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
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Rohnerville Airport on the Web

Hans Koster asked that the Lost Coast Aviators, EAA Chapter 1418 identify him as "technician" for press release and Web purposes.  However, it was unanimously agreed by everyone intimately involved that the moniker "master" be pasted in front of "technician".

After all.  Who reading this wouldn't get down on their freakin' knees and praise someone who could solve ALL their problems.  How lucky are the Lost Coast Aviators?

Without further ado...  gaze upon the Rohnerville Airport environs... every fifteen seconds...

Watched the Sun set tonight in Fortuna....

Thank you Hans.



Jerry, Hans, Lindsay and Oak.  Wired.

Hans, Lindsay and Oak.  Notice who is on the ladder.  Notice two ladders.  One's Faux.  FBO


Faux FBO gains independence

The Faux FBO at Rohnerville Airport had it's LAN umbilical cord cut yesterday by EAA1418 President Lindsay Locke.  The formerly hard-wired Faux FBO was upgraded to total independence with the installation of a WiFi system and removal of the LAN cable.  All that remains to be installed are the locked donation box and the pilots guest book.

All of the remaining components for the video monitoring system were checked and delivered to the Gates-Meade building and are awaiting the return to health of our master technician Hans Koster, who got the same damn bug that not a few people have endured of late.

Hans is going to assemble and bench test the system and install it with EAA1418 help sometime next week if his flu follows the same course as the rest of its victims.  Actually, we hope it doesn't... and that Hans is reading this and feeling much better already.


EAA1418 President and Dad book AirVenture 2011 flights

With fuel prices rising quickly and Airline tickets rapidly following suit, the President of EAA1418, Lindsay Locke, decided it was time to book flights to Oshkosh for the "Big Show".  And sure enough, booking now saved about $100 per round trip flight from SFO to ORD.  (Praise be to Richard Branson and Virgin Airlines.)

The dismay at not being able to fly to Oshkosh in a homebuilt like she did in 2010 was offset by knowing that this years visit will be her last visit for at least the following four years while she attends the United States Air Force Academy starting June 23rd, 2012.  (If they'll have her.)

Last years round trip avgas costs in Lancair 2's for Lindsay and her Dad were about $1,150.  This years round-trip Virgin Airlines tickets from San Francisco to Chicago are $458.54 complete.  (Chevron Aviation Fuels' loss is EAA's gain.  Lindsay and Dad just can't buy enough EAA stuff.)

Sure, flying over this magnificent continent and landing at remote airports and visiting with wonderful owners of small FBO's will be most surely and terribly missed, but Lindsay figures that the bus ride from O'Hare to Oshkosh will be yet another adventure in the journey to Mecca.

At last count there are already seven EAA1418 members committed to going to AirVenture 2011.  (We could probably get as many as 20, which is not bad for a club of 60 members.)  The uncertainty about the Middle East and our fuel costs can only aggravate the decision making process for our members, particularly those who are intent on flying to AirVenture 2011.  To commit to flying to Oshkosh in a private plane is truely a commitment, especially with Avgas prices predicted to be at a record high by then.

Update: March 13, 2011... just 21 days after booking these flights, the same flights cost $948.80.  A savings to date of $490.26!


Faux FBO not so faux after all

Sadness and happiness combined when, during the EAA1418 meeting at Rohnerville Airport, (this past Sat. Feb. 19, 2011) two new users were the first to take advantage of the Faux FBO system, one before and one after the regular monthly EAA Chapter 1418 meeting.  Both Faux FBO users are pilots of twin engine air ambulances that landed to transport stretcher borne patients.

With heavy clouds and occasional rains, both pilots were gratified to have full access to all the information they needed to take off from the airport and make their destination safely.  Members of the Lost Coast Aviators who were present got to relish the fact that they had contributed to something that really matters.  There were sick people on stretchers outside the pilots lounge that didn't even know the role they were playing in the the story of the evolution of Rohnerville Airport.  Of course, they probaly didn't... and shouldn't care.

But we did.  And we do.  And we all hope whoever they are they are feeling better.

Thanks to the pilots and crew, EMT's and to all the rest of us who care.


"I would go with Lee right now."

by Lindsay's Dad    February 19, 2011

I called Al Rice about 9:30 AM and asked if he would call Capt. Whitehead (Lee to the rest of us) and arrange to accompany Lee to the EAA1418 meeting at the Rohnerville Airport.  Al called Lee and then drove up to Lee's house and accompanied the 93 year old Capt. Lee Whitehead, not by being in Lee's truck with him, but by following Lee on his motorcycle!

When Lindsay and I got home after a most stimulating EAA1418 monthly meeting, I reminisced about Linz meeting Lee for the first time three years ago and how Lee offered to take Linz up in his T-6 and teach her how to fly his legendary plane.  We talked about Lee's steadfast, near obsessive love of life, and especially his certifiable love and obsession with flying.

I commented that it is pretty amazing that a 92 year old man was still flying his WWII trainer, and that it was also pretty amazing that a 93 year old man was still driving his big-ass Ponci Turbo equipped 3500 Dodge Ram truck, and that a whole lot of people are prepared to, and do regularly sit in the right seat.  I told my daughter that I do not expect to accomplish the same feat by any stretch of the imagination.  I told Linz how Al described to me the excitement of flying in Lee's airplane just three years ago, and how he readied himself by deciding that he "wasn't supposed to die that day".  He could trust Lee, and he did trust Lee.  Lee had flown so many, many planes, and Lee had never scratched one.  Lee had never hurt a soul.  Lee is good at what Lee does.  The odds were in Al's favor.

And my 16 year old daughter said "I would go with Lee right now."

And I said "So would I."

If there is a greater testament to a human life, I don't know what it could be.  Heroes come in a rainbow of colors.