(AIAA LA-LV) Building and Flying An Experimental Airplane

When:  Dec 3, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  Los Angeles-Las Vegas Section
RSVP and Information: https://conta.cc/30CY6so

AIAA LA-LV 12/3 Dinner Meeting (Public Event)
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Building and Flying An Experimental Airplane
Dr. Rhon Williams
Program Manager at Northrop Grumman - Retired,
FAA Safety Team representative
(This program is not sponsored by the El Segundo Public Library)
(You do not need to be a member of AIAA to attend the event. Volunteers are needed for all AIAA activities)
(No Refund within 7 days of the event or afterwards)
An inside look at building and flight testing an experimental amateur-built aircraft called the Early Bird Jenny. Using modern construction materials and techniques, it is built from plans to look like a 2/3 scale Curtiss Jenny, a common WWI trainer. In 2002, Rhon joined Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 96 and got involved with a chapter project to build an airplane from scratch. He soon became the lead in converting plans and raw materials into a flying machine, while acquiring many new skills along the way. His Jenny first flew on Dec. 30, 2015 at Chino Airport and has now returned home to Compton Airport, having completed the FAA required Phase 1 flight test, and can fly without restrictions.
Who? (Dr. Rhon Williams)
Rhon grew up in Dayton, Ohio near WPAFB, and got to see all kinds of military planes flying over his house. His Dad took him to air shows, so he gained an interest in aviation at a young age. While earning a PhD in electrical engineering at the University of Illinois, Rhon took flight training as some of his courses, ultimately earning a commercial pilot license, rated to fly single and multiengine airplanes, gliders, and helicopters; and a flight instructor rating for airplanes, instruments, and gliders.
After moving to California, Rhon taught flying part time while working as an engineering manager, and now co-owns a Cirrus SR22, in which he and his wife enjoy many flying trips. Past trips included flying northwest to Banff, northeast to New Jersey, southeast to Bahamas, and southwest to Cabo San Lucas.
After retiring in 2011 as a Program Manager at Northrop Grumman, he now gets to spend more time at the airport playing with airplanes. Partly based on his experience building the Early Bird Jenny, Rhon recently obtained his Airplane & Powerplant Mechanic rating. Rhon is active in the Experimental Aircraft Association, Civil Air Patrol, Western Museum of Flight, and gives presentations to pilots as an FAA Safety Team representative. He is also a member of IEEE, AIAA, and AAAS.
Where? (See maps at the bottom)
El Segundo Public Library
Sue Carter Friends of the El Segundo Public Library Community Room (Downstairs)
111 W Mariposa Ave.
El Segundo, CA 90245
(Library Parking and Street Parking available)
Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM (Check-in starts at 5:30PM)
Presentation starts at 6:45 PM.
(Seats/Tickets are limited. RSVP will end after Sunday, December 1, 2019, or whenever all seats are filled.)
Dress Code
Business Casual
events.aiaalalv@gmail.com or (949)426-8175 (phone/text ok) (AIAA LA-LV Events/Program Chair)
Coordinating Organization: 
AIAA Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section
*Volunteers are needed, please contact:
AIAA LA-LV Section Chair (cgsonwane@gmail.com)


El Segundo Public Library
111 W Mariposa Ave.
Sue Carter Friends of the El Segundo Public Library Community Room (Downstairs)
El Segundo, CA 90245
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