From taildraggers to light twins  We are 31 nm SW of Peoria (KPIA) on a lighted E-W field with 2235 feet of the smoothest sod you’ll ever land on. EAA meetings are held on-field the first Thursday of every month at 6:30 PM. 

2014 RH Tapscott Memorial Pancake Breakfast Fly-In

June 21, 2014 marks the eighth annual pancake breakfast fly-in/drive-in. Recently renamed in honor of Harvey Tapscott, breakfast will be served from 7 am—10:30. Young Eagles rides for kids 8—17 will be provided from 9 am—noon. Also, commercial rides for the public will be offered for sale. Rain date is June 28.

 

Mogas and 100LL Now Available

Self-serve pumps are available 24/7. The mogas is ethanol-free 93 octane. Prices for both 100 LL and Mogas are competitive, generally lower than KSPI (Springfield) and KPIA (Peoria). Contact Kent Johnson at 309-696-4836 for fuel availability information.

 

Hangers Available

Insulated T-hangers are available with electric doors, good lighting, concrete floors, with electricity included. Contact Kent Johnson at 309-696-4836 for information. A modern conference room and fully-equipped modern kitchen adjoin the office with refreshments available for purchase.

 

EAA Chapter On-Field

A small but enthusiastic EAA chapter claims Havana Regional as its home. Members are grass-roots fliers, aircraft builders and restorers, and airport volunteers, who are also fortunate to have a number of active spouses. Havana EAA Chapter 1420 also hosts an annual fly-in pancake breakfast, set this year for June 22.

 

This friendly social group also enjoys newcomers and visitors, encouraging new members. In addition to hosting the annual fly-in, there is a Christmas party, several movie-and-pizza nights a year, occasional friends-and-family breakfasts, and at least one chilly-weather chili luncheon.

 

Among the chapter members are two flight instructors, a technical counselor, flight advisor, and a career A/P mechanic.

 

For information, contact Mike Perkins at 217-725-0628.

 

Airport History

Between 2000 and 2006, the airport was rescued by dedicated volunteers from Petersburg and Havana who had a vision of making it a down-home flying field, a community showcase, and a fun place just to hang out. There is a community center located at the airport with a full kitchen and large-tabled conference room.

 

In 2006, a modern eight-hanger building with electric doors was completed using local, state, and federal funding. It immediately filled with aircraft. The same year, EAA volunteers finished an interior renovation consisting of a modern conference room and a fully-equipped kitchen.

 

2007 Class B Airport of the Year

In 2007, the Illinois Aviation Division announced the Havana as the 2007 Class B Airport of the Year (for runways less than 4000 feet). We have 2235 feet of the smoothest sod this side of the Mississippi. However, check NOTAMS for water.

 

The renovated facility is used by community groups including Havana EAA Chapter 1420. Young Eagles flights are given one to two times a year.

 

An Interesting Past

In the 1950’s, what is now the airport grounds had been the National Bureau of Standards’ Long Branch Field Station where acres of antenna arrays were used for planetary radar astronomy employing pulsed transmissions of up to six million watts. This kind of radar astronomy wasn’t exactly an airplane-friendly technology, so the facility was surrounded by a 5nm radius restricted area. In fact, the equipment operated so hot that the main building wasn’t equipped with any kind of heating system. After the experiments had been concluded, the equipment was removed and the land and two buildings were donated to the city of Havana by the U.S. Government for the explicit use as an airport. It soon became the Havana Regional Airport.

 

A small FBO grew there in the mid 1980’s with eight to ten aircraft tied down. But after experiencing wind damage a few years later, the airport slowly fell into a state of disarray.

 

Airport Rediscovery

Harvey Tapscott and Tom Galassi of nearby Petersburg rediscovered the airport in the early 2000’s. On their own, using their own funds, they began to reclaim the airport from nature. Trees were cut, roofs were patched, raccoons were relocated, runway was groomed, and the buildings renovated inside and out. More volunteers arrived.

 

Soon the Illinois Division of Aeronautics took notice of the progress. In 2007, the airport was awarded the Class B Airport of the Year by the state of Illinois Department of Aviation.

 

The airport received tremendous cooperation from Scott Williams and Kent Johnson of the Havana Regional Port District. With an influx of state and federal funds—it perked right up. Harvey Tapscott served as airport manager from 2006—2010, with Tom Galassi as his assistant. Today airport board chairman Kent Johnson acts as airport manager.

EAA Chapter 1420

Ken Smith—President

Bob Martin—Vice president

John Komnick—Treasurer

Mary Perkins—Secretary

Mike Perkins—Young Eagles coordinator and newsletter editor

 

EAA 1420 Volunteers:

Ron Dace

John Eden

Curt Fox

Tom and Deb Galassi

John Komnick

Lindel and Vertie Kern

Tanya Leahy

Bob and Wendy Martin

Mike and Mary Perkins

Dave and Montelee Pietrzak

Dale Schultz

Ken Smith

Dan Stephens

Floyd Stephens

Harvey and Cathy Tapscott

Ken Tapscott

Merle and Barb Tarvin

Jan Youngquist

 

For Fly-In Information Contact:

Ken Smith  -  217-725-3406

Mike Perkins  -  309-543-6766

 

Airport Manager (acting):

Kent Johnson  - 309-696-4836

Last updated October 8, 2013

Havana EAA Chapter 1420

 

and the Havana Regional Airport, Illinois  - 9I0