EAA ChapterGram
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Vol. 13, No. 3
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Young Eagles Data Shows Big Impact for Program
In the just-mailed March issue of Sport Aviation, EAA chairman Tom Poberezny highlights some of the data that shows how significant the Young Eagles program has been since Tom and inaugural Chairman Cliff Robertson flew the first Young Eagles at the EAA fly-in at Oshkosh in 1992. Of the more than 1.6 million Young Eagles flown since those first flights, some 1.1 million of them in the U.S. are now between the ages of 15 and 34. Within that age group, some of the findings are enlightening and a cause for optimism. For instance, a Young Eagle is 5.4 times more likely to earn a pilot certificate than an American age 15 to 34 who has not taken a Young Eagles flight. In addition, 7.3 percent of all active pilots in the U.S. ages 15-34 were previously Young Eagles. This percentage will only grow as more of these Young Eagles reach the typical age range (late 30s to early 50s) where participation in aviation accelerates.

Extending the Young Eagles Message
As part of the continuing visibility of the exciting data emerging from the Young Eagles program, EAA Chairman Tom Poberezny recorded a video interview available on the EAA Video website that talks about the history and the impact that the program has had on the pilot population and other areas of the aviation community.

Working With AOPA to Protect, Promote GA
Last week, members of EAA's leadership team and I met with Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) President and CEO Craig L. Fuller and his leadership team last week at AOPA headquarters in Frederick, Maryland, where we discussed ways we can work together to promote GA and protect the freedom to fly. We shared broad overviews of what each association and their members are doing to support GA, and talked about how the two groups might collaborate in those efforts and future activities.

More Video Updates for Members
In a recent video interview available on the EAA Video website, I highlighted some of the recent activities for EAA, including the Winter Summit with FAA, the National Warbird Operators Conference, the Grassroots Pilot Tour, and changes in our membership services efforts. Other videos recently posted on EAA's website include a Timeless Voices segment with World War II combat veteran and Eastern Airlines pilot Fen Lind, Timm Bogenhagen in a "Hints For Homebuilders" video on cutting aircraft plywood, an archived webinar on recordkeeping for EAA chapters, and two Product Showcase segments.

In the media Featured newsletters

EAA Chapter 78
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The February newsletter from the Delaware Valley chapter chronicles a member's Barracuda building project, complete with photos, and provides an update on an approved expansion to Philadelphia International Airport.

Thanks to Chapter 78 for sharing its newsletter.


Chapter briefing

Honor Legacies With Place on EAA Memorial Wall
Through the years, many chapters have honored special members who have "gone west" on the EAA Memorial Wall. The closing date for names to be included in this year's ceremony at AirVenture 2011 is Friday, April 9. For more information on the Memorial Wall, click here.


Next issue of ChapterGram will be delivered on Tuesday, March 22.

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Did you know?

EAA AirVenture 2011, which will be held July 25-31 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is once again shaping up to be the aviation spectacular you won't want to miss! Some of the features and attractions already lined up for this year's "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" include:

> Centennial of Naval Aviation, including heritage aircraft
> Tribute to Burt Rutan
> Tribute to Bob Hoover
> Night Air Show & Socata Fireworks
> Opening Day Concert featuring REO Speedwagon, presented by Ford Motor Company
> Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band in concert, presented by EAA Warbirds of America and Disabled American Veterans
> eVenture: The Future of Electric Flight
> Featured aircraft attractions
> Air shows every afternoon featuring world renowned aerobatic performers
> Plus plenty more to come!

Advance purchase tickets and camping are now available at a discount rate. Get yours today!

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