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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Vol. 13, No. 16
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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

EAA Mourns Tragedy at Reno Air Races
Tragedy struck the Reno National Championship Air Races in Nevada late Friday afternoon when the P-51 Galloping Ghost piloted by longtime EAA member/director Jimmy Leeward apparently encountered an unknown problem during an Unlimited time trials event and crashed into an audience area near the grandstand, killing Leeward as well as nine others on the ground and injuring dozens. It marks the first time that an accident at the event included spectators. EAA extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jimmy as well as those in the spectator ranks who were killed or injured. The NTSB and FAA are leading the accident investigation, and we will update you on their findings. Remembering Jimmy Leeward

EAA Presence at Reno
For the first time in recent memory, EAA had a presence along the flightline at Reno, including a hospitality area. On Thursday, I participated in a special presentation when race director Mike Houghton unveiled a replica of Paul Poberezny's iconic Red One VW Bug. Reno Red One was made to honor Paul, who turned 90 last week and has played an integral role in the growth and popularity of the races over its 48 years. Houghton, aviation legend Bob Hoover, and I rode in the vehicle before the Reno crowd after a special plaque presentation. The replica Red One will be kept and driven at Reno as a lasting tribute to Paul.

EAA Mourns Passing of Cliff Robertson
On September 3, the aviation world lost an ambassador and friend in Academy Award-winning actor Cliff Robertson, who was a longtime EAA member and supporter as well as the first chairman of the Young Eagles program. Cliff, who died one day after his 88th birthday, had been an EAA member since 1964 and was an avid aviation enthusiast who started his flying career at age 14 in California. He eagerly stepped forward in 1992 to serve as Young Eagles' first chairman and made a short film titled Young Eagle to promote the program. He also dedicated resources to start the Cliff Robertson Airport Work Experience Program, which allowed young people to spend summers in Oshkosh and work at EAA in a variety of aviation roles. Cliff was also an annual attendee at AirVenture and participant in the Gathering of Eagles fundraiser. Our sympathies go to Cliff's family, with the knowledge that he left an unforgettable legacy in the world of flight.

On the Road With EAA
In addition to Reno, EAA staff were well-represented at various events throughout North America last week. ... Vice President of AirVenture Adam Smith and Manger of Field Relations Ron Wagner were in Ontario for the annual Canadian National EAA Fly-In. The event was at the Ottawa/Gatineau Airport, which is also the home for the Vintage Wings of Canada museum. ... Director of Member Programs Charlie Becker was in Mexico, Missouri, to present forums at Zenith Aircraft's Open Hangar Day. ... Vice President of Government Relations Doug Macnair participated in the FAA's Unleaded Avgas Aviation Rulemaking Committee meetings in Washington, D.C., a key policy committee as GA looks toward an eventual future using unleaded fuels.

In the media Featured newsletters

EAA Chapter 526
Auburn, California

The September edition of Hangar Flying chronicles the journey to AirVenture from the chapter president's point of view and also promotes upcoming EAA webinars.

Thanks to Chapter 526 for sharing its newsletter.


Chapter briefing

Mac: We Must Meet FAA Safety Targets
The eternal frustration for anyone who has studied general aviation safety statistics is the complete lack of reliable data on exposure. We know with reasonable accuracy how many accidents occur each year, and we know with even better certainty how many of those wrecks cause a fatality. But how many hours were flown, how many airplanes were active, how many takeoffs and landings, or any other activity data for the general aviation fleet is a guess at best.
Read Mac's Blog | E-AB Fatal Accident Rate Holds Steady in 2011


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