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12/31/1921 – 6/26/2021
The Vintage Aircraft Association was saddened to learn of the recent passing of former VAA Secretary and Director Emeritus Wes Schmid.
VAA Director Dan Knutson offered the following statement: “Wes Schmid was truly the real deal. He joined the EAA in
1956 and since he resided in the Milwaukee area, he became close to Paul Poberezny. While Wes was serving on the EAA board of directors, it was decided that each of the EAA communities would have a representative from EAA on their board. Wes went to the VAA or as it was called in those days, the “Antique Classic Division”.
“Wes always believed that moving the organization forward was far more important than personal recognition. He was always approachable and congenial. It must also be remembered that his involvement with EAA goes back 14 years before the convention was moved to Oshkosh in 1970, absolutely amazing . Wes Scmid truly stood for what the EAA and VAA are all about. Rest In Peace Wes.”
2019 VAA Contemporary Grand Champion Cessna 150 Featured in AOPA Video and Magazine
VAA member Dennis Ozment has earned a spotlight in the June 2021 issue of AOPA magazine along with his award winning Cessna 150 and Cessna 172. The article and two videos can be viewed by clicking here. Congratulations Dennis!
Vintage Flightline Volunteer Handbook Available Online
The 2021 Vintage Flightline Volunteer Handbook is now available online with this note from Co-Chair Patty Dorlac:
Hello Vintage Volunteers!
We are all looking forward to being together again this year!
This year’s training manual for Vintage flight line operations is posted on the Vintage website to allow you to read through the entire thing without distraction. It is my hope that if you are seeing this for the first time. you may decide ahead of time where you would like to work on the flightline. We will be offering training for crossing guard and operations after the initial whole group training.
If you have read it before, Wheeler North and I worked hard to change some things and add important information that we all need to know. Free lifesavers if you tell me you find those changes!!
Please feel free to contact me at email@example.com with any questions.
I will be offering the training classes at 9am and 1pm as per normal, with rolling briefs the first two days- either July 21 or 22.
Thank you and can’t wait to see you,
Camp Scholler To Open July 2nd
Camp Scholler on the EAA AirVenture grounds will be opening to the public on Friday, July 2. This is a shift from the traditional last-Friday-in-June opening, so be sure to plan accordingly!
Planning on getting to Oshkosh early and looking for something to do? There will be plenty of Vintage volunteers on the grounds, working hard to have Vintage in top shape for when crowds arrive in late July. Help is always welcome, and while our volunteers work hard, they have plenty of fun while doing it! Click on the button below to visit our Volunteer page to learn more about the areas where help is needed. From there you’ll be able to get in contact with a chairman who can help you get involved!
AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 NOTAM Now Available
The FAA Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) has been published by the agency and is now available for download. This document is required for all pilots who are flying to Oshkosh for the event. It will be in effect from noon CDT on Thursday, July 22, until 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 1. The biggest update to this year’s NOTAM is the addition of ATC-controlled transition areas for pilots coming to Oshkosh from the west, which will ease holding over Ripon as part of the arrival procedures. The NOTAM is particularly important reading this year for pilots following last year’s fly-in cancellation. The NOTAM can be downloaded from the EAA website and a print version can be ordered from that website or from EAA member services.
The Red Barn Store is Now Online!
Grab your wallet and run to the Red Barn…. On your computer! The Vintage Aircraft Association Red Barn Store is now online! Keep checking back as stock will be updated soon!
EAA Launches Online Source For AirVenture Visitors Regarding COVID-19 Procedures and Precautions.
More information can be read here. Check back regularly for updates as they become available.
Vintage Volunteers Highligted in EAA’s Sport Aviation Magazine
Congratulations to Vintage volunteers Jim Hornby and Dennis Lange, who are featured in the Volunteer Spotlight of the February issue of EAA’s Sport Aviation magazine! Their combined hours of volunteering totaled close to 2,500 in 2019, due in part to the fact that they are on the EAA AirVenture grounds in the months leading up to and after the convention. Their dedication to the improvement and upkeep of the Vintage grounds make them a huge asset, and they deserve sincere recognition and gratitude.
You can read more about Jim and Dennis in the Sport Aviation article here, or by clicking the photo on the left.
VAA Kicks Off 22s in ’21 Celebration
The Vintage Aircraft Association is celebrating the iconic Piper PA-22 aircraft in 2021, starting with a special commemorative issue of Vintage Airplane magazine. The January/February 2021 edition is completely dedicated to the short wing Piper and is sure to be a collector’s item for fans of the Tri-Pacer, Caribbean, and Colt. Log in to your Vintage Member’s Only account here to read the magazine online.
Join us at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2021 for educational forums on the history of the PA-22 aircraft as well as other events. Our VAA Red Barn store will feature specially designed PA-22 clothing along with other items. Watch for more information in the upcoming months!
Vintage Aircraft Association President Susan Dusenbury Featured in EAA Timeless Voices Video
Susan Dusenbury is a longtime vintage aircraft enthusiast, Vintage Aircraft Association member and chapter leader, and was named VAA’s president in 2017.
This content is availble only to EAA/VAA members, so make sure to have your EAA login information handy.
Joe’s Tech Corner
By Joe Norris, A&P/IA, DAR, VAA Director
There are many benefits of owning a vintage airplane. One of the most impactful is the low initial entry cost, making vintage aircraft a true gateway to aviation. But there’s more to the story. Vintage aircraft owners can further enhance the ownership experience and save some money at the same time by doing some of the maintenance themselves.
VAA Director Named “Champion of the Month”
Contratulations to Vintage Aircraft Association Director Ray Johnson, who has been honored as “Champion of the Month” on the City of Marion (Indiana) website!
Ray began serving on the VAA Board as an Adviser in 2015 before becoming a Director in 2017. Those who have attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh may know him better as the Chairman of Vintage in Review, a daily program where he choses a select group of aircraft to be featured and interviews the owners, pilots, and mechanics.
Read more about Ray and his accomplishments in this City of Marion Champion of the Month article: https://cityofmarion.in.gov/news-events/ray-johnson