Palm Springs Wings Chapter 1116

Palm Springs, Bermuda Dunes, Thermal, Big Bear, CA

President's Message


I again have to pass along sad news. I received a call today from Jocelyn, johns wife, that John had passed away on Monday after noon from a heart attack. John Stevens was our chapter Vice president and active in chapter business and attended our board meeting on April 5th recovering from a leg operation using a walker. That's dedication and commitment John provided to our chapter and it's membership. Jocelyn indicated John loved being part of our chapters meetings and gatherings.

John loved aviation, the nuts and bolts and particularly engines and in February general meeting gave a presentation on Pratt and Whitney Radial engines. John was a great and interesting guy, he also loved Ford Mustangs and owned and drove a view. It was a personal shock to me hearing this news and will sorely miss my right hand man and friend.

Please take a few moments for a prayer to John and particularly  his family in this time of grief and pain. I've said mine!

Your president, Nels E. Carlson


New Members

Welcome new members: Tom  Dirkovich, Gabe Fernandez, !!!!!


EAA chapter 1116 members this presentation by our local 99's will be after our general meeting on that Saturday, April 21st. We have time to generate interest and get a count on those wishing to attend. We will have this as a topic at February & March meeting.

99s and EAA Members:  SAVE THE DATE!  April 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Our 99s meeting will be held earlier, at 11 a.m., and at a different location

Coachella Valley Chapter Member Arlene Wohlgemuth and her fellow 99s Chapter members are proud to present the award-winning film entitled, “Breaking Through the Clouds”.  This film documents the First Women’s National Air Derby held in 1929.  Our local EAA Chapter has managed to secure the Conference Room at the Sheriff’s Station located at Thermal Airport on our behalf, and the Show will start at 11 a.m. on that day.  We sincerely thank Nels Carlson and Rafael Sierra for securing the venue for us.  Invite a friend to join you!




The Story

Front-pages of nearly every newspaper in the country flashed headlines of the derby as readers eagerly followed the women’s progress from Santa Monica, California to Cleveland, Ohio over nine days in the summer of 1929. 

Facing cultural stereotypes, mechanical failures, threats of sabotage, navigational challenges, and endless chicken dinners, the pilot's persevered to become pioneering legends in aviation.

The women's personalities shine in this film, from the cigar smoking, sailor swearing antics of Pancho Barnes, to the wildly celebrated Amelia Earhart and the glamorous Ruth Elder. In all, twenty brave pilots' passion for flying brought them to the starting line in California. Together, they defied convention by taking to the skies and racing across America.

This 20th Century's amazing race has largely been ignored until now. BREAKING THROUGH THE CLOUDS  shares the women’s stories, stressing the importance the race made for women, aviation, and the country.



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