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Couple Returns to EAA AirVenture from England

By Nicole Kiefert and Megan Esau

July 22, 2015 - In Vintage aircraft camping the Union Jack flag hangs proudly from the front of Karl and Gillian Booker’s single-engine Piper Tri-Pacer, N3700A.

The couple hails from Kingston, England, but they flew in from Clarinda, Iowa, where they belong to EAA Chapter 1533. They came with six other fellow chapter members.

Karl said this is his first year volunteering to be a tram driver, and while he hopes he could come every year, this is only their third year coming to Oshkosh.

This year Karl also got involved in giving flights to young aviation enthusiasts through EAA’s Young Eagles program.

“I think it’s very interesting,” Karl said. “You try to teach some people about aircraft and how things work and hope that you’ll inspire them to take an interest in aviation.”

Karl said he has had an interest in aviation since he was a young boy.

“I’ve always been interested in aircraft, and I ran my own business for a few years, and then I had the time to learn to fly,” he said. “That was back in 1999, and I’ve been flying ever since.”

They keep their plane in Clarinda during the year. Karl said when he is in England he either rents a plane or hires someone to fly for him.

This year he is excited to see many of the forums and all the different planes around the grounds.

“The forums are very good,” Karl said. “I would like to see the new aircraft this year. I’m interested in vintage aircraft as well. I like to see the way people have restored those—lots of hours and effort and time.”


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