE to EINN - Ireland. We'll see you there!
OUR NOVEMBER CHAPTER MEETING WILL BE ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2021 @ 1900 AND HELD IN CHAPTER HANGAR #M1 (weather permitting) AT SKYPARK (15G) AIRPORT.
It is with a sad heart to write that our dear friend Bob Taylor was taken from us September 18, 2021. Bob was a good friend to many of us and to the chapter. He served for many years as an officer and a board member of chapter 846, joining the chapter in 2009. Bob was responsible for the chapter receiving its IRS tax-exempt status. He was an active homebuilder as he completed two experimental aircraft during the past ten years, a TigerCub and a Rans S-20. He was always willing to help the chapter during our events, as well as anyone with an aircraft maintenance problem.
Bob will be sorely missed by everyone. The chapter passed on our condolences to the family.
It’s with a sad heart to write that our friend and chapter member Pete Klapp has been taken from us this past week. Pete was a dear friend to many of us, past vice president of chapter 846 and selected chapter MVP in 2018.
You can find Pete’s obituary here.
“A Tribute” by Randy Brooks
I’ll miss you, Pete.
I’ll miss our lunches at Buehler’s. I’ll miss your ever-present coffee mug—and you leaving it at my hangar on many occasions. I’ll miss your expertise in construction, engineering, elec- trical work, composites—you were one smart dude. I’ll miss you always being there to help if you had the time. I’ll miss you helping me rib stitch the Cub wing. I’ll miss you helping me sheetrock and insulate my hangar. I’ll miss you saying ‘Love You’ every time you hung up the phone with your family. I’ll miss you talking with such fondness about your kids and grand-kids—the munchkins. I’ll miss our telling war stories (mostly lies) from our mutual time serving in the Air Force. I’ll miss you calling me Ellwood on the phone—and me calling you Martha. I’ll miss your total dedication to finishing the Falco and getting it inspected after your friend Kyle’s passing.
My sincere condolences to Pete’s family at this very difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Most of all, I’ll miss you my friend. Fly West--- (if you get your GPS working).
We will all miss you, Pete. We will remember you and your many contributions to the Chapter. You were always there to lend a hand or give an honest opinion. Our deepest sympathy to your family.
Join us for the upcoming EAA Chapter 846 Monthly Meeting on Thursday, September 9, 2021 @ 1900.
This will be another “Summer Cookout”. Please bring a side dish to share! The meeting will be held in the chapter’s #M1 hangar at Skypark Airport (15G). Social hour begins after 1800. There is also a Pancake Breakfast Fly-in meeting at 5:30 pm in the chapter hangar.
September Meeting Agenda:
1. Welcome all to the September meeting
2. Officer Reports
3. Presentation by Fred Kelly—Flight Around the World
4. Pancake Breakfast Fly-in September 18, 2021
5. Project Updates
6. Sharing our remembrances of Pete
It's A Plane! Project Update: Zenith 750
by Jeremy Cowger
"On August 30th we passed our inspection and on September 3rd weather lined up for our first flight. A few were out to help with pre-flight, documentation, and technical counsel. The wind was calm. Sitting in the airplane on the end of runway 21 about to push the throttle, I was nervous, but told myself we did things right, we triple checked, the plane is ready. We were off in a little more than 300 feet and now the task at hand occupied my mind and nerves were no where to be found.
We are following the EAA Test Flight Manual, so the first flight comprised of nothing more
than a gentle climb to altitude, gentle turns, and practicing a few descents at 5,000 ft at approach speed. This all went very quickly. With calm wind and clear pattern I took the easy way out and entered a downwind for runway 3 after 40 minutes of being aloft. I'm not sure I've made such a nice landing as on that flight. The entire flight was uneventful, but very emotional. The plane now has 3 flights under its belt, slowing working through the plan as perfect weather allows. All were uneventful, successful, but not as pretty of a landing as the first, but we're pressing on anyway.
Congratulation Jeremy and the whole Cowger family!
Events Coming Soon!
Greg Cantrell and his committee has been busy finalizing the details of this year's Fly-in and Pancake Breakfast. This year's event will be held at Wayne County Airport, (KBJJ), Sat., Sept. 18 from 8 am-1 pm. The Wayne County Commissioners and the Wayne County Airport staff have been very enthusiastic about hosting us and have committed to allowing us use of a hangar and assistance with parking, but we will still need many volunteers to make this event an success.
Volunteers can elect to work either a short shift or all day. We will need cooks, and bussers, folks to man tables and displays, and of course your gorgeous aircraft to dazzle and amaze. Please contact Greg at email@example.com if you can help out, or click here to sign up.
Also coming up at Burke Lakefront Airport, (BKL), is the annual Girls in Aviation Day, sponsored by the local chapter of Women in Aviation, on Sat., Sept. 25 from 9 am-12 pm. The Chapter would like to host a table distributing information about EAA and our Young Eagles program. Please contact Brian Burke, firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out.
Join us for the upcoming EAA Chapter 846 Monthly Meeting on Thursday, August 12, 2021 @ 1900. This will be another “Summer Cookout”. Please bring a side dish to share and chairs! The meeting will be held in Gary Baker’s hangar at Medina Airport (1G5). Social hour begins after 1800.
We will have a full meeting with an AirVenture Report, an update from Pete Klapp and Randy Brooks on the hangar addition, information on the planning for the Pancake Breakfast Fly-in September 2021 and learning more about our member project updates.
Join us for the upcoming EAA Chapter 846 Monthly Meeting on Thursday, July 8, 2021 @ 1900.This will be another Summer Cookout. Please bring a side dish to share! The meeting will be held in the chapter hangar #M1 at Skypark Airport (1G5). Social hour begins after 1800. Gary Baker and Randy Brooks will be presenting flying into Oshkosh AirVenture 2021
Many Thanks to our Volunteers!
With a break in the weather and many willing volunteers, Chapter 846 flew over 50 Young Eagles in June and July. Josh Moore arranged the event in June with a local Boy Scout troop leader, and Gary Baker handled organizing the event and arranging for volunteers. It is amazing that even with short notice, our members are always willing to volunteer their time, expertise, aircraft and fuel for the chapter, for EAA and for our area youth. Then with a little more notice, a second YE event was organized by the chapter. Beautiful weather and as always, lots of volunteers, made it a success. Thank you all! Check out our photos!
We Have an Author!
Yes, Randy Brooks is the complete package! He flies, he volunteers, he presents programs, he builds and now he writes! Check out Randy's article restoring his J-3 Cub published in the latest Sport Aviation. Congratulations, Randy!
June Chapter Meeting
Join us for the upcoming EAA Chapter 846 Monthly Meeting on Thursday, June 10, 2021 @ 1900. This will be our first “Hotdog Cookout of the Summer”. Please bring a side dish to share! The meeting will be held in the chapter hangar #M1 at Skypark Airport (1G5). Social hour begins after 1800.
May Chapter Meeting
First Flight of Bob Taylor's RANS-20
Direct from Bob, himself, "After 3-1/2 years, my Rans S-20 officially became an airplane on April 22, 2021. My favorite DAR, Matt Tomsheck, did the honors and he only found a few minor issues which have already been addressed. Thanks,Matt! And special thanks go out to Pete Klapp. Without his help I’d still be working on it!
The first flight occurred on April 26, 2021 with the assistance of Randy Brooks and Pete Klapp. All went well as far as the flight was concerned. I do have some cooling issues to address. CHT’s and oil temperatures are higher than allowable. Modifications to the cowling have been made and further testing will follow shortly.
I’d like to thank all of Chapter 846 members for their ideas, help, and support throughout the building processes, especially Ron and Paul Lutz, Dave Manning, Gary Baker, Matt and Josh Tomsheck, Barry Wawrin, Paul Hancheck, and Steve Zvada. It sure is great to belong to such an active chapter full of helpful folks! Thanks to all that helped me along the way!
Congratulations, Bob! We're looking forward to seeing it at future fly-ins!
April 8, Meeting at the Chapter Hangar!
Our April meeting was held live and in person, at the Chapter Hangar at Wadsworth Skypark Airport this month! The hangar opened at 6:30 pm and we began the meeting at 7 pm. There was a special presentation to our three Ray Scholarship recipients and name tags were handed out to our new chapter members. Gary Baker gave a presentation on reviewing ForeFlight, one of the best integrated flight apps, and recent updates. An update and discussion on planned chapter hangar improvements was held. Even social distanced, it was great to meet in person again!
Just Chatting with an Astronaut
Ben Nagy and three other Ray Scholars had an amazing opportunity to talk with astronaut, Douglas "Wheels" Wheelock, in Feb, 2021. Arranged by EAA's Megan Hart, Wheels spent an hour talking about his experiences, some of the new programs on the horizon and answering questions from the Scholars. Hear the complete interview on YouTube. Congratulations, Ben!
March 11 Meeting on Zoom
Congratulations are in Order!
Congratulations to our newest EAA Air Academy Scholarship recipient, Case McIntyre! The Chapter will be sponsoring Case to attend the Air Academy during this summer's AirVenture. Campers are engaged through a variety of hands-on activities while staying at the EAA Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Experienced aviation instructors help campers delve into flight through studies, hands-on demonstrations, flight simulation, and other exciting activities. Case is a student at Strongsville High School.
Also, our Ray Aviation Scholarship recipient, Ferenc Somogyi has switched his training to AeroTrek Flight Academy in Wadsworth due to an instructor change and will be training with the team at Wadsworth going forward. For those of you who fly out of Wadsworth, keep an eye out for Ferenc as he begins his training journey there!
Even more good news arrived last week from EAA Headquarters as we found out that we have been awarded another 50/50 matching Ray Scholarship for 2021! Thanks go out to our membership who voted last month to use our recent donation from Charlie Cartledge towards another Ray Aviation Scholarship. This means that we will have two Ray Scholars this year as Ferenc finishes up and we select another deserving youth for this prestigious award.
Wind Tunnel Project
February Meeting, on Zoom
Join us for the upcoming EAA Chapter 846 Monthly Chapter ZOOM Meeting on Thursday, February 11, 2021 @ 1900. Watch for the contact information and link in the Tuesday email. We are planning to have another ‘exciting’ ZOOM meeting that Paul Lutz and Randy Brooks will conduct.Our special guest will be Kerry McCauley Presenting on his Experiences of Ferrying Aircraft Across the North Atlantic.He is the subject of an AOPA Air Safety Institute Real Pilot Story: “Pressure Over the Atlantic." He has also written a book on his experiences: “Ferry Pilot: Nine Lives Over the North Atlantic.” https://kerrymccauley.com/
We look forward to seeing everyone online Thursday evening at 7 pm.
Congratulations and Thank You MVP Greg Cantrell!
The 2019 Chapter MVP Award recipient, Jeff Paden, awarded the highly prestigious Chapter MVP Award to Greg Cantrell for 2020. Greg was surprised and greatly honored. He thanked Jeff and the chapter for choosing him for the award, as a number of chapter members were deserving of being chosen.
January Meeting, Thursday, Jan. 14 and Prize Drawing!
Join us for the another exciting EAA Chapter 846 Monthly Chapter Zoom Meeting on Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 @ 1900, conducted by Paul Lutz and Randy Brooks. New President Paul will conduct the normal business meeting to start off the festivities. After the business portion is complete, Randy will show the January 2021 EAA Chapter Video and possibly a short flying safety program (emphasis on short).
Finally, since we did not have our annual Christmas Party and we missed out on the exciting gift exchange, we are going to have a Gift Drawing of sorts. Everyone who is online for the ENTIRE meeting will receive a number and a random drawing will be held for the fabulous prizes that we have to give away this year. Don’t miss this HUGE EVENT! You must be online for the entire meeting to be eligible for the drawing!
We look forward to seeing everyone online on Thursday, Jan 14, 2021 @ 1900 for the meeting.
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.
To 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 Program
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.