Jan 30

Super Bowl Party!!

Let’s Have A Super Bowl Party!!

The SuperBowl is this Sunday, February 5th and you may have heard that the Atlanta Falcons will be taking part in the game.  We have proven that we can get the game in the hangar using our 70 inch display.  We will host a Super Bowl party Sunday.  We will begin gathering at 5:30pm.  The game begins at 6:30pm.  Please bring your favorite soup or chili and your favorite dip and chips and the chapter will supply soft drinks.  Any questions, feel free to contact me president@eaa690.net

Oct 04

Maker Faire 2016

EAA Chapter 690 was pleased to participate in the Maker Faire this past weekend.  We had the opportunity to speak to a lot of folks about the programs we have to offer for youth.  There was always a line waiting to sit in Heidi and have Chuck tell them all about her.  My thanks to all of those that took time from their weekend to participate with us.  A special thank you to Joel Levine for heading this up and making it happen.


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Aug 16

RV-12 Financial Update

The fuselage for the RV-12 is moving along quite well and it will not be long before we are ready to order the wing kit.  We conceived this idea of building the RV-12 last November and the empennage kit was shipped the latter part of January.  In less than eight months we have made significant progress on the airframe.  The idea was to build an LSA so that members of the chapter and others that would join the Hangar 6 Flying Club would have an LSA alternative.  The upcoming changes in the 3rd Class Medical may cause some to go back to certified aircraft, but the RV-12 is still a great alternative for those looking to continue their aviation experience.

We knew going into this that it would be a great challenge to raise the funds to complete this build, but I have always had faith we would make it happen and I still believe that.  No doubt the heaviest part of the task is still to be completed.  We currently have $2,768.84 in the RV-12 fund.  The wing kit with shipping will total approximately $6,700 and if we want to have lights on the airplane the lighting option kit is an additional $1,650.  Short term we need to raise and additional $4,000 at a minimum to keep this moving forward.  Don’t forget that your donation to the chapter for this project is tax deductible. You can donate by bringing a check to any chapter event or by credit card online at www.mkt.com.eaa690 or at any chapter event.

We are also in need of additional bodies to work on the project.  We have several regulars that have been working most Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  Gordon Fowlkes has offered to lead some week night sessions for those that work during the day and still want to get the experience of working on this plane.  There is so much to be learned from taking part in the building of this airplane.  I hope that many of you will still take advantage of this opportunity and find a way to fit it in your busy schedules.

Let’s keep this moving forward.


Aug 05

A Brief History of the Tuskeegee Airmen

Our guest speaker for the August 6, 1st Saturday in August Aviation Program and Pancake Breakfast will be Ms. Zellie Rainey Orr. Ms Orr, a native of Indianola, MS. Is an award-winning historian, researcher and consultant.  She has championed causes worldwide impacting diversity and inclusion. Her presentation will focus on her involvement with the Tuskeegee Airmen.

A barrier breaker, Zellie was one of five black students to desegregate Indianola High School in 1967, the 1st black Personal Lines Underwriter, Kemper Insurance (Los Angeles, CA); 1st black female Personal Lines Underwriter, Commercial Union Insurance Co. (Atlanta, GA); 1st black Technical Writer, Windsor Group Insurance Co. (Atlanta, GA) and 1st woman elected President of Atlanta Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. in 2011.

Pursuing a Bachelor’s in Journalism, she studied at Los Angeles City College and San Fernando Valley State College and at corporate institutes.

Assuring the contributions of unsung heroes are remembered, Zellie’s efforts promote tangible recognition worldwide. Among these: naming of 56-unit apartment complex in Mississippi in honor of deceased Civil Rights Pioneer, Charlie Scattergood;  locating (60 years later) burial site of Tuskegee Airman, Lt. Quitman Walker, in Belgium; erecting of State Historical Markers; discovery of “missing” 1949 USAF Weapons Meet “Top Gun” Trophy won by 332nd Fighter Group a/k/a Tuskegee Airmen. (Trophy’s now reposed at National Museum of USAF in Dayton, OH and available for viewing by its more than 1.2 million tourists who visit the facility annually); ‘renaming’ of Camp Creek Parkway in metro-Atlanta, “Tuskegee Airmen Parkway.”

Zellie is the mother of two daughters, Kai and Nia, she resides in Smyrna, Georgia.

Jul 25

Experimental Avionics in you Certified Aircraft

We can now thank the EAA and the AOPA for procuring STC’s that will us to install electronic data displays from both Dynon and Garmin in our certified aircraft.

The EAA STC for Dynon carries a $100 price and is available here.

For information on the equipment itself you can go the Dynon website.

Now the AOPA and Garmin have entered the ring with this offering.

This is exciting news for us in general aviation as it will allow us to use some of the electronics that the experimental world has been using for years. Good news!!

Jul 13

Thanks to Mitchell Mechanical

We want to recognize Mitchell Mechanical for providing HVAC services for Chapter 690.We also want to thank Lee Olson for getting us hooked up with them.  They have provided regular service for us and most recently came out and fixed an issue we had that had us feeling a bit warm at the last pancake breakfast.  If you live in their service area and are in need of HVAC work, please contact them.


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Mitchell Mechanical Service Area

Jul 13

PBOR2 To Become Law

The Pilots Bill of Rights 2 was passed this afternoon by the Senate and now awaits the President’s signature to become law.  This should provide quite a lift to general aviation.  For information on the PBOR you can go here.

The EAA also has a pretty good FAQ available here.



Jul 13

Thank You from the Schmids

We received this thank you note from Tom & Deb Schmid and I wanted to share it with everyone.

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Apr 05

Youth Group News

I wanted to share with our members a piece written by Adi Chackonal, a member of the EAA 690 Youth Build program.

Hello, my name is Adi Chackonal. my love for airplanes extends to when I was just a kid. My family and I travelled every year to various parts of the world. The method we used was of course the best: airplanes. Every flight is different and I learned something new each trip. Since i decided to pursue a career as an aeronautical engineer, I have set my future to meet the requirements. My first major step was joining the Flight Operations class at Maxwell High School. Although most of the students there would be in line to become a pilot, I took the course to learn about planes and aviation in general. It is with Maxwell that I came to know of EAA.

I have been involved with the EAA building program since its beginning. Hugh Colton was kind enough to share his idea to my Flight Operations class at Maxwell High School. I jumped at the opportunity because it parallels with my career goals as an aeronautical engineer. Since working with planes has always been a childhood dream of mine, when this opportunity to build one from scratch came up, I could not think twice. At the sessions, I have been exposed to many kinds of plane parts and tools that I have never heard of. For example, I feel like I am getting better at mixing epoxy to glue the parts together. The mentors have taught me how to use many new tools and handy tricks to make sure this plane comes out perfect. They have made everyone understand that building an airplane is delicate and time-consuming. I have learned to be patient and precise.

Hugh and the other mentors have truly helped me boost my knowledge of planes from ground up. I have learned the basic parts of planes to the most complex methods of putting it together. In addition, they have shared many ideas with me which will benefit me in my future. With the help of the program, i am more involved in the EAA community. From their delicious pancake breakfast to the young eagles program, my interest and knowledge on aviation have increased. The building project is a great help because of the various influences I’m surrounded by each session. Every mentor and volunteer knows something new that i would have never known. In addition, our relationship has increased. Even after i leave for college, i will not forget the men who got me to the point. When i am free, I hope to take some time to visit the hanger once in a while and help out with any current projects

Another great benefit of the building program is the hour of flight time that is received when 10 hours of volunteering is completed. This can put me ahead in aviation by building planes and earning my hours to fly them. After getting a degree in aeronautical engineering, i want to push my education to become a pilot and an Airframe and power plant mechanic. I would consider myself as a master aviator by being trained to do the three most important aspect of a plane. I can only contribute my success to the great work done by the mentors at the building project and the EAA chapter 690.


Mar 07


I’d like to tell you a story of true generosity. Back in the summer last year I was asked to meet with Larry and Laura Bishop. As many of you know Larry, Laura and family are fighting a battle with Larry’s Alzheimer’s. Larry and Laura are long time members of the EAA 690 family and the owners of Hangar #6, in our row, as well as a beautiful Aeronca that Larry had restored. In that meeting we spoke about finding a home for the Aeronca and it was stated that they also wanted to donate the hangar and its contents to the chapter.

We discussed several options for the Aeronca and settled on the museum at Candler Field, Peachstate Aerodrome. I put Laura in touch with Ron Alexander and the arrangements were worked out over the next few months. As far is the hangar and its contents, Steve Ashby began to work on papers for the donation. We also had the hangar appraised so we could make sure to have the proper paperwork in place. During this time we did begin to use the hangar for youth activities. In the last week we wrapped up and signed the paperwork to complete the donation.

I know many of you have many great memories with Larry and Laura and are certainly not surprised at this show of generosity by them. I have not been a part of the chapter long enough to have known Larry as well as many of you do. I know that you work to keep Larry active with the Tuesday lunch group and Silver Wings and for that we all are grateful. Due to Larry and Laura’s generosity EAA 690 now has a second home that we can use for our youth build program and RV-12 build as well as other projects going forward.   We also now have a Stinson project to work on. We will be working on plans for setting things up in the hangar and probably moving the tool room to hangar 6 as we move forward.The Bishop's Aeronca

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