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EAA Chapter 534 Repaints Leased Hangar

By Ted Luebbers, EAA 875984

  • EAA Chapter 534 Repaints Leased Hangar
    The tireless EAA Chapter 534 volunteers for the painting project are (from left to right) Stacy Murdock, Steve Tilford, both from the Villages, Florida, and Steve Barber from Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.
  • EAA Chapter 534 Repaints Leased Hangar
    Stacy Murdock mixes paint and cleans one of the paint sprayers.
  • EAA Chapter 534 Repaints Leased Hangar
    Steve Barber and Steve Tilford consult about the operation of the paint sprayer.
  • EAA Chapter 534 Repaints Leased Hangar
    Brainerd Helicopter, maker of the Firehawk, loaned EAA Chapter 534 their forklift with a gated platform that could be moved up and down making the painting project easier and safer.
  • EAA Chapter 534 Repaints Leased Hangar
    Steve Barber shows off his spray painting skills.

March 16, 2016 - EAA Chapter 534 based at the Leesburg International Airport in Leesburg, Florida, spruced up their leased hangar during a two-day, three-man project under ideal Florida painting weather.

This project started with power washing the steel hangar, priming it, then spraying on the haze gray paint to match the other airport structures.

Under the heading of “neighbors helping neighbors” Brainerd Helicopter, which has a large presence at the airport, loaned the EAA chapter the use of a forklift with a gated platform that could be moved up and down to aid the painters. This was much safer than trying to use a ladder and reduced the chance of any accidents.

The EAA chapter volunteers for this project were Steve Barber, from Howey-in–the-Hills, Stacy Murdock, from the Villages, and Steve Tilford also from the Villages. The paint was donated by Chapter 534 President Jodie Soule from Fruitland Park, Florida.

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