Future Events

April 25th 2015 - Saturday 8:00 AM
Seaplane Safety Seminar

Where: Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St


Alaskan Aviation Seaplane Safety Seminar

Registration starts at 8 AM

Sunset at 21:49

April 28th 2015 - Tuesday
Aircraft Project Auction

The Chapter is auctioning a donated 2 place Stits Playboy project complete with a Lycoming 0-290 Engine. As you can see, it's got wooden wings and a welded steel fuselage.

The auction starts on Tuesday April 28 about 8 PM, and it will last 2 weeks ending at 9.00 pm Tuesday May 12, 2015.

The project will be viewable on Merrill Field, Anchorage AK, starting at 7 PM on the night of April 28 (our April Chapter meeting) and by appointment after that date. There is no warranty, guarantees implied or expressed and the engine is undocumented. There is a builders log and some plans.

Bidding will start at $1,500 and the minimum increment is $100.

Call, text or email your bid to John Davis at 907-350-8758, jdsuen818@acsalaska.net.

We will try to keep the web site updated with the current bids, but we update the web site manually.

And remember ….one must be a EAA National member and a Chapter 42 member to be allowed to bid. If you wish to become a member please contact any of the Chapter officers for information.

Donated Project

Donated Project Wings

Tuesday May 12th 2015

Sunset at 21:57

April 28th 2015 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Chapter Meeting

Where: John Davis Hangar on Merrill Field

Weight and Balance Weight and Balance

John Davis at 350-8758

We are not going to just talk about doing a Weight and Balance, we are actually going to weigh a plane using the chapter's scales.

You will have a chance to see and bid on the Stits Playboy project airplane that we will be auctioning off.

This year we have had an unfortunate series of chapter officers leaving. At the April Board of Directors meeting, John Davis told us that he will be moving to Arizona sometime before mid September.

This will be an Official Chapter Business Meeting. We will have an election for Chapter Secretary and Chapter Treasurer. We have a couple of volunteers for these officer positions, but they are already board members:

  • Cliff Belleau for Secretary
  • Ed White for Treasurer

We need some more volunteers. Please give the chapter a hand.

Ed White is now the Caretaker of the Chapter Trailer.

Merrill Field Meeting

Sunset at 21:57

May 2nd 2015 - Saturday 9:00 AM
Great Alaska Aviation Gathering

Where: FedEx Hangar

We can always use some help at our booth. Contact John Davis at 350-8758 Volunteers qualify for a chance at a $75 Northern Lights Avionics Gift Card. Set up on Friday afternoon, Show is on Saturday and Sunday. Take down on Sunday afternoon.

The Great Alaska Aviation Gathering will have over 275 aviation exhibitors featuring the latest technology, state-of-the-art products, new innovations and comprehensive safety conference. Indoor & Outdoor Static Displays featuring every type of aircraft – sport, general aviation, vintage, experimental, commercial, corporate and military.

I got a phone call from Bob Jones who lives in Big Lake. For those of you not familiar with Zenith Aircraft, Bob has a famous CH-701. His plane is hardly ever on wheels. It's mostly floats and skis. He has posted quite a few videos and written articles about the many modifications that he has made to his 701.

Bob told me that Zenith Aircraft will have a booth at the Great Alaska Aviation Gathering. Roger from the factory will be here. They have arranged for a CH-750 from Fairbanks to be on display inside the hangar, and Bob will have his CH-701 on display outside.


We have 500 EAA Chapter 42 Business cards printed up.

Great Alaska Aviation Gathering

FedEx Booth 2014

FedEx Booth 2007

FedEx Moose

EAA 42 Business Card

Sunday May 3rd 2015

Sunset at 22:08

May 6th 2015 - Wednesday 7:00 PM
Board Meeting

Where: TBA

Board Meeting As always, all Chapter 42 members are invited and encouraged to attend.

Sunset at 22:19

May 8th 2015 - Friday 9:00 AM
Valdez May Day Fly-In and Air Show

Where: Valdez

Carbon Cub - Valdez 2007

Aerobatics, Poker Fun Run, Flour Bombing, Beach Landings, Demonstrations, STOL Competition, Food, Vendors

More info at:


Valdez 2015

Sunday May 10th 2015

Sunset at 22:24

May 9th 2015 - Saturday 9:30 AM
Chapter Breakfast Get-Together

Where: Kava's Pancake House

Breakfast Kava's Pancake House has great food and fast service. It is located right next to Merrill Field, just northwest of the Northway Mall.

Bring your friends and family and join us at 9:30 AM on Saturday morning, May 9th.

Sunset at 22:27

May 16th 2015 - Saturday 9:00 AM
Hudson Fly-In Young Eagles

Where: Talkeetna

Young Eagles

The Chapter will be participating at the annual Hudson Fly-In at Talkeetna. We will be helping with the Young Eagles flights.

We are looking for pilots and help on the ground. If you would like to help with ground operations in Talkeetna, contact Ed White, and we can make arrangements to fly you to Talkeetna.

Sunset at 22:45

May 18th 2015 - Monday 6:30 PM
Alaska Aviation Museum Lecture Series

Where: Alaska Aviation Museum - Lake Hood

Lecture Series: Legends in the Air

Free to the public!

Sunset at 22:50

May 26th 2015 - Tuesday 7:00 PM
Chapter Meeting

Where: Birchwood Airport

Seabee Lars Gleitsmann will host or meeting at his hangar on the north end of the Birchwood Airport in a south facing hangar.

We will get to see his progress in an RC-3 Seabee restoration.

There will be a barbeque grill.

Sunset at 23:08

Apr 11th, 2015 - James Moss - 500 Young Eagle Flights

Jim Moss

James Moss splits his time between Alaska and Arizona received this award today at our EAA Chapter 538 Young Eagles Event @ Glendale AZ (KGEU). Only took about 10 years...


Apr 10th, 2015 - EAA National Letter in response to Alaska Board of Game Policy #207

Please see here the Letter that EAA National sent to the AK-BoG / AK AG in regards to the Proposal #207.

Best Regards, Lars

Apr 2nd, 2015 - Alaska State Board of Game Over-reach

Hi, This story may read or feel like a really bad joke, but sadly it ain't. Two weeks ago I was contacted by a lawyer and pilot who sought help with a "Government Over-reach" issue, and my initial reaction was "this is so crazy this cannot possibly happen"... yet it is happening now. Anyway; the issue requires some reading, see below. I mentioned this as a possible issue in the last EAA chapter meeting and then attended a meeting of 23 Pilots, among them many lawyer-pilots & hunters, on Monday evening at MRI in ANC. That meeting lasted almost 3 hours. Today there was a meeting about it in Wasilla. We also talked about this today at the EAA-42 Board Meeting. Enough Suspense; read it here:

The State of Alaska has the authority to create laws related to hunting. This is an attempt to create a law regarding flying by the AK-State Board of Game. The Board of Game should limit itself to hunting – not flying.

The Alaska Supreme Court has very clearly held that there are no superfluous words in statutes and, as such, every word has important meaning. I can provide citations for you. The proposal clearly states the following:

  1. From August 10 to September 20 aircraft may only be used to place hunters and camps, maintain existing camps, and salvage meat and trophies while used for the purpose of Dall sheep hunting. Using an aircraft for the purpose of spotting sheep or locating Dall sheep during the open hunting season is prohibited.

Sounds harmless enough? -wait a second! Please read on: (there is also much more to it as seen in B.o.G. meeting minutes etc etc) -have to fit it in an email...

Let’s break it down. (Text by Rob Stone)

“From August 10 to September 20 aircraft may only be used to place hunters and camps, maintain existing camps, and salvage meat and trophies while used for the purpose of Dall sheep hunting.”

This prohibits the use of aircraft between August 10-September 20 to do anything other than what is listed. So, for example, my son and I go sheep hunting and get two sheep. On the way out, we decide to take a fly-by of the kill site (several miles in). In doing so, a Trooper seeing me doing it. This is illegal. This conduct had nothing to do with fair chase or same day airborne, but it is illegal under this proposal. It is a restriction on flying.

“Using an aircraft for the purpose of spotting sheep or locating Dall sheep during the open hunting season is prohibited.”

This is clear and unambiguous. This means that if anyone decides to fly in the Alaska Range to spot sheep for taking pictures, it is unlawful for him to do so between August 10 and September 20.

It also means that if I take a sheep this August 10 and decide that I want to fly around in the mountains of the Alaska range this September looking for 2016 sheep hunting spots, it is illegal.

The State of Alaska has the authority to create laws related to hunting. This is an attempt to create a law regarding flying. (end of Quote, Rob Stone)

They could have very easily and very clearly put out further restrictions on hunting and spotting animals from aircraft for the purpose of hunting, but instead they consciously chose to broadly restrict "flying in the mountains" for any other purpose. Off course this is in conflict with FAA rules and the general "fly as low as you want over un-inhabited terrain" etc etc. ... Here we clearly have a Government Entity, the Board of Game, that consciously voted (one member voted against this so called "Proposal #207") to exceed its mandate to regulate hunting and ventured into regulating flying...

(Now Quoting Rob Stapleton:)

This needs to be taken to a higher level of awareness. If we don't fight for the proper language in these regulatory situations then we can expect "mission creep" that will cost all of us money and further degradation of our flight privileges. Once aircraft are grounded, captured, impounded, etc. who will foot the bill to return our aircraft and pay the fees, penalties etc. ?

Our objections now will help detour the inevitability of the state and feds to deem all of Alaska as parks land, thus making it impossible to land, fish, hunt, photograph, or take a piss on.

Rob Stapleton

As your Government affairs guy, I called up a B.o.Game member and asked about this a week ago; The answer was "Oh No; not at all! -Don't You worry!" (paraphrasing). Then the guy called me back and left a Message "being very sorry! - he misinformed me, seriously! and asked me to call back, would not elaborate about it on the answering machine. I called him back and he gave me the whole story; " Yes its true, yes it has that consequence, yes it is LAW as written right now and applies to this summer etc etc" so, in short, I sure did not just hear it from the Lawyers' but also from one member of the B.o.G. that VOTED FOR IT. I have lots and lots more of ugly details but this email is getting too long already. I have to say that I have never been as amazed as I am now about this totally un-necessary affair, that was created by 3 Members of the AK-B.o.G that seem to have their own agenda.... and keep in mind, if this goes, what will they come up with next year? and what kind of encouragement are they creating for others who are opposed of our "Right to Fly" as licensed pilots etc?

Sam Cotton, commissioner of ADF&G has indicated #207 is now being reviewed by the AK Attorney General. We need emails, letters, and phone calls going to Lt. Gov. office and legislators helping them understand how this impacts you. You could be videotaped and accused just flying through a pass in the Range under the clouds, if the "right Guys are around"... ‎ J.R. Gates email'ed many involved at 5:32 PM on April 1st: Quote:

"I spoke briefly on the phone with Alaska Airmen’s Association this afternoon. They seemed conflicted and have yet to raise this issue to their membership. Any members should call the number that is on your annual dues notice (907-245-1251) and encourage them to pick this issue up. Please leave a message tonight or get ahold of them tomorrow AM if possible."(end Quote J.R. Gates) The same seems to be true for AOPA, at this point in time, as far as I know. I have called the EAA Hdqrt's. about this twice and I am keeping them posted, they promised help.

In General; I can only say it is up to YOU, the members, the pilots, the individual, to react to this and to contact whoever you seem fit. I am attaching here a document that outlines what is going on and states sources of info on this and also what can be done about it. I would NOT rely on just the internet forums in this (or any?) case, please use the resources given in the attachment. I be glad to email more info on request. This is as outlandish as it appears; sadly its true and REAL. As the "Government affairs guy" of the local EAA I Really would wish there would be Nothing for me to do, but I get disappointed yet again...there is a lot going on in these days, that will affect our ability to fly in the future; btw. Did YOU do any thing to support the "Pilots Bill of Rights-2" ?????????

Best Regards,


Apr 1st, 2015 - New Chapter President

Bernie Willis

Congratulations and thanks to Bernie Willis, our new Chapter 42 President.

At our March 2015 meeting we found out that Chapter 42 President Jonathan Fant would be moving to the Lower 48 in April. A few people volunteered to take over the position of President. At the April 1st Board Meeting, there was a discussion about having the Board of Directors elect a new President according to the bylaws, or waiting for the next membership meeting to have a special election.

The board determined that since Jonathan would be out of state at the next meeting, that would eliminate any kind of in person transition to the new president. According to the bylaws, the Board of Directors elected Bernie Willis, our new Chapter 42 President.

Jonathan Fant

The Board of Directors would like to thank Jonathan Fant for all that he has done for the chapter. Years ago he hauled his uncompleted RV to the Northway Mall for a static display for the chapter. He organized the FedEx booth last year and started the organization for it this year. He has sponsored meetings at his hangar and helped out with John Davis for meetings over there. Thanks Jonathan.

Nov 16th, 2014 - Chapter Bylaws Changes

Ariel Talen-Keller, Jonathan Fant, and Walter Yankauskas are serving on a committee to simplify and update the Chapter's bylaws.

Version 1 of the proposed bylaw changed, consisting mostly of formatting changes and logic corrections: Draft of Bylaw changes 2014V1

Here is a working version of the bylaws containing lots of comments and questions: Working Draft of Bylaw changes

Current Bylaws

Nov 6th, 2014 - EAA Hall of Fame

Ariel Talen-Keller's father, Timothy Talen is going to be inducted into the EAA Sport Aviation Hall of Fame. The following is from the October 2014 issue of Sport Aviation (with the polished Electra on the cover), page 119.


TIMOTHY TALEN, founder of the Oregon Antique & Classic Air craft Club and founding director of the Oregon Aviation Historical Society, is an aircraft restoration master. In addition to many partial restorations, Timothy has fully restored at least 20 airplanes, including seven Interstates, a Cessna 120, two Cubs, a 1932 Fairchild 22, and many more. His award winning restorations have graced many covers of EAA's Vintage Airplane magazine, and he has an uncanny ability to look at any antique part and name the aircraft it came from. Tim's father taught him to fly in an Aeronca Champ, and Tim earned his private pilot certificate in 1969. Since then, Tim has earned instrument, commercial, multiengine, and CFl ratings and certificates, as well as an A&P certificate. He served as an air traffic controller in Vietnam, and taught aircraft construction and technology at Lane Community College for five years, during which time his classes built a replica of Les Long's Longster.

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Event Calendar
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Sat Apr 25
8 AM
Seaplane Safety Seminar
Loussac Library, 3600 Denali St
Tue Apr 28
Aircraft Project Auction
Tue Apr 28
7 PM
Chapter Meeting
John Davis Hangar on Merrill Field
May 2015
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Sat May 2
9 AM
Great Alaska Aviation Gathering
FedEx Hangar
Wed May 6
7 PM
Board Meeting
Fri May 8
9 AM
Valdez May Day Fly-In and Air Show
Sat May 9
9:30 AM
Chapter Breakfast Get-Together
Kava's Pancake House
Sat May 16
9 AM
Hudson Fly-In Young Eagles
Mon May 18
6:30 PM
Alaska Aviation Museum Lecture Series
Alaska Aviation Museum - Lake Hood
Tue May 26
7 PM
Chapter Meeting
Birchwood Airport
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