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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2015 and 2016 EAA1418 Officers

President:  Steve  Bowser

Vice President:  Virgil Thompson

Secretary:  Al Castaldi

Treasurer:  Russell Dobson

Webcam Guru:  Hans Koster

Webmistress:  Cheryl Bender


2014 EAA1418 Officers

President:  Steve  Bowser

Vice President:  Miles Mackey

Secretary:  Jill Archibald

Treasurer:  Darlene Madsen

Webcam Guru:  Hans Koster

Webmaster:  Cheryl Bender


2011 EAA1418 Officers

President; Lindsay Locke  Email

EAA1418 President Lindsay Locke is the youngest President of an EAA Chapter in the 57 year history of the Experimental Aircraft Association.  A Junior at South Fork High School who is working toward attending the United States Air Force Academy, Lindsay has been flying since she was 12 years old.  After having served as EAA1418 Secretary for 2010, she was unanimously elected President on November 28, 2010 for the 2011 calendar year.

She is building an RV-4 with her Dad in a custom made "hanger" next to her home in the Redwoods of Southern Humboldt County.  She is also the Founder, Director and Master of Ceremonies of the annual Humboldt Aviation Night held the Sunday after every Thanksgiving.  HAN brings together the entire aviation community of Humboldt County to honor special individuals and unite all members of the aviation community.

Lindsay currently has 60 instructor hours and another 50 plus flying hours in 14 different aircraft.  She will be getting her Private Pilots license on her 17th birthday July, 2011.  Lindsay is a member of EAA, AOPA, The Ninety-Nines, North Coast Vintage Aviation Society, The Kilroy Corps and the Oregon Coast Military Heritage Museum.

Lindsay at AirVenture 2010 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.


Lindsay flying a J-3 Piper Cub in February 2007.  She has two pillows under her and one behind.  In the rear seat is her original Sport Pilot Instructor, Fred Baron, who introduced her to flying and taught her to fly this Cub like it is second nature.


Lindsay in a Rutan Long-EZ surrounded by the Lost Coast Aviators.


Lindsay flying over her home in the Redwoods in northern California.


Lindsay with former F-4 Phantom pilot and charter service owner Al Castaldi.  Lindsay flies the left seat of Al's Seneca twin.


Vice-President,  Dave Sandige  Email

By Dave Sandige

I had my first airplane ride when I was in third grade.  I was my dad's second passenger after he got his pilot's license.  In the mid-70's, my dad became a charter member of the EAA chapter 495 in Roseburg, Oregon.

While I was growing up, my dad owned a Cessna 120, then a 1941 Porterfield, then a 1949 Piper Clipper.  He also completed about 50% of a Taylor Titch experimental airplane before health issues forced him out of the airplane business.  Airplanes were always part of our family.

I learned to fly in the Clipper and got my license about two weeks after graduating high school in 1980.

I went to college with the sole purpose of flying in the USAF.  I graduated in 1984 with a commission through ROTC.  I went on active duty in Nov 1984. I graduated pilot training and was assigned to the A-10 Thunderbolt

I spent 14 years in the A-10 with tours in Korea, England, western, eastern, and central US, as well as temporary stints in the Middle East, and then finished up flying the A-10 as an instructor at the USAF Fighter Weapons School.

Then I took complete leave of my senses and applied to the U-2 program.  I flew the U-2 from 2000 until my retirement from the USAF in 2005.  Before my retirement, I purchased my Wag-Aero CUBy experimental aircraft in 2003.

Since 2005 I have flown a Dassault-Breguet Falcon-50 and Pilatus PC-12 for a corporate flight department.  I have Airline Transport Pilot; Boeing 737; and Falcon 50 type-ratings; CFII Multi-engine, and am approaching 5700 flight hours.

The suit can be very warm.

Dave and a freshly minted Young Eagle in front of his CUBy.


Five years of the best view of Earth.  The curved helmet adds ten pounds to your nose.


Secretary; Jill Archibald  Email

EAA1418 Secretary Jill Archibald is a long term EAA member who has served for the past 11 years as a Coordinator of the Vintage Aviation Group at AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.  She and her husband Archie are two of the 40% of EAA1418 members who do not fly, but enthusiastically support every EAA1418 program, event and initiative.  Jill loves airplanes and pilots.


Treasurer; Darlene Madsen