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B-17 Experience of a Lifetime - B-17 Air Training
By Chris Henry, Lifetime Member EAA #41434, Membership Services Representative/B-17 Education

In those trying days during World War II, B-17's filled the skies over Europe as they departed their bases in England and thundered toward their targets deep into enemy territory. It took an entire crew to keep the aircraft in the air. From the flight crew down to the ground crew that stayed back at base and ensured that the aircraft was performing to the highest standards. Read more >>
AirVenture Oshkosh
AV Airshow Performers Top Air Show Performers to Appear at AirVenture
Some of the world's top air show performers, including national aerobatic champions and longtime Oshkosh favorites, have made their commitments to flying at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 as part of the afternoon and night air show lineups.

AV Workshops AirVenture Workshop Areas to be Upgraded
As the AirVenture fly-in grounds continue to evolve, one area needing a little love was the long-standing workshop pavilions that served the event for more than a quarter-century. That's happening in 2014! Read more >>

WomenVenture WomenVenture Moves to Wednesday
The annual WomenVenture gathering, designed to encourage and inspire women in aviation and those who want to fly, will welcome hundreds of female aviators on Wednesday, July 30, during the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in convention. Read more >>
Volutneer Program
Volunteer Advisory Committee
By Ginny Largent, EAA # 575325

Do you have a question, concern or comment about being an EAA volunteer? Don't be shy; let EAA's Volunteer Advisory Committee (VAC) know! EAA established the VAC in 2012 to help improve the volunteer experience at AirVenture. The committee consists of longtime volunteers who help EAA leadership and staff review volunteer policies, procedures and recognition programs. Any of the members can be contacted to express your questions, concerns and/or comments. So give us a shout, or at least an email, letting us know your thoughts. Read more >>

Volunteer Hours: Multiplication by Addition
By Dick Knapinski, EAA #494456, Senior Communications Advisor

Through the years, there have been plenty of estimates of how many hours are dedicated by volunteers at EAA during the AirVenture fly-in and throughout the year. During EAA's Fiscal Year 2014, which ended Feb. 28, we've been trying to get a better count on volunteer hours than a wild-eyed estimate.

Weekend Work Parties - Register Now
We're looking for people who love having an insider's view of how EAA and AirVenture Oshkosh work or looking to give back to their community. One of the best ways is through the upcoming spring and summer Weekend Work Parties on the AirVenture Oshkosh grounds. Spend a weekend day or two with us in Oshkosh and you'll get that insider's view, while meeting some other great EAA members and knowing that you help build The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration. The work varies but can include carpentry, grass cutting, painting, gardening, general maintenance, and things we probably haven't thought of yet. Read more >>

Weekend Work Parties Weekend Work Parties In Action at Weeks
At the end of February, we welcomed members of EAA Chapter 237 (Blaine, Minn.) to Oshkosh to participate in a Weekend Work Party at Kermit Weeks Hangar. There were 13 chapter members who participated in a variety of projects at the Weeks Hangar in conjunction with EAA staff members. Read more >>

Hops & Props Hops & Props a Success
On Saturday, March 8, EAA AirVenture Museum hosted one of its most popular annual events, Hops and Props, which features beverages and food, master brewers, microbrews, live music and more. The proceeds from the event help underwrite the cost of museum activities throughout the year, including free aviation education programs. EAA staff members and volunteers united to make this one of the Oshkosh area's favorite events.

This is a notable effort, as 47 volunteers joined EAA staff members to make Hops & Props a wonderful event for the more than 1,000 people who attended.

Linda Thorn chaired the Hops & Props volunteer corps for the first time and did a wonderful job recruiting and working with the volunteers. Linda is no rookie to EAA volunteering, though, she is in her ninth year of service with EAA. She is best known as the chair of AirVenture Oshkosh air show performers area. When asked about why she volunteers at EAA and her experiences here, Linda said, "I get so much gratification from being around the people I work with and being a part of the whole thing." EAA is happy to have Linda and all the volunteers who helped out to make Hops & Props a successful event!

KidVenture volunteer United Honors EAA KidVenture Volunteer
James White, EAA Lifetime 641417, of Carol Stream, Illinois, was presented with a 2013 United Airlines Volunteer Impact Grant in honor of his volunteer work at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh's KidVenture. The $1,000 grant will help support the programs and activities at KidVenture, and are a direct result of his service in the KidVenture riveting booth sponsored by Van's Aircraft.
Volunteer Spotlight
Anthony Pretorius Anthony Pretorius
By Anthony Pretorius EAA#148742

Dear Fellow EAA Volunteers:

I prefer to be a giver in this life rather than a taker. Most people will live their lives doing just the basics, growing up, get out of high school, higher education of some sort, get married, raise children, do the nuclear family thing with their kids, relatives, friends, and so on. Read more >>
Basic Training
Never Too Early to Think About the Weather
There may be a little bit of snow left in Oshkosh, but the sun is rising higher in the sky each day and the temperatures are rising (sort of). We often don't think about sunburn and hydration at this time of year but it's worth remembering, especially if you're making the trip to Sun 'n Fun or working in the sun now that can finally get outdoors. You can get a nasty sunburn on the flight line in April as well as July.

It's also a good time to remember the sun safety tips: Also make sure you pack sun screen and re-apply frequently. Protective clothing is also a good idea. This includes hats that cover your face and the back of your neck. Also, don't forget to pack sun glasses to save your eyes from the UV rays AND your water bottles! Speaking of that, be sure to try the new water fountains on the AirVenture ground this summer that include a water bottle filler station. See you this summer.
Volunteering & Contacts
Current Volunteer Opportunities
We are accepting applications for those interested in volunteering at AirVenture Oshkosh or on a year-round basis at EAA. For a listing of all of these volunteer opportunities, please visit our website and complete the application form to indicate your areas of interest and availability. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Sweeney at

Volunteer Contacts
General Information:
Katie Sweeney, EAA 1133651 -
Janine Diana, EAA Lifetime 1082064 -
Volunteer Advisory Committee:
Patti Bennett, EAA 1012172 -
Ken Decker, EAA 52084 -
Tim Fox, EAA Lifetime 335031 -
Dennis Hasha, EAA 227907 -
Ginny Largent, EAA 575325 -
Rich Largent, EAA 512497 -
Dave Mercer, EAA 379378 -
John Nowicki, EAA 116894 -
Barbara Rapchak, EAA 638323 -
Alan White, EAA Lifetime 60137 -
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