Make plans to join us for upcoming events. Richard Sessions is our Program Director. Let him know if you would like to host or present.

 2018-2019 Chapter Elections are coming up! The new term that starts in January. If you are interested in serving as a Chapter 12 officer, please contact any of the current officers. All positions are up for election.

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 Saturday, November 11, 2017

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Tech on Deck - Chapter 12's Technical Series for Aircraft Builders, Aviators, Enthusiasts.

Builder’s Visit – Robert Karow’s newly completed Murphy Rebel, Delta Hangars at Ellington Field. You can fly in to this event – City T-Hangars off Juliet.

Driving Directions:  Proceed to Ellington main entrance – Hwy 3 & Dixie Farm/Challenger Avenue, Enter the field on Challenger and proceed past the NASA 707 on Static display as Challenger turns into Morton as you come alongside the Lone Star Flight Museum on your left.  Turn Right on Hutchinson (last possible right) and with the hangars on your right, proceed 3 more cross streets to Chapman.  Turn Right on Chapman and pull up to the gate in the right lane so as not to block the left access and call Richard at 281-467-2432 or honk twice as we should be the first hangar on the right.  We will dispatch someone to escort you in.

Fly-In Directions:  It is on the far end of the northeast side of the “D” row of hangars off Juliette which is on the way to the self-serve fuel (fuel is running $3.86 today).  We recommend not parking at Signature as they have a ramp fee and there is additional work to get you from their facility to the meeting hangar.  Feel free to park on the taxiway end of the hangars as there are a tie downs on the end.  The hangar is right across from the Collings Foundation hangars so cool stuff there as well.  Call Richard at 281-467-2432 if you need additional assistance.

NOON: Out of the Hangar, Social Events for Chapter 12 Members, Friends, Guests. 

After the presentation we'll select a place nearby to gather for lunch and hangar flying.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Tech on Deck - Chapter 12's Technical Series for Aircraft Builders, Aviators, Enthusiasts.

Sonex Jabiru to CAMIT Engine Conversion and the History Behind It,”  Lou Riekert will talk about his journey to deciding to re-engine his Sonex.  He will also have the aircraft at the presentation.

Location is Pearland Regional Airport, KLVJ, Pearland TX 77581. If you are flying in, park on the ramp near the FBO and walk just south to the event. We recommend a folding chair if you can. 

Noon: Out of the Hangar, Social Events for Chapter 12 Members, Friends, Guests. 

After the presentation we'll select a place nearby to gather for lunch and hangar flying – La Casita. _________________________________ 


Please advise any new information on Chapter members.


2 December – Annual Harvey & Rihn Christmas Fly-in and Young Eagles event, La Porte TX, T41 – 8 AM - ?.  Debbie preliminarily has planned the annual bash and is also looking for Young Eagle pilots, planes and ground staff.  She would love to have you and if you are interested in the YE event, please contact Richard Sessions at 281-467-2432 and he will forward your contact information to the EAA 712 group coordinating.

Please advise of any local or near aviation events. 

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 at flymortimer@yahoo.com713-515-6088, or pilotrecruiting@airwis.com970-739-5123.  Please let them know you heard about it from the WOH, Mike Hall and EAA!

 Looking for An Aerospace Position

Velraj Kalaiselvan, is looking to transition to a classic aerospace position or possibly form an aerospace controls company here in Houston.  His introduction and contact information are below:

I am born and brought up from India. I did my Bachelors in Physics, Master's in Computers and have 14 years of Software Testing Experience.  Since from my childhood I have a passion in Aerospace, this always encourages me to keep me updated with latest technology going around it and very keen in knowing more while interacting with persons in aerospace background, my physics and math background is helping me to understand the concept.
I came to US in early 2014 on a H1B working visa, so I have option of working for any company. I would like pursue my career in Aerospace and to make a change. I believe my dream will come true by working with like minded people and entrepreneur who has same passion. I have knowledge in Java, Arduino IDE and Ada programming.  My work experience is not related to aerospace but due to my interest and passion is always driving me towards aerospace.
I would like to meet in person to discuss the opportunities, guidance to align me with right people. 



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


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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

** Avionics - Chapter 12 has received a generous donation of aircraft avionics items. If you are interested in anything on the attached list please contact Linda Street-Ely. Suggested prices are included on the attached flyer. 

** Citabria at KHPY - See attached flyer

** 1 Aircraft Covered Parking Spot available at KLVJ, easy access located in the SE area with plenty of space for parking / leaving your vehicle.  Access to office / bathroom, Electrical power available at request as well as air and basic tools.  $200 each, Contact Darrell Bivens, dbivens@me.com832-244-1947

** Smith Mini Airplane project. Spencer Mann began a Smith Mini Airplane project years ago, and would like to hand it off to a dedicated homebuilder to finish it and get it airborne. It is currently about 60% complete. Anyone interested, please contact Spencer at 512-924-1443

** Pober Pixie, "Thunder Cheep" 550 hr TTAE, new Bendix mags, plugs, new #4 cylinder on A-75. Excellent condition, always hangared. $11,000. Tim McCullough, Polly Ranch 7XSO, 281-989-0096,

** Glostershire Aerodrome, Sealy Texas (1XA7): This is “newer” airport community opportunity if you are looking for a place on the west side of town with a turf field. Rick Doak:  361-243-1040


From the president of Chapter 187 in Austin:

TangoFlight 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, 


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.

Your EAA Chapter 12 Board and Programs,
Linda Street-Ely, President
Matt Stecher, Vice President
Doug Kutchinski, Secretary/Web Master
Dean Doolittle, Treasurer
Richard Sessions, Programs