HAWK at AirVenture 2021

The Balloon Glow

This year our OSH trip was very much like everyone out there’s crazy year. Our Cherokee came due for an engine change and wasn’t able to fly to OSH and at the last minute our pipistrel motor glider had an oil pressure sensor failure so it couldn’t fly to AirVenture either. Everyone traveled by ground. The one highlight was our hot air balloon was able to make it and was able to do the Night Glow display on Friday evening. Thanks to Eric Cornelison our Balloon guy. He is carrying on the Balloon tradition of our late founder Eddie Clements. It is an all hands on deck participation of youth and adults. We received many positive comments especially when people found out we were a Youth Aviation group. It was a great week with I believe 12 youth from HAWK Aviators and the HAWK adults and some parents of the youth also.
Bruce Erickson, CFI

HAWK Leaders at AirVenture 2021:

Britton’s Photos from AirVenture 2021:

Other AirVenture 2021 Links:
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021: Facts and Figures for an Outstanding Year, https://www.eaa.org/eaa/about-eaa/eaa-media-room/airventure-news-releases/2021-08-03-eaa-airventure-oshkosh-2021-facts-and-figures-for-an-outstanding-year
EAA AirVenture, https://www.eaa.org/airventure
AirVenture Highlights, https://www.eaa.org/airventure/features-and-attractions/airventure-highlights
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, https://www.eaa.org/airventure/eaa-airventure-news-and-multimedia/eaa-airventure-news/eaa-airventure-oshkosh?
WarBirdsNews, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 – A Look Back at the Final Stats and Figures, August 4, 2021, https://warbirdsnews.com/warbirds-news/eaa-airventure-oshkosh-2021-a-look-back-at-the-final-stats-and-figures.html
EAA AirVenture 2021 Google Image Search, https://www.google.com/search?q=airventure+2021
EAA AirVenture 2021 Gallery, Flying Magazine, https://www.flyingmag.com/story/photos/eaa-airventure-2021-photo-gallery/
Best of OSH21, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, https://www.flickr.com/photos/eaaairventureoshkosh/sets/72157719705128132/
EAA The Spirit of Aviation, https://www.facebook.com/EAA/

Above Photos Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Photographer

Reopening the High Country Aviation Workshop for Kids Program

Reopening the High Country Aviation Workshop for Kids Program: HAWK Aviators www.hawkaviators.org
HAWK Aviators
www.hawkaviators.org
Weather permitting, the Hawk Board of directors has decided that our program will start operating again this coming Saturday March 6. We will be relying on the ability to meet and work with the Hangar doors open, in order to provide the safest environment for our participants. We are anticipating the need for temperatures to be above about 50 degrees Fahrenheit and light winds in order to provide the open air environment that is needed for our members safety. Program start time is 9:00 AM Saturday mornings, and finishes just after 1:00 pm in the afternoon. Reopening the High Country Aviation Workshop for Kids

Note:
The Annual Hawk Members meeting will be held on April 17 at 1:00 PM, just following the April 17, EAA chapter 800 meeting at the Mack Mesa Airport hangar. Members must be in good standing, and have paid their yearly membership dues in order to be eligible to vote at the meeting. Adult membership costs are $35.00 per year discounted to $25.00 per year for EAA members, and $10.00 per year for Junior members. We want to thank you for your patience through these challenging months and look forward to seeing you again real soon.
Reopening the High Country Aviation Workshop for Kids
Thanks again,

Bruce Erickson, Secretary

Krista’s HAWK Adventure

Bruce and Krista with her Certificate Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Chris McCallum, Photographer
Bruce and Krista with her Certificate
Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Chris McCallum, Photographer
Bruce and Krista with her Certificate Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Chris McCallum, Photographer
Bruce and Krista with her Certificate
Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Chris McCallum, Photographer
Bruce and Krista with her Certificate Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Chris McCallum, Photographer
Bruce and Krista with her Certificate
Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Chris McCallum, Photographer
Bruce and Krista with her Certificate Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Chris McCallum, Photographer
Bruce and Krista with her Certificate
Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Chris McCallum, Photographer
Krista with her Certificate Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Photographer
Krista with her Certificate
Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Photographer
Krista with her Certificate Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Photographer
Krista with her Certificate
Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Photographer
Krista with her Certificate Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Photographer
Krista with her Certificate
Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Photographer
Krista with her Certificate Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Photographer
Krista with her Certificate
Courtesy & © Bruce Erickson, Photographer

Another HAWK Natural pilot Courtesy & © John Caldwell, Photographer
Another HAWK Natural pilot
Courtesy & © John Caldwell, Photographer
Junior Member and Student Pilot Christa soloed on June 12 and completed her long cross-country on June 23….. we knew she was a natural!…..
From Newsletter, Summer 2020 [John Caldwell]

Krista flying home from AirVenture 2019, Courtesy & © Shay Boe
Krista flying home from AirVenture 2019, Courtesy & © Shay Boe

Along with young eagles, Sterling H. has given many hours of flight instruction with Krista J., William M., William S., Logan B., Braden H. and many others. From HAWK Aviators July – Jan. 2019 [Braden Hobbs]

Krista, Britton, Bruce, Samuel at the balloon display. AirVenture 2019 Courtesy & © Shay Boe
Krista, Britton, Bruce, Samuel at the balloon display.
AirVenture 2019
Courtesy & © Shay Boe

N13245. the 172 Russel Franke gave HAWK is progressing nicely. Solomon, Krista and Jaden have the hail damaged wing skins drilled off. And Krista and Braden are riveting the new flap skin on and are about finished. Krista has all the new skins fit for the elevators and trim tab and is working on reassembly. Again Hightower Supply came through and supplied the Sherman Williams epoxy primer for the project. The 172 will be totally primed inside all the areas where the skins are removed and replaced. Krista and Braden are doing an awesome job of riveting the skins back on the flap. From April, May, June [2018] Newsletter [Eddie Clements]

Christa and her competed tool box. &@169; Eddie Clements, Photographer
Christa and her competed tool box.
&@169; Eddie Clements, Photographer

The Tool Box Program
This program really shows the kids how to do aircraft type sheet metal work. And is very active. There are about 20 boxes in various stages of construction plus more than 10 finished. Tristan, Ryan, his brother , and Collin are doing a very good job on their boxes and should progress to aircraft work shortly. Collin is working on the 172 mentored by Christa[Krista]. From January- February and March 2018 Newsletter Newsletter [Eddie Clements]

Kids rigging the HAWK Balloon for flight. Braden inflated it this time. He is working on a balloon rating with several other kids including Krista who is looking at the camera. Caden, Jake and William received instruction after each landing and kid change. Courtesy Eddie Clements, Photographer
Kids rigging the HAWK Balloon for flight. Braden inflated it this time.
He is working on a balloon rating with several other kids including Krista who is looking at the camera. Caden, Jake and William received instruction after each landing and kid change.
Courtesy Eddie Clements, Photographer

William Completes Solo

William Completes Solo: Bryan Miller Congratulates William for Completing His First Solo Image Courtesy Bryan Miller, CFII
Bryan Miller Congratulates William for Completing His First Solo
Image Courtesy Bryan Miller, CFII
"William soloed this morning and things will certainly be picking up for him in the coming weeks.. January will be his check ride!"–Bryan Miller, HAWK President and CFIIWilliam Completes Solo

Background (from our recent newsletter):
"The Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund is a program funded by the Ray Foundation, managed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (national) and administered through the EAA Chapter network. This program provides up to $10,000 to deserving youths for their flight training expenses. HAWK flight instructor Bruce Erickson took the initiative to get the local EAA Chapter 800 approved for this program, HAWK Member Randy Owen was selected to administer the funds and supervise the student, and HAWK Junior Member William was approved as its first Scholar. Initial funding has been received, and William’s lessons have begun. If EAA and the Ray Foundation continue this program in years after 2020, HAWK has a ready pipeline of aspiring future participants."–John Caldwell, HAWK Finance Director.

Become a Pilot, Student Pilot’s Certificate Requirements, FAA, https://www.faa.gov/pilots/become/student_cert/

The Ray Aviation Scholarship Fund is a program funded by the Ray Foundation, managed by the Experimental Aircraft Association (national) and administered through the EAA Chapter network. This program provides up to $10,000 to deserving youths for their flight training expenses.
https://www.eaa.org/eaa/eaa-chapters/eaa-chapter-resources/chapter-programs-and-activities/ray-aviation-scholarship-fund/about-the-ray-foundation

William Completes Solo
William Completes Solo

Amelia Earhart Day July 24

Amelia Earhart Courtesy Wikimedia as well as Underwood & Underwood --Public Domain--
Amelia Earhart
Courtesy Wikimedia as well as Underwood & Underwood
–Public Domain–

Amelia Earhart was a magnificent woman that changed the course of aviation. July 24th, known to us as Amelia Earhart Day, was her birthday, and we would like at take a little time to celebrate her and talk about her amazing feats.

She was born on July 24th, 1897, and saw her first plane when she was 10 years old. She referred to it as “…a rusty thing of wire and wood and looked not at all interesting.” She was not even into planes until December 28th, 1920 when she took a ride in one with pilot Frank Hawks. Her first feat was flying to an altitude of 14,000 feet, the highest a woman had ever flown at the time. After that she was the first woman to ever fly across the Atlantic Ocean! She also became the first human to fly solo over the Pacific Ocean. Then, Amelia turned 40. She wanted to do one more thing; be the first person to fly around the world. Sadly though, on her voyage, she got lost. At the time of the writing of this post, her wreckage has still not been found. But we remember her greatly, for all the steps in aviation she took.

At HAWK, we can use some of the things we know about her to help us. Like how to prepare for even the smallest errors, so that we don’t get lost on our journeys.

Credits:

Images: Courtesy Wikimedia as well as Underwood & Underwood
–Public Domain–<
Text: Trevor,
Included Links: Trevor

Additional Reading

https://www.ameliaearhart.com/biography/

https://www.britannica.com/biography/Amelia-Earhart

https://medium.com/faa/amelia-earharts-ascent-through-the-ranks-of-aviation-9b9cddb438db