EAA Calendar of Events




Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 157

Redding, CA

Chapter 157 of the EAA is based at Benton Field, O85, at the north end of the Sacramento Valley. Monthly dinner meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30PM at our Quonset hut clubhouse at Pleasant and South Streets at the northwest corner of the airport

Aviation Day-2018

We couldn't have had better weather. The Mt. Shasta Chapter of 99's and Chapter 157 volunteers served about 500 breakfasts. A few hundred more people showed up to just check out the airplanes or take flights. Thanks to all for your help!

July 17th Meeting is not to be missed

During our primary training, we were taught that if the engine quit, we'd better have a suitable place to land nearby because we were going down. So how does an aircraft without an engine work? Find out at our next chapter gathering a week from this Tuesday, July 17th when our special guest speaker will be Ben Mayes from Williams Soaring Center. This is one you don't want to miss.

We'll start things off at 6:30 with dinner prepared by Paul and Laura Gilman. The menu is fried chicken, homemade potato salad, etc. Also, this will be our annual Member/Volunteer Thank You Dinner. To thank everyone for their contributions by both volunteering and for just being members, dinner is on us. (free!)

Speaking of sailplanes, I had a great conversation with a 91 year old gentleman named Frank Kosko. Did you know that the Redding area used to have a sailplane club? They flew out of Benton, Enterprise and the Sky Ranch and a couple of gliders and their own tow plane. It's long gone, but Frank has something interesting hanging upside down from the rafters in his garage. It's a sailplane project, started by a late friend of his, Bob ?. It's an original design, so there are no plans available, but includes the fuselage, rudder and elevator; no wings. It would be a great project for someone with knowledge of aircraft design who'd like to finish it. Or, it would be a great piece of hangar art and also has educational potential. It's about 18 feet long and is free for the taking. I took some pictures, but they don't do it justice. You have to see it in person. Let me know if you're interested.

Jim Bremer
President, EAA Chapter 157


From the Chapter 157 archives, here's a brief history of the first 60 years of Benton Field (Airpark). It was written in the 1980's by an unknown author, so we can't attest to the accuracy. It's an interesting read. Click here.

Although cold and cloudy, our Young Eagles event Saturday, March 24th went very well. Four pilots took 49 young people flying. Thanks to all the volunteers who made this possible.

The Mt. Shasta Chapter of 99's did a presentation at a STEM conference on March 17th. Here's a report from Lerose Lane


EAA Youth Flight Training Scholarships are Available-Click Here

Benton Airpark's AWOS-2 Is Here! We now have up-to-the-minute weather information. This is a valuable resource for all pilots flying in the Redding area. 118.675 and 225-4183


Pilot's Oath

Read it here

September, 2018 Newsletter

A Nice Article About the 100th SSSSEM

A Little More Info About Us

Have a question or want to know more about us? Email info@eaa157.org

Know your rights if you're detained. Download the checklist.

Winter 2018 Issue of the CalAero Newsletter from the State's Aeronautics Division

If you'd like to put your piloting skills to use for a worthy cause, click here for a listing of organizations that can use your help

A Great Aviation Weather Map-Get current and historical airport weather information (left-click on airport), TAF's, METARS and more

EAA Chapter 157

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MP3 Audio of WWII Pilots Radio Interview

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Officer Emails:

Jim Bremer, President                                           jim@eaa157.org

Dick Wilkinson, Vice President                             

Paul Gilman, Treasurer                                         paul@eaa157.org

Herb Zuidema, Secretary & Newsletter Editor     herb@eaa157.org