It is generally recognized that a permanent chapter home will contribute to long-term growth and sustainability. “A chapter home adds tremendous value and credibility… in the community…” – Charlie Becker.
Background and Current Meeting Place/Storage Status
For many years, through the generosity of Ken and Jean Houseman, our Chapter 983 enjoyed the benefits of a permanent meeting and equipment storage place at the north end of Pecan Plantation Airpark. The “Houseman Hangar” is no longer available to us.
Starting late summer of 2016, Mark Finkelstein has allowed the chapter to use his hanger at the Landings Airpark for meetings. Tom Thibault has made room in his hangar for the storage of tables, chairs, audio visual equipment, signage, awnings, coffee pots, foodstuffs, and various other supplies and equipment needed for the annual chapter fly-in. Other members have also helped with the temporary storage of various cooking and other equipment. And, Tom Woodward has taken lead for the monthly task to deliver and return tables, chairs, and audio visual equipment needed for our monthly meetings.
In January 2017, Sam Butler proposed a “Private Hangar” partnership. EAA Chapter 983 members were surveyed in late January 2017 so that the chapter leadership and Sam could gage support for this generous, alternative proposal. In February 2017, the Chapter voted to move foward on Sam’s proposal. See Sam Butler Proposal page for more.
Beginning about early 2015, Chapter officers and directors researched several ideas and alternatives for a new, permanent chapter home. In late 2015, the best, most viable option was selected and brought forward – to partner with Pecan Plantation Owners Association (PPOA) by raising donations to enhance an already planned rennovation of Planeview Park. Members voiced thier support for this approach through a survey taken in early 2016 and pledges of support and actual donations that have reached about $100,000. Original concepts evolved over the course of 2016 based on community feedback. The most recent concept presented in November 2016 called for a “Planeview Park Terminal.” The Planeview Park concept met with strong opposition from a small, but fervent group who went so far as to put forward a Pecan Plantation By-Laws amendment that would have encumbered the entire airpark. Fortunately, PPOA membership dealt the untenable, so-called “safety” amendment a resounding defeat. See the Planeview Park and Terminal page for more. This concept will not be considered going forward. While the Chapter continues to support the much needed rennovation of Planeview Park, PPOA will not enjoy any benefit of additional private funds raised and donated by the Chapter.