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EAA ChapterGram
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Vol. 13, No. 10
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Chapter News
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

Asking TSA to Change TFRs
Recently, I joined the leaders of five other aviation organizations (AOPA, NATA, HAI, GAMA, and NBAA) in signing a letter to Transportation Security Administration administrator John Pistole, requesting that the TSA join with the aviation community to improve the design and implementation of temporary flight restriction (TFR) areas in relation to presidential travels. These TFRs have been a problem for GA for nearly a decade, as they often encompass large areas and are posted with relatively short notice. The large TFRs also create economic hardship of aviation businesses within those areas. There are possibilities to reduce the negative impact of these TFRs while maintaining necessary security for presidential travels.

Giant Zeppelin Coming to AirVenture 2011
EAA AirVenture always has "firsts," and this year is going to be no different. The Farmers Airship Zeppelin NT the world's largest flying airship will arrive in Oshkosh on July 22 and stay throughout the fly-in. The zeppelin is 246 feet long, 15 feet longer than a Boeing 747 and 50 feet longer than the largest blimp currently operating. The airship is sponsored by Farmers Insurance and is based in California, but is making its first cross-country tour. One of the unique opportunities for AirVenture 2011 attendees will be the ability to fly aboard the airship during the week. If you are interested in purchasing a flight during AirVenture, e-mail Airship Ventures at During the fly-in, the airship will be based at Pioneer Airport.

Grassroots Pilot Tour Rolling On
One of my biggest thrills so far on the job has been visiting so many of the great EAA chapters throughout the country, meeting so many of you with a shared passion for aviation. The Grassroots Pilot Tour recently stopped in Spokane, Washington, as part of an open house that featured EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast as well as a special visitor in Burt Rutan. Last week, I was in Marysville, California, for a Grassroots Pilot Tour stop on the eve of the Golden West Fly-In, before heading off to the annual Frasca Fly-In in Urbana, Illinois, where I also had Grassroots Pilot Tour presentation and was joined by EAA Founder Paul Poberezny. It has been an absolute pleasure getting to meet so many of you at these stops, listening to your thoughts and addressing your questions about aviation today, as well as giving you a glimpse as to where we're headed in the future. Check out the schedule and please stop by if I'm headed your way.

Keeping an Eye on Canadian Postal Strikes
The EAA Publications and Membership departments are maintaining a close watch on a labor dispute that has slowed postal mail in Canada. The rotating strikes by Canada Post workers are affecting designated regions for several days, which could slow delivery of EAA publications and mailings. We are working with our magazine shippers and other companies to make sure EAA members in Canada receive their membership benefits in a timely manner.

In the media Featured newsletters

EAA Chapter 1252
Columbia Station, Ohio

The June edition of Dreambuilder documents a successful International Learn to Fly Day as well as a spontaneous trip that turned out to be quite memorable.

Thanks to Chapter 1252 for sharing its newsletter.


Chapter briefing

Volunteers Getting Grounds Ready
Last weekend, we welcomed a Vintage Aircraft Association weekend work party to the AirVenture grounds. This group of VAA members and volunteers was busy preparing the Vintage Red Barn and the air mail centennial building, as well as vintage aircraft parking and camping areas.

Also on the grounds this past weekend were volunteer work groups from EAA Chapter 237 (Blaine, Minnesota), Chapter 1389 (Middleton, Wisconsin), Chapter 217 (Kenosha, Wisconsin), Chapter 414 (Waukegan, Illinois), and individual EAA members from Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, and St. Paul, Minnesota. We appreciate their time and dedication in helping get the grounds ready for AirVenture 2011. Remember, Camp Scholler opens on Friday, June 24!


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Did you know?

In case you missed this in the last edition of ChapterGram, be sure you thoroughly review the AirVenture's Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) – an absolute must-read for pilots who are flying to Oshkosh.

NOTAM for AirVenture 2011

The NOTAM, which is in effect July 22-August 1, outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land at nearby airports. It was designed by FAA, in partnership with EAA, to assist pilots in their AirVenture flight planning.

While the overall procedure is similar to past years, there are some noteworthy changes compared to the 2010 version.

A free copy of the NOTAM is available to order or download here, or by calling EAA Membership Services at 800-564-6322. Additional hints and tips for pilots arriving at and departing from AirVenture also is available here.

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