EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

   Vol. 10, No. 6 - June 20, 2008

Chapter Resources

: Calendar of Events
Speakers Bureau
: Chapter Locator
: Resource Forms
: Labels and Lists
: Promotional Materials
: Reference Papers
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EAA SportAir Workshops

June 28, 2008
North Andover, MA
Topic: What's Involved In Kit Building

June 28-29, 2008
North Andover, MA
Topic: Discover Aircraft Building

August 23-24, 2008
Oshkosh, WI
Topic: RV Aircraft Assembly

August 23-24, 2008
Frederick, MD
Topic: Electrical Systems & Avionics

September 5-7, 2008
Griffin, GA
Topic: TIG Welding

September 5-7, 2008
Frederick, MD
Topic: ELSA Airplane Repair-Inspection

For detailed information on SportAir Workshops, including cost, course descriptions and how to register, go to the web at: www.sportair.com/schedule.html or call 1-800-967-5746.

EAA Chapter HouseWelcome to the June edition of EAA Chapter e-Gram. The flying season is in full swing and there are an amazing number of events scheduled each week. Encourage your members to use the EAA Calendar of events to find fun places to fly and don't forget to add your chapter's events to the calendar. www.eaa.org/calendar. Oh, and AirVenture Oshkosh is a month away. More on that in a minute.

Since 1953, EAA has strived to be a welcoming, friendly organization. From my experience, airplane people are some of the best people around and EAA chapter members reflect the passion and enthusiasm of EAAers. But there are always exceptions.

When an EAA member does not renew, we call to ask why. Recently, three "contact reports" showed up on my desk, all related to EAA chapters and dissatisfied members. All three noted that they didn't feel welcome in their local chapter. Each had joined EAA to be more involved in aviation on a local level. One said the chapter made "sport fliers" feel like second-class citizens." One said he flies a "Challenger Two and felt the chapter members make fun of pilots who fly small aircraft." The third said he "found the chapter very unwelcoming and felt you had to be part of the 'in' crowd to participate."

It may just be coincidence that these three reports arrived together and I don't believe it is a trend among chapters. However, as a chapter leader, it is important to reflect on how you set the tone for your chapter.

For example, the entire spectrum of aviation is represented at AirVenture. The same should be true of your chapter. Aviation is a small fraternity and these days we need to stick together to defend our privilege. But more importantly, being open and welcoming will help your chapter grow. The most successful EAA chapters have embraced all areas of General Aviation. Yes, some chapters are more builder-oriented; others concentrate on flying activities and others are more social. But each has recognized the benefits of being diverse.

So how does your chapter welcome guests at your meetings or events? Does someone greet them and make them feel welcome? Do you encourage them to come back, to get involved? How can you ensure the casual guest will feel the same camaraderie you do with your fellow chapter members?

It doesn't take much to make people feel welcome. A smile, a word of encouragement, genuine interest in who they are and why they fly. But it is equally as easy to make them feel like an unwelcome outsider.

 - Steve Buss, Manager, EAA Chapters

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 is just about a month away. Despite the recent rains and reports of flooding in the Midwest (including Wisconsin), our EAA convention grounds fared pretty well. Rest assured lots of people and volunteers are doing everything they normally do, preparing the site for your arrival.
EAA Chapter BreakfastMany chapter members enjoy camping together during AirVenture. For those who may have a long distance to travel, it is sometimes difficult to secure a large campsite to accommodate everyone. EAA's Chapter Stake-Out Service will allow a chapter to reserve a spot in EAA Camp Scholler. We'll try to be as accommodating as possible, but remember this is the first year, so we may have a few bugs to work out. If your chapter is interested in taking advantage of this service, please visit the website and read our FAQ sheet.
There are many volunteer opportunities available during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and year-round at EAA headquarters. If you or members of your chapter will be arriving early for AirVenture, our maintenance operations team could use some assistance. Everything from carpentry work to cutting grass. Contact Theresa Meixensperger to volunteer, or to get more information. Throughout the year, volunteer opportunities are available at our aircraft maintenance facility, the Kermit Weeks Flight Center. From routine aircraft maintenance on the flying fleet to long-term restoration projects, there are a variety of ways to share your talents. For more information, contact Deb Walker at the Kermit Weeks facility.
EAA Chapter BreakfastThere are several Chapter events scheduled during EAA AirVenture:
  • EAA Chapter Web Editor's Workshop, Wednesday, July 30, 8:30-9:45 a.m., Sporty's Pavilion #6, hosted by Laura Million, Webmaster for EAA Chapter 32 (St. Louis)
  • EAA Chapter Leader's Workshop, Thursday, July 31, 8:30-9:45 a.m., Sporty's Pavilion #6, hosted by the EAA Chapter office.
  • EAA Chapter Newsletter Editor's Workshop, Friday, Aug. 1, 8:30-9:45 a.m., Sporty's Pavilion #6, hoisted by David Hipschman, Director of EAA Publications.
  • EAA Chapter Breakfast, Saturday, August 2, 7:30 - 9 a.m. NEW Location - EAA AirVenture Museum's Cessna Restoration Center, the future home of the Founder's Wing. Click here for details and reservations.
There are several events scheduled during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008 that will be of interest to Chapter Coordinators and Young Eagle volunteers.

Young Eagles Forum, hosted by North Carolina Field Representatives Jim and Sandy Dukeman - Monday, July 28, 1-2:15 p.m., Dake Corporation Pavilion #1. Jim and Sandy are experienced Field Representatives and have hosted this forum for several years. Topics will include recruiting and organizing successful Young Eagle events.

EAA Young Eagles Leaders Workshop, Wednesday, July 30, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., PHP Conference Center tent. This annual workshop provides valuable tips and techniques from other volunteers and the latest information from the Young Eagles office. Lunch is included. Please register in advance here.

EAA Young Eagles Awards and 25th Anniversary of the EAA Air Academy, Wednesday, July 30, at EAA AirVenture Museum's Eagle Hangar. Young Eagles Chairman Harrison Ford will present the annual Young Eagle awards and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the EAA Air Academy. Doors open at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7. Admission is free, but tickets are required. To get yours, click here.

There are also several volunteer opportunities available during AirVenture. Click here for a description of what’s needed or look at the current schedule, then register to volunteer! For more information, contact Michelle Kunes at mkunes@eaa.org.

In case you have not checked the AirVenture website recently, we’ve highlighted a few links that may be of interest:
Chapter News
There are many stories in the media about the good work EAA chapters are doing. Here are a few interesting links you might enjoy:
  • EAA Chapter 1177 (Palmyra, WI), recently conducted a Young Eagles event in support of students who are taking EAA’s AeroScholars course. Read more
  • EAA Chapter 582 (Toledo, OH) Honors WWII Veteran at “Plane Fun Fly-In. Read more
  • EAA Chapter 79 (Spokane, WA) Celebrates IYED Read more
  • EAA Member Helps Students Build Airplane Read more
  • Have a story to share? Let us know at chapters@eaa.org.
EAA Calendar of EventsOur online calendar of events continues to grow. There are currently more than 1,300 events available to view and there's literally infinite room for more. Feel free to add any of your chapter's upcoming events to the calendar at www.EAA.org/calendar/.

And for your chapter websites, you can link directly to the calendar. Banner links are now available in a variety of sizes at www.EAA.org/calendar/banners.asp.

We also have the latest version of the EAA logo for use on your websites, newsletters, and other official chapter materials. They can be accessed on the EAA website.

From the Newsletters

Each month we receive hundreds of your EAA chapter newsletters. It's interesting to read about what you are doing locally, along with the excellent articles and tips you're producing.

We'll share an article or two that you can reprint in your chapter's newsletter. All you need to do is credit the original source if you use it.

This month we have two articles. First, an editorial on the cost of flying, What Does That Cost You, by Rob Steiger, EAA Ultralight Chapter 30 newsletter editor.

The second article comes from Brian Lee, EAA Chapter 441 in Kent, Washington, who writes about packing an emergency tool kit for your airplane.
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For the list of other articles, click here.

Young Eagles News
International Young Eagles DayFrom the initial messages we've received, EAA's 15th annual International Young Eagles Day on June 14 was a great success for many chapters. While it will be a few weeks before we have all the numbers of children flown, more than 150 Young Eagle events were scheduled, not to mention the countless one-on-one flights that took place. More than 125,000 Young Eagles have been flown on IYED alone since 1994, thanks to all of you! Also thanks to all - from the pilots and coordinators to the ground support volunteers and the many others who work so hard in support of Young Eagles - who contributed to another safe and successful day for IYED 2008.

Just a reminder, if you have registration forms from last weekend - or other recent Young Eagles events - please send them to us as soon as possible so your Young Eagles are entered into the World's Largest Logbook and your volunteer pilots receive credit for their flights. It's never too early to begin plans for your next Young Eagles event! FYI, the 16th annual International Young Eagles Day will be held on Saturday, June 13, 2009 (always the second Saturday of June).

Calls are coming into EAA headquarters from chapter members throughout the country with growing concerns about obtaining ethanol-free auto fuel for their aircraft in the wake of state-mandated and market-driven ethanol additives in gasoline. These calls have increased as more and more states pass or consider legislation requiring 10 percent ethanol blends in auto fuel. Other states are developing energy policies that "promote" ethanol blends in gasoline, making it advantageous for retailers to include ethanol in their fuel.

EAA does not oppose renewable fuels per se, but the organization has a history of staunchly opposing blanket legislation or policies that require all fuels to include ethanol blends. Why? Because it makes suitable fuel unavailable for our members and others who require it. Ethanol-blended fuels produce harmful side effects on a variety of equipment (powered garden tools, etc.), boat motors and fiberglass fuel tanks, antique cars (fuel systems), and, of course, aircraft. Auto fuel STCs from EAA and Peterson Aviation expressly prohibit an STC'd aircraft to operate on fuel that contains ethanol.

Experience shows that the best way to combat unilateral legislative proposals for ethanol blending is at the grassroots level. EAA's Building a Grassroots Coalition to Support Ethanol-Free Autogas document provides a useful "handbook" for local chapters to develop successful campaigns based on the lessons learned from other past chapter efforts.

EAA's Bits and Pieces Canada NewsletterEAA recently launched Bits and Pieces, a new e-newsletter and monthly information digest for builders and fliers in Canada. The newsletter aims to highlight issues of interests to Canadian aviation enthusiasts, plus honor the people and the places where amateur-built aircraft found a home in Canada. "The newsletter will be aimed at Canadian recreation flying, and will be a unifying message for all Canadian flyers," says Jack Dueck, longtime EAA chapter member who serves as newsletter editor. Jack serves on the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council, is a Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor, EAA SportAir Workshops instructor, member of the EAA Canadian Council, and founding president of EAA Chapter 1410 in High River, Alberta, Canada. To subscribe, visit the EAA website.
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