EAA Chapter 838

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

January 19, 2018

Pattern Practice

Patterns: Piper Archer

For Tom, who loves to fly.

The man stood next to the flagpole and felt the autumn breeze brush lightly over him. The faded colors above his head snapped lazily against a sky of broken clouds signaling that the wind was out of the southwest. A glance at the windsock confirmed it. Looking farther to the west, he could see that the sun was slowly draining itself into the horizon, beginning to take the late afternoon light with it. A cold front was coming, and a line of steel gray overcast was stretched tight on a diagonal across the sky in the distance, with broken puffs of cumulus hanging, backlighted, against the setting sun. With the front would come rain. But there was enough time. Enough time to fly.

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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.