New flight sims, elections, holiday party, and more!

November 6, 2023

A ride in an RV-8 at our Empire fly-in earlier this year. Photo by Morgan Suhy

From the desk of Chapter President Bill Ross

Elections are going to be held at our November gathering. Come on out and vote.


14 December at Sleder’s, 717 Randolph @ 6:30PM. We will have the RSVP form up soon, so sign up and show up. I do like to see your smiling faces. There is a bunch of work and fun to celebrate.

Tis November, the migratory birds filed their VFR plans and are outta here lest they become stranded due to currency issues as the less-than-optimal weather is upon us, so... it is a splendid time to check out our sims, especially as we have two new sims and one resurrected sim with a VR headset. These will complement our very snazzy TrueCourse VR-based sims that are the cat’s meow. You gotta check‘em out.

We had our first strategic visioning session last month and our next is on 1 December, just in time for our 2024 budget. The first session was powerful, eye opening and quite exciting as we are all on the same glide slope and the mins are looking good. We’ll roll out the plan late 2023 or early 2024.

Our Saturday afternoon Young Eagles club is up and running on both mags on Saturday 18 November.  I made a point of watching the youth throughout the last session; they were engaged, curious and knowledgeable. Think of them, if you will (and you should) as our future Ray Scholars. Jim has a sweet program in place. Thank you to him.

Volunteer! We need, want and appreciate your ideas, your time, your labor, your heart and your mind.

We need you.


November Gathering: Alaska Backcountry Pilot CJ Miller

CJ Miller and his family in front of an airplane on a farm

Thursday, November 9

Chapter office at Legacy Aviation (2640 Aero Park Drive, Traverse City)

Or join via Zoom

5:30 IMC/VMC Club (optional)
6:30 p.m
. Social time with pizza
7 p.m. Program begins

Join us this month to hear from local backcountry pilot CJ Miller!

CJ starting flying at age 18 in Battle Creek, then moved to Australia where he earned his commercial ticket from the Bible College of Victoria at age 21. His aviation journey continued at LeTourneau University in Texas, where he acquired FAA certifications, a Bachelor of Aeronautical Science, and an A&P maintenance certificate.

After 8 years flying air taxi and directing a remote bible camp in Alaska—where he accumulated more than 3,000 hours flying in the backcountry—he now integrates aviation into his work as a land manager for an energy company here in Michigan.

CJ will surely have some interesting stories from us, so come hang out this Thursday evening. See you there!


Elections will be held at our this gathering for three positions:

  • Vice President, 2-year term, Christian Smith seeking re-election
  • Treasurer, 2-year term, Lindy Barnes seeking re-election
  • Secretary, 1-year term, Clarissa Hunter seeking re-election

Save the Date: Holiday Party Dec. 14

It's the event you've been waiting for all year: the EAA Chapter 234 holiday party! As usual, we'll have a private room at Sleder's.

Update: RSVP here please.

(Yes, we know that's redundant.)

Apply for EAA Scholarships

Applications are now open for EAA Aviation Foundation scholarships. There are more than 50 scholarships available for post-secondary education or flight training programs. Learn more and apply here before March 2, 2024.

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