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Our Chapter is planning a sheet metal hands on workshop the 15th of March at the chapter hangar. This would be an introduction to cutting, forming, layout, drilling and riveting. Bob has been in contact with Van’s RV people and EAA SportAir workshop to get ideas.

A couple of kits can be ordered for the group to work on. We have many members with experience and it would be great if they would be willing to help out!

The tentative day would go like this:

9am – coffee and donuts
Video on sheet metal construction and riveting.

10am – review projects and tools, device group on projects.
Layout and forming, use of break, form blocks, different methods. (Al Eke and others)

Lunch provided. Donation to cover food and materials ($5.00 each if we have 10 people)

Demonstration and hands on with English Wheel (Al Eke)
Drilling, dimpling, riveting.
Assembly of kits and practice parts.

Finish around 3:30pm-4pm

Ms. Rachel Obermoller, AvRep/Air Transportation Pilot will be our guest speaker at our Chapter Meeting Monday, 27 Jan at 7:30PM. This will be a very informative event. Spread the word! http://www.midwestflyer.com/?tag=rachel-obermoller

We had a good group show up on short notice.

Donated stove was cleaned up, wired, repaired and installed thanks to Mark, Dick, and those who helped.

Tim and Mark practicing TIG welding working on the trailer.

Mounted aqua plane on trailer.

Moved in Bela’s Sonex project.

The newsletter will be out this week with future work shop dates.

Bob Heavirland
Chapter President

Come Fly with Us!

On Saturday, May 18th starting at 9am, EAA Chapter 237 will be hosting our first Young Eagles flight event this year as it is International Learn To Fly Day. It will take place in conjunction with the AirSpace MN event.  We will stage at Golden Wings and be able to set up our Pedal Planes and Hydroplane in the parking lot and put up the canopy by the University Building. We will fly from 9am to 12pm and a free lunch will be served. This is a great opportunity for young people with an interest in aviation to fly with us for free!

Event Schedule

9:00 a.m. – Noon – Young Eagle Flights – EAA Chapter 237

11:00 a.m. – Noon – Flying Gizmo Show #1 – Museum of Flight

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – FREE hotdogs and chip will be provided from

Noon – 1:00 p.m. – Air Rides (For-Hire) – Twin Cities Aviation

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Flying Gizmo Show #2 – Museum of Flight

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Program Remarks: Mayor(s) of Blaine and Moundsview and others

2:45 p.m. – Greg Herrick Departs for Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

3:00 p.m. Pilot/Passenger Transport Vehicle Departs for Fort Snelling


For more information and to register please visit our Young Eagles page.


Forest Lake Airport (25D) is the “Home of 24 Hour Gas and 24 Hour Grass”. August 18 began as a beautiful day with clear skies and cool temperatures. Around noon a very light shower moved through the area. The day ended as beautifully as it began with a temperature in the mid-seventies and a breeze of one mile an hour.


The Forest Lake Airport Open House was a collaborative effort of The Forest Lake Airport Commission, the Forest Lake Lions Club, EAA Chapter 237 and Skydive Forest Lake.


EAA Chapter 237 began serving our now Famous Pancake Breakfast at 7:00am. The line for breakfast was steady but not overwhelming. We did well considering that this was our first year doing the breakfast at Forest Lake and the publicity was late in getting out. The Forest Lake Lions served lunch from 10:00am until late in the afternoon. They were constantly busy.

A five piece band and vocalist, the BBB Combo, entertained for the mid-day diners. They were very well received.

The car show brought out a large number of cars of all vintages and several trucks. One truck of special interest was a 1939 Ford flat bed with a Model N Ford tractor loaded. There were cars of every make, including a Delorian, and from every year going back to the thirties.

A view down the flight line shows a few of the aircraft attending

Visiting airplanes included the Stinson Trimotor from Greg Herrick’s Golden Wings collection, Pietenpols, one with a Rotec radial engine, Piper J-3s, Stearmans, Wacos, Luscombes, all shapes of Cessnas, newer Pipers, ultralights, and the Chapter 237’s pedal planes.

Such determination. I’ll get you yet, Red Baron.

The Young Eagles flights began in earnest and continued all through the afternoon. There was no let up and the line at times stretched through the Young Eagles tent and to the next hangar. Everyone seemed very patient and waited for their turn in an airplane. The volunteers from the Forest Lake Airport were doing an admirable job of keeping the line moving and the pilots busy. It is unfortunate that no count of operations was kept but this was undoubtedly the busiest airport in Minnesota for the day. The air traffic was constant and operations were spaced to provide safe operation.

On left in the yellow vest is John Schmidt who assured every Young Eagle got on an airplane

The Civil Air Patrol provided aircraft marshalling and kept them moving safely and quickly to and from parking and to the Young Eagles staging area.

At the end of the day 167 Young Eagles were given, what was likely, their first flight experience in a light aircraft. Fourteen pilots were kept very busy. John Schmidt of the Forest Lake Airport Commission was very busy registering Young Eagles. The pilots and ground crew can be very proud of their dedication, effort and contribution to provide this experience to young people.

It was a beautiful day for flying Young Eagles. The skies were clear and the breezes were light.

The Administration Building at Burnett County Airport was a beehive of activity as youngsters and their parents arrived to sign up for their ride. According to Joe Gmitter, there were about fifty kids who had the Young Eagle experience. Each was given a Young Eagles certificate, a log book noting their flight and an invitation to take the free ground school offered by Sporty’s Pilot Shop.

One of the volunteers from Siren explains the Young Eagles Certificate and log book to a Young Eagle

The pedal planes were there and attracted a lot of kids who were too young to take a Young Eagles ride.

The "rudder" pedals were a bit too far away

Joe has done a commendable job of promoting Young Eagles. He has not only flown Young Eagles at our own rallies but has given rides as he traveled around the country.

Our own Joe Gmitter with a new Young Eagle

Due to the traditional dates in May becoming unavailable to the Chapter it has become necessary to postpone the event. We will be planning an event for later in 2012 and all future years. Watch this site and blaineaviationdays.org for news and updates.

Patti Sandusky (Chapter Chair) and Thuy “Twee” Pieper (flying out of ANE) from the Minnesota Chapter of The Ninety-Nines will be our guest speakers at the Chapter 237 meeting on February 27th.  This presentation will be open to any/all women interested in aviation and will be a very informative and fun event.

The Ninety-Nines, Inc., is the first and only international organization of licensed women pilots. From 35 countries, they currently have over 5,500 members throughout the world. Virtually all women of achievement in aviation have been or are members of The Ninety-Nines. Ninety-Nines are comprised of women who fly purely for fun, fly professionally for airlines, corporations, flight schools, and government agencies, or fly their own airplanes for their own businesses. First and foremost, they are all women pilots who love to fly!

Spread the word!

Come Fly with Us!

On Saturday, September 10th, EAA Chapter 237 will be hosting Young Eagles flights at the Anoka-Blaine Airport. This is a great opportunity for young people with an interest in aviation to fly with us for free!

For more information and to register please visit our Young Eagles page.

Blaine Aviation Days 2012

The Chapter Board has decided to go back to our roots.  We will be offering Blaine Aviation Days on May 19 and 20 of 2012.

This has been our big event and activity for the year for several years.  The event was actually started by the Chapter in the 1960s as a pancake breakfast.

We are in the early planning stages for the event. As activities and attractions are added to the schedule details will be posted here and at www.blaineaviationdays.org

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