EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

   Vol. 11, No. 2 - February 2009

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

: 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

February 14-15, 2009
Lakeland, FL
Topic: Sheet Metal, Composite Construction, Electrical Systems & Avionics, Fabric CoveringWhat's Involved In Kit Building, Test Flying Your Project

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.

It may be winter in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, but that doesn't mean we're hibernating. Just last weekend Pioneer Airport hosted a very successful ski plane fly-in with 27 airplanes and hundreds of attendees. And we welcomed 23 chapter leaders to EAA headquarters for the first Chapter Leaders Academy of 2009. As with our previous sessions, the weekend was overflowing with great ideas, lively discussion, and new friendships. There are two more sessions fast approaching - February 27-March 1, and March 27-29 - and there's still limited room for participants to enroll. Among the attendees signed up are chapter leaders from Oregon, Washington, Florida, Michigan, and Ohio. We also look forward to welcoming the new members of the EAA Canadian Council to the next academy session. I hope we'll see you soon.

In this month's Chapter E-gram, you'll find an opportunity for your chapter to be part of the new Founder's Gallery; two articles you can share in your newsletter (or on your website), one on managing risk and the other a personal story about a Luscombe; a featured newsletter; the new Chapter on-line insurance form, plus information about an important upgrade to the EAA Speaker's Bureau.

Fly Safe!

 - Steve Buss, Manager, EAA Chapters

Skiplane Fly-in
Chapter News
Progress continues on construction of the EAA Founders' Wing, a major project under way in the EAA AirVenture Museum. The Founder's Wing seeks to preserve the history and culture of EAA from its earliest days through today, utilizing Paul and Audrey Poberezny's extensive personal collection of EAA historical artifacts. Since EAA chapters have played an important role in the organization's growth and development, we are inviting all chapters to donate items that can be used to create the EAA Chapters Display in the Founders' Wing. Suggested items include patches (historic or current), pins, small posters or flyers, or photos. (Please include identification on submitted photos.)  Founders Wing
Items should be relatively flat and measure no larger than 11 inches x 17 inches. Submitted items will be considered for display, and anything not used will become part of the permanent collection. (Items cannot be returned.)

Please send your contributions to Ron Twellman, P. O. Box 3086, Oshkosh, WI 54903-3086. If you have questions about what types of items might be appropriate, please contact Ron at rtwellman@eaa.org. Deadline for submissions is May 1, 2009. The Founders' Wing is scheduled to be open in time for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 and will host the Chapter Leader's Breakfast that week, on Saturday, August 1. Learn more about the Founders' Wing project.

As part of EAA's continued efforts to provide enhanced support to chapters, we are pleased to announce the launch of the new online EAA Event Insurance Request Form. Now submitting the required information to the Risk Management Office for chapter events is easier than ever before.

To use the online form, visit www.eaa.org/apps/insurance and enter in all the details for your planned event. This should be completed at least 30 days prior to the event date in order to assure that the request will be processed in sufficient time. EAA's Risk Management Office will contact you directly if additional information is required. The new system will also allow you the opportunity to print a copy for your records and submit information regarding the planned event to the EAA Calendar of Events.

Chapter Insurance Form

So throw away those paper forms and start using the new online Chapter Insurance Form. It's fast, it's easy, and it is at your fingertips.

Because the cold weather sometimes gets a bit dreary in Wisconsin, we selected a "warm weather" chapter newsletter to feature this month. Enjoy Marathon, Florida's EAA Chapter 1241's newsletter. The chapter has a new home and is getting ready for their grand opening next weekend. 
One of the challenges facing every chapter is how to make monthly meetings informative and entertaining. The EAA Speaker's Bureau was established to provide a database of people willing to speak on a variety of aviation topics. Currently, more than 500 speakers are listed. We are very pleased to announce that members of the EAA Board of Directors are now included in the Bureau. Inviting your nearest director to attend an upcoming meeting will give your chapter an opportunity to meet a member of the organization's leadership and hear a presentation about EAA's status and plans for the future. Speaker's Bureau
In addition, many members of the division boards (Warbirds, Vintage, IAC) and EAA councils are also listed.

EAA directors are enthusiastic about visiting chapters in their local area! To find a director, visit www.eaa.org/apps/speakers/ and click the "Advanced Search" tab. Enter your zip code and a range, check the "EAA Board Member" box, and hit "Search."

Finally, don't forget that you can help the EAA Speakers Bureau expand. If you've had a good speaker at one of your meetings, please encourage them to register with the Bureau through the website.

EAA Calendar of EventsAs we enter the second month of 2009, we are asking for your help in maintaining EAA's online calendar of events as the largest, most comprehensive aviation calendar available. Last year, there were more than 2,600 events posted. But we know there are many, many events that didn't make it to the calendar. It only takes a few minutes to add your chapter's events - everything from your regular meetings to a fly-in, banquet, or Young Eagles rally. But don't stop there - encourage everyone in your aviation community to post events to EAA's calendar. It is free and available to any organization wanting to promote their aviation-related event. Visit the EAA Calendar of Events.
EAA Chapter 403 (Carson City, Nev.) takes kids flying. Read the story.

Congratulations to EAA Chapter 445 (Tallahassee, Fla.) for being recognized by the local Board of Education for their work with the schools. Read the story.

Here's an offer to pass along to your fellow chapter members. Now through February 28, save $8 on the complete set of the Flying and Glider Manual. You'll get all five issues (1929-1933), which together provide a historic background on aircraft building. These classic aviation publications are an excellent reference for light plane designers and builders. Regular price is $29.95, but $21.95 for EAA chapter members. (The special offer is valid through February 28, 2009 for phone orders only - not available for online orders.)

Feel free to include this special offer in your newsletters or on your website.

Flying and Glider Manuals
We receive hundreds of newsletters each month from EAA chapters, and it's interesting to learn about what's happening at the grassroots level. Oftentimes we come across some excellent articles and tips to share, which you can repurpose in your own newsletters. (When reprinting, please credit the original source.) For the list of previously featured articles, click here.

This month we feature two articles we hope you'll share with your members. First, EAA Chapter 506 (Smithfield, North Carolina) provides a link to an FAA Safety article (Word | PDF) about managing risk on every flight; and second, EAA Chapter 579 (Aurora, Illinois) member Albert Dyer wrote a piece entitled "Call Me a Romantic," (Word | PDF) which seemed more than appropriate with Valentine's Day just around the corner.

Christine Pulliam, incoming President of EAA Chapter 673 in Marlboro, Massachusetts, outlined out her goals and aspirations for the chapter in a recent newsletter editorial. We hope you enjoy her optimism and enthusiasm!
Young Eagles News
The EAA Young Eagles program is successful because of the efforts of EAA member volunteers like you. They provide opportunities to nominate people who make significant contributions to the overall success of the Young Eagles program. EAA chapters and individual EAA members are encouraged to nominate outstanding Young Eagle volunteers for the following awards.
  • Chapter Coordinator
  • Field Representative
  • Ground Support Volunteer
  • Young Eagles Humanitarian (presented for efforts to reach special needs Young Eagles)
  • Young Eagles Horizon award (recognizing efforts to go beyond the basic Young Eagles flight)

The nomination period is open through June 15, 2009. Nomination materials should include detailed descriptions of the accomplishments of the nominee, any relevant background information, and letters of recommendation from fellow EAA members. The 2009 awards will be presented at a special ceremony held at during AirVenture at the museum's Eagle Hangar on Wednesday, July 29, 2009. You can download the official nomination form here.

For more information, visit the Young Eagles website.

Young Eagles News
Many of you were among those applauding our new Experimenter e-newsletter for homebuilders, which was launched on January 20. The newsletter features technical articles, videos and tips, as well as knowledge, information, and ideas for the entire homebuilt community. It will come out the third Tuesday of each month.

If you have not seen it yet, see it here. If you wish to subscribe, you can do so here. Subscribers also receive a free download, Custom Aircraft Building Tips.

Each summer more than 100 EAA Air Academy participants receive sponsorship support from EAA chapters. Right now is a great time to begin planning for kids in your chapters who will attend a camp this year. Sessions include Young Eagles Camp (ages 12 -13); Basic Air Academy (ages 14-15); and the Advanced Air Academy (16-18). Contact Mary McKeown at mmckeown@eaa.org for more details or to make a reservation. Learn more about EAA Air Academy.
EAA President Tom Poberezny announced recently the appointment of five members to serve on the newly restructured EAA Canadian Council. These volunteer council members pledge to help communicate the needs and aspirations of EAAers in Canada to EAA headquarters and get the most out of EAA member benefits. The council will also be key planners for special featured activities at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to celebrate the 100th anniversary of powered flight in Canada. Read about the new EAA Canadian Council.
Aluminum Overcast, EAA's restored B-17 bomber, returns to the sky on April 3 in Chino, California, the first of nearly 60 planned stops for the 2009 "Salute to Veterans" national tour. The spring-summer leg includes 16 stops in five states between April 3 and June 3, the vast majority hosted by EAA chapters. The yearlong tour will continue into late fall, with the airplane back "home" for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh July 27-August 2 in Oshkosh. Read more B-17
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