EAA ChapterGram
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Vol. 14, No. 4
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Jeff Skiles Hangar Flying
EAA Vice President of Chapters & Youth Education Jeff Skiles shares his thoughts and vision pertaining to EAA chapters

Brian O'Lena Steps Into Young Eagles Manager Role
At EAA AirVenture 2012, we will begin celebrating the 20th year of the Young Eagles program. We are developing many enhancements to the Young Eagles experience for 2012 and beyond that I am certain you will find as exciting as I do. Read more

Chapter News
Rod Hightower From the President
EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower with the latest news and happenings in EAA and the aviation world that are important to you

FAA Reauthorization Bill Signed By President ...
The lengthy effort toward a long-term FAA funding measure was finally completed this week when President Obama signed the FAA Reauthorization Bill. As mentioned in past weeks, there are a large number of victories for GA in the legislation, including new availability for "abandoned" vintage aircraft data that will help owners of those aircraft safely restore and maintain them. Other areas, such as possible cuts in airport improvement funding and FAA fee increases, will be watched closely by EAA's advocacy staff.

... But User Fees Part of White House Budget
In a more ominous note, the Fiscal Year 2013 federal budget proposal forwarded by the White House on Monday contained a provision for $100-per-flight user fees on certain GA flights within controlled airspace. EAA and other aviation organizations have long worked in a "stronger together" mode in opposition of this concept, which would add financial and bureaucratic burdens to private aviation. EAA Vice President of Government Relations Doug Macnair has already been in contact with the leadership of the House and Senate GA Caucuses on the matter.

DiMatteo Named EAA Vice President of AirVenture Features & Attractions
I am pleased to announce that Jim DiMatteo is joining the EAA staff as Vice President, AirVenture features and attractions. Jim will be responsible for developing and coordinating the programs for EAA AirVenture. His background, expertise, and leadership will enable us to make "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration" even better. Jim recently retired from the U.S. Navy as a captain following an impressive career, which included leading 2011's Centennial of Naval Aviation Foundation programs nationwide. In more than 20 years as a naval aviator, he flew more than 5,000 hours in five different fighter aircraft, including 72 combat missions in support of Operation Desert Storm. From 2006-2010, Jim served as international race director for the Red Bull Air Race, which captured public imagination and high visibility as a unique aerial competition featuring the world's top aerobatic pilots.

Air Academy Applications Rolling In
Approximately 250 applications have been received for this summer's Air Academy sessions, well ahead of the number for previous years. The Advanced Air Academy sessions for ages 16-18, which take place during AirVenture, are already filled with a waiting list established. For more than 25 years, the Air Academy sessions have been a successful way to inspire the next generation of aviators. If your chapter know of young people interested in taking this valuable step in aviation, direct them to the Air Academy website.

South Carolina Aviation Focus of Visits
Thank you to EAA Chapter 242 (Columbia, South Carolina) for hosting me and my Grassroots Pilot Tour presentation on February 9 at the South Carolina State Museum, where I highlighted EAA's mission, programs, and activities to aviators in that state. On Thursday I had two presentations in South Carolina. Earlier that day, I spoke at the South Carolina Aviation Association convention in Myrtle Beach.

In the media Featured newsletters

EAA Chapter 27
Meriden, Connecticut

This February 2012 edition features an interesting piece on hydroplaning, as well as a good synopsis of chapter happenings.

Thanks to Chapter 27 for sharing its newsletter.


Chapter Briefing

EAA, Hoosier Hospitality for Super Bowl
Super Bowl Sunday in Indianapolis on February 5 was, according to area FBO operators, "the biggest day in Indiana aviation history." And EAA Chapter 1354 played an important role in making sure everything went smoothly and safely at Greenwood Municipal Airport, located 10 miles south of Lucas Oil Stadium, and one of eight area airports that took parking reservations for a record 1,100 private aircraft. Chapter President Rich Quinnette, EAA 257995, said about a dozen chapter members joined airport staff, Civil Air Patrol members, and other local pilots to help out. Read more


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Schedule of upcoming EAA webinars (all webinars are free and archived for later viewing):

15 Habits for Good Radio Communication (Wings Credit)
Wednesday, Feb. 22
8 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. CST

Presented by Don Weaver

History and Restoration of the Original RV-1
Tuesday, Feb. 28
8 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. CST

Presented by Louise Hose, Ernie Butcher, Paul Dye, and Dick VanGrunsven

All About Batteries (AMT Credit)
Wednesday, March 7
9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CST

Presented by Mike Busch

12 Myths About Stalls & Spins (Wings Credit)
Wednesday, March 14
8 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. CDT

Presented by Rich Stowell

Using PC-Based Simulations to Complement Flight Training
Wednesday, March 21
8 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. CDT

Presented by Bruce Williams

All About Alternators (AMT Credit)
Wednesday, April 4
9 p.m. EDT / 8 p.m. CDT

Presented by Mike Busch

Visit the EAA webinars website to register.

EAA gratefully acknowledges Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for its generous sponsorship of our webinar programs.

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