Thanks for visiting Chapter 168 in Dallas, Texas

We are an association of people in the Dallas area who have a broad interest in aviation, including factory certified and home-built aircraft. Many of our members have built and fly their own aircraft. Chapter 168 is very active and plans several events each month for our members.  Our monthly chapter meeting, held on the first Tuesday of each month, features an aviation speaker. Our meetings are open to the public and we welcome guests. Please check the event calendar for the next meeting time and date. We hope to see you there!

1,000 Light-Sport and Experimental Aircraft Certifications

Our own Mel Asberry certifies his 1,000th aircraft!!!

On Friday, December 11, 2020, I issued an Airworthiness Certificate to Mr. Gregory Rodriguez for his Amateur-Built AL18. This was, in fact, my 1,000th aircraft certification as a DAR since receiving my designation in September of 1999.

Shown are pictures of me handing Mr. Rodriguez the Airworthiness Certificate for N867GR, and of Tony Baumgard, my FAA PMI, handing me a Certification of Recognition from the FAA North Texas FSDO.
Being able to certificate Light-Sport and Experimental aircraft means a lot to me.  It’s a personal goal to try to make sure these aircraft are as safe as possible before leaving the ground for the first time.  I’ve always said, “This is the perfect retirement job; I get paid to go look at airplanes.”  But in all honesty, it’s NOT about the money.  I love this job.
(photos by Darin Rodriguez)

Chapter 168 Ray Aviation Scholarship

The Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund is a scholarship program that is supported by the Ray Foundation, managed by EAA, and administered through the EAA Chapter network. Through the generous support of the Ray Foundation, EAA will provide up to $10,000 to deserving youths for their flight training expenses, totaling $1,000,000 in scholarships annually.

Aidan Koch, our Ray Aviation Scholarship recipient, finished his quest to receive a Private Pilots License when he successfully completed his check ride on July 24th.
It was an interesting year, as he started training last summer and finished this summer. Along the way he switched flight schools, completed his first year of college at the University of Texas (Austin) and had training put on hold because of a pandemic, but he persevered and completed his training here in North Texas.
Congratulations Aidan!
We also want to thank Norm Biron who mentored him and navigated him through some flight school issues. Sam Cooper also assisted in the accounting and dispensing the Ray Aviation Scholarship funds. Well Done.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, May 10 – 6:00pm Board of Directors Meeting.  This BOD meeting will be online.
  • Tuesday, June 1 – 7:00pm. Chapter Meeting. June Speaker TBA
  • Monday, June 7 – 6:00pm Board of Directors Meeting.  This BOD meeting will be online.

Please refer to the calendar and newsletter for other events.

EAA Chapter Videos

View previous Chapter Videos at the Chapters Channel of the EAA video page.


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