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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Nine minutes of fun.

Click HERE if you have 9 minutes to have fun watching the crew of the Blue Angels C-130 strut their stuff at an airshow... from the cockpit view!  The takeoff is worth the the first 30 seconds for the "time challenged".


Eyes On Garberville

Garberville Airport is about to sprout eyes.  Pictured below is all the gear needed for a three camera system virtually identical to the system the members and friends of EAA1418 installed at Rohnerville Airport last month.  And thanks to the generous donation of a computer system by pilot Gerald Myers, the pilots lounge at Garberville will also have a "Faux FBO" similar to Rohnerville's.

The entire Garberville project has come so quickly to fruition due to the ability of Garberville Airport supervisor, pilot, and instructor Dennis Lichty to explain what the Lost Coast Aviators wanted to do, and the resultant willingness of the pilots and aircraft owners of the Garberville area to lay down cash and materials to make it happen.

Led by Dennis and Gerald, the Garberville pilot community raised the funds in three days and then raised enough money for a fourth camera a week later!  Contributors include pilot Jesse Gray, pilot Brian Winterberg, pilot Roy Smith, pilot Ben Wilke, pilot Dave Winters and pilot Fred Baron.  Seth Johanesen of 101 Netlink is also providing some assistance to the project and continues to provide service to the Garberville Airport at a reduced rate, making the project that much easier to accomplish.

The technical aspects of the project continue under the deft direction of Master Technician Hans Koster. And, as usual, Humboldt County Airport Manager Jacquelyn Hulsey has provided the guidance, wisdom and cooperation to make it all happen without undue bureaucratic impediments. 

Dennis Lichty with the Garberville Faux FBO.


Redwood Coast Flyers to Host Food Concession at Special Young Eagles Event

EAA 1418 President Lindsay Locke has negotiated with her "sisters" in the Ninety-Nine's Redwood Coast Flyers and enlisted their aviation and culinary support for the upcoming special Young Eagles Event to be held at Garberville Airport on May 21, 2011.  The picture below was taken at the Ninety-Nines meeting in February held at the Marina Cafe.

The Experimental Aircraft Associations' "Women Soar You Soar" Program and the Ninety-Nines Scholarship and Associate Membership Programs support and sponsor opportunities for girls and young women to experience flight and pursue aviation careers.  The Young Eagles Event at Garberville Airport brings together both organizations.  Girls can potentially experience the joy of flight with a woman pilot AND eat really good food.

Lindsay hopes to encourage as many of her Ninety-Nine sisters to join the EAA so they can participate in the Young Eagles Event at Garberville and offer as many rides as possible to female Young Eagles participants. 

With the Ninety-Nines providing their typical great eats, and desserts being supplied by the legendary pastry and dessert masters T Locke and Babbett Johnson, attendees at the Young Eagles Garberville event will eat well.

Back row, left to right
Pilot/Instructor Ann Elsbach; Student Pilot/EAA 1418 President, Lindsay Locke; Pilot Rose Hanan; and Student Pilot Sally Biggins

Front row, left to right
Pilot Rita Limmer; Pilot/Redwood Coast Flyers President, Nancy Maas; and local aviation legend Pilot Alfonsia Castrati


Just a cool site

Click this link and see all of the FAA's cameras in Alaska.  (We are now doing here in Humboldt County, CA what the FAA has done all over Alaska.)  The link will open in a new tab or window.  BTW.  We up-date our images faster!  You will see some drop-dead gorgeous live images at this site.  Anytime.  It is Alaska after all.  Worth a bookmark just to peek in.  Thanks to member Russell Dobson for the tip.

By the way... if you don't get directly to the "all current images" site, just click that link on the FAA Alaska home page you reach.  The link will be on the left side menu.



Frank Bush’s RV-9A Project

By Frank Bush

After some 40 years flying, 20 years as a Navy pilot flying carrier based aircraft, 17 years in the airlines, and the last 4 years in General Aviation, I got the bug to build my own aircraft.  I have several friends who built various kits by Van’s Aircraft, Inc., and based on their positive comments on kit quality, and the superior flying characteristics of their completed airplanes, I decided to build a RV-9A.  Mine is a side by side two place all aluminum, low wing airplane powered by a fuel injected, Lycoming XIO-320, 160 hp engine, and a Hartzel constant speed propeller.  With a gross weight of 1750lbs., wing span of 28ft, length of 20.5ft, and height of almost 8ft. the RV-9A cruises at close to 190mph, can carry two people and approximately 100lbs of baggage.  Estimated fuel burn is approximately 6 gal/hr.

I received the first of several kits in December of 2008 and since then have been working approximately 35 hours per week, minus holidays and a couple of short vacations.  My goal is to be ready for a first flight in early 2012. Currently my panel will be IFR capable, comprised of a Dynon Skyview EFIS, backed up by a Dynon D-6 EFIS, a Garmin GNS-430 GPS/COM, Garmin Appollo SL30 transponder, and a PS8000B audio panel.  I will also install analog airspeed and altimeter gauges(“round” gauges).  For exterior lighting I’m installing AEROLED’s  LED position lights and landing/taxi lights

Construction is taking place in my garage.  Primary tools are a band saw, drill press, pneumatic drills, rivet guns and various hand tools.  Thus far it’s been a very rewarding process, but the real reward will be the hours aloft in an airplane that I built.

Click HERE to go to the full series of nearly 100 pictures documenting Frank's project so far.