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ChapterGram: February 2013

Grassroots Pilot Tour Continues in 2013


Grassroots Pilot Tour

Grassroots Pilot Tour
(Left to right) Trevor Janz, Jeff Skiles, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, and Brian O’Lena stand next to the airframe of US Airways Flight 1549 at the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, NC.

Trevor JanzBy Trevor Janz, EAA 656941
EAA Manager of Chapters and Eagle Flights



Just recently, Jeff Skiles (vice president of Chapters), Brian O'Lena (manager of Young Eagles), and I flew down to Charlotte, North Carolina, for a Grassroots Pilot Tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 309. We arranged space at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, which houses the US Airways Flight 1549 "Miracle on the Hudson" aircraft. It was a fitting venue for First Officer Jeff Skiles to address the more than 210 people in attendance.

Prior to the event, chapter president Alex Becker and his members were able to secure a sponsorship from a local aviation law firm, which helped offset the chapter's food and beverage costs. In return, the law firm was able to give a 15-minute presentation on what the company does, as well as place signs throughout the venue stating it was the sponsor. Attendance at the event was excellent and most likely the result of the postcards we mail to EAA members and certificated pilots within a certain radius of the venue. This is a great opportunity for nonmembers to meet their local chapter, and it usually results in several new members for the chapter.

The next day we were off to Raleigh (Apex), North Carolina, for a tour stop hosted by EAA Chapter 1114. I want to thank the outgoing president, Kent Misegades, and the new president, Sledd Thomas, and their members for making this an excellent event. With over 150 RSVPs, the chapter wasn't able to hold the event at its hangar, so it found a nice facility just a few miles away from the airport. Upon arriving, we were greeted by chapter member Sandy Dukeman, who showed us to a table where several aviation publications were laid out. Being homebuilding focused, members also displayed drawings of aircraft build projects along with actual aircraft components. What a great way to introduce new people to the world of homebuilding!

Later this month we'll be off to Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, for two more stops. To learn more about the Grassroots Pilot Tour and to RSVP for upcoming stops, visit the Grassroots Pilot Tour website.

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