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ChapterGram: March 2013

Hangar Painting Project


Painting Project
Chapter members find a creative and effective way to accomplish their task using a projector, laptop, pickup truck, and scaffold.

Painting Project
Chapter 1041 member Bob Howe paints the large 'Gettysburg' lettering on the front of the hangar.

Painting Project
Chapter 1041 member Gary Mathna paints the airport identifier, "W05".

Painting Project
The painted hangar makes a great backdrop for a beautiful airplane during the Barnstormers' Fly-In Breakfast events.

By Henry Hartman, President of EAA Chapter 1041 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

As most all chapters do, EAA Chapter 1041 (aka The Gettysburg Barnstormers) takes great pride in its home airport. It's where we hold our popular pancake breakfast fly-ins, monthly meetings, and other gatherings. So when a few of our members noticed identifying markings on some hangars and buildings at other airports, it got us thinking: Pennsylvania's Gettysburg Regional Airport was missing something!

Our group decided to improve things by painting identifying lettering on the airport's main hangar for the benefit of visiting pilots. Resident artist Andy Lawrence went to work designing different patterns for the chapter's proposal. One design was agreed upon and the plan was finalized. After receiving approval from the Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority (owner of the facility), a plan of action was devised.

In spring of 2012 chapter members gathered for the first phase of the project, which involved removing 40-plus years of dirt and grime with a hot water pressure washer. After drying, chapter members used small pieces of masking tape to mark the locations and sizes of the lettering on the hangar. A section of scaffolding was rolled along the front of the hangar and served as a good platform for the work.

After sundown, the selected pattern was projected on the hangar in several sections. This was accomplished with a laptop connected to the chapter's video projector, which was situated on top of a truck to obtain the proper height. Chapter members then used markers to trace the outline of the lettering as it was projected on the surface.

With the "difficult" part of the task complete, a few members then painted the letters using the "keep it between the lines" method. Masking tape aided in the process, and two coats of paint were applied to achieve a durable result.

With the painting complete in time for our June breakfast fly-in, the hangar was ready for its new life! The airport authority was extremely pleased and complimented the chapter for the great work. Visiting pilots to Gettysburg Regional Airport now have their location, airport identifier, radio frequency, and elevation right in front of them. Of course, included is the notation "Home of the Barnstormers, EAA Chapter 1041"!

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