Imperial Aviation Day 2015

December 8, 2014 by  
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This great family-fun, “open house” community event features celebrities and stand-ins from aviation movies and loads of entertainment. The event will also include EAA Young Eagles flights for youngsters between the aes of 8 and 17 years-old, aimed at sparking their interest in aviation as a hobby or career. For more information visit http://imperialaviationday.com/

Date: 17 January 2015
Venue: Imperial County Airport
City: Imperial
State: California
Country: United States

EAA Air Venture Oshkosh 2014

July 5, 2014 by  
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The annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh offers a week of action, excitement, education and entertainment, from sunrise to past sunset. The jam-packed schedule includes movies, flight demonstrations, parachuting, hands-on workshops, lectures, practical advice from experts, and much, much more… For all the information on this not-to-be-missed event, visit www.eaa.org/en/airventure/

Dates: 28 July – 3 August 2014
Venue: Wittman Regional Airport
City: Oshkosh
State: Wisconsin
Country: United States

EAA Young Eagles Take Flight

January 7, 2014 by  
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Since starting in 1992, the EAA Young Eagles program has given more than 1.6 million young people the opportunity to experience the thrill of flight, and continues to extend an invitation to anyone between the ages of 8 and 17 years to apply to join the ranks of EAA Young Eagles. More than 42,000 pilots in over 90 different countries are registered to participate in the program, offering the flights free of charge to approved applicants.

Before taking off, the pilot may explain a bit about the aircraft while doing a preflight inspection. Young Eagles will be told what to expect during a flight and may have the opportunity to review the aeronautical chart and identify reference points. After buckling up, the pilot will explain various functions of the instrument panel and the interior of the airplane before heading to the runway for takeoff. The flight lasts up to 20 minutes and participants are encouraged to ask questions and make observations about the experience, as pilots are keen to share their knowledge and love of flying with future aviators. Each Young Eagle receives an official logbook, signed by the pilot they flew with.

With its headquarters located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is an international organization that was founded in 1953 to bring together aviation enthusiasts from all walks of life. While the word “experimental” may suggest otherwise, these airplanes which have been built by individuals, are required to undergo inspection and be certified as airworthy by the FAA. With chapters in all 50 states, and a number of other countries, the EAA currently has more than 160,000 members, all of whom share a love for aviation.

Sitting alongside an experienced pilot in the cockpit of an airplane is an awesome and unforgettable experience. Most famous aviators discovered their love for flying at a young age, and the EAA Young Eagles program opens the door to the exciting world of aviation for future pilots and aviation innovators.

EAA Founder Paul Poberezny

December 3, 2013 by  
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As the founder of the Experimental Aircraft Association, Wisconsinite Paul Poberezny spent 70 years encouraging thousands of amateur pilots to design, build and fly their own aircraft, having fought for federal approval allowing them to do so. When Poberezny started the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) at his home in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, in 1953, he likely had no idea how successful it would be. Today the EAA has around 170,000 members, located in more than 100 countries, while the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh convention, exhibition and fly-in attracts more than 500,000 visitors each year.

Born in Leavenworth County, Kansas, on September 14, 1921, Paul Howard Poberezny had a passion for aviation from a young age, and has been quoted as saying there wasn’t a day that went by that he didn’t say the word “airplane”. As a youngster, he dreamed of being a pilot and, thanks to his high school history teacher, Homer Tangney, he was able to attain his goal, going on to help thousands of other would-be pilots to do the same during his career. Seeing that Poberezny was interested in aviation, Tangney gave the high school student a Waco Primary Glider that had seen better days, with the proviso that Poberezny restore the craft to a flight-worthy state. Fifteen-year-old Poberezny took on the task and soon had the glider restored and was testing it tied to the back of a tow car. By the age of 19, with the help of a loan from his father, Poberezny had co-ownership of an American Eagle biplane.

Poberezny’s flying skills stood him in good stead when the US entered World War II. He earned all seven types of pilot wings offered by the armed services, being the only person to do so, and served as a flight instructor for most of his term. He reportedly had great success in teaching students that other instructors had given up on and all his students graduated, many of whom were four or five years older than him. He noted that with time and patience, almost anyone could be taught to fly.

Following the war years, Poberezny pursued his passion for flying by forming the EAA, with his first office being an old coal bin in his home. Anyone with an interest in homebuilt aircraft and supporting the purpose of the organization was welcome to join, and in time membership cards, a constitution and bylaws were introduced. Prominent aviators of the time were invited to speak to club members, and a monthly newsletter, The Experimenter, was published by Poberezny and his wife, Audrey. The first official fly-in of the EAA was held in September of 1953 with 22 aircraft and around 150 people attending. This was the start of an organization that, through the vision and determination of its founder, has helped many aviation enthusiasts enjoy this thrilling sport.

Paul Poberezny passed away on August 22, 2013, and was honored posthumously by the State of Wisconsin for his achievements in aviation. His family, including his wife Audrey, son Tom and daughter Bonnie, received the resolution at a ceremony at the Wisconsin State Assembly in October 2013.

Stag Park Fall Fly-In

November 11, 2011 by  
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Hosted by the EAA Chapter 297, the Annual Fall Fly-In at Stag Air Park has much for aviators to look forward to. Included in the event is the Wings Program, including three seminars on LSA Transition Training, Pilot Maintenance Programs and Wings Pilot Proficiency Training. Other highlights are the parachute jump, computer flight simulators, antique and British car displays, a bake-sale, as well as a Harriet Quimby portrayer. Visitors can also chat to V-22 Osprey flight instructors.

Date: 19 November 2011
Time: 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Venue: Stag Air Park
Town: Burgaw
State: North Carolina
Country United States of America

Experimental Aircraft Research

July 19, 2011 by  
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A look at the evolution of aviation reveals that many times it was flight enthusiasts and amateurs who led the way in developing foundations on which improvements could be made to transform and develop the world of aviation as it is known today. It is for these very reasons that the National Transportation Safety Board will be conducting research into the technology and innovations of amateur built and experimental aircraft. Not only will it give the board insight into the world of experimental aircraft but assist them in establishing what safety measures are being used, as well as the experience levels of these builders.

Later in July the Experimental Aircraft Association will be hosting their annual festival, named AirVenture, where experimental aircraft will be flown in from all over the United States to participate in this event. It lasts for a week and is one of the most popular and largest aviation events on the calendar. To assist the National Transportation Safety Board in their research, the Experimental Aircraft Association will be conducting a survey amongst their more than one hundred thousand members. The survey questionnaire will be asking members about pilot training in regard to their aircraft, if pilots need to undergo additional training to pilot the aircraft, what engines were used in their design, how they configured their landing gear, and if their aircraft has any safety features such as airbags and seat belts. Members will also be asked about flight hours, what type of aircraft they have and if they hold any certificates.

The survey and its answers will allow the National Transportation Safety Board to gather enough information to find out what training and background the people working on the aircraft have, what parts of the aircraft are being modified and the reasons for modifying the parts, as well as what technical specifications the builders are following. Understanding how the experimental aircraft are being built and the experience that the builders have will give the National Transportation Safety Board the opportunity to assist experimental aircraft builders in increasing their safety measures, as it has been confirmed that of the estimated one thousand five hundred accidents that occurred in 2010, two hundred of them were amateur built aircraft, and they make up fifteen percent of the aircraft in the United States. Assisting this area of aviation will be advantageous for the experimental aviation industry and advise the NTSB on where they will be able to assist.

Young Eagles Program Provides Unique Opportunities

October 1, 2007 by  
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The Young Eagles Program was started in 1992 by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), which is based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The aim of the EAA Young Eagles Program is to give young people (between ages of 8 and 17) the opportunity to see the world from a whole new perspective and experience the wonders of the freedom of flight – free of charge.
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The EAA Air Venture Oshkosh 2007

June 1, 2007 by  
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Every aviation enthusiast knows that there is simply nothing more exciting on their annual calendar than the EAA Air Venture Oshkosh event. This year’s event proves to be no less interesting and promises to have the best of aviation history, technology, innovation and current trends as well as a look into the future of flying.

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Cessna Considering New Light Sport Aircraft

January 1, 2007 by  
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Cessna has recently announced they’re considering producing a new light sport aircraft, similar to the now-retired 152. They plan to display a full-scale version of the aircraft at this year’s Experimental Aircraft Association convention in Oshkosh. Cessna hopes that feedback from attendees will help them decide whether to proceed with development of the new aircraft.

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Extra Aircraft to Unveil New Extra 300SHP at Oshkosh

December 4, 2006 by  
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Extra Aircraft‘s newest aerobatic airplane, the Extra 300SHP, will be unveiled in the United States at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh to be held from July 24 – 30. The one of a kind aircraft was specifically designed for Goulian and will feature a 350HP Thunderbolt, Reno 580 engine. The EA-300SHP offers better aerobatic performance than its predecessor, the Extra EA-300S.

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