EAA 1418 meets every third Saturday at Noon in the pilots lounge at Rohnerville Airport, Fortuna, California.  Lunch and a beverage are provided for a suggested $5.00 donation to the chapter.  Anyone interested in aviation is welcome to attend.

Humboldt County, California Aviation Webcams

North Coast Aviators, EAA 1418, installs and maintains webcams at our local airports. These cameras show real-time weather conditions and have proved invaluable to aviators, local government agencies, and area residents.

All NorthCoastAviation.com webcams, AWOS, and more 

 Rohnerville Airport

Eureka/Arcata Airport

 Murray Field

Kneeland Airport

 Garberville Airport

Shelter Cove

See NorthCoastAviation.com for all the aviation cams, weather and local links, local highway cams and technical information about this program.

Affiliated with Lost Coast Aviators is the
AVI8CANDO Youth Aviation Program
Rohnerville Airport, CA

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Brookings Flying Club

This looks like a really nice small town club that meets the needs of nearby residents.  The club owns a 1978 Cessna 172N for flying instruction and member rental.  There is an airport caretaker living on the field, a taxi service and the club operates the fuel concession at Brookings Airport (BOK) with 100LL and JetA available.  There is also an AWSS.  They hold an airport day each year which funds a student scholarship.  Their webpage is at http://www.brookingsflyingclub.org/.


Gold Beach Airport Mishap

This noseover happened on February 8 of this year.  No injuries to the two people on board.  The runway was closed for 20 minutes.


Cessna 172 Lost in Pacific Near Brookings, Oregon 

Brookings, Oregon

At the chapter meeting Saturday, Al mentioned that a plane had gone down in the water near Brookings over the July 4th holiday and that the pilot had bought fuel at Rohnerville.  I couldn't find an accident report but there are several news accounts of the accident. 

John Belnap of Grants Pass had flown his son Max and his friend Ryan, both 17-years-old, to the coast to see fireworks.  The 1964 Cessna 172F left Brookings Airport shortly before 11 p.m. on July 4 for the return flight to Grants Pass.  It was last seen on radar a few miles from the Brookings Airport.  The next morning beachcombers found a backpack with a wallet and identification of one of the boys on the beach near Lone Ranch State Park along with other items including aviation charts.  An extensive search involving Coast Guard rescue boats, helicopter, a C-27J aircraft, search and rescue crews, and the Civil Air Patrol was undertaken and eventually discontinued.  The search covered 540 square miles of the Pacific Ocean.  There is a report that a nose wheel has been found. 

The flight was conducted on a moonless night and spatial disorientation is suspected by some pilots as the cause of this accident.  A local resident was out with her horses and saw a plane go over her house at 11:15, heading for the ocean and flying low.  Belnap was a relatively low-time pilot and not instrument rated.  He flew to Salinas, California once a month for work purposes.  The co-owner of the airplane described Belnap as conscientious and safety minded.



July 16, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Chapter Members,

At yesterday's meeting we discussed the just passed FAA Medical Reform Law. The reform of the 3rd class medical has finally come to pass and you can see details on the Chapter's website or from EAA or AOPA websites.

We also discussed the upcoming Young Eagles event to be held on August 27th at the Arcata Airport during the US Coast Guard's 100th anniversary Open House. More details about the YE event itself will be forthcoming as it gets closer, however if you were not at the meeting and would like to volunteer to help, let me know.



Chapter Meeting on July 16

Chapter Members,

We will have a meeting this Saturday at Rohnerville at noon. A big agenda item will be the planned Young Eagles event for next month.

See you Saturday.