The first session of EAA Chapter 932’s Build and Fly program is now complete! On the last day of the project, the young aviators completed the Sig LT-40 eKadet radio controlled (R/C) airplane and tested their flying skills in a Simulator Flying Contest. Flying “solo” flights on the RealFlight R/C Model Flight Simulator, two top pilots earned gift certificates good for flight time on the F18 simulator at Extreme Flight Simulations in Gurnee.
With the construction of the plane complete, the group will be heading out to the R/C flying field to fly the plane they have built with our partners in this project, the Chain-O-Lakes Eagles R/C Club, as soon as the weather is better and the field is ready. In the meantime, all of the young aviators who participated in the Build and Fly Program will have the opportunity to take a Young Eagles flight with an EAA volunteer pilot on May 14th.
Big thanks to Bill Tobin for getting this program up and running, and to Rebekah Busse, Kevin Dick, Sal DiRubbo, Dan Johnson, Mike Land, Joe Maney, Joe Nemec, Marty Papanek, Ed Pate, and the many other volunteers who helped in many different ways. We, as a chapter, can not do what we do without the generous support of our members and our surrounding community. We are thankful for the continued support of Galt Airport and our fellow aviation-minded folks with the Chain-O-Lakes R/C Club and Extreme Flight Simulations. And finally, many thanks go to The Community Foundation for McHenry County for providing grant funding to enable young people in our community the opportunity to learn and explore the world of aviation.