Whether you fly, build, restore or simply enjoy airplanes and aviation, you are welcome to attend our events and join our chapter. We are a group of aviation enthusiasts, aircraft builders, and pilots who get together with like minded people to share ideas, exchange information, encourage safety, serve the local aviation community and have a lot of fun doing so. Please come to our next meeting or event as our guest.
For more information on our chapter, please contact our president Jon Davis email@example.com
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The world of homebuilt aircraft — officially known in the United States as Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft — has existed as long as powered flight. One could say, in fact, that the Wright brothers were the first homebuilders, since they never relied on a factory to construct their airplanes. They, like the homebuilders of today, used their own abilities and craftsmanship to construct a safe and efficient flying machine.
Today, tens of thousands of homebuilt aircraft fly throughout the world. A significant number of homebuilt aircraft have flown around the globe and one, the Voyager in 1986, was the first airplane ever to fly around the world non-stop on a single tank of fuel.
EAA's extensive resources, available through the EAA members' area or the association's staff, can help any aircraft builder or restorer to create a safe, efficient aircraft that provides recreation and education.
EAA Chapter 976 was formed in the latter part of 1990, but the idea went back a little before that time. You see, Al Fowler taught a Sunday School Class in Douglasville and guess who happened to be in that class. That’s right, Tom Howard, Hal Coonley and Don Bowlick. They say that the Chapter was not planned in that class, but no one really believes them. It was in that class along with several flying trips that EAA Chapter 976 was hatched. Chuck Pease and Hal Coonley volunteered the use of the Possom Works at W. Ga. Regional Airport for chapter meetings and Tom Howard was the connection with EAA National.
Only 13 people actually paid their dues that first year and became the Charter Members. The chapter had no permanent home, had no assets and very little money, but the enthusiasm was high. We did not really know what direction to take, but we really had a good time.
The chapter did most of the work for the first ever Airport Open House, but when it was all over, the chapter received no monetary gain from the event. We made a vow that we would be the sole sponsor of all future events and receive the benefit of our hard work.
In the third year of the chapter, Barry Davis presented an idea for an Aviation Learning Center to pass on aviation education to future generations and this gave us a mission to accomplish. We did not realize at the time, that it would take almost 15 years to accomplish our goal. In the 90’s we had Airshows every year with as many as 21 performers flying aerobatics during each show. All performers donated 100% of their fees to the building fund. Even though it rained-out nearly every event, we had several very successful airshows and raised a lot of money for our Learning Center.
We purchased our EAA trailer to store and move our tables, chairs and grill and became a mobile chapter. We had meetings in different locations, but always for a purpose. Several of the guys would camp out at a grass strip and cook BBQ all night long for a chapter feast and fly-in the next day.
Our chapter had a lot of field trips including, Gulfstream in Savannah, Museum at Warner Robins, Maule, Zenith Aircraft, Anniston Radio, Blue Angles in Pensacola, Splash-Ins at Wedowee, Train Trips, EAA Fun Cruises, Bell Weekends, Sun n Fun, Airventure, Atlanta Center and the Hartsfield Tower. We had some campouts at Thomasville, Evergreen, Urbana and Etowah Bend. Poker Runs and treasure hunts along with homebuilding demos and welding classes rounded out our activities. We have never lacked for fun activities.
After we acquired our Learning Center, we started a series of theme parties with Cowboy Night, Military Evening, a 50’s street dance and the famous Talent Shows. Saturday Morning Hangouts were the norm for several years.
Several improvements were made to the Learning Center with more to be made including our latest project of turning a Cessna 337 into a flight simulator for all to enjoy.
From our humble beginnings, we have become a great EAA Chapter with over 100 members.