New EAA Warbirds of America QR Code Program
By Rick Seigfried, President, EAA/Warbirds of America
We have a new member benefit at Warbirds. We’ve developed a web-based way to share your Warbird with the general public. Using a QR (Quick Response) code reader on a smartphone, we will direct air show attendees to a website featuring your Warbird. This website will tell the story of your aircraft history, restoration, performance data, etc. We hope to have this program “up and running” for AirVenture. Visit our new website, www.warbirds-eaa.net for sample entries, to find details on how to have your “prop card” direct attendees to info on your aircraft, or to find out how your smartphone can tell you all about the historic aircraft on the flightline.
Navigate the site using the menu across the top of the website, where you’ll see entries such as Mission Profile, Warbird List, etc. We suggest you take a look at other entries as examples to ready yourself to enter your Warbirds information, then go to the Warbird Entry button to enter your information.
This is some of the suggested data you should have available to create your Warbirds QR code:
- A short narrative of the history of your Warbird, aircraft markings, its role in military application, and any other details. The limit of up to 3,000 characters, approximately 500 words. Approximately 300 words is recommended to be easily read on smart phones.
- You may have up to seven pictures to post on the site; one on the title page, three in History and three in the Restoration category. Enter a short narrative on the restoration or authenticity of aircraft. Also add any information regarding awards, depth of restoration, maintenance, etc. Once again the character limit applies.
- You may submit up to four URL links such as your website, a museum website, type club site, veterans organizations, local Warbird squadron, etc.
The above are merely suggestions. You may enter as much or as little information as you wish to create your Warbirds entry. Obviously the more information you enter will provide a more complete story on your Warbird.Arriving at AirVenture Oshkosh, you will receive a sheet of 15 weatherproof labels with your personal QR code. Post a QR code label on your propeller sleeve, signage, or any other appropriate location. Convention attendees touring the Warbird area of the AirVenture grounds, will be able to scan your QR code, go to the new website, and learn all about your Warbird. The QR Code site for your Warbird is available 24/7, 365 days a year at any event you take your Warbird to, not just at AirVenture Oshkosh.
This new service is being bought to you by EAA Warbirds of America and the support of the U.S. Specialty Insurance Company.