Chapter 1218

Willow Springs, Missouri

EAA Chapter 1218 Fly-In/Camp-Out June 8-10th 2018

Our event was a success!  See our Gallery section for more pictures. 


EAA Chapter 1218 Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Our chapter celebrated our 20th anniversary this year on July 4th with cake and ice cream.  The public was invited to celebrate with us.  The current officers are pictured along with two grandchildren.


Bill Ghan presents Tom and Phyllis White with Oil Painting

Bill Ghan presented Tom and Phyllis White with an original oil painting at the November Gathering.  Bill painted this image because of his childhood memories of watching this airplane fly.  Bill is a multi talented individual who always produces quality work, whether it is a painting, airplane fabric/paint, taxidermy, or stained glass.  We are sure the Whites will hang this painting with pride. 

Jenny Plaque Dedication Ceremony at Springfield-Branson National Airport June 14th, 2017

Several EAA Chapter 1218 members were in attendance today for the dedication of the Jenny Plaque at the Springfield-Branson National Airport.  The Jenny was built by Clint and Marge Allen with the help from many Chapter 1218 members.

Clint Allen with Chapter 1218 President, Tom White.

 See our gallery for more pictures of this event.

2017 Fly-In/Camp-Out

Our Fly In/Camp Out was a success!  The weather cooperated and we had several airplanes fly in as well as some planes from the field who flew.  There were several people who either camped under their wing, or brought tents and campers.  Friday night before the band played, James Ennis gave some of the band members their first airplane ride in his Cessna 172. 

More pictures from the event are located in the Gallery Section of this website.

Thanks to all of our donors and helpers who made this a success.


Annual Service Awards Presented at Dec. Gathering 2016

EAA Chapter 1218 presented its annual service awards at December's gathering.  Left to right:  Clint Allen, Technical Adviser; Berlin Batesel, Technical Counselor; Tom Young, Vice President; Lisa Johnson, Wed Editor; David Johnson, Treasurer; Phyllis White, Secretary; Tom White, President; Not pictures is Ron Hook, Flight Adviser.


Watercolorist Phil Schmidt Gives Demonstration at the November Gathering.

Visit our gallery for more pictures of this demonstration.

Chapt. 1218 Open House Fly-In/Drive-In Pancake Breakfast



Len Ahrnsbrak received the Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" Award at the Chapter 1218 August meeting.

 After the presentation,  Phil presented a Safety Meeting on Transition Training.



  Chapter 1218 Charter Member Len Ahrnsbrak was presented the Wright Brothers "Master Pilot" Award during our August meeting. 

  The award was presented by Phil Dixon of the St. Louis FAA Safety team.

Curtiss Jenny Moved to Springfield-Branson National Airport

EAA Chapter 1218 moved the 3/4 scale Curtiss Jenny to its new home atop the ticket counter at the Springfield-Branson National Airport on Monday, May 9th.  This project was the brainchild of Clint and Marge Allen and was built with the help of Chapter 1218 members.  For more pictures of the move, visit ourgallery page.


EAA Chapter 1218 Fly-In and Open House 9-19-15

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Chapter members posed with the One Week Wonder, Kyle Voltz, and Charlie Becker after the fly-in. 
It was a great day for local aviation.  We hosted around 30 airplanes and many more visitors who drove in.  The weather cooperated and it turned out to be a great day.

July Fly-In Pancake Breakfast Was A Success!

The July 11th, fly-in pancake breakfast was a success!  We served around one hundred people breakfast and hosted 20 airplanes.

There is nothing like a good fly-in breakfast after two weeks worth of rainy weather to get pilots into their airplanes and flying!

We will be doing it all again for our August 8th meeting.  We hope to see everyone who showed up this morning again next month. We would love to see some new faces and airplanes from the area too!  It is sure to be another fun day at EAA 1218 in beautiful Willow Springs!

Photo courtesy of Henny Christensen.  Henny flew over on her way to South East Missouri for a photography job near the Mississippi river.  You can see more pictures from today in our gallery section of our website.  The link below will take you directly to the album.

Passion Flights for Life


 This morning during our EAA Chapter 1218 Fly-in breakfast, Jim Davis of Mountain Home, Arkansas flew into 1h5 to give fellow Cancer survivor Logan Welch his first ride in an airplane.

One year ago today, Logan was in the hospital being treated for Leukemia.  Today, one day short of his 20th birthday, Logan received his Passion flight from fellow Cancer survivor Jim Davis.

Jim's goal is to fly a fellow Cancer survivor in all of the lower 48 states.  This mornings' flight was number 28 for Jim and his plane.

You can follow Jim and his Passion Flights on his blog. 


Raffle Winner Announced

The drawing for the Henry 22 rifle raffle from Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1218, Willow Springs was held, Saturday, December 13.  The raffle was a fundraiser for the Jerry L. Smith Memorial Aviation Scholarship fund.  The rifle was provided by Chapter 1218 member Ron White.  The winning ticket drawn belonged to John White,  formerly of Jonesboro, AR and owner of Stoney Point Farm Hunting Preserve, Willow Springs.
Pictured are EAA Chapter 1218 President, Tom White, John White and Ron White

Chapter 1218 Grounds and 1H5 Runway 17

EAA Chapter 1218 and Runway 17 at the Willow Springs Airport (1H5) on a beautiful fall day when we held one of our open houses.  Picture by Henrietta Christensen

Clint Allen in Matilda

Chapter 1218 Member Clint Allen performing in the "Wings, Waves, & Wheels" fly in Event in Midway, AR in June 2009.   Clint is still going strong and can be seen flying Matilda on sunny and clear days in the Ozarks.

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