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Thank You, Volunteers Thank You, EAA Volunteers
By Jack Pelton, EAA Chairman

As I mentioned in this month's Sport Aviation, I have been very fortunate to win some awards and be honored by various groups over the years, but I can tell you that nothing has been more gratifying and meaningful for Rose and me than being named EAA Volunteers of the Year last summer at Oshkosh.
AirVenture Oshkosh
Gate New Airport Gate May Alter Your Route
A recent change has been made to Gate 31 on Kilps Avenue west of the exhibit hangars. That access gate was installed last fall when a permanent gate was built on Waukau Avenue by Winnebago County.

Gate 31, which provides access to EAA's Print/Mail Center, Merchandising and Retail Offices, and Convention Headquarters, will now remain closed throughout the day. However, from 7 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on weekdays, the gate will automatically open when you approach it to enter or exit. Please make sure you stop your vehicle close enough to the gate to engage the opener.

Outside of those designated regular business hours, Gate 31 will require a specific security code to open it. This change is mandated by the federal airport security plan that is now required at Wittman Regional Airport and other airports.

NOTAM AirVenture NOTAM Available For Download
The FAA has released the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), featuring arrival and departure procedures for the 62nd annual fly-in convention July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. The NOTAM, which is in effect July 25-August 4, outlines procedures for the many types of aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as aircraft that land at nearby airports. Read more >>

Women Soar You Soar Registration Open for AirVenture's Women Soar You Soar
Registration is now open for EAA's annual Women Soar You Soar, a program that allows 100 high school-age girls to discover more about aviation and all its possibilities from aviators, engineers, and leaders during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Read more >>
Volutneer Program
Volunteer recognition Wanted: Great EAA Volunteers to Recognize
Nominations are now open and encouraged to recognize great EAA volunteers at this year's Volunteer Park ceremony on Sunday, July 27 - the day before AirVenture 2014's opening day. We will add names to the Volunteer Park recognition bricks alongside 2013's honorees: Paul and Audrey Poberezny, and Jack and Rose Pelton.

Making a nomination is simple. Just go to the online application form and complete it before May 31. It's a great opportunity for EAA volunteers to recognize one of their own who has gone "above and beyond" for many years. And it's just not for Oshkosh volunteers. If there's someone special who has meant a lot to your EAA chapter or the entire organization, they are welcome to be nominated as well.

EAA's Volunteer Advisory Committee will review the nominations and make its recommendation by mid-June, so 2014's honorees can be invited to Oshkosh for the July 27 recognition program.

Sun 'n Fun EAA Sun 'n Fun Volunteers
By Chris Jovaag, EAA #539527, Membership Marketing Coordinator

We're sending a special THANK YOU to all the EAA volunteers who helped us at Sun 'n Fun 2014, on April 1-6. For me, Sun 'n Fun Volunteers are right up there with the Blue Angels!

Why do I give our volunteers such a lofty status? They're an incredibly awesome and well-oiled team who are our stars of the show! They do it all! They help us with set-up, handling everything from computer installation, to merchandise inventory & display and procuring all the carts and vehicles needed for EAA headquarters. Read more >>

Volunteer Recognition Month Continues at EAA
On Thursday, April 17, EAA's local volunteers were recognized prior to Sean Elliott's presentation on the history of the B-17 as part of the AirVenture Museum's free aviation lecture series. More than 300 people attended the presentation, including approximately 40 local EAA volunteers. We're pleased to publicly recognize these volunteers in person during National Volunteer Month in April and have them represent the thousands of EAA volunteers who make things happen year-round and during AirVenture!
Volunteer Spotlight
Hands on Oshkosh Hands on Oshkosh – UW-Oshkosh Students, Faculty and Staff
Jessica Luft, EAA #1084418, Sr. HR Business Partner

EAA volunteers aren't always necessarily EAA members. On April 26, for instance, EAA benefited from more than 50 University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh students who came to EAA as part of the university’s "Hands On Oshkosh" volunteer program. According to the program's website, Hands on Oshkosh is "a program where students, faculty and staff come together to go out into the community to volunteer and make a difference." This was the 13th semi-annual event for UW-Oshkosh students, allowing them to connect with the community that they call home for their college years. Read more >>
Basic Training
Weather Alert for July
By Karen Kryzaniak, EAA #444234, Director of Risk Management

July weather in Wisconsin can be unpredictable. EAA works very closely with Winnebago County Emergency Management, in conjunction with the National Weather Service, to ensure weather conditions are monitored and communicated promptly. The National Weather Service has designated the AirVenture grounds as a "Storm Ready" site, one of the few major events and facilities in Wisconsin to earn that designation. It means that EAA has fulfilled the necessary planning to keep people safe in the event of severe weather. Read more >>

Plan Your Stops! - Bus Transportation Information
By John Faeh, EAA # 747420, Manager of Security EAA # 747420

Getting thousands of people from one place to another during AirVenture is no small task. One of the key elements to make it work is EAA's internal bus transportation system, which delivers our guests to many different areas throughout the grounds.

It all starts at the Bus Park Tower, just outside the main gate and is the central point for bus traffic. As well as the internal bus route center, all off-site buses, either charter or contracted, merge at this central point to give our guests since it is the best visible reference point for bus traffic. Read more >>
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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