ChapterGram: February 2013
Winter Projects Bring Tasty Results
By Brenda Anderson, Chapter Administrator, EAA 650581
The fly-in pancake breakfast is a long-standing chapter tradition that's evolved into a culinary work of art in many hangars. While the winter weather brings many of us inside to "hangar fly," it's also the perfect time for your chapter to build a rotating pancake griddle or barrel grill for your upcoming spring events!
Over the years we have seen breakfast offerings expand from the time-honored traditional pancakes to menus of omelets, crepes, and breakfast burritos. As the popularity of chapter pancake breakfasts has grown, many chapters have found that their portable griddles couldn't keep up with demand. So, like many EAAers, they've built a solution!
There are several great plans chapters have shared that will give you detailed instructions on building larger grills to help serve your hungry guests. EAA Chapter 252's Bill Rewey (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) designed rotating grill plans that were an offshoot of plans originally conceived by EAA Chapter 1389 of Middleton, Wisconsin. A version of those plans was published in the January 2010 issue of EAA Sport Aviation.
Barrel grills are another great option for outdoor cooking events and are a project that can easily be taken on with a small building team. Keith Pugh of EAA Chapter 902 in Mulino, Oregon, shared his plans with drawings and photos of the finished product.
Now is the perfect time to get out your tools and tackle these projects in time for your spring fly-ins. Not only will your chapter end up with a great griddle or grill, but you also will have enjoyed the camaraderie of your fellow members in the building process.