Saturday, September 14: EAA Chapter 1541 Airport Fun Day.

We held our first Airport Fun Day back in April and it was unexpectedly popular with the local community. Time for another one, then! We’ll have some static aircraft displays, some booths from local aviation schools and organizations, activities for kids from three to thirty, and more stuff too. Better yet, a free hot dog lunch for all attendees. Spread the word. Our Airport Fun Day will be held from 11:00 to 14:00. More information coming in August; we will need a high level of chapter volunteer participation for a successful event. Please plan to set aside a few hours on that date. Don’t say you have not been warned…

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Lunch and a program, Saturday 11th

We’ll be cooking a barbecue lunch from 11:00 to 12:00, then we’ll have a discussion about the Young Eagles event last weekend – what worked well, and what we can do better next time, along with any memorable parts of the event. We’ll also have a slideshow of pictures from the event, so send us links to any pictures you took!

All are welcome to participate!

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Young Eagles Rally was a success

We flew 76 kids on Saturday, and we’ve started a photo gallery here.

We had eleven pilots who donated their time, airplanes, and fuel costs (at $4.90 per gallon for avgas these days) who made numerous flights between 8:30 am and 2:00 pm. We also had a good and dedicated group of volunteers from both our chapter and local community who served as the ground crew to make the event a success. The two gyroplanes that participated were a hit with the Young Eagles, as was the Globe Swift that added a classic touch to the ramp scene. The other eight participating aircraft were also busy all day with flights carrying the “eaglets.”

The Rally was a complete success and everyone had a good time. We exposed several dozen families to the Lincoln Airport for the first time and the experience was a good one for them.

There was a lot of behind-the-scenes planning and work that went into this event, most of which is only noticed because the event came off so well. Nonetheless, it should be mentioned that a Young Eagle Rally is not a spontaneous event and it requires the investment of some significant time and effort by several in the chapter, particularly our chapter’s Young Eagle Coordinator, Cheryl Andrade.

Our chapter’s next Rally is scheduled for October. Young Eagle Rallys are are a cornerstone in the national EAA organization’s initiative to introduce the youth of America to aviation, and the program has provided more than 2.1 million free rides since it began in 1992. Our chapter is eager to add to that number.

Congratulations to all who participated and made yesterday’s event such a success.

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Volunteers for the Young Eagles rally on May 4th

We have the Young Eagles rally coming up on May 4th, and we need more volunteers, both pilots and ground crew:

  • We need people willing to be on site from 07:00 until 15:00 for consistency.
  • We need a set-up crew of 6-8 people at the EAA hangar at 07:00 to move material to the Gazebo area and set up the Young Eagle Rally site.
  • We need ramp escort teams to move Young Eagles and families on and off the ramp from the aircraft.
  • We need a ramp attendants to control access to the ramp.
  • We need attendants at the Kiddie Plane to help kids in and out and answer questions.
  • We need some friendly faces to answer questions and help parents enjoy their time at the airport.
  • We need a break-down crew to move material from the Gazebo area back to the chapter hangar at 14:00.

Volunteer requirements are also listed here.

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Airport Fun Day – April 13th

As part of the build up to the Young Eagles event on May 4th, we’ve decided to have a fun day at the hangar on April 13th.

Mark your calendars – We’re aiming to have aircraft, aviation themed events and movies, a flight simulator, plus lots of volunteers to answer questions about flying, careers in aviation and so on and (obviously) a barbecue lunch. If you have any ideas about other things we can add, let the board know!

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Call for volunteers for the Young Eagles rally on October 6th

Our chapter’s next Young Eagles Rally will be held on Saturday, October 6th. We’re expecting 75 kids to fly, and currently have 7 pilots.

Pilots, go here. Use the event code”1541″ to register.

If you signed up for our prior event, the sign up process is very quick.

This is a “private” event for pilot signup, thus the required code input. You will create an account with Flight Squid with your own password, which you will want to remember.

You will need to have your EAA member number to complete the sign up process, and it will also ask you to enter aircraft information. You will only need to do this once. Presuming we have future Young Eagle events and you participate, then that information will be automatically be entered when you register for those events.

If your plans change, it is a simple process for you to log in again and delete your registration for any event.

If you have not yet completed the process to be a Young Eagles pilot (application to EAA HQ and complete brief training and background check) or you are out of date (more than three years since completion), then you’ll need to complete that process before signing up on Flight Squid.

Volunteers – we need Young Eagle Ground Support (primarily helping Young Eagles to and from the airplane, providing ramp control, and ensuring ramp safety):

We have need for other event helpers too:

  • Welcome table for registration and check-in
  • Aircraft dispatchers to match pilots/Young Eagles
  • Chapter information table
  • Chapter members to answer questions and meet new friends
  • Other stuff we are working on

If you’d like to volunteer for any of these positions in a future event, please click here to email our Young Eagles Coordinator.

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