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March 12, 2013  : :  Vol. 15, No. 3

Trevor Janz Welcome to the March edition of ChapterGram!
By Trevor Janz, EAA 656941

It's an exciting time of year here at the chapter office, with many new chapter leaders contacting us for the first time, asking for tips and ideas on how to successfully grow their chapters. We've also been busy over the past several months processing chapter renewals and embarking on a few new projects that will support and engage our chapter network. Read more >>
Chapters in Action
Chapter 976 Chapter 976 Offers Builder Workshops
By Barry Davis, Treasurer of EAA Chapter 976, EAA 389226

Right in the middle of January, the cold weather let up and gave EAA Chapter 976 a 70°F weekend - just in time for our January meeting. By 9 a.m., the EAA Learning Center was living up to its name, with more than 30 members in attendance ready to participate in the day's activities. Read more >>

Hanger Painting Project Hangar Painting Project
By Henry Hartman, President of EAA Chapter 1041

As most all chapters do, EAA Chapter 1041 (aka The Gettysburg Barnstormers) takes great pride in its home airport. It's where we hold our popular pancake breakfast fly-ins, monthly meetings, and other gatherings. So when a few of our members noticed identifying markings on some hangars and buildings at other airports, it got us thinking: Pennsylvania's Gettysburg Regional Airport was missing something! Read more >>
News from EAA Headquarters
New Chapters/Young Eagles Pavilion at AirVenture 2013
Previously located in two buildings along Knapp Street Road, the area for chapters and Young Eagles at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will now be just west of the Welcome Center in the building that was occupied by EAA Sweepstakes. The new location is designed to provide chapter members and Young Eagles volunteers a place to cool off, relax, and share ideas with one another and will serve as a way for EAA staff to thank its members for all they do throughout the year. Read about other changes coming to AirVenture 2013 >>

AirVenture Museum Lecture Series AirVenture Museum Lecture Series:
Flying the North Atlantic

EAA's AirVenture Museum Lecture Series continues on Thursday, April 18, with a special presentation by Jeff Skiles, EAA vice president of chapters and youth education. Follow the trail of early aviators traversing the far North Atlantic air route as Skiles recounts his journey from Toronto to Switzerland in a rare Junkers Ju 52 tri-motor. The lecture will be held in the museum's SkyScape Theater starting at 7 p.m. and is free of charge to EAA members. Immediately following the presentation, guests can enjoy a "beyond-the-ropes" museum tour. For more information call 920-426-6823 or visit

It's Tax Season for Chapters: Filing Time for 990-N e-Postcards
While personally many of us are finishing up the annual task of submitting our tax information to the IRS, tax filings are also needed for your chapter. The IRS has been simplifying the process of filing the 990-N e-Postcards over the last several years. Now once your chapter is in the IRS system, it only requires a few minutes to complete the form. Read more >>

Promoting Your Chapter Promoting Your Chapter at an Event
By Brenda Anderson, Chapter Administrator, EAA 650581

Your chapter worked hard to organize that fly-in, and the weather was bright and clear. Slowly, people began to arrive and check out the planes, eat a pancake or two, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere at the hangar. What a perfect day, you thought, but did you ever think about the opportunities you may have missed to promote your chapter? Read more >>

EAA Members Must Urge Caucus Membership
As the 113th Congress settles in on Capitol Hill, the House and Senate General Aviation caucuses need the support of existing and new members alike for what is going to be a crucial session of Congress for general aviation. EAA is asking our members to use Rally Congress to reach out to their congressmen and senators and urge their active support of the General Aviation Caucus. Read more >>
2013 Airventure Lecture Series Present at This Year's AirVenture Forums
Preparations have begun for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013! With your help we strive to offer attendees world-class forums and presentations that provide technical, educational, historical, and entertainment value. If you would like to be a forums speaker this year, you will need to complete the online application form by March 15, 2013. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Chapter Insurance Guide
With the fly-in season right around the corner, it's a good time to think about what activities your chapter will be doing this year. Please review EAA's Chapter Insurance Guide to see a list of approved activities.
Chapter Toolbox
Flight Advisors & Tech Counselors EAA Flight Advisors & Technical Counselors
By Chad Jensen, EAA Homebuilders Community Manager,
EAA 755575

As the spring season quickly approaches, it's a good time to evaluate or reevaluate your building or flying skills. EAA's Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor programs offer the counseling of experienced builders and pilots to help you make the safest choices possible. Read more >>

Quick Tip: EAA's Calendar of Events
Few things in life are free, but using EAA's Aviation Calendar of Events is! Yes, your chapter has access to this powerful tool to help increase awareness of your events right at your fingertips. While planning for the chapter's upcoming events, assign a member in the planning group to be responsible for submitting the event to the calendar. Read more >>
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Content you can republish in your chapter's newsletter or website.
Fly One Ad 'Fly One' Quarter-page Ad
Who introduced you to flying? On May 18 during International Learn to Fly Day, we are asking all chapters to pay it forward by introducing at least one adult to aviation with an EAA Eagle Flight. Think about it: If every chapter stepped up to the challenge, nearly 1,000 adults would be one step closer to joining our community of aviators. To help spread the message, EAA created this quarter-page ad to include in your chapter's newsletter or on your website. Get image >>

Open Mic
Getting Young People Involved
How can we get young people involved in our chapters? That question was originally posed by Chapter 878's president, Tom Rammel, in his chapter's newsletter, The Maple Lake Flyer, and one that we posed on the EAA Forums earlier last month. We received some great feedback, with readers addressing everything from advertising at your local chapter to reaching out to nearby universities. Has your chapter had success with recruiting younger members? Do you have a great idea you'd like to share? Join the conversation!
Upcoming Programs
2013 SportAir Workshops—Two-day aircraft building programs
Upcoming Homebuilding Workshops:
March 23-24: Watsonville, CA
April 20-21: Broomfield, CO
May 11-12: Waco, TX
June 1-2: Griffin, GA - TIG Welding Only
June 29-30: Plymouth, MA
View complete schedule and courses available by location >>

Register online or call 800-967-5746.
Pre-registration is required for all workshops.

Webinars: Free to all aviation enthusiasts
March 13: Ford Tri-Motor 101 - Presenter: Cody Welch
March 20: Rotax 912 Engine Maintenance and Inspection Tips - Presenter: Dean Vogel
March 27: Flying FIFI: The History and Operation of the Only Flying B-29 - Presenter: Brad Pilgrim,     Steve Buss
April 3: Leaning Basics (FAA AMT & Wings Credit) - Presenter: Mike Busch
View all Webinars.
Pre-registration required.
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