Chapter 179 has built an aircraft!
At the end of June 2020, EAA 179 received a Van’s RV-12 donation by the family of James Crouse, Jr. of Carrizozo, NM. Wings were nearly complete. The fuselage kit remained unopened. Volunteers stepped up to form a core build team.
The team began to acquire tools, set up shop, unpack the fuselage kit, take inventory, and professionally organize parts on shelves and bins. Thanks to Bode Aviation for the donated space for the workshop!
Meanwhile, we learned of an available empennage kit, already completed in California. Thanks to builder/donor Adam Coffey and some new EAA friends in Chapter 1, the project got a huge kick start. See the newsletter for monthly updates.
Read our story, published in EAA’s November 2020 ChapterGram:
Aircraft Project Donation Catalyzes Chapter 179
Key team participants were Lee Otto, Jim Kessler, Dave Otero, Stephen and Meg Fleming, and Mark Sturm and others are often there to help out.
Lee showing progress - 11/5/2020
Fuselage floor growing!
Spar and Baggage Floor Take Shape
Empennage Delivered by Chapter 1
Tail kit secure at Riverside
Wing & Fuselage Donation
Wings nearly complete