Open Letter From Our Founder: Food for Thought
September 20, 2011 – Having just passed my 90th birthday, I know firsthand time really flies. I want to say thanks to all the chapter folks who sent cards and well-wishes; it’s sincerely appreciated.
When I look back at the many years of my involvement with EAA, its members, chapters, and divisions, working with the Department of Commerce, CAA and the FAA, and other government agencies, it’s been quite a learning lesson. I know organizations would like to build the pilot population, support the airports, innovations that EAA has accomplished in developing the homebuilt and light plane field – recognizing the need for reliable, cheaper powerplants to propel us along the way. From the early days of homebuilding when there were so many surplus military engines, Continental engines could be bought for some $25-$50, but not so today. When one considers the kits of today for some $100,000, that amount could buy four automobiles at $25,000 each with a brand new reliable engine.
Looking back at an editorial featured in Sport Aviation magazine (September 1965) written by R.G. Huggins of EAA Chapter 10 (Tulsa, Oklahoma), one could also ask, where are our chapters headed? I think that each chapter should review its future, stability, purpose, and goals. From time to time, we lose a chapter for various reasons (sometimes due to a lack of leadership), but I’ve often said that should EAA fail, our chapters would continue to exist in the aviation community. People sharing a common interest and passion in aviation, maintaining its high standards, enjoying each other’s company and fellowship. I, too, would be interested in receiving any comments relative to what you think of your organization, i.e., where EAA is headed now and into the future. It’s good to review our past, present, and future for the overall good of the aviation community. Let me hear your thoughts. Email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Thoughts for Paul” as the subject line.
Paul H. Poberezny