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Hi <<First Name>>,

Please join us for our February Chapter 753 Gathering on Wed. Feb. 19th. 

Hello fellow Aviation Enthusiasts! I hope you're having a great start to 2020! At our past meeting, Jared Esselman - Utah Director of Aeronautics - gave a very exciting presentation about the future of General Aviation here in Utah! For February, we are having Father and Son, Tharon & Craig Judd come speak about the various projects they have built over the years from a LongEz to a Just Aircraft Highlander! This meeting will be great for all of you wanting to know about aircraft building, and flying! We look forward to seeing you there! 

Please join us for an informative evening!

When:  Wednesday February 19th, 2020
Time:  6:30 p.m.
Where:  1185 Mike Jense Parkway, Hangar B
Provo UT 84601-7776
Cost:  Bring a dish to pass or suggested $5 donation

As usual we will begin with a Potluck dinner. Please bring something to share—side dish, chips, fruit, dessert, drink, etc. or a suggested $5 donation.

The Judds' presentation will begin about 7:00pm.


We look forward to meeting you at our upcoming meeting, all are welcome!


Nate Rasband 
Newsletter Editor, EAA Chapter 753.

Recent Activity Recap:
By Ed Helmick 

Another informative & fun evening was had by all on Wednesday January 15th. The monthly EAA Chapter 753 meeting at the UVU Hangar classroom was filled to capacity. The meeting opened with the usual potluck social. Two new attendees introduced themselves. Tim Steele retired from the Army and wants to get back into flying. Richard Schill started out as a naval aviator and ended his career flying for the Department of Justice. 

Milestone achievements included member Josh Grant earning his instrument rating. He is now working on a commercial pilot certificate after which he plans to complete a flight instructor certificate. Congratulations, Josh!

Our guest speaker was Jared Esselman, Director Utah Division of Aeronautics who covered three topics of interest.

Jared discussed the long standing Aircraft Registration Tax had been managed by the Tax Division, but not rigorously pursued. Aircraft registration has now been moved to the Aeronautics Division. It is no longer a tax. Rather it is now an annual Registration Fee. The fee is 0.4% of the wholesale value of the aircraft as determined by Aircraft Blue Book. Payment can be made online at the Utah Division of Aeronautics. All collected money will stay in a restricted account in the Aeronautics Division to be used for airport improvements. 

Jared mentioned that it is very important to register for reasons other than simply complying with the law. This includes helping the Utah Aeronautics Division know which airports are the home base for the State’s aircraft. Knowing this helps the Aeronautics Division allocate funds to the public use airports that are seeing the most activity.

Jared explained that the registration fee would need to be determined with input from the owners of experimental aircraft, Powered Parachutes, Powered Paragliders and other aircraft not listed in the Aircraft Blue Book. The Utah law states that all aircraft that are piloted or navigated within the State of Utah must be registered. If your aircraft is not currently airworthy, the Aeronautics Division would consider waiving the registration fee upon presentation of acceptable documentation.

Finally, Jared cautioned that a $25 tax payable to the County where the aircraft is based is added to the registration fee. This County tax cannot be waived. Jared cautioned to not avoid paying this tax as he’s heard that counties will file tax liens and impound aircraft for not paying the small sum of $25.

The Aircraft registration website is located here:,V:554

Next Jared spoke about the Fly Utah Passport Program. This is a joint program between the Division of Aeronautics and the Utah Airport Operators Association.  A web app accessible from your mobile device or a computer enables you to check in at airports and aviation museums throughout Utah. Users earn points toward prizes with each check-in. You can set up an account and check in at the Fly Utah website here:,V:5115 ,  or for questions contact the Utah Airport Operators Association at .

Jared's third topic was a discussion about proposed airspace to address the future integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) such as delivery drones and air taxis. Utah is testing airspace corridors in the Salt Lake City Area. After a review of UAV designs and certification efforts Jared explained the concept of the corridors which will all be above the existing surface transportation system. It is a stratified system with continuous monitoring.

At its maximum capacity 7,000 UAVs could be operating at any one time. The system could commence operation as early as 2023 or 2024. One planned UAV corridor that was discussed was from KSLC to downtown Salt Lake. The plan includes landing and departure sites at the new Salt Lake International Airport.

Thanks to all those that attended and especially to Jared Esselman as our guest speaker. We look forward to seeing all of you in the coming months.

Upcoming Events: 

---->  Please hold the date. Saturday February 15th we are planning a banquet with Chapters 23 & 58 at the Hill Air Force Museum. The guest speaker will be Charlie Becker, Director of Chapters, Communities & Homebuilt Community Manager, EAA. Charlie is building a SuperCub clone that you can view here and has completed a Sonex. Charlie is also the President of EAA Chapter 252. The cost will be $20 a person. This will be a wonderful event to celebrate a year of activity and volunteerism while spending time with Utah aviators from several chapters. We hope to see you there. No Reservation required, and come early to enjoy the Museum.

---->  All Chapter 753 memberships are on a calendar year basis. In addition to renewing your EAA membership, please renew your Chapter 753 membership. Your Chapter 753 membership supports our operating costs such as insurance for all meetings, Young Eagle Rallies, Flying Start Rallies, participation in the Spanish Fork Planes Trains & Automobiles Open House, and so much more. Please support your local EAA Chapter. Membership dues can be paid at Chapter Gatherings or online.  More information will be sent in a separate email.

---->  The Spanish Fork Airport will be reaching out to the aviation and local community in 2020 through a series of monthly breakfasts in addition to the annual Planes Trains & Automobiles Air Show in August. Please join us on the 3rd Saturday of each month beginning January 2020 for a pancake breakfast & fund raiser. No breakfast in July or December. Chapter 753 will host May & October. In connection with the May & October breakfast we will sponsor a Flying Start (Learn to Fly) Rally. It should be a fun year! The first breakfast of the year started out with 120 people attending!

--->  As a reminder, the EAA provides benefits to those that maintain their annual membership. Some of the EAA partners providing discounts to EAA members include Ford, John Deere, Dell, Redbird, Association of Science-Technology Centers, Avis, Hertz, Budget, Office Depot, SolidWorks and various hotels.

---->  The US Pilots Association and Florida Aero Club are sponsoring a week-long cruise of the Caribbean June 20-28, 2020. The ports are: Ft. Lauderdale > San Juan, Puerto Rico > Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas > Philipsburg, St. Maarten > Tortola, British Virgin Islands > Nassau, Bahamas > Ft. Lauderdale. Prices per person are $1,200 - $1,650 with a $250 deposit. Contact Dee Restaino for more info & to book your spot.

---->  EAA's 2020 World of Flight Calendars are now available. You can order your calendar here.-

---->  The FAA has issued a new Advisory Circular (AC) regarding Community Involvement in Airport Planning. This advisory circular (AC) provides information on community/public involvement in airport planning.  It describes changes in standards and expectations for community involvement in airport planning since FAA drafted the previous version of this AC. You can download the AC here. Additional info about the Airport Planning and Environmental Division can be found here.

Aircraft / Projects For Sale:

---->  For Sale: Allen writes: I will no longer be able to get my pilot's license due to medical issues.  This link will take you to my website that shows most of the components included in the sale.  The price is $2500, but I am open to partial or complete trades(looking for enclosed trailer or SCCA project car), open to all offers, the worst I can do is say no.  I can store this project until spring if needed.  Please email with any questions, or use the reply box on the website. Thank You.

---->  For Sale: Lyle Gomm's plans built experimental Sidewinder Aerobatic aircraft is available. Lyle passed away before completing it. It is likely about 70 percent complete. Cris Child thinks the engine is included. Contact Lyle's wife, Annette, at +1-801-376-6755 for more info. 

---->  For Sale:  1946 Aeronca 7AC. A true classic taildragger. 3,910TTAF 676SMOH 284STOH January 2019 Annual. Wood prop. Dash mounted handheld radio w/ PTT on stick & external antennae. Auto fuel STC. STITS ploy fiber recovered in 1976 tested as good. Always hangared. ELT. Exterior=7. Interior=7. Robert Christopherson has 3 planes & decided he doesn't fly this one enough so decided to find a new home for her. robert is asking $17,500 OBO. Contact Robert via email here or at (801) 735-7870.

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