Chapter 663 Aircraft
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.
||"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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Barry Weber won an EAA Lindy for this Long EZ.|
|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.|
|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.|
Chapter 663 members have a wide range of aircraft, from light sports, fast glass, production aircraft, and the ever popular RV.
The homebuilt aircraft shown above have one thing in common. They were once projects! See what some of our members are working on.
|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.|
|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.|
|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 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.|
|Alan Thayer is refurbishing this Quickie and has installed a six cylinder Jabiru 3300 engine.|