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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Young Eagles Event -- August 27th

Chapter Members,

We will not have a regular meeting this month. Our next meeting will be the 3rd Saturday in September.

Assuming the weather will favor us, the planned Young Eagles Event will take place on Saturday August 27th at ACV during the Coast Guard's open house. Al Castaldi has been coordinating with the Coast Guard and here are the latest details: their open house will be from 10 AM to 2 PM and there will not be a 5k run as proposed earlier. They want us to run our operation on the north side of their ramp near their alert helicopter. (I assume they will shoo us out of the way if they need to go rescue someone from an upside-down boat) At present we have potential participants from a Boy Scout Troop and I expect there will be some also from the visitors who come to see the Coast Guard. We are not advertising the event to limit somewhat the numbers because of the fairly short time span of the open house and the fact that we have just four airplanes and pilots.

Would those of you who previously volunteered to be the ground support get back to me to confirm your ability to be there? We will need you to register the kids, get the pilots' paperwork completed, and hand out Certificates and Log Books at the completion of the flights. Also importantly, we will need to escort every kid to and from the airplane.

Thanks Steve


Landing during the year's worst July storm

Another of the top aviation videos from last year.  A KLM pilot lands a Boeing 777 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport during a violent storm.


Mission Impossible

Here is Tom Cruise riding on the side of an Airbus A400M.  In a featurette for the latest "Mission: Impossible" movie we see Cruise himself perform a daring stunt — a stunt he did not only once but eight times.


Safety Seminar at Benton Airport

A safety seminar on take-offs and landings will be the 122nd monthly consecutive safety seminar at Benton airport. 

Mr. Jim Ostrich, the proprietor/operator of Benton Aviation, a retired Navy Captain, a CFI with varied and extensive aviation interest and skills (also an A&P) will discuss the elements regarding takeoff and landings… with a strong emphasis on the aspects of an airport like Benton, especially in hot/windy conditions.

Directions: Flying to Benton....... after landing, taxi to the west side of the airport and park just south of the open sun shade hangars, then walk 300 feet to the Quonset hut building by the fence, enter on the north side. Driving: Once you arrive, park anywhere along the fence, then walk to the north side of the building and enter the Quonset building.

Event Details:  Sat, Aug 13, 2016 – 10:00 PST EAA Chapter 157 3025 South Street Quonset Hut Redding, CA 96001

Contact:  WILLIAM V. HILL (530) 410-9525 ATPBill@gmail.com Select #: WP2570213 Lead Representative WILLIAM V. HILL

A message from the National FAASTeam Manager:  Invite a fellow pilot to the next WINGS Safety Seminar in your area.  Sign up for the FAA's safety services at www.FAASafety.gov!




Brookings Accident Report and News Update

Third body from July 4 plane crash near Brookings found.

By Jeff Duewel
Grants Pass Daily Courier

Posted Aug. 8, 2016 at 11:17 AM
Updated Aug 8, 2016 at 5:56 PM

BROOKINGS — Divers on Sunday found the body of 17-year-old Ryan Merker, finishing up the recovery of a tragic July 4 plane crash.
The Grants Pass teen's body was found 120 feet from the upside down wreckage of a Cessna 172, in 55 feet of water, and on the last dive of the day, around 11 a.m., authorities said.
Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel, who was in a support boat with Marine Deputy Ernie Fields, said there was a lot of relief.
Divers had previously recovered two other bodies from the site, but there was uncertainty about how long the effort to recover the third and final body could continue. The weather blew up again Sunday afternoon.
"It was an emotional day for all. Lot of relief. Lot of closure," Daniel said Monday morning.
Curry County Sheriff John Ward, who led the search effort along with Daniel, also expressed relief.
"It is by the grace of God that we were able to find Ryan after being missing in the ocean for over a month," he said in a release. "There is no explanation on how we were able to find Ryan other than unwavering determination and some help from above."
Any further investigation and salvage of the wreckage is now in the hands of the National Transportation Safety Board.
On the night of July 4, the plane crashed into the Pacific a half-mile offshore near Rainbow Rock north of Brookings, after pilot John Belnap took off at approximately 11 p.m.
Belnap, 46, his son Max, 17, and Merker were flying home to Grants Pass, where the boys were entering their senior year at Grants Pass High School.
Sunday's search was the first in nearly two weeks, following the recovery of the Belnaps, as ocean conditions were too rough.
Six divers from Clackamas and Multnomah counties in Oregon, and from Smith River, Calif., participated Sunday.
Ward and Daniel said dive teams made several dives, and on the last dive Merker's body was found on the edge of the search area, just outside the 120-foot rope use to guide divers.
After surfacing to switch tanks, divers went back to get the teen's body, which was then transported to the U.S. Coast Guard Station and delivered to Redwood Memorial Services.
Reach reporter Jeff Duewel at 541-474-3720 or jduewel@thedailycourier.com.



NTSM Preliminary Report

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA138

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation

Accident occurred Monday, July 04, 2016 in Brookings, OR

Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N7870U

Injuries: 3 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 4, 2016, about 2300 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172F, N7870U, impacted the Pacific Ocean shortly after takeoff from Brookings Airport (BOK), Brookings, Oregon. The private pilot and two passengers were presumed to have been fatally injured; the search for the airplane continues. The airplane was registered to Cessna 7870U, LLC, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from BOK about 2300, with a destination of Grants Pass Airport, Grants Pass, Oregon.

Information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), revealed that the family of the pilot contacted local authorities after they became concerned when the pilot had not arrived at his intended destination. The FAA subsequently issued an Alert Notification, which was then cancelled on July 7, after airplane wreckage was found washed up on shore 3 miles northwest of BOK.

Review of the recorded radar data depicted that the airplane turned left shortly after takeoff, and then climbed westward to about 700 feet above the ground. The last recorded radar target was about 1 mile west of BOK, and less than 2 miles southeast from where the airplane wreckage was found.

A witness located 1 1/2 miles west of BOK reported that during the time of the accident, he heard an airplane flying nearby and assumed that it was taking off from the airport. He thought it was unusual for an airplane to be flying that late in the evening. As the airplane continued, he heard the engine slowdown in speed but couldn't remember whether it stopped or went out of hearing range.