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December 2014 AirMail: Welcome New Administrator

Vintage AirMail Newsletter - The adventure lives on...
Geoff Says…
Geoff Robison photoWelcome back to the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association’s Vintage AirMail e-Newsletter. 2014 is coming to an end, and it has certainly been one of our most outstanding years yet. Our near perfect execution of the Convention this year was observed by many of our Members, and the accolades have been outstanding.The Vintage Airplane magazine, our signature product continues to amaze us all. Jim Busha and his very talented team continue to wow the Membership. The Walking the Line piece in the November / December magazine was outstanding.What a wonderful way to recognize the many Members who take the time to bring their amazing flying machines to Oshkosh and share them with the world of aviation.The next challenge is to figure out what it is going to take to get everyone to come back each and every year. The weather is always a large element of a successful event, and we have certainly been pretty fortunate in that arena for the past couple of years.So now all we have to do is reach out to the “Old Airplane” crowd and give them a good reason to make the effort to come share their passion. And that is exactly what we have been doing of late.

The planning of the next episode of “Oshkosh”, the Spirit of Aviation began shortly after the 2014 event ended, and all of the Special Interest Communities have been engaged with the Leadership at EAA in an attempt to create an exceptional event for EAA et al in 2015.

I just recently returned from Oshkosh after an entire week of meetings with the EAA and their Leadership, the Vintage Board of Directors Meeting, the EAA Hall of Fame Ceremony, and the EAA Board of Director’s Meeting. I recently commented to the Vintage Directors that I have personally never before accomplished so much in one week at Oshkosh.

We as a Board have experienced some real challenges of late, and I am pleased that we find ourselves completely back on track and moving forward. Your Board of Directors is an active and broad thinking group, and this proved to be especially true with this latest session of your Board of Directors.

We accomplished more in a couple days of meetings than we have ever accomplished before. As the Board evolves with new Directors and Advisors it seems that new and progressive ideas are being discussed and executed upon. It is a real pleasure to be engaged with these men and women. Good job to all!

We recently learned that our Association Administrator, Max Platts, has accepted a new position with the Cub Crafters Company in Yakima, WA (read more here) Best of luck to you Max! It was a pleasure having you with us. Blue Skies to you, young man!

Max’s replacement is a bright and personable young lady by the name of Erin Brueggen. Erin is a Private Pilot with Instrument & Commercial ratings. She graduated from Dubuque University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Aviation Management, with a minor in Flight Operations.

We are pleased to welcome Erin to the VAA as our new Administrator. (read more here)

Remember, It is never too early to begin your planning to attend the “World’s Greatest Aviation Event”.

Thanks for being a Member, and we hope to see you at Oshkosh 2015, July 20th through July 26th.

The adventure lives on!

Geoff Robison

President, EAA Vintage Aircraft Association

EAA Life Member 268346

VAA Life Member 12606

 

In This Issue:

Clear Skies and Many Thanks, Max Platts

Double congratulations are in order and we are all excited for Max Platts, our past Vintage Executive Administrator.

First, we congratulate Max on his recent engagement to Tobie Stamsta. Many of you were lucky enough to meet and get to know Tobie during OSHKOSH 2014.

Sadly, we must also congratulate Max as he begins a new career journey at CubCrafters as Kit Marketing Coordinator for the Carbon Cub EX.

Max and Tobie are in the process of relocating to Yakima, WA this week and Max begins his position there on December 15th. (read more)

Welcome VAA Administrator Erin Brueggen

VAA welcomes Erin Brueggen as our new Vintage Executive Administrator effective December 1st. The VAA Executive Board and Board of Directors each interviewed Erin at their November meetings and unanimously agreed to offer her the position.

Erin holds a BS degree in Aviation Management with a minor in Flight Operations. She currently holds her private pilot license, instrument and commercial ratings.
(read more)

Airport Action: Felts Field, A Slice of History

Spokane Washington is one of those towns with its own peculiar character. It’s not too big or too small. It gets just the right amount of rain. It has diverse geography including rugged mountains, pleasant valleys, lots of lakes, acres of prime farm land and a beautiful river running right through the heart of it.

And it just so happens that right on that river, just three miles from downtown, is one of the sweetest airports you will ever have the pleasure of landing at: Felts Field.

Not only does this historic field have two parallel paved runways pointed at 40 degrees toward the magnetic north pole, it has a grass strip in between them and to top it off, a seaplane base! The mighty Spokane River is just a few hundred feet north of, and parallel to, the northern runway. The field sports a control tower that operates 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (read more)

Board Welcomes New Director Susan Dusenbury

Susan Dusenbury, who served as an Advisor to the Board of Directors, has accepted appointment as a Director, replacing Jerry Brown who has moved up to VAA Treasurer.

Susan began flying at the age of 15 on a private airport (Overton Field) located near her shared hometowns of Andrews and Pawley’s Island, South Carolina.  She earned her private pilots certificate during her senior year in high school.  Susan is a graduate of Francis Marion University holding a degree in accounting and business administration.  While in college Susan earned her Commercial, Multi-engine, Instrument and Flight Instructor Certificates. (read more)

December Mystery Airplane


Can you identify this aircraft?

This large, attractive cabin monoplane appeared in the early 1930s, poor timing, as the depression and hard times had just descended on the country with bankruptcies devastating aircraft industries. The aircraft’s good looks along with its excellent performance, however, generated a lot of interest as well as a few sales of the airplane.

Click here or on the image above to view full size and see our other mystery airplanes.

October Mystery Identified

As expected the aircraft proved to be a tough one for our members but a single correct identification was received, that submitted by Wayne Muxlow. Congratulations, Wayne!

Click here or on the image above to read what Wesley Smith’s research has uncovered about this little known biplane—the Morton Nightingale.

EAA Holiday Online Auction: Dec. 2 – Dec. 9

Check www.eaa.org for details.

EAA will again be hosting an online holiday auction beginning December 2-9, with proceeds benefiting EAA’s programs and activities. There is a variety of EAA, AirVenture, and aviation items available ranging from aviation artwork and signed memorabilia to EAA lifetime memberships and AirVenture perks.

A complete list of the auction items will be available online next week.

 

Join Us at EAA OSHKOSH AirVenture 2015

July 20th thru July 26th, 2015

 

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