EAA Chapter 297 was chartered January 15, 1968 in Wilmington, North Carolina and met in members' homes in the early years. Initially, there were ten members who lived in the Wilmington and Chadbourn areas. As the chapter grew, the Columbus County members formed their own Chapter in Chadbourn.
In the mid-1970's, the chapter met in a leased hangar at the Wilmington Airport until a Chapter building and hangar were built at Debose Field (now Stag Air Park, Inc.) in Pender County near Burgaw in 1987.
Today, the chapter's membership includes numerous aviation interests from lighter-than-air, rotorcraft, fixed wing, remote controlled (fixed wing & multi-rotor) aircraft. Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month starting at 10:00 a.m. Visitors and new members are welcomed, so come visit us!
In December, on the Chapter's regular meet day, we hold a Christmas dinner party in the Chapter meeting room. It is a covered dish affair with the Chapter providing the protein and beverages.
Because EAA Chapter 297 is located on a beautiful grass strip, Stag Air Park, we are able to host three fly-ins at our home base each year. These are typically held on the second Saturdays of February, May and November. These fly-ins feature an Eastern North Carolina BBQ lunch catered by the Jordan Chapel.
EAA Chapter 297 supports the EAA Young Eagles program. We also support Boy Scouts who are working on their Aviation Badges. From time to time Chapter 297 has sent one or two 14 or 15 year old youngsters to the EAA Air Academy Camp.
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