EAA "Tin Goose" Chapter 1247 was founded in 1995 by James Parker, a local private pilot who wanted to share his love of aviation with other like-minded individuals. Unfortunately, Jim passed away from an unexpected illness a short time later but the spirit and enthusiasm under which he started the group lives on.
Today, there are over 40 active members and the chapter continues to grow. Membership is open to both pilots and non-pilots alike, with the main focus being on aviation. Whether your interest is in learning to fly, building an airplane or just hanging around the airport doing some "hangar flying", our chapter has something for you!
Located near the southern shore of Lake Erie, our home base is Carl Keller Field at the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport in Port Clinton, Ohio. (PCW)
If you're interested in getting more information on joining our chapter, volunteering at an event or attending one of our meetings, please send us a note... firstname.lastname@example.org We'd love to hear from you!
Some of our Annual Chapter Activities include ...
- Monthly Meetings (Many offering Entertaining or Educational programs)
- Monthly Newsletters (Keeping you informed of the latest news)
- Family Picnics
- Holiday Dinners
- Young Eagle Programs (Help inspire the next generation of aviation enthusiasts!)
- Annual Fly-in/Drive-in Pancake Breakfast
- Chapter Scholarship Program
- Special Events (Airplane Rides, Fly-Ins, RC Airshows, etc.)
- Plus our ambitious Chapter "project"...rebuilding a 1929 Ford Trimotor !
Why the Funny Name?
In recognition to the area's colorful history with Ford Tri-Motor aircraft (affectionately nicknamed the "Tin Goose"), the chapter decided to give themselves the same name.
Local association with Ford Tri-Motors began in 1930 when Milton "Red" Hersberger started an air service to link the nearby Lake Erie islands to the mainland. Although he originally flew to & from the islands in a Waco or New Standard bi-plane, increasing cargo loads and passenger demands necessitated that he look for a larger airplane with an enclosed cabin.
With its large payload and short field landing capability, the Ford Tri-Motor was an ideal aircraft for his purposes and, in 1936, he purchased the first one for his fleet. The air service provided regularly scheduled trips to each of the nearby islands and soon earned the reputation of being "The World's Shortest Airline". The 17 mile round trip from Port Clinton would include 12 take-offs and landings and take less than 45 minutes. (Some legs of the trip were so short, that the wheels would be spinning from take-off when you landed at your next stop!)
Tri-Motors continued to play an important role in the following decades, delivering people, mail and freight to the islands. The last Island Airlines Tri-Motor was sold in 1985 when sightseeing flights could no longer pay for the rising insurance costs.
In 2008, Tin Goose Chapter 1247 was honored to be awarded an "Ohio Historical Marker" from the Ohio Historical Society to help commemorate the significant role Ford Tri-Motor's played in the Lake Erie Island region.
The sign is currenty on display outside the main office/hangar at the Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport in Port Clinton.
Young Eagles Program
What is EAA Young Eagles ?
The EAA Young Eagles program was launched in 1992 to give interested young people (ages 8-17) an opportunity to go flying in a general aviation airplane. These flights are offered free of charge and are made possible through the generosity of EAA member volunteers. Since 1992, more than 1.5 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight through the program!
Young Eagles flights are offered by "Tin Goose" Chapter 1247 at various times throughout the year. For more information, please contact us at email@example.com.
James Parker Memorial Scholarship
This memorial scholarship fund was started by the membership to honor James Parker, our Chapter's founder.
Our scholarship awards $500 to eligible Ottawa County high school seniors who are going to college to further their education in an aviation field. (Some of our past scholarship winners have already fulfilled their dreams of becoming corporate pilots, aviation mechanics and airport managers!)
If you're interested in applying for the James Parker Memorial Scholarship, please send an email to the following address to request an application...
EAA stands for the Experimental Aircraft Association
How old is EAA ?
The Experimental Aircraft Association was founded in 1953 in Wisconsin. The organization has grown over the years and now has over 170,000 members and 1,000 local chapters worldwide.
What does EAA do ?
EAA is vital in shaping the future of recreational aviation. The main EAA organization is broken down into different branches allowing members to focus on their specific interests. These special interest groups consist of...Ultralights, Aerobatics, Antique & Classic Aircraft, Warbirds, Builders and more.
EAA also plays an important role in promoting recreational aviation & shaping aviation legislation plus hosts the world's premier aviation event...EAA AirVenture! (For more information, visit their website at www.eaa.org)
Local EAA chapters (such as "Tin Goose" Chapter 1247) use a more "grass roots" approach to promoting aviation by hosting programs and events within their community.
Do you have to be a Pilot to join EAA?
Absolutely not! EAA is open to both Pilots and Non-pilots alike, and offers a variety of activities & events for all aviation enthusiasts.
How can I join "Tin Goose" Chapter 1247 ?
The best way to join our chapter is to come to one of our monthly meetings (held the 3rd Wednesday of each month) -or- send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org