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!
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.
In the spring of 2018, Aidan Koch contacted EAA Dallas Chapter 168 to request a Young Eagles flight. Since the Chapter did not have a Young Eagle event scheduled at that time, Norm Biron agreed to give him a flight. After coordinating his request with his parents, all agreed to meet at Norm’s hangar at the Denton Airport for the Young Eagles flight.
During the preflight inspection and walk around Norm discovered that Aidan was very knowledgeable about aviation and the aircraft. It was obvious that he had been studying the subject. In the air he appeared to be very comfortable and when asked if he wanted to fly the airplane he readily agreed. He had no difficulty maintaining course and altitude, even tried a few turns.
On the ground after the flight Aidan told Norm that he had some flight simulator time which explained why he was able to control the airplane like he did. Norm took some time to discuss the EAA Young Eagles program to him and his parents and encouraged him to join our chapter and take the Sporty’s learn to fly course. Aidan followed through, Joined EAA, attended our chapter meetings and started to take the Sporty’s learn to fly course.
When the Ray Aviation Scholarship became available to our chapter, Aidan was nominated for this Scholarship and was awarded $10,000.00 for flight training.
A senior in high school this year, Aidan has taken many advanced classes and participated in other activities such as robotic competition. He has been accepted and will be attending the University of Texas in Austin in the fall. He has started flight training at Monarch Air in Addison, has passed the FAA written exam and plans to complete flight training this summer.
- Tuesday, September 3 – 6:00pm Chapter Planning Meeting. Unless otherwise noted, Chapter Planning Meetings occur one hour prior to the regular Chapter Meetings. All are invited to attend.
- Tuesday, September 3 – 7:30pm Chapter Meeting. Our speaker in September will be Mike Hance, who will talk about his involvement with the Rutan’s Voyager and it’s around-the-world flight in 1986.
Please refer to the calendar and newsletter for other events.
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