10, No. 5 - May 23, 2008
to the May edition of EAA Chapter E-Gram. If
you've recently visited our new Calendar
of Events, you'll see an increasing number of things
listed. The flying season is definitely upon us, so now
would be a great time to think about…bylaws.
That's right, bylaws. On
the list of fun things to do this summer, reviewing your
Chapter's bylaws does not appear on the radar. But in
all seriousness, it should be. Your bylaws are the
governing principles of your chapter. They should be
used and reviewed periodically. Why? When things don't
go as planned, a strong set of bylaws can serve as a
flight plan for your chapter.
For example, a chapter
recently voted in favor of making a significant donation
from its treasury to a local organization. Those voting
for the donation had gathered proxy votes from a number
of members. The chapter president, when given the proxy
votes, looked to the bylaws for guidance. Unfortunately,
the bylaws were out of date and simply stated that proxy
votes were acceptable, but they didn't spell out how the
proxies were to be handled. Because the bylaws were
unclear, the chapter ended up prolonging the issue,
causing more tension and strife within its membership.
Eventually the issue was resolved, but it was a painful
We have a set
of sample bylaws available that you can use if
needed to update your chapter's bylaws. Even if you've
recently updated them, as a chapter leader take a few
minutes to make sure your Chapter is still operating
within your bylaws. It won't take long and it can
provide some peace of mind for everyone.
Still not sure where to
start? Form a bylaws committee. Grab a pot of coffee on
a rainy day and review the rules of your Chapter. It
beats cleaning the gutters.
LAST CALL: CHAPTER AND
YOUNG EAGLE AWARD NOMINATIONS DUE MAY 31
We're very close to the
deadline - May 31, 2008 - for the annual EAA Chapter and
Young Eagles awards nominations. These awards provide your
chapter the opportunity to recognize outstanding
volunteers and allow all of us to learn more about your
chapter and its members. To find out more about the awards
and download the nomination forms visit the EAA
EAA CHAPTER LEADERSHIP
ACADEMY - ADDITIONAL PERSPECTIVES
David Consbruck, president of
EAA Chapter 526 in Auburn, California, wrote a wonderful
story about his experiences at the recent EAA Chapter
Leader's Academy held in Oshkosh last month. Take a few
moments and read his
impressions of the program, of his first visit to
Oshkosh, and the unique sense of camaraderie he gained by
Upcoming Chapter Academy
sessions are scheduled September 12-14 and October 10 -12,
with additional sessions planned for early 2009. If you
are interested in attending, please let us know at Chapters@EAA.org.
EAA CALENDAR OF EVENTS
BANNER READY FOR YOUR WEBSITE
online calendar of events continues to grow. There are
currently more than 1,300 events available to view and
there's literally infinite room for more. Feel free to add
any of your chapter's upcoming events to the calendar at www.EAA.org/calendar/.
And for your chapter
websites, you can link directly to the calendar. Banner
links are now available in a variety of sizes at www.EAA.org/calendar/banners.asp.
NEW EAA LOGOS FOR YOUR
We also have the latest
version of the EAA logo for use on your websites,
newsletters, and other official chapter materials. They
can be accessed on the EAA
YOU CAN REPRINT IN YOUR CHAPTER'S NEWSLETTER
|Each month we
receive hundreds of newsletters from EAA chapters. It's
interesting to read about what you are doing locally,
along with the excellent articles and tips you're
In each issue of EAA
Chapter E-Gram, we'll share an article that you can
reprint in your chapter's newsletter. All you need to do
is credit the original source if you include it in your
Everyone is looking for ways to save money. EAA Chapter
168's George Kilishek, EAA #514794, wrote a how-to piece
for the chapter newsletter, Hangar Echos, describing his
innovative oil filter cutter.
For the list of other
INTERNATIONAL YOUNG EAGLES DAY, JUNE 14
IYED 2008 is nearly here. This is the 15th year EAA
members worldwide have set aside one day to focus on
Young Eagles. Although flights take place throughout the
year, the second Saturday in June is our traditional day
to encourage all EAA members and chapters to participate
in the world’s most successful youth aviation
initiative, which since 1994 has provided nearly 1.3
million kids with their first general aviation flight.
If you are planning to
conduct IYED rallies, please make sure to report back to
us on your events by sending an e-mail to Chapters@eaa.org.
We’d love to see your photos, too!
Here are a few helpful
links to help your Chapter prepare:
Supplies on line
News Release Template
Eagles Rally Notice Form
NOTAM NOW AVAILABLE
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) is
now available - both in printed booklets and as a
download from the AirVenture website. Booklets are being
mailed to all Chapters, but additional copies can be
or simply download the PDF copy here.
The NOTAM contains the
Special Flight Procedures in effect for Wittman Regional
Airport and alternate airports from 6 a.m. CDT on
Friday, July 25, to 11:59 p.m. CDT Sunday, August 3,
2008. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh runs from July 28-August 3.
For additional EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 information,
ticket purchasing, visit www.airventure.org.
In addition to the NOTAM,
you should also check out the list
of FBOs that offer discounts for pilots flying to
and from the event. Also, ff you have an extra seat in
your airplane or are looking to share a ride to Oshkosh,
check out EAA
RideShare on the website.
WOMEN PLANNING TO ATTEND EAA AIRVENTURE 2008
Friday during AirVenture, August 1, an attempt to create
the largest gathering of female pilots ever will take
place at AeroShell Square. This is part of a joint
effort by EAA and Women in Aviation International (WAI)
called WomenVenture, which aims to attract women as new
pilots through the presentation of programs, seminars,
speakers and events during the week.
Also participating will
be the Ninety-Nines, whose president, Pat Prentiss,
states, "Promoting, mentoring and supporting women
pilots since 1929, the International Organization of
Women Pilots, known for nearly a century as The
Ninety-Nines, is delighted to join with the efforts of
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and Women in Aviation
International to showcase the unlimited aviation
opportunities for women in all pursuits of aviation and
Women who plan to be in
Oshkosh this year should visit the AirVenture website
for more information about WomenVenture.
CHAPTER 66 MEMBER WANTS TO VISIT YOU
French, EAA 226844, has a mission this summer …
something on his "bucket list" he's started
but hasn't finished. That is to complete his re-creation
of the late Sam Burgess' 1974 flight around the lower 48
states in an open-cockpit Acro Sport.
J.W. became friends with
Sam in the mid 1970s after reading his book, The
Jungmeister Junket, which tells the story of his
flights to all 50 states in 1970 in a Bücker
Jungmeister. In 2005, J.W. attempted to re-create Sam's
flight. He covered 38 states, flying a Bakeng Deuce, but
a head cold and a 108 hp engine kept him from making it
through Mullen Pass in Montana, so he ended his flight
and returned home to Fort Myers, Florida.
This summer he plans to
finish re-creating Sam's 1974 flight. J.W. says Sam
loved flying open cockpit with a whiskey compass and
charts. So, that's how J.W. plans to fly, too. He'll
leave from Fort Myers on about July 1 and fly from
Florida to Arizona, where he'll pick up his first new
state, then fly on to Nevada, California, Oregon, Idaho,
Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota,
and on to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. After AirVenture,
J.W. will fly to the Antique Airplane Association fly-in
in Blakesburg, Iowa, where Sam Burgess will be inducted
into its Hall of Memories.
J.W. is a member of EAA
Chapter 66; along the way, he's hoping to visit other
EAA chapters. If you'd like him to stop at your airport,
you can e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you can help him out with a hangar for a night or
other overnight needs, he'd be delighted.
You can read more about
J.W's trip in the June issue of EAA Sport Aviation.
SPORT AVIATION ARCHIVE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!
to all of you who participated in testing our new online
EAA Sport Aviation archive project. Your help
allowed us to launch the complete archive (1953-2006) as
a new EAA member benefit available on the EAA Members
Only website. EAA members now can access more than 50
years of history, knowledge and information contained in
59,000-plus pages of EAA's flagship publication. Not
only will the online archive provide endless hours of
entertaining and educational reading, it also provides a
helpful content resource for your EAA chapter newsletter
more or visit
the archive now.
IN THE NEWS
subject of ethanol has been in the news quite a bit
recently, with several states having enacted laws, or
considering legislation, requiring ethanol additives in
auto fuel. No matter what your position is on the issue
of ethanol, you need to be aware that it can
pose problems for aircraft owners using auto fuel
STCs, like the ones available
from EAA. (The FAA even issued a special
airworthiness bulletin about alcohol additives.)
It's easy to test for the
presence of alcohol in your fuel. EAA's reference
paper is available on the subject, and you might
want to re-print it in your chapter's newsletter, or
make the link available to your members for their