Chapter 865

Experimental Aircraft Association, Chapter 865, Niles, MI

Welcome to our Chapter

 Chapter 865 of the Experimental Aircraft Association has been chartered since 1986. We are dedicated to the preservation of Sport Aviation and it’s history, the promotion of safety and the mentoring of young people in aviation. Our Chapter Hangar ( shown below ), is located on the Jerry Tyler Memorial Airport, in Niles Michigan. We use the slogan “Home of the Heath”, because The Heath Airplane Co., founded by Ed Heath (see below), a pioneer of the Home Built Airplane Kit, was located in Niles from 1931 to 1934.


Whether you fly, build, restore or simply enjoy airplanes and aviation, you are welcome to attend our events and join our chapter. We are a group of aviation enthusiasts, aircraft builders, and pilots who get together with like minded people to share ideas, exchange information, encourage safety, serve the local aviation community and have a lot of fun doing so. Please come to our next meeting or event as our guest.

For more information on our chapter, please contact our president via the contact information provided in the sidebar.

About EAA

Our chapter is part of the worldwide network of EAA chapters. EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world's most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA's 170,000 plus members enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. To find out more about EAA and our programs and services, please visit our home page at



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Contact Us


PRESIDENT: Jim Van Hulle, (574-271-8533)

VICE-PRES.: Cindy Adkison (248-891-7734 )

TRES.: Ivan Truyaert ( 574-273-0923 )


Ralph Ballard

Submit Articles to: P.O. Box 444, Niles MI 49120

269-684-0972 - E-Mail:

Board of Directors:

All Officers and:

Gerry Wieringa (269-683-7718)

Jim Green (269-684-7832)

Bob Baird (574-339-9991


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