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Interested in planes? Interested in aviation? You don’t need to be a pilot or plane owner, just an interest in aviation to join in with EAA Chapter 240, the local chapter of a national organization, whose goal is to promote general aviation. Our 170+ strong local group have a passion for anything-aviation! This is a true community of friends, colleagues, families who come together to talk, eat, drink (coffee), build, fly aircraft of many types and styles. Join us, we welcome new members. Here’s how to join us, and here’s more details of who we are. Come fly with us!
EAA240 members participate in many aviation events throughout the year. We organize monthly Fly-Outs to places of interest (museums, restaurants, air-shows, restaurants, aviation events, restaurants and much more). We hold Pancake Breakfasts fund-raising events, we have Monthly Meetings, cook-outs, we sponsor Flight Training Scholarships, we organize Free Flights for Kids (EAA Young Eagles Program)…and lots more. We hold Workshops on topics related to plane building. This is an active group, there’s always something happening! Just look at what we get up to!
We have several airplanes under construction in the EAA240 Hangar at New Garden Flying Field. FAA-approved airplane projects give members a great opportunity to learn new skills and to assemble airplanes with the support of many experience builders and pilots amongst our membership. Our hangar and workshop is fully equipped, including tools, materials, lathes, metal-crafting machines and much more. Members have access to all the facilities, and our workshop is fully heated, with a kitchen, shower and bathrooms. Membership Meetings, held monthly, take place in our fully equipped meeting room.
Members of EAA Chapter 240 are required to join EAA National within 12 months.
The benefits are many, and include a monthly magazine rated by many to be one of the best out there.
Additionally there are many online resources (flight planning, event calendars, discounts and much more) available to all members.
To renew your EAA National membership click here.
To join and activate your EAA membership complete the enrollment form. Join our aviation community and enjoy these benefits:
- EAA stands up for aviation enthusiasts’ rights and interests!
EAA Chapter 240 is an active social community of aviation enthusiasts, promoting general aviation, offering educational workshops (welding, fabric etc) and sponsoring young pilots. Members have monthly flying excursions to places of interest.
Our Hangar, Workshop and Club Room are located at the New Garden Flying Field airport (N57). MAP. They are first-class and well utilized for the many events, workshops and aircraft construction projects undertaken by members.
Chapter Hangar & Club Room
The EAA Chapter 240 Hangar and Club Room is a unique and exceptional members facility, located at New Garden Flying Field (N57). Several aircraft projects can be accommodated in the hangar, outfitted with the tools, lathes and other machinery. The Club Room hosts our Chapter meetings, education seminars and presentations held throughout the year. Five times per year our ‘Increasingly Famous’ Pancake Breakfasts are held at the facility.
The Chapter boasts a complement of two Aviation Technical Counselors, and three Aviation Flight Advisors, available to support the membership in their aviation needs.
The expertise, experience and support of the membership is on-tap to new members who are contemplating building, buying, or getting involved in any aspect of aviation.
Aviation Spoken Here!
Whether it is promoting aviation to youngsters through the EAA Young Eagles program, hosting visiting aviators and aviation groups at our Chapter Hangar and Club Room, joining our monthly ‘fly-outs’, or simply the gathering of members to do some serious ‘hangar-flying’ over coffee EAA Chapter 240 offers fellowship, camaraderie and all the support of an active and motivated membership.
The chapter was chartered by EAA National on July 30,1965, as the “Wilmington Delaware Chapter 240” and incorporated in 1967 as “Chapter 240 Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc.” The operating name First State Flyers was used by the chapter when it operated in Delaware but rarely used now.
The chapter was incorporated in Delaware as a nonprofit nonstock corporation. The chapter became a registered educational nonprofit under section 501(c)3 of federal tax code in 2007. As such, contributions to the chapter are tax deductible donations.
The chapter activities were centered around Wilmington Airport (the current New Castle Airport) until the move to New Garden. The chapter held 6 pancake breakfasts and a large flyin each year but did not have its own facility for breakfasts, meetings or construction of aircraft.
In 2000, the chapter used about $30,000 of the money accumulated from the breakfasts and other fundraisers to build the facility at New Garden Airport. Since then, the chapter has regularly added amenities to the facility. The kitchen and clubroom were not part of the original build. Most of the construction has been with volunteer chapter member labor.
The land that the building sits on is owned by the airport. The lease the chapter has with New Garden Airport calls for a 5% interest in the building and improvements to devolve to the airport each year. After 20 years, the building and all improvements will be wholly owned by the airport but the chapter will continue to have the right to use it. The airport was owned by the duPont family until early 2007 when New Garden Township purchased it. Our agreement is now with the Township.
Monthly Membership and other meetings are held in the clubroom at the hangar or, in the case of severe weather, in the cafeteria at William Penn High School near New Castle, Delaware. Locations of meetings are announced here, at the EAA240 web site, or by email, or both.
In October 2013 our membership totals 171.
We have five aircraft being worked-on in the Chapter Hangar.
The rules of the chapter are few. There is no smoking in the building. All tools and books in the building are available for member use and are to be returned to where you found them. Safety is paramount, workshop machinery use must be supervised. We keep our bathrooms, shower, kitchen and dining area clean and tidy, ready for use. Last to leave secures all doors and windows.
The Chapter building is open to any chapter member and nonmembers if accompanied by a member. The combination to the lock on the side door is available to any member. If you have other questions, just ask any member – we’ll be glad to help.
The Young Eagles program promotes the love of aviation amongst local youngsters.
As we are an all volunteer organization, we look to our members to provide the leadership and enthusiastic support for all of our events.
Meetings are generally the first Monday of each month at the New Garden hangar. Visitors are welcome to any of these meetings.
New members are always welcomed. You don’t need to own a ‘plane, or be a pilot. Have an interest in aviation – that’s enough! Interested in joining? Click here
For directions to the EAA240 facility, flight services (including local weather) and other information, please click here
The Fred Kacena Flight Training Scholarship
EAA Chapter 240 promotes General Aviation through a number of programs and initiatives, and example of which is the Fred Kacena Flight Training Scholarship which provides awardees with flying lessons valued at $2,000 per awardee.
The annual scholarship program is offered by EAA 240 in memory of the late Fred Kacena, a founding and active member of the chapter for over 40 years ago and a generous donor of a major financial gift to the chapter.
The Chapter board and the general membership decided that the most appropriate use of Fred’s magnanimity would be a scholarship fund for youngsters, boys and girls, who can demonstrate an interested in learning to fly and are deserving of financial assistance to realize their dream.
EAA240 is proud of the accomplishments of the program, with several of the Scholarship Awardee’s have gone onto further education in Aviation, with one becoming a CFI (Certified Flight Instructor).
Fred Kacena Scholarship Award – Opening January 2016 (awarded mid-year 2016)
The 2016 grant will be available commencing January 2016 when we will invite applicants who are between the ages of 14 and 23, and who meet the requirements of the award (listed on the application form (see below). Applicants must be US citizens and resident in the Tri-State area (The Flight Connection Flying School based at New Garden Flying Field Pennsylvania), and is not transferable. Please read the application form (attachment below) very carefully before applying.
The closure date for 2016 applications is April 30th, and the Selection Committee will review applications and interview a shortlist of candidates. The EAA240 Board and Selection Committee will announce the successful awardees during late May 2016, and flight training funds will be immediately deposited with the New Garden Flight Connection flight school at New Garden Flying Field, where all flight training will occur.
Interested applicants can get more information, including applications forms and instructions by clicking here:Flight Training Scholarship Application 2016 (137)
Some of EAA240 Past Scholarship Awardees
EAA Chapter 240 is a Delaware-based chapter, with its legacy in Wilmington’s New Castle Airport and various location in the state. The Chapter facility is located at New Garden Flying Field (N57), in eastern Pennsylvania, near the Delaware and Pennsylvania border, and services the Tri-State area’s of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland, with many members from each state. Our roots however remain in Delaware.
Our address is: EAA Chapter 240, New Garden Flying Field, 1235 Newark Rd, Toughkenamon PA 19374
Our postal address is: EAA Chapter 240, PO Box 240, Toughkenamon, PA 19374
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EAA Chapter 240 enjoys a close relationship with New Garden Flying Field, it’s clients, aviators and staff. Operated by the New Garden Township, the Chapter and Township work to promote General Aviation, the development and use of the airport. We also collaborate on special events, including the Annual Air Show.
The Airport Manager, Jon Martin, can be reached via email, or at 610.268.2048
The on-field Flight School – New Garden Flight Connection – is a great way to get an introduction to flying. Working with the NGFC team, EAA240 offers Flight Scholarships to deserving youngsters, more details here.