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Chapter 663 Aircraft

 Oshkosh Champions!

Current and former Chapter 663 members have built and owned a number of award winning aircraft  that have brought home "Lindys" from Oshkosh, including that of Grand Champion.  In addition, many aircraft have been judged as "best in class" at regional shows.  Owners/builders of the aircraft below were EAA Chapter 663 members when the aircraft were judged as champions at Oshkosh.

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"Covergirl" is an appropriate name for this Lindy winning RV-4, built by Bruce Cruikshank and Barry Weber.  Covergirl, along with Bruce and Barry, appeared on EAA Sport Aviation with a feature article in the magazine.  Covergirl also has been the "poster" RV-4 for Vans Aircraft.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
RogerH_RV6 Roger Hansen, the Dragon Master, is shown flying his RV-6 over the California hills.  Roger is a founding member of Chapter 663 and has flown his RV-6 all over the US and frequently to Mexico.  He continues to improve the plane, with new Garmin avionics added to the panel.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
DougH_Falco Few aircraft hold the title of Oshkosh Grand Champion.  This is one - Doug Henson's Falco.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
RayM_LEZ Ray McCrea and his Long EZ are international travelers, having landed in 26 countries.  Ray has flown the plane from Northern Europe to South Africa.  In addition, Ray has managed to visit 26 states in this country.  Ray won a Lindy in 1992 for his O-320 powered plane.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SHORT SLIDE SHOW. 
CarlO_KZ Carl-Erik Olsen was awarded a Lindy for his ground-up restoration of this Danish KZ-VII.  Carl's 1947 KZ is the only one of its type in the US, out of 56 built.  It is powered by a Rolls-Royce O-300 and has full leading edge slats allowing for very slow flight and short ground operations.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR ANOTHER VIEW.
JimP_Q200 Jim Patillo won a Lindy at Oshkosh in the plans built category for his Quickie Q200.  Powered by a Continental O-200, Jim's craft has high compression pistons, dual Lightspeed ignitions, leather interior, and a Cato prop.  Jim has also won local awards including at Golden West and Merced.  Jim's Q has been featured in Kitplanes Magazine.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
BobS_L320  Bob Sinclair took home a Lindy from Oshkosh with his beautiful Lancair 320.  Bob was also "Grand Champion" in his class at the Northwest EAA Flyin at Arlington.  Bob is a Technical Counselor for Chapter 663.
BarryW_LEZ   Barry Weber won an EAA Lindy for this Long EZ.
BarryW_Bonanza  Barry Weber's third Oshkosh Lindy was a result of his restoration of this 1947 Beechcraft Bonanza.  With a serial number of #18, the aircraft is billed as the oldest, most original Bonanza and has been on the cover of magazines, including Flying.  Now owned by the Beechcraft Heritage Museum, the plane is on display as the "Weber Bonanza."  Click HERE for an article on this airplane.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
JohnY_Velocity John Youngblood built a beautiful Velocity which won has won a workmanship award at Oshkosh in 2008 and a Lindy in 2011. John's plane is powered by a Continental IO-550.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW. 

 

Flying Aircraft

Chapter 663 members have a wide range of aircraft, from light sports, fast glass, production aircraft, and the ever popular RV.

Dave&Trina_RV-9A Dave and Trina Anderson's RV-9A was completed after approximately 2 years and 8 months of construction.  This RV has a Dynon EFIS and a panel mounted Garmin 696.  The Tracy based aircraft has flown many Young Eagle passengers.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
JackB_Piper Jack Burke owns this beautiful 1965 Piper Cherokee that was Contemporary Grand Champion at Golden West in 2007.  Jack also owns and flys a rare Catto Goldwing, and he is building a scale    P-51 that will be powered by a Jaguar engine. CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
JackB_GW Jack Burke's 1985 Goldwing captured in flight after the 2010 Livermore Airport open house.  Craig Cato designed this experimental, which has an empty weight of 385 pounds and is powered by a 40 HP Rotax 447, at speeds up to 70 mph.  Jack has a parachute attached to the airframe and to his harness - no BRS, it is hand deployed!  The wings are removable, and Jack keeps the Goldwing in a covered trailer. CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
RalphC_Kitfox Ralph Cloud's Kitfox.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
LelandC_RV9A Leland Collins has the first flying RV-9A in the Chapter.  Watch out Stanford fans, this bird is for CAL. CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
JeremyC_RV-7A Jeremy Constant's RV-7A, "Stella Luna," has an incredible paint job that has to be seen first hand.  Jeremy built this plane to make trips to Sun Valley, Id much faster.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
CashC_RV6 Cash Copeland and his RV-6, "Redtail 6."  Cash is based in Hayward, and his RV is powered by an AeroSport/Superior O-360 putting out 200+HP.  A Hartzell blended airfoil prop pulls this machine, which has a full IFR panel and a two-axis autopilot.  Cash has over 500 hours in his RV, which was completed in 2003.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
BobC-RV7A Bob Cowan's RV-7A.  Bob traveled to Mattituck to assist in the building of his engine.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW
HarryC_RV-6 Here is Harry Crosby's beautiful RV-6 over the water and against the California hills.   CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
BruceC_CH750 Bruce Cruikshank's third home-built is a Zenith CH750 flying under Light Sport rules.  This O-200 powered machine gets off the ground early!  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
MikeE_MustangII Mike Eichenberger enjoys aerobatics and cross country flights in his  O-320 powered Mustang II.  The aircraft has flown over 650 hours.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
BobF_Q200  Bob Farnam's Quickie Q-200.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.  
JohnG_RV7A John Goldsmith's RV-7A.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.  
WilsonH_RV-9A Wilson Hoffman gets the Chapter 2009 first flight award with this RV-9A, which flew in January.  Wilson started building at home in August of 2005.  Wilson's RV has a Catto prop driven by a Mattituk TMXO-320 and has a Dynon DEK-180 for primary instrumentation.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.  
GordyJ_LEZ Gordon Jones has put over 1,700 hours on his O-320 powered Long EZ, which has been flying for over 20 years.  Amazingly, Gordy built the plane in about five years, including a one year "break"!  Gordy is a lifetime Chapter member for his work as an EAA Technical Counselor.  
DickJ_RV-6 Dick Jennings would tell everyone that his neighbor was going to paint his RV-6. This certainly wasn't done in a garage! Added to a fine build is an impressive paint job that changes colors as you walk around. CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW, but these photos don't show how nice this is.
JeffryL_Sonex  Jeffry Larson's second Sonex is polished like the first, although he indicated it was one step away from being finished.  Jeffry flies his Jabiru 3300 powered Sonex from Tracy under the Light Sport Pilot rules.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW. 
MarkP_TriPacer Mark Palajac's Piper Tri-Pacer.  Mark has taken many Young Eagles up for flights in the Tri-Pacer and also used the plane to compete in the 2009 Hayward Air Rally.  Mark is building a "slightly" faster machine - an RV-7A.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW. 
BobS_RV10  Bob Steffen's second RV, built in his home shop, is an RV-10.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW. 
DavidS_LEZ David Stiehr's O-235 powered Long EZ.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW. 
WalterT_S-38 Walter Treadwell's Sikorsky S-38 Replica.  CLICK ON THE AIRCRAFT PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW. 
   

Projects

The homebuilt aircraft shown above have one thing in common.  They were once projects!  See what some of our members are working on.

JoeA_RV12 Joe Arluck's home workshop is the construction area for the Chapter's first RV-12.  In just over a year of non-continuous building, Joe has completed the wings, empennage, and is well along with the fuselage.  Joe indicates the Van's kit is very complete and well thought out.  CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
JackB-P51 Jack Burke said he always wanted a P-51, and his solution to ownership involves building a replica.  Jack started out building a model and then designed an 80% scale P-51, which is in the process of being built in the hangar alongside his Cherokee.  Jack indicated he has learned many things during this project, including CAD, load calculations, and the use of new tools.  Jack even built and programmed a CNC mill to make parts!  A V-12 Jaguar engine is planned for power.  CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
MarkP_RV7A Mark Palajac shows that you can build aircraft in some small spaces like a garage.  In Mark's case, his RV-7A is going together under the wing of his Tri-Pacer.  CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
Chuck_DarrylR Chuck and Darryl Ray are designing and building a composite aircraft that complies with the Light Sport Aircraft rules.  The aircraft was designed by Chuck, and built from scratch by both he and his brother Darryl.  The project had its genesis in December 2004 when Darryl suggested to Chuck that they should do a project together.  The first year was spent learning a lot of new techniques and doing a lot of experimentation.  As of July of 2009 the Rays have completed the following parts: aft fuselage skins and most aft bulkheads, vertical fin, rudder, horizontal stabilizer and elevators, both ailerons, and both main wing outer spars.  For more information on this project, click HERE to go to Chuck and Darryl's blog.  CLICK ON THE PHOTO FOR A SLIDE SHOW.
AlanT_Q Alan Thayer is refurbishing this Quickie and has installed a six cylinder Jabiru 3300 engine.