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‘Give Flight’ at AirVenture This Summer
March 18, 2015 - Is your EAA chapter looking for an aircraft building project? If so, we have an opportunity for you! Just as a group of volunteers helped build the One Week Wonder Zenith CH 750 Cruzer airplane during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, EAA is embarking on another project at Oshkosh this year to highlight aircraft homebuilding and raise awareness of our worldwide chapter network.
Project “Give Flight” will focus on constructing five sets of wings for various types of kit-built aircraft. The goal is to give those completed wing sets to five different EAA chapters to jumpstart five different building projects that we hope will lead to the formation of five different flying clubs.
The volunteer-based project will occur at the main crossroads of the EAA AirVenture grounds on Celebration Way - the same location where we put the One Week Wonder together. Volunteers will construct the wings on each of the seven days of the convention, and like last year, anyone who walks by can participate by pulling a rivet.
The chapters that receive the completed wings for free will then be responsible for raising the funds necessary to complete the aircraft. Although EAA chapters are not allowed to operate an aircraft, they are allowed to build and restore them. So if a group of EAA members wants to get together and form a flying club, that’s not a problem. It just can’t be done under the banner of an EAA chapter.
If your chapter is interested in taking on a “Give Flight” building project, send an e-mail to Charlie Becker, EAA homebuilt community manager.