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Technical Counselor

EAA Chapter 724
EAA Chapter 724 900 Airport Road
Merritt Island, Florida 32952
United States

Company Description: Official site for EAA Chapter 724 (Experimental Aircraft Association), Merritt Island, Florida. The Leader in Recreational Aviation, an international 170,000-member...   more
Background

Employment History

  • President
    Brevard Aviation Association
  • President
    Friends of Scouting

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Web References
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Tony conducts the pilot meeting at 8:15am in the morning.
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Tony Yacono receiving his EAA Chapter Coordinator Award, August 2008
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MERRITT ISLAND - Tony Yacono (EAA#406740) was 12 when he first flew in an airplane. The experience was so thrilling, he's accumulated about 6,000 hours flight time and he's still flying at age 80.
He's also spending part of his air time spreading the excitement of flight to local kids. Yacono coordinates the Young Eagles program provided at Merritt Island Airport by the Experimental Aircraft Association chapter 724.
"We've got to introduce some of these youngsters to the field of aviation," Yacono said. "The thrill of flying youngsters is seeing them seeing something they've never seen before."
Thanks to the EAA members, more than 3,500 youths between ages 8 and 17 have seen new sights from the air. And while 82 local EAA pilots have participated in the program, Yacono has logged more flights than any, flying 504 youths.
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Yacono acknowledges he'd rather be in the sky, listening to the excited reactions of first-time fliers, encouraging others who dream about flying themselves.
Hunter Limb, of Merritt Island, is one Young Eagle who has flown with Yacono and gotten the aviation bug.
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The program wasn't available when Yacono was young, but his boss at a New Jersey concession stand also worked for an airplane manufacturer and arranged a free flight.
Yacono still remembers his elation as he and a pilot took off from a stretch of beach in a red biplane.
"I bet my fingerprints are still on the side of that airplane where I grabbed it," he said. "As a youngster, somebody got me interested in aviation and that kept me going."
In 1949, after Army service and years of battling New Jersey winters, Yacono and his wife, Judy, moved to Merritt Island. He worked for a company that owned multiple auto dealerships and worked his way up to service director.
To his delight, the job required him to fly between dealerships as he evaluated operations. Retirement, when it finally came in 2005, didn't mean more rest or less flying time.
Yacono said he tries to fly his Mooney airplane at least twice a week. He's a member of the EAA and the Brevard Aviation Association, chairman of the Merritt Island Airport safety committee and a member of the Mooney Aircraft Owners advisory board.
He's also president of Friends of Scouting, a nonprofit group that provides financial support for local Scouts. And he plans to keep giving free flights to youngsters who might never fly without the Young Eagles program.
"Along the way in all my years, a lot of people have helped me," Yacono said.
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Tony Yacono and Bobbi Lasher with the Florida Volunteer Search & Rescue group from the US Marine Corps Reserve Cadet Corps
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See you on October 18th, same time, same place.
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Each pilot's total gets credited to the chapter that he is a member of.
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1. The meeting was convened at ...
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1. The meeting was convened at 1900 hours by Tony Yacono.2. Tony began the meeting by announcing that Atlas Aviation was working to configure the larger room on the south side 2nd floor to make it suitable for BAA and similar meetings.Two window air conditioners will be installed.Tony also has located some sound deadening material that can be installed to improve the acoustics of the room.
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b. Tony pointed out that the previous Master Plan was accomplished in 1993 and published in 1995.Tony stated that he had raised the issue of review andrevision of the Master Plan in lieu of creating a new one and was told that a Master Plan committee had been created - but that no one seemed to have information on who those people were.c. Tony pointed out that there were a number of problems on Merritt Island Airport that adherence to the previous Master Plan would have avoided.He recommended that the BAA identify revisions to the COI Master Plan and submit that to the Authority along with a recommendation that a new Master Plan was not required.d. Tony defined the BAA Master Planning Committee as the BAA Board plus
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7. Tony stated that over the past year the BAA had succeeded in making the Authority aware of its presence but many problems remained relative to accountability and proper planning, including both in the Authority and at the State level.
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9. Tony pointed out that the BAA needed to develop its own plan in terms of what it wants to accomplish.10. Tony also brought up the need to encourage additional membership in the BAA.He sends out information on BAA activities to approximately 150 people, all of whom could be potential members.11. There was discussion on the preparations for the upcoming Toys for Tots Breakfast, including the fact that there was a shortage of chairs that had to be addressed.12. Tony pointed out that the BAA bylaws required the President to serve for no more than 2 contiguous years, so he would have to step down.
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1. A special meeting of the BAA Board was called by the BAA President, Tony Yacono on 30 May 2007 at 1900 hours for the purpose of discussing a course of action related to the planned new Spacecoast Executive Airport terminal building. 2. Tony reviewed the available documentation relative to the Tico Board's approval of the proposed new terminal and the associated disbursing of funds to the contractor as well as the return of a portion of those funds to the Tico Airport Authority.
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1. The March meeting was started at 1900 on 28 Mar 2007, convened by Tony Yacono. 2. Tony pointed out that the minutes of the previous meeting of 24 Jan 2007 had been distributed to the membership and requested any comments relative to the minutes be provided forthwith; in the interim the meeting minutes would be accepted with no changes.A limited number of paper copies of the minutes were distributed at the meeting.3. Tony announced that the BAA treasury had around $1800 available and plans were being made to spend some of those funds on a gathering.
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Tony requested that the BAA membership provide comments on the new hangar issue so that the BAA could provide the Authority with final recommendations.6. Tony stated that the issue of sharing of the larger hangars by multiple users remained unresolved.Given that the new hangars of Alternative E and F are box hangars, they have the potential to hold considerably more small aircraft than the present T-hangars.Future information on this issue will be made available as is possible.7. Tony stated that there were people who were interested in building privately funded hangars on the north side of the airport and that the BAA was working to understand these interests.
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9. Tony stated he was going to visit the County Commissioners in regards to the issues brought up at the November 2006 Workshop meeting.
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10. Tony stated that the Authority has underway at least the beginnings of a maintenance program for the hangars, which, while somewhat belated, at least indicates that some effort is being undertaken in this area.11. Tony asked for any feedback on the membership's desire to have more or fewer meetings than the current 6 per year.12. Tony reminded everyone that the new traffic advisory frequency for Merritt Island Airport is 122.975 MHZ.
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1. The 24 Jan 2007 meeting was convened at 1906 by the BAA president, Tony Yacono.
2. Tony pointed out that the minutes of the 29 Nov 2006 meeting had been distributed earlier and thanked the BAA secretary, Wayne Eleazer, for writing the document.
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3. Tony also said that two County Commissioners had requested copies of the previous meeting's minutes and he had transmitted them to him.
4. The topics covered in minutes of the last meeting were reviewed.
5. Tony said that he discussed with one of the Tico Board Members the loss of the Brevard County Ad Valorum tax funding.
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6. Tony stated that Mike Powell had taken over the Tico Airport Authority Director's position and. seemed to be doing a good job so far.
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a. Tony reported that he is still attempting to seek information on the logic behind the usual 3% increase in rents each year.
Tony also reported that he had raised the issue of appropriate salaries for Tico employees, pointing out that the employees had suffered a 10% cut when the first reduction in ad valium tax contributions to Tico funding occurred over a decade ago.
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16. Tony said that there would be a new policy relative to "Taxi into position and hold" orders at Space Coast Executive.
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20. Audio recordings of the Tico Board meetings are available as well as a video recording of the workshop with the county commissioners; Tony has copies and can provide them to those interested.
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2. The BAA President, Tony Yacono, opened the meeting by reminding everyone to pay their dues.Dues forms were e-mailed to everyone and also were handed out at the meeting.
3. Tony stated that he had written some letters to the Brevard County Commissioners relative to the October 2006 Workshop but had not received any replies.Thus, he said that he was not aware if the County Commissioners had done anything relative to the issues and concerns raised at the Workshop.Also, the Tico Airport Authority had not submitted a program or any proposals or requests to the County relative to ideas voiced at the workshop.
4. Tony stated that at the most recent meeting of the Tico Board there appeared to be some reduction in tensions as compared to past meetings but that this was not accompanied by a real change in attitudes.
5. Tony stated that he had met with some of the new slate of County Commissioners and had come away from those discussions with a feeling of some hope but that as yet there was no indication that such feelings were justified.In one case the discussion had lasted two hours but it was yet to be determined what these discussions would yield.The Commissioners seemed to believe that the change in the Tico Airport Authority Director would by itself improve matters.The response from the BAA members was that the Commissioners need to realize that the October Workshop was spurred merely by conflicts with a specific individual in the Authority management structure but was prompted by broader issues such as apparently frivolous spending by the Authority.
6. Tony stated that while the Tico Board seemed to be very pleased with the concept of the Authority ceasing to receive funding from the Ad Valorum taxes, it appeared that no plans were made for such an eventuality.
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9. Tony briefly described the process underway for the selection of a new Airport Authority Director.Three candidates were selected for interviews from those who submitted applications.Tony will be allowed to sit in on the interviews but will not be allowed to ask questions.Tony also talked to each of the three applicants on the phone and asked them if they would mind inquires being made to the AOPA, the FAA, and the tenants on the airfields where they presently work relative to their work performance.Tony also mentioned that he had recommended Mike Powell for the position of Director but that Mr. Powell had not chosen to apply for the job.
10. A concern that Tony identified was that the current Board and Authority staff tend to focus on Part 139 Air Transport operations and that Merritt Island is considered to be a "reliever" airport for Titusville Executive Airport rather than a facility with its own purpose and priorities.This bias was reflected in the applicants for the Director position as well.
11. The BAA is seeking documentation on the items being discussed by the Board as well as the agenda items for the meetings and is making some progress in doing so.Also, Tony is planning to request that the BAA representative at the Board meetings be all
2008 - 08/12 - Annual Young Eagle Awards Presented
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Tony Yacono, Chapter Coordinator Award, EAA Chapter 724, Merritt Island, Florida Tony Yacono said he simply is enjoying what he's doing.
But others don't see it that way, and that's why he is receiving the Chapter Coordinator Award.
Yacono has been a Young Eagles coordinator for 12 years, and he personally has flown more than 500 youth.
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Yacono said he became involved in the program because someone cared enough to give him his first airplane ride at 12. Now 80, he has accumulated about 6,000 hours' flight time.
"My opinion is that I need to give something back to the youngsters; that's why I am doing this. Yet "the biggest kid in the airplane is the one behind the controls," he said.
Still he can tell countless stories of the real kids who became excited by their flights, like a family of three girls, who the mother said wouldn't say a word in the sky. "They wouldn't stop talking because they were so excited," he said. "I had to ask them not to say anything when I was getting ready to land."
Yacono said it takes a lot of work to put on a Young Eagles rally.
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Tony Yacono, EAA Chapter 724, Merritt Island, Fla.
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Tony Yacono, Chapter Coordinator Award, EAA Chapter 724, Merritt Island, FloridaTony Yacono said he simply is enjoying what he's doing.
But others don't see it that way, and that's why he is receiving the Chapter Coordinator Award.
Yacono has been a Young Eagles coordinator for 12 years, and he personally has flown more than 500 youth.
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Yacono said he became involved in the program because someone cared enough to give him his first airplane ride at 12.Now 80, he has accumulated about 6,000 hours' flight time.
"My opinion is that I need to give something back to the youngsters; that's why I am doing this."Yet "the biggest kid in the airplane is the one behind the controls," he said.
Still he can tell countless stories of the real kids who became excited by their flights, like a family of three girls, who the mother said wouldn't say a word in the sky."They wouldn't stop talking because they were so excited," he said."I had to ask them not to say anything when I was getting ready to land."
Yacono said it takes a lot of work to put on a Young Eagles rally.
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Tony Yacono, EAA Chapter 724, Merritt Island, Fla.
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