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Facilities

The clubhouse can be reserved by members and others for special events. Rental charges may apply. The clubhouse will be reserved for regularly scheduled events and meetings; however, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the clubhouse remains closed.

All meetings are currently held virtually via Zoom.

Engine Shop

Chapter 85 has a general repair shop located inside the hangar. It is equipped with an assortment of tools, parts and materials (see list below) and is available at all times to all members. No booking is necessary. The lock may be opened with a clubhouse key.

The Chapter 85 Zenith CH 750 Cruzer in the workshop.

Workshop

Chapter 85 also has a 30′ x 30′ (approximate) workshop, fully lockable, equipped with air supply and fans. Its purpose is primarily to provide a place for a member to bring his or her constructed or restored aircraft for final assembly and finishing. A member or non-member may rent the workshop for up to 30 days to conduct annual maintenance inspections or other major repairs (aircraft component repairs should be done in the engine shop which is available free to all members).

Workshop rates are $10/day for members, $20/day for non-members. Furnace gas is extra (read the meter at start and again at finish). Renters must sign a rental agreement and a liability release.

Tools

Chapter 85 has a few specialized tools available for members’ use. They are tools not often needed (and expensive to purchase) and are provided as a benefit to members. When you want to return the tools, please let the custodian know. Or, you can pass the tools on directly to the next person looking for them, but again please advise the custodian.

Below a comprehensive list of special tools:

  • 1 leak down tester
  • 1 heat sealing iron
  • 3 torque wrench (dial type)
  • 1 torque wrench (adj. Setting)
  • 1 hole punch
  • 1 fluting pliers
  • 1 voltage tester
  • 1 protractor
  • 1 wrench set (socket, box and open end)
  • 1 booster cable set
  • 3 off set wrenches
  • 1 shears
  • 1 angle drill fitting
  • 1 tap wrench
  • 1 angle grinder
  • 1 pop riveter
  • 1 rivet punch
  • assorted clecos with tool
  • 1 air nozzle
  • 1 flaring tool (with a part missing)
  • 1 sheet metal 36” brake
  • 1 borescope
  • 1 set RAA scales (3)
  • 1 digital tachometer
  • 1 nicopress tool
  • 2 bench horizontal sanders
  • 1 air filter attachment
  • 1 assortment rotary tools
  • 1 welding hammer
  • 1 valve spring compressor
  • 1 nibbler

Aircraft Trailer

Chapter 85 has a trailer, suitable for transporting amateur-built and 2-4 place certified aircraft. The taillights and license plate are mounted on a removable bar which must be attached before use. Users must carry the registration and insurance papers for the trailer when towing it. The paperwork is kept in the office at Mary’s Place. The trailer is available free to all Chapter 85 members.

Booking Procedure

Contact the custodian to book the clubhouse, workshop, tools, or trailer, or if you want more information.