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June 2013 Vintage AirMail – New Days for Aeromart, Port Townsend Aero Museum

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Vintage AirMail Newsletter - The adventure lives on...

Geoff Says…

Geoff Robison

Welcome to the third edition of the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association’s Vintage AirMail e-Newsletter.

Did I say third edition? It seems as though we just got started with the production of the Vintage Airmail e-Newsletter, and here we are already publishing the third bi-monthly edition. I truly hope that the Membership is also enjoying the newly redesigned Vintage Airplane magazine. Just a reminder that the July issue is all set to be expanded to 68 pages. I hope everyone enjoys the additional 8 pages of content.

We continue to receive very positive feedback from the Membership on both of these publications, so keep in mind that we always enjoy hearing from you on any issues you may wish to raise. Return of the “Mystery Plane” to the e-Newsletter has also been very well received.

Are you all set to attend this year’s episode of EAA’s “World’s Greatest Aviation Event?” As I write this piece we are now down to just over 9 weeks until Oshkosh 2013 launches. So if you haven’t already done so, now is the time to begin the process of preparing for your arrival at Oshkosh 2013.

Let me remind you of just a few of the reasons that make this a really good idea. Two night Air shows, (Wednesday & Saturday), “Jet Man” a Jet powered Carbon Fiber winged pilot streaking over Wittman Field flying in formation with a photo plane.

The Lieutenant Dan Band featuring Gary Sinise. Round Engine Rodeo, a formal presentation of some of the finest rare flying Vintage Aircraft in the world today. And then there is the band “Chicago” on the west ramp on opening day and that is just a quick highlight of this year’s event. If that information doesn’t get you to start your planning, I don’t know what it might take.

Have you ever volunteered some time at Oshkosh during the annual EAA Convention Fly-in? Maybe you have thought about signing up and giving us a taste and see what it’s all about? Well, if you have ever found yourself thinking about volunteering, this is the year I would like to encourage you to come spend some time with us in the Vintage Aircraft area of operations. We have a real need for individuals with sales, computer and cashiering experience to assist us in the Aeromart tent, and the Red Barn Gift Shop.

If you are interested in enriching your experience at Oshkosh, this is a great opportunity to do just that. Personally, I began volunteering at Oshkosh in 1983, at a time in my life where I really had very few friends in my life. Today, I have hundreds of great friends that are all products of the EAA experience. Come give us a taste! You may well be amazed at the result.

Thanks for being a Member, and we hope to “See you at Oshkosh.”

The adventure lives on!

Geoff Robison
President, EAA Vintage Aircraft Association

In This Issue:

Round-Engine Rodeo – Please Pre-Register

As you have already heard, plans for our Round Engine Rodeo continue to be moving forward at a rapid pace. Feedback from our members has been outstanding.

If you plan to attend, even if your plans are not yet firm, please complete the Pre-Registration form here and indicate if you will be headed directly to Oshkosh or if you will stage with the other aircraft at Hartford for the group arrival.

Round Engine Rodeo Image“Building under the theme ‘Round Engine Rodeo’ we hope to attract at least 100 round engine planes to AirVenture this year.

Special preferred parking will be provided and several different make-and-model attending airplanes will be featured each day at the VAA Vintage in Review, in the Interview Circle in front of the VAA Red Barn,” announced VAA President Geoff Robison… (read more)

It’s NOT too late to donate to the

Our Red Barn Headquarters Complex is a tribute to the dedication and support of VAA members from around the world. This is “A Place Called Oshkosh”! Nothing is ever planned or rehearsed; it is simply what happens at the Red Barn. It is the mystical Camelot for old airplanes. It is also the place to be during AirVenture… (read more and donate today)

AEROMART – New Dates for AirVenture 2013

AeroMart will once again be available to take your parts, and other aviation related items and offer them for sale to the public during EAA Airventure Oshkosh 2013. NEW this year, Aeromart will be open for selling, purchasing, starting on Monday, July 29, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. Aeromart will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday, and Saturday 9:00 a..m. -12:00 noon.

Also new this year, Aeromart vendors can start checking in their items on Saturday, July 27, 2013 beginning at noon. The deadline for bringing in items to sell is 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 1, 2013. Any merchandise not sold must be picked up by 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 3, 2013. This is a hard deadline, any items left after 2:00 p.m. on Saturday will then be the property of the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association… (read more)

VOLUNTEER with Vintage at AirVenture 2013

Each year at AirVenture more than 500 Vintage Volunteers park planes, manage airshow crowd control, run the Aeromart, pop popcorn, run workshops, cook and serve at Tall Pines Cafe´, support other volunteers, assist guests in our Gift Shop and more. Join us this year for an experience you will never forget… (read more)


Click here or on the image below for a larger image and to submit your solution to the mystery… Those who correctly identify the mystery plane will be announced in the next Vintage AirMail.

Airport Action: at Port Townsend Aero Museum
By Ron Alexander

Located in a small rural corner of the Pacific Northwest is an airstrip that is home for a unique museum. The Port Townsend Aero Museum is located 45 miles northwest of Seattle and is host to a youth mentorship program that is second to none. It is located on the Jefferson County International Airport (0S9). The museum focus is to preserve aviation history in the Pacific Northwest while mentoring young people.

Their youth mentorship program is truly inspirational. The young adults participate in all phases of airport operation including both restoration of antique airplanes and flight activities. Their collection of airplanes includes a variety of antique and classic aircraft that regularly fly… (read more)

Vintage AirVenture Area Map

Planning to join with us at AirVenture 2013?  Use the map below to familiarize yourself with Vintage Oshkosh, especially if you are a first-time visitor.  Click here or on the image below for a larger printable image.


Helpful Website Quick Links:

Discover and Learn: 2013 EAA SportAir Workshops

Restoring and maintaining vintage aircraft isn’t daunting as long as you have the basic skills and confidence to do it right. That’s where EAA’s SportAir Workshops are perfect: Master instructors help you discover your own abilities in a variety of aviation skills from welding to fabric covering. With locations throughout the country in 2013, there’s a site and session just for you. You’ll come away from the weekend qualified to go right into your shop to finish or start your dream project. Courses are filling fast, so sign up today! (view the 2013 schedule)

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