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2016 Major Achievement Award

This past Saturday, July 30, Ellen Randoll was presented with the EAA 2016 Major Achievement Award at the Chapter Leaders Breakfast held at AirVenture in Oshkosh. Congratulations, Ellen, and thank you for all your hard work!

2 Millionth Young Eagle Flown

What an incredible milestone… during EAA’s AirVenture 2016 this week, actor/pilot Harrison Ford flew the 2 millionth Young Eagle. Young Eagle flights have inspired so many in our country. One of our own, Jamie Clark, went on to be an Army helicopter pilot and attributes her passion for aviation to her first Young Eagle flight out of Mogollon Airpark. It’s a real shame certain members of our Mogollon Airpark Board of Directors have chosen to ban Young Eagle activities from OUR airport, denying the same opportunities to so many youth in the Heber-Overgaard area. Our Chapter 1044 has a current waiting list of over 30 local youth waiting for their Young Eagle flight and has flown over 700 area youth since the Chapter’s inception. You can click below for Fox 11’s story about the historic flight.

Harrison Ford Flies 2 Millionth Young Eagle

Letter To the Editor

Good timing for the newsletter. I am currently at AirVenture, and yesterday I spoke to a resident of an airpark near Carson City Nevada. He moved there three years ago after considering many other airparks. Mogollon AIrpark was on the list, but he didn’t feel it warranted a visit after looking at the website. His unsolicited comment was that we appeared “very unfriendly with the threat of a $1000 fine to those who show up uninvited.” This mirrors many comments heard by those of us who fly to other destinations.

I am sure the last round of aviation unfriendly moves by the board has done much damage to the airpark’s reputation. The board members behind the attack on EAA are clueless that their handling of this airpark has hurt home sales badly. It is no coincidence that EAA was denied access to the airpark after Bob Greco got upset that EAA Chapter 1044 unanimously voted to fund a local youth scholarship to EAA Air Academy instead of his favorite charity. One of the current board officers, Pat McLeod, wrote in an email dated June 1, 2015,  “I would recommend to the board that the EAA-1044 be immediately dissolved or banned from the airpark so that this continued contention will be eliminated.”

The rift in our airpark community that these board members have caused has not gone unnoticed by the realtors and the Heber/Overgaard community at large…  again, to the detriment of home sales and values.

For over 20 years, EAA Chapter 1044 and the airpark worked together. I know the entrenched board members will rail against this letter and outright lie about the facts. After all, after the last election, when confronted about the lies and distortions in the letter mailed to homeowners in 2015, Warren Brown said “It’s an election, you can say anything.”

Sadly, the real victims are the kids in the Heber-Overgaard area. EAA Chapter 1044 has a list of over 30 kids who want to go for their first airplane ride. The selfishness and vindictiveness of some board members has denied what could be a life-changing experience for our area youth. The proof is that several of the local kids have already gone on to aviation careers after their Young Eagle flight at the airpark.

Yep, guess I am as naive as Warren’s letter said. I prefer plain old honesty. The entrenched board members have to go. It is a shame, but it is common among HOA’s that the ones who would run for election are those who should not be given unbridled power. Until enough homeowners get fed up and do something about the entrenched board, we will continue to live in a community run by those who continue to destroy it instead of the premier and much sought after airpark Mogollon Airpark could be.

This website says it all:

Curt Randoll
8/14 – 8/16 Board Member
EAA Chapter 1044 Vice President


Naming the Airpark as an Additional Insured – Is This a Good Idea?

In a recent Special Newsletter sent from the Mogollon Airpark it was requested that all homeowner pilots name the Airpark as an additional insured. But is this really a good idea?

It has been stated by one board member that this costs you nothing. However, in the interest of providing all of the possible ramifications of your adding the Airpark as an additional insured, here are some possible issues you should consider before doing so…

Dilution of Your Limits

Defense Conflicts

Loss of Defense Control

Providing Unintended Coverage to Airpark

We would encourage you to do your own research but have provided a few Internet links below to assist. Or you can simply Google “additional insured and dilution of coverage”.

“Certificates of Insurance” and “Additional Insured” Coverage: Maximize Value and Avoid Pitfalls”

“Additional Insureds: Manage the Added Risk”

“Additional Insureds – when, why, and should we?”


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The June 2016 edition of the “Mogollon Flyer” is now out.
Thank you to Ellen Randoll and Michele Weninger for another outstanding job putting together an informative and interesting newsletter.

Click HERE or on banner above for access to the latest edition.

Off to the Races!

Dennis Collins Lancair Aerial

– Friday, May 27th, 2016 –

This morning Dennis Collins took off early from Mogollon Airpark to fly to get to Terrell, Texas (KTRL) to participate in the Mark Hardin Memorial Air Race on May 28, 2016.

The event is one of a series of races hosted by various entities as one of the Sport Air Racing League series.

Dennis will fly his Lancair 235 in the Sprint class against two other competitors.  He proudly flies the Mogollon Airpark logo on his plane.  Let’s wish him the best!

Board Watch

Looking for a quick update on the latest activities of the Mogollon HOA Board?
Click HERE for a brief summary of the January, March and April 2016 meetings.


EAA Chapter 1044 Selects First Aviation Scholarship Recipients

2016 Scholarship RecipientsOVERGAARD, AZ— Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1044 has selected two local teenagers to receive fully-paid scholarships, including tuition and roundtrip airfare, to the EAA Advanced Air Academy summer 2016 program.

The Air Academy offers young people the opportunity to meet and work with aviation professionals, while living and learning the arts, sciences, and lore of aviation in both classroom and workshop settings.

They join many other young people in the aviation program.  Several days of the Academy take place during the world’s largest and most exciting aviation event – EAA AirVenture 2016.  Participants in the EAA Air Academy come from around the United States and several foreign countries.

Academy activities will include flight experience, workshops, and classroom study.  EAA’s Director of Museum & Museum Education, Bob Campbell, says, “The EAA Air Academy teaches young people new skills and instills a pride of craftsmanship.  More importantly, it develops their leadership potential and broadens their understanding of both aviation and themselves.  The EAA Air Academy is a benchmark of personal experience…and an aviation experience that will last a lifetime.”

EAA Chapter 1044 chose as our first two scholarship recipients Tobias Tomlinson, a freshman at Mogollon High School, and Tristen Martineau, a senior, also attending Mogollon High School.

Larry Driver, Chapter President said, “These scholarships would not have been possible without the generous support of the community, including the Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce.”

Chapter Vice-President, Curt Randoll added, “One of the missions of our Chapter is to provide youth with an educational opportunity to learn about aviation and aviation history.  This isn’t about sending kids to summer camp – it’s about opening their eyes to new experiences and potential new career paths.  The Air Academy fulfills this mission, and being able to send two youths this year, the first year we offered the scholarship, is fantastic.”

Anyone interested in attending any of EAA’s Air Academy Programs, should write to: Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc., Resident Education Office, PO Box 3086, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 54903-3086. Applicants need not be EAA members.  The prime consideration is an interest and enthusiasm for aviation.

Funding for our Aviation Scholarship is through various fundraising efforts.  EAA Chapter 1044 has recently received tax exempt status as a non-profit charity under I.R.S. section 501(c)(3). Under the new I.R.S. non-profit designation, donations to Chapter 1044 are now tax deductible.

For more information on EAA Chapter 1044, please visit our website at or on Facebook at

EAA Chapter 1044 is based at Mogollon Airpark.  In addition to our aviation scholarship, which is part of our youth education program, the Chapter has a very active homebuilder community with about a dozen aircraft in various stages of construction or refurbishment…everything from experimental Super Cubs to Bearhawks to RVs and Rans. 

A small sampling of just some of the wildlife
that drop by Mogollon Airpark to pay a visit.
– Photos courtesy of Patrick Harvey

(Click on full-size image to open as a slide show.)

Good News for our Pavement Maintenance

Sounds boring perhaps, but the runway, et al., is our largest financial asset.

The Pavement Committee, appointed by the Mogollon Airpark Board of Directors, held a meeting this past Saturday, March 19, 2016.

The Pavement Committee has the responsibility of advising the Board with sufficient technical information to maintain our runway, taxiways, and other pavement defined in our common areas, to a high standard.  The committee also has the responsibility to advise the Board of cash reserve requirements needed for ongoing and possible large future expenditures.*

Patrick McLeod, Chairman, presented a preliminary report to the Board at the March 12 meeting.  At that meeting, the Board approved a budget of $5,000 per year for the Pavement Committee to have a professional survey done every year.  The survey report will assess the existing pavement condition, and expected lifetime of various sections.  It will also consider drainage and provide guidance to address any drainage issues.  The report will provide recommendations for work to be done as needed, and an estimate of the costs needed to have the work done.

This is a good step forward.  We have had professional surveys done before, but only on a 5-year schedule.  And, last year, we thought the 2015 report unsatisfactory.

Professor Kamil Kaloush, ASU School of Sustainable Engineering, will be doing our next survey and report.  I had the pleasure of chatting with Kamil and a group of his students during an informal field trip-taxiway walkabout.  I think we shall get good advice.

Pat McLeod has stepped down as committee chairman whilst remaining on the committee.  Kevin Pettiette has volunteered to chair the committee as of March 12.  Thanks Kevin.

Well done by all !!

*The committee charter is in the HOA office files.

Edd Weninger
Mogollon Airpark
Lot 255
Overgaard, AZ

Next HOA Board Meeting

Be sure to mark your calendars to attend the next meeting of the Mogollon Airpark Board of Directors on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The meeting starts at 9:00 a.m. and will be held in the lodge. Among the topics will be a discussion concerning the parking of RVs (recreational vehicles) on homeowners’ property. The meeting agenda can be viewed by clicking here.

EAA Chapter 1044 Receives Chamber Donation

CoC Donation

Larry Driver, EAA Chapter Pres.; Cyd Chilleen, Chamber Mgr; Curt Randoll, EAA Chapter V-P; Norm Johnson, Chamber Board Member; June Call, Chamber Pres.

Christmas came a little early to Mogollon Airpark’s EAA Chapter 1044. This week they were presented with a check from the Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce.

Funds raised during the Tall Pines Raffle were distributed to numerous area organizations as part of the Chamber’s “Share With The Community Project.” Our local EAA Chapter was selected as one of the lucky recipients. This donation will enable the Chapter to send a second area youth to the EAA Air Academy Summer Camp in July of 2016. Applications are being accepted until January 25, 2016. More information and the application can be found on the EAA Chapter 1044 website.

A BIG Thank You goes out to the Heber-Overgaard Chamber of Commerce!

A Reminder…

Hello Folks,

Just a reminder that on December 19, 2015 the Mogollon Airpark, Inc. Homeowners Association Board of Directors will conduct an Executive Session to consider how to resolve certain legal issues with regard to our CC&Rs.  An Executive Session is a closed Board meeting, not open to the membership-at-large.

While we, as HOA members, are not allowed to attend the meeting, if the Board makes decisions, the Board is required to disclose and discuss those decisions with the members.  I emailed the Board, upon advice of our Attorney, on November 30 requesting the Board conduct an Open Board Meeting following the Executive Session to do so.

As of noon today, December 15, we have had no announcement of an Open Meeting.  So, I have scheduled a conversation with our attorney to discuss our options, and will proceed accordingly.


Edd Weninger
Mogollon Airpark
Overgaard AZ

First Edition of “The Mogollon Flyer” Well Received

The first edition of our newsletter, The Mogollon Flyer, is generating some very positive feedback from homeowners. Be sure to click here to take a look if you have not had the opportunity. Thanks to everyone for your comments…

  • Your hard work shows.  Awesome job with some very interesting articles.  Just skimmed it today, but I’ll keep it in my inbox to read later!!  Thanks for sending it and even greater thanks for working so hard to make it happen.  You are AWESOME!
  • I am really impressed how tastefully and well presented the first newsletter is and that it touched all the key points currently facing the Airpark. Thanks for taking the time to do all this work and hopefully thereby changing the direction the airpark is heading in for the better.
  • Congratulations on a fantastic job! You are truly appreciated!
  • Nicely done!
  • Great job on the newsletter.  It had just the right tone, and is so positive.  Thanks so much for all your hard work!
  • Are you the editor of the Mogollon Flyer? I looked for your name, and maybe I missed it. Anyway, that’s seriously great work. The best thing to happen to this joint in years. I think it would be good to e-mail that to the entire airpark. Posting on FB and other places is great to expand the outreach to non-owners, but owners should see that in their inbox.

Just Out… “The Mogollon Flyer”

Be sure to check out the December 2015 edition of “The Mogollon Flyer.”  This newsletter is an independent publication of the Mogollon Owners & Pilots Association serving Mogollon Airpark homeowners. The newsletter will feature resident stories, events happening around the airpark and the community, and a summary of the board meetings, along with other articles of interest. A great big thank you to Michele Weninger and Ellen Randoll for all their hard work in creating this publication. You can read the first edition by clicking HERE.

Potomac Aviation Alive and Well

Potomac Aviation, the manufacturer of our airpark SuperAWOS, announces their MicroTower.  Read more…

Grapevine_Asphalt_ (3)Airpark resident and APA and RAF member Kevin Pettiette shared with us the following letter from Mark Spencer about recent efforts to preserve the asphalt at the Grapevine Airstrip. Mark is Vice President of the Arizona Pilots Association and AZ Liaison & Public Lands Director for the Recreational Aviation Foundation.

Read more… 

Pilots Bill of Rights 2 Update – Closer than Ever

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has reviewed S.571, better known as the Pilot’s Bill of Rights 2, and passed an amendment offered by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), bringing third class medical reform one step closer to reality. A full committee vote on the amended legislation was temporarily deferred as a result of scheduling conflicts.

You can learn more about PBOR2 by reading AOPA’s Medical Reform Q&A.