EAA is a growing and diverse international organization with a wide range of aviation interests. Originally founded in 1953 by a group of people involved in building their own airplanes, through the years it has transformed into a wide group interested in everything aviation.
EAA Chapter 187 is a tight group of folks located in the Greater Austin Metro Area interested in building custom aircraft, flying, aviation, and beyond. We come from a great range of backgrounds, but share a common passion for the skies. We have regular scheduled meetings and events. We engage other events in the area, helping represent EAA and Experimental Aviation. We hold regular Young Eagles rallies, allowing kids age 8-17 to experience their first flights in a small airplane.
Want to find out more? Come join us at one of our regular meetings and introduce yourself. You will find that our members are open, friendly, and have a great deal of interesting things to talk about. Interested in building your airplane? You're in the right spot! We have builders assistance, tools loan programs, first flight assistance and counceling, and much more.
March 11, 2017 Chapter Gathering: X-15 Research Airplane by Ron Panton
In March, we're going to be joined by Ron Panton, who worked in the X-15 Research System Project Office.
After high school, he worked on the Boeing's assembly line, building B-47s. During college at Wichita University, he worked afternoons at Beech. Following graduation, Ron went to work in the Thermodynamics section at North American Aviation, where he was involved in F-107s. He also has been a part of Airforce at Wright-Patterson AFB, where he got to work on X-15.
Ron got his PhD from UC Berkeley, and received grants from NASA for experiments involving Schweizer 2-32 glider
The X-15 Rocket Airplane was considered an extremely successful flight test program. The X-15 was carried aloft under the wing of a B-52 bomber. After being released, it started a rocket motor for flight and then returned to an unpowered landing on the dry lake at Edwards Air Force Base. The program investigated aerodynamic heating and flight at hypersonic speeds. Altitudes above 99.9 % of the atmosphere were achieved. This required vehicle control in space, and allowed experiments about the physical properties of space.
April 8: Our Members' Project Reports
April 15: Tango Flight RV-12 Project Report by East View Highschool Students
May 6: Tango Flight fundraiser, Jene Krantz and a raffle for P-51 flight
May 13: Picnic and Hangar Hop
June 10: Dr Larry James: 3rd Class Medical Update
2017 Chapter Dues
2017 Chapter Membership fees are now due. Please pay them here.
The centerpiece of this program has students build a Van's Aircraft RV-12 two-seat Light Sport Aircraft.
EAA Chapter 187 is co-sponsoring this project, providing experienced aircraft builders as mentors for the students. The aircraft is being built on the East View High School campus, with final assembly and operation at Georgetown Municipal Airport.
Funding for the project is primarily from charitable donations. EAA Chapter 187, being a 501(c)3 non-profit, is helping fund this project.
You can make a tax-deductible donation using PayPal below (accepts all major credit cards and bank accounts).
Rockdale Tiger Flight: help us build a Zenith CH-601
Rockdale Tiger Flight is a group organized by several EAA 187 members in Rockdale, TX.
The group is focused on teaching mid- and high-schoolers airplane building skills. We're done with the tail of RV-6, and have switched over to putting together our full kit for Zenith CH-601. We get together every Saturday at 10 AM, and focus on building those airplanes. We also offer weekly Young Eagles rides to kids, subject to weather and aircraft availability.
This weekly event is free to participants, and we are looking for help! Both kids and adults are welcome!
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