Zak Clement on Building and RV-14
Our speaker for the March 4th, 1st Saturday Aviation program and Pancake Breakfast is one of our own. Aviation has been a part of Zak Clement`s life forever. His father Gordon was a corporate pilot and had a passion for flying that Zak now shares. Growing up in Lawrenceville, he has been coming to LZU and EAA 690 since he was just a boy. The family kept a Bucker Jungmann biplane on the field at LZU for a number of years before moving it to a private grass strip in North Georgia.
Zak soloed on his 16th birthday in the flight school of Gwinnett`s C-152. He was fortunate to receive his initial formal instruction from Ernie Schnaak. Before graduating high school in 2012, Zak earned his Private Pilot Certificate.
Zak continued to fly for fun on the weekends while he attended the University of Georgia. He was checked out in the family Bucker and enjoyed teaching himself aerobatics in this fine machine. He also made a point to come back to 690 to help out with the Aviation Summer camp every year.
Zak and his family just completed a Vans RV-14 that his late father had started in January of 2013. The maiden flight took place on February 4th, 2017. Early impressions are that this is a wonderful flying airplane. Like any build there were challenges faced which Zak will share. Topics including insuring a homebuilt aircraft and the FAA`s new Additional Pilot Program, in addition to Phase 1 testing lessons learned.
The March 4th 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 $6, children under 10, $3. Ample aircraft and auto parking is available. For additional information contact Randy Epstein, email@example.com.
We are being put on the schedule to have the Ford Tri-Motor in town. Please put April 27 - 30 on your calendar. We will need help prior to that with marketing and getting the word out. If you want to be on the team, please let someone on the BOD know.
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 from 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” and the Ford Tri-Motor.
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.