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notices of all our upcoming programs and events. In addition, we will send an e-mail that gives you three
chances to win a door prize at one of our monthly Chapter meetings. Just bring a copy of our response email
to receive your 3 free drawing tickets.
If you decide to become a member of EAA Chapter 1246, the annual dues are only $20 and you can join on-line
by clicking here. An extremely valuable benefit to being
a member is the on-line access that you will have to our searchable database of all pilots and aircraft
owners in our geographic area. You can find anyone who owns (or is building) an airplane of the type that
interests you. You can also locate other pilots and aviation enthusiasts, including other EAA members
in our Chapter. The search can be as broad or as specific as you want. This incredible resource
is available exclusively to our paid-up Chapter members.
We invite you to come to one of our meetings or events and discover the benefits of participating in the
educational and fun activities of our Chapter. The combined knowledge and experience of our members is
awesome, and they are willing to share. There are informative and entertaining presentations at each
of our meetings, which cover a wide range of aviation-related topics. Our interests go way beyond
building and maintaining experimental aircraft.
What is EAA?
The Experimental Aircraft Association is an organization that promotes all forms of recreational aviation.
The EAA was organized in 1953 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by some individuals who were interested in building
their own aircraft. Over the years it has grown to include all types of aircraft, from ultralights to
commercially manufactured aircraft. An interest in aviation is the common denominator that brings our people
together, in good fellowship and sharing. The EAA is a national organization and has local chapters,
such as ours, all over the world. You don't have to be a pilot to join in, the only requirement is a love
All meetings are held at 7 pm in Conference Center Room D 106, Section A on the second Thursday of each
month at the Collin College. Everyone is welcome. You don't have to be a pilot or a member
to attend. Need more information? Feel free to
contact any of our Officers.
EAA Chapter 1246 Annual Fish Fry
EAA Chapter 1246 Annual Fish Fry - April 26, 2014
It is time for our Annual Fish Fry!
Garry and Janne Ackerman are mixing up the tasty breading spices and sparking up the oil to fry up some 1st rate fish.
So come on out, rain or sunshine, to this fun event and bring your family and friends.
As always, our events are open to all. The fish will be ready for serving at 11 am at TKI (McKinney National Airport) in the
FBO Hangar next to the Terminal. There will be signs set up to show you the way to where
all the fun is. We invite you to bring a dessert if you would like.
Every first Saturday of every month, we get together for some fellowship and fun. We have
Free coffee and donuts for everyone at Chuck Roberts Hangar (#2520) in the McKinney Hangars Association
area at the Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney, TX.
We gather at 9:00 am. You don't have to be a member to attend. See you there!
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FAA's Annual GA Survey to Begin Soon
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Breaking News From AVweb: 'Aviation Consumer' Paint Shop Survey 2014
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Eight Killed In Finnish Skydiving Crash
A Comp Air 8 aircraft carrying skydivers crashed in Finland on Sunday afternoon, killing eight people. The pilot and two skydivers were able to parachute to safety. The airplane was at about 10,000 feet when something went wrong -- some witnesses said parts of the aircraft appeared to detach before it began to descend, other reports cited possible engine trouble. The aircraft descended in a spin, according to witnesses, and was destroyed by fire on impact. "By Finnish standards, this is the most serious flight accident in decades," Ismo Aaltonen, an investigator with Finland's Safety Investigation Authority, said in a news conference.
Former Blue Angels Commander Accused Of Misconduct
Capt. Gregory McWherter, who served as Blue Angels commanding officer for two tours from 2008-10 and 2011-12, has been relieved of his duties due to "initial findings of an ongoing investigation into recent allegations of misconduct and an inappropriate command climate" at the Blue Angels during his command, the Navy said on Friday. McWherter had been serving as the executive officer of Naval Base Coronado in San Diego since last November.
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In the U.S. we know it as Part 23, but the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is concerned with revisions to what the rest of the world knows as CS-23. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli caught up with Greg Bowles form GAMA at Aero in Friedrichshafen to get the lowdown on changes to the rule and what they may mean for aircraft manufacturers like Flight Design.
Podcast: Catching Up to Europe
The European Aviation Safety Agency is moving quickly on aircraft certification reform, and the the FAA is falling behind. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli spoke with GAMA President Pete Bunce at Aero Friedrichshafen.
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European pilots will be able to download the popular Garmin Pilot app by the end of May. AVweb's Paul Bertorelli filed this report with Garmin's Jessica Koss from Aero Friedrichshafen.
AVweb Insider Blog Posts: MH370 Sim Experiments
Although Boeing has discouraged it, simulator instructors around the world are conducting interesting experiments. The results are eye opening.
The Dress Code Bites
And here I thought that guy was a real simulator instructor.
A Visit to Pipistrel
The place runs on pure imagination and creativity. The Panthera is but one example.
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IFR Fix: Out of the loop
There is another aircraft nearby, and its pilot is going to unusual lengths to keep you in sight.
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AOPA Never Again: Never Again: Snakes Alive (May 2014)
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Never Again: Wall Street Journey
A Beech 18 freighter pilot hauling newspapers deals with an in-flight engine fire.
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Preoccupation with a newly-installed engine monitor diverts a Bonanza pilot's attention from a far greater problem.
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After receiving nearly 15,000 submissions for its national “Name the Blimp” contest, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company†has selected 10 finalist names for its newest airship (pictured above). Now, fans can vote for their favorite name online, through May 9. † The names up for voting are: Adventurer, Ambassador, Commitment, Excursion, Explorer, Goodwill, Inspiration, Pride […]
Strange but true general aviation news
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Other News and Special Interest: Confessions of a DAR Inspector Kitplanes Want to know what a DAR inspector is looking for when he comes to inspect your newly completed experimental airplane? Check out this excellent article from the December 2008 "Kitplanes" magazine, written by our own Mel Asberry. Just click on the link above to view the article.
How to Update your E-mail Address on the EAA Chapter 1246 Database If you are a member of EAA Chapter 1246 (if you are not, you should be), it is important that you have your current e-mail address in our database, so that you can receive notice of our monthly newsletters and other important announcements. Click on the link for step-by-step instructions on how to update your e-mail address and other personal information on our website member database.
EAA Chapter 1246 Featured in AutoPilot Magazine AutoPilot Magazine AutoPilot magazine (which is publlished bi-monthly and distributed to pilots, flight schools, and FBOs in Texas) has written a Chapter Profile of EAA Chapter 1246 in its May/June 2008 edition. Click on the link above to see what is being said about our great chapter. You can view the entire publication online by going to the AutoPilot website at http://www.autopilotmagazine.com/content/home.asp
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