The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1259 of Houghton Lake hosted an Independence Day Community Fly-in Luncheon on July 6th at the Houghton Lake State Airport. Families attended to see the many different aircraft as well as take a ride in some of the planes. There were 50/50 drawings and door prizes for the spectators.
Local Chapter EAA Secretary Fred Chidester guided many of the planes in including one owned by Livonia pilot Jack McClellan. McClellan noted he simply ‘flew in today for the brats” which seemed to be a common theme. The pilots came with an appetite and plenty of conversation to accompany it.
Approximately 20 planes were either on site or were flown in for the luncheon. Nearly 250 people attended for an afternoon of aviation as they were able to view the experimental airplanes. According to Jim Dehlin (president) of the local EAA “It went super, great weather, great summer event, kids especially love airplanes, it was a nice community event.”
The EAA is a non-profit organization that promotes recreational activities through community events and promotion. As a group they encourage safety and a cooperative relationship with government and the community. They plan to continue to have events to educate people about the planes and their safety, but nothing is on the books yet, as for what they will host next.
The current officers for Chapter 1259 of the EAA are Jim Dehlin (president), John Brusseau (vice-president), Fred Chidester (secretary), and Norma Blodgett (treasurer). For more information about the local chapter of the EAA visit www.eaa1259.org.
By Andrea Gregory