EAA Chapter 119
Watsonville's Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 119, one of the earliest EAA chapters, was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1961. At the time, Jim Carter, a Pan Am pilot, was living at 119 Kennan Street - hence the chapter designator 119. Jim is still active in the chapter and volunteers every week to cut the airport grass.
The original 10 members have now grown to over 130. The principal functions of EAA Chapter 119 are to educate and promote all aspects of aviation through the many programs developed by the EAA Aviation Foundation in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Homebuilt aircraft, whether from plans, a kit or from scratch are of paramount importance. Volunteer technical counselors, flight advisors, hands-on workshops, and specialized tools are available to assist aircraft builders. Many of the chapter members' several dozen homebuilt aircraft are more sophisticated than modern factory-built airplanes.
EAA Chapter 119 also operates a Young Eagles Program designed to introduce young people, ages 8 - 17, to opportunities in aviation. Over 4,100 local young people have been given free rides by EAA pilots who volunteer their time and aircraft. Each year the chapter sponsors a youngster to attend the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
EAA Chapter 119, in conjunction with the Watsonville Municipal Airport and the Pajaro Valley School District sponsors aviation related education programs for youths and adults through the Watsonville Aviation Education Center (WAEC). The center officially opened in the fall of 1999. The Watsonville Aviation Education Center (WAEC) is a joint effort between the Watsonville Municipal Airport, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 119, and the Pajaro Valley School District. Its purpose is to sponsor state-of-the-art aviation related educational programs and activities for youth and adults. These include, but aren't limited to, a workshop and specialized tools for aircraft construction and class instruction, an aerospace library, introductory aircraft simulator and flight experience, financial assistance toward aviation career training, publishing of an informative monthly newsletter, and providing meeting facilities for the Federal Aviation Administration and all other area non-profit aviation organizations dedicated to fostering aviation knowledge, flight proficiency, and safety through education.
EAA Chapter 119 is proud to be participant of the annual Watsonville Fly-In and Air Show that has helped showcase Watsonville as a center for commercial and recreational aviation with more aircraft operations than the next two mid-coast public airports combined.
Chapter 119 meets at 7:30 PM on the first Tuesday of each month at the Watsonville Aviation Education Center. To join, you don’t need to be a pilot, just interested in aviation. For more information, contact:
President, EAA Chapter 119
60 Aviation Way
Watsonville, CA 95076
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