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Come Down and Pitch in on Give Flight Wing Project
July 18, 2015 - Last year in Oshkosh, more than 2,500 volunteers helped build the One Week Wonder Zenith CH 750 Cruzer airplane in just seven days, shining a bright spotlight squarely on homebuilding at show center.
This week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 we’re embarking on another project that further highlights aircraft homebuilding while also raising awareness of our worldwide EAA chapter network. Project Give Flight will focus on constructing five sets of wings for various types of kit-built aircraft. Those completed wing sets will then be provided to five EAA chapters to jump-start five different building projects.Sonex Aircraft LLC and Van’s Aircraft will each donate a set of wings for the project, while Zenith Aircraft is giving the project three sets. Aircraft Spruce & Specialty will also support the Give Flight project by donating many of the tools needed.
The chapters receiving the wings include:
- 461 - Bolingbrook, Illinois - Zenith CH 750 Cruzer
- 245 - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada - Zenith CH 750 Cruzer
- 84 - Snohomish, Washington - Zenith CH 650
- 27 - Meriden, Connecticut - RV-12
- 555 - Las Cruces, New Mexico - Sonex Waiex
The volunteer-based project will occur at the same location—on EAA Square on Celebration Way and Knapp Street Road.Like last year, volunteers lead the way, and anyone who walks by can participate by pulling a rivet.The chapters will receive the completed wings for free, but they will then be responsible for raising the funds necessary to complete the aircraft, said Charlie Becker, EAA homebuilt community manager.
EAA Founder Paul Poberezny tirelessly promoted affordable access to the “vast ocean of air” above us as one of EAA’s goals. 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, Becker said. “It just can’t be done under the banner of an EAA chapter.”
Becker envisions seeing all five completed aircraft displayed by the Brown Arch in Oshkosh someday, inspiring countless other chapters to take on a homebuilt project.