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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Blowout (British Airways Flight 5390)

Thanks to Frank Bush for this video.  Link to Wikipedia article on the 1990 incident.  Check out the information on bolt size and other causes of this failure under the Investigation section.


What an Inspiring Life - Kay Gott Chaffey


SFO to ACV -- Mountains Most of the Way

Another flying to Humboldt video.



NTSB Issues Safety Alerts for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

The National Transportation Safety Board issued two safety alerts Wednesday to increase awareness among aircraft mechanics and pilots of the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Safety Alerts SA-070 (https://t.co/bDUfMeV9Zc) and SA-069 (https://t.co/6jlj5wz2V1) warn mechanics and pilots that the risk of CO poisoning is generally overlooked and underestimated. A defect or leak in the exhaust pipes or muffler can introduce the colorless, odorless and tasteless gas into the cockpit – with sometimes fatal results. The NTSB also produced companion videos for the alerts, available on the NTSB’s YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/qZuJbuSZG-w and https://youtu.be/i2q7TISBFbc.


Meeting Minutes for September 16, 2017

Chapter Members,

We had a fairly good turnout at today's meeting. Good enough that all the pizza disappeared.

Hans Koster discussed the state of the web cameras at several airports and said that one of them at Eureka Murray had failed. So with almost no arm-twisting we got some generous donations to buy a new camera for Murray. Hans said the new one at Shelter Cove is working well. He also said he was invited to the airport at Bandon Oregon to advise them on installing cameras there. The cameras are a wonderful feature for our local airports especially given the prevalence of the marine layer here.

Frank Bush talked about his recent positive experience with the BasicMed process, saying it went well.

Cheryl Bender and Virgil Thompson reported progress on their airplane projects. John Vandermolen appears ready to make the leap into an RV kit.

I showed the components of a uAvionix kit that I am planning to put on my Long EZ for ADS-B in and out. It allows the use of my existing transponder.

Al Castaldi said there will be a fly-in at Benton Field in Redding on September 30. He also said that Kay Gott Chafee had died and that there will be a memorial service for her at Humboldt Area Foundation on Indianola Road on October 20th. She was a WASP during WWII and flew all the frontline fighter aircraft of the day.

It is with great sadness that I received an email from Lindsay Locke this past week saying her dad Randal had died. For quite a few years Randal contributed an enormous amount of energy and innovation to the chapter. He always seemed to have a great sense of humor and irony. Since he and T moved to Arizona we maintained email contact. He had amusing observations of his new AZ surroundings. I will miss him.

After the meeting I flew through the smoky sky down to look at the Garberville Airport. Most the pavement is gone; see the attached photo.