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Geoff Robison

Thanks for reading the EAA Vintage Aircraft Association’s Vintage AirMail e-Newsletter.

Heavy planning for the 2014 episode of EAA Oshkosh has begun in earnest. Be sure to read my column and the special article by Charlie Harris in the January edition of Vintage Airplane Magazine where we jointly announce the 2014 Vintage venue at EAA Oshkosh. Is it actually possible to duplicate the 2013 event of the “World’s Greatest Aviation Event?”

If the weather man does a good job for us again, I am speculating that the 2014 Vintage venue could easily turn out to be our best event ever. I am certain that you will be as excited as I am about the new venue plans when you see it in the magazine next month.

It is never too early to begin your planning to attend the “World’s Greatest Aviation Event”. 2013 was one of the best, and safest events I have ever witnessed at Oshkosh and your Vintage Board Members are brainstorming some awesome ideas for next year’s events in the VAA area.

All of these events and programs that go on in the Vintage area during EAA Oshkosh would be virtually impossible to provide if it were not for the generous donations of our “Friends of the Red Barn” and our program sponsors. Donations and sponsorships are already being pledged for next years Convention.

There is a long list of expenses for our offerings and programs at each event, and a good number of them are not “large” in nature. For example we expend a fair amount of dollars in support of our hundreds of Vintage Volunteers each year. We operate our Volunteer Center in the back of the Vintage Hangar where we feed and water these folks at the expense of the VAA. Although EAA does supplement this effort with some food products, we provide all of the soda and water and condiments available to our Volunteers.

At our Awards Program each year we host all of the VAA Award winners and the audience with a small reception that includes finger food and beverages. Although the EAA covers the expense of each Lindy Award presented, the VAA covers the expense of all of the large and small recognition plaques for our Award winners. We hand out hundreds of uniquely designed Volunteer hats to our Volunteers each year. These are but a few of the expenses that we are always looking to have sponsored by individuals or aviation type businesses who are looking for some special recognition as a Vintage Sponsor. These sponsorships will range from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars, so there are a lot of opportunities available that may easily fit someone’s budget.

If you or someone you know may have an interest in becoming a VAA Sponsor please call us for details. Contact: Max Platts, Executive Administrator – 920-426-6110 or

Without the generosity of this group of supporters, we would find ourselves struggling to
provide a viable and unique presentation of our Organization to the thousands of attendees each year who have a real soft spot in their hearts for the Vintage airplanes at Oshkosh.

Thanks for being a Member, and we will “See you at Oshkosh 2014.”

The adventure lives on!

Geoff Robison
President, EAA Vintage Aircraft Association

EAA Life Member 268346
VAA 12606

In This Issue:

Give the Gift of Vintage

AV November coverLooking for a last-minute holiday gift for an aviation enthusiast or flying family member?

The perfect solution – give your special person the gift of membership in the Vintage Aircraft Association.

Each gift membership (new or renewal) includes an appropriate card and certificate with your message plus the beautiful November issue of Vintage Airplane. All categories of membership can be given as gifts. Call EAA Membership at 800-564-6322.

The Screamin’ Sasquatch

Screamin SasquatchJohn Klatt Airshows and Jack Link’s Beef Jerky teamed up to create a one of a kind plane, the Screamin Sasquatch., which is powered by two different engines. The plane style is a Jet Waco, first introduced by Jimmy Franklin in 1999.. (read more)

Help Us Spread the Word about Vintage

FacebookLogoOur new administrator, Max Platts, has been doing an amazing job with the Vintage Aircraft Facebook Page and members are responding with photos of their own and favorite vintage planes. Have you seen us on Facebook yet? Please LIKE our Facebook page to help spread the word. You can also forwarded the page to friends.

Twitter LogoVintage is also on Twitter. Have you seen our Twitter page? Are you following us on Twitter? We don’t tweet often, but when we do, you can help us by re-tweeting our messages. Please follow us on Twitter.

Our website, newsletter, Facebook and Twitter all link together and all help us spread the word to a generation with little knowledge of who we are and what we love. If you don’t know how to do this, recruit your kids or grandkids. It only takes a few minutes and can be quite fun. Just as Max.

EAA Urges Support for Sleep Apnea Bill

Sleep Apnea photoDecember 4, 2013 – EAA urges members to contact their congressional representatives and express support for a bipartisan bill that would force the FAA to subject its new draconian sleep apnea policy to a formal rulemaking and public comment process.

The legislation (H.R. 3578) has been approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and is now headed for the full House. EAA and other GA organizations support this bill and are asking their members to urge their representatives to join as co-sponsors. (read more)

AIRPORT ACTION: VAA Chapter 3 in Walnut Cove, NC

Chapter 3 imageVintage Aircraft Association Chapter 3 was originally named the Carolinas Virginia Antique Airplane Foundation. This active group of antiquers has its headquarters in Walnut Cove, North Carolina. Most of their members are from the Carolinas and Virginia with quite a few members from other states such as New Jersey, Tennessee, Georgia, etc.

What sets this chapter apart from others is their membership. There are several member names that you will recognize as being major contributors to the antique airplane world such as Jack and Golda Cox, Susan Dusenbury, Morton Lester, Dolph Overton… (read more)

EAA Hails Bill to Cut Third-Class Medical for Many GA Pilots

December 12, 2013 – Reps. Todd Rokita (R-IN) and Sam Graves (R-MO) introduced a bill in the U.S. House Wednesday that seeks to abolish the third-class medical certificate for many pilots who fly recreationally. (read more)

December Mystery Airplane

Wesley Smith has selected another great Mystery Plane for you to identify. This one shold prove to be rather easy. (Photo furnished by Leo Kohn, EAA No. 4.)

Click here or on the image below to view the full size image and submit your answer to this month’s Mystery Airplane.

December Mystery Airplane

Vintage Thanks UNIVAIR

Univair website imageUNIVAIR Aircraft Corporation has been a long-time supporter of VAA activities. For years they helped sponsor AeroGram, our daily AirVenture newsletter. More recently UNIVAIR has simply provided unrestricted financial support to Vintage Oshkosh activities.

Your board has received several additional direct contributions from long-time vintage vendor supporters which help us at AirVenture and to deliver our digital message to a wider audience.

Please recognize and support UNIVAIR and the other fine vendors who support VAA. They deserve our support.

October Bird Was a Mystery

Although this plane generated no correct replies, the aircraft had a very interesting history of development, as well as the individuals involved in its design and testing. Read about this rare and interesting early helicopter that Wesley Smith’s research has uncovered.

October Mystery Plane

Spots Available for January SportAir Workshops in Oshkosh

Restoring a vintage airplane? There are still spots available to enroll in EAA’s SportAir Workshops being taught in Oshkosh next month, January 25-26. With EAA SportAir Workshops, you’ll receive two days of solid, hands-on instruction on your building method of choice, be it Fabric Covering, Composite Construction, Gas Welding, or Sheet Metal Basics. There are also courses on Electrical Systems and Avionics and Fundamentals of Aircraft Construction.

On Saturday evening, join the popular Saturday evening course, What’s Involved in Kit Building, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. EAA will sponsor a special guest speaker (to be announced) at the Saturday lunch, so stay tuned. Learn more and enroll today at the SportAir Workshops website or by calling 800-967-5746.

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