EAA Chapter 690, located at Lawrenceville’s Briscoe Field will host Delta Captain (Ret.) Connie Bowlin on November 5, 2016. Captain Bowlin will be talking about how she got into aviation and her life as a flight Attendant, Sport Aviation Pilot, Commercial Pilot and Warbird Pilot. She will be accompanied by her niece, Melisa Foure who is following in her footsteps.
As a farm girl from North Carolina, Connie grew up with parents who believed in hard work and pursuing your dreams. Introduced to flying while in college, she realized her dream of becoming a commercial pilot when, in March of 1978 she became the 4th female pilot hired by Delta Air Lines- one of the first 50 women to be hired by a major carrier. A Delta Air Lines Pilot for 26 years, she retired as a B-767 Captain.
Connie holds Type ratings in the B-767, B-757, CE-500, DC-3 and others including Warbird aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang, and B-17. In addition her license reads “All makes and models of Single and Multi-Engine Piston powered authorized aircraft”. Listed authorized aircraft include the F4U, P-40, AD1, Douglas B-26, T-28, P-47, T-33, etc. Her work in the Warbird community and friendships with many veterans led Connie to develop a business with the website www.AviationAutographs.com selling autographed aviation books and prints. Connie and her late husband Ed Bowlin enjoyed working with Sleeping Dog Productions, the award winning producers of Aviation Documentaries.
Connie is currently serving as President of the EAA Warbirds of America. She is the founder of “Warbirds in Review”, and still coordinates the very popular program which showcases Warbird aircraft, pilots and veterans during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Connie and her husband Ed were inducted in to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame in 2011.
Melisa, a recently rated ATP pilot, took her check ride in a DC3. She is a single, multi and instrument instructor with seaplane ratings. Melisa graduated, with honors, from Belmont Abbey College in North Carolina with a business degree. While in college she spent the summers with her Ed and Connie obtaining her pilot ratings. Building Flight time as a instructor, she flew more than 200 hours in the T34 giving nostalgia rides, working for Flight Safety and is currently with Imagine Air flying Single pilot 135 Charter.
The November 5th program will begin at 10:00 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 $6, children under 10, $3. Ample aircraft and auto parking is available. For additional information contact Randy Epstein at email@example.com.
When the RV-12 project began it was decided to use Slack (http://www.slack.com) as the means of communications between members. Slack can be used on all smart phone platforms as well as one's home computer. We recently decided to rename the Team on Slack to EAA690 and have created channels that can be used by many groups within the chapter for instant communications. We encourage you to create an account at Slack and request that you be added to the Slack team.You may do so by sending the email address you use to register with Slack to firstname.lastname@example.org
Both the Pietenpol and RV-12 projects are moving forward at great pace. The chapter youth members are nearing completion of the build portion of the wings, ailerons and tail group. The next step is to complete the fuselage under the guidance of the mentors and start the covering process under the guidance of Duane Huff.
The RV fuselage is moving along well with several issues overcome. Before long it will be matted with the empennage structure. You will know it when airplane noises emanate form the Bishop Educational Center. In the meantime check out the photos of both projects on the website and on Facebook.
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EAA 690 is a Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, located at Briscoe Field (LZU) in Lawrenceville, Georgia. A diverse chapter with over 250 members, we offer a wide range of aviation-related activities on a regular basis. While the Pancake Breakfast and our monthly meetings are the norm, we also are heavily involved in youth education through EAA’s Young Eagles program and our Aviation Explorer group, regularly conduct fly-ins, and host historical aircraft such as EAA’s B-17 “Aluminum Overcast”, the Ford Tri-Motor and Ron Alexander's DC-3.
Our technical counselors are some of the best in the business, and willingly donate their time to homebuilders, as they progress through the various phases of constructing an aircraft. We have pilots with a wide variety of experience, from former airline and military pilots to general aviation pilots with a private certificate. “Hangar flying” is a fun part of the mix, and our facility is often used for aircraft annual inspections, meetings, special events, and training. We also have an extensive array of aviation tools for loan to members, and a library full of aviation information.
Come join us on the first Saturday of every month at the hangar to enjoy a $6 Pancake Breakfast, and to learn more about EAA 690.