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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Meeting Minutes for 2017

May 20, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Chapter Members,

At the meeting yesterday we discussed the ongoing study of the County Aviation Division. I talked about my meeting with representatives from Volaire, the company doing the study.

I brought to the attention of the members present, the article on the Chapter's website about the French Air Force using golden eagles to attack drones near airports. It is a wonderful article, take a look at it.

We discussed the upcoming visit to ACV by the Collings Foundation airplanes on June 12, 13, 14. They can use volunteers so if you can help, call Al Castaldi at 496 9352.

We are hoping to fly a missing man formation at the memorial service for Ray Wickel on June 11.



April 15, 2017

At today's meeting I asked everyone to think about and let me know what they would like me to bring up when I meet with the representative from the contractor who is doing the Governance and Sustainability study of the county airports. The possible subject areas are, governance, aviation division budget, airport maintenance, fuel prices, hangar space.The meeting is a few weeks away so we have time to gather some comments and observations that we would like to put forth.

There is a possibility of the chapter leasing a workspace in Arcata that we would then sublease to individuals who need a space to work on their aircraft projects. If you have an airplane build project but it is expanding out of your garage, you should consider this.

Caleb Lesher talked about his re-engined RV that he arrived in today. It has about 20 hours on it so far he is happy with it. He re-did the instruments also (as an afterthought). I looked in the cockpit at the instrument panel and it looked like a flat panel TV.

Al Castaldi mentioned again that the Collings Foundation airplanes will be visiting ACV on June 12,13, 14 and that the Vintage Aircraft Association, who are hosting the event, can use volunteers.

By leaving the pizza boxes open and gesturing towards them now and then, I was able to make the left-over pizza disappear.


P.S.  I realized as soon as I sent the meeting notes that I had forgotten one item: we are probably going to host a Rusty Pilots seminar in June. This is a program that is organized by AOPA. I will pass out more details later. In the meantime you can look at the AOPA website for information on the program.



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.


February 18, 2017

Chapter Members,

At the meeting yesterday Al Castaldi informed us that Ray Wickel died a week ago surrounded by his family. Ray had been a member of the chapter since its beginning and had supported many of its projects.

Al also said that the Collings Foundation is planning to bring their WWII era airplanes to the Arcata airport in early June. There will be a need for volunteers before and during the event.

Miles Mackey passed around photos of memorable airplanes and personalities of his past. Miles always has good stories.

We discussed again a few of the details of the new FAA medical scheduled to go into effect in May, BasicMed. In several details it will significantly decrease the medical requirements for personal flying. There will be a greater emphasis on "self certification".

Jib Ray filled us in on his project. It has begun to overflow his garage.

George Jutila read some "Rules of Flying" that all had the ring of truth. An example: "Some pilots know that when they get in the airplane, it will be their last flight. Some don't."



January 28, 2017

Chapter Members,

We had a fairly large turnout today since we were not crimped by stormy weather as we had been at the last several meetings in the fall.

Of course we discussed the new medical regime called BasicMed with some informative input from Dr. George Jutila on self evaluation for fitness to fly.

John Vandermolen described his positive experience at an EAA workshop for homebuiilders on the basics of building metal airplanes.

George Jutila told about attending the anniversary of the around-the-world flight of the Voyager aircraft. He had a lot of stories about close calls on the flight from beginning to end.




Meeting Minutes for 2016

December 17, 2016

No meeting this month.  Happy Holidays!



November 19, 2016

Chapter Members,

At the meeting last Saturday we formalized the election and re-election of the chapter officers. The one new officer is Jib Ray who was elected by unanimous vote as Secretary. Otherwise the officers are the same: Steve Bowser, President; Virgil Thompson, Vice President; Russell Dobson, Treasurer; and Cheryl Bender, Web Master. Take a look at the  chapter web site, there is always interesting stuff there. http://eaa1418.org/

We will not have a meeting in December but will get together again in January.


October 15, 2016

Hi Cheryl,

We had 4 people today! So there was a big surplus of pizza. It was really stormy as you obviously are aware; at one point the AWOS was saying gusts to 35 knots.

Send me Bob's phone numbers.




April 16, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Chapter Members,

At the meeting on Saturday as promised, we had magnificent internet service.

I reported on an email I got from Red and Marilyn Hamilton announcing a Young Eagles event that will be at Little River Airport in Mendocino County on May 7 from 9 AM to 11:30 AM.

Hans Koster said he is in the process of installing a new webcam at the CalFire facility which will look west along most of the runway at KFOT. He also said that the proposed AWOS at Kneeland Airport is in the works. 

Al Castaldi mentioned that the Clark Museum is going to install an exhibit of historic aviation  at KACV in the terminal in June.

We heard reports of several airplane projects.

After some discussion, the EAA chapter along with the Garberville Pilots Association is fully on board with asking the Aviation Advisory Committee to recommend to the Board of Supervisors the Request for Proposals that has been floating around. It would ask some consultants to study the present relationship of the Aviation Division within the County Public Works Department.

The question came up about the age of the avgas in the tank at KFOT and whether it might deteriorate over time. Here is the best (and most reassuring answer) I found on the web: http://generalaviationnews.com/2011/05/15/how-long-can-fuel-be-safely-stored-2/ . Other than being contaminated by water or crud in the tank the gas is stable for years.



March 19, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Chapter members,

At the meeting yesterday:

Hans Koster said that he will be installing a new webcam at KFOT at the request of CalFire which will show the full length of the runway.

We did a poll of those members present to see if lowering the price of gas at KFOT would make it likely for them to buy more gas there. I have asked the Garberville pilots the same question and will let you know the results in a further email.

Al Castaldi announced that the Collings Foundation will not be coming this year to KACV but that the Coast Guard will be holding their 100th birthday Open House there. More info about that later. If we do a Young Eagles event at the Open House, the YE pilots need to be current EAA members (for insurance) and should check out the Youth Protection Policy from EAA at the link https://www.eaa.org/en/eaa/aviation-education-and-resources/eaa-youth-education/youth-protection-policy-and-program/youth-protection-policy

I discussed the current revisions to the Letter to the Board of Supervisors and the Request for Proposals to study the management of the Aviation Division and have attached them below.

George Jutila tried to stream a short video on the FAA's proposed overhaul of their certification standards for GA airplanes. He was relatively unsuccessful because of the low quality of the internet connection at the airport so here is the link:  http://generalaviationnews.com/2016/03/10/faa-proposes-rule-to-overhaul-certification-standards-for-ga-airplanes/


Comment by Red Hamilton:

I would like to mention that the original requirement for a SS# is now optional regarding the Youth Protection Policy/background check. The application shows that you can enter all 9’s in place of your SS# if you wish.



February 20, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Chapter Members,

At the meeting yesterday the subject of the fuel prices at the local airports came up again along with the minimal maintenance on the infrastructure. Joe Shepp talked about the ideas he has proposed for the county to increase the revenues at several of the airports, for instance leasing space for rental storage.

We briefly discussed the EAA requirement for an online course for everyone working with kids at Young Eagles events. Several folks mentioned that there are similar requirements for adults working with Boy Scouts. Related to the discussion, George Jutia showed a TED Talk video on the long term ill effects of childhood trauma of any sort.

I showed off an ADS-B-in receiver I assembled from parts after reading an article in Aviation Consumer. I tried it out again after the meeting and it showed some local traffic going approaching ACV while I was about 6 miles south. I was thrilled.


January 23, 2016 Meeting Minutes

Chapter Members,

Here are the significant items of today's meeting:

  • I handed out Certificates and Pins to chapter officers for their service in the past year.
  • We discussed the slow progress in Congress of the Pilots Bill of Rights.  The major area of interest in the bill is the big change in requirements for the 3rd class medical.
  • We discussed a new requirement from EAA for an online course and background check for everyone involved with Young Eagles flights.
  • We discussed again what we feel are shortcomings of the management of the county's airports and resolved to send a letter to the Board of Supervisors listing the issues.
  • We heard a short update of the career of former Chapter President Lindsay Locke.



Meeting Minutes for 2015

November, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Chapter Members,

We had a fairly good turnout at the meeting yesterday. The subjects discussed were:

1.  A suggestion from EAA that we select an "Eagle Flight Leader" in 2016 to coordinate introductory rides for prospective pilots in the community. And related to that subject, Jim Merryfield pointed out that there is soon going to be a pilot shortage in the airlines which could mean flying jobs all down the aviation ladder.

2.  Cheryl Bender gave a presentation about the feasibility of creating an Airport Special District and concluded with the observation that it would probably be ridiculously difficult. However she did point out that we could propose to the Board of Supervisors that the Aviation Division be separated from the Public Works Department. There was quite a lengthy discussion about the desirability of having County Aviation as a separate Department. A consensus felt that the best way to propose this to the Supervisors would be to get all the General Aviation pilots and the Commercial Aviation interests using the county airports to write letters to them. Cheryl also presented a Proclamation of a General Aviation Appreciation Month that we could present to the Supervisors.

3.  As a first step to make General Aviation more visible to the Supervisors we are encouraged to go to the Aviation Advisory Committee meeting this Tuesday at 6 PM. I forgot to mention that we will not have a meeting next month but that the next regular meeting will be in January.


October, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Chapter Members,

We had an interesting discussion of the idea of airport districts as mentioned in the
recent Grand Jury report and by the Aviation Advisory Committee. This prompted
several members who have experience in special districts to explore the idea further. We got an update on the current airplane projects.
Most of us ate pizza.


September, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Chapter Members,

At the meeting on Saturday the subjects we discussed were:

  • The Fortuna Parade airplane display by Cheryl Bender
  • Taking off with the canopy or cabin door not adequately latched. Twice. Un-named submitter.
  • A successful and fun flight to Oshkosh by Frank Bush.
  • All the webcams and possible new AWOS at Kneeland by Hans Koster.
  • Dan Freitas is going to try to get the Collings Foundation aircraft here again next year.
  • Advertisement for the county's Aviation Advisory Committee by Al Castaldi.
  • Treating the weeds in the cracks of the pavement with a sprayer and vinegar provided by George Jutila.
  • General grumbling about the County's treatment of the Aviation Division.
  • Pizza


August, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Chapter Members, 

At the meeting on Saturday we had Dan Freitas who reported the visit to ACV by the Collings Foundation airplanes in June was a success. He said there were over 800 visitors to see the WWII airplanes.

Joe Shepp, Tyler Lewis and Jesse from the Garberville Pilots' Association visited and talked about their Airport Day which was in June. They had around 350 folks come out to the airport and many kids got rides. They also discussed the deteriorating condition of the airport because of the county's lack of maintenance funds. 
We all joined the chorus of whining about the price of aviation fuel.
Although Mark Middleton was not there, he dropped off the trophy (see below) won by his and Cheryl's airplanes in the Fortuna Rodeo Parade last month.

George Jutila with Kavin Conn of K.D. Road Construction, gave a presentation on how we can get rid of the weeds and fill the cracks in the pavement at the airport.
And of course there was pizza.


May, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Chapter Members,

We had a fairly low-key meeting today. 
  • George Jutila showed a WWII Navy aviation training film that Rey Urbach had discovered.
  • Ray Wickel and Rey Urbach discussed several routes that AV8Cando might take.
  • Cheryl Bender has taken over the Chapter’s website and is soliciting submissions from the members. Her email is cherbend@suddenlink.net.
  • I passed around a copy of Sport Aviation which had a photo of Frank Bush’s RV-9.
  • We stuffed ourselves with pizza.

  • Steve

April, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Chapter 1418 Members,

For those of you who did not make it to the meeting (or for those who dozed off);

Rey Urbach talked about potential projects that AV8 Cando is considering.

Hans Koster has been able to get enough expressions of interest from the Coast Guard and 
Cal Fire to get started on installing cameras at Kneeland. He also mentioned that he is
installing a new camera on South Fortuna Blvd. that will show sky conditions over the airport. Cheryl Bender gave a presentation of the history and evolution of the GPS system that we
all cannot imagine doing without. As we were all preparing to stand and pack up the meeting, the subject of the Affordable
Care Act came up. Virgil related the fact that he had to pay twice as much for a health
insurance policy for Ian, a high school boy in his care. He said it was no better than the
policy they previously had for Ian and that there was only one health insurance company
in this area. He then made a moderately negative comment blaming this turn of events on
“Obama Care”. Al Castaldi stood up and said “That’s a lie!”. Virgil immediately marched
in the direction of Al perhaps preparing to deck him. The rest of us geezers were
open-mouthed in amazement while Al protested, “I’m a Republican!” several times,
indicating he had been joking and in time to stop Virgil in his tracks. Be careful what you say about health insurance. Steve

March, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Chapter Members,

We had more than the usual number of folks show up today. 
Al Castaldi brought Dan Freitas of the Vintage Aircraft Association who had information on the visit of the Collings Foundation WWII airplanes on June 8, 9, 10 to ACV. Dan also invited anyone who has a vintage, antique, or interesting airplane to bring it to ACV during the event for a static display. More info at: www.cfdn.org.


Cheryl Bender had mentioned at the last meeting that we might want to put a partial airplane on a trailer for the parade in Fortuna to gain local interest. She said today the parade will be July 18.

We had reports on projects by Cheryl, Bob Smith, and a printout from George Jutila about Burt Rutan’s latest airplane called the SkiGull.

Hans Koster brought to my attention the article in General Aviation News about our webcam project. You can see it at http://generalaviationnews.com/2015/03/19/web-cams-help-fight-the-fog/


Al knows of a 1975 Cessna 182 “project” at Murray Field if you have a few bucks and some time on your hands.



February, 2015 Meeting Minutes

At the meeting yesterday we discussed the CAFE 2015 conference 
which is featuring all things concerning electric airplanes. I pushed
my recent interest in cheap ADS-B equipment for experimental
aircraft, hoping there will be more in the near future. We were able
to get a few donations to further Lindsay’s flying future. If you
haven’t heard, she has been accepted to Air Force flight school
when she graduates from college. Cheryl suggested that we might
put an airplane ( or part of one ) in Fortuna’s parade around Rodeo
time. And of course there was pizza.

January, 2015 Meeting Minutes

Chapter Members,

We held our biennial elections today for chapter 
officers, President, Vice President, Treasurer, and
Secretary. In a highly unusual move, Al Castaldi
stepped forward as a candidate for each of the
positions, and even more astonishing, he was
elected by acclamation to all of the offices. By
comparison the rest of the business was fairly
routine. We discussed airplane gossip and the
politics of the county as regards to aviation. Steve


September 20, 2014 Meeting Minutes

Chapter Members,

We discussed several things today.

Hans said one of the cameras at Kneeland was zapped by the lighting storm several 
days ago and he hopes to have a replacement there soon. Hans has been carrying
the fee for the internet connection at Rohnerville since March and so the members
at today’s meeting reimbursed him. This connection allows the cameras and the
AWOS to be accessible on the web and thus is extremely valuable to local as well
as transient pilots because of our weather conditions. Another big subject was the looming mandate by the FAA to have ADS-B equipment
in our airplanes by the beginning of 2020. The FAA hopes this will replace radar and
is required for all operations that now require a Mode C transponder. I was gratified
to see that I was not alone in my financial anxiety over the expense of this
equipment. Rey Urbach reported on an estimate to upgrade the hangar that AV8Cando is hoping
to use to train kids on a donated airplane. We of course ate pizza and we had the novelty of a CHP officer sit in who was filling
out his paperwork. Steve

August 16, 2014 Meeting Minutes

Chapter Members,

The August 16th meeting started with a robust discussion between Al Castaldi and 
Miles Mackey on AOA indicators and the aerodynamic effects of vortex generators,
landing gear, gear doors and cowl flaps. Most of the rest of us joined in with
everyone speaking politely and respectfully. Al Castaldi said there is a good possibility of airport webcams at the Hoopa airport
to be funded by the Hoopa Tribe. He also noted that the Kneeland webcams are
now active thanks to Hans Koster, the Coast Guard and CalFire. Rey Urbach has found a possibly affordable insurance policy for the proposed
hangar to be used by AV8 Cando and is consulting with an engineer about the
necessary improvements to make it usable. Cheryl Bender has continued to add interesting links and photos to the chapter
web site including a link to a free ground school done by Embry-Riddle University. Lindsay Locke made a celebrity guest appearance and talked about her recent
stint at Air Force ROTC officer school. She described what a great time she had
marching, standing at attention, being yelled at, and learning to eat while sitting
at attention. We all (or nearly all) fulfilled our monthly pizza requirement. Some even went
beyond the minimum requirement. Steve