Watsonville's Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 119, one of the earliest EAA chapters, was incorporated in 1961. At the time, Jim Carter, a Pan Am pilot, was living at 119 Kennan Street - hence the chapter designator 119.
The original 10 members have now grown. The principal functions of EAA Chapter 119 are to educate and promote all aspects of aviation through the many programs developed by the EAA Aviation Foundation in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Homebuilt aircraft, whether from plans, a kit or from scratch are of paramount importance. Volunteer technical counselors, flight advisors, hands-on workshops, and specialized tools are available to assist aircraft builders.
EAA Chapter 119 also operates a Young Eagles Program designed to introduce young people, ages 8 - 17, to opportunities in aviation. Over 5,000 local young people have been given free rides by EAA pilots who volunteer their time and aircraft. Each year the chapter sponsors a youngster to attend the EAA Air Academy in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Chapter 119 meets at 10:30am on the SECOND Saturday of each month at the Watsonville Aviation Education Center. To join, you don’t need to be a pilot, just interested in aviation. For more information, contact:
President, EAA Chapter 119
60 Aviation Way
Watsonville, CA 95076