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Programs for Monthly Chapter Meetings

It can be difficult at times to find new and creative program ideas for your chapter meetings.  Below are some suggested topics that have worked for other chapters.  While they may not have a direct application to your situation, they can be thought-starters. 

Many chapters have been successful by appointing a program chair or program committee who focus on finding good program topics and speakers.  In some cases, the committee splits the assignment among themselves allowing

Another tip is to plan well in advance. This will help your chapter get the commitment of people to speak at the meetings, assure a good variety of programs and activities.  It also gives you an opportunity to promote special presentations and invite guests to your meeting.

Have a back-up plan.  Sometimes weather or other circumstances will prevent a speaker from appearing at your meeting or event.  Think about what you might be able to provide in case of a last-minute change in plans.  Maybe have an educational DVD or video ready, just in case.  EAA’s Hints for Homebuilders DVD or a past Fly-In Convention show might be a good substitute.

Finally remember to utilize EAA’s Speakers Bureau to find interesting speakers and topics and the EAA Calendar of Events to help promote your upcoming meetings.

  • World War II veterans presentation
  • Nearby Military Base operations or air space
  • Coast Guard
  • Historians, highlight the aviation history of state aviators, aircraft, airfields, etc.
  • B-17 Program
  • Aerobatic Pilot – Training, aircraft, competitions, formation flying, etc.
  • Balloon Pilot
  • Glider Pilot
  • Parachute Jumpers
  • Powered Parachute Pilots
  • Helicopter Pilot – Military, News Helicopter, Hospital pilot, etc.
  • Aviation Photography/Photographer
  • Weather Speaker – meteorologist, college professor, National Weather Service, etc.
  • ATP, what is it like to fly the heavy iron?
  • FSDO Official, NTSB or FAA representative
  • Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Representative
  • Commemorative Air Force Representative
  • Aviation Attorneys
  • Aviation Medical Examiner
  • Aviation Insurance Professional
  • Safety (decision making, medical, aircraft, etc. )
  • FAA Safety Seminar
  • Tower Tour or Presentation from an Air Traffic Controller
  • Aviation Professional (corporate pilot, airline pilot, etc.)
  • Aircraft Manufacturer (presentation or Tour)
  • Aviation Museum Tour
  • Hangar Tours, visit other member’s projects
  • Homebuilding Skills (Painting, electrical, etc.)
  • Hands-on Project Activity (Fiberglass, Fabric, Welding, Riveting, Composite Construction, Spray, Rib Building, Tool Box construction, etc.)
  • A & P Presentation, what can you as an owner do to help maintain your airplane?
  • DAR Inspections of Homebuilts
  • My Favorite Tool Presentation or new gadget “show and tell”
  • Project Visits
  • Technical Counselor or Flight Advisor Presentations
  • How to pass your homebuilt aircraft inspection.
  • Flight Instructor Presentation
  • Winter Flying Presentation
  • Mountain Flying Presentation
  • Runway Safety
  • Seaplane Rating/Flying
  • Mid air collision avoidance
  • Emergency Procedures
  • Sport Pilot – Is it for you?  How to get started.  What aircraft can be flown.
  • How to decide on the right plane for you?
  • Cross-Country Presentation and Photo Sharing
  • Air Racing Pilot
  • How aviation is used with the DNR (Department of Natural Resources)
  • Police aviation, Border Patrol Professionals, etc.
  • Mission Aviation Organizations (Fly4Life, Angel Flight, JAARS, etc.)
  • Pre-Flight Contest
  • Planning your flying trip abroad
  • Radio Controlled Aircraft Demonstration and Discussion
  • First Flight Experience – Have someone that just completed the first flight in their homebuilt share their experience, lessons learned, etc.
  • Picnic
  • Donut Day
  • Chili Cook-Off
  • Potluck
  • EAA Air Academy Participant – Camp Experience
  • Young Eagles Participant Program – Where are they now?
  • Sport Air Workshop Participant – Share their experience
  • AirVenture, Sun ‘n Fun, Reno Air Races, etc. Re-Cap
  • Movie Night
  • Model Airplane Night – Work on a couple of kits for use at chapter events to help entertain the young people
  • Community Project – Some chapters have built small aviation related toys to donate to local organizations for the holidays.  They have included little plane crayon holders, etc.
  • Hints for Homebuilders Videos
  • Flight Simulator Night
  • Space Program:  Historical perspective
  • Game Night – Split the group into two teams and make a game out of the written test exam questions
  • Holiday Parties – Not just the Christmas.  How about a Valentine’s Day dinner, Fourth of July picnic, Trick-or-treating for Halloween, etc.
  • Who inspired you to fly?  Take turns and share your stories.
  • Best lessons learned from flight experience
  • Most memorable person you gave a flight to
  • Book Review
  • Spouse Night:  For the non-aviator have a special program on how to operate the radios, emergency procedures, etc.  Have a different member “teach” the other members spouse.
  • Paper airplane contest
  • Emergency Response Team – Invite the local emergency personnel to a chapter meeting to share with the chapter what they do and for the chapter to show them special considerations in a situation involving an airplane accident in terms of getting someone out of an aircraft, etc.
  • Type Club Presentation:  http://www.vintageaircraft.org/type/index.html
  • Women in Aviation (WASP’s, Rosy the Riveter, Amelia Earhart, etc.)
  • Flying in Alaska
  • How to find the right flight instructor for you.
  • Project Management Seminar (think of a local professor or manufacturing professional that can share their project management tips that can be translated into helping the builder in their plane project)
  • Airport Welcome Project:  Put together a bulletin board to welcome pilots to the airport or make up a welcome book to highlight local businesses or services that would be helpful to them (hotels, restaurants, car rental, etc.)
  • Family Night – Encourage members to bring the entire family to a meeting and have a potluck with a few games or hands-on activities for the kids.
  • Timeless Voices – Select several interviews to show at a chapter meeting 
  • How to become a pilot – Designate one meeting during the year that you promote to the local community on how to become a pilot.  Invite flight instructors, FBO, pilots, etc. to attend and share their knowledge and experience.

 

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