EAA Chapter 25

A Community of Aviation Enthusiasts in the Twin Cities

John Schmidt Promotes General Aviation

Filed under: Community Involvement,Member Profiles,Member Stories — admin at 2:40 pm on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

John Schmidt recently appeared on ‘All Around Grant’ to discuss avitiation. Watch the video and read the excerpt below:

John Schmidt has been teaching kids the basics for 27 years. He has been a private pilot for almost as long. Each summer he combines the two skills with his Intro to Aviation class. Children 10 to 14 get a broad view of flight with a three week course. John also flies for the Young Eagle program, providing kids their first taste of flight in a small aircraft. He was in charge of the program at the August 20th Forest Lake Airshow where 170 kids got FREE airplane rides. He has also personally conducted 170 of the 1.6 million flights that have been flown since 1992.

John Schmidt Interviewed at Oshkosh

Filed under: Member Profiles,Member Stories — admin at 9:47 am on Monday, August 1, 2011

John Schmidt represent us well at Oshkosh as he responds to questions regarding several dimensions of his role in working with students. Click the link below to watch the video:


June Issue of On Final Now Available

Download the latest issue of On Final now. It contains a story about Niels Sorensen written by Norm Tesmar, photography tips by Peter Denny, and the introduction of a Chapter 25 history project. The newsletter also contains dates, times and directions for three upcoming events: June chapter meeting, the Annual Chapter Picnic, and the June Young Eagles.  Download the June On Final now.

Charter Member George Jensen Receives 50 Year Plaque

Filed under: Member Profiles — joncumpton at 4:58 am on Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Charter Member George Jensen Receives 50 Year PlaqueGeorge Jensen, one of three original members of Chapter 25, received his 50 year plaque last weekend. George was unable to be with us on March 15th for our meeting, but shared some thoughts with Jon Cumpton. “I appreciate being recognized by the chapter, and being treated as a special member.” George began flying when he purchased a J-3 Cub after Army service. He completed building the Stits Playboy with fellow charter member Bert Sisler around 1961, and owned several other airplanes. Although George has not been able to fly for many years, he still loves aviation and has a hangar at Flying Cloud.

Roger Anderson nominated for MAHOF

Filed under: Community Involvement,Member Profiles — admin at 2:32 am on Thursday, March 9, 2006

by Noel Allard

from On Final March 2006

Steve Wittman and Roger Anderson Receive the Charley Taylor Award at Sun’n Fun in 1994This year, I have nominated our Chapter 25 member, Roger Anderson, as a candidate for the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame. As most of you know, Roger was one of the founding members of Chapter 25 some fifty years ago, and his Minnesota background of aerospace education, teaching Minnesota youth about aviation technology and aircraft maintenance, makes him a solid candidate. His candidacy will face a challenge this June when his credentials are presented to the Hall of Fame Selection Committee, as he will be among nearly 70 candidates vying for the six openings. You, members of Chapter 25 who know and love Roger can help his case by writing your own comments on Roger’s contributions to the Minnesota aviation community and forwarding them to me, Noel Allard, 14155 Briarwood Drive, Menahga, MN 56464. I’ll need the letters as soon as possible to get things moving.

Member Profile: Norm Tesmar

Filed under: Member Profiles — admin at 2:28 am on Thursday, March 9, 2006

from On Final March 2006

Member Profile: Norm TesmarWe are very fortunate that Norm agreed to be the subject of our interview for this issue. Our chapter was formed 50 years ago this month, and even though Norm was a only a boy then, he brings a wealth of memories (and photos) from those early days of the chapter.

What sparked your interest in flying?
That was my father’s fault. He said I was flying in a Cub before I was born, and from the time I was two months old. He had become involved with flying long before. I have a great photo of him and his little brother standing in front of a Curtis Robin (see below). My dad built a primary glider before WWII. Before he got to fly it, the government confiscated it somehow with the broad powers they were given during the war. I have no idea what use they would have had for a primary glider. My dad also built a beautiful 1/12 scale model of the Ford Tri-Motor, all from scratch. It has a 72â€? wingspan, and we still have it. But flying was the main thing. As far back as I can remember we were always flying somewhere. I remember sitting on my mother’s lap in the J-3 Cub one winter. We were one of four or five planes flying together up to my grandfather’s farm. I remember that it was so cold in the Cub that when it came time to go back, I refused to get in the plane. My mother and I took the train back instead. Later on, my little brother Larry and I would fly with my dad and Mom would stay home. Larry never got his license, but he still flies with me every year and has become somewhat of an expert on WWI airplanes. (Read on …)

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