EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

   Vol. 10, No. 12 - December, 2008

Chapter Resources

: Calendar of Events
Speakers Bureau
: Chapter Locator
: Resource Forms
: Labels and Lists
: Promotional Materials
: Reference Papers
Contact the Chapter Office
: Email chapters@eaa.org
: Phone 920-426-4876
EAA Chapter Leaders Academy Schedule

: Jan. 23-25, 2009
: Feb. 27-Mar. 1, 2009
: Mar. 27-29, 2009
: Sept. 18-20, 2009
: Oct. 16-18, 2009

: For reservations or more information: chapters@eaa.org  

EAA SportAir Workshops

December 5-7, 2008
Lantana, FL
ELSA Airplane Repair-Inspection

January 10-11, 2009
Prescott, AZ
Composite Construction, Electrical Systems & Avionics, Fabric Covering, Sheet Metal

For detailed information on SportAir Workshops, including cost, course descriptions and how to register, go to the web at: www.sportair.com/schedule.html or call 800-967-5746.

Welcome to the December edition of EAA Chapter e-Gram.
We're coming to you a bit early due to the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. (Our Canadian friends celebrated Thanksgiving back on October 13.)

We hope you'll have an opportunity to gather with family and friends and celebrate the many things we are thankful for this year, despite the challenges our world can sometimes pose.

No matter what may come our way, EAA members are part of a most helpful, caring community. Here's an excerpt from an email I received a few days ago that illustrates this fact:

"You don't mention it, perhaps because you don't want to encourage it, but I recently used a member benefit that is on a par with all the others combined. I was planning a trip to an unfamiliar area, and needed some local information. What better way than to contact someone with like interests, a helpful attitude, and willingness to volunteer. Yep, you guessed it. I got some information off the EAA home page, sent a blind letter, and got the help of an EAAer at my destination who provided invaluable local and aviation specific information. It helped me get where I needed to be on time at great convenience. I am indebted to a person I've never met and who doesn't think it was anything special, just helping an 'unknown friend'.
What a great group to be a part of…"

The writer is correct; this may be one of the greatest EAA member benefits-the ability to share and help another person. Be it supplying local airport information, pitching in to help with a project, or lending an encouraging word, EAA members have never been shy when it comes to helping each other. Of course, nowhere is this more evident than within the chapter network.
We are a unique organization that prides itself on high standards, camaraderie and family.

Because of this timely letter, I'll be remembering all the assistance EAA members have provided me through the years and giving thanks for the opportunity to be associated with so many wonderful people. I hope you'll also take a minute and think about how EAA members have enriched your life.

 - Steve Buss, Manager, EAA Chapters

Chapter News
With the chapter election season winding down for 2009, interest in the Chapter Leaders Academy is growing. These sessions are of value to any Chapter officers, and we encourage Chapters to consider sending leaders to an upcoming session. Past attendees have been overwhelmingly positive in their reviews and would recommend attendance to other chapter members.

As in the past, we'll cover your expenses once you arrive in Oshkosh-food, lodging, transportation. You'll be responsible for the travel expenses. (By the way, if you haven't checked lately, airfares are going down!)

The EAA Chapter Leaders Academy for January is filling fast, but there are still a few spots available. If you are interested, please contact us at chapters@eaa.org. If January does not fit your schedule, there are two other sessions scheduled this winter; February 27 - March 1 and March 27 - 29, 2009. Additional sessions are also scheduled for September and October.  Learn more
EAA Chapter Service Awards are provided annually to all chapter officers and volunteers. The awards consist of a certificate and pin recognizing those who have served your chapter this past year. The certificates are printed based on the information your chapter provided at the time of renewal. The packages have all been mailed, so your chapter should have received the awards by now. If your chapter has not received the package or if changes or corrections are necessary, please contact us so we can issue correct certificates for your chapter's leaders. Thank you again for your leadership during 2008!
Earlier this year, Hurricane Ike slashed across Texas causing widespread damage. One of the harder hit areas was Galveston, home of the Lonestar Flight Museum. Shortly after, EAA Chapter 914 held a pancake breakfast and donated the proceeds to the museum.

Here's a little more to the story, in the form of a letter the chapter recently received.

Is there an extraordinary tech counselor in your chapter? Or a pilot whose accomplishments and dedication to aeronautics have so far "flown under the radar"? Perhaps they may be appropriate recipients for two annual awards given out at EAA AirVenture 2009, the Tony Bingelis Award and the Spirit of Flight award.

The Tony Bingelis award honors the memory of the highly regarded homebuilding authority and EAA Sport Aviation columnist. Created in 2002, the award recognizes people who have made significant contributions to the encouragement of aircraft projects for fellow EAA members, the promotion of safety, and for maintaining the values of EAA. A nominee must have been an active and current EAA Technical Counselor for five consecutive years.

Download the nomination form
Read about the 2008 Bingelis Award winner

The Spirit of Flight Award was established in 1997 by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and Scaled Composites to recognize an EAA member who best exemplifies the spirit of research, development, or flight-testing. They promote air safety by presenting a pilot's opinion, strengthening the influence of the test pilot on aeronautical progress and continuously evaluating the adequacy of flight equipment.

Download the nomination form
Read about the 2008 Spirit of Flight award winner

Please call the EAA Safety Programs Office at 888-322-4636 ext. 6864 if you have questions. The deadline for both award nominations is February 1, 2009.

As the planning cycle for next year begins, don't' forget to make use of the revised EAA Speakers Bureau when looking for speaker for your upcoming meetings, fly-ins, or banquets. Improved software provides more refined and useful searches. New search screens have been redesigned based on the popular and easy-to-use EAA Calendar of Events. You can also search for a speaker by radius, subject, or speaker's name.

These improvements are a direct result of your comments. Thank you for using the Speakers Bureau and helping us improve the product for the benefit of all chapters.

We currently have more than 460 registered speakers…but more are needed! Nearly every chapter has had an outstanding speaker visit their meetings or banquets. We strongly encourage you to ask them to register as a speaker so their presentations can be shared with others. And don't forget the people in your chapter who have interesting stories to share.
This month's selection comes from an FAA publication, but with the cold winter winds already beginning to blow, it provides a timely reminder for cold weather operations.

Aircraft Icing - What every Pilot should know

Aircraft Icing - What every Pilot should know
Steve Taylor is EAA's facilities manager and he is now providing regular blog updates on the construction taking place on the EAA AirVenture site. Read more
Now through January 31, 2009, chapters can take advantage of a 25% discount for AeroScholars -- a fantastic gift for any budding aviation enthusiast.

AeroScholars is a unique program that consists of two in-depth, online aviation courses that teach high school students aviation science, history, and regulations. By taking these courses, students earn up to six college credits from Utah Valley University, a leading aviation institution. In addition, EAA AeroScholars prepares and certifies them to take the FAA private pilot written exam. This unique, online program allows the courses to be taken in the convenience of their own home, while also opening up opportunities to explore their local airport at the same time. To learn more information on the program, please visit www.aeroscholars.com.

To receive this limited time discount, or if you have any questions regarding AeroScholars, please contact Michelle Robbins at 800-565-6322 or mrobbins@eaa.org.

We have read from time to time about chapters that have a surplus of past issues of EAA Sport Aviation magazine that they would like to go to a good home, and other chapters are looking for special causes to support. Maybe we have an answer for you.

Recently we received a letter from EAA member Tim Corban, who is living in Pakistan and involved with a local children's home. Although there is interest in aviation in Pakistan, the country is very poor. What do you think?

If your chapter might be interested in giving Tim some support, please contact him directly at UncleTebo@gmail.comRead Tim's original message

Our 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.

EAA Calendar of Events

Young Eagles News

We hope you're following along with EAA staffer Brady Lane's pilot training, which is being chronicled on the EAA website at www.eaa.org/wings. The EAA multimedia journalist is taking flight lessons in pursuit of his sport pilot certificate, and he's sharing the experience with the world in "Earning My Wings: A Video Blog About Learning to Fly." Feel free to post your comments to his weekly segments and also spread the word to others who might just become encouraged to begin their own training.


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