Fourteen EAA members from around the seacoast area founded EAA Chapter 225 in 1978, basing operations at the home of Jack E. Denison, our mentor as well as great A & E, in Rochester, NH. Those members decided early that in order that the chapter remain a viable aviation club that something needed to keep them focused, namely a project. Soon the chapter adopted a motto: "Building and Flying Together".
The first real project was assembling a set of wings for one member who was restoring a Piper Cub. The next project was a big one. EAA 225 purchased an Aeronca 7AC Champ, which had crashed. Over the next eleven years the members completely disassembled the airplane and then fully restored it. Along the way they learned such skills as the cutting, fitting, & gas welding of the tube framework; working with various wood structures including the splicing of a front spar; repairing of aluminum wing ribs; proper drilling and riveting techniques; sandblasting, priming, painting of metalwork; rigging of attaching structures; layup and installation of fabric (which covers a majority of the airframe); Supplemental Type Certificate modifications (including the installation of a slightly larger engine, adding two wing fuel tanks, installing a complete electrical system with starter, and changing the landing gear from standard to a 'no bounce' design); engine work; and refinishing of the metal, wood, and fabric of the interior and exterior if the airplane.
The membership is currently building a kit Light Miniature Aircraft LM-3X-W single-place Aeronca Champ. The wings, tail components, and fuselage are assembled, covered and all components the aircraft have been refinished using Stewart Systems water borne products. The fuselage is back at the clubhouse being fitted with wiring, instruments, controls, and engine. At some point in the future the educational aspects of building this aircraft will come to a close with a completed aircraft.
About seventeen years ago we moved from the 'Barn', as Jack called it; to our new venue a clubhouse located in an end room on the southwest side of the T-hangar complex that is closest to and parallel to the taxiway. Ample parking is available just off the road on the airport property. Access to this area is via a gated entrance to the hangars just north of the FBO. Recent changes have allowed our monthly meetings to be held in the Skyhaven FBO Pilot's Lounge. There is plenty of parking near the entrance through the door behind the ramp near the center of the building. Pilot's lounge is to the left upon entering the building from the parking lot or to the right from the airfield. Come stop by for a visit, to see what we do and join us as we endeavor to promote aviation from the ground up.
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