February 19, 2018

Our February Monthly Meeting was very well attended by both existing and several new Chapter 643 members.  We agreed to target Saturday April 21st as our first Young Eagles Rally day for 2018 at Sky Manor Airport (N40).  In addition, we reviewed the results of our recent member survey and also our goals and objectives as a chapter for this year.  We aim to grow our membership, support the Donald R. Gordon Scholarship program as well as the Young Eagles program.  And we are planning for another successful Fly-In in the fall.  In addition to improving our website, we have introduced several new communications platforms including public and membership only FaceBook pages as well as our own YouTube channel.  Finally, we are starting to identify great destinations for our chapter fly-out events, which will be open to all Chapter 643 members.  You can find detailed minutes and meeting slides here. 

Our keynote speakers were Adam Silverstein and Adam Hulse, who presented a very interesting and informative overview of formation flying.  They shared the training, some of the techniques and also the challenges pilots face when safely executing formation flying activities.  Both of them have flown in Oshkosh airshows and they described the preparation and unique challenges they deal with in getting ready to participate in large mass warbird formation flights at this premier EAA event.  Whether or not you have participated in this area of aviation before, there is no doubt that its an incredibly challenging and rewarding skill set to strive for.  Thanks again to both Adams for sharing their insights with the chapter.


January 29, 2018

Joe Preston’s Workshop Field Trip:

We had a great turnout and a very interesting & fun morning on Saturday at Joe’s Preston’s impressive workshop.  Joe shared with us the background behind his Great Lakes Bi-plane project.  Wings, fuselage and other control surfaces in various stages of restoration were on display.  And as promised, he not only demonstrated his restoration techniques, but allowed many of us to rivet, glue and iron his new fabric skins.  A very informative and enjoyable event if you were able to attend.  If you were not, click here for a short video summary of what you missed.


January 24, 2018

Newspaper article about Sophia Shay & the Donald R. Gordon Memorial Scholarship: 
click here: North Hunterdon girl wins aviation scholarship


January 21, 2018

 Sophia Shay was awarded the first
Donald R. Gordon Memorial Scholarship.
Please see the presentation on this short YouTube video.



January 16, 2018

Our first regular monthly meeting was held yesterday.  Click here for a summary of the meeting.

This was our 2018 kickoff meeting.  We had a packed agenda with everything from sharing initial insights from our Member Survey, discussing our goals and objectives for the year, as well as awarding the first Chapter 643 Don Gordon Memorial Scholarship. We also had a presentation on Aviation Legal Issues for Pilots by guest speaker Patrick Bradley, Managing Partner Reed Smith LLC.


Monthly Chapter 643 Meeting

Monday, January 15th, 2018

Hanger on Ramp Area – Sky Manor Airport

6pm Food / 7pm Meeting

Open to ALL current and FUTURE members


Last updated: 2-20-2018