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January 2014

Trevor Janz Camaraderie, Growing Your Chapter, and Hops & Props
By Trevor Janz, EAA 594477

It has been a pleasure reading all the chapter newsletters that come in this time of year. The majority have photos of annual banquets and holiday parties, illustrating what EAA is all about. When we sent out a survey early last year, we asked you to provide one word that describes why you are an EAA chapter member. The number one answer was camaraderie. Community was number two. Read more >>
News from EAA Headquarters
AirVenture 2014 Purchase Your AirVenture 2014 Tickets Online
Advance purchase admission tickets and camping are now available for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, the 62nd annual convention and fly-in scheduled for July 28 to August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. EAA members and nonmembers can purchase daily and weekly admission tickets in advance, and purchases made before June 15, 2014, include a $2 discount on daily adult admissions and $5 on weekly adult admissions.

Chapter Video Magazine Update from Jack Pelton featured in January Chapter Video Magazine
In the January edition of EAA's Chapter Video Magazine, go flying with EAAer Frank Knapp, winner of the 2013 STOL competition at the annual Valdez May Day Fly-In and Air Show in Alaska. This month's video also includes an update from EAA Chairman of the Board Jack Pelton and a progress update on John Monnett's latest personal jet, the SubSonex JSX-2. A link to download this month's video was e-mailed to chapter officers on January 1. If you are a chapter officer and did not receive the e-mail, please contact us at

EAA Tour Programs Thanks to You, EAA Air Tours Program Enjoys Successful 2013!
Opportunities to host 2014 events still available
EAA thanks all of the chapters that made the B-17 and Ford Tri-Motor tours possible by hosting tour stops in 2013. EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast tour visited 40 cities, flew 2,910 passengers, and drew 25,000 ground tour participants. The Tri-Motors visited nearly 50 cities with 15,805 passengers taking flights, and the Tin Goose tour resumes this month in Florida. Read more >>

EAA Skiplane Fly-In EAA's Skiplane Fly-In Set for February 8
The annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In has been moved from its traditional January date to February 8 at EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh. This was done to increase the likelihood of sufficient snow to host flying activities. This special winter event, which has previously welcomed more than 30 skiplanes, celebrates the unique flight segment of skiplane flying as well as the anniversary of the first ever meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association on January 26, 1953. Read more >>

Thanks From the Young Eagles Program
By Brian O'Lena, EAA Lifetime 645286, Manager - Young Eagles and Youth Pathways

Before we get too far into the New Year, we would like to say thanks to all of the volunteers and supporters who make the Young Eagles program such a success. Without your time and resources, the program could not exist. For more than 21 years, your dedication has inspired the next generation to dream about the possibilities of flight. You are making a difference! Read more >>

Aviation Adventure Speaker Series - Lady Be Good
Hear the amazing story of an American B-24D Liberator that disappeared in action during World War II, becoming one of the most intriguing aeronautical mysteries of the 20th century, on February 20, 2014, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. This presentation is offered free of charge as part of EAA's Aviation Adventure Speaker Series. A "beyond the ropes" museum tour will immediately follow the presentation. For more information, please call 920-426-6823.

One Week, One Oshkosh. Buy Tickets Now & Save

EAA AirVenture Museum Changes Hours
The EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh greeted the New Year with new museum hours that standardized the regular museum hours for all seven days of the week. The museum is now open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Sunday. EAA office hours remain the same - 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. These new operating hours will not affect any school or business groups that want to use or rent the museum between 8:30 a.m. and 10 p.m., and the museum will continue to operate after hours in the evening for special events.

SportAir Workshop Open Spots Remain in SportAir Workshops
You've thought about it, dreamed about it - and now you can get the skills and experience you need to build your own aircraft with EAA SportAir Workshops. These extensive, hands-on workshops provide a comprehensive learning experience that prepares you to build or restore almost any type of aircraft. Find out today if we have workshops coming to your area.

Fairchild Win a Fairchild 24H in the 'Classic' Sweepstakes
Don't forget to enter the 2014 EAA "Classic" Sweepstakes for a chance to win the Fairchild 24H, previously featured in November's Chapter Video Magazine! When you enter the sweepstakes and make a donation - even if it's as little as $10 - you're supporting aviation's future by helping EAA support programs that assist in creating the next generation of aviators. Learn more about the Grand Prize Fairchild 24H at the 2014 EAA "Classic" Sweepstakes page.

Air Academy Camps EAA Air Academy Camps Openings Still Available
The EAA Air Academy Camps for 2014 are still taking reservations. Chapter reservations are still being accepted for any of the camp sessions. Please use the chapter reservation form to reserve your spot for your candidate. As of this writing, the Advanced Air Academy Camp - Session 1 has a couple of openings left while Session 2 has 15 openings left. The Basic Air Academy and Young Eagles Camp still have plenty of openings left. Thank you for your support of the EAA Air Academy Camp program. If you have any questions about the camp, please feel free to contact Bob Campbell via e-mail or at 920-426-4815.

Sheet Metal DVD Build a Sheet Metal Kit Aircraft with EAA's New DVD
EAA SportAir Workshops instructor Mark Forss has taught hundreds of EAA members how to successfully build with sheet metal, and now he can teach you, too. This new instructional video, Sheet Metal for Kit Aircraft, will provide you the basics of sheet metal application needed to build any metal kit aircraft. Mark will walk you through the terminology, tools, and techniques required to build the aircraft of your dreams.

Learn aluminum and fastener basics, and skills like drilling, dimpling, countersinking, and deburring, as well as solid riveting, pull riveting, and back riveting skills. Order your copy online for the members' price of $29.95 (nonmembers' price: $36.95).

Beringer Beringer Announces Special Offer for EAA Chapter Members Building Van's RVs
Beringer Wheels & Brakes has a fantastic offer for EAA chapter members who are building Van's RV airplanes. The first RV builder in each chapter to order a complete basic kit will receive 30 percent off the catalog price. Basic kits include two sets of master cylinders, brake fluid reservoirs, stainless-steel lines and fittings, Beringer's red anodized main wheels, finned-caliper high-energy brakes, mounted and leak-tested tubeless tires, bolt-on axles, and the patented hydraulic ALIR anti-skid system. Contact Beringer at Beringer Aero USA via e-mail or call 708-667-7891.

Editor's Note: Please let us know if you find this discount of value. In addition, we would like a testimonial on your experience with Beringer Aero and also a review of the products offered.
In the Media
EAA Chapter 1218 Promotes Wright Brothers Day Event
EAA Chapter 1220 Announces Young Eagles Rally
Chapter Hopes to Reach 5,000-Flight Milestone
Letter to Editor From EAA Chapter 492 Vice President
EAA Chapter 1240 Works With Students on Aeronca Project
Open Mic
Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?
By Jim Heffelfinger, EAA Chapter 52, EAA 805940

All volunteer organizations are like living organisms. They have life cycles - some rapid and some more subtle. There is little doubt that there is a national trend in all clubs becoming older and less involved as national demographics change. Generations X and Y do things differently than the baby boomers. They don't do clubs - they have other forms of social connections - so far.

With that said, I want to address our individual responsibilities (contributions) to any organization. Are we part of the solution or part of the problem? Read more >>
Chapter Toolbox
Facebook and Your Chapter
Here are some suggestions regarding Facebook, which is being used increasingly by EAA chapters. Facebook gives chapters an excellent way to reach new members and also keep in touch with current members through photos of your events, projects, announcements of upcoming events, and more. The best part - it's free!

We highly recommend that you place your city and state right at the top of the page in the header. Also, if you meet at an airport, have that location on top of your header. Many pages indicate the chapter number but not the geographic location.

Include a road map and directions to your meetings on Facebook, along with all pertinent contact information.

Keep your Facebook page up to date and alive. Many have not posted a photo or update for weeks.

By using Facebook, you can keep your current and future chapter members in the loop, which can only be helpful as part of your strategies for growing your chapter.
Upcoming Programs
EAA AirVenture Museum Events
Skiplane Fly-In Skiplane Fly-In
Saturday, February 8
Join us for one of the area's most colorful events, the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In. Most skiplanes arrive (weather and runway conditions permitting) mid-morning and stay until mid-afternoon. Several other activities include complimentary chili and cake. More information >>

Family Flight FestFamily Flight Fest
March 1 - 2: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Kick off springtime by discovering the exciting world of aviation with an interactive, educational family experience. Museum visitors can enjoy a variety of fun, hands-on activities for kids of all ages.
More information >>

EAA Ford Tri-Motor Tour Ford Tri-Motor Tour: Fly the first passenger airliner January 23 - 26 : Jacksonville, FL
January 27 - 29: Merritt Island, FL
January 30 - February 2: Sarasota, FL
February 6 - 9: Fort Myers, FL

View tour details and book flight, or call 877-952-5395.

2013 SportAir Workshops - Two-day aircraft building programs
Courses include: Sheet Metal Basics, Composite Construction, Fabric Covering, Electrical Systems & Avionics, TIG Welding, RV Assembly, and What's Involved In Kit Building
Upcoming Homebuilding Workshops:
January 25 - 26: Oshkosh, WI
February 8 -9: Chesapeake, VA
February 22 - 23: Lakeland, FL (Gas Welding Only)
March 22 - 23: Watsonville, CA
March 29 - 30: Griffin, GA (TIG Welding Only)
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
January 22: Buying and Selling Amateur-Built Aircraft and Projects - Presenter: Tim Hoversten
January 29: Avoiding Loss of Control - Inflight during Takeoff - Presenter: Gordon Penner
February 5: How To Flunk an Annual Inspection - Presenter: Mike Busch
February 12: LSA Documentation - What's In Your Logbooks? - Presenter: Prof. H. Paul Shuch
View all Webinars.
Pre-registration required.
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