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EAA Chapter 124 History

The nucleus of E.A.A. Chapter 124 started its growth in the early sixties when a few enthusiasts who were aware of the Experimental Aircraft Association got together and probed the possibilities of forming their own Chapter. This became a reality when in 1962 the group was awarded a Charter as Chapter 124, and it has been moving onward and upward ever since.

Mike Murphy's Cougar was the first homebuilt to fly in 1962, followed by Rex Cantrel's Pitts Special a few years later, and Bob Boehm's Starduster Too shortly thereafter. Since then, Chapter 124 has fledged a whole bevy of homebuilts, including a couple of Oshkosh Grand Champions and a Reno Racer that is almost a homebuilt.

In April of 1972, Chapter 124 was able to obtain a long-term lease of some land at the Sonoma County Airport on which the Chapter financed and built its own hangars and tie-downs. The first structure to be erected was Lloyd Hamilton's hangar. Lloyd agreed that if members would supply the labor to construct it, he would purchase a hangar and have a well drilled. A year later the need for an on-site guard and security became necessary due to airplanes being vandalized. Once again, members joined together and with the help of Art Beer and his construction equipment, set up what we now know as our Facilities Chairman's house. Chapter 124 is also home to our latest addition... the CAFE Test Facility for the purpose of testing general aviation aircraft for performance and efficiency. Construction was completed April of 1993 and dedicated on Aviation Day, May 8, 1993.

Our Chapter plays host to many activities during the year, such as our Annual Dinner / Dance, a barbeque, flyouts, and any other reason our members can think to get together and have a good time.

All of our members have equal status, and all are encouraged to participate in our Chapter's functions. You need not own an airplane, and you don't even need to be a pilot. All you need is a love for airplanes, and if you have that, you will be among friends!

Come aboard and share some of the fun. Visit our Membership page to find out about becoming a member of Chapter 124!

Chapter Presidents

James Shelton 

1962-1963

Del West 

1964

Bob Boehm 

1965

Charles Gabbert 

1966-1967

Rex Cantrell 

1968

Sam Wertz 

1969

James Carter 

1970-1971

Bill Cannam 

1972-1973

Art Beer 

1974-1975

Ray Foreaker 

1976-1977

Erik Peterson 

1978

Gail Rathbun

1979-1980

Larry Ford 

1981-1982

Don Prestin 

1983-1984

Ken McDermott 

1985-1986

Bud Waldo 

1987-1988

Denny Parmer 

1989-1990

Bill Badstubner 

1991-1992

Bill Massey 

1993-1994

Ed Bergreen 

1995-1996

Bill Massey

1997-1998

Michael Tovani 

1999-2000

Dale Wittman

2001 - 2002

Joe Wiegand

2003 - 2004

Bob Gutteridge

2005 - 2006

Joe Lacchia

2007 - 2008

Jim DuVander

2009 - 2010

Wayne Cook

2011 - current