Chapter 790

Lake In The Hills Airport (3CK), Lake In The Hills IL.


Welcome to the website of the Lake in the Hills chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association 


Our Next Event - Annual Awards Banquet Saturday, February 17

For this year’s event, we are going to the Cary Country Club. We have decided to reduce the price as we did last year for members and their personal guest. All meals are priced at $25 each for the member and one guest (spouse/significant other).  Additional guests are $35. These are all- inclusive prices.

Meal choices will be: Carved Prime Rib, Herb Crusted Tilapia and Sliced Chicken Picata. The meal will include a Fresh Garden salad, Baby Red Potatoes, seasonal vegetable and Warm Apple Pie a la mode for dessert. Coffee and hot tea are also included, all other drinks are available at the cash bar, which will open at 6 P.M. Dinner service will begin at 7:15. The Country Club requests suitable attire, no blue jeans please! 

Our guest speaker will be our own Clyde Ericson. Clyde has been flying since 1962, with a total of 24170 hours to-date. He has flown some 214 different types of aircraft from the J3 Cub to the 747-400.  His talk will touch on many important events in his life, including involvement with the Mission Aviation organization, an update on what his son Todd is doing now, his own career including his time with Chrysler, where he, among other things, worked on and drove the turbine car, then United Airlines. After that his involvement as Chief Pilot for Global Peace Initiative (the 747 SP) and working for Bill Rose. You can read about his EAA involvement HERE, and a full Bio HERE

Please click on the following link to access forms to use to submit your meal choice(s) and payment. CLICK HERE  


Our 2017 Aviation Scholarship Winner Zack Wallace

Zack was recently chosen to receive a $1000 scholarship award to help him with his aviation career. As you can see from the photo, Zack is working with Blue Skies Flying Services toward his private pilot certificate.

 Congratulations Zack, and best of luck! 

Posted 7/4/17  


News You Can Use

On our monthly fly-out in November, we discovered the Perkins restaurant adjacent to the airport is closed. There is a nice restaurant called 'The Spot' which is about 1 mile north on RT 26. In nice weather a nice walk from the airport, or use the crew car if available.

Tom LeGates  11/27/17

From Ole 6/20/2017......

I flew to Milwaukee’s Timmerman Airport today with George Haupt and George Roby.

The FBO there now charges a $ 10 parking fee, - they call it Ramp Fee – this is new, never did that before.  The fee is waived if you buy at least 10 gallons of fuel.  Present price is 4.28 per gallon.



Recent Chapter Activities

Here are a few of the most recent activities our chapter has been involved in. (MORE)


President's Message.....

Happy New Year Chapter 790!  2016 Has been a very successful year for us with a lot of positive changes.  I would like to take the welcoming of 2017 as an opportunity to look back and celebrate all of the hard work we have done and highlight our accomplishments.   Starting with our Youth in aviation, we have hosted six YE rallies flying over 330 children and also sent two chapter family members to EAA summer camp. The Oshkosh summer camps are a great way to immerse children in aviation and I am hopeful that more members nominate relatives as I suspect we will be offering this opportunity again in the future.  We closed out our youth in aviation efforts with a free pizza dinner for all those who helped including the CAP participants. Kudos to Bud Herod and Rob Nelson for all they have done in this area, thank you.

Next is our annual banquet where we had a great time at Millrose restaurant last February.  We will be hosting this years banquet at Crystal Lake Country Club and due to the great success of our pancake breakfast and sponsorship drive, 790 will be subsidizing over 50% of the bill for members and their guest.  On the subject of food, we have continued our tradition of the pre-meeting BB'Q in the summer months and in 2017 will be waiving the fee for members and guests in favor of a voluntary donation.

We have been very successful with membership attendance at our monthly meetings and it is very important that this remains.  We will continue do our best to make the meetings interesting, comfortable and on-time. I would request from all members that if you have a suggestion or something you would like to see at these meetings please let me know; we are open to new ideas for meeting activities and speakers.  On the subject of member meetings, Ole has set-up monthly breakfast fly-outs for the first Saturday of the months that we do not fly Young Eagles.  The first breakfast was at Lake Lawn Lodge and was a huge success. Please keep an eye on the website for these and other fly-out destinations from B-29 restorations to AirZoos as there is always something on the horizon at 790.

2016 was an election year for 790 and one of my goals as president was to recognize the term limits stated in our bylaws. As a result, we have some new people in leadership positions and some prior leaders in new positions. Please welcome our new leadership team which is Rob Nelson as VP, Tom Solar as Secretary, Tom LeGates as Treasurer, myself as President and Ole, Ron and Lon as Board Members.  I believe that we have a great and energized team that will serve 790 well in 2017/2018. I would like to acknowledge the members who served on the leadership team in the past and built 790 into what it is today, thank you.

Our upcoming February board meeting will be primarily about setting the goals and calendar for the year so I urge all members to attend as all Board meetings are open and listed on the website. As always feel free to contact me if you have any issues or suggestions you would like the board to consider but can not attend the meeting in person.  Lastly, this month is our membership registration and thanks to Tom LeGates hard work, we can now register and pay our dues online and remember, if you know someone who is interested in attending our banquet, their membership dues would essentially be free due to the reduced banquet price so let folks know. 

Again, Happy New Year and thank you to all in the 790 family and let's make 2017 the best and safest year ever. 

 Best Regards,

 Paul Ranieri

Contact Us

  • Chapter President:  Paul Ranieri
  • Phone:  (847) 997-0135
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