June 24, 2015 - Five EAA chapters have been selected to receive sets of project Give Flight wings built by volunteers and attendees at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. The wing sets will serve as the start of chapter building projects resulting in completed airplanes.
Here are the chapters:
461-Bolingbrook, Illinois Zenith CH750 Cruzer
245-Ottawa, Ontario, Canada Zenith CH750 Cruzer
84-Snohomish, Washington Zenith CH650
27-Meriden, Connecticut RV-12
555-Las Cruces, New Mexico Sonex Waiex
The Give Flight project challenges convention attendees to build to completion five sets of wings in one week, a follow up to last year’s successful One Week Wonder project where attendees built an entire airplane during the seven-day event. The project is made possible by the generous donation of wing kits from three leading kit manufacturers, Sonex Aircraft LLC, Van’s Aircraft, and Zenith Aircraft Company. Aircraft Spruce and Specialty will also support the Give Flight project by donating many of the tools needed.
Wings will be built at the project site located on EAA Square, at the intersection of Celebration Way and Knapp Street Road on convention grounds in the heart of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Anyone is welcome to participate in the project by pulling a rivet.
“The Give Flight project provides a platform to talk up two of EAA’s core offerings: homebuilding and chapters,” said Charlie Becker, EAA director of chapters, communities, and homebuilt community manager. “By encouraging attendees to come by and pull a rivet on a wing that will eventually be a completed aircraft, we are hoping to open some eyes to the idea of building an aircraft. Since the wings are being given to five chapters it will also be a great opportunity to talk about joining your local chapter.”
Once the wings are completed, each chapter receiving them will be responsible for raising the funds necessary to complete the aircraft.
“As for the chapters themselves, this is going to launch them on a two year journey to see if they can get the aircraft finished so it can be flown to AirVenture Oshkosh 2017!” Becker said.
While EAA chapters are not allowed to operate aircraft, members are welcome to form independent flying clubs where they can let their new wings take flight. To find out more information about forming a flying club, download Establishing a Nonprofit Flying Club: EAA’s Flying Club Manual.