August 14, 2014 - EAA’s government host team had another successful year answering member questions about EAA’s government advocacy efforts in the EAA Welcome Center and escorting government officials from local, state, and federal agencies on the grounds at AirVenture 2014.
The team, made up of volunteers with extensive government relations and EAA experience, is a key part of EAA’s ability to host dozens of government representatives every year.
“Having government officials visit Oshkosh and see for themselves what our aviation community is all about is a crucial part of our advocacy effort,” said Sean Elliott, EAA vice president of advocacy and safety. “We rely on our government hosts to take our guests on tours of the grounds, escort them to meetings, and answer questions they have on advocacy issues or aviation in general.
“They are charged with putting recreational aviation’s best foot forward for our visitors, and they do an excellent job,” Elliott continued. “Our host team is a critical, if often unheralded, piece in our efforts to lower barriers to access for recreational aviation.”
In addition to escorting government officials, the host team staffs the Welcome Center every day to inform EAA members about current topics in advocacy and answer advocacy-related questions. The host team will return to the Welcome Center for AirVenture 2015.