EAA - The Spirit of Aviation

   Vol. 10, No. 8 - September 5, 2008

Chapter Resources

: Calendar of Events
Speakers Bureau
: Chapter Locator
: Resource Forms
: Labels and Lists
: Promotional Materials
: Reference Papers
Contact the Chapter Office
: Email chapters@eaa.org
: Phone 920-426-4876
EAA Chapter Leaders Academy Schedule

: Sept. 12 - 14, 2008
: Oct. 10 - 12, 2008
: Jan. 23 - 25, 2009
: Feb. 27 - Mar. 1, 2009
: Mar. 27 - 29, 2009
: Sept. 18 - 20, 2009
: Oct. 16 - 18, 2009

: For reservations or more information: chapters@eaa.org  

EAA SportAir Workshops
September 12-14, 2008
Oshkosh, WI
ELSA Airplane Repair-Inspection

September 12-14, 2008
Oshkosh, WI
ELSA Airplane Repair-Inspection

September 26-28, 2008
Lantana, FL
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.

Welcome to the September edition of EAA Chapter e-Gram.

An Invitation to Visit Oshkosh

For 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 leaders.

Chapter Leaders Academy

Once 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 April's session.

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 chapters@eaa.org.

I look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming sessions.

 - Steve Buss, Manager, EAA Chapters

Chapter News
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 comment.

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.
Read more  |  EAA's analysis   |  How to commentSample Letter

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 Chapter Leaders Breakfast
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 Wing.

Meet 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.

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.

Apply for a B-17 tour stop - (Deadline - October 1, 2008)
General Hosting Information

Send your questions to b17@eaa.org

Apply for a Ford Tri-Motor tour stop - (Deadline - October 15, 2008)
Send your questions to flytheford@eaa.org

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.

EAA Speakers Bureau

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 share.

When your chapter is working on your program schedule, give the EAA Speakers Bureau a try!

From the Newsletters
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.
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The second article comes from Jim Wolper of EAA Chapter 407 in Idaho Falls, Idaho called Air Traffic Control: Friend or Foe?
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Watch for more articles in future editions of EAA Chapter E-Gram!

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.
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.

EAA Calendar of Events

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.
Several 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 Eagles News
EAA Young Eagle Award Winners
The 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.

Click here to see the award recipients and information on their contributions to the Young Eagles Program.

Young Eagles Award Winners

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