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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Propeller Maintenance

One of my dreams is to buy a Catto propeller for my little Zenith so Wednesday evening I watched the EAA webinar given by Craig Catto called Top Propeller Designs.  The first half was an interesting review of the propellers he has designed and made for everything from NASA experimentals to Reno air racers.  The second half covered engineering considerations and problems that can occur with use including those that lead to catestrophic prop failure.  These were enough to panic several listeners especially those with experimentals.  To learn about the stresses that your propeller may be experiencing, listen and view the slides of the webinar here.   For a new AVweb article on five Suggested Airworthiness Information Bulletins on propeller maintenance from the FAA, click here.


Recreational Aviation Foundation

The RAF has a work party scheduled for our neck of the woods.  Here is the information.

The Recreational Aviation Foundation and United State Forest Service work party at Gravelly Valley Airstrip is scheduled for September 12-13, 2015.

I hope this date will work for the vast majority of the volunteers that have communicated with me their willingness to help.

The focus for the weekend will be to smooth out the runway, mark the ends of the runway and line the runway sides with tires.  A drag has been offered to do the smoothing so we should only need rakes, shovels and picks. We will be burying small 6x6 aircraft tires (off Cessna’s, Piper’s, etc.) along the runway sides. They will be buried at least 2/3 down so only the very top will be showing and then painted white. This will allow someone landing off center to run over them without damaging their landing gear.

There are plenty of camping spaces at Gravelly Valley so plan to bring your camping gear and enough food and drinks to last the weekend!  This will be a fun weekend and a good opportunity for the RAF to show the USFS that we are willing to roll up our sleeves and help maintain airstrips.

Again I would like to thank everyone that has responded and volunteered to help. It’s been quite overwhelming for me. If I have not gotten back to you personally please forgive me. You can expect another e-mail on this work weekend before the work date to confirm everything and provide last minute information.

Thank you,

Rick Lach, California State Liaison

rlach@theraf.org | 661-345-7755


Recreational Aviation Foundation
1711 West College Street
Bozeman, MT 59715-4913
United States
406-582-1RAF (406-582-1723)


Join Team RAF!


RAF Mission:
“Keeping the legacy of recreational aviation strong by preserving, maintaining and creating public use recreational and backcountry airstrips nationwide”

AirVenture Oshkosh 2015

This is EAAs playlist with 29 videos.  Something for everyone.


AOPA Air Safety Institute

I am posting this in case anyone isn't aware of this service.  I get emails telling me when AOPA has a new Accident Case Study video.  Here is a link to the latest called Communication Breakdown.  The webpage includes a multitude of links to other AOPA videos.



A Few Parade Pictures

The chapter won second prize in the civic category.

A closer view of the 2nd Place - Civic trophy!

Mark Middleton and Bob Smith in front of Mark's Kitfox.

Cheryl Bender's partially build Zenith 750 STOL.  Thanks to Oakley for his help in getting the planes to the parade lineup and to Jeffrey Bender for pulling the Zenith in the parade.  Bob and Cheryl handed out toy gliders along the parade route and both had to run to catch up with the airplanes.