EAA ChapterGram
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Vol. 13, No. 7
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Rod Hightower From the President
EAA President Rod Hightower with the latest news and happenings in EAA and the aviation world that are important to you

AirVenture NOTAM Now Available
A sure sign of AirVenture being right around the corner is the annual release of the updated FAA NOTAM for the fly-in. The NOTAM booklet outlines all necessary procedures for flying to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 22 through August 1, as well as information required for flying to other nearby airports. The NOTAM is currently available as a download, and also available for order as a printed booklet through the EAA membership services department. EAA staff and volunteer chairmen work in conjunction with FAA to develop the NOTAM each year to ensure the safety of pilots flying to Oshkosh.

Record-setting Enrollment at Air Academy
Great news from the Air Academy staff, as EAA has reached the highest enrollment level ever for the Air Academy camps that begin in June. The original Air Academy camps, now known as Advanced Air Academy Camps, have been filled for several weeks, and this week a waiting list began for the Young Eagles Camps for ages 12-13. The Basic Air Academy Camps for children ages 14-15 are nearly filled as well. The total number of enrollees could approach 400 youth this summer for the seven camps, topping the then-record 368 who attended in 2010. Thanks go out to all who promote these camps your interested youth.

Sporty's Next Step Program Surpasses 7,000 Enrollees
Speaking of Young Eagles, another milestone was announced by Sporty's Pilot Shop this week as enrollment for the Sporty's Online Pilot Training Course surpassed 7,000 Young Eagles. This online course is offered free of charge to all Young Eagles as a next step in encouraging interest in aviation. Young Eagles pilots are urged to distribute the enrollment form to each Young Eagle they fly, giving young people a great way to follow up on their initial flight experiences. Thanks to Hal Shevers and everyone at Sporty's for this program.

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May's edition of The Taildragger features an Aircoupe project photo essay and takes you inside a restoration project – from the aircraft's point of view.

Thanks to Chapter 972 for sharing its newsletter.


Chapter briefing

A Little 'Spring Cleaning' Goes a Long Way
Looking for a way to build good relations with your airport and plan an activity to bring your chapter together? Why not volunteer to help with a "spring cleaning" at your airport? It can be as easy as picking up the trash along the fence line, fixing up the benches outside the fixed base operator, or helping repaint the compass rose. Offering your chapter's "people power" can help remind your airport of the value of having an EAA chapter based at the field. Throw in a cookout after the workday and you'll have an activity the whole family can enjoy.

Speaking of activities all can enjoy, thanks to Chapter 145 (Grand Rapids, Michigan) for volunteering their time at Weeks Hangar in Oshkosh recently. Part of their work included helping prepare EAA's Ford Tri-Motor for its upcoming tour season.


Next issue of ChapterGram will be delivered on Tuesday, May 17.

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Did you know?

Learn more on how to keep your Young Eagles engaged with aviation as well as your chapter by participating in the upcoming free EAA webinar, "EAA's Flight Plan: Converting Young Eagles to Pilots," scheduled for Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m. Central.

Join EAA Youth Programs Manager Brian O'Lena as he discusses the EAA Flight Plan, a series of opportunities to keep Young Eagles engaged in aviation and working toward their pilot certificate.

Click here to register for this free webinar. All EAA webinars are also archived for later viewing.

EAA's webinar series is generously supported by Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co.

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