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June 22nd 2024 - Saturday 1:00 PM
Chapter Meeting and BBQ

Where: Bernie's Hangar, South Sylvan Road, Meadow Lakes

The Chapter will provide the meat, buns, condiments.

Bring a side dish or dessert to share, beverage of choice, & chair(s). Get-together starts about 1:00, BBQ to start at 5:30.

Address: 1501 S. Sylvan Rd Wasilla, AK 99654, about 1 hour from Merrill Field, but well worth the drive! From the Parks Highway take Sylvan Rd. south at the intersection with Pittman Rd. (which goes north). Scroll down for maps to his home.

Maps forthcoming ...

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Sunset at 23:42

June 29th 2024 - Saturday 9:00 AM
Young Eagles Rally

Where: Birchwood Airport

Come join us for our annual June Young Eagles Rally @ Birchwood Airport. We'll have a great time giving kids their first small airplane experience. The smiles are an amazing reward for the time invested! More details are forthcoming!

Sunset at 23:39

July 3rd 2024 - Wednesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Where: Las Margaritas

Board Meeting Join us at Las Margaritas Mexican & Italian Restaurant at 541 W Dimond Blvd (on the north side of Dimond between Arctic and C Streets). When you walk in, turn left into the front room that is separated from the main dining area and we'll be on the right. So come, get your margarita and nachos and we will talk about aviation and do some Chapter business. As always, all Chapter 42 members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Sunset at 23:35

July 13th 2024 - Saturday 9:30 AM
Chapter Breakfast

Where: Kava’s Pancake House

Breakfast Our monthly Saturday breakfast is at Kava’s Pancake House at 100 Muldoon Rd. Great food and great conversation. See you there!

Sunset at 23:20

July 20th 2024 - Saturday 9:00 AM
Arctic Thunder - Thunderbirds

Where: JBER


JBER to welcome Thunderbirds, Joint Forces Demo at Arctic Thunder Open House

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska – Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will host the biannual Arctic Thunder Open House July 20 and 21, 2024, with:

  • The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds

    The Thunderbirds' F-16 Fighting Falcons, a multi-role fighter jet, will perform formation flying and solo routines. They have been one of the top draws to air shows throughout the U.S. and around the world since 1953.

    • The U.S. Army Parachute Demonstration Team, the Golden Knights,

    • The U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command F-22 Demonstration Team,

based at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, performs precision aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the world's premier fifth-generation fighter aircraft.

  • The Pacific Air Forces F-16 Viper Demonstration Team,

    based at Misawa Air Base, Japan, performs precise aerial maneuvers to demonstrate the exceptional capabilities of one of the Air Force's premier multi-role fighters -- the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

  • The Joint Forces demonstration.

    Active- duty Army and Air Force and Army and Air National Guard personnel will demonstrate capabilities in a simulated combat environment. Airborne troops, rescue forces and pyrotechnics round out this 30-minute show of Alaska based military forces.

"Something unique to our event is our hosting of the largest military air- and land-power demonstration in North America," said Morgan. "The Alaska Joint Forces Demonstration will consist of one or more of nearly every type of combat aircraft we have stationed in Alaska, to include both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft.”

In addition to more flying acts to be announced, aircraft, vehicles and equipment from the Army, Air Force, and other U.S. as well as foreign services will be on display. Personnel will be nearby to tell the public about the displays and how they help accomplish the units’ missions.

Sunday July 21st 2024

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July 22nd 2024 - Monday 8:00 AM

Where: Oshkosh, WI

AirVenture 2024 is July 22-28.


Sunday July 28th 2024

Sunset at 23:00

July 23rd 2024 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Chapter Meeting

Where: No Meeting in July

There will be no Chapter meeting in July due to AirVenture Oshkosh at the same time, and our participation in the 2024 Merrill Field Hangar Party on Saturday, July 27th.

Sunset at 22:58

July 27th 2024 - Saturday 10:00 AM
Merrill Field Hangar Party

Where: UAA Aviation Technology Hangar & Ramp, 2811 Merrill Field Drive, Anchorage

Our Chapter will host a booth from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM during this resurrected, annual event. Come out to join the fun and support GA at Merrill Field!

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Sunset at 22:48

May 28th, 2024 - May Meeting - Domke Hangar

Vickie and Daniel Domke hosted the Chapter 42 May meeting at their hanger on Merrill Field. Daniel provided great entertainment with his tales of living and running a business in Fairbanks Alaska. Daniel also gave the club a tour of the hanger and his and Vickie’s current project. Thanks for the hospitality, and thanks to all who attended.

Domke hangar

Domke hangar

Apr 23rd, 2024 - April Meeting @ Lake Hood SimCenter

18 of us enjoyed a marvelous time at the Lake Hood SimCenter. Daniel Mendez (CEO) was a great host, sharing about his background, his formation of the SimCenter & sourcing the sims, expounding on services provided by the new SimCenter, and serving a tasty array of snacks and beverages. If you missed it, check out the SimCenter at www.aksimcenter.com

April 2024 Meeting

April 2024 Meeting

April 2024 Meeting

April 2024 Meeting

April 2024 Meeting

April 2024 Meeting

April 2024 Meeting

Apr 20th, 2024 - EAA Chapter Trailer Maintenance

Thanks to all who showed up to perform maintenance on the clubs trailer this past weekend. Bearings were packed, contents were inventoried, trailer was washed inside and out, and we’re ready for our next adventure! All this was done under Spring sunshine at Ed’s hanger in Birchwood.

Chris Gill

Trailer Maintenance

Trailer Maintenance

Apr 20th, 2024 - Trailer Maintenance Day

6 of us met at Ed White's hangar in Birchwood four about an hour & a half to check tires & bearings, inventory BBQ grill & supplies, inventory banners, and clean the trailer inside & out.

The trailer is roadworthy. We need NOT buy any more cups, plates, napkins, forks, spoons, or knives for at least 1, if not 2 years.

Thanks to all who helped!

Apr 13th, 2024 - April Breakfast

10 of us enjoyed another fine breakfast @ Kava's! Not in pic: Tim, Andrew, and Scott.

April breakfast

Mar 26th, 2024 - March Meeting - Dave Gillespie

Dave Gillespie was superb, sharing lots of Herc teckie details. One attendee later responded: "Great show last night! Gonna be tough to top that. Or even equal it."

There were 16 in attendance.

March 2024 Meeting

March 2024 Meeting

Mar 6th, 2024 - March Board Meeting

Board Meeting
Chuck and Ed discuss Chapter matters

Feb 27th, 2024 - February Meeting - Bob Edison

Our own Bob Edison shared stories with photos and video of his experiences flying charter flights in the Philippines and around Denali. All 18 of us really enjoyed Bob's great, entertaining presentation!

Chuck Hosack brought a survival kit and an Icom handheld transceiver for our drawing. Winners were Anson Moxness and Jim Moss, respectively.

We recognized and thanked several Chapter 42 officers & volunteers who were present, handing out EAA certificates and service pins:

  • Chuck Hosack - former Secretary. Current Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor for many years. Meeting host at Alaska Aviation Museum for Huey and Norseman tours
  • Chris Gill - current Secretary, emcee, meeting planner, and meeting host
  • Ed White - current Treasurer since 2015. Young Eagles Coordinator and Eagle Flight Coordinator for many years. Chapter asset storage. Meeting host at his Birchwood hangar.

We also recognized Walter Yankauskas for building our wonderful website containing all sorts of info about our Chapter, from upcoming events to past events with photos; a repository for Board minutes and Chapter documents, an inventory check-in/check-out system for our assets (scales, engine hoist, chapter trailer, grill, banners); Chapter member profiles (planes, projects, skills), and Young Eagle volunteer status. Thanks, Walter!

We'll follow suite for other officers and volunteers, as well as for Young Eagle pilots & ground crew, at subsequent meetings.

Bob Edison

Bob Edison

Bob Edison

[click here for] Denali video
YouTube video of flying through "747 Pass"

Bob Edison

Bob Edison

Bob Edison

Bob Edison

Jan 23rd, 2024 - January Meeting - Chris Gill's Smith/BBI SuperCub Build

Chris Gill hosted our January meeting in his garage ... er ... SuperCub Factory, complete with a great custom-made edge roller. Chris and Lisa were great hosts, providing water and sweet snacks. And heat!

Chris' plane review included a 6-page handout of notes and "deets" (i.e., details). Chris has the wide-body kit from BBI Aviation (Nick Smith Jr. & Sr.) out of Thorndale, Ontario. He has the seaplane package, including left door. Chris just hung an Aero Sport O-375 (195 hp) and will use the Catto 84x43 prop. He covered details about project history & goals, build issues & helpful resources, build log organization & dating photos, fuel system, instruments ("Don't buy early"), covering plan, etc.

An organized, very informative meeting, indeed, for both homebuilders and all of 10 of us present!

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Event Calendar
6 - June 2024
Sat Jun 22
1 PM
Chapter Meeting and BBQ
Bernie's Hangar, South Sylvan Road, Meadow Lakes
Sat Jun 29
9 AM
Young Eagles Rally
Birchwood Airport
7 - July 2024
Wed Jul 3
7 PM
Board Meeting
Las Margaritas
Sat Jul 13
9:30 AM
Chapter Breakfast
Kava’s Pancake House
Sat Jul 20
9 AM
Arctic Thunder - Thunderbirds
Mon Jul 22
8 AM
Oshkosh, WI
Tue Jul 23
7 PM
Chapter Meeting
No Meeting in July
Sat Jul 27
10 AM
Merrill Field Hangar Party
UAA Aviation Technology Hangar & Ramp, 2811 Merrill Field Drive, Anchorage
    Anchorage, Alaska  
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Northern Lights Avionics
940 Merrill Field Dr, Anchorage 907-277-4811