Long time FASF member and Founding President of Chapter 1570 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), John Keithly, (at left) decided to retire from the helm of this relatively new yet top-performing EAA unit.
The chapter is locatedat the Doña Ana County International Jetport (KDNA) in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and meets at least once each month, at 11:00 AM, on the second Saturday at the War Eagles Air Museum (WEAM) at the Jetport.
Although a relatively new chapter among almost 1,000 chapters across the globe, the 1570 has already set some notable records: At their first promotional visit of the Ford Tri-Motor 1920’s Airliner, for instance, the new chapter set an all-time high number of rides, even compared to major cities across the U.S. The FASF had a post with videos of this event in April two years ago,right here.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is an international organization of aviation enthusiasts based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, United States. Since its inception it has grown internationally with over 200,000 members, and hosts the largest aviation gathering of its kind in the world, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
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At yesterday’s meeting, an election was held for the new officers for the coming year. Here are the results:
New President: Rick King
Vice President: John Signorino
Secretary: Andy Werner
Treasurer: Jorge Vielledent
Asst. Treasurer: Bob Dockendorf
Young Eagles Dir: Tomás Peralta
Scholarship Dir: Melissa Keithly
Membership Dr: Laura Ditlevson
Newsletter Editor: Kathleen Whelen
Before hearing from the guest speaker at the meeting, Melissa Keithly made an announcement about the progress of the EAA Chapter’s new Scholarship recipient flight students:
Name of Scholarship StudentOriginal GrantSpent to dateBalance Remaining
Jesse Tsougas $ 3,000 (2,914-) –
Laura Ditlevson10,000 (6,930-) 3,070
Caleb Molinar 3,000 (2,472-) –
Sergio Olague 4,000 (3,851-) 149
Ava Moreno 10,000 (10,098-) (98)
Robert Lopez Valazquez 10,000 (8,734- ) 1,266
Melissa reported that a total of $40,000 had already been granted for student Flight Training Scholarships. After sharing the above Scholarship Award Students’ financial status report with the members, she then announced that Robert Lopez(below 2 photos) had already soloed, and had also completed his solo cross-country flight.
L to R at rear: Melissa Keithly gives Robert Lopezhe souvenir SOLO T-SHIRT.
L to R: Robertodisplays his newly achieved SOLO T_SHIRT to the members at Scholarship Director, Melissa Keithly smiles with satisfaction..
After the election for new officers was held and various reports made, as that of Ms. Keithly’sScholarship Program, the speaker for the day, Terence“Mike” Epp was introduced by President Keithly, who described Mike’s colorful work history and explained that Mike had done some important work on both of John’sairplanes, as his official A & P (FAA Certified Airframe and Powerplant technician).
Long time FASF member, Bob Dockendorf (WEAM Executive Director),Mike Perez,,andMike Epp.
Asst. Treasurer, at rear and standing, Bob Dockendorf, reports on the Chapter’s Financial Status. In foreground, L to R are chapter member, Elissa Huggins, and guest speaker, A&P Mike Epp. In background are (L to R): Melissa Keithly and Mary Dockendorf. Bobalso announced the details of the upcoming “A SALUTE TO VETERANS” Charity fund-raising extravaganza entitled “RADIO STARS OF THE 40’S / “ON the AIR” featuringBob Hope, Jack Benny, Red Skeltonand Jimmy Durante, presented by some exceptionally talented professional impersonators. Tickets for the event are limited to only 300 guests and the price per seat is $75.
L to R: A & P, Elliot Werner and John Orton (FASF Advisor – both are International Jet Port Advisory Board members), wait for the meeting to begin.
Among the Announcements made during the meeting, Daniel Barcena (at center rear) described the upcoming Fabens’ Airport Aviation and Automobile Event he created and his promoting for Breast Cancer Awareness, this coming October 26th and 27th. Danieland his fiance, Aurora Vargas, a cancer survivor, flew in to the meeting in his Van’s Experimental airplane. As usual, several other members also flew themselves into the Jetport for the meeting.
Long time FASF member and Chapter VP, John Signorino(above), reported on the Chapter’s Fly Outs and other events.
John Keithly announces his retirement as President and opens the floor for nominations, as the election takes place.
President Keithly introducing guest speaker, Terrence “Mike” Epp.
Mr. Epp opens his colorful talk about his some 40 years of flying experience from his first solo in his father’s Piper Tri – Pacer to more current times as both an A&P specialist and as a transport and DEA Contractor pilot. Mike was also Private Investigator , wildlife photographer, and novelist – to mention what seem like just a few of his talents and unusual life experiences.
Mike Eppconcludes his entertaining presentation on his aviation exploits and other adventures.
The first EAA Chapter 1570 YOUNG EAGLES FLIGHT for 2019 was sucessfully completed this past weekend. As usual, it was conducted at the Doña Ana County International Jetport in Santa Teresa, NM. The participants enjoyed the fine facilities of the War Eagles Air Museum (WEAM) for the entire operation. After the event wound down, the volunteers had a lunch and defriefing in the Executive Meeting Room of the Museum.
Most of the young first-time flyers were able to enjoy the many WEAM exhibits after their flights. Chief Registrar, Melissa Keithly,reported that the morning session saw 55 new Young Eagles take to the skies for their first introductory airplane flight.
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Melissa Keithlybusily registering Young Eagles for the day’s first-flights. By the noon deadline she had booked 55 young people for their first personal airplane flight adventure.
Bob Dockendorfand Tomás Peralta surveying the activities as they get undersay. Tomás was the event’s Organizer.
L to R: Tom Holmsley, EAA Chapter 1570 President, John Keithly, chatting with Fritz Gatlin.
L to R: Juan Britoand Chapter VP, John Singnorino, in discussion before the flying started.
L to R: John Signorino, Juan Brito, Marcia McNamee andMelissa Keithlyat registration table as a parent signs up.
Melissa Keithlydescribing procedure for signing up the children . . .
L to R: Charles Crawford, Tomás Peralta, and Laura Dittlevson,going over the flight line procedures . . .
L to R: John Signorino and John Ortonreturning from the Fllight-Line . . .
L to R: Kathyn and WEAM Operations Manager, George Guerra, at work behind the WEAM Gift Shop counter.
Pres. John Keithlykicks off the program with his Young Eagle Co-Pilot, Yessenia Cano,in his WT-9 Dynamic Aircraft
John briefs Yesseniaon the aircraft controls and instruments, explainnng how they work and why they are important to fully understand.
Yesseniaand Johntaxii out for her first flilght
Johnand his next Young Eagle, Alondra Tinajero, are ready to taxi out to the runway.
A happy new Young Eagle, Alondra Tinejero, and her EAA Pilot, John Keithly, areall smiles after her first demo flight
John Keithly explains sleft wing aeleron flight control to his nextg Young Eagle, Marco Talamontes
John helps Marco arrange and fasten his safety harness.
Marco gives the thumbs up signal that shows he is ready to fly!
Pilot and his Co-Pilot are ready to start . . .
Marco proudly poses with Mr. Keithlyafter his inaugural Young Eagle Flight.
Ready to become another Young Eagle, Alfredo Vargas, is all smiles wth Pilot John Keithly.
While Allan Yapor’sfather stands by, John Signorino (sitting at right) completes the new Young Eagle’s Fllight Logbook entry and fills out his Official EAA Young Eagles Certificate of Accomplishment, attesting to Allan’s 1st Flight Adventure.
Allan Yaporstands proudly next to his pilot, John Signorino, who is a former Army Combat Aviator and Vice President of the 1570 Chapter. John owns and manages the security locksmithing firm, Pop-A-Lock, in El Paso, Texas.
John Signorino taxis back from his flight with his new Young Eagle, Vincent Hardy, whose lucky father, Philip, went along in one of the Cessna 182 Skylane’s back seats.
New Young Eagle, Vincent Hardy, is alll smiles after his first Flight Adventure as John Signorino’s Co-Pilot.
L to R: Ground Crew volunteer, Laura Dittevson, Vicent Hardy, John Signorino, and Philip Hardy pose beside the Cessna Skylane.
Back down to Mother Earth for the Pritchetts.
L to R: John Signorino, the proud new Young Eagle, Nicholas Pritchett, and his father, Virgil, pose with the newly made out EAA Achievement Certificate and Young Eagle Log Book.
L to R: John Completes new Young Eagle, Riley Franco’sLogbook, as his father, Ruben smiles with satifaction.
Certificate in hand, Riley and his Dad, Ruben Franco, are all smiles, as is their Pilot, John Signorino.
L to R in cockpit of former Army Helicopter: Mike McNamee and his Young Eagle adventurer, Oliver Oropeza. Mike is explaining the controls and instruments to his awestruck Young Eagle. Mike also has a fixed wing Cessna 182 Skylane, which he generously contrtibuted to the event’s group of working aircraft.
Mike sets the rotors in motion as he warms up his chopper for takeoff.
And, straight up, off they go!
Pilot, John Orton(long-time Advisor and former Trustee of the FASF) helps his Young Eagle, Justin Walters, safely and comfortably secure his seat belt and shoulder harness. John is both a former army and Air Foce veteran. His airplane is a U.S. manufactured Diamond DV20, used by the USAF to provide pilot-training for Air Force Academy Cadets.
Final adjustments to the now fastened safety harness, and they were soon aloft.
The new Young Eagle, Justin Walters, poses with his happy Mother, Danielle, and Father, Mike Fisher.
John Ortonexplains, to his next Young Eagle, Kristopher Zapata, how to use the Headset and mic.
Johnexplaining the instrments and controls to Kristopher.
L To R: Chapter Ground Crew Volunteer, Charles Crawfordand Mrs. Zapata, watch as her son, Kristopher gets briefed by John Orton. . .
Kristopherwatches as John Ortongoes through the startup checklist . . .
Johnwatches as his next Young Eagle, Daniel Rayos, gets into the cockpit.
Johnexplains to Daniel the use of the headset and microphone.
Danielwaves adios as John begins to taxi outfor takeoff. The following short (3 min) video shows the start and departure for their takeoff.
El Paso Judge, Alex Gonzalez, just took Larissa Rodriguez (left, standing) up on her Young Eagle Flight in his Cessna 172. Her parents sat in the rear seat. Ground Crew Volunteer, Laura Dittevson, helps by holding open the passenger door.
L to R: Clearly, Larissa’s father, Andres, enjoyed the experience as much as did Judge Gonzalez. The following short (51 seconds) video is of their return to pick up Larissa’s Young Eagle Certificate and Logbook. The second, one (1) minute video, is their discusion of the flight experience. Jim Foster and his Young Eagle are at the end of this video, too.
Professional Instructor Pilot,Jim Foster,poses by the Cessna 172 in which he just initiated Young EAgle, Amna Noor, to the thrill of flying.
Amna and her father look on as Jim finishes up the paper work.
Jim Fosterposes with his Young Eagle Co-Pilot, “RJ” (Ruben) Franco, whose brother, Riley, also obtained his Young Eagle award, earlier, from John Signorino.
EAA Young Eagle Certificate and Logbook in hand, “RJ” poses with his mentor, Jim Foster, and his Mom, Lisa.
German Air Force (Lufwaffe) specialist, Dominic Austen,from chapter 1570, chipped in and did his part, too. His first Young Eagle of the day is seen above: Zion Hernandez.
Jada Gaton is now a Young Eagle, and her mother, Arecely poses by her, as Pilot, Dominic Austen, approvingly looks on.
Andrea Rayos eagerly moves the control yoke in the Cessna 182 Skylane in which she achieved her Young Eagle status, as did her brother,Daniel, who flew with John Orton earlier. Dominic watches from the door. The short (11 second) video below shows Dominicand Andreaas they start the engine to taxi to the runway.
His Young Eagle securely belted in, Andy Werner, gets ready to start up his A240 Aerotek Light Sport Aircraft for their flight. His Co-Pilot is already properly uniformed in his flight suit and aviator’s sunglasses.
L to R: Yound Eagle to be, Michelle Hernandez’ mother, Adriana, takes photos of her daughter, while Volunteer, Charles Crawfordlooks on, while Michelle poses and Andy Werner describes his Chech built Light Sport airplane to Michelle’s Dad.