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Welcome to the September edition
of EAA Chapter e-Gram.
An Invitation to Visit
many of you, when talking about a visit to Oshkosh, it's
usually in conjunction with EAA AirVenture. But not this
time. This is a personal invitation for chapter leaders to
attend one of the upcoming EAA Chapter Leaders Academy
sessions held at the EAA Aviation Center and Air Academy
Lodge facilities in Oshkosh.
The Chapter Academy concept
was launched last September with a two-fold purpose:
First, to give chapter leaders and EAA staff members
numerous opportunities to learn from one another. The
feedback chapter leaders provide to your headquarters
staff allows us to better serve all chapters. More than 90
chapter leaders from throughout North America have
attended the first three sessions, and more Academy
weekends are scheduled throughout the next 12 months.
The Academy begins on
Friday night and continues through mid-day on Sunday.
We'll cover a wide range of important chapter-centered
topics, including recruitment, programs, and fundraising,
plus other issues that may impact your chapter. There are
large and small group discussions to add variety to the
weekend, and we also reserve some time to have fun, too,
with behind-the-scenes tours of the facilities. Feedback
from past participants has been overwhelmingly positive.
Adding to the unique
quality of the experience is staying in the Air Academy
Lodge. This beautiful facility is the summer home for EAA
Air Academy attendees. The intimate setting provides an
excellent opportunity to get to know your fellow chapter
you arrive, we'll take care of your meals, housing,
activities, and materials. There is no cost to you or your
chapter to attend, aside from travel expenses to Oshkosh.
I could write several more
paragraphs about the great experiences we've had at the
past Academy sessions, but I'd rather have you hear from
some of the participants. Take a look at this video from
We're now taking
reservations for all sessions. For more information, or to
reserve a spot, please send your contact information and
your session preference to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to seeing
you at one of our upcoming sessions.
- Steve Buss,
MEMBERS URGED TO COMMENT ON
'51% RULE' PROPOSAL!
The homebuilder community
needs your help! The FAA has proposed changes to the
Experimental Amateur Built rules that EAA believes will
negatively impact the homebuilt movement.
We are urging all EAA
members to do two things:
1. Comment on the FAA's proposed changes;
2. Spread the word - tell other builders and get them to
The FAA's stated goal was
to better control commercial activities that reduce the
amateur builder's actual involvement in the project to
less than the "major portion" (51%) required by
the regulation (Ref: FAR 21.191(g) ). EAA is concerned
that the proposed changes place significant burden on our
members who are building within the letter and spirit of
the regulations while doing little to address excessive
commercial assistance and "pro building".
Time is of the essence!
Comments must be submitted by 30 September.
more | EAA's
analysis | How
to comment | Sample
CHAPTER LEADERS RECOGNIZED
It is hard to believe that a
month has flown by since EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. What
a spectacular gathering of incredible aircraft and members
from all over the globe. A love of aviation brought us
together, and this interest joins people throughout the
year at local fly-ins across the country and in EAA
chapters. One of the highlights of the week is the
opportunity to recognize outstanding chapter members for
their accomplishments and achievements through the
presentation of the Major Achievement, Newsletter Editor,
and Web Editor awards.
EAA President Tom Poberezny
talks with Chapter Leaders
during the annual Chapter Breakfast.
The 2008 EAA Chapter Awards
recognize members for their personal commitment and
contributions to EAA, chapters and their fellow members.
The award presentations took place at the Chapter Leaders
Breakfast during convention, which was held in the future
home of the Founder's
this year's award recipients.
Thank you to all the chapter
newsletter and web editors who took time out of their busy
AirVenture schedules to attend our annual workshops. If
you were unable to attend the sessions, you can still take
advantage of some of the information that was presented.
Laura Million, EAA Chapter
32 - St. Louis, Missouri, has hosted the Web Editors
workshop for many years. She also shares her expertise
throughout the year by assisting chapters with their
technical web questions. To view the slide show from
Laura's presentation, please visit the EAA
Chapter 32 website.
David Hipschman provided
his insights as a former chapter newsletter editor and
shared tips and hints to help create an informative
newsletter. David was joined by Kent Misegades, newsletter
editor for IAC Chapter 19 - Salisbury, North Carolina, and
EAA Chapter 1114 - Apex, North Carolina. Kent talked about
some of the lessons learned in his journey of writing not
only one but two award-winning newsletters. Check out his valuable
tips that will help your chapter create informative
newsletters - while doing so in less time.
Our thanks to Laura, Kent
and David for sharing their knowledge with fellow chapter
members. Members helping members is the foundation of EAA.
TOUR STOP APPLICATION
DEADLINES DRAW NEAR
The B-17 and Ford Tri-Motor
Fall tours are in full swing and many chapters have had
the pleasure of hosting a tour stop in 2008. These
aircraft truly have an incredible place in the history of
aviation and our country.
With the 2008 tours under
way, the application process for the 2009 tour season is
approaching its deadline. Chapters interested in applying
to host either the B-17 or Ford Tri-Motor are encouraged
to do so as soon as possible.
for a B-17 tour stop - (Deadline - October 1, 2008)
General Hosting Information
Send your questions to email@example.com
for a Ford Tri-Motor tour stop - (Deadline - October
Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
SPEAKERS BUREAU … NEW AND
Check out the newly revised
EAA Speakers Bureau and find a speaker for an upcoming
meeting, fly-in, or banquet. The new, improved Speakers
Bureau software provides more refined and useful searches.
The new search screens are similar to the EAA
Calendar of Events, making the Speakers Bureau easier
to use. You can now search for a speaker by radius,
subject, or speaker's name.
These improvements are a
direct result of your comments. Thank you for using the
Speakers Bureau and helping us improve the product for the
benefit of all chapters. The Speakers Bureau is a great
resource to help find new and informative presentations
for monthly meetings or banquets.
The EAA Speakers Bureau
currently has 444 registered speakers, but we need more!
Nearly every chapter has had an outstanding speaker visit
their meetings or banquets. We strongly encourage you to
ask them to register as a speaker on the bureau so their
presentations can be shared with others. And don't forget
the people in your chapter who have interesting stories to
When your chapter is
working on your program schedule, give the EAA
Speakers Bureau a try!
This month we have two
articles to share with your chapter members and fellow
pilots in your chapter newsletters as friendly reminders
and food for thought as you prepare for your fall flights.
The first article is an
editorial from EAA Chapter 512 in Placerville, California
called Pilot Courtesy written by Kay Morgan.
The second article comes
from Jim Wolper of EAA Chapter 407 in Idaho Falls, Idaho
called Air Traffic Control: Friend or Foe?
Watch for more articles in
future editions of EAA Chapter E-Gram!
EAA HEADQUARTERS, A
RESOURCE FOR YOUR CHAPTER
Recently, tragedy struck the
North Las Vegas airport when a Velocity crashed into a
nearby home, killing the pilot and two people on the
ground. This is an unfortunate situation and we extend our
sympathy to those involved. In the wake of the accident,
an airport administrator made some rather ill informed
comments in the media about banning all "homebuilt
aircraft" from North Las Vegas. We were alerted to
the situation and Tom Poberezny took immediate action, sending a letter directly to the official stating our
opposition to such a proposal. Your headquarters' staff
was also in touch with local FAA representatives and the
local chapter presidents to lend whatever assistance we
could. While this situation is still developing, it is a
reminder to all chapters that your EAA headquarters staff
is an important resource. There are many ways we can lend
our expertise to your chapter. For example, following an
accident, we can supply aviation safety statistics, or
help coordinate media contacts. If an airport is
threatened with closure or unreasonable restrictions, we
can help your chapter navigate the process and share our
experience dealing with similar issues that have faced
other chapters. Remember, as part of the EAA family, you
can and should call upon the knowledge at headquarters for
help. We may not always be able to resolve a situation,
but together, we will do all we can to help you support
sport and general aviation in your community.
EAA CALENDAR OF EVENTS
BANNER READY FOR YOUR WEBSITE
Our 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.
NEW EAA LOGOS FOR YOUR
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
SPORT AVIATION ARCHIVE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!
EAA Chapter newsletters feature highlights from past
issues of Sport Aviation. Remember the entire archive of
Sport Aviation is now available on line. EAA’s more
than 50 years of history, knowledge and information
contained in 59,000-plus pages of EAA's flagship
publication. Not only will the online archive provide
endless hours of entertaining and educational reading,
it also provides a helpful content resource for your EAA
chapter newsletter editors. Read more or visit the
archive now. Read
more or visit
the archive now.
Young Eagle Award Winners
EAA Young Eagles
Program has reached more than 1.4 million children
thanks to the efforts of thousands of volunteer members
and chapters. EAA AirVenture brought the opportunity to
recognize volunteers who have made significant
contributions to the overall success of the program.
Program Chairman Harrison Ford joined us at the award
ceremony in the EAA AirVenture Museum's Eagle Hangar on
Wednesday, July 30, 2008.
here to see the award recipients and information on
their contributions to the Young Eagles Program.