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EAA ChapterGram
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Vol. 13, No. 13
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AirVenture 2011 is Memorable for Many Reasons
AirVenture 2011 was marked by many highlights of both people and aircraft. The final numbers are impressive: Final attendance was up about 1.3 percent, to 541,000, while the number of exhibitors (803) and showplanes (2,522) were up from 2010 totals. Auto parking and camping revenues also showed increases. Attendance figures may have been even higher except for rain on Wednesday and Thursday that held down general public figures. More importantly, the unique moments that occur and people that are part of the event make it unforgettable for all of us on the grounds.

Tom Poberezny Retires From EAA Chairman Role
Tom Poberezny announced his retirement as chairman of EAA and AirVenture, effective August 1, during a brief ceremony on July 26 at the Brown Arch. The EAA board also unanimously passed a resolution honoring Tom's leadership for both the organization and the fly-in, and approved his new title of chairman emeritus. Through more than 20 years as EAA president and 30-plus as AirVenture chairman, Tom left an astounding legacy that included the growth of AirVenture, the creation of the Young Eagles program, and the approval of the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft categories.

What's Coming Next Year?
The 2011 fly-in wasn't even completed when the questions began regarding what is coming to Oshkosh next year. AirVenture 2012 will be the 60th annual EAA fly-in, and as part of that we will be saluting Paul and Audrey Poberezny for what they began in 1953. Among some of the other highlights already on the schedule is the 75th anniversary of the Piper Cub as we try to "turn the field yellow," an invitation to all surviving Tuskegee Airmen to join us at Oshkosh, and recognition of Van's Aircraft founder Dick VanGrunsven.

A Final Thanks
One thing that's apparent from a massive event such as AirVenture is the importance of everyone meshing together to make it all possible. Many of you are among the 4,800 volunteers who contribute hundreds of thousands of hours on the flightline, in the campground, and in all other areas. EAA staff members work with volunteers, exhibitors, performers, and sponsors to coordinate the thousands of individual events that take place. Those from the FAA and other government agencies make sure the fly-in is safe as well as successful. It takes everyone to make AirVenture the unmatched aviation experience that it is, and all of those efforts are appreciated. Thank you for making AirVenture 2011 the world's greatest aviation celebration once again!

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Chapter briefing

Relive AirVenture 2011 All Year
AirVenture is barely over, but while its still fresh in your mind we thought we would remind you why you decided to visit or to follow all the action online. Take a look back at the great sights and sounds of AirVenture 2011.


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Did you know?

AirVenture may be over for 2011, but EAA webinars are held year-round and are a great way to learn and stay informed – all from the comfort of your home! Be sure to check out the complete listing and register on the EAA webinars website.

Remember, all EAA webinars are free!

Owner-Produced Parts for Certificated Aircraft
Wednesday, August 10
8 p.m. CDT

Maintenance expert and EAA Sport Aviation columnist Mike Busch A&P/IA will offer his insight on owner-produced parts for certificated aircraft.

Surviving Forced Landings
Thursday, August 25
7 p.m. CDT

This presentation touches on a number of seldom-discussed factors related to successfully handling an engine failure, including proper pre-flight planning, managing stress in emergencies, airspeed control, impact management, and crash survivability.

Don't Lose Your Medical
Tuesday, August 30
8 p.m. CDT

Dr. Greg Pinnell of the EAA Aeromedical Council will cover the most common reasons for losing a third class medical and how to avoid them.

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

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