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Come to our Monthly Chapter Meeting - FREE Coffee and Donuts!
1st Saturday Coffee and Donuts!

Every first Saturday of every month, we get together for our monthly Chapter meeting at the airport, for some great fellowship and fun. We have Free coffee and donuts for everyone at Chuck Roberts Hangar (#2520) in the McKinney Hangars Association. area at the McKinney National Airport (KTKI) in McKinney, TX. You don't have to be a pilot or a member to attend. Bring the family! See you there!

We meet from 9 am until noon in Chuck Roberts Hangar (#2520) on the first Saturday of each month at the McKinney National Airport (KTKI) in McKinney, TX. Everyone is welcome. Need more information? Feel free to contact any of our Officers.
From the President
June 27th Gladewater Runway Gumbo Fly Out

I recently sent all of you an email to remind you of our first fly out of 2015. This event will be to attend the Gladewater Runway Gumbo on June 27th, from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Please let Reilly Tucker (Cell: 972-679-7341, email: know if you plan to attend and fly your plane over. Those of you that may need a ride over to this event, also please contact Reilly. Please make plans to attend. This event is hosted by Chapter 972 in East Texas. Lets show our support for these guys and gals.

2015 Chapter 1246 Calendar of Events - Revised

Just a short update. We have slightly modified our calendar for 2015. In lieu of the Poker Run we have decided to do a Breakfast Fly Out to Sulfur Springs on August 15th. With the hotter weather, an early morning flight might be a lot more pleasant with less turbulence. Especially in August. More details to follow. I have uploaded the revised calendar to our documents section on our web page. Thanks!!!

June 2015 Update

As all of you are aware, the weather pattern over the past month or more has not been kind to our pilot community. There just has not been a lot of opportunity to fly due to the rainy weather. Unfortunately, we had to cancel a couple planned Young Eagle events due to the weather. Hopefully, that is all behind us now and we can have some fun for the summer. We certainly needed the rain, after a number of dry years we have experienced. But we all feel it is time to get into the air again.

We were able to get in one of our planned EAA Chapter 1246 Movie nights this past weekend where we watched The Final Countdown. We had some great hamburgers and hot dogs, compliments of our friends and Chapter Members Robert and Barb McLeod. Due to the wet and muddy conditions, we elected to set up the screen in Pat Long's hangar and sit out on the ramp. That worked really well. It was a good time for those in attendance. Please try to come out to our next movie night. That will be in the later part of August. Information on this event will be forthcoming.

Some event dates coming up that we all may be interested in:

June 27th - EAA Chapter 1246 Fly-out, 11:00-13:00, EAA 972 Runway Gumbo at the Gladewater airport

July 3rd - Addison Kaboom Town. For a great fireworks display and airshow prior to the main event, contact and get tickets through the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. They absolutely have the best seats there.

July 4th - EAA Chapter 1246 Coffee & Donuts Fly In / Meeting, 9:00 to noon, Chuck Roberts hangar (#2520)

July 20th thru July 26th - EAA Airventure in Oshkosh

New Chapter Email Service

We are testing our a new mail service for our Chapter membership called MailChimp. So please check your in baskets and junk to see where these emails are going. This mail service provides some features that we currently do not have in our web page email. Please let me or one of the officers know if you have any issues with this new method of getting Chapter email.

Just a quick reminder. We will have our Chapter 1246 1st Saturday Coffee & Donuts Fly In / Meeting this coming weekend on Saturday, April 4, 2015. Be sure to come and enjoy the camaraderie. It will be a lot of fun. The event will start at 9:00am and end approximately 11:30am, or when all the donuts and coffee runs out.

We will have our Chapter announcements at 10:00am in Chuck's hangar and then have a short video this month down in Pat Long's hangar.

After the video, we would like to invite the new members and visitors to stick around for an informal discussion about our Chapter, meet some of our esteemed long term members, and find out how to get more involved. This will also be an opportunity for us to answer any questions you might have. We will have this in Pat's hangar right after the video concludes.

See you there.

Mike Laney

February 27, 2015 - Pilotís Bill Of Rights Pushes Long-Awaited Aeromedical Reform

There has been some movement in Washington in regard to the 2nd Pilot's Bill Of Rights on Aeromedical Reform. Be sure to go read the article that is posted on the main EAA web site at:

I would strongly urge all our Chapter Members to spread the word and utilize the link, included on the EAA web page, to send in your support of this Bill to your Congressmen and Representatives.

Mike Laney's 2015 Pilot's Choice Awards

We are all proud of our McKinney National Airport and the McKinney Air Center (KTKI). Last year they received the following awards from in the 2014 Pilot's Choice Awards.

#1 U.S. FBO
#1 South Central U.S. FBO
#1 ATC Tower

The voting is now open for 2015. There are only 33 days left for us to vote in's 2015 Pilot's Choice Awards. There are a number of categories. So please be sure to vote for KTKI in all of those categories. To participate in the 2015 Pilots' Choice Awards, you must have created an account with before 1/26/2015. The address to is:

This is a great way for us to show our support for KTKI, the McKinney Air Center and all of the wonderful staff that help and support our Chapter and members every day. It is a nice way to tell all of these folks "Thank You!"

So, please, go vote. Lets see if we can help keep KTKI #1 in all the categories.

Mike Laney

Feb. 12, 2015 Update

Wow!!! Another great turnout to our monthly Chapter Coffee and Donuts Fly In/Meeting. Thank you Smitty for the video. I hope we continue to have the attendance seen over the past couple months. As Reilly stated in our February announcements, at our March Coffee & Donuts we will do a Plane Show & Tell with Mr. Jim Davis. Jim recently acquired a BD-4 and will be discussing the plane and his rebuild. This will be a real treat to see this project and hear what Jim has to share.

As promised, we have our 2015 Chapter calendar ready. So please mark these dates. We would really like to have a strong showing at all of these events this year. Each of you should have received a copy of this calendar in your email. If any of you have some other suggested activities, please feel free to contact one of the officers. We are always looking for some good suggestions.

At next months Coffee & Donuts meeting, we will take a little time to conduct some Chapter business. Since we took office, we have been unable to locate a signed version of our Chapter Bylaws. There are also a number of things in the Bylaws that were no longer accurate and needed amending. We have been working to update these and will be sending out an email with a link so you can look them over. We will need to take a few minutes to perform a simple majority vote of the members in attendance to approve the amended Bylaws. To vote, you must be a Member in Good Standing. Which means you must be a member of our Chapter having paid your 2015 dues, and you must be a member of the National EAA organization. So please be looking for this email. We will only discuss a summary of the Bylaw changes at the meeting.

This morning, Mel Asberry sent me an email indicating that Gladewater Airport runways and taxiways were recently salted by TxDot during an icing event in that area. We may want to avoid this airport for a while. Since one of our 2015 events is scheduled for that airport, I sent the past president of Chapter 972 an email inquiring whether their Runway Gumbo Fly In's would still be at Gladewater or at another location. We will keep you posted and thanks Mel for the heads up.

As always, thank you for your support.

Mike Laney

January 22, 2015 Chapter 1246 Update

We had a wonderful turnout at our First Saturday Coffee & Donuts Fly In / Chapter Meeting in January. There were close to 70 folks that showed up even with the wet and cold weather that day. It has been a long time since I have seen that many cars parked in front of the hangars. Everyone seemed to have a great time!!!!

In fact, that was so much fun, lets do it again on February 7th. This is our next scheduled First Saturday Coffee & Donut Fly In / Chapter Meeting date. No matter what the weather is, we will still have fun and fellowship. The agenda for this event is as follows:

09:00 Coffee and donuts in Chuck Roberts hangar (#2520) at TKI
10:00 Chapter Announcements and Raffle drawing
10:15 Chapter Program
10:45 Finish off the coffee and donuts in Chuck's hangar

We have a really neat video for the February 7th event. It is titled "WWII Cadet Training" with Jeff Skiles. This recent EAA video was very well done and shows Jeff going through some training and actually flying 4 different WWII airplanes. So be sure and not miss this 29 minute video!!!

I have a special "Thank You" for Brian Rutherford and others who were able to fix our PayPal link on this Chapter 1246 web page. So, if you have been waiting to pay your 2015 Chapter dues for PayPal to get fixed, your wait is officially over. However, should you wish to pay your dues in person, Brian will have a table set up, in Chuck's hangar, at our Coffee & Donuts Fly In / Chapter Meeting on February 7th.

One of the main items the Officers are currently working on is our 2015 Calendar of events. We want to get these out to all of our members for awareness and to help ensure maximum participation at these events. So stay tuned, we should have this out in the next few weeks.

This is going to be a great year!!!! We have had a number of folks give the Officers some very good suggestions for future videos, speakers, Show & Tell Airplanes, and other program ideas. So if you have a good program you feel everyone would enjoy, please do not hesitate to contact one of our Chapter Officers and let them know. Your help and assistance here is greatly appreciated.

Mike Laney

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