EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

   Vol. 11, No. 4 - April 2009

Chapter Resources

: Calendar of Events
Speakers Bureau
: Chapter Locator
: Resource Forms
: Labels and Lists
: Promotional Materials
: Reference Papers
: Online Insurance Form
Contact the Chapter Office
: Email chapters@eaa.org
: Phone 920-426-4876
EAA Chapter Leaders Academy Schedule
: Sept. 18-20, 2009
: Oct. 16-18, 2009
: Jan, 22-24, 2010
: Feb. 26-28, 2010
: March 26-28, 2010

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

EAA SportAir Workshops

April 4-5 2009
Detroit, MI

Composite Construction, Sheet Metal, What's Involved In Kit Building

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.


Spring is in the air. One day it's 60 and sunny, the next we are shoveling out from under a new pile of snow. Ah, Wisconsin. But despite the frequent weather swings, the days are getting longer and AirVenture planning is picking up. As I'm sure you've read over the past few months, there are plenty of changes coming to the AirVenture site this year.
B-17 Aluminum Overcast
You can find out more by following Steve Taylor's blog. By the way, the Chapter House will be easy to find. We're just north of the new control tower. Come see us this summer.

This week also marks the start of the 2009 B17 tour. Aluminum Overcast leaves Oshkosh this week for its first stop in Chino, California. The airplane will stop at a number of EAA chapters out west before it returns to Oshkosh for AirVenture.

As I read chapter newsletters each month, it is common to see the pleas of newsletter editors asking members for articles or photos they can use. I can sympathize with them this month. In March, we had so much material for Chapter E-gram it was hard to include everything. This month? Well, let's say I had to work a bit harder. But it does remind me of a special tip for newsletter editors: We've started an e-mail list to send you the latest news releases from HQ. That way you should always have some new EAA news to help round out your newsletter. If you'd like to be on the list, drop me an e-mail. And for everyone else, if you come across any interesting aviation news make sure you send a news tip to your editor. They will appreciate it.

In this edition of Chapter E-Gram, we feature chapter newsletters from EAA 555 and EAA 501; information about your chapter's next meeting program; some interesting articles from other newsletters you can share; this month's special offer for chapter members; news about a special chapter event at Sun 'n Fun; and more.

As always, if you have any tips or stories to share, drop me a line at sbuss@eaa.org or chapters@eaa.org.

 - Steve Buss, Manager, EAA Chapters  

Chapter News
You can give your chapter's program chair a month off very soon. The Chapter Leaders Academy sessions have been a great learning experience for both participants and staff. The groups have come up with some great ideas, including one you'll see this month. Knowing that it is sometimes hard to find a good program for your meeting, we'll try to fill the gap. A new DVD will be sent to all chapter presidents showing some of the latest news from EAA HQ. Of course AirVenture and the many site changes will be discussed and Tom Poberezny has a special message for all chapters. Depending on your program needs, you can either play the entire program (approximately 35 minutes) or break it up into segments. We've tried to make it as flexible as possible. Since this is the first time out of the box, we're eager to hear from you about how to improve the DVD as well as any suggestions for additional content. Our goal is to produce two such DVDs per year, in the spring and fall.
Last year nearly 200 chapter leaders and members joined us for an ice cream social at the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Florida. We had such a good time we're doing it again! Join us right after the air show on Tuesday evening, April 21, in the EAA Publications tent, located just south of Cessna's large outdoor exhibit. The event is open to all chapter members, so stop by and enjoy some ice cream and camaraderie. Tom Poberezny will have a short presentation discussing the current state of the organization and EAA’s future. Tom will also have a special announcement of interest to all chapter members. Sun 'n Fun
Chapter presidents have received an information packet for the 2009 Chapter Award Nominations. This is an excellent opportunity to nominate those chapter members who have gone the extra mile throughout the year and beyond for the betterment of the chapter, EAA, and the recreational aviation community. EAA encourages your chapter to submit nominations to recognize these important members. Recipients selected for the awards will be honored at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this summer.

The packet included the award overview, instructions, and nomination forms for the following awards:

  • EAA Major Achievement Award
  • EAA Newsletter Editor Award
  • EAA Web Editor Award
  • EAA Young Eagles Awards

Please note that the Newsletter Editor Award nomination requires copies of the March, April, and May newsletters to be submitted along with the nomination form. The forms can also be downloaded from the web here. So don’t wait - nominations are due May 31 - get your chapter’s nominations in today!

EAA's founder Paul Poberezny remains very active and enjoys reading your chapter newsletters. He was recently corresponding with EAA Chapter 14 (San Diego, California.) and felt it would be valuable to share what the chapter is doing to take an active role in their airport's development. As Paul writes, "For years it has been my recommendation that our chapters work closely to establish a working relationship with the local airport manager, the fixed-base operator, and elected officials. True, it will take some effort on behalf of the chapter presidents and their officers in making the time and commitment that would benefit not only the chapters, but aviation in the local community. With the aviation climate changing politically, as well as government involvement relative to the operation of all aircraft, it is imperative that we as EAA leaders and members become more involved."

Please take a minute to read Paul's letter and pass the message along in an upcoming newsletter. (WORD | PDF)

Paul Poberezny

This month we feature two chapter newsletters: The Triple Nickel from EAA Chapter 555, of Los Cruces, New Mexico - This newsletter features some good reports on chapter activities, a World War II first-person account, and a great article on air traffic control.

From the desert southwest, we head to Lincoln Park, New Jersey to catch up with Chapter 501. Their newsletter features a great article about the first flight of a new Glastar. (Congratulations, Jonathan Macy!)

Progress continues on construction of the EAA Founders' Wing, a major project under way in the EAA AirVenture Museum. The Founders' 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 such 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/flyers, or photos. (Please identify people shown on submitted photos.)

Founders' Wing

Items should be relatively flat and measure no larger than 11x17 inches. Submitted items will be considered for display, and anything not used will become part of the permanent collection. (Note: 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 June 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.

We receive hundreds of newsletters each month from EAA chapters, and it's always 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 for 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, Mark Hissey, President of EAA Chapter 36 (Hagerstown, Maryland) shares some thoughts on spring flying (WORD | PDF). Next up, a short story about an "interesting" first flight experience from Jack Prock from EAA Chapter 526 (Auburn, California). His article reminds us that we pilots have only chance to make a good first impression on our rookie passengers, be they Young Eagles or "older" eagles. (WORD | PDF)

This past weekend, 24 chapter leaders from as far away as Florida, Texas, Washington, and Arizona arrived on the EAA Headquarters for the final session of the winter/spring schedule.

This is the eighth group to participate in the Academy in the past 18 months. Nearly 200 chapter leaders representing more than 125 chapters have participated and have provided overwhelmingly positive reviews of the weekend.

With the approach of the busy flying season, we’ll take a break in the schedule and pick up in September.

Chapter Leaders Academy

The Chapter Leaders Academy is available free of charge to any interested chapter leader. Sessions begin with dinner on Friday evening and continue through mid-day on Sunday. Discussion topics include membership recruitment and fund raising, EAA programs and services, and other topic discussions generated through input from participants. Accommodations are in the EAA Air Academy Lodge and are included at no charge along with meals. The only cost is transportation to Oshkosh.

For more information on the fall sessions (September 18-20 and October 23-25) or to reserve a spot, please contact us at chapters@eaa.org.

Chapter members will receive 25 percent off the regular non-member price on select book and video combos from EAA's How-To series.

 - F09626 - Painting Book and VHS Combo - Reg. $29.99, members $22.49
 - F15246 - Welding Book and DVD Combo - Reg. $29.99, members $22.49
 - F11619 - Basic Aircraft Woodworking VHS Video/EAA Wood Building Techniques Book Combo - Reg. $17.99, members $13

(The special offer is valid through April 30, 2009 for phone orders only - not available for online orders. Call 800-564-6322)
Feel free to include this special offer in your newsletters or on your website.

Special offer for Chapters

Young Eagles News
Recognizing that these are challenging financial times, EAA's Donor Relations Department is hosting a focused financial seminar during Sun 'n Fun on Wednesday afternoon, April 22, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at The Terrace Hotel in downtown Lakeland.

Vaughn Henry, the nationally respected founder of Henry & Associates, Gift and Estate Planning Services, will present a 75-minute discussion called, "Staying Optimistic and Opportunistic Despite Turbulent Financial Times," followed by a free reception. Seminar content will focus on the current changing financial environment and how to take advantage of today's chaos; regaining control of your estate and your financial strategies; and setting goals for your team of advisors.

Financial Advise

With more than 30 years of experience, Henry specializes in "zero estate tax" planning and business successions with an underlying focus on tax efficient philanthropy. While he is a Commercial rated pilot, Mr. Henry is not affiliated with EAA, and his presentation is offered without charge as a benefit of EAA membership.

For additional information or to RSVP, please contact Eric Von at evon@eaa.org or 920-426-6887.


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