Hello EAA Chapter 187 Members and Friends,

I am happy to inform you that preparations for the EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour in Georgetown Municipal Airport on November 6th through 9th, 2014 are well underway. Arrangements with the City of Georgetown, the airport, and EAA HQ are almost done. The two big banners with the name of our chapter are printed. We did obtain a free crew car and hangar for the week. The rest of the work is to organize volunteers, and find sponsors to defray the cost of the crew, fuel, hotel and maintenance. If your workplace is willing to donate to help maintain and share this beautiful and historic aircraft, EAA offers a 10-seat flight in ford Tri-Motor for every $1,500 donation. Please check with your employers and neighbors! They can use the flight as employee awards or customer thank-yous.

The City of Georgetown decided not to give anyone a fuel discount this year, with limited exceptions for invited performing airplanes that are not charging fees. I am still negotiating with the City about Young Eagles fuel. Posters are coming as soon as we have a complete list of all sponsor logos to put on the poster. Remember the excitement about the B-17 last May? Let’s roll up our sleeves and tackle this wonderful opportunity to raise funds for our chapter hangar!

Young Eagles Rallies have been very successful this year. Thank you to all of you who are organizing, flying, doing ground work, and teaching classes, for your time and for your willingness to volunteer at the events. The next event is at the upcoming Heart Of Texas Air Show in Waco TSTC on Saturday, September 27. You can register as a volunteer and get a wrist band by contacting Jimmy Cox at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Let’s help support this event with as many volunteers as possible!

One more exciting event in October is that we were invited to talk about the EAA at the University of Texas LAMP program. The program offers retired professional people the opportunity to learn about many different subjects. Rob Reese and I put a talk together and we hope to present it as informative and entertaining to encourage interested participants to join us as aviation enthusiasts. Many thanks to Ron Panton for this great opportunity!

Good weather is coming up, and we’ll have our Fall “Hangar Hop and BBQ Picnic” on either October 11th or 18th. Please check the Chapter 187 website for finalized details. We need more hangars to visit. Please let us know if you can open up your place for this Hangar Hop, and whether the occupants of your hangar row or other neighbors are willing to participate as a group so we can see several different aircraft and projects.

Our November meeting on Tuesday the 11th will be the annual chapter business meeting. All members should plan to come. We’ll vote to fill one Board of Directors position which is opening due to alternating terms. Before then, we need to form a nominating committee of two or three members. Please let us know if you can help. We will also discuss our bylaws. Our bylaw committee members Brad Bellamy and Ron Panton spent quite a bit of time going through the bylaws, and they will talk to us about their recommendations at the November meeting. You can get a copy of the bylaws on the chapter website, and bring any suggestions for making them clearer or more useful.

It will be a busy season but an exciting time for all of us. Let’s move forward and have fun!

Haruko Reese
EAA Chapter 187 President