Chapter 12

Houston, TX

Greetings Chapter 12 Members and Friends!


 Please note that the monthly chapter meetings shall be on Tuesday nights from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM.  Frequently at Ellington Field locations, but with varying other locations so please watch the notices carefully.  The Chapter will also have occasional technical and social events on the weekends and possibly other nights.  Feel free to recommend, give or host meetings or events.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018:  Monthly Chapter Meeting

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM:  Chapter 12's Technical Series for Aircraft Builders, Aviators, Enthusiasts.

Please note this month's meeting is at Pearland Regional in the hangar of Coastal Skies Aero Club.

Electronic Aircraft Ignitions, Darrell Pool, Smooth Power LLC (, 281-728-8732) – distributor of electroair, Electronic Ignition Systems, Meeting location is Pearland Regional’s Coastal Skies Aero Club, 17910 Airfield Lane, Pearland Texas 77581 (first hangar on the left as you enter the airport).  Please note you can fly in and taxi to the event!

Darrell will discuss electronic ignition and how it works, what the benefits are, compare a few of the systems that are available, and of course answer any questions anyone might have.  We plan on having one of the aero club’s aircraft with a working system.  Please bring a folding chair just in case we have more folks than chairs.

Please contact Richard Sessions if you need assistance with directions, 281-467-2432.


Please contact us if you have an idea for a topic and or a location!



Upcoming Events:

         1 March 2018   Early Houston Aviation:  Mail Service Comes to Houston, 7-9PM, 1940 Air Terminal Museum, Hobby Airport,

         3 March 2018   Dallas Aviation Collectibles Show, CR Smith Museum, Dallas TX (American Airlines Museum)

   8-11 March 2018   EAA Ford TriMotor Stop – Coulter Field, Bryan TX

      16 March 2018   Space Center Houston presents Astronaut Fred Haise and his experience on the Apollo 13 mission as well as his other previous and current projects,

22-25 March 2018   EAA Ford TriMotor Stop – San Marcos Regional, San Marcos TX

      23 March 2018   Wings Over South Texas Air Show, Kingsville TX (Blue Angels)

        5-8 April 2018   EAA Ford TriMotor Stop – West Houston Airport, Houston TX

        7-8 April 2018   Heart of Texas Air Show, Waco TX  (Blue Angels)

   12-15 April 2018   EAA Ford TriMotor Stop – Mid-Valley Airport, Weslaco TX

         14 April 2018   CAF Warbird Weekend, West Houston Airport, Houston TX

   19-22 April 2018   EAA Ford TriMotor Stop – Texas Gulf Coast Airport, Lake Jackson TX

         21 April 2018   Hobby Fest (Hobby Airport Houston TX) – Congratulations to Eric Lipper whose fabulous Aerostar is on this year’s poster for the event!

   10-12 May 2018   Chennault Air Show, Lake Charles LA

                                    Thanks to Michael Bludworth and his association with Hobby Airport’s 1940 Air Terminal Museum who provides local history and area events on his Facebook feed!




Please advise any new information on chapter members.  


Class D airspace and Class E surface area airspace within a 5.8-mile radius of Sugar Land Regional Airport, Houston Sugar Land, TX, and updating the name of airport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database. Very important if you are coming from the west and taking the southerly route around the Class B.  

AVAILABLE JOB OPPORTUNITIES – No, Really, there are some in aviation!

The pilot shortage is upon us and there were several recruiters at Sun-N-Fun and even ones from Air Wisconsin at the Wings Over Houston this year looking for staff (flight and other) and they are a United Express partner, They are looking for staff including pilots with rough minimum requirements of 750 hours military, 1000 formal 141 school and 1500 general (check with them as to the details). Contact Mike Hall atflymortimer@yahoo.com713-515-6088, or, 970-739-5123. Please let them know you heard about it from the WOH, Mike Hall and EAA! 


Please send your current projects to We'd like to get a current list of all Chapter members' projects.  

 THE EXPERIMENTAL EXPERIENCEBuilding, Flying, and Maintaining an Experimental Airplane, by Richard Socash (EAA 743517) is now available at Amazon.Com and CreateSpace.Com. This book covers building and flying activities from the first time the idea occurs through years of flying and on-going maintenance.  Not a “how to do it” book but rather a “here’s what to expect” book, helpful to those in the building stage or those thinking about it and looking to learn about: tools, paperwork, builder options, procedures and techniques, FAA requirements, considered do’s and don’ts, and a whole lot more. 

Successful builders eventually learn by experience much of what’s in this book.Those thinking about building are often in the dark on what to expect and how to go about things. The authors have assembled in text and picture format information that falls under the category of “good things to know” for anyone thinking about building or already in the building process. Questions should be addressed to Rege.So@Gmail.Com  


** If you have any aviation related items to send please send a short entry with description, contact info price etc. to  Postings will remain for 2 months or until we receive a response from theperson advertising to either cancel or extend for an additional 2 months.


From the president of Chapter 187 in Austin: is a STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering, and Math) program for students at both Georgetown and East View high schools. The centerpiece of this program has students build a Van's Aircraft RV-12 two-seat Light Sport Aircraft. EAA Chapter 187 is co-sponsoring this project, providing experienced aircraft builders as mentors for the students. The aircraft is being built on the East View High School campus, with final assembly and operation at Georgetown Municipal Airport. Funding for the project is primarily from charitable donations. EAA Chapter 187, being a 501(c)3 non-profit, is helping fund this project. You can make a tax-deductible donation using PayPal (accepts all major credit cards and bank accounts). Visit Tango Flight on the web at, and follow their Facebook page.  They would appreciate your interest and support in this youth activity which chapter 187 embarked upon as a part of “Community Aviation Awareness” effort as one of the EAA’s main goals. Contact Haruko Reese, EAA Chapter 187 President, 512-255-8969  

Tail Dragger Flight Time Swap Wanted:Arne Aamodt wants to swap some Cessna 185 flight time for time in his Stearman, call Arne at 281-630–6632.  Arne is based at Pearland (KLVJ). 


Looking to get your hands dirty on a composite aircraft restoration on the west side of Houston? The Rutan Aircraft Flying Museum / Waller County Aviation Museum is looking for hands and sponsors for a VariEze rebuild.

The new flying museum is the canard equivalent of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). The organization has several flying /almost flyable Long Ez’s and very limited space to house them. Looking for sponsors for the aircraft operations and also an immediate need for some donated hangar space for two of the Long EZs, at airports with good condition 3500’+ good condition runways with visibility for the aircraft.

Contact Ryszard Zadow, President, Rutan Aircraft Flying Experience, – Last Posting

HAVE NEWS TO SHARE?  Please send us your airplane/project/flying photos, your news, for-sales, and other items of interest to Chapter 12 members and friends. For events or news, please advise at least two weeks in advance so we can get in the general news e-mail. Please send your info to be posted to

Board and Programs:   
Dan LaFon, President
Hal, Vice President
Thomas Castleman, Secretary

Dean Doolittle, Treasurer
Open Position, Programs


Contact Us

Your 2016 EAA Chapter 12 Board

President: Dan LaFon

Vice President: Hal Getzelman

Treasurer: Dean Doolittle

Secretary: Thomas Castleman


Website: Dan LaFon

Membership: Dan LaFon

Programs: Thomas Castleman

Young Eagles: Dean Doolittle

Technical Support

Technical Councilor: Dave Forster

First Flight Advisor: Josheph Ware

Chapter Member who are Flight Instructors

Andy Foster (LSA)

Jim Gardener (CFI including MEL and Tailwheel) at Texas Time Builders

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