The EAA Chapter
EAA Chapter 44 is
undertaking a capital campaign to raise funds to build a hangar
adjacent to our Sport
Aviation Center (SAC) that will benefit the Rochester Community and our members. We are
asking for your support by making a tax-deductible donation to EAA
Contact Treasurer: Gail Isaac
(585) 352-1205 or email her at gisaac @ rochester.rr.com
(delete spaces on either
side of @ symbol) for
details on how you can help EAA Chapter 44 by making a donation of
your skills, materials or money. Or make an on-line donation via PayPal at the bottom of this page.
The hangar will provide us
with much needed space to hold pancake breakfasts and other
activities that require protection from the elements. It will also
give us space to teach others how to build or maintain their own
aircraft. The hangar will complement our Sport Aviation Center.
Here's a partial list of some
of the many things the SAC has allowed us to do. We expect the
addition of the hangar will allow us to expand many of these
programs. The building
of the SAC has provided us with a place where people can learn how to build or maintain
their own airplane,
where kids ages 8 -17 can take a free
Eagle flight, helped support our Young Eagle Adventure program
in local schools, allowed us to meet new and interesting people,
permitted us to host a 4 day visit by the EAA's Ford Tri-Motor, hold
AOPA Air Safety Foundation seminars, teach others about General and Sport Aviation, learn about
Aircraft Association, learn about
Rochester's rich aviation history, hear presentations by aviation dignitaries
and much more.
The SAC is comprised of the following: A library of aviation books,
magazines, photos and tapes; a developing museum of local aviation history, a
large general purpose room suitable for use as a
classroom for workshops, lectures, presentations, and meetings; a
Link trainer we are restoring; close proximity to the airport's taxi/runway
for easy access by visitors and much more.
of our Proposed Sport Aviation Center
The model shown below was
built by Jeff Paris to show what our Sport Aviation Center and
like. The SAC is being built in two phases. Phase 1 resulted in
the construction of the heated portion (left half as you view
the model) of the facility. We are in the process of
raising funds to for Phase 2 which will result in the
construction of the multi-use hangar and aircraft restoration
and assembly area.
Phase 1 is
CLICK HERE to view our work
crews hard at work in the SAC.
During the summer and fall of 2009,
the outer shell was erected and the building was secured. This
included the installation of the windows & doors, ceiling, heavily
insulated walls and ceiling, installing the drainage and water
supply pipes under the floor area and the pouring of the cement
During 2010, the framing of the interior walls was accomplished as
well as roughing in the interior electric wiring. Several ditches were dug and pipe laid for water,
septic and electrical
Crosby-Brownlie, Inc., a Rochester based plumbing and sheet
metal fabricator donated the design,
construction and installation of the SAC ductwork and plenums as
well as the installation of two furnaces that were donated to us. Words cannot adequately describe what this
donation meant to us.
In early 2011, we received our provisional Certificate of
Occupancy after our work crews got the building's two furnaces
running, tied the building into the County water system and made our
bathrooms functional. Endless
sheets of drywall were put up and a quick coat of white primer was
We held our first official EAA Chapter 44 meeting at the SAC on
Tuesday, April 19th, 2011.
On June 21st, 2011, we had a double header at the SAC. The SAC
was formally dedicated with a mid-afternoon ribbon cutting ceremony
attended by our members and local dignitaries. A couple hours later
EAA (Oshkosh) CEO and President Rod Hightower flew in from Oshkosh,
WI as part of his Grassroots Pilot Tour to attend a cookout and
speak about the state of aviation and what EAA is doing to grow
participation in aviation and inspire the next generation of
aviators. He named EAA 44 as an excellent example of an EAA Chapter
that is helping with that mission. The meeting was attended by over
125 EAA 44 members and fellow aviators.
This event was followed a few days later with our hosting a Grand
Opening of the SAC on Saturday, June 25th to show the SAC off to the
During the summer of 2011,
a Rochester based company, stepped forward in a huge way to help us
make our building ready for the computer age so we can support our
many aviation oriented projects. They helped us by developing a
computer system design plan for the SAC and then provided many of
the materials needed to make it happen.
Kriterium provides network
design, installation, administration, hardware and software sales,
premise wiring, VOIP telephony, and Managed Security Services all
over the country.
During the fall of 2011, our work crews poured a cement floor for
the SAC's porch which faces onto the runway. We hope to add a
sidewalk that will wrap around the east side of the building in
In March of 2012, the SAC received its Certificate of Occupancy
after our work crews spent the winter framing doorways and windows,
hanging doors, installing additional plumbing, painting the walls
2013 was another busy
year. Three Boy Scouts chose projects at the SAC as their Eagle
Scout projects. They included (1) landscaping
the east and south sides of the SAC, (2) completing our Pilot's
Lounge and (3) completing our bath rooms. Financial assistance and
manpower was provided to the Scouts by Triumph Aerospace, a local
Triumph Group, Inc. We also graded and seeded the remainder of
our property. The main hallway leading from the ramp to our general
meeting room was painted to look like a runway. Acoustic panels were
built and installed to help reduce the echo in our meeting room. EAA
Chapter 44 logo'd signs were installed on the South and East ends of
the SAC to help pilots identify us. We also installed a large
storage shed to hold items we periodically need for special events.
More concrete was poured to create sidewalks between Phil's Porch
and our main entrance off the ramp. It was also extended across the
east side of the SAC. We improved the lighting of our temporary
parking lot (footpad of our Phase 2 Hangar) and installed keypad
access to the building.
In 2015 our work crews
built a third bathroom that is Handicap friendly.
In June of 2016 we hosted
a 4 day visit by the EAA's Ford Tri-Motor which resulted in more
than 551 visitors going up for a ride. The Ford Tri-Motor was one of
the first successful airliners.
We still have more work to do in and around the SAC but
Phase 1 is essentially complete. We still want to add some
finishing touches to the
interior of the building, create a larger parking
lot, finish decoration of
the classroom/Pilot's lounge area and more. If you can
help us in any way, we would appreciate hearing from you.
HERE to contact us.
Click on photo for
Phase 1 construction shown with a white floor
Future Phase 2 hangar construction shown with a grey floor
off, showing the interior layout. We had initially hoped to build
the entire facility. Once bids were received, we determined that we
would have to build the facility in two phases with the first phase
being our heated meeting area. The actual layout of the SAC was
modified some from that depicted in our model to permit a larger
general meeting room area, 3 bathrooms, a smaller classroom/pilot's
lounge area and an open workshop area until we could build the
hangar. The left side of the SAC is
parallel with and faces onto Ledgedale Airport's (7G0) runway 10-28.
There is a sheltered porch along the south side of the SAC.
Ledgedale Airport is located on the south side of the village of
Brockport. The future Phase 2 hangar's aircraft door faces east onto the aircraft
parking ramp which comes within 25' of the building.
Pictures taken at our work sessions can be viewed by
Phase 2 will follow once we have completed Phase 1 and have
raised the necessary funds.