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Companies to Provide Wings for Give Flight Project

  • One Week Wonder’s right wing
    Volunteers including EAA Chairman Jack J. Pelton prepare to attach the One Week Wonder’s right wing at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.

June 18, 2015 - Three top kit companies have been chosen to partner with EAA for the Give Flight project during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. Attendees and volunteers will build sets of wings from Sonex, Zenith, and Van’s Aircraft, with the completed wings being given to EAA chapters to complete the remainder of the airplane.

The volunteer-based project will occur at the main crossroads of the EAA AirVenture grounds on Celebration Way. Volunteers will construct the wings on each of the seven days of the convention, and 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. Then, if a group of EAA members wants to form an independent flying club, they have an aircraft as a club focus.

“By kicking this off at Oshkosh we will get to highlight two of EAA’s core activities—homebuilding and chapters—to tens of thousands of people,” said Charlie Becker, EAA homebuilt community manager. “Plus, we will get to promote the concept that flying clubs are a way to reduce the cost of learning to fly as well as the barriers to participation in aviation.

"I’m proud that Sonex, Van’s, and Zenith recognize how meaningful this project is and that they stepped up to support it not only by donating the wings but by committing some of their staff to make sure everything is completed on time."

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