The chapter holds activities throughout the year, including Fly-Out and Fly-In Events. These are organized trips that are open to all chapter members.
Fly-out trips come in all shapes and sizes. The trip can be to a nearby destination that takes the average GA plane a hour or two flying time, or it can be more ambitious, involving multiple days and multiple activities. For example, one day trip can be Twin Oaks to Nehalem Bay on the Oregon Coast. This trip can become whatever the person wants, for Nehalem Bay is an Oregon State Park. You can walk to the beach or the town of Manzanita. You can bring your camping gear and stay overnight. Or you can just land, have some lunch at the picnic tables nearby, get back in your trusted steed and fly up or down the coast line for picture perfect scenery, then head back to your home base. Of course you can always do this by yourself, but one aspect of a fly-out is to see new or old destinations with the great camaraderie of your fellow 105 members.
Each year, when the EAA 105 Board meets for its yearly planning session, one item on the agenda will be where and how many fly-outs shall we suggest to our members. Then a fly-out committee is formed and off they go to research several nominations that are raised during the meeting, but also those suggestions that have come in from 105 members. This is where the Board needs and most certainly wants your input. If you’ve visited some place that you think might be an interesting fly-out destination, then let one of the Board members know, so it can be added to the list, researched, and perhaps get on the schedule for that year.
A good fly-out destination demonstrates the following attributes:
- Not too far away for a day trip (for the slowest of aircraft), and easily reached in daylight hours for overnight trips;
- Landing strip is serviceable for all aircraft (does not rule out non-paved strips, but does mean that tricycle gear will not suffer and don’t need tundra tires to make it in and out);
- Landing strip can be utilized in high, hot conditions by most aircraft (but pilots must know their airplane and its capabilities);
- There is some type of activity or scenery that makes the destination worth the gas;
- Food can either be obtained or provided;
- Rest room facilities are accessible;
- If an overnight stay, then camping is possible, or lodging available nearby.
So! Come fly with us!