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March 2020 Newsletter
Sarah Keesler:  Editor

It’s Almost Spring at Discover Aviation Center!

Upcoming Events With DAC:

Canceled Saturday March 14th:  DAC Monthly Meeting, at 11 am.  All Discover Aviation Center members and Flying Club members are welcome to attend.

Canceled Tuesday March 17th: AOPA Safety Seminar “Difficult Decisions: Choices and Consequences.” 7pm at KBKL, more information at (Registration requested but not required)

NASA Glenn Tour: 

Saturday May 2nd: “Aero Acoustic Propulsion Laboratory: Go Under the Dome of Silence.”  Possible Tour times are 8/9/10/11, and you must be a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident to attend. All children must be 10 or older, and be accompanied by an adult. Advanced Registration is required, and does not guarantee entry.  Please let us know if you wish to be registered for this tour no later than Tuesday March 31s.  To complete the registration I’ll need your name as it appears on your driver’s license or passport.  Further information on this tour can be found at:

Request for Volunteers: 
We’d like one or two people to go, along with one of our simulators, to talk to kids about learning to fly and
careers in aviation.
April 2nd, 6-9 pm – Fairview Park Career Night at Fairview Park High School 
June 6th, 10am-2pm – Avon Health & Safety Fair at Avon Middle School
(Please let Vicki know if you can help)

March is Dues Month!   Thank you to everyone who has renewed your DAC Membership already.  Your membership supports the DAC in its outreach, educational and social activities.  The DAC is better and stronger because of you! Our club offers a place to have fun and learn about aviation. As well as provide aviation experiences that are unique to our local community. Discover Aviation Center annual dues of $20 are payable to Vicki…please inquire to her about student or family rates. 

Discover Aviation Day is just around the corner, this year’s event is on Saturday May 16th!  Please consider volunteering for this incredible event…there is something for everyone to do, and we need everyone’s help to make this event a success. Please think about what role you would like whether it’s set up, serving food, selling tickets, kids activities, flying Young Eagles, tear down, clean up…we definitely need your help in making this another successful day!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our February Movie Night, and especially for all the delicious food that was shared! YUM! Our next Movie Night will be Friday April 10th, dinner and social hour begins at 6pm, movie (Captain Marvel) will begin at 7.  You have set the bar pretty high for food now, so please keep bringing those amazing dishes to share! (If you would like!)  Pizza and pop provided. 

Don’t Forget to Spring Ahead! Daylight Savings Time Begins at 2am on Sunday March 8th.



October 2019 Newsletter
Sarah Keesler:  Editor

Happy Fall! Almost…

While these hot blazing temperatures leave us dreaming of sweater weather,  please take a minute to mark your calendars for some upcoming DAC events!

Saturday October 5th: 8:30 am to 2 p.m., Girls In Aviation Day at Burke Lakefront Airport.  The AvLab will be onsite in support of Women in Aviation, Cleveland Chapter, and could use extra volunteers to help operate the simulators. Please contact Vicki if you can help.

Saturday October 12th:  11 a.m., Discover Aviation Center Flying Club Meeting.  (This meeting is a reschedule from the usual first Saturday of the month)

Saturday October 19th:  6 p.m., Movie Night and potluck at the DAC hangar.  We will be showing ‘Airplane!’ (I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley) and having fun with friends.  Please bring a dish to share and your own beverage of choice. The evening will feature an Airplane! trivia contest, as well as an Airplane! costume contest (well, it IS almost Halloween!), with truly silly prizes and bragging rights for the winners.  Dinner and socializing begins at 6, with the movie to begin at 7. This is a family event and all are welcome, just please be advised for the little ones that there are a couple of adult-themed jokes and visuals scattered throughout the movie!

Saturday October 26th: Operation Raincheck facility tour at Cleveland Center.  If you participate in the FAA WINGS Pilot Program, or would like to sign up, please check the website (FAA for further information. 

Saturday November 2nd: 8:30 am through 1pm. The International Women’s Air & Space Museum is hosting its annual Books, Breakfast and Book Signing at Burke Lakefront Airport.  Enjoy pancakes and sausage while browsing books and odds and ends, meet aviation authors and help support IWASM.  Donations of books and other items for the sale are appreciated, call 216-623-1111 with any questions.

A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered to make the Flyro Gyro a great success! 
A wonderful time was had by all, with over 40 Young Eagles getting to experience a flight.  Thank you to all our pilots, cooks, cleaners, cashiers, providers of amazing gyros (thank you, John!) and everyone who came out to support the DAC and EAA Chapter 1252.  Our young friends were truly the highlight of the day, Paulie Hancheck helped with the kids crafts, the flight simulator, and the pedal plane, great work Paulie!  An extra special part of the day was having our young superstar Heather volunteering at the event…Heather was one of our Young Eagles in 2018 and has since become a cadet at the Civil Air Patrol, attended AirVenture Camp, and has become a great leader.  Congratulations on an amazing year full of accomplishments, Heather!  We look forward to seeing your future adventures!

As always, please remember to park away from hangar doors and off the active taxiways.  If you have guests visiting the DAC hangar, or if you see someone parking in the wrong spot, please help them to find safe parking…the airport can be a confusing place if you are not familiar with it.  The best place to park is at the North or South end of our hangar row. Thank you for helping us stay safe. 

September 2019 Newsletter
Sarah Keesler:  Editor

Upcoming Events With DAC:

Saturday September 7th:  11am, DAC Flying Club Meeting at Lorain County Airport (Hot news tip: possible third airplane joining the DACFC! The DAC is perusing an opportunity to add an additional aircraft to the club…Awaiting confirmation!)

Tuesday September 10th: 6pm, EAA Chapter 1252 Meeting with B29 “Doc” guest speaker Tony Mazzolini

Thursday September 12th through Sunday September 15th: The Ford Tri-Motor will be visiting Wooster, OH

Saturday September 21st:  10 am through 2pm, EAA Chapter 1252 Flyro Gyro, Fly In and Young Eagle Rally at Lorain County Airport (Volunteers Needed!)

Saturday October 19th:  6pm, Movie Night and Potluck at the DAC hangar, all are welcome!

It’s been a busy summer at the DAC!  As we head into September we have exciting events ahead as well as some big news (hopefully!) in the Flying Club…we are exploring the possibility of adding a third aircraft, and with that may come additional flying club members!

On September 21st EAA Chapter 1252 is hosting the Flyro Gyro Fly In and Young Eagles Rally at Lorain County Airport.  Any DAC volunteers would be greatly appreciated! Please get in touch with Vicki if you are able to join us for this great family event. 

Do you know someone who loves aviation and enjoys really great people?  Help them find their way to the Discover Aviation Center!  A $20 membership makes a great gift, and DAC offers a special aviation experience that is unbeatable…help us spread the word! Prospective members can contact Vicki at 440-263-6668 for further information.

Please help make our new visitors at the DAC feel welcome, and help them find a safe place to park when visiting the airport.  As a reminder, there is parking availabile at either end of our hangar row, and please be careful not to park in front of hangar doors or on active taxiways. 


May 2019 Newsletter
Sarah Keesler:  Editor

It’s Right Around The Corner…

Discover Aviation Day is nearly here! On Saturday May 18th, EAA Chapter 1252 is holding Discover Aviation Day at the DAC hangar at the Lorain County Airport.  The event runs from 9am through 2pm, rain or shine or mid-May blizzard.  As always, we depend on our incredible volunteers to make this event a success year after year!  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Vicki…there is a task for anyone who is interested!

The schedule of events for Discover Aviation Day is as follows: 

  • Tuesday May 7th: EAA 1252 Planning Meeting at the DAC hangar, all are welcome to attend. Social hour and DAD planning from 6-7, meeting begins at 7, IMC club to follow the meeting. 

  • Friday May 17th:  Set Up, hangar cleaning and our first summer cookout will be at 6pm (feel free to bring a dish to pass) and we will likely have cleaning ongoing that afternoon.

  • Saturday May 18th:    Set up for vendors and exhibitors begins at 8am.   Also any baked goods for the bake sale can be dropped off.  At 9am breakfast and bake sale begin, as well as Young Eagle Flight registration.  Around 10:30 to 11, we will switch over to hot dogs and burgers for lunch.  Young Eagle registration will end at noon. 

  • Throughout the day there will be aircraft displays, AvLab simulator, vendors, kids activities, and possibly visits by helicopters. The FAA FAAST team will be on hand to present a Wings Safety Seminar as well. 

After the event ends at 2, we can use help cleaning up and taking down tables and chairs.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate and we will have a great day for our guests! 

We welcome any vendors who wish to join us on Discover Aviation Day, there’s a $15 suggested donation to set up a vendor booth, and that fee is waived for non-profits. 

Additional Upcoming Events:

May 4th:  Family Day at the International Women’s Air and Space Museum…volunteers needed to represent the DAC! (10am-2pm) Family Day is a free event for all ages, with games, activities and crafts, as well as many community resources.

May 11th: DAC and DACFC meeting (moved from May 4th) at the DAC hangar, 11 am, all are welcome to attend.

May 14th, 15th, and 16th: DAC at the Avon Crushers Stadium for Crushers’ Education Days.  We could use additional volunteers at this event to represent DAC!  Please let Vicki know if you would be interested in helping.

July 13th:  NASA Tour. Join DAC for a tour of NASA’s Drop Zone and Zero Gravity Research Facility. NASA only offers these tours a few chances a year, so don’t miss this great event!  These tours are open to the public, so we need all attendees names no later than June 9th to ensure we can all be together on the tour. 

April 2019 Newsletter
Sarah Keesler:  Editor

Upcoming Events:

(April 3rd Dinner at The International Women’s Air And Space Museum is postponed, we will reschedule at a later date.)

April 2nd:  EAA Chapter 1252 Meeting  @ Columbia Station VFW Hall, social hour from 6-7 (dinner is potluck) Documentary at 7, IMC Club meeting at 8.  Members, non-members, family and friends always welcome!

April 6th: 11am Flying Club Meeting at the DAC Hangar (All are welcome, you do not need to be a flying club member to attend) 

May 18th: Discover Aviation Day

July 13th: NASA Tour

Discover Aviation Day Is Approaching 

Spring is finally upon us, and as we enjoy our first glimpse of the sunshine, remember that “April Showers Bring Discover Aviation Day!”   Planning has begun for our big event and we can use everyone’s help this year.  No matter what your interests are there is a role for each of us on May 18th.  Please begin thinking about what you may be interested in doing…set up, hangar cleaning, cooking, serving, working the cash drawer, staffing the flight simulator or the kids activities…we would love to have 100% DAC participation this year.

The DAC Library is here! Please feel free to bring any books or materials you would like to share.  We plan to operate under the premise that all books remain the property of the original owners unless otherwise indicated.  Please write either your name, or Discover Aviation Center (if the item is donated to the library permanently), inside the front cover.  Thank you to everyone for sharing books and making this wonderful resource possible! 

As always please be careful where you park at the DAC hangar, avoid taxiways and hangars, and please no parking on the grass.  Please help make DAC guests and visitors feel welcome, and help them find safe parking spots…the airport can be a confusing place on your first few visits!

Bring On the Dog Days of Summer!

March 2019 Newsletter
Sarah Keesler:  Editor

Upcoming Activities:

Wednesday April 3rd: DAC Tour of the International Women’s Air & Space Museum 6:00pm

Saturday May 18th:  Discover Aviation Day

Saturday July 13th:  NASA Drop Zone and Zero Gravity Research Facility Tour  

DAC News: 

We have some very exciting member events coming up!

Join us on Wednesday April 3rd at 6pm for an evening of pizza and history at the International Women’s Air and Space Museum. This program will feature a private tour of the museum, pizza dinner and a trivia scavenger hunt.  A big thank you to Museum Director Heather Alexander and IWASM for welcoming us.  Please RSVP to either Vicki or me by March 27th. The museum is located at 1501 North Marginal Road in the main terminal of Burke Lakefront Airport.

On Saturday July 13th, mark your calendars for an exciting tour of NASA.  This tour is featuring NASA’s Drop Zone and Zero Gravity Research Facility.  These tours are open to the public, so we will need all participants names by June 9th to ensure our spots together on the tour.  (Tour details can be found at

Hangar Cookouts begin Friday May 17th; these will continue on the third Friday of each month. 

March is Our New Dues Month:
Thank you to everyone for renewing  your DAC Membership. Your membership supports the DAC in educational, outreach, and social activities.  The DAC offers us a place to have fun and learn, as well as providing aviation experiences that are unique to our community. Membership dues of $20 can be paid to Vicki anytime this month. 

It’s Never Too Early to Start Thinking About Discover Aviation Day:

May is just around the corner (the icy, bitterly cold corner) and Discover Aviation Day will be here before we know it. Our goal is 100% member involvement! There is something for everyone to do, and a role to fit anyone’s interests.  Last year’s attendance blew us all away, and this year may surpass it.  Please start to think about what type of a role you would enjoy, whether it’s setting up, serving food, taking photographs, kids activities, selling tickets, tearing down…we definitely need your help in making this a successful event. 

Parking at the DAC Hangar:

There is absolutely no parking in front of any hangars, this includes pedestrian doors, in addition to hangar doors. There is no parking on any active taxiways. MRK has also asked that there be no parking on any grassy areas. You may park at the north or south end of our hangar row. If these areas fill up, please park in the far west unused taxiway.  If you notice someone parked incorrectly, please kindly help them find a better spot.