Work Continues on Adult Young Eagles-Style Program
As we have been mentioning for the past several months, EAA will be introducing a Young Eagles-style program for adults shortly after the start of the new year. The emphasis will be on one-to-one flight experiences that can help adults discover and follow a pathway to certification with the assistance of our great local EAA chapters and members. There are many EAA departments that are involved in the preparations for this new program, which is based on the longtime success of the Young Eagles program for youth. We will keep you updated on further developments.
Exploring Youth Aviation
Last Friday, I was in Dallas with Sporty's Pilot Shop founder Hal Shevers to visit the Boy Scouts of America headquarters and discuss youth aviation activities and programs. Hal, of course, has long been a supporter of youth aviation activities, including Aviation Explorers and EAA Young Eagles, while thousands of Boy Scouts have earned aviation merit badges through participation in EAA activities throughout the country.
Rep. Petri's Staff Visits EAA
Last Thursday, we welcomed U.S. Rep. Tom Petri's Washington, D.C., staff to the Aviation Center. Rep. Petri is a regular museum visitor, as he represents Oshkosh and this region in Congress. As chairman of the House Aviation Subcommittee, Rep. Petri is also a staunch general aviation supporter and advocate on Capitol Hill.
Battle Against Mud and Dust on AirVenture Site
There is a substantial plan to further reduce the mud and dust in Camp Scholler and parking areas in time for AirVenture 2012. We will be focusing on the main east/west roads in Camp Scholler as well as select north/south roads. We are working with county officials and engineers on a system that will firm the roadways but still allow water to flow through, eliminating the need for major stormwater movement additions.
Big Boost in Student Memberships
Last week saw a significant spike in EAA student memberships, with more than 600 registrations following an e-mail reminder that was delivered. EAA Youth Programs Manager Brian O’Lena reports that reminder went to all recent Young Eagles who had not yet signed up for the free student membership, which helps them discover more about aviation following their initial Young Eagles flight. The student membership is a major component of EAA's efforts to move young people from a Young Eagles flight to a pathway that would lead to eventual pilot certification and creating the next generation of aviators.