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Smilin' Jack Chapter 866
Titusville, Florida

Arthur Dunn Airpark (X21)
480 North Williams Avenue
Titusville, FL 32781
MAIL: Les Boatright, 3640 Fraizer Ct., Titusville, Fl 32780
Latitude: 28.621147 -- Longitude: -80.833089
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Young Eagles over the Shuttle Landing Strip at KSC.

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Newsletter ArchiveAugust Newsletter

A Brief History of Smilin' Jack and EAA Chapter 866 . . . by Les Boatright

Chapter Officers


Kathy Anderson

Vice President

Ben Charvet


Herman Nagel


Richard Van Treuren

Newsletter Editor

Larry Gilbert

Monthly Breakfast
First Saturday
8:00am til 10:00
Dunn Airpark Bldg. 10

Monthly Meeting
First Wednesday
Pre-meeting Eat and Greet: 6:15pm
Bldg. 10 Dunn Airpark
See Newsletter for details.
Larry Gilbert writes a little flying story occasionally.

We provide opportunities for aviation enthusiasts to:

  • Meet new friends and people with mutual interests
  • Exchange information
  • Promote aviation
  • Provide Young Eagles flights

Smilin' Jack Fly-in

  • October
  • Dunn Airpark (X21)
  • Fly in, drive in, or walk in.
  • Lots of fun!!
  • See experimental, homebuilt, classic, and antique aircraft.
  • There will be good food, vendors and lots to see.

YouTube Video
Part of flight line - on YouTube
Video shot at our monthly breakfast: Sat. Sept. 6, 2008

The Spirit of Aviation A Tour meeting
Graphics on our Building 10 The shuttle mock-up by the Shuttle Landing Facility

The patch given to our YOung Eagles Ground School for some Young Eagles
Young Eagles is a national program started in 1992 by EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) to introduce youth to flying by giving them a free airplane ride. This is a fun and educational experience and an introduction to aviation for youngsters between the ages of 8 - 17yrs. inclusive. Nationwide, we've flown over two million youth since 1992!

Titusville is the home of chapter 866 of the EAA and we've been involved with this program since the year 2000. Our pilots have provided free rides for hundreds of youth here! For some this can be the very beginning of an aviation career! Several Young Eagles who have flown with us have become pilots themselves and one, as a result of a ride in 2013, is a pilot with an instrument rating and is enrolled in a career aviation program at Liberty University today.

Most of all though, this is a great day of fun for the youth and parents to be at the airport and be around some interesting aircraft and people. Our pilots are FAA licensed and current and experienced. The actual ride is 20 to 30 minutes long. Before the ride, the candidate will attend a short "ground school" where they'll be told about the airplanes we will be flying. Our ground crews are very experienced and their number one objective is the safety of all who attend this event so it is fun for everyone.

2010 Young Eagle Flight #1 2010 Young Eagle Flight #2 2010 Young Eagle Flight #3 2010 Young Eagle Flight #4

July 4, 2005
Mark Oriza was flying his homebuilt SE5 around Dunn Airpark on this Independence Day 2005.
He had her decked out in the "colors."

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