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 - Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, Saturday, November 23

Our appreciation dinner will once again be held at Moretti's Ristorante & Pizzeria Lake in the Hills (220 Randall Rd, Lake in the Hills, IL 60156). The event will begin at 7 PM.  It will be in the same room as last year. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to Matt Van Bergen by 11/20.  He can be reached at  847-561-0520, or email at


Scholarships for 2020 Have Been Announced

Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers in our annual pancake breakfast and our summertime Young Eagle flights, Chapter 790 is once again able to provide two scholarships in 2020. One is a $1,000 scholarship paid directly to a certified flight training facility, the other is an Aviation Camp in Oshkosh, Wisconsin at the EAA Air Academy in June or July 2020.  

Applicants for the $1000 scholarship are to submit a written essay of at least one page, on why they are interested in Aviation and their Aviation objectives. A Chapter 790 Scholarship Committee will review the essays and inform the lucky winner. You must be 16 to 21 years of age and have the consent of a parent or guardian. It must be typed double spaced using 12-point font. Please have at least 3 paragraphs to your paper; introduction, body and conclusion. Use focus and any relevant evidence to support your ideas. Use conventional standard written English. Ideal candidates should be well rounded, have a high school GPA of at least 2.00 on a 4.0 scale, be involved in school and community activities, as well as have a proven interest in aviation.

references along with your paper.
Submit your application by December 1st to:
Paul Ranieri-President EAA Chapter 790
P.O. Box 1206 

Please provide 2 references along with your paper. 

Applicants for the Aviation Camp ages 12-18, please provide name, address, age, parents or guardians name and phone number, child's interests and the child's reason for wanting to attend the Air Academy.  Google “EAA Air Academy” for more information on the EAA Air Academies. 

A Chapter 790 Scholarship committee will review the entries and inform the lucky winners. The winners will be awarded their scholarships at the Annual Chapter Banquet in February, 2020

For either scholarship, please submit your entries by November 15th to: Paul Ranieri, President EAA Chapter 790, P.O. Box 685,  Crystal Lake, IL. 60039




Chapter 790 Approved For Ray Scholarship Submission

Effective August, 2019, our chapter has been approved to submit a candidate for the Ray Aviation Scholarship program. Our candidate is Eddie Ranieri, and as of 8/27 he has been approved by headquarters to receive the scholarship funds.  We will post here further updates as Eddie pursues his private pilot certificate.


Eddie has begun his flight training, with 12 hours completed so far.  He is taking his training at Lake In The Hills with Blue Skies Flying Services. He will be joining us on 10/5 at our Young Eagle rally, as part of the volunteer hours required of scholarship winners. 


Eddie has completed his solo in record time, Congratulations Eddie! Eddie contin-ues his flying instructions and is working on his Ground School Studies. Upon completion of the FAA exam, EAA will be rewarding him with a Zulu ANR headset. 

Scholar headsets provided by:   Lightspeed 

The Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund is a scholarship program that is supported by the Ray Foundation, managed by EAA, and administered through the EAA Chapter network. Through the generous support of the Ray Foundation, EAA will provide up to $10,000 to deserving youths for their flight training expenses, totaling $1,000,000 in scholarships annually.

Due to the critical nature of the local chapter to the success of this program, chapters interested in participating in the program must be prequalified by EAA through an application process. 

The Ray Aviation Scholarship is supported by the Ray Foundation. To learn more about James C. Ray and the Ray Foundation, click here


Chapter 790 Has A New Mailing Address

Effective immediately, all dues and other correspondence should be addressed to our new post office box in Crystal Lake. Our old address in Barrington was discontinued on 3/28/19.

Our new address is P. O. Box 685, Crystal Lake IL, 60039-0685.

All mail sent to the Barrington address will be forwarded to our new address in Crystal Lake.


2019 Youth In Aviation Scholarship Awarded to Riley Conroy

The $1,000 flight Training Scholarship was awarded to Riley Conroy. Riley makes his home in Cary and has completed his private license through Blue Skies. His goal is to be an airline pilot. Riley will be attending ATP school in Mesa, Az. The Scholarship funds will be paid directly to the Flight Training facility Riley has chosen. This scholarship is funded by our annual Pancake Breakfast. Congratulations Riley!

The Air Academy Scholarship has been reserved for an applicant to be determined at a later date.


News You Can Use


Do you still need to add ADS-B capability to your aircraft? The rebate is BACK! Per the latest FAAST Blast:

"The FAA is offering $500 rebates to owners of fixed-wing, single-engine piston aircraft with the purchase of avionics that have received an ADS-B Technical Standard Order authorization and meet ADS-B Out requirements. The program ends 10/11/19 or when all rebates have been claimed. For step-by-step instructions on how to reserve, validate, and claim your ADS-B rebate, read the FAA Safety Briefing article “Show Me the $$” at: You can read this and more ADS-B related articles in our Jan/Feb 2019 issue at". 

Tom LeGates 5/14/19 

Do you ever wonder if you ADS-B unit's performance is up to snuff? If you would like to verify that your ADS-B installation is working correctly, you can obtain a free performance report on your ADS-B signal from the following website:

Tom LeGates  3/6/18

On our monthly fly-out in November to Watertown, WI, 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)


Contact Us

Chapter: EAA 790

President: Paul Ranieri

Location: Lake In The Hills Airport (3CK) 

8407 Pyott Rd

Lake In The Hills, Illinois


U.S Mail: EAA Chapter 790, PO Box 685, Crystal Lake IL 60039-0685 

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