Spring Fly Out – March 11, 2017 @ TN Museum of Aviation

Join EAA 1016 for our Spring Fly-Out on March 11th, 2017 at the Tennessee Museum of Aviation in Sevierville, located on Gatlinburg Pigeon-Forge Airport (KGKT). Any and all are welcome to join!

The museum opens at 10AM, and we plan to have lunch brought in for the group there around noon.


Please let us know if you plan to attend!

The event is also posted on Facebook here: EAA 1016 – Spring Fly Out


Use Amazon Smile to Support EAA 1016!

I’d like to invite everyone that uses Amazon.com to support EAA Chapter 1016 by making your purchases through Amazon Smile.

Amazon Smile donates 0.5% of every purchase to the 501(c)(3) that you select. This sounds like a small amount, but for those of us that shop on Amazon a lot, it can add up.

Every little bit will help us!

Here’s how you can start:

  1. Go to smile.amazon.com

    • Login with your normal amazon account details
    • You can bookmark this page so that it is easier to remember to use.
  2. Search for “Experimental Aircraft Association 1016” under “Pick your own charitable organization”
    • NOTE: You must type out “Experimental Aircraft Association” rather than just “EAA” in order to find us!
  3. Find “Kiffin Y Rockwell Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1016” on the list of results.
    Click on the “Select” button.
  4. Click on the check box next to “Yes, I understand that I must always start at smile.amazon.com to support Kiffin Y Rockwell Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1016”
  5. Click the “Start Shopping” button:

At your homepage (smile.amazon.com), you should see the words “Supporting Kiffin Y Rockwell Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1016” written under your searchbar.

Now start shopping! The shopping process and product prices are exactly the same as normal, but 0.5% of your purchase value will go to the chapter.

Just remember that you have to always start at smile.amazon.com for this to work.

Thanks for supporting our chapter!


Feb 2017 Meeting

We’ll be meeting at the Lacy Building at 6pm on Tuesday Feb 14th with a packed agenda including:

  • Instrument Panel Show and tell
  • New Project Proposal
  • ADS-B, Big Data, and Solidworks

The club will be providing pizza but feel free to bring something to share.

Please contact Michael Doornbos at 828 450 7418 or mike at evadot.com for questions.

Triple Tree Chilly Chili Fly-in – Feb 2017

We had an awesome day for flying on Saturday, and a number of EAA chapter 1016 members went down to Triple Tree Aerodrome for their Chilly Chili fly-in. I was lucky enough to catch a ride with Anthony in his Grumman Cheetah, along with Bryce, one of our Young Eagles.

There were tons of planes there, and the staff thought that there were at least 300people in attendance since it was such a beautiful day.

Always love hanging out with with other aviation enthusiasts, and excellent venues like Triple Tree on a great day make it that much better. 🙂

December Meeting

We’ll be meeting at the Lacy Building at 6pm on Tuesday December 13th with a packed agenda including a movie and an informal holiday party. The club will be providing chicken and some sides but feel free to bring something to share.

Please contact Michael Doornbos at 828 450 7418 or mike at evadot.com for questions.


November Meeting

We’ll meet as normal at 7pm THIS Tuesday. Yes, it’s election day. Think of it as a way to spend time talking about airplanes instead of politics.

Our very own Mike Cola and Simon Jennings will be presenting on Turbo Chargers, we’ll chat about the B-17 numbers and view photos, and take nominations for Secretary and Vice President board positions for 2017.

We’ll also be discussing a movie night for December. We’ve got several films we’re looking at.

There will be light refreshments provided, looking forward to missing some of the election night coverage to talk airplanes 🙂

Contact mike@evadot.com for questions.

A little formation flying

Simon Jennings got to do a little formation flying with a couple of our RV guys:

Effective sharp Formation flying is tough. It takes focus, a steady hand, many hours of stick time and confidence in ones ability to multitask in all 6 dimensions whilst maintaining a 10 foot space to another aircraft at nigh on 130mph…. All things I don’t yet have and making me the go lucky passenger from the back seat of instructor Mark Cigal’s fine RV8 on Darwin Jones’s first formation flying training session.


Some memorable moments included; watching Darwin’s aircraft rapidly grow larger and larger in the canopy on a direct collision course (high pucker factor), Mark’s unexpected formation break away turn (almost a head to canopy moment) and a flock of 4 or 5 birds momentarily joining our finger formation at a 3 foot blurred spacing as they flashed by, both on our right and in between the two aircraft (even Mark ducked!).


Most memorable however was just being able to share in on the training experience on such a clear, windless smooth day and witness Mark’s impressive instructor style tuning Darwin in to, what we all agreed would be, a great formation pilot.  Even though I myself am not able to directly take part in formation flying just yet, I certainly hope to be able to ride along again and I would recommend anyone looking for a new challenge or just wanting to test their nerves to get in touch with Mark to give it a go.  2 RV’s was fun but a 3 or 4 ship flight out of HVL will look mighty fine in the Asheville skies!
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