EAA Chapter 846

Wadsworth, OH

January  Meeting, Thursday, Jan. 9

The January meeting will be in the Meeting Room at Wadsworth Skypark Airport. We will begin at 7 pm, with social time beginning at 6:30 pm. This months meeting presentation will be "Ignition Basics" by Bill Repucci. Bill is co-designer of the EI Commander control module for electronic ignitions. The EI Commanders are designed to provide operational information and allow for in-cockpit adjustment of electronic ignition systems. Bill will speak on the importance of proper magneto timing and the benefits that it has for our engines. Bill has presented multiple forums at Oshkosh. Bill flies a RV-9 that he built. He is the South Carolina liaison for the Recreation Aviation Foundation. He is also a volunteer at Oshkosh and at the Triple Tree Fly In.

Happy Holidays!

 Thank you for being a part of our annual after-the-holidays Holiday Party and White Elephant Gift Exchange! The food was fabulous as always. Big thanks to Dave Gerdeman for handling the main dishes and organizing the buffet. Rounded out by everyone's delicious desserts and side dishes, it was a fine evening for food.  

President Matt Tomsheck ran a short meeting, follow by past- president Gary Baker  who recognized last year's Board Members, Young Eagle Pilots, and Chapter Volunteers, and summarized what was a very busy year for the chapter.

 Then we got to the hilarious white elephant gifts. Yes, the bowling pin made a reappearance, but there were a few new classic gifts given. Thanks to all who helped set-up, tear down, brought food, and fellowship. You are the reason we're an active, fun, productive chapter. Happy New Year Y'all!


Congratulations and Thanks to New Officers and Board Members

  Elections were held this month, and we have some new names on the Board. Thank you to all who offered to serve. Our officers for the next two years are:

  • President Matt Tomsheck
  • Vice-President Paul Lutz
  • Secretary Greg Cantrell
  • Treasurer Gary Baker
  • Board Members:   Randy Brooks, Ron Lutz, and Bob Taylor


Congratulations to our first Ray Scholar, Ben Nagy

  Ben, the Chapters Ray Scholarship recipient, became the newest private pilot in the US on November 18. Examiner Stuart Cory felt that Bens skills met the requirements per the Airmen Certification Standards and presented him with his Private Pilot certificate. Ben is one of the first eighteen Ray Scholars to complete all of the flight training. Congratulations, Ben!


Most Important Meeting of the Year!

Our next meeting, Thursday, Nov. 14, is your chance to help determine the future of Chapter 846. We'll be reviewing our five-year plan, discussing the Titan Mustang and taking nominations for next year's officers. Here's your chance to voice your opinion on the direction of the chapter.


Air Academy Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Do you know a young person who loves aviation as much as you do? Let them know about the EAA Air Academy and our scholarship to attend!

Chapter 846 is offering a full scholarship to attend the annual EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh, WI, in July, 2020 to an area youth who has an interest in aviation. The Air Academy is a fun-filled aviation camp experience for youth ages 16-18. Since 1984, experienced instructors and dedicated staff have shared their knowledge and lore of aviation through hands-on workshop, classroom, and outdoor experiences.

The scholarship will cover the entire cost of the camp as charged by EAA, which includes room and board. The recipient of the scholarship will need to provide his/her own transportation to and from Oshkosh. More information about the Advanced Air Academy can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y572d4ao. The session 1 camp runs from July 14 thru 22, 2020. Do not apply on-line. The application can be found here.

Planning Meeting Tonight!

This is a reminder that there will be a Chapter 846 Board Meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., at the Chapter Hangar. All Chapter members are invited to join us. We will be reviewing the Chapter Five-Year Flight Plan to start moving that forward. More programs for 2020 will hopefully be determined.

MyPlace Flyout, Oct.

Please join us for the MyPlace Fly In this coming Sunday, Oct. 13. This is by far the best fall fly in around.  They will be serving both breakfast and lunch.  We will meet at the chapter hangar for a 0800 departure.  You are welcome to leave with us or meet us there.  Either way you do not want to miss this event.  Click for more information and to sign up.  If going as a passenger we will try to find a ride for you.

Enroute 123.45 for air to air communication
CTAF 122.85
See you at MyPlace

Chili Cookout!

We will be having our 1st Annual Chili Cookout this year at Mohican Airpark on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 1200.  One of our members, Steve Zaleski, recently purchased a hangar at the airport and has agreed to host this event.  Mohican Airpark is SW of Wooster, Ohio and offers 2 nice grass runways.  Steve has a beautiful hangar that we will have the cookout in.  This will be a rain or shine event,  fly in or drive in. Families are more than welcome to attend.  If you would like to make a crock pot of chili or a side dish it would be appreciated.  For more info contact Paul Lutz at 330- 760-4863. Please click here to sign up.


Welding Class Offered

Do you want to add a new skill to your aircraft building skills?  Are you ready to learn TIG Welding? If so, mark your calendar for Friday, October 4th, 2019 at 6 pm.  Dave Manning will be starting a new class next Friday in the chapter’s Skypark Hangar #M1. The class will teach basic TIG welding through a series of hands-on projects welding small parts. The plan is to conduct 7 or 8 classes through October and November.

There is no sign-up sheet or previous experience required, just arrive by 6 pm for the beginning of class. Future class dates will be discussed at the meeting. Required equipment is welding a helmet and a good pair of leather gloves.

Dave’s email address is:  maddawgtoo@gmail.com and cell number:  216.409.8548

Thank you for a Great Tri-Motor Weekend!

Thanks again for everyone’s help! All of you should be very proud of yourselves and your Chapter with this worthwhile and entertaining event. Mary and I were given many compliments as to how friendly and helpful all of the volunteers were this weekend, and that means you! It’s always been my pleasure to work alongside every one of you because I know the event is going to go well and everyone will have a great time, as well as being safe in every facet of the activity! I’m proud to be associated with all of you. Thank you again! 

Sept. Meeting Date Change

Because our normal meeting night in September would be on the 12th and we will be finishing the first day of the Tour Stop, we will move the September Chapter meeting to the Thursday one week earlier. Our September meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 5, 6 pm, at the Chapter Hangar at Wadsworth Skypark Airport.

Are you Ready for Your Closeup?

I sure hope so! Chapter 846 and this year's Young Eagles Day, are the subject of a 4-page spread, starting on page 20,  in the latest issue of The Joy of Medina County Magazine.Check it out, we're looking good!


Fly-Out Planned August 9-11

Our Chapter Fly Out Camping Weekend will soon be upon us.  We are flying and driving to Swank Field in Butler, Ohio on Aug 9,10, 11. Swank Field is located close to Loudonville, OH so it is a short drive.  Swank Field is a 3000 ft grass runway in great condition.  The owner has graciously agreed to let us use the airport for the weekend.  There is running water, a shower, and bathroom facilities on the property.  You can bring your bike to enjoy the paved bike trail adjacent to the property.  We will have a meal and campfire each night.

Just email David Gerdeman at davidrgerdeman@gmail.com and Paul Lutz at paulrv6@gmail.com and we will maintain a central roster. The sooner we know how many are attending each meal the better we can source the goods. Here's the link to sign up for meals. The more the merrier!

Finally! It's July! (And you know what that means!)

Happy July, that month of polishing up your plane and getting ready for AirVenture 2019, in Oshkosh WI, July 22-28. Come to our next meeting/cookout, July 11, 6 pm, at the Chapter Hangar to plan and hear others' plans for the week.  And be sure to include the chapter cookout in your Oshkosh plans, July 24 at the Baker/Brooks campsite at Sleepy Hollow Farms campground. We'll provide the pizza, and as usual, bring a chair and a dish to share!

With all that going on, check the chapter calendar for one place to find out information on all our events.  Happy July, y'all!

We'll miss you, Joe!

On June 30, chapter member and friend Joe Begany died in an accident while flying his Piper Cub. Our July newsletter includes a tribute and photos of Joe. A wonderful guy and true supporter of aviation, he will be greatly missed by all his friends in Chapter 846.


Thank you Pilots, Volunteers and Young Eagle Families!

Our response to Young Eagles Day was fabulous! We flew 119 kids in 5 hours, with 10 planes, 61 take-offs and landings, and all in planes with 1-3 passenger seats. Our chapter volunteers were the best: setting up and tearing down with energy and good humor, helping the kids and their families, keeping everyone safe in the planes and on the tarmac, answering questions with humor and patience, and making sure that each Young Eagle had a wonderful aviation experience.

Also, our thanks to the Young Eagles and their families for journeying to Wadsworth and patiently waiting for their flights. A couple of kids flown at a time can make for a bit of a wait, even with 10 planes flying. We appreciated your understanding.

A big thanks to Wadsworth Municipal Airport! They let us take over their terminal, lawn, ramp, and generally disrupt most of their operations for this event. We couldn't have held a Young Eagles event without their cooperation and generosity.

Finally, we'd like to offer our heartfelt thanks to our pilots, who gave of their time, expertise, equipment, and wallets (gas ain't free!). All anyone had to see were the faces of the kids to know you succeeded in sharing your love of aviation with the next generation.


Young Eagles Day, Pre-Registration is Closed

Our response to Young Eagles Day has been fabulous! So fabulous, that we need to cut-off our registration for this Sat., but we know you still want to be able to offer your children a chance to experience flight. So, send us an email at eaachapter846@gmail.com and let us know you are still interested in having your children participate in Young Eagles. Please include your name and contact information, and the names and ages of your children. We will keep in touch and let you know when we will be able to schedule another Young Eagles Day this summer.

Thank you for your interest in EAA and the Young Eagles program.

Congratulations on Another Successful Fundraiser!

Congratulations to Mike Baker and his gallant planning committee for for planning and producing another successful fundraiser for the chapter. Over 40 volunteers pitched in to transport equipment, set-up, cook, sell raffle tickets, marshal aircraft  and tear down afterwards. Mike was the main force behind the event and deserves much of the credit, but we have many more folks to thanks, too!

Thanks to Wadsworth Municipal Airport, and staff, (Thanks, Chad!), for their help and cooperation with the event. Many thanks to the Cleveland Clinic Med-Evac group, PHI Air Medical Group, who shared their hangar with us for the day. Thanks to all the local companies who stepped up with sponsorships to make it breakfast possible:

  • Best Process Solutions Inc.
  • Faught State Farm Insurance
  • Lincoln Way McDonald’s
  • AeroTrek Aviation
  • Eye Deal Graphics
  • Computer Surgeon
  • Brian Brede
  • 3 Dogs Snoring, LLC
  • Yogi Air, LLC
  • Fiore’s Restaurant 

Can you smell the syrup?

Is your mouth watering already? Remember last year's Pancake Breakfast and Fly-In? We're getting close! Mark you calendars for Sat., May 18, when we'll be serving delicious pancake breakfasts from 8 am - 1 pm at the Wadsworth Airport. And sure, go ahead and brag, plan to fly-in and show off your airplane.

Thanks to event chairman Mike Baker and his dedicated committee of planners and pancake flippers. He can always use more volunteers, so don't hesitate to contact him if you can help out. 

May Meeting features speaker Jim Olschager

The program during our May meeting will be presented by USAF
MSgt Jim Olschlager, member Brad Wurst
s uncle. Jim had to cancel his
appearance at an earlier Chapter meeting, but he is feeling much
better now and is looking forward to talking to us about his
experiences as a Thunderbirds crew chief. This meeting will be the first of our Chapter summer cookouts, which will begin at 6 pm at the Chapter Hangar.As the first cookout, don't forget to bring a side dish to share.

Barany Chair at the April meeting

Steve Steele was at our next meeting, Thurs., April 11, to talk about and demonstrate a Barany Chair. The Barany Chair, named after the Austro-Hungarian otologist Róbert Bárány, is a device which is used for aerospace physiology training, especially for student pilots. For his work on the physiology and pathology of the vestibular apparatus Bárány received the 1914 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Join us at the chapter hangar for the demonstration. The meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Great Tour of Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake Hangar!

The chapter had a tour of Goodyear's Wingfoot Lake Hangar for our last meeting, Thursday, March 14. We had a short meeting, followed by a short video and talk by Chief Pilot, Jerry Hissem. Captain Hissem then led us into the hangar, where we had the chance to see the ship, tour the gondola and watch a camera demonstration by cameraman, Jared. It was a unique and special evening!

 Built in 1917, the hangar at Wingfoot Lake is the oldest airship facility and one of the oldest active aircraft bases in the world. In addition to being a maintenance and construction facility for Goodyear's Blimp fleet, it is currently the home to Goodyear's new semi-rigid Zeppelin airship, Wingfoot Three.

Chapter Awards Air Academy Scholarship

Congratulations to both young men who applied for our Air Academy Scholarship! What an incredibly tough choice. Each year, Chapter 846 offers a full scholarship to a teen to attend the Air Academy. This is the ninth year the chapter has awarded a scholarship to an area young person.

Campers are engaged through a variety of hands-on activities while staying at the EAA Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Experienced aviation instructors help them delve into flight through studies, hands-on demonstrations, flight simulation, and other exciting activities.

Hangar Improvements Done! Thank You All!

From Randy:

We had a great Chapter Work Day on Saturday, Dec 1. The hangar door is now fully insulated with 2.5" of rigid foam insulation, all the tables have been repaired and the shelving unit that Jay Waddell donated is assembled and ready to fill.
      Thanks very much to all the Chapter members who came out and worked so hard to get all this completed in one morning-- a true example of our Chapter spirit. 
Thanks to: Paul, Ron, Dave M, Fred, Dan T., Pete, Joe, Tim C., Steve, David G., Dan and Josh, Mike B., Bob T., Rob, Bob S., Dale, and Gary Kohler. 
       Finally, a special thanks to Ron Lutz for suggesting and promoting the idea to insulate the door to begin with and for finding the salvage company in Amish country to purchase the insulation at a great price. Also, thanks to Dave Manning for taking the time and effort to pickup all the insulation panels and deliver them to the hangar, as well as providing the hardware and wood to attach the panels.

 What a great team effort to make our hangar a better, more workable space for us all!

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President: Matt Tomsheck


Chapter Hangar - M1, Weltzien Skypark (15G)

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