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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Lindsay Locke's AirVenture 2012 Blog Day 6

This morning John and I got up early to be at the AirVenture Museum at 8 am for the Chapter Breakfast. When we got there I had no idea what to expect. We sat down with two very nice gentlemen and chatted and ate until Jeff Skiles went to the lectern to speak. Jeff gave a short introduction and synopsis of the meetings' speakers. Then he introduced EAA President and CEO Rod Hightower to the stage. This is when I tensed up a bit.  Mr. Hightower began his speech on the subject of youth involvement in EAA and aviation.

He then asked all the chapter leaders in the room to stand up. Then he asked everyone over 60 to sit down, then 50, then 40, 30, 25, 20...  By then I was the last one standing.  Then Rod introduced 18 year old me to the crowd of 150. For me, this was the culmination of two years of work. To have Rod Hightower, a supporter of the past few years, openly be able to acknowledge me was wonderful and I consider the honor a big win for EAA 1418, and especially, a win for all the young people that wish to be involved in EAA chapters. Thank you Rod Hightower.

Trevor Janz, chapter coordinator, also spoke and presented the Chapter awards. I have to say there are some amazing chapters out there. Congratulations to all the winners; you set an amazing example for all of the other chapters. Like Rod Hightower said, “Share, so we can plagiarize the heck out of you.” Plagiarizm is not a bad thing in this case – if it works for them it can work for other chapters. Keeping the backbone, the chapters of EAA, strong is key to EAA success.  Thank you to all of the amazing chapters out there; keep up the great work.

After the breakfast John and  I headed to the grounds and went our own ways for a few hours. I met up with Lindsey Pell, the president of chapter 1310 in Connecticut. We had a great time walking around the grounds and exchanged ideas and techniques on how to run the chapters. She is very nice and sounds like she is an amazing asset to her chapter. 1310 is lucky to have her.

Lindsay Locke and Lindsey Pell at AirVenture 2012.

At 3 John and I went to the car and got our chairs to watch the airshow. We had the pleasure of watching some of the greats today. Including Tora, Tora, Tora (the reenactment of the bombing of Pearl Harbor), Navy F-18 Honor Flight, The Iron Eagles, and of course the worlds best solo aerobatic pilot Sean D. Tucker in his Oracle bi-plane.

The afternoon airshow was only a taste of what was to come that evening with the spectacular night airshow sponsored by Rockwell Collins. And boy, it was amazing! The Skyhawks Skydiving team from Canada, Iron Eagles, AeroShell, Gene Soucy, Leff, Jet Car and Truck, a beautiful presentation of fireworks (best I have ever seen) and the Wall of Fire. Great way to cap off another successful AirVenture!

Everytime I have seen this great stunt I enjoy it like the first time.

If you have never been to Oshkosh, WI for this event it is definitely worth the trip! Only 365 Days to go until AirVenture 2013 – Start planning now!

This looks like when our old Ford Country Squire wagon fires up.


Lindsay Locke's AirVenture 2012 Blog Day 5

Today has been a relaxing day at AirVenture. John, his father-in-law Pete Petezrick, and I all went to AirVenture. Pete was a Colonel In the US Army and served during the Berlin Airlift helping load planes. He was a welding engineer for Fairbanks Engines, and finished his career consulting all over the world on large engines in the service.

That's Pete in the center looking at us.

Once we got to the airport I went to the Phillips 66 Plaza to join in the Women Soar – WomenVenture picture. We were a sea of orange shirted pilots – I wanted to yell “Go Beavs” as we all stood there in OSU Beaver colors.

After that I was on to a quick tour around the warbirds. They had a great showing this year with some classic favorites including FiFi, Georgia Girl, and the Commemorative Air Force Planes.  Later I visited the Honda Jet tent, there I got to meet the renowned AeroShell Aerobatic Team and see the Target Indy car that both Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti raced.

I would trade my beloved Ford Focus for this ride.

Now, back at the house its time for a little break from airplanes and on to the Olympic Ceremony!


Lindsay Locke's AirVenture 2012 Blog Day 4

Best Day Yet!

Today I didn’t get out to the field because it rained like crazy and I wasn’t interested in getting all wet. However, John Rubino and I did go out later because the Seaplane Pilots Association annual Corn Roast was at 5:30. My dad and I went last year and had a fantastic time.

Last year we walked from Camp Scholler so I was not familiar with the way we went today. I was instructed to go all the way down to the South 40 and go through the gate. Well, John and I went all the way to the END of the South 40. When we did not come across a gate we turned back to find the gate back where the tram had dropped us off. We got our walking in for the day with that little adventure. We got to the Corn Roast right on time.

Before going to the Corn Roast I had actually received some exciting news. Earlier in the week I had stopped by the SPA booth in Hangar C. While there I met with Steve McCaughey and he gave me the PA Tyler Orsow-Chuck Kimes Forever Flying Scholarship to fill out. Tyler Orsow was a young man with an amazing passion for aviation in his short 25 years he achieved many great aviation accomplishments. About a year and a half ago Tyler and his mentor Chuck Kimers were flying out of Dubai, UAE in a Grumman Goose and had problems during take-off. These problems resulted in the very unfortunate death of everyone on board.

Paul, me, Terry Campbell, and Jake.  All we are missing is pontoons.

To honor Tyler the Orsow family created a scholarship for young people ages 17-35 who held a PPL and are SPA members . The scholarship would give the recipient a fully paid seaplane rating. 12 scholarships are to be awarded a year and 2 at Oshkosh. To apply for the scholarship you had to be present at AirVenture and fulfill other requirements.

I took the scholarship back to the house and started writing. About 10 pages of resume, and short essays later I had completed the scholarship.

Today at about 4:30 I got a call from Steve informing me I had won the scholarship and to make sure I would be at the Corn Roast.

John and I went and had a fantastic time! Everyone at SPA are very enthusiastic about seaplanes and just a bunch of fun to be around.

The scholarship winners were introduced to the crowd. This year they actually picked three winners because they just couldn’t pick two.  Steve McCaughey has been such a great supporter and it certainly showed when he announced my scholarship and accomplishments to the crowd. Later I had people coming up to me saying they had seen the article on the EAA website and congratulating me.

Tyler Orsow’s mom Terry Campbell was there to help present the scholarships. What an amazingly strong woman she is.  I can't wait to get started on my rating and make the Orsow family proud.

We left the Corn Roast at about 10 and walked all the way back to B Lot… Partially in the rain.

What a fantastic evening. Thank you SPA, Steve, and the Orsow and Campbell families.




Lindsay Locke's AirVenture 2012 Blog Day 3

EAA President Rod Hightower with his wife Maura and me, gettin' all sweaty.

Today started off with me being awakened by thunder. It was quite exciting to get startled awake at 6:30 when the thunder cracked so loudly I thought something had fallen on the house or there was a car crash outside.  These mid-west thunderstorms are really something.

John and I went to a BNI meeting at 7:30; BNI is a business networking association. The meeting was great and I was able to promote EAA 1418 and the SkyCams a bit.

I saw some good 1418 friends at AirVenture today – our Secretary Jill and her husband Archie! I happened to go over to the Vintage Hangar and Jill and Archie were at the volunteer booth. It was great to see them.

I also met a very interesting young woman at the Ford Reception, Lindsey Pell (I know... awesome name) who is in her 20's and was elected president of her EAA Chapter 1310 this year. She came up to me because she recognized me from the EAA web article. It was great to meet another young woman President. We exchanged information and are going to meet up here at AirVenture.

I also saw Allen Morris, (aka Ace Abbott) author of “The Rouge Aviator” in the Authors Corner in the Merchandise Warehouse. If you have never read Aces’ book it is worth the read! I also met a couple of other authors as well.

The most important activity of the day for me was the Ford Chapter Presidents Reception. Held in a very hot Ford Motor Company Hangar. The event was attended by about 150 people including Rod Hightower, Jeff Skiles, Edsel Ford, and Mr. Star Wars himself George Lucas. It was nice to see Mr. Hightower and his wife again. He has been a great supporter through my ‘unofficial presidency’ deeming me the ‘Rebel President’. 


Lindsay Locke's AirVenture 2012 Blog Day 2

AirVenture Day 2

Yesterday I had a great flight and a great day with the Rubinos. I didn’t go to AirVenture on Monday so Tuesday was my first day at Wittman Airport.

To me one of the best things about AirVenture is the atmosphere, and I don't mean the heat and humidity.  AirVenture is like nowhere else, you can walk around with 100,000 other people and feel completely safe. I have never been able to do that alone anywhere else… Usually I would have my pepper spray and knife with me.

John Rubino and I walked around for a while and did a quick tour of the main grounds. John left around three and I headed over to the Hangar buildings (Hangar A,B,C, and D). My objective was to find the Seaplane Pilots Association booth – I found it!

In Hangar C I found the SPA booth, Steve McCaughey, and the SPA gang. If you have never met Steve, he is a cool guy and very enthusiastic about SPA and aviation in general. You might remember his name because Dave Sandige’s presentation at this month's chapter meeting was about ferrying Steve’s Cessna 120 across the country, almost. We had a good laugh about that when I told Steve that Dave shared his story with the chapter.

The SPA is having its Annual Corn Roast Thursday at 5! If any of our members are at AirVenture, you have to go stop by the SPA booth and get a ticket! Great food and a bunch of great people! Plus they have one of the best raffles going at AirVenture.

I'll report back tomorrow after the Ford Chapter Presidents Event this evening!!!