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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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.


Burt Rutan to be honored at AirVenture 2011

This years AirVenture 2011 schedule includes a special celebration of the career and accomplishments of Mr. Burt Rutan on Thursday July 26th.

EAA1418 member, FAA Medical Examiner, General Practitioner, Avi8CanDo founder, Voyager "flight surgeon" and Burt buddy, Dr. George Jutila, has been an EAA1418, Lost Coast Aviator since day one.  Every one of our members knows about and admires George's long association with the legendary Burt Rutan.

So when EAA1418 President Lindsay Locke heard that Burt was going to be speaking at the EAA Museum during AirVenture 2010, she made a point of being there.  Unfortunately the place was packed and Lindsay could only see Burt from afar from the edge of the second storey balcony.  Fortunately she could hear him just fine.

After his speech, Burt, being the nice guy he always is, shook hands and posed for pictures and ended up being surrounded by an undulating mass of people circling like wolves.  Lindsay and her Dad went downstairs just to catch a closer glimpse of the great man.  While they circled the perimeter Burt decided he was ready to leave and started, fitfully, trying to exit "stage left", and coming straight for Lindsay and her Dad who yelled in her ear, "You'll never have another chance like this, let's go for it."  And they waded into the mass, slowly working towards the creeping Burt who was still coming towards them. 

Just when they were only a few feet away from Burt, out of the ether came a huge black camera literally forced into Dad's hands by a man who then jumped next to his companion and Burt and posed for a picture.  Lindsay said "This is nuts!" above the din.  Right then Dad, handed the large black camera back to the man with equal vigor, and with his left hand shoved Lindsay towards Burt, who seeing a cute girl in close proximity, grabbed her.  Below is the result.

Lindsay says; "It won't happen this year.  We won't be able to get near him.  Anyway, I wouldn't go through that again, but I will always love this picture.  It was worth the insanity.  Poor Burt."

She displays this picture on her wall above her bed right next to her picture with Sean Tucker.


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!