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About EAA

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) was founded in 1953 by a group of Wisconsinites interested in building their own airplanes. It is now a worldwide organization representing a wide range of aviation interests and backgrounds, including antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters, and contemporary manufactured aircraft.

There are thousands of individual chapters, whose members have come together to share their passion, learn more about aviation and share their knowledge, as well as help inspire the next generation of aviators. Follow the link to read more about the EAA.

Chapter 1268

More than 60 members strong, Sonoma Skycrafters (Chapter 1268) was chartered in 1992. Members volunteer their time in the youth programs at Sonoma Skypark as well as other airport events that help raise money for the Air Academy scholarships awarded to young aviation enthusiasts each summer. Each month, the chapter presents a program covering a range of subjects related to homebuilding and general aviation. Anyone interested in aviation is cordially invited to join the members for dinner and an evening’s entertainment.

Membership

Interested in joining EAA Chapter 1268? Dues are $20/year. Membership for ages 8–18 is FREE.

Use the membership form, or contact us at eaachapter1268@gmail.com

Meeting dates

Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. We start with a light supper and a short business meeting, followed by a presentation.

Young Eagles dates

Young Eagles fly the 2nd Sunday of each month (except December), from 9:30–11:30 a.m., weather permitting. Ages 8–17.

Must be accompanied by an adult guardian who can sign paperwork.

Flight training scholarships

EAA Chapter 1268 and the Ray Scholarship Foundation offer a combined $10,000 in scholarships for youth private pilot flight training. Applications open November 1.

Sonoma index-tribune

Sonoma Skypark inspires young pilots with free Young Eagles flights

The Sonoma Index-Tribune came out to Skypark to interview Darrel Jones about our Young Eagles program. Click on the arrow to read the article.

Chapter newsletter

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Click on the link to view the archived pdf.

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Each year, the EAA flies its completed build-project plane around to all the chapters that worked on it. That’s our chapter number on the wing in front of us. From left, Serena Kamps, from EAA, Robin Tatman, Darrel Jones, and David Leiting, EAA Young Eagles Coordinator. Photo is from 2018.

Former chapter 1268 Young Eagle Daniel Schulte standing in front of the plane in his first job as a corporate pilot. He’s since moved to another company and made captain. Daniel also made a documentary, For the Love of Flight, about his passion for aviation. You’ll recognize some of the interviewees!

Chapter board

  • Robin Tatman | President
  • Darrel Jones | Vice President/newsletter
  • Nelleke Cooper | Secretary
  • Ray Gallarate | Treasurer
  • Don and Ligia Booker | Membership
  • Marsi Allard | Member
  • Yayoi West | Member / Airplane build