At the Oct. 12th chapter meeting, the membership voted to approve the changes to the bylaws as suggested by the board of directors. As a result of this change, the November chapter meeting, which would have been held on Nov. 9, 2018, will instead be held on Thursday Nov. 8, 2018 evening starting at 7pm. The Thursday meeting day/time is a trial to see if it works out to be a better time. If not, the next option is to try the 2nd Saturday of each month.
The Christmas party, which historically has been held on the 2nd Friday in December, will instead be on the 2nd Saturday (Dec. 8, 2018).
The updated By-Laws are available here
On Saturday Oct. 13, we held our 2nd Flying Start event of the year. We had 28 attendees and numerous chapter members turnout, and I believe everyone had a good time. 15 Eagle Flights and 8 YE flights were made, with a few attendees having left prior to being able to take a flight. This time around I managed to record the event, and have uploaded the video to YouTube at https://youtu.be/i2nKahluE-0
Thank you to Tom & Mary Hilborn, Steve Mersal, and TM Gaffney for preparing hamburgers and hotdogs for everyone! Kathi Parks and John Morgan took care of Eagle Flight registration and pilot assignments. Also, having Jason Hilborn, Bill Miller, Wes Riddick, Pat Bratton, Fred Huppertz, and Bruce Buell come out to support and help in answering questions was a huge help!
I’d like to give a special thanks to John Morgan, Gordon Fowlkes, Bill Bell, Bill Thomasson, Francois de Fromont, Randy Epstein, Phil Harcourt and Sandy Asman for flying nearly every attendee as an Eagle Flight. We had a few attendees brings their kids, so we managed to get in a few Young Eagle flights as well.
I’ve already started receiving requests for when the next event is to be held. I’m not yet sure when that will be just yet, but I’m sure it’ll be an even better experience.
Ever wanted to be a Pilot? Join us to find out what it takes! FREE introductory Flights for attendees – No strings attached!
Those who have ever thought about learning to fly can find out more on Saturday May 12th, as EAA Chapter 690 hosts a “Flying Start” informational program on learning to fly at the Gwinnett County Airport.
EAA Chapter 690, a local organization that is part of the national Experimental Aircraft Association, is dedicated to growing participation in aviation by sharing the ways people can get started in this fun and fulfilling recreation.
The program will be held at 10 AM on Sat. Oct 13th, at 690 Airport Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. Anyone with an aviation interest is invited to attend.
EAA’s Flying Start program introduces interested individuals to the endless opportunities and fun that results in earning a pilot’s certificate. The event will cover the steps and requirements in learning to fly, provide tips on how to make it economical, and will culminate in a free introductory flight.
EAA's approximately 900 chapters around the world, which provide activities for local aviation enthusiasts with a mission of growing participation in aviation by sharing “The Spirit of Aviation.” Chapter activities range from monthly meetings, to airport open houses, fly-ins, educational programs, and pancake breakfasts that share aviation with the community and build a stronger bond between local aviation and the public.
EAA chapters are the backbone of the international EAA organization, which has more than 200,000 members. The local organizations include general EAA chapters as well as specialized chapters for Vintage aircraft, Warbird, Ultralight and Aerobatic flight enthusiasts.
One of our favorite EAA 690 presenters is our own Hugh Colton with his travels to New Zealand to soar the Southern Alps. For the September 1st program Hugh has taken a northerly turn and will be talking about his recent trip with his wife to Bhutan lying in the eastern Himalayas, sandwiched between China and India. Highlighting there trip was the climb to the Tiger’s Nest, located at 10,000 feet.
Hugh has been flying as a private power pilot and glider pilot since 1976. Currently he flies a Rollanden Schneider LS3a, a 15 meter wingspan flapped glider that he keeps in New Zealand.
He has had an interest in geography and travel ever since his teenage years. Aged 16 he rode his bicycle alone, from his home in the United Kingdom, to the Mediterranean coast of Italy via Switzerland and France and back.
After a career in postal mechanization engineering, where he worked world wide, he decided to formally study geography. As a remote student at the University of London he obtained an upper second class honors degree in Geography without ever attending a single lecture. He followed this with a master degree in Geographic Information Science, also at the University of London, once again without ever attending a formal lecture.
Hugh went on to use his GIS knowledge with Georgia DOT, based at the Transportation Management Center in Atlanta, spending 14 years working on the statewide traffic management system from where he retired in 2015. Hugh is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and a lifetime member of EAA.
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