Chapter 12

Houston, TX

Greetings Chapter 12 Members and Friends!

Make plans to join us for upcoming events. Richard Sessions is our Program Director. Let him know if you would like to host or present. 

To join the EAA 12 Chapter and Member group or view contacts and events, go to the chapter website at

If you're not a member of Chapter 12 yet, it's not required for attending anything, so don't let that stop you
but we certainly welcome new members.


Saturday, June 10, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Tech on Deck, Chapter 12's Technical Series for Aircraft Builders, Aviators, Enthusiasts. Join us Saturday, June 10 for An Introduction to Sheet Metal by Mike Rice of Northrop Rice Aviation at Ellington Airport, 12502 Brantly Ave., Houston, 77034, 713-644-6616. Mike will provide basic sheet metal information with forming examples and possibly riveting demos.
Note:  For an early full day, stop by the Open House and EAA Chapter 712 Young Eagles Rally at Harvey & Rihn at La Porte, T41, for breakfast and then come to the Technical Meeting at Ellington, only 20 minutes away by car and 5 by air, for the very useful technical topic.
NOON: Out of the Hangar, Social Events for Chapter 12 Members, Friends, Guests. 
After Mike's presentation and demos we'll select a place nearby to gather for lunch and great hangar flying.
 Saturday, July 8, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Tech on Deck - Chapter 12's Technical Series for Aircraft Builders, Aviators, Enthusiasts.
Join us at La Porte airport’s (T-41) TriStar Aviation for Dan Maarouf’s Aero L-39 Rebuild presentation. Dan is the owner of Tristar and an EAA member. He will talk about the complete rebuild of his Aero L-39 Delfin jet trainer which also sports an “experimental” certificate. Tristar is at 10615 Spencer Hwy, La Porte, TX 77571, Phone: (281), located on the south central part of the airport - two large orange hangars with the AV Fuel FBO just SE of the runway intersection.
NOON: Out of the Hangar, Social Events for Chapter 12 Members, Friends, Guests. 
After the presentation we'll select a place nearby to gather for lunch and hangar flying. Possibly the BBQ joint in downtown La Porte.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Tech on Deck, Chapter 12's Technical Series for Aircraft Builders, Aviators, Enthusiasts. Join us at the Houston FSDO on Feathercraft and Fuqua for the 2016 Southeast Region Accident Review. Lance Little and Paul Downs present the accident reviews with preliminary/final findings  NOTE:  You will need to be at the facility no later than 10:00AM and bring a photo ID as it is a controlled access building.
NOON: Out of the Hangar, Social Events for Chapter 12 Members, Friends, Guests. 
After the presentation and demos we'll select a place nearby to gather for lunch and great hangar flying - probably the Luby’s right across the street from the FSDO. 


June 30, 2017 -  Kingsville NAS, 75th Anniversary, Kingsville, TX 
July 1, 2017 -  Thunder Over Cedar Creek, Cedar Creek, TX 

July 1, 2017 -  Grand Texas Air Show, Cleburne, TX

Congratulations to Jackson Karow on flying the first test flight of his Murphy Rebel, N13YN! He wrote:
"I'd like to thank the chapter and the EAA for all of the support in finishing the project and getting her in the air. There is no way this would have gone as smoothly without the great support. I would also like to thank David Forster again for his wonderful help and input as my Technical Counselor at the end. His experience in building and flying experimentals along with his willingness to mentor was a tremendous help to me and improved the quality of my build dramatically - albeit still not to a level even close to his work... Hopefully it will make it to Oshkosh this year with the group!"
And check out his Test flight landing and climb here -

Congratulations also to Phil Perry, who also made the first flight in his RV-10! Phil said: "Couldn't be happier with the airplane after 45 minutes of time in the air. I'm ready to go again..."
Check out Phil's video here -
Please send your current projects to We'd like to get a current list of all Chapter members' projects.
EAA HQ sends out Chapter Video Magazines. Click here to watch.
THE EXPERIMENTAL EXPERIENCEBuilding, Flying, and Maintaining an Experimental Airplane, by Richard Socash (EAA 743517) is now available at Amazon.Com and CreateSpace.Com. This book covers building and flying activities from the first time the idea occurs through years of flying and on-going maintenance.  Not a “how to do it” book but rather a “here’s what to expect” book, helpful to those in the building stage or those thinking about it and looking to learn about: tools, paperwork, builder options, procedures and techniques, FAA requirements, considered do’s and don’ts, and a whole lot more.
Successful builders eventually learn by experience much of what’s in this book.Those thinking about building are often in the dark on what to expect and how to go about things. The authors have assembled in text and picture format information that falls under the category of “good things to know” for anyone thinking about building or already in the building process. Questions should be addressed to Rege.So@Gmail.Com
Enjoy the good music of the 1940's with The Manhattan Dolls, October 28, from 7-9 pm at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum. See website for details -

** 2 Aircraft Covered Parking Spots available at KLVJ, easy access located in the SE area with plenty of space for parking / leaving your vehicle.  Access to office / bathroom, Electrical power available at request as well as air and basic tools.  $200 each, Contact Darrell Bivens, dbivens@me.com832-244-1947
** Smith Mini Airplane project. Spencer Mann began a Smith Mini Airplane project years ago, and would like to hand it off to a dedicated homebuilder to finish it and get it airborne. It is currently about 60% complete. Anyone interested, please contact Spencer at 512-924-1443
** Avid Flyer Model-C Aerobat with Rotax 582. New last year: Flightline 760 com radio, IFly 720 GPS, new windsheild/windows. New engine installed last June has 6 hours on it. Condition inspection is good through July. Asking $16,500 OBO For more details call Dan 281-332-3483

** SEAREY CLASSIC $65,000 For sale to good home. 2010 SeaRey built light: fun in the sun with basic VFR panel. Great performance off the water with light empty weight and 914 engine. Carbon C hull, toe brakes, heavy duty gear, LR tank, extended rudder pedals, electric gear with gear warning system, AOA, VG's, tail and front bulkhead reinforcement kits installed. Warp Drive w/nickel leading edge. EMS D-10 Engine monitor, SL40 comm radio. Regularly treated with Boeshield. Featured in Sept. 2013 Kitplanes. Love the plane, but no time to fly it. 320TT engine and airframe. Contact David Forster, Owner, 832-788-1861281-992-2713

** Pober Pixie, "Thunder Cheep" 550 hr TTAE, new Bendix mags, plugs, new #4 cylinder on A-75. Excellent condition, always hangared. $11,000. Tim McCullough, Polly Ranch 7XSO, 281-989-0096

** Glostershire Aerodrome, Sealy Texas (1XA7): This is “newer” airport community opportunity if you are looking for a place on the west side of town with a turf field. Rick Doak:  361-243-1040
** Rutan Long Ez – N9FC, Houston TX, KEFD – Flying, 850 hours, Contact Richard Sessions at, Cell: 281-467-2432 (Listed on Barnstormers)

** Citabria For Sale 1976 Bellanca 7GCBC(Flaps), 1625 TTAF/TSN, O-320 Lycoming, Wood Spars w/ Inspection Cover AD, Original Fabric and Paint(Needs Re-Paint), Garmin GTX 320A, TKM MX11, Garmin 396 GPS, Insight GEM 602 Engine Monitor, Sigtronics Intercom, VG's, Duel Stick PTT, All Logs Asking $30,000 Call Doc 281-382-3274. See Pics.


From the president of Chapter 187 in Austin:
TangoFlight is a STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering, and Math) program for students at both Georgetown and East View high schools. 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 AirportFunding 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 (accepts all major credit cards and bank accounts). Visit Tango Flight on the web at, and follow their Facebook page.  They would appreciate your interest and support in this youth activity which chapter 187 embarked upon as a part of “Community Aviation Awareness” effort as one of the EAA’s main goals. Contact Haruko Reese, EAA Chapter 187 President, 512-255-8969


Looking to get your hands dirty on a composite aircraft restoration on the west side of Houston? The Rutan Aircraft Flying Museum / Waller County Aviation Museum is looking for hands and sponsors for a VariEze rebuild.

The new flying museum is the canard equivalent of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). The 
organization has three flying Long Ez’s and very limited space to house them. Looking for sponsors for the aircraft operations and also an immediate need for some donated hangar space for two of the Long EZs, at airports with good condition 3500’+ good condition runways with visibility for the aircraft.

Contact Ryszard Zadow, President, Rutan Aircraft Flying Museum,
Note:  Congratulations to Mr. Zadow on being the first Ez to fly from the US mainland to Cuba (see attached article).  If anyone is interested in a similar trip we can put you in contact with Gabriel Ferrar as they do the Open Skies trips a couple of times per year.

Please send us your airplane/project/flying photos, your news, for-sales, and other items of interest to Chapter 12 members and friends. For events or news, please advise at least two weeks in advance so we can get in the general news e-mail.

Your EAA Chapter 12 Board and Programs,
Linda Street-Ely, President
Matt Stecher, Vice President
Doug Kutchinski, Secretary/Web Master
Dean Doolittle, Treasurer
Richard Sessions, Programs

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Your 2016 EAA Chapter 12 Board

President: Linda Street-Ely

Vice President: Matt Stecher

Treasurer: Dean Doolittle

Secretary: Doug Kutchinski


Website: Doug Kutchinski

Membership: Linda Street-Ely

Programs: Richard Sessions

Young Eagles: Dean Doolittle & Richard Sessions

Technical Support

Technical Councilor: Dave Forster

First Flight Advisor: Josheph Ware

Chapter Member who are Flight Instructors

Andy Foster (LSA)

Jim Gardener (CFI including MEL and Tailwheel) at Texas Time Builders

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