Chapter 1279

French Valley Airport - Murrieta, CA

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Chapters Members Special notice:

We are in the process of updating our EAA Chapter 1279 members data and would like for all members to fill out our on-line form with their current information.  Please click on the link below to fill out the form:

 EAA Chapter 1279 Member Data Form 


New Notice!

Photos taken at the Explorer Post 7500 Christmas party last Friday (December 20, 2019) can be viewed and downloaded using this internet link shown below: 



The pictures taken at the October 2019 Young Eagles Rally are now available for viewing on this website.  Go to the "Photo Gallery" tab and select the album for the current rally. 


The next Young Eagle Rally is scheduled for Saturday April 11, 2020 at Fallbrook Air-park - Fallbrook, California.  Please go to the "Young Eagles" page on this website for additional information.


Annual EAA Chapter 1279 Awards Dinner date has been set 

Annual EAA Chapter 1279 Awards Dinner date has been announced as Saturday January 17, 2020 at the Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook, CA.  Additional information can be obtained by clicking the Calendar Tab or contacting Peter Griffiths ( who is the event coordinator.  


 Chapter Workshop Completed

Last Saturday EAA Chapter 1279 hosted a Home-Builders Workshop training session aimed particularly at the members of Aviation Explorer Post 7500 based at the French Valley Airport.  

The focus of this session was riveting.  Our chapter vice-president, Marshal Whatley, conducted the session with help and support provided by Alex Erdyli, Jerry Trapp, and Doug Kanczuzewski.

Thirteen youngsters signed up and attended the session which began at 10 AM with a one-hour discussion on the function that rivets play in the construction of aluminum airplanes, the various sizes of rivets, the different kinds of rivets and riveting techniques. etc.  Each student was then given the opportunity to get some hands-on experience setting rivets in some pre-formed aluminum to produce a handy little aluminum tool box which the youngsters got to take home. 

The materials for these tool boxes was provided by Vans Aircraft, manufacturers of the popular RV series of aircraft.  Vans offers these tool box kits as a training aid to help prospective builders develop the skills needed to build an aluminum airplane.  Marshal ordered fifteen of these material kits and spent quite a bit of time doing some trimming and other prep work in an effort to optimize the time available during the riveting session. 

The youngsters were asked to pay $30 to cover the cost of the material kits and they came away with some knowledge, some experience, and a handy little tool box.  It was a great success.  See photos below.

Steve Williamson, pres.

EAA Chapter 1279



 Workshop photo 5/11/2019


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For any other questions or information regarding Chapter 1279 please use the contacts link in left column.

Steven Williamson, President
Phone: 951-699-3078



Upcoming Events

Friday, Jan 17 at 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Saturday, Jan 25 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Tuesday, Feb 25 at 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Saturday, Apr 11 at 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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