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EAA Chapter 55's
50th Anniversay Ribbon Cutting
December 11, 2010

 

Marilyn sings Happy Birthday
at 2009 Chapter 55 Christmas Party
to new EAA Chapter 55 president, Ken Vandenbelt!

2009 AirVenture News and Photos...
Terry Lutz, fellow EAA Chapter 55 member
and Airbus A380 test pilot joins group at Oshkosh!



Don't miss your chance to watch the
Mason Aviation Days
2008 Video

Thanks to John Raymond of RumbleVid for putting together this video.

"Ernie Lutz Day" February 25, 2008

Ernie Lutz With Amber(1000th) and Michael (999th) (Pictured Above)

August 10th, 2002, Ernie Lutz flew the chapter's 1000th Young Eagle
and his personal 100th YE flight.

Ingham County Community News Article

Congratulations goes to Mr. Lutz (Ernie) for having his own day in Mason history.

The Mason Community along with EAA Chapter 55 and all of Mason Jewett Field Users are beyond fortunate and value our opportunity to receive Ernie's wisdom and this most honorable mans presence.

Mason as a Community exhibits tremendous generosity in understanding and honoring it's most valuable resource; it's people.

We out at the airport, Mason's aviation community have long loved this man.

Sincerely,
Dan Schiffer



Centennial of Powered Flight

December 17, 2003


Chapter 55 hosts the

National Ercoupe Fly-In Convention

June 20-23, 2002

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Being a Chapter 55 member: "The toughest job you will ever love." The Peace Corps motto has a special poignancy to all the members who came out to help staff the National Ercoupe Fly-In. While the work was hard at times, fast-paced, or required serious innovation only pilots could dream up, the many smiles shared among the Convention visitors made the the heat, rain, and sweat bearable.

Three years and much planning later, the National Ercoupe Fly-In at Mason Jewett Airport has become a reality. With an expected showing of 150 airplanes, several campers, and numerous daily visitors Mason Jewett Airport bustled with activity. Convention goers enjoyed daily fly-outs to surrounding airports (Brighton to check their narrow-runway-landing skills; Battle Creek to view the Classic Waco facility; etc.), forums and seminars, an auction and the chance to win an engine cylinder in an unusual "attitude", and the banquet on Saturday evening.

In particular, this Fly-In became a reality thanks to the Jewett family who worked tirelessly to woo the National convention to Mason, Bill Purosky who organized and browbeat the chapter into actually signing to volunteer, Ted Lakin for working out meal plans and the actuation of them, and all the chapter volunteers who could be relied on to make this convention a memorable experience.

Click to visit Ercoupe Owners Group


Long time newsletter editor Charley Downey is recognized by the Chapter 55



President Michael Arntz presents Charles H. Downey a plaque for his and Susan Downey's service to the chapter.


Chapter 55 Hosts Capital City Airport Authority Board Meeting

Highlights:

  • Self Service Fuel is on its way, probably by the end of the summer. We can expect to see lower gas prices as well.

  • The Airport authority is looking into a grass runway at Mason Jewett.

  • FBO Services will be under new management.

Chapter members grab top honors at National Stearman Fly-in

Dave and Debbie Groh's Stearman won Best PT-17 at the National Stearman Fly-In in Galesburgh, Illinois. Chapter 55 members owe the Grohs' many thanks for sharing the BEST Stearman in the world with us. ( I can't believe I actually got to hand start it.) Pictures of the Grohs' airplane will be posted as soon as I can get some.

Pete Chestnut's Stearman won the Deed Levy award. The Deed Levy Award is given to aircraft that have been piloted by notable aviation personalities. On the 26th of March 1941 Pete's Stearman was delivered to East St. Louis by Deed Levy who was chief production test pilot for Stearman Aircraft.

Best PT-17
 
Deed Levy Award

 

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