Chapter 237

Anoka County Airport, Blaine, MN

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AOPA's 2017 High School Flight Training Scholarships Open

Posted by EAA 237 Webmaster on March 8, 2017 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (0)

AOPA has announced the opening of two scholarship programs that in recent years have helped fund flight training for dozens of recipients from teenagers in high school to adults who never gave up on pursuing their dream of flight.

Funded by generous donations to the AOPA Foundation, the AOPA High School Flight Training Scholarships and the AOPA Flight Training Scholarships have been opening pathways to a life in aviation for individuals while helping to secure general aviation’s future since the two programs made their initial awards in 2016 and 2011, respectively.

Application deadlines, details about eligibility requirements for the two scholarship programs, and when winners will be announced are explained below.

AOPA is now accepting applications for the 2017 High School Flight Training Scholarship Program, which will award 20 flight training scholarships of $5,000 each to eligible high school students.  




Tax Deduction for Young Eagles Volunteer Pilots

Posted by EAA 237 Webmaster on February 24, 2017 at 9:15 PM Comments comments (0)

A number of our chapter members who are pilots (as well as other young eagle pilots in the area - thank you!) have participated in our Young Eagles flight program over the past year.  Your volunteer efforts are greatly appreciated by the officers and board members of EAA chapter 237.

But did you know that some of your out-of-pocket costs for doing these flights may be deductible on your federal income taxes?  Specifically, the cost of the aircraft fuel, oil and other expenses directly related to the flight should be tax deductible per IRS rules.  However, the portion of the hourly cost that represents depreciation, insurance and general maintenance is not deductible per IRS rules.

If you rent the airplane from a flying club at a 'wet' hourly rate, the club may be able to provide you with a calculation of how much of the hourly aircraft rental rate represents the fuel and oil expense.  You can then multiply the number of hours you logged for Young Eagles flights by this number and this amount should be deductible on your taxes.

If you rent the aircraft at a 'dry rate' (or you own and fly your own aircraft) then you need to keep track of how much you spent (and consumed) on fuel, oil and other directly related expenses for the Young Eagles flights.  So, in addition to having receipts for the fuel/oil purchased (i.e. you paid for it), you would also need to include the typical fuel/oil consumption rates in your calculations (as indicated in the aircraft's POH).

Also, for those of you who participate in the work parties at the EAA Weeks Hangar and/or volunteer at EAA Airventure each year, some of your travel, lodging, and meal expenses may be deductible as well.  However, you will need to keep good records of your expenses and a daily log of your volunteer hours.  Below is a link to a memorandum from EAA Headquarters regarding this subject.

Guidelines for Deducting Out-of-Pocket Expenses

Of course we need to state the usual disclaimer here that this is not tax advice and what you read here is only for your information.  It is recommended that you consult with your professional tax advisor about how this information may apply to your particular tax situation.

Hints for Homebuilders Channel

Posted by EAA 237 Webmaster on February 7, 2017 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Installing a Vent in a Portable Fuel Can

Newer style portable gas cans have vents incorporated into the fuel nozzle making it difficult to control the flow of fuel. Kyle Voltz from the EAA staff demonstrates how to install an air valve to make venting portable cans more convenient.  Check out this as well as other useful videos by clicking on the picture below.


Another 'Can't Miss' Event - Oshkosh Work Party

Posted by EAA 237 Webmaster on January 10, 2017 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

The count of 237 volunteers for our next work party on January 19th-22nd is now up to 21!!! Time is getting short, so if you want to be part of a history making endeavor, experience EAA like most people never do, work your butt off, and have a lot of fun with great friends, please let our chapter president, Kirk Fjetland know ASAP. His phone number is 651-331-9905.

Deadline for signing up has been moved up to Wednesday evening, January 11th. Even if it is past the deadline and want to go give Kirk a call and get on the wait list.

Latest word from EAA Headquarters is that we will be staying in the EAA Air Academy Lodge.  There are 16 rooms in the main lodge, so we'll have plenty of rooms available for everyone that wants to go, plus a large fireplace and common area.  We’re doing breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Friday and Saturday and doing only breakfast on Sunday...and we won't have to eat in the basement!

Meal times will be:

Breakfast: 7:30am

Lunch: 12:00pm

Dinner: 5:00pm


Also, Kirk is in the process of arranging a Friday night movie in the EAA Museum Skyscape Theater Royale and a "behind-the-ropes" museum tour where you can actually climb into many of these great aircraft and make flying sounds. Please, no drooling is allowed in the cockpits!

FYI - Kirk received another email from an EAA leader: "I have followed Chapter 237's activities the past few years and your chapter is 'raising the bar' for other Chapters to achieve. Well done!"

Keep up the great work everyone!!!!

EAA Air Academy Scholarships Sponsored by Chapter 237

Posted by EAA 237 Webmaster on December 18, 2016 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (1)

This year Chapter 237 is again sponsoring three EAA Air Academy scholarships.  If you know of some local young person between the ages of 12-18 who has a growing passion in aviation please let them know about this great opportunity.  The applicant must either be an EAA member or have a parent who is an EAA member to qualify.   The successful applicant will receive a free 6-month membership with full benefits in EAA as well as free Chapter 237 membership.

The EAA Air Academy is a fun-filled aviation camp experience for youth ages 12-18. Since 1984 experienced instructors and dedicated staff have shared the knowledge and lore of aviation through hands-on workshop, classroom, and outdoor experiences. 

Click here for more information on how to apply for one of these scholarships.  Please note that the deadline for applying is January 31, 2017.


Alaska Floats and Skis Pilot Training by Jerry Sadowski

Posted by EAA 237 Webmaster on December 1, 2016 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

If you were not able to make it to our November chapter meeting last Monday evening you missed an outstanding presentation by Jerry Sadowski about his bush pilot, ski plane and floatplane training trip to Talkeetna, Alaska this last spring.  Jerry had won this free flight training course as a door prize at our December chapter meeting last year.  Jerry's pictures were great and the stories that that Jerry told were both very entertaining and greatly enjoyed by the chapter members present.

The free flight training course was donated by Don Lee at Alaska Floats and Skis.  Jerry did such a great job of promoting Don's business that Don has just offered to sponsor another flight training course for our chapter again next year.  Look for more details on this soon from our chapter president, Kirk Fjetland.  Click on the following pictures to learn more about Alaska Floats and Skis.

If you were at the meeting you will recall that Jerry mentioned (several times) the excellent videos about this venue.  When you look at the Alaska Floats and Skis website below, look for the links to these informative and entertaining videos below the picture of Don posing with the green floatplane.

Tree Of Hope - Saturday, December 3rd

Posted by EAA 237 Webmaster on November 25, 2016 at 11:30 AM Comments comments (0)

EAA Chapter 237 ( will again be collecting toys for the Tree of Hope! EAA 237 is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and 100% of every donation goes to the children in hospitals!!!

Since 1990, the Tree of Hope has collected toys which are distributed to nearly 40 MN hospitals by the aviation community. Other major toy collections DO NOT give to hospitals, so we fill that need!

Children having surgery, chemotherapy, dialysis, transplants, etc., over the holidays are seriously ill and need our help. Please help us to put a smile on the face of a child during a difficult time!

What un-wrapped gifts do we need? Gifts for children from birth to 18 years of age. Younger Children: Cuddly stuffed animals, books, activity books, puzzles, dolls, and trucks or airplanes. Older Children: Books, videos, CD’s, DVD’s, cameras, electronic hand-held devices, clothes, etc. We especially appreciate hand-made items like hats and scarves. But, anything that will bring a smile to a young person’s face is welcome! Monetary donations also accepted!

These tax-deductible donations must be received no later than DECEMBER 3RD, 2016, at our chapter hangar for distribution.

EAA Chapter 237

GPS Address: 8820 Airport Road NE

Mail Address: 8891 Airport Rd NE, Box C-12

Blaine, MN 55449

For additional information, please contact:

Glenn Martig – [email protected]

Kirk Fjetland – [email protected]

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." (Winston Churchill)

Collection of Great 2016 AirVenture Photos

Posted by EAA 237 Webmaster on November 14, 2016 at 7:45 PM Comments comments (0)

As you certainly know there are many people who go to AirVenture and do a pretty good job of taking photos, including a number of our chapter members.  However, a friend of mine just sent me an email with a link to a forums website that has, in my opinion, one of the better photo collections of this year's AirVenture.  Click on the following link to see the collection.

New Chapter 237 'Super Saturday' Events

Posted by EAA 237 Webmaster on October 25, 2016 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Big News - Chapter 237 has combined three different chapter activities into one big 'Super Saturday' event.  On the second Saturday morning of each month we have not only our popular all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast Social but also a Young Eagles rally and a newly organized IMC club meeting.  This is a great opportunity for the entire family to come to our chapter building on a Saturday morning and have a great breakfast while the kids go flying.  And if you have a family member interested in instrument flying they can participate in the IMC club meeting as well.  Please note that the Young Eagles flights are dependent on the weather so please check our Facebook and Twitter pages pages that morning to see if the flights will be held.

      The Pancake Breakfast Social will be from 7:30 AM to 11:00 AM

      The Young Eagles flights will be from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon (weather permitting)

      The IMC club meeting will be from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (at Gateway Flying Club Hangar)

Click on the following links for more information about each of these activities.
(Please note that the following links will open in a new browser window).

Chapter Breakfast                 Young Eagles           IMC Club


New EAA HQ Chapter Video Magazine Page

Posted by EAA 237 Webmaster on October 20, 2016 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

We have added a new 'Members Only' page to our chapter website for viewing the EAA HQ Chapter Video Magazines.  Click on the following picture to go to the page with the videos.  This picture is from the August 2016 issue which was recorded just after the EAA convention.  Be sure to click on the full screen button near the lower right corner to see the video in full screen format.  Note that you will need to log in to view the page.  So if you do not yet have a login, click here to sign up.


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