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February 2018
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Straight and Level

Straight and Level By Susan Dusenbury, VAA President, VAA 5721, EAA 55229

On February 8 your board of directors and advisors along with a host of our volunteers met at Flabob Airport in Riverside/Rubidoux, California for our annual midwinter board meeting. The midwinter board meeting is designed to cover and complete some of the business of the organization before, as I say, “All heck breaks loose in preparation for AirVenture.”
I am sure that all of you are aware of the Flabob Airport which over the years has been a haven for sport aviation with a very strong presence of vintage aircraft, vintage aircraft restoration and homebuilding. It was also at one-time home to Bill Turner’s shop appropriately named Repeat Aircraft. If you remember Bill built some splendid and very well-known replica racers including the Gee Bee Model Z “City of Springfield” and from the Tom Wathen collection The Firecracker, Caudron, Meteor and Comet.
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Bill Pancake Named General Aviation 2018 National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year

Bill Pancake Named General Aviation 2018 National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the YearWe are delighted to announce that Bill Pancake — long-time Vintage member, well known presenter during AirVenture, and Vintage Hall of Fame member — has been named the General Aviation 2018 National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year.Bill’s Regional Award will be presented on April 10 during Sun-N-Fun. His National Award will be presented on July 26 during AirVenture.Read more about Bill, his aviation career, and his award here. Full article >>

Member Satisfaction Survey Coming to You SoonMember Satisfaction Survey Coming to You Soon

Since last fall your board has been developing a wide-ranging online member satisfaction survey covering all aspects of the association. At the February meeting your board reviewed the survey.The survey will be distributed later this month to all Vintage members who have an email address in their member records.To make sure you receive this survey, please set your email spam settings to allow you to receive email from
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Announcing Charles W. Harris Memorial Fund and Charlie’s Park

Shortly after Charlie Harris passed away, several Vintage members suggested and began funding a Charles W. Harris Memorial Fund. At our winter meeting the board unanimously decided to develop the area west of our Vintage area as a park to be named “Charlie’s Park.” Many of you know that this is the only shady area on the convention grounds.Charlie’s Park will be developed in phases as more funding becomes available. We already have enough funding to begin Phase One of this development prior to AirVenture 2018. Charlie’s Park will be dedicated at noon on Monday, July 23, 2018, during AirVenture. All Vintage members and friends are invited to attendMembers who wish to contribute may send checks made out to Vintage Aircraft Association and designated for Charlie’s Park. Send contributions to Jan Johnson, Vintage Aircraft Association, 3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh, WI 54902.

Meet Executive Administrator Jan JohnsonMeet Executive Administrator Jan Johnson

Jan Johnson began her position as Executive Administrator for the Vintage Aircraft Association on November 22, 2017.
Jan has worked for EAA in the Young Eagles office since 2013. Originally from the UP of Michigan where there are many ski hills, Jan moved to Oshkosh in 1992.About herself Jan says, “Do I like to ski? Let’s just say I loved to try new things like skiing backwards and survived without any broken bones.”Jan is available in the Vintage office 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Contact Jan Here >>

Want to Start a Youth Program? Here is How One EAA Chapter Does It Want to Start a Youth Program?
Here is How One EAA Chapter Does It

By Jana Brown, Education Coordinator, EAA Chapter 1083I am responding to an article in the July/August issue of Vintage Airplane regarding Youth Aviation Programs.I am a member of EAA Chapter 1083 in Salisbury, NC. We began a summer day camp, ASCEND- Aviation Summer Camp: Exploring New Dimensions in 2011. In 2017 we completed our 7th successful year.We hold one session for a week during the summer from 9-3 each day at the Rowan County Airport and on Saturday we host a Young Eagles rally, open to the public, but where each student from camp receives a right seat flight.

We have been extremely successful with our camp and promoting aviation. We have, as best I can estimate, about 30% of the campers who have continued to explore aviation in some way or another. We give students an overview of aviation which includes the aviation alphabet, some of the history, the parts of the airplane, forces of flight, weather, flight planning, traffic patterns, instruments, flight simulator, and in addition we conduct sessions on fabric covering and riveting. All of our instructors are volunteers from Chapter 1083.
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Outstanding Flights: My Glider Trip Across the ContinentOutstanding Flights: My Glider Trip Across the Continent
Intro and research by Wes Schmid, VAA Director Emeritus, VAA 6688, EAA 3113

Frank Hawks set hundreds of speed records in the 1920s and ’30s flying some of that periods fastest, high performance aircraft. One record, however, was not a speed record. It started March 30, 1930 in a glider, towed by an airplane across the United States.
At the time Hawks was Superintendent of Aviation for the Texas Company (Texaco) and had convinced company executives to finance and support a glider flight from San Diego, California to New York city.It was expected a flight of this dimension would spark interest in gliding as well as aviation in general. Full article >>



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