Grassroots Pilot Tour Stops at Columbus EAA Chapter 9
August 18, 2011 – The first of two back-to-back Grassroots Pilot Tour stops by EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower took place on Wednesday evening, August 17, hosted by EAA Chapter 9 in Columbus, Ohio. At this initial post-AirVenture 2011 GPT stop, 108 EAAers attended to hear Hightower talk about the successful 2011 convention, plus future plans for EAA including the expansion of the Young Eagles program to provide flights to adults, establishing flying clubs nationwide, and key issues facing aviation today. Hightower’s presentation was followed by a Q&A session, plus he was presented with an official Chapter 9 shirt.
“It was a great evening with Chapter 9 members and other aviators who joined us for the event,” Hightower said. “The Grassroots Tour gives us the opportunity not only to talk with EAA members about what’s going on within their organization and GA, but also hear their feedback and ideas about flying in their communities and how to create the next generation of aviators.”
On Thursday evening, Hightower was scheduled to make a second Ohio appearance, this one hosted by EAA Chapter 846 in Medina, Ohio.
EAA’s President/CEO will also be very active in September, including visits to the National Stearman Fly-In at Galesburg, Illinois, the National Championship Air Races in Reno, Nevada, and AOPA Summit in Hartford, Connecticut. EAA members are invited to say hello to Hightower at any of these upcoming events.