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Canadians at AirVenture Oshkosh

By Jack Dueck, Editor – Bits and Pieces, EAA 337912, EAA Canadian Council

By the time you’re reading this, many of you already will have made plans to attend the greatest aviation show on earth, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, July 25 to 31. What started back in 1953 as a small gathering of enthusiasts determined to build and fly their own aircraft has evolved into this mega aviation extravaganza! Typically with 12,000 arriving aircraft; 40,000 campers; 800 exhibitors each year. If something’s happening in aviation, you’ll see it at Oshkosh!

Glacier Girl
Glacier Girl (P-38 Lightning)

AirVenture is the summation of the year’s aviation activities from around the world, administered from EAA Aviation Center headquarters by a staff of some 300 individuals and superbly supported by some 6,000 EAA volunteers. EAA members aren’t only observers of this spectacle of flight; they’re active participants. And each year at Oshkosh, they rekindle the friendships made over the years and relight their passion with the sights and sounds of AirVenture.

EAA HQ
EAA headquarters, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

EAA’s Canadian Council
During recent years, the EAA Canadian Council has been actively working to develop a distinctive Canadian entity at EAA.

In 2006, Canadians, together with the support of many American friends, sponsored the return of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum’s Lancaster to AirVenture. There, displayed together with a B-24 Liberator and a B-17 Flying Fortress, all could remember the Allied war effort mounted to defeat a determined enemy.

The sight of the Lancaster was an emotional homecoming to many veterans, their families, and their friends.
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Canada Tent
EAA’s Canadian Tent featuring the Lancaster in 2006

2010 saw the first truly national Canadian fly-in held in conjunction with Vintage Wings’s “Battle of Britain” air show at Gatineau. And although the weather was anything but cooperative, about 20,000 people ventured out to the Gatineau airport September 17 to 19. This year’s event is scheduled for September 16 to 18. Mark your calendars.

In November 2010, EAA reintroduced a full range of aircraft insurance to its Canadian members. With the many positive letters EAA received, you can believe that this venture has contributed to a competitive environment for insurance buyers, benefiting all Canadians.

But onto AirVenture 2011. This year at Oshkosh, add the following activities to your schedule:

Open Forum Monday, July 25, at 10 a.m.
Canadian attendees are invited to an open interactive forum, hosted by your EAA Canadian Council. The topics will be wide ranging but highlighting EAA member benefits to Canadian members. We want to share our thoughts and plans with you and hear your comments.

Meet Your Canadian Council
Throughout AirVenture week, take time to meet with your Canadian Council on a one-to-one basis at the Member Welcome Center. Get to know who they are, and log your comments. We can only formulate EAA benefits for our members if we all communicate our issues, concerns, and ideas.

Ice Cream Social
Last year’s successful Ice Cream Social will be held again this year on Friday, July 29, in the early evening. Come and meet fellow Canadians and share in this delightful social.

C-PLAN Insurance Quotes Available
Looking for insurance for your Canadian-based aircraft? EAA’s C-PLAN is available to help you. Stop by the EAA Welcome Center for information and free quotes

See you all there!

 

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