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Chapter 974


Chapter 974 is located at Butler County Regional Airport / Hogan Field (KHAO) in Hamilton, Ohio, in Hangar T5J. Meetings are generally held every first Sunday of the month at 2:00pm local Eastern time in the chapter hangar, with various scheduled outings and events throughout the year.

Chapter History


The chapter at Butler County Regional Airport (KHAO) was incorporated in October of 1991. If you wanted to belong to an EAA chapter in the Cincinnati area before 1991, there was chapter 174, based at the Clermont County Airport (KI69). That was and is a great chapter with a solid history. However, there was a small but growing group of pilots and builders at the Hamilton Fairfield Airport, as it was known then, who wanted something closer to home. Chapter 974 was born, with the first meeting held on June 2, 1991 with 25 members paying initial dues of $6.00. The young chapter boasted a treasury of $150.00. Some charter members whose names we still know today were Dick Simpkin, Paul Kurtz and Bill Conn.

Early chapter meetings were held upstairs in the old FBO, a building known by some as the “block house”. It was a cinder block building built by the Hogan Brothers. There were usually not enough chairs, space was tight, and many members sat on the floor. During these early days in 1991 chapter by-laws were drawn up, and the chapter was incorporated by the State of Ohio on October 21, 1991 as “EAA Chapter 974, Inc.” Corporation trustees were listed as Larry and Nancy King, Roger Olson, Roger Crupper, John Hess, and Michael Riechers. On the original incorporation application, Roger Olson was listed as the statutory agent and Michael Riechers was the incorporator.

During the early 1990’s the chapter grew steadily. More familiar names were added to the membership roster. Brad Ankerstar, Mark Taylor, Bob Conrad, Skip Lawrence, Bob Louderback and Barry Fear, were names that appeared on rosters from 1992-1995. The 1996 roster listed more familiar names such as Tom and B.J. Graumlich, Bill Morris, Tim Morris, Robin Shaw, Steve Statkus, and George Theobald. By 1995, the chapter newsletter began to appear. The earliest issue found was dated March 1995. It was known as EAA 974 Chronicles and was initially edited by Tim Morris, followed briefly by Dave Zwolak. Steve Statkus and Tim were co-editors for a while. Steve eventually became the sole editor through 2004. Brad Payne was an editor for several years after that, followed by Bob Dombek in 2012 to the present.

The chapter was involved in various events during those early years. Early records show that we were in-volved with the Hamilton Air Affair in 1995. Setting up a food booth for the Aeronca Fly-in at Middletown Hook Field KMWO in 1996. Beginning in 1995 through 2004, we participated in the Wings Weekend events, by once again setting up and manning a food booth. The purpose of Wings Weekend was recurrent training for pilots. Pilots could fly with an instructor free of charge and attend ground training sessions and a banquet in the Clippard Hangar. The Wings Weekend of 2003 was memorable. Paul Poberezny flew in Saturday morning to speak later at the evening banquet. He ate one of our gourmet hamburgers and took a golf cart tour of our chapter hangar and many members’ projects around the field. If that were not enough, Neal Armstrong was also a featured speaker at the evening banquet. Many of us got to meet Neal and have pictures taken with him.

As the chapter grew, the need for space for meetings and projects became a priority. The chapter moved to Mark Taylor’s Hangar where he worked on his RV-4 on Sundays. This was one of the older hangar units which are now T-1, 2 and 3. At that time these units were located north and east of their current location. Mark’s hangar was an end unit with extra storage space. A few members were reportedly working on a Thorp T-18 there as well. The chapter then rented a hangar for a while.

The chapter discussed buying one of Conrad’s old hangar units. Due to its heavy corrugated construction, it was decided it would be too hard to disassemble, move, and reassemble. In 1995 the idea of building a new hangar began to emerge. I found the earliest rumblings about this in the Nov 1995 edition of the 974 Chronicles. Chapter Prez, Barry Fear, announced that a steering committee had been formed to gather input from chapter members and make a presentation to the Butler County Airport Authority about the formation of an EAA Flight Center. According to the June 1996 issue, Barry presented the results of the hangar committee efforts at the May 1996 chapter meeting. Their recommendation was for a T-hangar condo approach. Barry provided some cost estimates showing how the chapter might own or rent its own hangar/shop/meeting space while providing attractive ownership options for chapter members for the long term.

It was known the Airport Board was interested in expanding and improving the airport. It seemed like a good time for the chapter’s hangar committee to make a serious proposal. Initially, there was resistance on the part of the board and airport management, but with persistence, the committee’s proposal was accepted, and on April 2, 1997 the Airport Board presented a contract to the hangar committee which was signed by both parties on April 23. It was time to put our money where our mouth was. Prospective hangar owners stepped forward with deposits for 9 units, with the EAA chapter renting the 10th. At that time the hangar committee became the HAO Hangar Condominium Inc. Although they did not all become owners themselves leaders of this effort were Roger Crupper, Tom Graumlich, Tom Hogan, Barry Fear, Paul Kurtz, and Dick Simpkin.

Over the next year construction drawings were developed, contractor bids were selected, and construction materials were ordered. On May 30, 1998, a pancake breakfast and ground breaking ceremony was held. Construction was started soon after. According to the electrical inspection sticker in the chapter hangar’s circuit breaker box, final inspection was completed on September 14, 1998. Hangar owners and the Chapter 974 were authorized to move in. Of course the chapter has always had a rebellious and independent streak. Legend and rumor has it that folks were moving in before that date. They rented a generator to enable opening and closing of doors. Needless to say, that had to be carefully coordinated. The generator would provide only enough amps to operate one door at a time.

EAA Chapter 974’s vision to build a hangar has contributed to healthy growth of the chapter and the air-port. The chapter’s example started a movement that resulted in many more owner hangars being built, and chapter members are scattered all over the field, many in their own hangars. Of course a chapter is people, not just a hangar. EAA Chapter 974 enjoys a community relationship and fellowship that is unmatched. Long live EAA Chapter 974!

Compiled by Bob Dombek, Editor of “Tailwinds” and chapter historian. October 2016 Newsletter


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Chapter Officers


2019

President - Tom Martin
V-Pres - Joey Shreve
Treasurer - Roger McClure
Secretary - Al Fullerton


2018

President - Scott Balmos
V-Pres - Tom Martin
Treasurer - Roger McClure
Secretary - Tim Morris

2017

President - Al Kenkel
V-Pres - Scott Balmos
Treasurer - Roger Rose
Secretary - Tim Morris

2016

President - Mark Wyss
V-Pres - Al Kenkel
Treasurer - Roger Rose
Secretary - Scott Balmos

2015

President - Brian Charlton
V-Pres - Mark Wyss
Treasurer - Roger Rose
Secretary - Scott Balmos

2014

President - Mike Wood
V-Pres - Brian Charlton
Treasurer - Roger Rose
Secretary - Calib Schmidt

2013

President - Kevin Gassert
V-Pres - Mike Wood
Treasurer - Barry Fear
Secretary - Calib Schmidt

2012

President - Col. Brad Ankerstar
V-Pres - Kevin Gassert
Treasurer - Barry Fear
Secretary - Mark Wyss

2011

President - Paul Payne
V-Pres - Col. Brad Ankerstar
Treasurer - Bob Burkhardt
Secretary - Mark Wyss

2010

President - Brian Charlton
V-Pres - Paul Payne
Treasurer - Bob Burkhardt
Secretary - Brad Payne

2009

President - Ed Schwinn
V-Pres - Brian Charlton
Treasurer- John Wilemski
Secretary - Brad Payne

2008

President - Linda Brainard
V-Pres - Ed Schwinn
Treasurer - John Wilemski
Secretary - Kent Forsythe

2007

President - Elizabeth Szoke
V-Pres - Linda Brainard
Treasurer - Ken Jones
Secretary - Kent Forsythe

2006

President - Tom Graumlich
V-Pres - Elizabeth Szoke
Treasurer - Ken Jones
Secretary - Kent Forsyth

2005

President - Ron Forsythe
V-Pres - Tom Graumlich
Treasurer - Mark Taylor
Secretary - Brian Schermerhorn

2004

President - Tom Linfert
V-Pres - Ron Forsythe
Treasurer - Mark Taylor
Secretary - Rolf Hetico

2003

President - Bob Dombek
V-Pres - Tom Linfert
Treasurer - George Theobald
Secretary - Rolf Hetico

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Other Chapter Positions

Here are some of the other folks who provide integral services to the Chapter.
Young Eagles / Eagles Flight Coordinator - Bob Burkhardt
Flight Adviser - Scott Hersha
Newsletter Editor - Bob Dombek
Hanger Master - Sharon Burke
Chapter Historian - Bob Dombek
Wiki Support - Brad Payne & John Chappell
Forum Support - the Forum is now closed as of Sept 2017
Email Exploder Support - John Chappell
Web Site - Scott Balmos & John Chappell

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Contact Info

The Chapter has a series of email forwarding addresses that will reach the current person(s) Please remove the space in the address before sending a message.

officers@ eaa974.org — will reach President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary as a group
president@ eaa974.org— will reach Chapter President
newsletters@ eaa974.org — will reach Newsletter Editor
youngeagles@ eaa974.org — will reach Young Eagles Coordinator
techcounselor@ eaa974.org — will reach Technical Counselor(s)
flightadviser@ eaa974.org - will reach the Flight Adviser

list.admin@ eaa974.org — will reach the email list (Email Exploder) admin(s)
webmaster@ eaa974.org - will reach the web site admin(s)
wiki@ eaa974.org - will reach the wiki admin(s)


To stay in contact with the membership and anyone interested in the Chapter, we also have an Email Exploder. Please stop by at the Email Exploder page for information on how to sign up / update your information / change of email address / and other options.
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