Next Meetup Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

We'll meetup at 6 P.M at the Hancheck hangar for a cookout. The Hancheck's have graciously invited us to join them for an evening of comradery. They will supply the meat and the heat. Please bring a side dish to share.

Mole Airport (1OA2)   is located at  34266 GRAFTON-EASTERN RD, GRAFTON, OH 

Drive-in or Fly-in. A good chance to test your skills on a short grass strip. If it's a clear sky we should have some daylight until nearly 9 P.M.


EAA Chapter 1252 Meetups are usually held at the Columbia Station VFW 25742 Royalton Rd, Columbia Station, OH. We start gathering around 6 P.M. for a social hour with some sort of program following at 7 P.M. We usually break up between 9 & 10 P.M.  Come early and order dinner from the VFW kitchen. The hall is ours to use, at no charge. In return, we would like to support their business as much as possible. 

Visitors are welcome. If you would like to become a chapter member dues are $20 for the year. National membership is recommended but no longer required. Let's make 2018 a year of rejuvenation and growth!

Here is our tentative calendar so far for 2018:

May 12th – Young Eagle rally at Burke Lakefront airport

May 18 - Cookout and set-up party at DAC

May 19 - Discover Aviation Day and Young Eagle rally

June 5 - Cookout with the Hanchecks. 6P.M. at their Mole Airport hangar

July 3  - Next get together at the VFW 6 P.M. (may be moved to the 10th due to 7/4)

July 23-29 - OSHKOSH! 

August 7 - Next get together at the VFW 6 P.M.

Sept 4 - Next get together at the VFW 6 P.M.

September 15 - Flyro Gyro 

October 2 - Next get together at the VFW 6 P.M.

November 6 - Next get together at the VFW 6 P.M.

December 1 or 2 - Christmas party

Meeting notes from Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

EAA Chapter 1252 will change the format of upcoming 'meetings'.  From now on, we will have a separate meeting for chapter leaders & board members to discuss business. We will dedicate our Tuesday gatherings to be based around aviation activities!  These can be anything our members think up.  Presentations & speakers, movies, cookouts, tours, topical discussions, etc.  Let us know your ideas! 
Paul & Katie Hancheck have offered to start off our new format by hosting a cookout in their hangar at Mole field next month. They are even supplying the burgers!  Please bring a dish to pass.  We will plan to meet at 6:00.  That is Tuesday, June 5th.  
Please let me know if you are interested in being on the board.  The board meetings, times yet to be determined, are open to all members.  We will summarize what was discussed at our Tuesday meetings and in emails.
As far at this month's meeting, we mostly discussed Discover Aviation Day.  It was decided to again have a bake sale and a 50/50 raffle. If you would like to donate a basket to raffle, we will set up a 'Chinese raffle' too.  Bring all donations to Friday's set up cookout (the 18th) or Saturday morning (the 19th), before 8:30. If you haven't already signed up to volunteer and would like to, please let me know.  Areas to volunteer include the Young Eagle rally (pilots, registration, and flight attendants), the breakfast (cooks & servers), bake sale (pricing & managing), and kid's activities.  The CAP will be on hand to park cars, but in a limited number compared to past years.  We are asking all volunteers to be there at DAD by 8:00.  Weather permitting, we will set-up as much as possible Friday evening.  Burgers & dogs will be served!  Please bring canopies, if you have them.  We'd rather have too many than not enough. 
We will also be having a Young Eagle rally at Burke Lakefront on Saturday, May 12th, starting at 9.  If you can volunteer, whether to fly kids or help with registration, please let Mike McCoy know.  All volunteers should meet at Burke by 8:30.  We are working on getting landing fees waived.  Parking is free, in front of the terminal.  
Everyone who attended the Operation Raincheck tour of Cleveland Center enjoyed it.  Thank you to Sarah Keesler for coordinating!  Sarah offered to plan another one for the fall!  Details to follow in a few months.
Thanks - see you all at Discover Aviation Day!

Meeting notes from Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Fourteen people attended Tuesday’s meeting.

Drew Ferguson from PHASTAR discussed the recently opened Davis Aerospace & Maritime High School in Cleveland. Good discussion with lots of questions. Some of the highlights are outlined below.

Drew would like a YE rally at Burke before the end of the semester, which is May 25. Since IWASM is already having an event there May 5, Discover Aviation day is May 19, and the following week is Memorial Day weekend, that leaves May 12. Unfortunately, Mike and Sue McCoy are out of town that weekend. Can we recruit pilots, flight attendants and registration volunteers for the day? Drew hopes to have Tuskegee Airmen and IWASM helping out too.

Discover Aviation Day is May 19. Please let me know which area you would like to volunteer in.

Young Eagles – we need pilots, flight attendants (to take kids to plane), and registration

Pancake Breakfast – we need cooks, servers, cleaners & cashier.

Other volunteers:

Let me know if you would like to coordinate the pancake breakfast! It would help me tremendously!

Booth – volunteers to promote EAA Chapter 1252, DAC, DACFL, & other aviation organizations

We can always use extra people to help with kid’s activities too!

We need everyone to help get the word out – please post & forward flyers!!

Operation Raincheck – a tour Oberlin Center will be April 21st

Let me know by the end of next week if you would like to go but haven’t signed up yet.

Chapter 127 had moved to the Elyria airport which means there is no chapter at Lorain County Regional any longer. Do we want to consider officially moving the chapter? We could still have meetings at the CS VFW but could also have an airport to call home. Something to think about.

Bill Meixner offered to do another talk for our Chapter! This one will be on Berea crash during the ’49 last air race. Vicki will coordinate what meeting this will be at. Details to follow.

Sad news - Joan Hedglen passes away last weekend. There will be a visitation tonight (April 5) from 4-8 at the Jardine funeral home in Strongsville. Joan and her husband Greg, who passed away last year, were long time members of Chapter 1252.

From Drew’s discussion on the Davis Aviation & Maritime High School:
The Freshmen class of the Davis Aerospace & Maritime High School opened last fall with about 50 students. They expect a larger class of Freshmen next fall. Not only do they have classes specifically geared towards aviation and maritime, all other classes (math, English, physics, etc) are tied into aviation or maritime in some sense. PHASTAR has 3 full time employees working for the school. They oversee the flight, ship, and drone simulators. The kids are involved in some maritime activities, such as ‘safety escorts’ on the river when backups occur due to the railroad bridge being down, but would like more opportunities to fly. Drew mentioned it would be awesome to have a Young Eagle rally at Burke once or twice a year. Would our chapter members be willing to help out, in addition to our chapter’s Discover Aviation Day and Flyro Gyro? PHASTAR has also secured an annex to provide another space to invite others, in addition to the students, to, outside of school hours. We are invited to use the space to work on projects and talk to students who happen to be there. PHASTAR feels they, through this and the school, can mentor kids to help them decided what they want to do, exposing them to new ideas, and encouraging them to advance, whether it be by getting extra credits in aviation to set them up for additional training or finding them an apprenticeship to get them into a job right after school. Drew encourages the kids to be friendly to everyone – you never know who might be willing to help. May 25, is the end of the semester. Next year will go to a year-round schedule.

Meeting notes from Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Twenty-six people were in attendance. Good to see everyone come out! Hopefully the momentum will continue to grow & we will have a good year, full of fun, safe events!!

Presentation by Jeff Schans – Thunderbolt Sales mgr on Lycoming Thunderbolt engine. Great presentation with a lot of good questions afterwards.

Mike W – would like to get a feeling on how many members are really serious in joining the DACFC if we were to get a light sport plane – could be flown for young eagles – an EAA chapter can’t have a flying club – this would be a good bridge for chapter members to have access to fly.

Ted G – dues are due! Please pay. Dues are still only $20. You may pay Ted, Vicki, or mail to PO 552, Columbia Station, 44028. Please make checks payable to EAA Chapter 1252.

Mike W again mentioned it would be nice to have banners. Vicki will talk to Drew about having the Davis Aerospace & Maritime HS kids create something in their Fab Lab. Otherwise, we will go through EAA. We would like something before DAD in May.

Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge day is this Saturday. Steve is making booklets. We would like to fly kids if possible. Ray may be able to fly and there is a DACFC meeting that day. Hopefully a couple or so members would be willing to take a couple flights up. Lunch will be provided. Vicki will look into insurance, although we’re not sure if it is needed since it is a Boy Scout event with EAA pilots flying young eagles. We could use more volunteers. Let Doug or Steve J know if you can help out. So far, we have Doug, Mike M, Steve J, Patty A, Ken S and Vicki. Vicki will go Friday and try to clean up the hangar a bit & get supplies ready to go.

Steve Steele from the FAA spoke about importance of maintenance. If you can afford a plane, you can’t not afford the maintenance!

March 17 or 24 will be a "What Is The Wings Program" at I64.

Kent State days are coming up on Thursday, April 12th.  

Mike M – We have at least partial points to send a student to Air Academy. Darryn’s son was considering going but will wait until next year. Let Mike know if you know of a 12-16 yr old who might be interested. Otherwise, we will use the points to go towards banners or business cards.

Ray E mentioned he was interested in IMC club. Is it something we would be interested in? Bob T pointed out Chapter 846 has one in Wadsworth which is open to everyone. Our members could go there if interested.

Sarah K said the center in Oberlin would be willing to give us a tour on a Tuesday or Saturday: Operation Rain Check is about 3 ½-4 hrs. We decided maybe in April. We decided to use the April meeting to plan it, along with everything else we have coming up, such as Discover Aviation Day.

Meeting notes from Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

17 attendees – Doug R, Joe L, Steve J, Darryn D, Paul & Katie H, Mike W, Ray E, Ted, Sarah K, Tim R, Paul & Vicki, Dan M, Steve D, Jim Y, Mike M – Good meeting with lots of discussion!

Mike W is looking into getting generic business cards with EAA Chapter 1252 logo on the front and our event listing on the back - Lots of benefits for passing cards out.

Mike W talked a bit about next month’s Thunderbolt presentation & Lycoming story. It should be a good one – please plan to attend.

Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge day will be at the DAC hangar in the Lorain County Airport on Saturday, March 10th. We will do the ‘stations’ in the morning and then, if possible, give the participants a Young Eagle flight. We will also serve lunch (Vicki will pick up beverages, chips & hot dogs) – after each participant has flown. If flights aren’t a possibility, each will receive a coupon for a YE flight at Discover Aviation Day, May 19th. We will try to fly the scouts prior to opening up flights for the general public.

Please let Doug know about any Boy Scout contacts you have. 717-386-6167 or

Steve J suggested having one of the stations to be a ‘hayride’ airport tour – Vicki volunteered to run it, although thought a walking tour might be better, due to liability concerns.

We will limit the number of Scouts to 50

Mike W reminded us dues are due. Please pay Ted Green or mail to PO Box 552, Columbia Station 44028.

Treasurer report was given by Ted – we still have over $3000 in the account

Mike W mentioned it would be nice to have banners made. Mike M advised us EAA will make them for us, if we’d like, at our cost.

Steve J told us about a program Midview has where they will pay people to come in & do programs. Vicki let them know she & Patty have a program and offered to see if it might be something Midview would be interested in.

We briefly discussed PHASTAR. The school will want to bring kids to fly. They currently have less than 50 students. There was some interest in touring the high school. Paul suggested they come to the task force meeting this Friday. 1440 Lakeside Ave in Cleveland at 11:30.

There was another heated discussion about bringing meetings back to 4G8. We decided to stay with the VFW and leaving events at LPR for now. Doug pointed out Mole field is for sale – could a bunch of EAA members pool together & buy it?

Mike W suggesting having chapters combine over time.

There was some talk about Oshkosh – time to start planning!

Mike W discussed getting another plane, maybe a light sport, to get more people in the air. Since we’re not a big building club, maybe we should put more effort into investing in our young people. Another plane would help us do that. DAC offered to help. Since the chapter cannot own a plane and there is a lot of overlap between EAA & DAC, maybe the DACFC could obtain a light sport. Paul & Vicki agreed to work with MRK in order to keep a plane at LPR, if needed. There was a lot more offline discussion on this, after the conclusion of the meeting.

Paul K mentioned DAC will offer flight currency programs which offers a hands on alternative to online courses. DAC will start basic indoc programs in May & expand from there. Will offer flight reviews to anyone interested at no cost, other than what the CFI charges ($50-60), replacing the biannual review.

Mike M brought up sending kids to air academy – we have a couple hundred $$s of points, which could be used to buy banners/business cards, given to another chapter, or used for 1252 to send a kid to Air Academy. Ray E suggested a motion to send a student to Air Academy. Darryn D second it. Per Mike – the only slots are from 12-15 – June 16-20 or 22-26We currently have 2 fund raisers – the Pancake Breakfast at Discover Aviation Day & the Flyro Gyro. We may want to think of other ways to raise more funds.