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Members Celebrate EAA Day at Sun 'n Fun

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Diane Blake visited Sun 'n Fun from Orlando after several years, looking for parts for her 1946 Luscombe 8A.

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Brian Wallis, right, meets with Bob Mackey of the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan in Member Village on Wednesday, EAA Day.

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Gordon Meyer with EAA volunteer Jeri Norris at EAA Member Village.

April 9, 2008 — Brian Wallis is a self-described "aviation nut." Wallis, EAA 584830, of Atlanta, Georgia, is an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic who flies both helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft. He stopped at EAA Member Village on Wednesday - EAA Day - to obtain a price quote for his Grumman Yankee through the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan. "I'm here as a customer and a participant, as a member of the EAA family," Wallis said. "I'm here to share the goodwill of EAA."

Wallis was just one of hundreds of EAA members who visited Member Village to take advantage of merchandise discounts and get updates on aircraft insurance, aerobatic instruction, the National Association of Flight Instructor's Master Instructor designation, and more. Barry Elk, EAA director of membership marketing, said traffic was good. "New memberships and renewals are running well ahead of last year numbers," he said.

Gordon Meyer of Knoxville, Tennessee, was one of those who stopped by to renew after his membership had lapsed for several years. "I'm an empty-nester now, and have extra time and money for flying," Meyer said. "I own a 1950 Cessna that's been in a barn since 1980. I plan to restore it and then build a Rans 7S Courier. It's my first time at Sun 'n Fun, and I came to get some enthusiasm!"

Diane Blake, EAA Lifetime Member 77841, stopped at the tent and said that she's very impressed by the Sun 'n Fun and EAA displays. She hasn't visited Sun 'n Fun for a couple years. "The sheer quantities alone, with all the manufacturers," Blake said. "I always find good deals here. I'll save at least $200 by driving down from Orlando." Diane owns a 1946 Luscombe 8A, and said she's looking for a few specific airplane parts.

EAA Day at Sun 'n Fun was scheduled to culminate Wednesday night with EAA President Tom Poberezny and his dad, Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny, presenting "Catch the Spirit," a special program at the Sun 'n Fun Pavilion. Part of the program will feature a showing of Oshkosh: the Spirit of Aviation. Look for coverage of Wednesday night's celebration of the EAA community in Thursday's edition of e-Hotline.

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