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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Aviation Podcasts

I like podcasts since I can watch or listen to them whenever I want but I never thought to check out aviation podcasts.  Well on iTunes there are about 100 aviation themed poscasts.  Here are just a few.  Go to the iTunes store and search the term 'aviation'.  Check them out.


Think About Density Altitude at Sea Level

One of the comments on YouTube had this information.

"It's a Stinson at Raven field on Vancouver Island...not far from Duncan and Victoria...3 people on board and a hot day...the aeroplane still bears a few scars from the tree! Lucky indeed!"


UFO or B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber?

I saw one of these in 1986 when I lived in eastern Nevada.  It was flying through a valley below me and was still a secret.  Saw a lot of strange things in that Nevada desert.


100-year-old Mary Ellis again takes the controls of a Spitfire.

Shared by Frank Bush

Mary Ellis and co-pilot Matt Jones toast successful flight with champagne.

In the cockpit of the lead Spitfire sits Mary Ellis, celebrating her 100th birthday by recreating her time as one of the 'Ata-girls', the select gang of female pilots who flew Britain's fighters during the war.

As a ferry pilot, Mary was usually found at the joystick of a Spitfire or a Hurricane but ultimately flew more than 50 types of aircraft, logging 1,100 hours of flight

Matt said: 'I gave Mary control of our Spitfire. I wasn't sure where we were but Mary was very clear. She pointed us towards Thorney Island, up through the Witterings, flew on to Selsey Bill and then Bognor Regis, never losing a foot of altitude.

'She showed me precisely how she was able to deliver all those aircraft with just a map, a compass and a stopwatch. I was utterly humbled by a superior aviator who also happens to be 60 years my senior!'


Meeting Minutes for March 19, 2017

Chapter Members,

More rain but we had a reasonably good turnout today anyway.

I relayed Lindsay Locke's good news that she will start flying the Air Force trainer T-6 next month at Vance AFB in Oklahoma.

Al Castaldi said the CAF airplanes will be at the Arcata airport on June 12th, 13th, and 14th. These include the B-17, B-24, B-25 and P-51.

We once more discussed the new medical rules, BasicMed. Another subject come up this past week that we talked about a bit was the proposal to privatize Air Traffic Control and the possibility of cutting funding for TSA which will no doubt affect airline ticket prices.

David Ravetti said the Supervisors have awarded a contract to Volaire Aviation to study the County Aviation Division. They will soon be having public meetings for interested parties (that's us) to provide our comments. So start organizing your thoughts in order to provide meaningful input.

Jim Merryfield talked about the avionics upgrades he is doing to his RV 6. They include adding WAAS GPS and a couple EFIS flight instruments. His comments about the ADS-B that he is installing helped me see some new possibilities for my Long EZ and Skymaster because I have been agonizing over this issue for a couple years. I say agonizing because I am a notorious tightwad.