EAA ChapterGram
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
 
Vol. 13, No. 11
 
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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

EAA Supporting Legal Moves on BARR Program
Last week, EAA reiterated its support of a legal challenge being filed by AOPA and NBAA regarding the Department of Transportation's decision to dismantle the Block Aircraft Registration Request (BARR) program, which allows GA aircraft operators to block identification of their aircraft on public websites such as FlightAware, but not from air traffic and government security agencies. This is an important privacy and freedom issue, and could have implications inside and outside aviation.

EAA, NTSB Work Together on Safety Study
EAA Director of Market Research Jim Sweeney is representing EAA in a joint project with the National Transportation Safety Board on amateur-built aircraft safety. A postcard will be sent to amateur-built aircraft owners, asking them to complete an anonymous, online survey available through the EAA website. The data will be collected throughout the summer, then shared with NTSB and analyzed to help the aviation community learn how to enhance safety in homebuilt aircraft.

787 Dreamliner Making Landmark Oshkosh Visit
Recently, we confirmed a big addition to the AirVenture 2011 lineup as Boeing committed its new 787 Dreamliner to an Oshkosh appearance. This airplane, the latest generation of Boeing airliners, will be at AirVenture for one day - Friday, July 29 - and will be open for public tours during that time for the first time anywhere in the world. Expected arrival time is about 9:30 a.m. on July 29, with a departure at approximately 6 p.m., following the afternoon air show. It's notable that the aircraft's test flight pilots are EAA members, including chief pilot Mike Carriker, who were supportive of the efforts to bring the airplane to Oshkosh. The Dreamliner's appearance adds to an already great schedule of aircraft and activities at Oshkosh next month.

Spring Leg of Grassroots Pilot Tour Wraps Up
Last Tuesday, the spring leg of my Grassroots Pilot Tour wrapped up with a stop EAA Chapter 44 in Rochester, New York. That chapter is opening a new Sport Aviation Center of Western New York as a base for its activities, and I joined local dignitaries for the ribbon-cutting. More than 120 people attended the event, and we had an excellent question-and-answer session after the presentation. We'll pick things back up after AirVenture with a pair of August stops in Ohio.

 
In the media Featured newsletters

EAA Chapter 393
Concord, California

The informative June edition of The Cleco gives chapter members a rundown of recent activities, plus photo galleries from the recent stop of EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast and the chapter's weekly Wednesday Fly-Outs.

Thanks to Chapter 393 for sharing its newsletter.

 

Chapter briefing

Simple 'Coffee & Donuts' Event Boosts Chapter's Visibility, Membership
Sometimes the simplest ideas produce great results. Chapter 1246 (McKinney, Texas) mixed two Saturday morning staples coffee and doughnuts with airplanes and it resulted in a fun-filled monthly gathering spot and visibility raiser. Read more

Volunteer Work Parties Prepping AirVenture Grounds
Last week, we welcomed volunteer work parties to the AirVenture grounds from EAA Chapter 93 (Madison, Wisconsin), Chapter 932 (Crystal Lake, Illinois), and Chapter 509 (Eau Claire, Wisconsin, area). We appreciate their dedication and efforts to help us prepare the fly-in site.

 

Next issue of ChapterGram will be delivered on Tuesday, July 12.

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Did you know?

There are several upcoming EAA webinars that are of interest to chapter members and those who are headed to Oshkosh for AirVenture in a few weeks. Be sure to check out the complete listing and register on the EAA webinars webpage.

Remember, all EAA webinars are free!

Flying Into AirVenture: A First Timer's Guide
Thursday, June 30
7 p.m. CDT

Fred Stadler, chairman of the AirVenture NOTAM, will provide tips on flying into the world's largest fly-in.

AirVenture 2011 Update
Wednesday, July 6
7 p.m. CDT

Adam Smith, EAA vice president of membership, will give you the inside scoop on what is being planned for AirVenture 2011.

Chapter Websites
Tuesday, July 12
7 p.m. CDT

Hal Bryan, EAA online community manager, will walk through the basic features of the new Chapter Website program and provide some valuable tips to help you start customizing your website.

EAA gratefully acknowledges Aircraft Spruce and Specialty, Co., for its generous sponsorship of our webinar programs.

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