Chapter 878

Maple Lake, MN


This is the internet home of EAA Chapter 878, one of the worldwide network of chapters of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) which is headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 

The Experimental Aircraft Association embodies the spirit of aviation through the world's most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA's more than 170,000 members enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft.


Keith Smith:  We regret to inform you EAA 878 Chapter member Keith Smith died on Sunday, August 13.  Following is the link to his obituary:


 As noted in the obituary, “A gathering of friends and family will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at the Smith family lake home, 10289 Hwy 24, Annandale. Private graveside services will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cemetery near Annandale. 

Please keep Sandy and their family in your thoughts and prayers.  Keith’s widow Sandy has given approval to offer a memorial in Keith’s name to the EAA Chapter.  Checks should be made payable to “EAA Chapter 878” and put “Keith Smith Memorial” in the note section and give to Chapter 878 Treasurer Dick Burns.



The EAA 878 annual camp out and pork chop dinner are Saturday and Sunday, September 9 and 10.  Please post this flyer in your community and airport.


RV-4 project needs a financier or buyer. Chapter 878 has taken on the building of an RV-4.  As we have begun the work, it’s clear that we need a dedicated space, and an invested financier or buyer.  The tail feathers are mostly done and we have started installing ribs to the spar.  The project could be taken over outright, or our members could work along with the buyer to complete this project.  If interested, contact Dave Swanson @ 763.242.0334. 

The weather was ominous for the June 11, 2017, Buffalo Airport Fly In! 


Chapter 878 was established in 1986 at the Maple Lake Airport at Maple Lake, Minnesota. 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 fun doing so.

Our members come from throughout the central Minnesota area west of Minneapolis, encompassing the beautiful “lake country” in the neighborhood of the Buffalo and Maple Lake airports. Member meetings are held monthly, and vary in location from these two airports to member homes or workshops. You are welcome at our next meeting or event as our guest.

To learn about upcoming events, click on the Events link.


Join us. Whether you fly, build, restore or simply enjoy airplanes and aviation, you are invited to attend our events and join our chapter. To become a member of EAA Chapter 878, click the Join Us link.  You don't have to live locally to enjoy Chapter 878 membership.  All members receive a subscription to our newsletter, The Maple Lake Flyer, plus other chapter related correspondence via email.  Our dues are $25 per year per member age 35 and older, and just $10 for members up to age 35.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, Sep 23 at 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday, Sep 23 at 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Saturday, Sep 23 at 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday, Sep 26 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
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