Chapter 52

Chapter 52 Sacramento, CA

Silmer Scheidel  - 1927-2017

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 After the recent passing of Silmer Scheidel, his family contacted Sheriff Bell about finding other members of the PCSO Air Posse from the 1950's. We didn't know of any other members, but we found Silmer's story fascinating, and we wanted to share it.

Silmer died in September at the age of 90. He lived all 90 years of his life on the Scheidel family farm in Pleasant Grove. He got his pilot’s license in 1945 at the age of 18, and became a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) in 1948, remaining a member for 69 years. He was also a charter member of the California Flying Farmers and eventually a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Chapter 52.

In 1952 he graduated from Peace Officers Training at Placer Evening College - Auburn (pre-Sierra College) with the Placer County Defense and Disaster Council. He became a member of the Placer County Sheriff’s Air Posse and assisted in multiple searches.

According to Silmer's family, one of these searches was also one of his favorite stories. Two young girls had run away from home in western Placer County. The authorities searched without success and called upon Silmer, as part of the Air Posse, to lend a hand. He flew his airplane around the fields and up toward Phillips and Fiddyment Road. He saw a small sheep shack near Curry Creek, and had a hunch. He took the airplane in low to "buzz" the shed and out popped two heads. He circled around to where the sheriff vehicles were, cut his engine back and yelled out the window, "They're over here." It tickled him that the girls were so curious and easily found.

He also assisted in finding two escaped convicts from Folsom Prison. He received a nice letter from the warden for his help.

Sheriff Bell offered the services of our honor guard at Silmer's memorial service last week, and they presented a flag to Silmer's widow, Dot. Silmer and Dot had been married for 65 years. We were honored to be there and recognize Silmer for his service to this agency and his community. 


Monthly Meetings returns to Sac Executive - Conference room

General Membership Meeting returns to KSAC conference room in the terminal.  :)

Workshops = Elements of HomeBuilding


EAA Chapter 52 presents “Elements of Home-Building”

These 4 hour sessions provide a taste of the fundamentals of home-building skills and knowledge.

Think of them as SportAir Workshops Lite.

They start at 1300 on the chapter breakfast Sundays – so fly in or drive in have a pancake or two and join us for the workshop after. A light lunch will be available to purchase.

These sessions are not a fund raiser but a FUN raiser to showcase the very attainable skills to build you own aircraft.


Date Topic Project Cost

June 10 Fittings and fasteners Hardware identification $10

July 8 Wood Assembling a rib $15

August 12 Aluminum RV toolbox $40

September 9 Composite 3D layup $20

October 14 Welding (Oxy fuel & GTAW) steel and aluminum $40

November TBD Fabric (Stewart System) cover a sample frame $20

December TBD Electrical Electronics crimping/soldering $20

Note: workshop costs may very based on materials unaccounted for.

Please reserve your place ASAP to allow us to prepare for you. , 916-769-1819

Location – Yolo County Airport – KDWA midfield EAA Hangar


Hanger Flying - 3rd Sat every month 7:30 - 11

Drop in for coffee sweets and conversation  KSAC Hangar 27

Board of Directors Meeting throughout 2018

 Location :  Sac Executive Airport  - Sac Flyers Office 

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