10, No. 6 - June 20, 2008
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to the June edition of EAA Chapter e-Gram. The flying
season is in full swing and there are an amazing number
of events scheduled each week. Encourage your members to
use the EAA Calendar of events to find fun places to fly
and don't forget to add your chapter's events to the
calendar. www.eaa.org/calendar. Oh, and AirVenture
Oshkosh is a month away. More on that in a minute.
Since 1953, EAA has
strived to be a welcoming, friendly organization. From
my experience, airplane people are some of the best
people around and EAA chapter members reflect the
passion and enthusiasm of EAAers. But there are always
When an EAA member does
not renew, we call to ask why. Recently, three
"contact reports" showed up on my desk, all
related to EAA chapters and dissatisfied members. All
three noted that they didn't feel welcome in their local
chapter. Each had joined EAA to be more involved in
aviation on a local level. One said the chapter made
"sport fliers" feel like second-class
citizens." One said he flies a "Challenger Two
and felt the chapter members make fun of pilots who fly
small aircraft." The third said he "found the
chapter very unwelcoming and felt you had to be part of
the 'in' crowd to participate."
It may just be
coincidence that these three reports arrived together
and I don't believe it is a trend among chapters.
However, as a chapter leader, it is important to reflect
on how you set the tone for your chapter.
For example, the entire
spectrum of aviation is represented at AirVenture. The
same should be true of your chapter. Aviation is a small
fraternity and these days we need to stick together to
defend our privilege. But more importantly, being open
and welcoming will help your chapter grow. The most
successful EAA chapters have embraced all areas of
General Aviation. Yes, some chapters are more
builder-oriented; others concentrate on flying
activities and others are more social. But each has
recognized the benefits of being diverse.
So how does your chapter
welcome guests at your meetings or events? Does someone
greet them and make them feel welcome? Do you encourage
them to come back, to get involved? How can you ensure
the casual guest will feel the same camaraderie you do
with your fellow chapter members?
It doesn't take much to
make people feel welcome. A smile, a word of
encouragement, genuine interest in who they are and why
they fly. But it is equally as easy to make them feel
like an unwelcome outsider.
- Steve Buss,
Manager, EAA Chapters
AIRVENTURE IS ALMOST HERE!
AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 is just about a month away.
Despite the recent rains and reports of flooding in the
Midwest (including Wisconsin), our EAA convention grounds fared
pretty well. Rest assured lots of people and
volunteers are doing everything they normally do,
preparing the site for your arrival.
NEW CHAPTER BENEFIT:
CHAPTER STAKE-OUT SERVICE
chapter members enjoy camping together during AirVenture.
For those who may have a long distance to travel, it is
sometimes difficult to secure a large campsite to
accommodate everyone. EAA's Chapter Stake-Out Service will
allow a chapter to reserve a spot in EAA Camp Scholler.
We'll try to be as accommodating as possible, but remember
this is the first year, so we may have a few bugs to work
out. If your chapter is interested in taking advantage of
this service, please visit the website and read
our FAQ sheet.
There are many volunteer
opportunities available during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and
year-round at EAA headquarters. If you or members of your
chapter will be arriving early for AirVenture, our
maintenance operations team could use some assistance.
Everything from carpentry work to cutting grass. Contact Theresa
Meixensperger to volunteer, or to get more
information. Throughout the year, volunteer opportunities
are available at our aircraft maintenance facility, the
Kermit Weeks Flight Center. From routine aircraft
maintenance on the flying fleet to long-term restoration
projects, there are a variety of ways to share your
talents. For more information, contact Deb
Walker at the Kermit Weeks facility.
are several Chapter events scheduled during EAA
- EAA Chapter Web Editor's
Workshop, Wednesday, July 30, 8:30-9:45 a.m., Sporty's
Pavilion #6, hosted by Laura Million, Webmaster for
EAA Chapter 32 (St. Louis)
- EAA Chapter Leader's
Workshop, Thursday, July 31, 8:30-9:45 a.m., Sporty's
Pavilion #6, hosted by the EAA Chapter office.
- EAA Chapter Newsletter
Editor's Workshop, Friday, Aug. 1, 8:30-9:45 a.m.,
Sporty's Pavilion #6, hoisted by David Hipschman,
Director of EAA Publications.
- EAA Chapter Breakfast,
Saturday, August 2, 7:30 - 9 a.m. NEW Location - EAA
AirVenture Museum's Cessna Restoration Center, the
future home of the Founder's Wing. Click
here for details and reservations.
AIRVENTURE YOUNG EAGLE
There are several events
scheduled during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 that will be
of interest to Chapter Coordinators and Young Eagle
Young Eagles Forum,
hosted by North Carolina Field Representatives Jim and
Sandy Dukeman - Monday, July 28, 1-2:15 p.m., Dake
Corporation Pavilion #1. Jim and Sandy are experienced
Field Representatives and have hosted this forum for
several years. Topics will include recruiting and
organizing successful Young Eagle events.
EAA Young Eagles Leaders
Wednesday, July 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., PHP Conference Center
tent. This annual workshop provides valuable tips and
techniques from other volunteers and the latest
information from the Young Eagles office. Lunch is
included. Please register
in advance here.
EAA Young Eagles Awards and
25th Anniversary of the EAA Air Academy,
Wednesday, July 30, at EAA AirVenture Museum's Eagle
Hangar. Young Eagles Chairman Harrison Ford will present
the annual Young Eagle awards and celebrate the 25th
anniversary of the EAA Air Academy. Doors open at 5 p.m.,
followed by dinner and the program at 7. Admission is
free, but tickets are required. To get yours, click
There are also several
volunteer opportunities available during AirVenture. Click
here for a description of what’s needed or look
at the current schedule, then register
to volunteer! For more information, contact Michelle
Kunes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HELPFUL INFO AT
In case you have not checked
the AirVenture website recently, we’ve highlighted a few
links that may be of interest:
IN THE NEWS
There are many stories in the
media about the good work EAA chapters are doing. Here are
a few interesting links you might enjoy:
- EAA Chapter 1177
(Palmyra, WI), recently conducted a Young Eagles event
in support of students who are taking EAA’s
AeroScholars course. Read
- EAA Chapter 582 (Toledo,
OH) Honors WWII Veteran at “Plane Fun Fly-In. Read
- EAA Chapter 79 (Spokane,
WA) Celebrates IYED Read
- EAA Member Helps
Students Build Airplane Read
- Have a story to share?
Let us know at email@example.com.
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
month we receive hundreds of your EAA chapter
newsletters. It's interesting to read about what you are
doing locally, along with the excellent articles and
tips you're producing.
We'll share an article or
two that you can reprint in your chapter's newsletter.
All you need to do is credit the original source if you
This month we have two
articles. First, an editorial on the cost of flying, What
Does That Cost You, by Rob Steiger, EAA Ultralight
Chapter 30 newsletter editor.
The second article comes
from Brian Lee, EAA Chapter 441 in Kent, Washington, who
writes about packing an emergency tool kit for your
For the list of other
INTERNATIONAL YOUNG EAGLES DAY
the initial messages we've received, EAA's 15th annual
International Young Eagles Day on June 14 was a great
success for many chapters. While it will be a few weeks
before we have all the numbers of children flown, more
than 150 Young Eagle events were scheduled, not to mention
the countless one-on-one flights that took place. More
than 125,000 Young Eagles have been flown on IYED alone
since 1994, thanks to all of you! Also thanks to all -
from the pilots and coordinators to the ground support
volunteers and the many others who work so hard in support
of Young Eagles - who contributed to another safe and
successful day for IYED 2008.
Just a reminder, if you
have registration forms from last weekend - or other
recent Young Eagles events - please send them to us as
soon as possible so your Young Eagles are entered into
the World's Largest Logbook and your volunteer pilots
receive credit for their flights. It's never too early
to begin plans for your next Young Eagles event! FYI,
the 16th annual International Young Eagles Day will be
held on Saturday, June 13, 2009 (always the second
Saturday of June).
AVAILABLE ETHANOL-FREE AUTO FUEL IN YOUR BACKYARD
are coming into EAA headquarters from chapter members
throughout the country with growing concerns about
obtaining ethanol-free auto fuel for their aircraft in
the wake of state-mandated and market-driven ethanol
additives in gasoline. These calls have increased as
more and more states pass or consider legislation
requiring 10 percent ethanol blends in auto fuel. Other
states are developing energy policies that
"promote" ethanol blends in gasoline, making
it advantageous for retailers to include ethanol in
EAA does not oppose
renewable fuels per se, but the organization has a
history of staunchly opposing blanket legislation or
policies that require all fuels to include ethanol
blends. Why? Because it makes suitable fuel unavailable
for our members and others who require it.
Ethanol-blended fuels produce harmful side effects on a
variety of equipment (powered garden tools, etc.), boat
motors and fiberglass fuel tanks, antique cars (fuel
systems), and, of course, aircraft. Auto fuel STCs from
EAA and Peterson Aviation expressly prohibit an STC'd
aircraft to operate on fuel that contains ethanol.
Experience shows that the
best way to combat unilateral legislative proposals for
ethanol blending is at the grassroots level. EAA's
Building a Grassroots Coalition to Support Ethanol-Free
provides a useful "handbook" for local
chapters to develop successful campaigns based on the
lessons learned from other past chapter efforts.
recently launched Bits and Pieces, a new
e-newsletter and monthly information digest for builders
and fliers in Canada. The newsletter aims to highlight
issues of interests to Canadian aviation enthusiasts,
plus honor the people and the places where amateur-built
aircraft found a home in Canada. "The newsletter
will be aimed at Canadian recreation flying, and will be
a unifying message for all Canadian flyers," says
Jack Dueck, longtime EAA chapter member who serves as
newsletter editor. Jack serves on the EAA Homebuilt
Aircraft Council, is a Technical Counselor and Flight
Advisor, EAA SportAir Workshops instructor, member of
the EAA Canadian Council, and founding president of EAA
Chapter 1410 in High River, Alberta, Canada. To
subscribe, visit the EAA
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