EAA 690 Veterans November 2018
Anh-Thu has worked relentlessly to overcome tremendous challenges since leaving behind her beloved war ravaged remote village in Tuy-Hoa, Vietnam, where she received her elementary and middle school education from a UNICEF-built school. Growing up in a village with no electricity, flying high was simply and realistically just a big dream, and dream big she did.
To many other women around her, she is the epitome of women empowerment and strength. Arriving in America at the age of 12 with no English or financial resources, she worked hard to graduate valedictorian of her high school and top 10 of her college class from Purdue University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. Along the way, she has faced constant setbacks and disappointments in her personal life and academic career, but she has always been determined to move forward. After years of interrupted training, she obtained her private pilot license and in 2017 became an AOPA Distinguished Flight Instructor, having taught hundreds of pilots and earning her Airline Transport Pilot certificate.
Regardless of her many achievements, Anh-Thu’s presence at airports in 2019, surprisingly, still is a source of confusion and a huge shock to many including airport security personnel, who on many occasions, have denied her entry through the gate. On a daily basis, she constantly has to explain herself and convince people that she's a pilot. After facing so many challenges, it is now her mission and civic responsibility to raise visibility and awareness to women in aviation and to promote aerospace education for young girls. Only 6% of all pilots in the world are female, and only 7 women have successfully circumnavigated the globe.
Her life stories are inspirational and have taught many women around her to dare to dream the impossible even when things are difficult.
The September 7th program will begin at 10:00 AM and is open to all. An all you care to eat pancake (and eggs, sausage and biscuits, etc.) breakfast and/or refreshments are available beginning at 8:00 AM in the EAA Sport Aviation Center, 690 Airport Road, at Gwinnett County's Briscoe Field. The price of breakfast for adults is $7, children under 10, $3. Ample aircraft and auto parking is available.
Work has begun on a couple new projects at the airport, with full scale construction expected to start on Monday, June 17th. New access gates and roads are being installed, which change the way we gain access to our chapter hangar. The "dirt road" that we have become accustom to using is no longer available (see red lines on article image), with a new chain and lock having been added to prevent access. Instead, all traffic to our hangar(s) will be through the gate located near Advanced Aviation, until construction is complete.
For those who are not chapter members, and thus do not have the code to the gate located near Advanced Aviation, we will open the gate and force it to remain open for chapter functions.
Parking will remain in the areas it has always been (see green boxes on article image). Please be mindful of aircraft operating on the airport grounds and do not park in front of any hangars so that hangar owners may access their hangar (see green dashed line on article image).
Initially the majority of the work is expected to be grading, hauling, relocating sewer lines, installing culverts, and other work that will be outside the airport operations area and will not impact airport operations. However, eventually work will necessitate the temporary closure of taxiways, and the temporary closure of the runway in order to tie the new taxiway into the runway pavement. Taxiway closures will be minimized, but some taxiways (e.g., Foxtrot and Golf) may be closed for extended periods. Any runway closure will be limited to nights (9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. local) Monday through Friday.
The contractor is working to develop a tentative time line showing when closures will be required. Once we have that information we will share it, understanding that the times may change due to weather or unexpected circumstances encountered in the field. Once a definite closure time has been established a NOTAM will be issued and an e-mail notice will be sent out. Please check NOTAMs to ensure you are aware of any closures that may be necessary.
To see the GDOT airport layout plans, please see http://myfiles.dot.ga.gov/Airport%20Layout%20Plans/LZU.pdf
As previously published we have pledged to contribute to the Ford Tri-Motor Wing Fundraiser. Did you know we have a contest to win a Golden Age of Aviation Weekend Retreat?
Essentially, for every $100 donated to the Ford Tri-Motor Wing Restoration project, you get an entry into our drawing to win. The drawing will be held July 18th at our monthly chapter meeting. Everything in Oshkosh is taken care of, however the winner will be responsable for their own travel to/from Oshkosh.
- 6:30 PM Welcome Dinner in the Lodge
- 8:00 AM Arrival/Welcome
- At Pioneer Airport - Short Talk on Early Stages of Mail Delivery/Bi-Planes/Etc.
- 8:30-10:30 AM Bi-Plane Ride or Helicopter Ride
- 11:00 AM-12:00 PM Lunch at Lodge
- 12:00 AM – 2:00 PM Ford History/Ground School (Lodge basement)
- Cody Welch to provide history of the Tri-Motor with ground school.
- 3:00 – 5:00 PM Tri-Motor Flight
- Up close time with Ford
- 35-45 minute flight with every passenger being allowed a right seat opportunity during flight.
- Takeoff from Pioneer Airport.
- 5:00 PM Catered Dinner at Lodge
- 7:00 PM Movie at SkyScape Theater in Museum
- 8:00 AM Breakfast at Lodge
- 9:00-10:30 AM Bi-Plane Ride or Helicopter Ride
- 11:00 AM - Departure
So be sure to donate today!
At the last Pancake Breakfast Greg announced that the chapter has indicated that it intends to raise $10,000 over the next three years to help EAA pay for the new wings for the airplane.
Over the year’s visits from the Tri-Motor have brought revenue to the chapter. Beyond that, it has brought many visitors to our airport and lots of smiles on lots of faces of those that have ridden on the plane.
Last year the plane was removed from service when some corrosion was discovered in the wings. These are the original 90-year-old wings. A shop was found that could produce a new set of wings with a price tag of $1,000,000. Of the total, chapters have been asked to commit $160,000 over the next three years.
The Board voted at their last meeting to commit the chapter to the $10,000 or Platinum level. If the chapter can reach that commitment level, they will be given the following in recognition:
- Golden Age of Aviation Weekend Retreat, August 9-11, 2019
(for individual donors or chapter representative(s) only)
An immersive experience at EAA including Bi-Plane or Helicopter rides, ground school, Ford Tri-Motor history lesson and extended flight experience, meals and an overnight stay at the Air Academy Lodge.
- Ford Tri-Motor Certificate Suitable for Framing
- Listing on a donor plaque in the aircraft
- Recognition on EAA website and Annual Report
I’ve set up a donation item at the Square Marketplace https://mkt.com/eaa690/item/ford-tri-motor-wings-campaign for you to make your donation. To follow the progress of the project you can go to https://tingoose.eaa.org/
The new wings are complete and it is hoped that the plane will be back in the air by the end of March.
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