EAA Chapter 838

We encourage and promote recreational and homebuilt aviation. Youth outreach and education programs, history, and more.

December 28, 2017

Annual Chapter Awards for 2017

At our December Holiday Christmas Party, outgoing President Ken Sack awarded our chapter annual awards.

About 75 chapter members, Explorers, CAP, Young Aviators, and guests attended our annual event in the museum. If you were not there, you missed a great night. The food was tremendous.

The first 2017 MVP award was given to Dave and Dianne Finstad. Dave is our Membership Chairman. He recruits new members each year. Dianne assists Dave by keeping the spreadsheet current in order to send renewal notices. They are doing a great job together, and we have more members now then we had when he took over.

The second 2017 MVP award was given to Bob Helland. Bob organizes our pancake breakfasts. We added a second one this year, and we raised over $3,000 in profit. Our members helped out tremendously at both events. If you didn’t have a chance to volunteer this year, watch for it next year. It is great fun.

The 2017 President’s Award was given to Carl Bumpurs, our Chapter Building Czar. Carl has single-handedly managed the renting of our building. which takes many hours of his time. He corresponds with prospective renters, reviews and secures the contract, then meets them a few times in the building prior to the event. He may have to let them into the building the morning of the event to set up decorations, attend the event and stay until the event is over for cleanup. Occasionally he comes back the next day for additional cleanup of the building. We now have a list of people available for Carl to contact to assist with this effort, so when Carl calls or emails you, please help him out and say yes. If you want to get on this list, send me an email. Congratulations to Carl Bumpurs.

December 21, 2017

Chapter Member Receives Award

At our November, 2017 member meeting the FAA’s Jurg Grossenbacher awarded the title of FAA Master Pilot to Chapter 838 VP, Scott Sherer.  The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the FAA’s highest civilian honor and very few pilots achieve this award.  Only one other Chapter 838 member thus far has also reached this level; Steve Meyer.  The photo shows Jurg presenting the award to Scott at the meeting.  Congrats, Scott!

November 6, 2017

Holiday Festivities!


When: Thursday December 14th
Where: EAA Chapter 838 Museum
Time: Socialize at 6:00 pm; eat at 6:30 pm
Who: All Chapter 838 members; Explorer Post 218 advisors and Explorers; CAP staff and cadets; Young
Aviator board and graduates; Batten Airport staff; and everyone’s guests
Cost: $20 per person

There will be a catered meal by The Covenant at Murray Mansion on Taylor and Washington Ave.
Beverages will be provided courtesy of the chapter.
Please email president@eaa838.org if you plan to come at 6pm for dinner.
We need to order enough food for everyone, but not too much, so please RSVP by Thursday December 4th.
You can pay at the November meeting, or the night of the Christmas party. Remember, spouses are invited.

September 19, 2017


A special day for John H Batten International Airport as the Congressional Gold Medal will be awarded to the grandson of John H. Batten and the son of John S Rowland. Both of served at Civil Air Patrol Coastal Patrol Base 6, St. Simons Island, Georgia in 1942.
On January 3, 2014 both Houses of Congress, by a 526 to 9 vote, approved recognition of the 250,000 civilian volunteers, especially the 4600 pilots, who volunteered in World War II. Sixty five members, including fifty nine pilots made the ultimate sacrifice. CAP sunk two German U-boats! One of the attack planes was the “mighty” Stinson 10A armed with a 100 lb. bomb. The other plane was a Grumman Widgeon armed with two 350 lb. depth charges. Fifty-seven U-boats were attacked and chased away from our shores, and 173 U-boats spotted; the military credits CAP with an assist in destroying some of them.
Flying a Stinson 10A 40 miles off the coast of Georgia, John Batten and John Rowland spotted a U-boat and dropped smoke and alerted the Navy, but before the Navy bomber arrived, the U-boat escaped.
Thanks to the Chapter for offering the museum as a perfect place to recognize these men. These men were instrumental in supporting CAP, EAA, and this airport. Chapter members are welcome to attend. Assisting CAP volunteers in setting up that morning is appreciated.