The High-Country Aviation Workshop for Kids Leadership has decided to postpone our Annual Members Meeting and election of officers until this Spring. This is due to the continuing Covid- 19 restrictions. We are tentatively planning to meet sometime within the month of April. This should benefit us with some warmer weather and give us the opportunity to open up the Hangar doors for the meeting, and have an open air experience.on COVID-19 Hold
In anticipation of our upcoming Annual Members meeting, remember that in order to be eligible to vote, each member must be paid up with their dues, so they are in good standing.
The membership dues are
$ 35.00 per year for adults 18 and over
reduced to $ 25.00 per year for active EAA members
$ 10.00 per year for youth members
They can be sent to this address:
P.O. Box 321 Loma, CO. 81524
The opening of the regular, formal HAWK programs for youth have also been postponed until the beginning of March, 2021, due to Mesa county health department recommendations. We anticipate making an updated announcement around the middle of February giving more exact details about re-opening our program. We want to thank all of our members for their support during this past year and are very much looking forward to this new year.
NEW SONEX KIT
A builder in Cheyenne, WY made a partially completed Sonex kit available to HAWK for a price we could not refuse. Two of our members have Sonex aircraft, so this is a craft with which we are quite familiar. It comes with a Jabiru motor mount, but no motor. Coincidentally, a couple years ago another builder in Green River, WY gave us a Jabiru motor with 500 to 600 hours on it. We hope to make an aircraft from these two transactions.
Since AirVenture 2020 was cancelled due to the Pandemic, our Junior Members missed their out-of-town trip this summer. As a substitute trip, General Manager Tim Allen took a half dozen of them in the bus on the overnight trip (including camping at the airport) to retrieve this kit and bring it home.
Shockingly enough, I’ve been a “good influence” on young people once or twice.
Krista is one of the few female members of the High Country Aviation Workshop for Kids (HAWK) in Mack Mesa, Colorado. I interviewed her in 2017 for an article I wrote for EAA Sport Aviation magazine about the amazing work that this non-profit organization does getting kids involved in aviation.
I visited her home airport a couple years ago and she came along in the backseat when I took the A-Star up for a whirl. She shadowed me at Oshkosh in 2018 and 2019, getting a behind the scenes peek of EAA AirVenture media. You can imagine my shock when people kept asking if she was my daughter! (I guess there IS a resemblance.)
I’m not her mama, but I am SO PROUD of her shiny new private pilot certificate! Her voice, in the final paragraph of the story I wrote:
“The sky is such a different place; it’s like a different world,” she said. “You get freedom that you don’t get anywhere else.” Krista thinks she would like to become airline pilot. “I can’t imagine myself flying those huge airplanes, but I think I could do it,” she said. “I have no doubt that I’ll be able to become a pilot because of HAWK. This is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
As posted by Beth on Facebook 18 August 2020
Reposted on HAWKaviators.org with permission.
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  Newsletter [Eddie Clements]
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]
"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.
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