Concession Stand during Collings Foundation 2019 Visit to KVPZ

Stop by EAA 104’s pavilion at Porter County Regional Airport this weekend. See the awesome airplanes that the Collings Foundation brought to our local airport and grab some food while you’re there. Support your local EAA!

EAA 104 concession stand during the 2019 Collings Foundation visit.

All Hands on Deck – The Wings of Freedom Tour is Coming!

The Valparaiso Tour Stop of the Wings of Freedom Tour is this coming weekend, Thursday August 1st to Sunday August 4th.

Volunteers needed!

The bombers arrive at approx 12 noon on Aug 1 and depart on Monday Aug 5 in the AM.

Volunteers are needed during the following times…

  • Thursday – 8/1 – 11A to 5P
  • Friday – 8/2 – 11A to 5P – We need to set up the Pancake Griddle Friday Afternoon
  • Saturday – 8/3 – 8A to 5P – Pancakes from 8A to 10:30
  • Sunday – 8/4 – 8A to 5P – (or close when we run out of food)
The Collings Foundation B-17G “Nine-O-Nine”. Photo Credit: Ken Litko

Pavilion Work Party – Roll-Up Door Installation+

We’re getting into the home stretch!

A work party has been scheduled for this Saturday, July 13th at 9am to get roll-up doors installed to complete our lock up area. Other work on Saturday is TBD.

Your club needs YOU! If you’re available, please show up!

EAA Chapter 104 at work framing some doors at the Aviation Pavilion at KVPZ.
“Showing up is 80 percent of life.” – Woody Allen – Look at these guys that showed up to do some framing… Ed, Louie, Bob, Larry, Tom, & Ken

This effort will help get the club ready for the Oshkosh Food Booth and upcoming Wings of Freedom Tour dates…. our main fundraising events for the year.

Hands On! July 2019 EAA Chapter 104 Meeting: Magneto tear-down and rebuild!

Chanute Field – Testing Aircraft Magnetos – 1944 – United States Army Air Forces (source: Wikimedia Commons)

EAA Chapter 104’s July 2019 meeting will be held Monday, July 8th at Louie’s Hangar (N38) at KVPZ (Porter County Regional Airport) at 6:30PM. We will be doing a teardown and rebuild discussion on Magnetos!

We’ll also be discussing remaining construction needed for our summer 2019 events. Please think about volunteering!

See our facebook event page.

Pavilion Upgrades – Work Party Saturday June 22nd, 8:00AM

EAA Chapter 104 needs you!

Please show up for the the work party on June 22nd at 8:00 AM. It will involve some excavation plus possible additional work. We are working to arrange for some equipment to do some digging, but we also need volunteers to do some fine digging and grading. Please bring a shovel, earth rake and other earth-moving tools.

Can you only show up for a little while? That’s OK! The more bodies the better.

Come out… volunteer… trade stories.. and possibly even learn something! Plus… there are airplanes right on the ramp! While working you can criticize landings, takeoffs, types of aircraft…. it’s loads of fun!

Please comment here or contact Ed Hanson or Larry Whitlow and let them know you will be there.

June 10th EAA Chapter 104 Meeting: Planning for Summer Events (at EAA 104 Chapter Room)

EAA Chapter 104’s June 2019 meeting will be at the chapter room at KVPZ (Porter County Regional Airport) at 6:30PM. We’ll be discussing some construction needed for our summer 2019 events.

The Aviation Pavilion at Porter County Regional Airport (KVPZ). Construction update picture taken 6/2/2019.
The Aviation Pavilion at Porter County Regional Airport (KVPZ). Construction update picture taken 6/2/2019.

Coming Up Next Weekend! Stabilized Approach and Go-Around – FAASTeam Seminar June 15th @ KVPZ

Saturday Saturday June 15th @ 10AM! Stop by for some coffee, donuts and approaches! This seminar is presented by the Greater Chicago FAASTeam and is hosted by EAA Chapter 104. Register online.

Stabilized Approach - from www.faasafety.gov
Stabilized Approach – from www.faasafety.gov

Unstable approaches and the reluctance of many pilots to go-around when an approach becomes unstable are precursors to many general aviation accidents. Emphasizing stable approaches and making the decision to go-around are key to reducing landing accidents.

From the FAASTeam website

Presented by Dennis Miller ‘Gold Seal ‘ CFI 2018 FAASTeam Rep. of the Year

Board Meeting to Discuss Aviation Pavilion Upgrades – Thursday June 6th, 2019

EAA Chapter 104 Banner at the 2018 Food Booth during the Collings Foundation's Valparaiso Tour Stop of the Wings of Freedom Tour
EAA Chapter 104 Banner at the 2018 Food Booth during the Collings Foundation Valparaiso Tour Stop of the Wings of Freedom Tour, August 2018

EAA Chapter 104 is calling a board meeting to discuss aviation pavilion upgrades that need to be completed prior to the Collings Foundation visit in August, 2019.

This is a board meeting, but all members and interested parties are invited. We will meet at the pavilion at 6:30 PM this Thursday, June 6th, to discuss construction and timing of buildout.

  • Commit to dates to get things done by late July.
  • Decide on one pancake day or two for the bombers.

See you there!