EAAers in action
First Israeli EAA Chapter Fly-In
Israeli EAA Chapter 1346 had its first-ever fly-in on September 11 at the Megiddo Airport (LLMG) near Megiddo, Israel. Aircraft attendance was better than
expected with some 49 aircraft on display, 14 of them
homebuilts. At the event was 4X-OYG, a Cozy Mark
IV that may be familiar to EAA AirVenture attendees
from its 2008 appearance at Oshkosh. Other legendary
aircraft in attendance included Yaron Nemet’s RV-8A,
which was the first Israeli RV to be completed, plus a
Tiger Moth and a Stearman.
During the event, EAA 1346 held its “4X-O-CF” award
ceremony, or “Oscars,” to recognize Israeli homebuilts
that have been completed and flown by chapter
members. Nine individuals were presented with awards.
Approximately 15 homebuilts have been completed
in Israel since 2007, giving the chapter purpose and a
reason to organize the fly-in, reports Chapter Secretary
and Treasurer Mike Raviv, EAA 176507. The chapter,
which has around 60 members, is also active in
working with the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority on the
EAA 1346 plans to make the fly-in an annual
event and hopes for international participation from
neighboring countries and the Mediterranean as early
as next year.
Yair Gil from Kadima, Israel, flew into Megiddo Airport in his
Cozy Mark IV. Two years earlier he flew over 45 hours in the
same airplane to attend AirVenture Oshkosh 2008.
A crowd gathers for EAA 1346’s “4X-O-CF” award ceremony.