Chapter 237

Anoka County Airport, Blaine, MN

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Update - Chapter 237 'Super Saturday' Events

Posted by EAA 237 Webmaster on August 16, 2017 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Over the past nine months Chapter 237 has combined three different chapter activities into one big 'Super Saturday' event.  We have tried to have these on the second Saturday of every month but we decided to take a break from this monthly schedule during August this year due to AirVenture being the last week of July and our volunteers being on vacation in August.

Our next Super Saturday event is scheduled for Saturday, November 11th.  It will include not only our popular Breakfast Social but also a Young Eagles rally and an IMC club meeting. This is a great opportunity for the entire family to come to our chapter building on a Saturday morning and have something to eat 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 Breakfast Social will be from 8:00 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).


Breakfast Social                 Young Eagles                 IMC Club

Basicmed Is Here - More Resources/Info

Posted by EAA 237 Webmaster on May 1, 2017 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Basicmed went into effect today, May 1st, 2017.  For eligible pilots this means you can fly your experimental aircraft (and many GA aircraft) without needing to see an FAA Medical Examiner to get a third-class medical.  Instead, you take an on-line course and get a physical examination from your family physican.   Below are links to more information.

EAA Basicmed Resource Center

AOPA Fit To Fly Pilot Resources  (includes link to Basicmed course)

FAA Advisory Circular AC 68-1 (35 pages)

Oshkosh U.S. Coast Guard Flight VLOG - Going Tactical

Posted by EAA 237 Webmaster on April 14, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Steve Kinevo has a great series of Youtube videos (Flight VLOG's) that give you an idea of what it is like to fly as a professional commercial pilot.  Most of the recorded flights are flown as an IFR pilot so you can see and hear what it is like to communicate with ATC during instrument flight conditions.  The videos are professionally done.

Here is a video link for a special ride that Steve got on a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 helicopter at Oshkosh Airventure last year.  The flight includes some practice approaches and landings at a remote private airstrip nearby (in Wisconsin farmland).

Some flights are harder than others. This flight was very intimidating. Join Steve on this IFR Flight on a day when the weather is less than ideal.  Includes listening to a fast-paced ATIS recording, picking up an IFR clearance, busy ATC communications during the flight with re-routing requests to avoid weather, a last-minute switch to the opposite runway approach clearance and a request for a deviation from the published missed approach procedure to avoid weather.

When flying around Single Pilot it brings a lot of different challenges compared to having 2 pilots. Join Steve on this IFR flight from Miami, FL to Savannah, GA in the TBM850.  In the video another pilot on the frequency reports to ATC that he 'has an indication' but is not forthcoming as to what the problem is when ATC asks for more details.  A good lesson for us all.

Youth Aviation Summer Camp Scholarships!!!

Posted by EAA 237 Webmaster on April 2, 2017 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Delta Air Lines has chosen the Stars of the North Chapter (WAI) to select seven students to attend a week at the National Flight Academy in Pensacola, FL- June 18th-June 23rd. The scholarship covers the cost of the 6-day overnight camp but transportation must be provided by the parents or other organizations. This opportunity is open to anyone in our community in grades 7-12.

For the scholarship applications the student should submit the answers to the following questions by April 15th:

1. What opportunities in aviation do you dream to find?

2. How will attending this camp help you pursue your dreams?

Submissions should include name, age, grade, school and be no more than one page in length. Send submissions to Sarah Borg-Outreach Coordinator, Please share!

Friendly Skies Videos- An Educational Resource

Posted by EAA 237 Webmaster on March 25, 2017 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)
When looking around at other YouTube videos I found a series of informative videos by Nick Cyganski of friendly Skies Films.  He has been doing these videos since July of 2015.  I have watched most of them and find them very interesting and informative.  His video technique includes the use of multiple high resolution cameras and edits these together to make a nice production.  The audio is also pretty good considering these are aircraft radio and headset recordings. 

Here are the links to his YouTube channel and his website.

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.



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