STONE LAKE– The local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Chapter 631, held its annual camp out and picnic over the weekend of September 18.

Celebrated were the 42nd anniversary of the chapter, 631 pilot Jack Langland receiving EAA's Young Eagle Program "Horizon" Award, and also the 10,000th young eagle ride given by the chapter's member pilots.

Young Eagle rides are free rides given to youth ages 8-17. The camp out and picnic was hosted by Chapter President Bob Gillette and his wife Judy at their rural home near Stone Lake. Their acreage includes a grass airstrip that allowed several of the attendees to fly in.

In addition to chapter members, attendees included Mark Baker, President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA); Pete Bunce, President of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association; John McKenna, Founder of the Recreational Aviation Foundation(RAF); Jane Winter, a Director of the national EAA organization; several members of the Recreational Aviation Foundation (RAF); Bruce and Maxine Dakins of Birchwood; recipients of the chapter's annual "Thumbs-up Award"; Linsey Balts of Barron, Chapter 631's 10,000th Young Eagle from late August 2021; and Ethan Jacobsen of Cumberland, Chapter 631's most frequent flyer Young Eagle.

A great time was had by all. EAA's mission is to grow participation in aviation by promoting the "Spirit of Aviation."

EAA Chapter 631 welcomes all persons that are interested in aviation to attend their activities.

Chapter 631 has members from a large area, St. Croix Falls to Ladysmith, Cable to Bloomer.

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