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EAA ChapterGram
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Vol. 13, No. 14
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Rod Hightower From the President
EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower with the latest news and happenings in EAA and the aviation world that are important to you

Celebrate Paul's 90th Birthday With Us!
You are welcome to join us next month in Oshkosh as we celebrate the 90th birthday of EAA's great founder, Paul Poberezny, which is officially Sept. 14. On Sunday, Sept. 11, we well be hosting an open house at the AirVenture Museum, which will also feature Founders' Wing tours early that afternoon, and a public celebration with birthday cake at 3 p.m. Visitors arriving via aircraft will be invited to park on ConocoPhillips Plaza and Celebration Way. Other events may be added to the schedule as well.

Meeting EAA Members in Ohio
Last week, I spent two days in Ohio as part of the Grassroots Pilot Tour, which gives me the opportunity meet EAA members and other aviators like yourself throughout the country. On Wednesday night, I was in Worthington, Ohio just outside Columbus for a great evening of conversation hosted by EAA Chapter 9. On Thursday, the stop was in Medina, Ohio, for activities organized by EAA Chapter 846. As we discussed EAA's future activities, the expansion of the Young Eagles concept to include adults, and distribution of Sport Aviation magazine beyond the EAA membership, each received strong support and applause. The idea of creating aviators, regardless of age, clearly resonates with the EAA membership. Meeting with EAA chapters and members throughout the country is an excellent way to gauge response to some of these ideas and gain valuable feedback as we develop future programs.

EAA Represented in D.C.
Also last week, EAA Vice President of Government Relations Sean Elliott was in Washington, D.C., to participate in a meeting of FAA's GA Joint Steering Committee. This government/GA community committee is studying effective ways to enhance safety in recreational aviation and the best ways to measure that improvement. While in Washington, Sean also had the opportunity to meet with AOPA representatives regarding future initiatives our two organizations will develop to benefit aviators.

Working With NTSB on Safety
More than 5,000 aircraft builders and owner-operators have already responded to an EAA/NTSB survey that will be used as a guide for future safe building and flying programs. That survey, available here, will remain open through August 31. Please take time out for the survey and help further GA safety efforts.

In the media Featured newsletters

EAA Chapter 932
Wonder Lake, Illinois

The August edition of the Galt Traffic features a unique experience flying a Yak, plus a "how-to" on improving your instrument panel lighting and a testimonial on volunteering at AirVenture.

Thanks to Chapter 932 for sharing its newsletter.


Chapter briefing

Help EAA Chapter 44 Win $10,000 Lightspeed Grant
EAA Chapter 44 (Brockport, New York) has been named by the Lightspeed Aviation Foundation as one of 20 finalists in the running for five $10,000 grants. The grants will be awarded to the five finalists who receive the most votes. There is still time to vote! Read more


Next issue of ChapterGram will be delivered on Tuesday, September 6.

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Did you know?

Many chapters have had the pleasure of hosting a tour stop for our B-17 Aluminum Overcast or Ford Tri-Motor. If your chapter is interested in hosting a tour stop, now is the time to act!

These aircraft truly have an incredible place in the history of aviation, our country, and EAA. Tour stops are an excellent way to bring awareness of your chapter in the local community, develop more camaraderie among your members, and add a bit to your treasury as well.

In order for your chapter to be considered for a stop, the application must be completed by the established deadlines. Check the links below for the complete application information:

B-17 Aluminum Overcast
> Apply for a B-17 Tour Stop (Deadline: October 1, 2011)
> General B-17 Hosting Information

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Ford Tri-Motor
> Apply for a Tri-Motor Tour Stop (Deadline: October 15, 2011)
> More Information About Tri-Motor Flights

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