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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Oshkosh Items: 

STC for Experimental – Amateur Built Technology

Chapter 12 member David Forster has been working on some “Skunk Works” type stuff related to taking the mystery, cost and some complexity out of the development of Special Type Certifications (STCs) for adapting experimental technology into aircraft with Standard Airworthiness Certificates. He is presenting twice at Airventure this year and you are encouraged to attend as it is a great opportunity! USPA announcement below.


USPA Vice President PR David Forster sends this special invitation: 

If you are going to Oshkosh this year, I’d like to invite you to attend a forum I will be presenting, titled “A Low Cost Certification Pathway?” 

Although the schedule and location may change, as currently planned it will be held in Workshop Classroom A on Monday, July 24, at 1:00 pm, and Thursday, July 27, at 8:30 am. 

I’m excited about the project and what it can mean for improving safety and reducing the cost of flying small certified airplanes. I look forward to seeing you at Oshkosh! 


Ride to AirVenture 2017
Allyson Thorn is looking for a ride to Airventure for her grandson, Ari, who is 8 years old. They are flexible on the dates and a one-way trip is fine. FYI, Allyson and Valin built a Lancair Legacy - it was on the cover of Sport Aviation in Feb 2017. Richard Session if you can assist with a ride for Ari. 


Saturday, August 12, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Tech on Deck, Chapter 12's Technical Series for Aircraft Builders, Aviators, Enthusiasts. Join us at the Houston FSDO on Feathercraft and Fuqua for the 2016 Southeast Region Accident Review. Lance Little and Paul Downs present the accident reviews with preliminary/final findings  NOTE:  You will need to be at the facility no later than 10:00AM and bring a photo ID as it is a controlled access building. NOON: Out of the Hangar, Social Events for Chapter 12 Members, Friends, Guests. After the presentation and demos we'll select a place nearby to gather for lunch and great hangar flying - probably the Luby’s right across the street from the FSDO.  


Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Tech on Deck - Chapter 12's Technical Series for Aircraft Builders, Aviators, Enthusiasts.MRT Laboratories – Oil Sampling and Testing, Ben Hartman, President and Sean LeTard, Director of Operations, 305 Nebraska Street, South Houston TX 77587, Phone 713-944-8381. Join us at the lab for a discussion of sample collection techniques and common errors and how oil is actually tested for contaminants and properties – how do they get the numbers? Their sampling program is frequently free so come by and see if you might qualify for a look! 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. 


OTHER AVIATION CALENDARS AND ORGANIZATIONS Wings Over Houston, 21 – 22 October, Ellington Field – Looking for volunteers to staff as well as aircraft for display, Contact Richard Sessions,


Congratulations to Jackson Karow on flying the first test flight of his Murphy Rebel, N13YN! He wrote:"I'd like to thank the chapter and the EAA for all of the support in finishing the project and getting her in the air. There is no way this would have gone as smoothly without the great support. I would also like to thank David Forster again for his wonderful help and input as my Technical Counselor at the end. His experience in building and flying experimentals along with his willingness to mentor was a tremendous help to me and improved the quality of my build dramatically - albeit still not to a level even close to his work... Hopefully it will make it to Oshkosh this year with the group!"

See his Build album - 
And check out his Test flight landing and climb here - 

Congratulations also to Phil Perry, who also made the first flight in his RV-10! Phil said: "Couldn't be happier with the airplane after 45 minutes of time in the air. I'm ready to go again..."Check out Phil's video here - 

Please send your current projects to

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


EAA HQ sends out Chapter Video Magazines. Click here to watch. 


AVIATION BOOKS 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 


Enjoy the good music of the 1940's with The Manhattan Dolls, October 28, from 7-9 pm at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. See website for details -  


** 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 

** 2 Aircraft Covered Parking Spots 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 ** 

SEAREY CLASSIC $65,000 For sale to good home. 2010 SeaRey built light: fun in the sun with basic VFR panel. Great performance off the water with light empty weight and 914 engine. Carbon C hull, toe brakes, heavy duty gear, LR tank, extended rudder pedals, electric gear with gear warning system, AOA, VG's, tail and front bulkhead reinforcement kits installed. Warp Drive w/nickel leading edge. EMS D-10 Engine monitor, SL40 comm radio. Regularly treated with Boeshield. Featured in Sept. 2013 Kitplanes. Love the plane, but no time to fly it. 320TT engine and airframe. Contact David Forster, Owner, 832-788-1861281-992-2713

** 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** Rutan Long Ez – N9FC, Houston TX, KEFD – Flying, 850 hours, Contact Richard Sessions at, Cell: 281-467-2432 (Listed on Barnstormers)

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,


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.