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‘Give Flight’ Project Announced for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015
February 26, 2015 - At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014, 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 summer at EAA AirVenture 2015 we’ll embark 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. 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 and furthering EAA’s Learn.Build.Fly philosophy.
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 completed wings will then be shipped off to five different EAA chapters to help them jumpstart a chapter build project. The chapters will receive the completed wings for free, but they will then be responsible for raising the funds necessary to complete the aircraft. EAA is in the process of determining which kit manufacturers want to participate in the project, said Charlie Becker, EAA homebuilt community manager.
“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,” Becker said. “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.” 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.
“I’ll be putting together the program requirements in the upcoming months. In the meantime, talk it up at your chapter and see what level of interest your chapter has to take on a building project,” he said.
If your chapter is interested in taking on a “Give Flight” building project, e-mail Becker.