After years of hard work and community participation and support EAA Chapter 1240 of Sebring, Florida, is building an Aviation Development Center that will serve as the EAA chapter home base and a venue for community aviation education programs.
A ground breaking celebration was held on Saturday, August 25, at the Sebring Regional Airport. Several honored guests were¬† in attendance, including the airport’s Executive Director Mike Willingham, Sebring Mayor George Hensley, and James Ray of the Aviation Education Foundation of Naples, Florida, whose foundation generously donated $175,000 for the building project.

When complete the Aviation Development Center will be 60 feet by 70 feet, which will house a 40-by-70-foot hangar, leaving the remaining space for classrooms, bathrooms, and storage. The chapter was able to find a general contractor to take on the project for cost, further assisting in keeping costs low.

The chapter has two aircraft to store that were donated for youth education programs: a 1958 Tri-Champ and a 1946 Aeronca Champ. Students are in the process of replacing the aircraft fabric coverings using a new, environmentally friendly process. The project aircraft and other support equipment will be moved into the Aviation Development Center in October.

Construction technology students from three county high schools will help build the center’s interior, along with other community volunteers.
For more information on EAA Chapter 1240′s project, or how to donate or volunteer, contact John Rousch at or call 863-385-8107.