EAA Member Village Has Successful Sun 'n Fun
EAA volunteer Jerrie Norris and staff member Katie Mundt help an EAA member at EAA Member Village.
April 13 2008 — It's Sunday, the final day of the Sun 'n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, and it's not quite as lively on the grounds thanks in part to the weather. But the preceding five warm, sunny days have been good ones for the exhibitors, including EAA and its one-stop shop at show center, Member Village.
Barry Elk, EAA's director of membership marketing, said EAA staff and volunteers talked to hundreds of members who renewed their memberships, along with a number of people who became members at Lakeland. Elk said EAA's new student membership also generated considerable interest, and new youth members.
"It's been a successful fly-in for EAA," Elk said, "We answered a lot of questions about the 51 percent rule, and we've had tremendous response to our new Calendar of Events." Elk added that this was the first year EAA offered advance ticket sales for AirVenture, which "excited a lot of people." Many free copies of the Oshkosh: Spirit of Aviation DVD were distributed to advance purchasers.
There was also a tremendous response to the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan's newly announced exclusive coverage for powered parachutes and weight-shift trike light-sport aircraft. And numerous Sun 'n Fun visitors entered the EAA Aircraft Sweepstakes, hoping to be the big winners at AirVenture this year of the grand prize drawing for a Cirrus SR20 or second grand prize RotorWay International A600 Talon.
For Elk, who joined the EAA staff this year, his first visit to the Lakeland event was an enjoyable experience. "I had a great time meeting the members," he said. "And our volunteers ... I can't say enough about their dedication and efforts. This simply would not be possible to do without them."
"I'm looking forward to coming back to Sun 'n Fun next year."