EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

   Vol. 11, No. 6 - June 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  

While the Memorial Day weekend is often referred to as the "unofficial start" of summer, the weekend also marks a turning point in activities here at EAA headquarters. After Memorial Day, the intensity of activities leading up to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh really takes off. Excitement is building for this year's event, and early indications and confirmed attractions are pointing to another successful year. If your plans include a trip to Oshkosh in July, please check the links below for information you might find useful.

Along with the increasing pace of AirVenture activities are the many EAA chapter breakfasts and fly-ins that take place in the next few months. If you can't find somewhere fun to fly, you aren't looking very hard! We've made it easy to find fun places to fly with the EAA Calendar of events.

EAA Calendar of Events

In this month's' newsletter we feature some early AirVenture activities of interest; plans for a chapter grill; visits to two chapters through our featured newsletters; and for some light reading, the AirVenture NOTAM is available.

Until next month, fly safe!
 - Steve Buss, Manager, EAA Chapters

Chapter News
The annual Chapter Leaders Breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, August 1, 7:30 - 9 a.m., in the new Founders Wing located in the EAA AirVenture Museum. EAA Chapter 1177 (Palmyra, Wisconsin) has agreed to bring its "turbo" grill and host a traditional EAA Pancake Breakfast. We'll hear more about the Founders Wing and present the chapter awards, including the Newsletter and Web Editor awards, plus the Major Achievement awards. Admission is free, but we do ask that you pre-register. You can sign up now, just by clicking here.
Last month's ChapterGram featured plans for building a pancake grill which triggered additional discussions about what makes a good pancake breakfast. So we'll pose the burning question: What recipe does your chapter use for their pancake breakfast? If you'd like to share it with us, we'll hold a pancake cook-off during AirVenture! Send your recipes to Chapters@eaa.org. Pancakes
Last month's grill plans also inspired Keith Pugh from EAA Chapter 902 (Mulino, Oregon) to share his chapter's grill plans. Keith wrote: "The article about the pancake grill made me think that maybe you might like to run one on a home-made, double-barrel BBQ. This is one we built to burn charcoal, but if you don't want lighter fluid taste on your burgers, it could be made to run on propane. Ours was built to use at the Scappoose RV Fly-In as well as for a couple of chapter BBQ meetings in the summer. It came in at about $440 to make but it gives a lot more square inches of cooking space than anything you can buy, unless you paid a couple thousand for a trailer-type. Want to see more? Click here. Thanks to Keith and Chapter 902 for sharing! Grill
This month we're off to the west coast for EAA Chapter 1000's newsletter, The Leading Edge. For those who may follow the adventures of Chapter 1000, "Three Sigma" is back in the air and the famed Project Police are on the prowl. Enjoy!
By Barry Elk, Director of Membership Marketing
A question asked during every Chapter Leaders Academy is “How do we grow our local chapter?” Based on YOUR input, we have recently unveiled a useful new tool, which will make recruiting members into your local chapter much easier. The new program - Chapter Complimentary Trial Membership - was unveiled in the recent “meeting in a box” DVD. This trial membership will allow you to recruit new members into your chapter without them having to immediately pay dues to EAA headquarters.

I wanted to take just a moment to hit the highlights and start you thinking about how you can use this tool. This membership entitles the recruit to all the benefits and privileges of EAA membership, including a monthly copy of EAA Sport Aviation or EAA Sport Pilot, as well as the ability to participate in ALL EAA activities at the local level and beyond. This includes participating as a Young Eagle pilot or involvement in another chapter’s activities. It also includes member discounts during AirVenture. In short, trial members are full-fledged EAA members AT NO COST to them or to your chapter for their first six months. (We encourage you to waive local dues as well, but that’s up to you.)  Read more

Many 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 group camping spot in EAA Camp Scholler. We'll try to be as accommodating as possible, but remember Camp Scholler is filled on a first-come, first served basis. If your chapter is interested in taking advantage of this service, please read our FAQ sheet.

Several chapter-focused forums will be held during AirVenture. It's not too early to start planning!

Chapter Web Editors forum - Wednesday, July 29, 8:30-9:45 a.m. - Utah Valley University Pavilion (006). Laura Million and Brenda Anderson will host this annual forum, which provides web editors with tips and hints to make a chapter web site more valuable to members. EAA's Brian Tesch will also be on hand to discuss the new Oshkosh 365 website and the benefits it can provide to chapters.

Chapter Tax Exempt Status forum - Wednesday, July 29, 8:30-9:45 a.m. - Dake Corporation Pavilion (001). Patricia Arthur, Esq., of the EAA Legal Advisory Council will host this session designed to help your chapter through the process of becoming a 501(c) 3 tax-exempt organization. Many chapters have asked for assistance in navigating the IRS rules and Patti has many years of experience working with EAA chapters.

Chapter Leaders Forum, Thursday, July 30, 8:30-9:45 a.m. - Utah Valley University Pavilion (006). Join members of the EAA headquarters staff as they bring the latest information about the chapter program to you. If you have any topics or questions you'd like to have discussed during the forum, please let us know via e-mail to Banderson@eaa.org.

Chapter Newsletter forum, Friday, July 21, 8:30-9:45 a.m. Utah Valley University Pavilion (006). Brenda Anderson hosts this session designed to help newsletter editors make the most of their monthly publication. Joining Brenda will be chapter newsletter editor Kent Misegades and members of EAA's editorial team.


The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) is now available - both in printed booklets and as a download from the AirVenture website. Copies can be ordered here, 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 24, to 11:59 p.m. CDT Sunday, August 2, 2009, and is a must-have for those who will fly into Oshkosh this year. 

2009 AirVenture NOTAM
In case you have not checked the AirVenture website recently, we've highlighted a few links that may be of interest:

AirVenture Site Changes - Read Facilities Manager Steve Taylor's blog about what's new on site, plus see the Site Plan website, download the Quick Reference Guide, and watch the Site Changes Video.

Advance Tickets - Discount for pre-purchased admission is extended through June 30!

Housing Update - For all the information on AirVenture lodging.

Special Offers for Pilots - Waypoints, fuel stops, and other great en-route specials for AirVenture-bound pilots.

EAA Ride Share - Have a spare seat, or looking for a ride to AirVenture?

We receive hundreds of newsletters each month from EAA chapters, and it's always interesting to learn about what's happening in your hometowns. 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: With the start of the flying season, there are many opportunities to see and photograph airplanes at events. From EAA Chapter 25 comes an article written by Peter Denny with some great tips on taking interesting photos of airplanes.


We’ve been telling you about the new online event notice form for several months now. The system is working very well and we encourage you to use this resource to request insurance for any upcoming events. Log on at www.eaa.org/apps/insurance and enter in all the details for your planned event.

EAA’s Risk Management Office will contact you directly if any additional information is required, but the vast majority of events are quickly approved. Because the system has gained such rapid use by all of you, we will soon eliminate the paper forms and begin using the online system exclusively. This will eliminate redundant systems and help speed up the process even further.

Be the first to pre-order your Flight Line Radio! Flight Line Radio is a service that allows AirVenture visitors to listen to the air show announcers, the tower, and EAA Radio anywhere on the grounds, including the campground or the museum. Flight Line Radios can also be used at other air shows and future AirVenture events. Quantities are limited, so be sure to pick yours up today. To order yours today, call 800-564-6322. Cost is $15. Offer valid until June 30, 2009 and is not available for online orders. EAA Young Eagles
Young Eagle News

There are several events scheduled during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 that will be of interest to Chapter Coordinators and Young Eagle volunteers.

Young Eagles Forum, hosted by North Carolina Field Representatives Jim and Sandy Dukeman - Monday, July 27 from 8:30-9:45 a.m. in the 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 Workshop, Wednesday, July 29, 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

EAA Young Eagles Awards Dinner, Wednesday, July 29, at EAA AirVenture Museum’s Eagle Hangar. Young Eagles Chairman Harrison Ford will present the annual Young Eagle awards. Joining us will be our featured guest speaker US Airways First Officer Jeff Skiles, from Flight 1549. Admission is free, but tickets are required. To get yours, click here.

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 mkunes@eaa.org.


It has been just over a month since the announcement of the new offer from Sporty’s in conjunction with the Young Eagles program. Following their flight, Young Eagles now have access to Sporty’s online Complete Pilot Training course - free of charge! Since that announcement, more than 100 Young Eagles have already signed up for the course and that number grows each day as more chapters order the logbooks and access codes.

This is a complete course, which will prepare students to pass the tests required for a pilot certificate - written, oral, and checkride. The course utilizes streaming video to explain what a pilot does and why, in real world conditions. Using interactive demonstrations and 3-D animation, flight maneuvers are shown in a way that is easy to visualize and understand. There are no additional books or software needed to buy.


So how will Young Eagles take advantage of this offer? Following a Young Eagles flight, you will provide them with a logbook (also courtesy of Sporty’s) and a unique access code. The Young Eagle simply enters the code on the Young Eagles website (www.youngeagles.org/sportys) and registration is complete. So how do you get the logbooks and access codes? Just like other Young Eagle supplies, you can order on line or by phone. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the frequently asked question sheet about this new program so you can better answer questions from your volunteers, Young Eagles and their parents.

Don’t forget International Young Eagles Day is June 13! - Send us your event reports to sbuss@eaa.org.

Other News

Young women in grades 9-12 can enroll in EAA’s Women Soar You Soar 2009. This unique program, now in its fifth year, introduces more than 100 young women to more than 20 outstanding women - from engineers to fighter pilots - working in a variety of aviation and aerospace fields. The three-day event, July 26-28, 2009, includes activities such as flight simulation, workshops, career exploration, and mentor sessions - with an overall mission to engage, inspire, and educate young women to pursue their aviation dreams. Enrollment deadline is July 10, 2009, or until all spaces are filled. Find out more about Women Soar You Soar 2009 at www.airventure.org/womensoar or call 800-236-1025.

Women Soar

There are only a few spots left for the EAA Air Academy Basic Camp. The Basic Camp offers students ages 14-15 intermediate aviation experiences through small group activities and close counselor relationships. Aviation material is presented with a unique combination of fun and discovery in a science camp format. For more information, visit www.airacademy.org.

EAA AirAcademy


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