Chapter 12

Houston, TX

Greetings Chapter 12 Members and Friends!

Make plans to join us for the final chapter meeting of 2017. Richard Sessions is serving his last meeting as our Program Director. Thanks to Richard for all the work he's put into the chapter.

Thanks also to all Chapter 12 board members, officers, volunteers, and members who make the chapter what it is. 

2018-2019 Chapter Elections will be held at the meeting December 9. The new term that starts in January.  If you are interested in serving as a Chapter 12 officer, please contact any of the current officers.  All positions are up for election.  

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

 Saturday, December 9, 2017 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM: Tech on Deck - Chapter 12's Technical Series for Aircraft Builders, Aviators, Enthusiasts.

“Sonex Jabiru to CAMIT Engine Conversion and the History Behind It,” Lou Riekert will talk about his journey to deciding to re-engine his Sonex. He will also have the aircraft at the presentation. We recommend a folding chair if you can.

Location is Pearland Regional Airport, KLVJ, Pearland TX. You can also put the following into Google maps: Brown Road No 1 & Malthusian Way, Pearland, Brazoria County, Texas 77581.

Driving directions to KLVJ from FM2351: 2351 to Hastings Friendswood Road, turn right/North and proceed about ½ mile to the intersection with Brown Road #1/130 – Turn left, proceed approximately 1000’ just past the house with the flag and windmill to the next right, Malthusian Way. Hangar will be just ahead and to the left before the taxiway. Park on the right side of the taxiway. Please note this is a very active aircraft movement area and any and all aircraft have the right of way so please be very vigilant. If you are flying in, contact Richard Sessions at 281-467-2432 for more details or park on the ramp near the FBO and we can come get you or give you taxi instructions if you prefer.  Noon: Out of the Hangar, Social Events for Chapter 12 Members, Friends, Guests. After the presentation we'll gather at La Casita for lunch and hangar flying.  


Please advise any new information on chapter members.  


Class D airspace and Class E surface area airspace within a 5.8-mile radius of Sugar Land Regional Airport, Houston Sugar Land, TX, and updating the name of airport to coincide with the FAA's aeronautical database. Very important if you are coming from the west and taking the southerly route around the Class B.  

AVAILABLE JOB OPPORTUNITIES – No, Really, there are some in aviation!

The pilot shortage is upon us and there were several recruiters at Sun-N-Fun and even ones from Air Wisconsin at the Wings Over Houston this year looking for staff (flight and other) and they are a United Express partner, They are looking for staff including pilots with rough minimum requirements of 750 hours military, 1000 formal 141 school and 1500 general (check with them as to the details). Contact Mike Hall atflymortimer@yahoo.com713-515-6088, or, 970-739-5123. Please let them know you heard about it from the WOH, Mike Hall and EAA! 

Looking for An Aerospace Position

Velraj Kalaiselvan, is looking to transition to a classic aerospace position or possibly form an aerospace controls company here in Houston. His introduction and contact information are below:

I am born and brought up from India. I did my Bachelors in Physics, Master's in Computers and have 14 years of Software Testing Experience. Since from my childhood I have a passion in Aerospace, this always encourages me to keep me updated with latest technology going around it and very keen in knowing more while interacting with persons in aerospace background, my physics and math background is helping me to understand the concept.

I came to US in early 2014 on a H1B working visa, so I have option of working for any company. I would like pursue my career in Aerospace and to make a change. I believe my dream will come true by working with like minded people and entrepreneur who has same passion. I have knowledge in Java, Arduino IDE and Ada programming. My work experience is not related to aerospace but due to my interest and passion is always driving me towards aerospace.

I would like to meet in person to discuss the opportunities, guidance to align me with right people.



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. CLICK HERE FOR TANGO FLIGHT GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN #HELPUSFLY  

 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  


** Avionics - Chapter 12 has received a generous donation of aircraft avionics items. If you are interested in anything on the attached list please contact Linda Street-Ely. Suggested prices are included on the attached flyer.  ** Citabria at KHPY - See attached flyer – Last Posting 

** 1 Aircraft Covered Parking Spot 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 – Last Posting 

** 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 – Last Posting

** 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, – Last Posting

** 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 – Last Posting 


From the president of Chapter 187 in Austin: 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 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 (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  

Tail Dragger Flight Time Swap Wanted:Arne Aamodt wants to swap some Cessna 185 flight time for time in his Stearman, call Arne at 281-630–6632.  Arne is based at Pearland (KLVJ). 


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 several flying /almost flyable 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 Experience, – Last Posting

HAVE NEWS TO SHARE?  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 2016 – 2017

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


Contact Us

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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