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 via the contact information provided in the sidebar.
Our chapter is part of the worldwide network of EAA chapters. EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world's most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA's 198,000 plus members enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. To find out more about EAA and our programs and services, please visit our home page at EAA.org.
One does not have to be a pilot, aircraft owner, or builder to be a member of EAA. An interest in aviation is the only qualification one needs. Our Chapter has various programs and activities of interest to all.
The Experimental Aircraft Association was founded in 1953. These individuals were brought together by their interest in building and modifying aircraft. Experimentation and innovation were the keywords in the early years and they still ring true today. However, over the years the EAA has come to include antiques, classics, war-birds, ultralights, helicopter and manufactured aircraft. The EAA has grown over the years and is now composed of over 1000 Chapters in 21 countries.
Chapter #50 has quite a heritage. On March 1, 1959, the original 15 members were granted the Sandusky Area Charter. Over the years, meetings have been held at various members’ homes and airstrips. The chapter now has a permanent chapter meeting room at Hinde Field (88D), 1819 Boos Rd., Huron, Ohio.
Chapter #50 normally meets the first Saturday of the month at Hinde Airport. In the summer months the location varies. Members of the chapter with private airfields often host fly-in, drive-in, meetings, sharing their fields and hangars with the membership. These meetings are followed by potluck picnics and make for fun family events. We seek to have guest speakers who share experiences on a variety of educational aviation topics. Technical demonstrations and workshops are frequently given.
The chapter recently added a member workshop adjacent to our office. The workshop is available to all paid members providing large movable work tables for working on large aircraft parts, compressed air, sandblasting cabinets, parts cleaning tank, sheet metal brake and sheer. We supports a tool loan program to provide members with repair, maintenance and building construction tools. New tools are continually added to the program. There is a list of available tools in the documents section of this web site.
Chapter #50 members participate regularly in the EAA Young Eagles’ program. The goal of Young Eagles is to expose our youth to aviation. Collectively, our pilots have given flights to over 1200 Young Eagles ages 8-17. This no-cost orientation is courtesy of our chapter pilots.
Chapter #50 is widely known for its annual fly-in pancake breakfast which is held on the second Sunday in August. The turnout and support by the aviation community is tremendous. We serve an average of over 400 breakfasts between 8 a.m. and noon. A variety of Aircraft show up from General Aviation Airplanes, Ultralights, Vintage & Restored Airplanes and occasionally Warbirds.
Chapter #50 holds an Annual fall banquet. This event has attracted such notable speakers as: SR71 pilot Brian Shul, Voyager Pilot Dick Rutan, United Captain Al Haynes and Acrobatic Pilot, Rtired Northwest Captain Julie Clark and in 2016, Colonel George D. Zemka, USMC - NASA Shace Shuttle Astronaut..
Chapter #50 Technical Counselors are members who have either an Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) mechanic rating, experience restoring aircraft, or have built their own aircraft. They volunteer their knowledge to guide others through the building or restoration process.
Chapter #50 Flight Advisors are volunteers who help chapter members, and area pilots, evaluate their capability to fly a specific aircraft. This service can also be utilized for the first flight of a new or restored aircraft.
Chapter #50 has developed a Boy Scout Aviation Merit Badge program. The Scouts complete the Merit Badge in a single weekend and weather permitting, we fly the Scouts as Young Eagles.
To date, we have had over 500 Boy Scouts earn their Aviation Merit Badge through an on-site, overnight workshop at Hinde Airport.
In the past, Chapter #50 has maintained an award-winning web site (4th place EAA 2007, 1st place EAA 2008) and an award-winning, monthly newsletter (3rd place EAA 2008). Chapter newsletters contain the monthly board meeting minutes and are available for download from the documents section of this web site.
Chapter #50 is an Ohio incorporated 501(c)3 Charitable Organization operating as a non-profit corporation.
Thank-you for your interest in EAA Chapter #50. Feel welcome to attend a meeting. Sample the coffee and the refreshments and experience an afternoon of aviation camaraderie.