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EAA ChapterGram
January 15, 2013     Vol. 15, No. 1
Welcome to the new monthly ChapterGram! We began this process by sending out a survey to all ChapterGram subscribers to find out what you thought about the newsletter. We received more than 450 responses - thanks to all who participated! - and we're already beginning to apply what we've learned. In fact, the new look of ChapterGram is the direct result of your feedback!

The changes to ChapterGram go beyond aesthetics; we've also shifted the focus of the content to better meet the needs of our chapter members. That will include a stronger emphasis on providing you with information, resources, and tools to help your chapter succeed - whether that's organizing a successful fundraiser, producing an engaging chapter newsletter, or working with your local media to promote your events. Read more >>
Chapters in Action
Flight Training Scholarships VAA Chapter 29 Awards Three Flight Training Scholarships
Vintage Aircraft Association Chapter 29 located in Hayward, California, has flown more than 2,370 Young Eagles. While we recognize the value of introducing young people to aviation, in 2010 we decided to offer a flight training scholarship to complement our successful Young Eagles program. The 2012 VAA Chapter 29 scholarship program had three applicants: Amanda Feriante, Katie Smith, and Michael Mainiero.

EAA Chapter 772 Builds Children's Museum Exhibit
Combine an EAA chapter's unique spirit of inventiveness, a damaged vintage aircraft, and the desire to inspire the next generation of aviators, and what do you get? A new children's museum exhibit scheduled to "Take Flight" later this year! Read more >>
News from EAA Headquarters
Chapter Renewals: January 15 Deadline
Each year, chapters are required to submit renewal information to keep the chapter in good standing with EAA and to renew the general liability insurance of the chapter. The deadline for 2013's information was January 15. The information you provide is used to update your chapter record in the EAA database. Why is this so important? Read more >>

Upcoming Chapter Leaders Academy: Reserve Your Spot Today
New chapter leaders taking the helm should consider participating in the upcoming Chapter Leaders Academy, held the weekend of March 29-31 at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Participants will be immersed in a weekend full of topics that will help them take on their new roles as chapter leaders. Read more >>

Eagle Flights Update: New Registration Forms Available
Six months after its introduction at AirVenture Oshkosh 2012, EAA's Eagle Flights program has provided more than 445 individual flight experiences for non-pilot adults, with thousands of registration forms requested for future flights. The popularity of Eagle Flights has quickly depleted our supply of registration forms, which gave us the opportunity to redesign the forms. Read more >>

EAA Skiplane Fly-In This Weekend
Plans are in full swing for the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In this weekend (Saturday, January 19) at EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh. Unseasonably warm weather may have an effect on the presence of skiplanes, but aviation enthusiasts will gather in any case for chili and birthday cake to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first-ever meeting of the Experimental Aircraft Association, and the January 24 birthday of EAA matriarch Audrey Poberezny. More details >>
For Your Newsletter
Content you can republish in your chapter's newsletter or website.

Experimenter cover From EAA's Archives
The idea of chapters wasn't introduced until months after the first EAA meeting in 1953. Here is the cover of the December 1953 issue of Experimenter, where it was reported in the minutes of the meeting that the officers of the newly formed EAA approved the forming of chapters.

Highlighted excerpt:
"A letter received from member Ray Stits, of Riverside, California, was read to the members. In the letter he stated that there were many people in southern California interested in homebuilding and experimental aircraft, and he (Mr. Stits) was very much interested in starting a chapter of the EAA in that area. A motion was made and seconded to establish EAA chapters throughout the country in areas where there are enough members to warrant such a chapter." Get image >>

Ed Moricoli Learning to Fly at 68
This article originally appeared in the January 2013 edition of Galt Traffic, the monthly newsletter of EAA Chapter 932 in Greenwood, Illinois. By Ed Moricoli, EAA 1055412.

One day at work, I was talking with my friend Neil Anderson about airplanes, and he mentioned that he was planning to rebuild a North American T-6 Texan. I asked Neil if I could donate my time to help. About a month later and after few more conversations, Neil asked if I wanted to go flying in his J-3 Cub. I couldn't pass up the opportunity, so off I went to Galt Airport in Wonder Lake, Illinois, not knowing what to expect. Read more >>
Debrief: What's Working
Good Plan + Media Attention = Success and Growth!
Getting publicity for your chapter event can be a daunting task, but think of it the same way as you would an aircraft project: a series of small, related projects that add up to a successful result. If you've volunteered to get the media's attention for your event, start by asking yourself, "What would success look like?" Do you want plenty of visitors, to make money, or to raise visibility of the local airport? Decide where you want to be as you build your ideas. Read more >>
Open Mic
ChapterGram Survey - What You Said
The response to last month's ChapterGram survey was excellent - more than 450 of you participated, telling us what you liked and didn’t like about the newsletter, as well as what type of content you'd like to see in future issues. Read more >>
Chapter Spotlight
A Q&A session with chapter presidents, leaders, and members.

Chapter 252 Chapter 252
This month we talked to Brian Cooper, who recently became the new president of EAA chapter 252 in Oshkosh, to learn more about his chapter and its members.

How long have you been in that position?
I've been the president for a whopping nine days! I was the Young Eagles coordinator prior to being elected, though I’ve only been in Oshkosh (and the chapter) since April 2012.

What types of activities/events does your chapter engage in?
We have educational and social meetings, pancake breakfasts, a corn roast, and an annual banquet. AirVenture is the elephant in the room during the end of July and early August, but with so many chapter members either employed at EAA or volunteering at the fly-in, we don’t have much opportunity to do any large activities as a chapter. Read entire interview >>
Upcoming Programs
2013 SportAir Workshops Begin Jan. 26-27 in Oshkosh, WI
The 2013 EAA homebuilding workshops kick-off in a little over a week at EAA headquarters. Classes are filling fast, but you still have the opportunity to enjoy a weekend full of excitement in Oshkosh. The weekend features a 'Meet the Chairman' luncheon with Jack Pelton and 30% off storewide for SportAir Workshop attendees in the gift shop.*

Currently we still have space available in the following courses:
Composite Construction, Sheet Metal Basics, Repairman Inspection and What's Involved in Kit Building.
View course details >>

Register today or view complete schedule of locations. You may also call 800-967-5746.

*Offer good on the January 26 and 27 in our Museum Gift Shop while supplies last. Offer not valid for wooden propellers.
Pre-registration is required for all workshops.

Webinars: Free to all aviation enthusiasts

Flying With the iPad: Apps, Accessories, Tips and Tricks - January 16, Presented by Bret Koebbe

VW Engine Assembly Tips - January 23, Presented by Steve Bennett

Flight Testing Homebuilts - Expanding the Envelope - January 31, Presented by Chad Jensen

How Healthy Is Your Engine? - February 6, Presented by Mike Busch (FAA AMT & Wings Credit)

EAA Chapter Chat: B-17 and Tri-Motor Flying Tour - February 12, Presented by Margaret Viola

View all webinars >>
Pre-registration required.
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