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Chapter 44, Rochester, NY

 
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The EAA Chapter 44 Sport Aviation Center

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 Chapter 44.

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 Young 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 the Experimental 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.

Model of our Proposed Sport Aviation Center

The model shown below was built by Jeff Paris to show what our Sport Aviation Center and hangar might eventually look 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 essentially completed.

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 floor slab.

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 lines.  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 applied.

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 community.

During the summer of 2011, Kriterium, 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 2013.

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 and more.

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 division of 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. CLICK HERE to contact us.

Click on photo for larger view:


With roof on


Phase 1 construction shown with a white floor
Future Phase 2 hangar construction shown with a grey floor

With roof 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 CLICKING HERE.

Phase 2 will follow once we have completed Phase 1 and have raised the necessary funds.

Donations Now Accepted On-Line Towards
The Building of The
Sport Aviation Center Hangar

EAA 44 is undertaking a capital campaign to raise funds to build a Sport Aviation Center Hangar that will further benefit the Rochester Community and our members. We are asking for your support by making a tax-deductible donation to EAA Chapter 44.

If you have any skills, resources or materials that you think might help us, we'd also invite you to CONTACT US about them.

This facility will be a place where members can perform final assembly of their own homebuilt or restored airplanes, can offer free Young Eagle flights to kids, offer Old Buzzard flights to adults, meet new and interesting people, perhaps take a Sport Pilot ground school, learn about General and Sport Aviation, learn about the Experimental Aircraft Association, learn about Rochester's rich aviation history, hear presentations by aviation dignitaries.

You can make a secure donation here using your credit card or PayPal account:

EAA Chapter 44 is a 501(c)3 organization registered with the United States IRS and New York State.

We are dedicated to the promotion of aviation activities, and the preservation of our aviation heritage.

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