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, Aiden 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 Aiden 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 Aiden 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. Aiden 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, Aiden was nominated for this Scholarship and was awarded $10,000.00 for flight training.

UPDATE FROM AIDEN: Originally I was planning to finish flight training in Dallas before I headed down to Austin for school, but in early August I found myself with 28 hours left minimum and nowhere near enough lessons scheduled to meet the 40 hours required. After my last lesson on the 5th of August, Norm Biron was gracious enough to fly down to Austin with me to check out Above and Beyond Aviation out of Austin Bergstrom International Airport. When we got there, we met George Farris, the owner, and Jeff Uskert, my new instructor and talked about the school and their operating procedures.

My first lesson, Jeff wanted to get a feel for where I was in my training. Unfortunately, that day was one of the bumpiest and hottest of the summer down in Austin, but that didn’t stop us from testing my knowledge and skills in the air.
The next two lessons, we practiced traffic patterns, landings, ground reference maneuvers, and basic visual flying skills and methods. Oddly enough landing was the one thing I was having trouble figuring out while training in Dallas, but when I got to Austin, I started landing the plane almost every single time without Jeff’s help.

So far, flying in Austin has been an awesome experience and I’ve even got to fly in the rain, which is something I’d never expect to do while training. Moving forward, Jeff and I have outlined the information, maneuvers, and checklists that I will have to know before I solo. If
everything continues going well, then I should be soloing in early-mid October and well on my way to my Private Pilot License.

And as always, I can’t thank the EAA enough for the friends and opportunities it has provided me in the short time that I’ve been a member.

Upcoming Events

    • Tuesday, November 5 – 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, November 5 – 7:30pm Chapter Meeting. Our November speaker is Jeanette Stone. She will be speaking about glider operations as well as the tail wheel training, aerobatics, glider training, rentals, etc. available at KJWY.
    • Monday, December 2 – 5:30pm Chapter Christmas Party. The Christmas Party will be at the Outback at 75 and 15th in Plano . The cost is $20/person, which includes dessert. You can buy your tickets any time. Sam Cooper will take your reservations. Watch for more information.

Please refer to the calendar and newsletter for other events.

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