Movie Screening (Return to the Big Skies: Miss Montana to Normandy) (Monday, October 18, 7:00pm)
We will be showing the Miss Montana movie, directed and edited by Chapter member Eric Ristau. Eric presented it at Big Sky Brewery's outdoor theatre in September, but there are still many in our aviation community and local area who have not yet seen the film. Eric is also donating some posters about the film to our EAA 517 Chapter. The Chapter will be selling some of these at the event as a Chapter fundraiser. Feel free to invite a family member or friend. The screening will be held at the EAA Chapter 517 Hangar (map).
Coffee and Donuts (Saturday, November 6 8:30-11:00 am)
Come join us at the EAA Chapter 517 Hangar (map) for the first of our "off-season" coffee and donuts events. It's a great way to stay connected with fellow aviation enthusiasts. We can use a couple of people to help set up tables and chairs around 8:00 AM. If you can help, please call or text Steve Rossiter at 406-529-1601.
Chapter Annual Meeting (Monday, November 15, 6:00-7:30 pm)
Free pizza 6:00 - 6:45 pm. Annual membership meeting and election 6:45 - 7:30 pm
Coffee and Donuts (Saturday, December 4 8:30-11:00 am)
Come join us at the EAA Chapter 517 Hangar (map) for our "off-season" coffee and donuts events. It's a great way to stay connected with fellow aviation enthusiasts. We can use a couple of people to help set up tables and chairs around 8:00 AM. If you can help, please call or text Steve Rossiter at 406-529-1601.
Chapter Annual Meeting (Monday, December 17)
Your EAA 517 Board of Directors has decided to do something a little different this year for our annual Celebration of Flight Dinner. We will hold this dinner event at the Chapter hangar. The Chapter will provide the main course and our members are invited to provide side dishes, dessert, and any wine they would like to provide. And, YES, we will have the traditional "white elephant" gift exchange for those who want to participate.
Missoula Airport BBQ (Cancelled)
MSO GA BBQ has been cancelled by the Airport due to concerns about food service during COVID.
Regularly Scheduled Events
Pancake Breakfast/Fly-In (First Saturday of the month, May through September)
We're back with our monthly pancake breakfasts! Come join us at the EAA Chapter 517 Hangar for breakfast and for great conversation with local aviation enthusiasts!
Young Eagle Flights (First Saturday of the month)
We're back with Young Eagle Flights! These coincide with our pancake breakfast events. Visit our Young Eagles page for more information.
Eagle Flights (Based on demand)
Five Valley Flyers, operating as EAA Chapter 517, Inc., conducts Eagle Flights based on demand. See our Eagle Flights page for more information.
Evening Program (3rd Monday of the month)
EAA Chapter 517, Inc. has special speakers and topics of interest. Normal programs are the 3rd Monday of the month held at the EAA 517 hangar starting at 6:30 pm. Sometimes these are preempted during the summer months due to the Saturday fly-in gatherings.
Board Meeting (Once per year)
EAA Chapter 517, Inc. only has one official member meeting per year, usually in November, to meet the requirements of a Montana corporation.
Special Meal Events
In December each year we host a Celebration of Flight Dinner to commemorate the anniversary of Orville and Wilbur Wright's 1903, First Manned Powered Flight and the Christmas holiday.
Five Valley Flyers often participates in the planning and support of other aviation events in our service area. Periodically, the annual Montana Aviation Conference is held in Missoula. In 2018, there was the AOPA Regional Fly-In and a Tryke Fly-In in Stevensville. The Chapter supported all these events and expects to continue such in the future. We also help support the annual Aviation Day in Hamilton each year.