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Hear Ye, Hear Ye, It?s the New Year!

Posted by EAA 790 Webmaster on January 5, 2013 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

By Lon Danek

And here is another reminder that membership dues are due for the 2013 year.  We also have a reward for early payers, the new 2013 aviation photo calendar, in all it’s splendor with twelve beautiful aircraft photographs in full color, EAA style.


We expect another eventful year including our very important Young Eagles events, home workshops, unusual and outstanding meeting speakers, our annual banquet, and much more.  No inflation for annual dues of $25 including the internet news letter. Out of state memberships and student memberships are also still $10 (sorry, no calendar for out of state or student memberships).


A membership form is attached if you wish to mail your dues or bring it to our regular meeting.  We look forward to your continuing membership and participation in Chapter events. 


How Will Flying Clubs Welcome New Pilots?

Posted by EAA 790 Webmaster on December 26, 2012 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

By Scott Spangler on December 26th, 2012

There’s no denying that flying clubs make aviation affordable by sharing the fixed costs of airplane operation among a number of people. Active pilots are the obvious benefactors, as are lapsed pilots looking for a way to resume flying. In focusing on their immediate needs, members of many clubs have, without realizing it, created a closed society. Without new members to propagate the pilot species, their number will dwindle with time, adding to the survivor’s financial responsibilities.

This observation is brought to you by Tim Lemke, president of the Winnebago Flying Club, in a conversation we had after his presentation at a recent AM Oshkosh, a monthly chamber of commerce networking breakfast. Before his 10-minute talk on the benefits of flying for fun and personal transportation he set up a small display and neatly stacked flyers that itemized the benefits of club membership, which includes learning to fly. A flight instructor, Tim is the perfect presenter, and he never turns down an opportunity to promote the club and flying.

Not relying on face-to-face opportunities, the club has also been extending its reach with social media to invite prospective pilots and others to its monthly meetings, which always include an appropriate presentation. In December it was a refresher on winter flying, and the information also shows newcomers that they won’t need to hibernate if they learn to fly. Honestly, the club’s efforts to recruit new members, either lapsed pilots or those who want to become a pilot, is to sustain its existence, which also helps aviation as a whole.


Unfortunately, my experience with most flying clubs and similar groups, like EAA chapters, does not reveal a preponderance of outreach and recruiting activities. In many cases they are, literally, old boys clubs whose members often share narrow views of what aviation should be.

Some are dedicated to a specific make and model airplane and those who don’t share their similar passion need not apply. I’ve run across others focused on an aviation era, activity, and even landing gear configuration. And that’s all fine, but in creating these closed societies they can compute the remaining years of their existence based on the age of their youngest members.

Inertia is perhaps the most common reason flying clubs are closed societies. Recruiting new members takes time and energy and someone who cares enough to actually do more than talk about it. If I remember correctly, Tim told me during his pitch for my membership that the club has four CFIs. (Tim was my CFI when I belonged to the club several years ago. I left because it traded its 172 for an Archer, which I don’t fit in. It has another Cessna, so membership is again an option.) All of them are involved in the club’s outreach efforts, as are other members.

They are involved for a selfish reason; they want their club to remain viable for another 30 years, or at least until the end of their flying lives. By then, the next generation will be, one fervently hopes, in place to continue to fight to keep it robust and thriving by finding new members. Scott Spangler, Editor


The 2012 Young Eagles Season - That's a wrap!

Posted by EAA 790 Webmaster on December 14, 2012 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

This year's Young Eagle season may have ended for the Chapter,but it lives on in the minds of the kids. We have continued to receive phone calls and email from parents asking if there will be more flights this year (as of November). The efforts made by Chapter 790 members over the past few years have made a tremendous impact on the local, Lake in the Hills population. The LITH airport is becoming a part of the general public's lives.While it may be a very small part today, the experiences that these kids have,completely changes them. They learn that they can do anything in their lives -- even fly!


Altogether, the 2012 Young Eagles season was a huge success.The numbers were up again this year with a total of over 330 kids flown after only seven (7) events in six (6) months. Believe it or not, two of those events were plagued with thunderstorms, although that didn't dampen any spirits, and our first event took place only nine (9) days after a fatal plane crash just 1000 yards from the end of the runway - not an easy way to build public confidence in aviation. Not knowing the word defeat, Nancy Blazyk rallied the troops and guided the program through another extremely successful season.


As I mentioned, the season was a huge success, but the numbers aren't the true deciding factor. We touched 330 children's lives this year, and a lot of adult's lives, too. There's no way to measure the effects of expanding the imagination of a young person or building his or her confidence. They climb out of the cockpit different people than before climbing in, and the paths of their lives take a different course from then on.


Another factor we used to measure our success, and the most important, is safety. The pilots and the ground crew were all vigilant about following procedures and using sound, aviation judgment, but a special thank you goes to that young group of men and women that diligently showed up, event after event, to keep a close eye on the public out on the tarmac - our local branch of the Civil Air Patrol. They do a spectacular job at all of our events and deserve a special salute. While we're talking about appreciation, there are a few more people we need to remember.


A very big thank you goes to Manny Gomez, the Deputy Public Works Director and Airport Manager,for sharing his time and allowing us the use of the Lake in the Hills airport office and more.


Also, a special thank you to a guy that keeps showing up and helps us with all those little details when we need help, Mike Carzoli of Blue Skies Pilot Shop.


There is one other person who we has been referred to as"the Angel or the Airport," and "the Love Shack Honey," but most of us just know her as Mary Anne Basak. Mary Anne has always greeted us with smiles, helped with the Young Eagles back-office, and always makes us feel like we're at home at the airport.So much so, it will be a sad day when the small airport office is finally torn down to make way for progress.


I would like to add one more name to this small group of people that we could call our "upper-management." Our Chairperson, Nancy Blazyk, has worked tremendously hard on the Young Eagles program these past two years and the results show it.She has been more dedicated to the development of the program in the greater Lake in the Hills area than anyone, and is always ready during those hectic events when caffeinated pilots, sugared-up kids, frustrated parents, and Mother Nature all converge in that one location on a Saturday morning once a month. Nancy makes it work, with a little help, of course.


Continuing our appreciation, another basket of thank you's gets delivered to our crews. We worked the pilots hard this year, especially those warm days when we had record breaking numbers of kids. They kept dutifully heading to the air until the last name on the day's list was checked off. Thank you, folks!


2012 Pilots included

  • Larry Blazyk
  • Nancy Blazyk
  • Lon Danek
  • Jeff Dickenson
  • Jeff Dingbaum
  • Elton Eisele
  • Chris Hagen
  • Ted Lipinski
  • Rich Oleszczuk
  • James Pratt
  • Joe Sener
  • Ole Sindberg
  • Tom Solar
  • Craig Steurer
  • and Alan Kanabay (his first experience flying YE)


While we needed the pilots to fly, we needed the ground crew to do the real work. Right in the middle of the mobs, the ground crews diligently registered, herded, corralled, shuffled, shipped, and certificated those hundreds of kids and did a damn fine job of keeping them safe, happy, and organized each crazy Saturday morning.   


Ground Crew included

  • Bryan Blazyk
  • Larry Blazyk
  • Elton Eisele
  • Nancy Eisele
  • Jonathan Eisele & Friend Chris
  • Bud Herrod
  • Don Janerek
  • Tom LeGates
  • Rob Nelson
  • and Shane Stolarik (Hey, that's me!)


Hopefully, this is a complete list, but in the likely event we missed someone, please give them one atta-boy, and a very warm handshake (and let me know).


We are planning on an even busier 2013 Young Eagles season,so rest up and get ready to have more fun. And go tell those kids down the block about the program, you just might turn into that "way-cool neighbor" and a hero to some young people.


A very big THANK YOU from Nancy Blazyk, me, and the Chapter790 Board for a job very well done!


All in a Day's Work

Posted by EAA 790 Webmaster on December 14, 2012 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (1)

by Paul Sindberg


As many of you know, here in chapter 790, I am a commercial pilot working for American Airlines, and as such I am required to attend recurrent training every nine (9) months. Since we're all interested in different aspects of aviation, I thought I would share my flights from last week at American Airlines. It is a part of the airline experience that many people may not be aware of.

I traveled to Dallas and entered the flight academy for five (5) days of training and testing, the first three (3) days of which are classroom oriented. We review our company manuals, including the numerous changes to our volumous manuals. After our heads are completely spinning, we are ready for the more physical challenges.

The trainers send us over to the emergency equipment and we are required to extinguish a fire, put on a life vest, and open every door. After this excitement we study human factors, and discuss fatigue. Next, we spend a bit of time on security and updates to the world we fly in.

We review in detail the systems of the aircraft, and how any changes to procedures or components affect our flights. While there is no time scheduled to discuss management or our business, we always seem to find the time to broach those subjects. By this time we already feel the training session has been full, and worth the trip here, but there is more to come.

Of course, the real meat of the stay in Arlington, Texas is the simulator. It so happens that my first session started at 8PM and lasted four (4) hours. During our session my partner and I had no fewer than 11 emergencies - now THAT was a rough flight.

To begin with, our No. 2 engine had a hot start that we had to abort. It was quickly resolved, and we taxied out to deteriorating weather conditions. We successfully took off with an Runway Visual Range (RVR) of 300 ft - not much to see there. During climb out, the outermost slat did not retract, so we had to limit our speed to 230 knots, and accomplish a reduced flap landing back at Dallas. Our instructor wanted to make sure that the air was not smooth and so he had dialed in some constant light turbulence the entire flight. This resulted in a go around due to lack of any visual contact with the runway at 50ft (!) during a CAT3 approach. The weather improved and we landed with a good 20kt crosswind. Upon take off (now in VMC conditions) we had to perform an abort due to No. 1 engine creating a ball of flame at about 120 KIAS. Crash Fire Rescue was called and the mechanics amazingly put the 737-800 back into service in just minutes and off we went again.

Climbing through about 1,000ft the auto trim system went a little haywire and kept trying to trim the airplane nose down. Some quick work by the non-flying pilot and the electric system was disabled by two (2) switches labeled “Stab Trim Cutout.” I had to use a big trim wheel and a whole lot of brawn to bring the plane back around to land. During the next Take-off engine No. 1 destroyed itself at about 150 KIAS. Smoothly flying up to our acceleration altitude of 1,000 ft MSL, we cleaned the plane up and returned for an overweight emergency landing. Finally, we used the new RNAV RNP (Runway Navigation Performance) approach into Washington National airport's runway 19. It’s a great and challenging approach with surprisingly low minimums. At less than 400 feet above the ground in the final turn to align with the runway with a strong 15kt crosswind, the No. 2 engine decided it no longer wanted to produce any thrust and quit. My partner masterfully flew the plane onto the runway by simply increasing the thrust on the good No. 1 engine (those miraculous mechanics at Washington National must have swapped out No. 1 while we were taxiing!).

A few more miscellaneous drills and before you knew it four (4) hours were up and we were told to go get some sleep. Easy.

Pilot Survives Small Plane Crash In DeKalb County

Posted by EAA 790 Webmaster on December 13, 2012 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (2)


A replica of a World War II-era Mustang fighter plane flipped over as the pilot tired to land in a field in DeKalb County on Dec. 11, 2012. The pilot survived, but firefighters had to cut the plane open to free him. (Credit: CBS)

DEKALB COUNTY (CBS) – A replica of a World War II fighter plane crashed in DeKalb County Tuesday afternoon. Police said the pilot was alert and talking to emergency workers after the crash.

DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said plane went down in a cornfield south of the DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a T-51 Mustang, a 3/4 replica of a P-51 Mustang from WWII.

“We have a report from a citizen that the single engine aircraft went down in a field in the area of Webster Road and Route 38, which is near Peace Road and Route 38,” Scott said. “The information is that the pilot was communicating and talking with the officers.”

CBS 2′s Mike Parker reports witnesses said the plane appeared to be coming in for a landing when, suddenly, there was trouble.

“They saw puffs of … black smoke coming from the aircraft as it went over Route 38, and it looked like it was losing altitude, and it ended up crashing into the field here,” DeKalb County Sheriff Chief Deputy Gary Dumdie said. “It kind of looked like he was trying to land the plane on its belly, and then subsequently it flipped over once it hit the field.”

The pilot has been identified as 62-year-old James Auman, of Sycamore. He apparently built the replica Mustang himself, and is a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s chapter at Schaumburg Municipal Airport.

He survived the crash, but was trapped inside, as fuel was leaking from the plane. Emergency workers cut a hole in the side of the plane to get the pilot out.

Auman was airlifted to OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford for treatment. He was in stable condition Tuesday night.

Aviation Can Be Very Stressful - There Is No Forgiveness For Errors

Posted by EAA 790 Webmaster on November 27, 2012 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (2)

By Paul Sindberg

This is what we are all told, but the truth is different from the inside, isn’t it? It all depends on your viewpoint and how you make decisions. When I started to fly I did whatever it took to have the flight completed successfully. I rated the experience as to how well I accomplished the mission of getting to my destination. Now that I have a few thousand hours under my logbook belt as it were, I have a different yardstick. I rate my flight as to how safely I accomplished it. If I operated it safely, but did not arrive at my destination that is fine with me. I have read so many accident reports wondering just how differently I would have responded. I am here to say that many pilots who were much better than me, are no longer here; yet here I am still flying. I have vowed to try my best to avoid those chains of errors that caused the NTSB reports I read.

I have come up with a set of unshakeable rules that don’t cover everything, but encompass an attitude and a responsibility to myself and my passengers. There may be times when you are flight testing a plane or flying the last flight out of Saigon and you need to operate differently, but that is as rare as getting a good landing at 3CK with the winds out of the north. I have a story of a flight (or 2 or 3) where I learned my lesson for each of these rules.

Here is what I propose for the Safe Pilots rulebook:

- I will not operate in the grey area. Anything outside of known airplane capabilities is not to be performed. No extra weight, No flights into “just a little icing”, No “This runway should be long enough”.
- I will not push the envelope. I don’t wonder how this non-aerobatic plane will roll.
- I don’t just do what is reasonable, I do what is needed to be a safe pilot. Even if I just landed 10 minutes ago, I will still do a walkaround.
- I will not scud run. I will not use water towers to navigate by because the ceiling is too low to get higher.
- I will not be uncertain of where I am. I will pay attention to my flight and make sure I know what airspace I am operating in.
- I will not let my plane enter airspace that my mind has not already planned on.
- I will not hope that I have enough fuel to make it.
- I know that sometimes I will have to land at an alternate airport and that might result in an extended delay in my trip. An extra day is a cheap price to pay.
- I will always use my checklist. ALWAYS.
- I never think, “Everything will be OK once I land, let me just land.”
- I will not be surprised by weather because I did not learn what I could ahead of time.
- I will go around if I don’t see the runway at minimums.
- If I am the PIC , I will not allow my decisions to be dictated by others. I value their input but I will not be dictated to.
- I will not allow ATC to compromise my safety.

We are taught Spins during our training so that we don’t have to re-learn what countless pilots before us had to learn only during a spin. We have already decided what we are going to do if we find ourselves in that awkward position. I have already decided I won’t be pushing an approach below mins when I could have diverted an hour ago. Make the decision before you are confronted with it.

If you have any other rules I would love to hear them. Send them to me at

Aviation doesn’t have to be stressful, if things are not fully up to par, DON’T GO.

U2 Military Pilot - Steve Feldman

Posted by EAA 790 Webmaster on November 25, 2012 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Steve Feldman, a flight instructor and professional pilot for nearly 30 years, will be sharing stories of his colorful aviation career and much more. Steve will be presenting videos and details about aircraft, procedures and more including some de-classified, U-2 aircraft landings that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Steve has flown more than 17,000 hours in a wide variety of airplanes from light general aviation to military and corporate jets, and is type rated in numerous turbine powered aircraft. A former military and current professional pilot, Steve has flown airplanes in nearly every corner of the globe.


Steve has handled numerous overseas aircraft sales transactions involving export certificate issuance, conformity inspection, international ferry delivery as well as dis-assembly and cargo container shipping of aircraft. Steve’s expertise in these areas allows AirplanesUSA to maintain a global presence in the world of aircraft sales. Overseas customers should not hesitate to contact us - whether interested in acquisition or sale of currently owned aircraft.


Steve is one of the founding members of AirplanesUSA Aircraft Sales and currently manages the Chicago, Illinois office. He has been a successful aircraft sales broker and dealer for many years.


Steve’s commitment to complete and impenetrable integrity is one of the primary reasons for his success. A flight instructor and promoter of safety before all, Steve is an outstanding resource.


It's election time!

Posted by EAA 790 Webmaster on November 10, 2012 at 6:30 PM Comments comments (0)

It’s been two years since our last election, and time again for selecting new officers.

Ron Liebmann, Tom LeGates and Lon Danek were appointed to the nominating committee with instructions to recommend a slate of proposed officers to serve the chapter for the next two years.

Although a new slate will be offered to chapter members for consideration and election, additional nominations will be accepted from the floor at the time of election which will be held at the November meeting.

Officers to be elected include President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.

Your nominating committee recommends the following slate:


President.............................Elton Eisele

Vice President.....................Shane Stolarik

Secretary.............................Jim Pratt

Treasurer..............................Lon Danek


Remember, if you wish to nominate alternate candidates, you may do so, from the floor, at the November meeting. 

See you there!


It's Almost 2013!

Posted by EAA 790 Webmaster on November 8, 2012 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Yup, it’s almost 2013 and we’re looking forward to what the new year will bring. The new year also means--------it’s dues time!


The Chapter will start accepting dues at the November meeting and will also look forward to dues mail-ins by snail mail (PO Box 1206, Barrington, Il 60010). You’ll be happy to learn that dues remain unchanged from this past year (no increases due to inflation!).


Annual dues for 2013 remain at $25 and will include your e-mail copy of the newsletter.


Due to the small use of printed newsletters, our revised electronic newsletter format will be the standard delivery method available for the newsletter. Hard copies by snail mail have been discontinued. Out of state member dues also remain at $10, with news delivered by e-mail.


Best of all, the first 25 local dues paying members will receive a copy of EAA’s beautiful photo calendar for 2013------------------FREE! And you know what great color photos are included with this calendar.


Thanks for your support of our Chapter and help in meeting its goals.


EAA 790's Flying Aces Poker Run

Posted by EAA 790 Webmaster on October 23, 2012 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The 2012 Flying Aces poker run finished up last Sunday with an amazing turnout. It wasn't the number of people participating, or the amount of money raised that made it so great, I'll explain why in just a moment.

The quick, three weeks posed a challenge for most of us to break from our busy schedules and grab those coveted, closed envelopes from the seven airports selected this year. They were Janesville, Poplar Grove, DeKalb, Galt,Lake in the Hills, Campbell and Schaumburg airports.

There were 10 players, just enough to make waiting for everyone to arrive an "anxious anticipation." It was a bit nerve-racking each time a new player walked through the door - the more people, the more hands you needed to beat.

Elton Eisele, the organizer& head dealer, oversaw the opening of all the envelopes. The hands were placed up on a poster board for everyone to determine whether a "Ya-hoo"was in order or perhaps an "Aw, Horse-apples."

Butch Bejna from EAA 101, who by the way happened to be the first person to post his cards, took the pot with just two pair. Butch had a number of close contenders, however. Four hands were made up of two pairs, but with Aces high he closed the deal and walked away with his hands full of cash.

Butch wasn't the only winner,though. Beth Rhem (EAA 932), Marc Stancy (EAA 241), Larry Blazyk (EAA 790), and Lon Danek (EAA 790) were all winners, too.

A BIG THANKS goes to Janesville,Poplar Grove, DeKalb, Galt, Lake in the Hills, Campbell and Schaumburg airports for playing dealers for us. I think they had as much fun as we did with the added buzz in the FBOs. And while we're talking about appreciation, an especially big THANK YOU goes out to our sponsors for a fantastic list of prizes including cash, a pilot headset, a30-minute helicopter ride, nostalgic airliner mugs, discount coupons, and more.

¨    Greg Karris (EAA 153) of Aviation Universe (13 W. Main Street, Bensenville,a block west of York Road)and

¨    Sue Larson of A&M Aviation (130 Clow International Parkway, Bolingbrook, IL)

Please show your appreciation and patronize them soon! We are very fortunate for their help in making this year's poker run such a success, and we look forward to joining them in future events as well.

The time spent on the poker runwas actually rather short. Chapter 790 actually seemed to have more fun welcoming our fellow, local chapter members and sharing stories about past,current and future events. We all did some serious, and not so serious, hangar flying, which brings me to why this was such an amazing event.

EAA Chapters 22, 101, 153, 241,932, 1414, and of course 790 were all represented at Pilot Pete's for the big,poker showdown. This certainly isn't a unique situation, but we would like to thank all of our fellow chapters for joining us in our event. Many of us shared how good it was to see each other again, and we look forward to getting together at future events. The number of local EAA chapters that participated in our poker run was a promising glimpse into the near future of our small area.It's time to start working, and playing, together to share our efforts in events and just to enjoy our shared passion in aviation.

I mentioned that Chapter 22 was also represented, but with a little hitch. I had called Jeff Bonaguro and other members of Chapter 22 regarding the poker run, and Jeff half-jokingly told me that he would be in a load of trouble if he attended. It was he and his wife's wedding anniversary and he was taking her to dinner Sunday evening.

Without missing a beat I humorously offered, "Hey, how about Pilot Pete's?!"

Jeff laughed at first, but thought about it, then asked about the food there.

Brave man, I thought.

Well, Jeff and his wife decided to come to Pilot Pete's after all, and he said they enjoyed it completely. He looked for us upstairs and down, but missed us because it was his first time to Pete's and he didn't know about the Balloon room in the back of the restaurant! They sat at the tables along the windows, RIGHT outside our door. They were sitting three feet from us!

Next time we'll drag you in, Jeff!  

More to come!


2012 Yokes & Spokes a Trip to Remember

Posted by Shane Stolarik on September 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The 2012 Yokes and Spokes Fly-out to Prairie du Chien is but a memory now,but a memory that will linger on for years to come. While the flying is what draws us all together in the first place, the events of the day were equally exciting. From beautiful vistas, to good eating, from local contemporary art,to historical museums - the trip was exciting from start to finish.

Fellow 790 member, Joe Rossi, is to be commended on not only the extraordinary effort he made by taking this task on by himself, but for the product that came from his work. Organized and efficient, relaxing, educating and just downright interesting, with this event Joe set the bar very high for future fly-outs.

Selecting nearby Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin after extensive research for a worthwhile destination, Joe not only spent time on the phone to make the needed arrangements, he flew to Prairie du Chien on his own to complete a firsthand reconnaissance of the airport, town and surrounding area to prepare for the chapter's arrival.During his visit he spoke to numerous shopkeepers, museum curators and even a very special, local artist - Florence Bird. Mrs. Bird quickly befriended Joe,you can't blame her with Joe's charisma, and joined him in his efforts for completing the trip's details. By the time Joe was done, he had made not only a very good friend, but had created a perfect itinerary for us that included:

     * An historic, canon-firing presentations (WOW!)
     * Historic landmarks, a grand Victorian home, and museums
     * Lunch at a historic (and tasty) restaurant
     * A visit to a sculpture park located on an historic island site
     * A fantastic sight-seeing river cruise complete with Bald eagles, colonial forts and more on the "Ol' Mighty Mississip."
     * and all of this was comfortably accomplished on the seat of a bicycle

Joe would deny it, but after all of us discussed it at length, we came to the conclusion that he had also arranged for the perfect day of weather, as well. I'd add that to the list of itinerary details, but since he still won't admit it, I'll just mention it here.

The hard work and imagination that goes into developing an outing,presentation, or event is so often under-appreciated that I wanted to take a moment, albeit long overdue, to give the much deserved credit to by far the best fly-out I've ever participated in (and I've been in quite a few). Joe set the bar by which all other fly-outs (at least for me) will be measured.

So, looking back on all of this year's adventures, probably the high point of the year was due to the work of just one of our members - thank you, Joe, for your hard work and putting up with some (at least one) of us slower members!



(Just an added thought, if you were unfortunate enough to have missed this trip and Joe decides to arrange another fly-out in the future, make sure you don't make the same mistake twice. You can put your name right under mine because it'll be the first one on the list!)

Elton Eisele Appointed Head of Northwest Flyers Flight School

Posted by Shane Stolarik on September 24, 2012 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

After retiring this year as Director of Bands at Niles North High School for 30 years, our very own Elton Eisele returns to Northwest Flyers at Schaumburg airport as the Director of Flight Instruction. Elton initially spoke to Northwest Flyers to teach flight instruction, and after a series of conversations about approaches to instruction, curriculum, and other things, the FBO presented Elton with a bigger proposal - take over as the head of flight instruction.

For those of the chapter that may not know Elton's sorted past that well, here's a brief summary of his experience in the general aviation world.

Elton received his Private Pilots License in 1981 and his CFI-ME in 1984, and although he was not a full time flight instructor during his nationally award-winning band time, he stayed current in the aviation world. While at Niles North he sponsored and Aviation Club that produced several pilots after graduation. Elton is our current president here at EAA Chapter 790 in Barrington. He is currently Chairman of Departure Briefings at AirVenture were he has volunteered for 24 years. He also developed and is director of the EAA AirVenture Concert Band, which has brought hundreds of players together at AirVenture. He owns a C172, Aeronca Defender 65-TAC and is currently undertaking a Pitts S-1-C project.



We asked Elton what he looked forward to the most in the new position, and this is what he told us.

I'm excited to take my education background and experience and incorporate it in to the aviation field. I'm looking forward to teaching new pilots in the most efficient, safe and practical way for them to reach their goal in aviation. Not only that, I'm looking forward to working with pilots who wish just to continue their flight education to be better pilots but with those who want to add ratings.

We also asked Elton when he would be starting at Northwest Flyers, and he replied with the following.

I'll be full time at Northwest Flyers upon my full retirement from High School District 219 where I have worked for the past 30 years. I do miss all my band students and making music but as I look to the sky, the possibility of making it a safer place to be holds a lot of excitement for me.

Please contact Elton if you have questions and let's give Elton a pat on the back and kudos for all of his efforts towards furthering general aviation, both outside and within our chapter. Thank you , Elton!

Avoiding Really Bad Days

Posted by EAA 790 Webmaster on August 22, 2012 at 12:15 PM Comments comments (2)

By Mike Perkins

These days when we think about cockpit distractions, we are apt think about texting and phone calls, and they certainly have their potential consequences. But there still are the aviation classics that occasionally reach up and smite us.

Departing Sun ‘n Fun this April 13, a Lancair Legacy experienced an unlatched canopy shortly after takeoff. Those on the ground observed the front-hinged canopy moving up and down 6 – 12 inches. Shortly after, the engine lost power. Continuing straight and level, the aircraft then nosed down 40 degrees. A nearby camper retrieved a Ziploc bag that she saw floating down moments after the smoke appeared. It contained the aircraft documents.

I recall an experience during my own early flight training, flight instructor aboard, on a day of touch-and-go’s. Back then, Crystal Lake Airport had a north-south grass strip that started just south and midfield of 08-26. Jack and I were on final for 18 grass when we noticed an aircraft on final for 26. There had been no radio calls, so its presence was a surprise to us. We were discussing our options and watching to see if it would be a factor. At about 400 feet, the cockpit noises got really quiet. The quiet was broken by a shout to get the nose down and add power – I recall seeing something like 45 on the ASI. Jack chided both me and himself, saying in a very unhappy voice,“That’s exactly how accidents happen.” Wordlessly, we went around like we should have in the first place.

Being distracted at altitude is less of a problem - conversations, stowage matters, lost items, long arguments with GPS units.There’s not a pilot that doesn’t sometimes get distracted en route – and most are not stories even worth mentioning.

But during our climb or during the glide to landing, it only takes a few seconds for something very hard to get in our path if we stray. We are low, and we are slow, and those seconds count immeasurably.

Here are the NTSB aviation reports from the last 12 months containing “distraction”, and their results:

Open canopy – Lancair described above

Other traffic – bad approach, landing roll longer than runway remaining

Argument with GPS – forgot to refuel and continued on (two errors for the price of one)

Other traffic – forgot to lower landing gear

Open canopy – crash on takeoff roll

Flashlight fell to floor – crash on takeoff roll

Pushing GPS buttons – forgot to look out the window

OV light and popped breakers – taxied into other aircraft

Open canopy –crashed during departure climb

Open door –crashed on takeoff roll

Think about making a pact with yourself about what you will do to handle any non-emergency or distraction when you’re not at altitude. What’s “altitude?” At or above the height above ground where you practice departure stalls.

Holladay Adventures with Dana and Meredith

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By Nancy Blazyk

Dana Holladay and his wife Meredith also stopped for a visit at the Young Eagle Rally last Saturday in their beautiful Piper Cub. They are in the process of completing an adventure to land in all 48 states this summer. To remember their incredible adventure, Dana and Meredith are writing a book called Fly the Airplane, which is due out later this year.

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