Two groups have banded together for a common goal. EAA Chapter 1083 and John Robinson, the founder of AV84all.org, are building a Zenith CH 750 Cruzer in Salisbury, North Carolina.
The chapter is committed to assisting AV84all.org with this build, and is looking forward to having a new flying club full of fellow builders, pilots, and enthusiasts in the area. EAA Chapter 1083 President, Jack Neubacher states, "When I was first contacted by Zenith about helping John with this special project, I felt it was a great chance to help with one of the most important missions of our chapter -- to encourage, educate and promote aviation for all."
John Robinson, founder of AV84all.orgis excited about what the group build project will do for his organization. Robinson states, "EAA Chapter 1083 is literally making a dream come true for AV84all.org. Without their help it would take a lot longer to get this project off of the ground and they are making flying for the disabled a reality." Robinson earned his pilot's license through the Able Flight organization in 2015. After obtaining his pilot's license he wanted to continue on the journey of making general aviation accessible for all people with disabilities. He formed the non-profit organization, AV84all.org, and this group build project is the first step in allowing pilots with disabilities to form a flying club with a Zenith aircraft. Other future goals for AV84all.org include a ground school, trial flights, flight training, simulator sessions, and more!
Zenith Aircraft will provide an engineering review to help customize this Zenith CH 750 Cruzer to better fit the needs ofthe pilots with disabilities involved in this project. Sebastien Heintz, owner of Zenith Aircraft states, "One of the wonderful things about experimental amateur built airplanes is they can be fully customized by the builder to make it one of a kind. The new EAA Maker Edition of SolidWorks is a tool that will be used for the customization of the needed hand controls for this group build project. This computer-aided design software offers a huge advantage to the owner/builder/pilot when building their own aircraft, and especially for those who have a specific purpose in mind."
Aviation enthusiasts are encouraged to become a member of an EAA Chapter in their local area. EAA Director, Charlie Becker states, "EAA's mission is to grow participation in aviation and our chapter network delivers on our mission in so many ways and what Chapter 1083 is doing is just another great example. Not only will the members of the chapter get to learn and build, but the finished aircraft will create a wonderful opportunity for pilots with disabilities."
Your help is needed to make this project a reality for all pilots with disabilities. Tax deductible donations are being accepted now for kit parts, tools, engine, and avionics for this project at www.av84all.org/donate.html or by calling John Robinson at 704.302.3276.
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