EAA ChapterGram
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Vol. 14, No. 3
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Jeff Skiles Hangar Flying
EAA Vice President of Chapters & Youth Education Jeff Skiles shares his thoughts and vision pertaining to EAA chapters

Chapters Banding Together Shows Potential
The Northeast Texas EAA Chapter Officers Conference concept strikes me as a fantastic way to energize chapters in regions. Read more

Chapter News
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

Work on FAA Reauthorization Bill Pays Off
There's good news regarding the long effort to get a long-term FAA reauthorization bill through Congress, which would fund the agency for several years. House and Senate conferees worked out differences and finalized language in the bill, leading to both the House and Senate have passed the bill in recent days. The bill is now on to the White House for President Obama's signature. This will end the string of 23 short-term funding extensions that kept the FAA operating since 2007 and allow the agency to plan and implement some of its key projects and initiatives. EAA Vice President of Government Relations Doug Macnair reports that the final bill is very good news for GA in other areas, too. EAA and other aviation groups have worked hard to have language included that benefits GA in a variety of areas, including no user fees or aviation fuel tax increases, funding for airport improvement projects and the NextGen air traffic control system, as well as progress for vintage aircraft data and airport through-the-fence agreements. This effort toward a full FAA reauthorization bill was the result of GA groups being stronger together to represent our members and all aviators.

Three Welcomed as New Board Members
Last Thursday, we publicly announced that Jack Pelton, Stuart Auerbach, and Darren Pleasance have been elected to the EAA board of directors for one-year terms. All three men bring extensive aviation, EAA, and business backgrounds, and all of them are passionate aviators and EAA members. Jack, Stuart, and Darren will bring their individual strengths to the board and make us even more effective on behalf of our members and all aviators. They are Class III Directors who, according to the organization’s bylaws, are elected by the EAA board. The majority of the directors are elected by the EAA membership during elections held at the annual meeting during AirVenture.

Earning Kudos From NTSB
EAA recently received praise from the National Transportation Safety Board, which announced it had completed its data collection on amateur-built aircraft. NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman – who visited AirVenture last year and is planning to return to Oshkosh this summer – said in the agency's news release that "the cooperation we received from EAA and the (experimental/amateur-built) community has been tremendous." EAA's ability to reach the homebuilt aircraft community played a major role in the success of the survey, as more than 5,000 builders and owners responded.

Total Membership on the Rise
EAA's total membership continues to rise, as the organization has now reached 176,000 members worldwide. This is excellent news as we work on growing participation in aviation and inspiring the next generation of aviators. We will continue to provide value to our members in areas they tell us are most important: AirVenture, chapters, publications, advocacy, youth education, and knowledge and information. Please use this updated number when communicating our membership total or answering questions about it.

Attend a SportAir Workshop Near You
Two weekends ago, EAA hosted 120 aviation enthusiasts for a large SportAir Workshop at the Aviation Center. Sessions were held on many aircraft building and repair skills, including sheet metal fabricating, welding, fabric covering, composite work, test flying, and repair and inspection of light-sport aircraft. Visit the SportAir Workshops website to learn more and register for a workshop near you.

In the media Featured newsletters

EAA Chapter 932
Greenwood, Illinois

The February edition of Galt Traffic has many great feature stories, including one that chronicles two chapter members' Alaskan journey, plus much, much more jammed into its 15 pages.

Thanks to Chapter 932 for sharing its newsletter.


Chapter Briefing

Chapter 282 Members Finish, Fly Piper Cub for Dying Comrade
Walter Crosby spent years refurbishing a classic Piper Cub he bought in rough shape five decades ago. As his valiant battle with cancer approached the end, fellow members and friends from Chapter 282 (Clearwater, Florida) came together to make sure Walter got to see his project take flight. Read more


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Schedule of upcoming EAA webinars (all webinars are free and archived for later viewing):

How to Use MedXPress, FAA's Online Medical Application
Tuesday, Feb. 7
8 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. CST

Presented by Gregory Pinnell, MD

UL Power Aero Engines
Wednesday, Feb. 8
8 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. CST

Presented by Robert Helms

Onex Kit Aircraft
Wednesday, Feb. 15
8 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. CST

Presented by Jeremy Monnett

15 Habits for Good Radio Communication (Wings Credit)
Wednesday, Feb. 22
8 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. CST

Presented by Don Weaver

History and Restoration of the Original RV-1
Tuesday, Feb. 28
8 p.m. EST / 7 p.m. CST

Presented by Louise Hose, Ernie Butcher, Paul Dye, and Dick VanGrunsven

All About Batteries (AMT Credit)
Wednesday, March 7
9 p.m. EST / 8 p.m. CST

Presented by Mike Busch

12 Myths About Stalls & Spins (Wings Credit)
Wednesday, March 14
8 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. CDT

Presented by Rich Stowell

Visit the EAA webinars website to register.

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

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