Gustav Destroys Chapter 244 Hangar in Louisiana
September 11, 2008 — On Monday morning Hurricane Gustav impacted the lives of thousands of Louisiana residents, as the Category 4 hurricane made landfall off the south coast near Cocodrie. Strong winds and area flooding caused severe damage throughout the state, including the destruction of EAA Chapter 244’s club hangar located at False River Regional Airport (HZR) in New Roads.
“Fortunately, no aircraft were damaged in the process,” said Clayton Decoteau, president of EAA Chapter 244. “We don’t have any damage estimates at the time, but judging from the pictures I’ve seen it will likely need to be rebuilt from the ground up.”
Airport manager Yvonne Chenevert and several chapter members plan to meet on Saturday to assess the damage and remove any major items left unscathed by the storm.
The club hangar, which served as the central meeting ground for chapter members from Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas, was being leased from the False River Regional Airport.
Louisiana Fly-In Series Proceeds as Planned
Despite hurricane damage throughout the state, the 2008 Louisiana Fly-In Series will continue with its planned schedule, with the next fly-in scheduled to take place this Saturday at Ruston Regional Airport (KRSN) in Ruston, Louisiana. Hosted by EAA Chapter 836, the “Freedom Fly-In” will celebrate American freedoms, one of which is our freedom to fly. The event will include food, fly-bys, aircraft judging, and a special speaker presentation by test pilot, author, and Vietnam helicopter pilot Lou Barber, at 12:30 p.m. For additional details on this or future Louisiana Fly-In Series events, visit www.LAFlyIns.com.