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EAA ChapterGram
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Vol. 13, No. 6
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Rod Hightower From the President
EAA President Rod Hightower with the latest news and happenings in EAA and the aviation world that are important to you

EAA Aviation Experience Debuts in California
Last weekend, EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast made its way to Van Nuys, California, just outside Los Angeles for an appearance at one of the world's busiest GA airports. That tour stop debuted a new EAA activity titled the "EAA Aviation Experience." It featured not only B-17 flights, but a large number of GA aircraft on display, Young Eagles flights, and a Grassroots Pilot Tour presentation. This was an opportunity to present some of the best and most exciting elements of personal flight to aviators and public visitors alike. It was great reaching more people with the aviation message through this event, and we have several more scheduled throughout the country this year in conjunction with the B-17 tour: Leesburg, Virginia, on August 19-21; Albuquerque, New Mexico, on October 6-8; and Dallas, Texas, on November 4-6. More information can be found on the EAA Aviation Experience website.

'Hints for Homebuilders' Now Past 2 Million Plays!
A little more than three years ago, EAA began its "Hints for Homebuilders" online video series, offering practical tips for building and restoring airplanes. Since then, more than 200 segments have been produced covering all aspects of aircraft construction skills, featuring the leading homebuilding experts of our time, well-known aircraft designers, and knowledgeable EAA staff members. EAA Director of Member Programs Charlie Becker reports that these video segments have now surpassed 2 million views! This is a testament to EAA's ability to reach our members and others with timely and useful information in a way people can readily access it. Thanks to everyone who has viewed and utilized these video segments for your projects!

New Video Interview Posted Online
Last week, I recorded a 10-minute video regarding several subjects of interest to EAA members, from lessons learned from this year's Sun 'n Fun Fly-In to EAA chapter involvement and activities coming soon. Other videos posted last week include a Timeless Voices segment with World War II B-17 crew chief Don Nafus, a Hints for Homebuilders episode on N numbers, a Product Showcase with Sonex Aircraft engines, and webinars on AirVenture 2011 attractions and planning a Young Eagles event.

First Batch of Grassroots Pilot Tours Wrap Up
In addition to EAA Aviation Experience in Van Nuys, I also had the privilege to visit with Chapter 33 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last Friday for its 50th anniversary celebration and Chapter 766 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, last night as part of the Grassroots Pilot Tour. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to meet so many of you at these first batch of stops, listening to your thoughts and addressing your questions about aviation today, as well as giving you a glimpse as to where we're headed in the future. The tour will be back on the road again on Saturday, May 21, when I visit Chapter 1189 in Starkville, Mississippi. For a complete schedule and to RSVP for a stop near you, visit the Grassroots Tour Stop website.

In the media Featured newsletters

EAA Chapter 1246
McKinney, Texas

This April 2011 newsletter is a great example of how you can integrate your online newsletter with your website through a variety of links, providing a lot of information (as well as some great photos).

Thanks to Chapter 1246 for sharing its newsletter.


Chapter briefing

Hailstones, Hitches, and Hauling Wind
The season's rising temperatures is welcoming those pilots under winter hibernation back to the skies. Unfortunately, along with the warmth come turbulent storms in many parts of the country. Read some great tips from FAA Safety Briefing on how to keep your aircraft tied down and right-side up during a strong storm. Feel free to share this article in your chapter's upcoming newsletter, giving credit to FAA Safety Briefing.


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Did you know?

EAA hosted several free webinars recently that benefit chapters or may be of interest to you. If you missed these webinars, no need to fret: All EAA webinars are archived for later viewing.

> EAA's Michelle Kunes gives you strategies to make your next Young Eagles event memorable, fun, and stress-free, resulting in a rewarding experience for all.

> International Learn to Fly Day is coming up on Saturday, May 21. Get more insight on this aviation community initiative and how you can share the spirit of flying with a friend.

> And if you are planning on attending AirVenture 2011, get some insight on features and attractions you can expect to see this July courtesy of this webinar hosted by EAA's Adam Smith.

Check the EAA webinars website for an upcoming schedule and to register for future presentations.

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