Tonight I decided to drop in on the local Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) meeting held at New Garden Airport (N57). EAA Chapter 240 had a large turn out for this evenings meeting and what a friendly bunch they are. I took a look around in the hangar, workshop and club room before the 7pm meeting. I think there were four newbies in the crowd this evening and we each introduced ourself and gave a brief description of what we fly and where we are based. I gather from the multiple projects in the hangar and tonights Piper Cub restoration this is a hands on group. I did bump into a few folks I know, Roger from Cecil Aero (my oil filter adaptor is in and waiting for me) and a few folks I met at various fly-in's and airports I frequent. Ok, what is EAA you ask.....read along and I'll share some of the information I found.
EAA is a an organization of members with a wide range of aviation interests and backgrounds. EAA was founded in 1953 by a group in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who were interested in building their own airplanes. Through the decades, the organization expanded its mission to include antiques, classics, warbirds, aerobatic aircraft, ultralights, helicopters and contemporary manufactured aircraft.
How does one describe an EAA member? EAA members are what we like to call the "keepers of the flame." Sure, we love airplanes. We fly them. We fix them. We even build them. But it goes beyond that. It's about passion, camaraderie, that ol' can-do spirit, and a grassroots way of sharing our love of aviation with others. Whatever it takes to stand in the footsteps of Orville and Wilbur ... if only for a moment. EAA enables you to share the spirit of aviation with the most passionate community of recreational pilots, builders, and restorers. EAA is the only association that offers the fun and camaraderie of sharing your passion for participating in the flying, building, and restoring of recreational aircraft with the most passionate community of aviation enthusiasts.
I had a very positive experience attending the local chapter meeting and having the opportunity to meet fellow pilots. I would love to help out with the Air Show scheduled for this weekend but I will be flying to Ohio, wx permitting. I will make it a point to be up bright and early Sunday to offer my help at the pancake breakfast.
EAA Chapter 240