Choosing, Building and Flying a Viking-powered
Zenith 750 Cruzer

Presenter: Jonathan Fay, chapter member

Presentation to EAA Chapter 818, April 9, 2022

Jonathan wanted an economical and reliable airplane that he and his family could build together and fly together. In this presentation he shares their selection criteria, how the Zenith 750 Cruzer fit those requirements, their experiences building and customizing the aircraft, and how they discovered a passion for backcountry flying. Jonathan also describes the automotive-derived Viking engine he chose to power the airplane and his upgrade to the VIP in-flight-adustable prop.

Part 1: Choosing the Zenith 750 Cruzer


Part 2: Building the Airplane


Part 3: The Evolving Mission


Flying Free: My Victory Over Fear to Become the First Latina Pilot on the US Aerobatic Team

Presenter: Cecilia Aragon

Presentation to EAA Chapter 818, March 12, 2022

Cecilia Aragon is the first Latina member of a US Aerobatic team. In this presentation to EAA Chapter 818 in Burlington, Washington she tells how she overcame her fears to not only learn to fly but to qualify for the US Aerobatic team just six years after starting her flight training. Cecilia’s memoir, “Flying Free,” tells the story of how flying helped her transform from fearful child to award-winning aerobatic pilot and successful university professor.


Water or Trees? Considerations for
Off-airport Landings

Presenter: Bill Post, chapter member

Presentation to EAA Chapter 818, January 8, 2022

Given the choice between an emergency landing in water or in trees, which would you choose? For pilots in the Northwest and particularly in the Puget Sound area, this isn’t a hypothetical. It’s something we need to prepare for before we ever leave the runway.

Using accident statistics, Bill Post explains why what many pilots say they’d choose may not be their best option for survival.


Building AirCam N106LL and Flying It
Home to Anacortes

Presenters: Lyle and Laurel Parker, chapter members

Presentation to EAA Chapter 818, November 13, 2021

Lyle Parker built his AirCam at the factory in Florida, then he and his wife Laurel flew it home to the Seattle area. In this presentation, Lyle and Laurel tell us about the build, and share their experiences and photos from the 16-day cross country through sometimes unsettled weather to bring the airplane home.