Hello current, past, and prospective members of the Green Mountain Flyers / EAA Chapter 968. As you are aware, our chapter had been fairly quiet for a while we are pleased with the renewed interest. I am taking this opportunity to tell you what has been happening, along with some of our future plans. Above all, remember, the chapter is here for you, and you can contribute ideas and efforts to help continue our resurgence.
I have just returned from EAA headquarters in Oshkosh where I attended their Leadership Academy. I received quite an education from EAA national, and from the other attending chapters. A total of 25 people attended the weekend, representing 18 chapters from around the country.
I won’t take this time to list all the topics covered, but suffice it to say it was a real eye opener for me. EAA has much to offer all of us who enjoy aviation for whatever reason. Whether you are a builder or have an experimental plane, fly under part 90 or as a sport pilot, have a license of are just an enthusiast, you have a passion for aviation. EAA and our chapter are ready to stoke your enthusiasm.
Our chapter is a combination builder and social chapter, and we believe we should continue to include both aspects in our future meetings.
For starters, we will be splitting the business meetings away from the general membership meetings. The officers, and any members who wish to attend, will conduct monthly business that is related to administrative and financial tasks. Reports of the meetings (minutes) will be distributed to the membership.
The general meetings, to which non-members will usually be invited, will be a mix of social gatherings and aviation related presentations. Due to our somewhat remote location, it is a little harder to get speakers to come here for presentations, especially in winter. We will, however, continue to invite speakers from the area as part of our future meetings. We will intend to present a 20-30 minute video from EAA each month. This video contains a short news report of the goings-on at the EAA along with 1 or 2 feature segments. We will also schedule some fly-outs, and some purely social events in and around Rutland for our members and their significant others.
We would also like to see our chapter become active in the Young Eagles program, and if you desire, the Eagle Flight program as well. Any EAA National member (with or without chapter affiliation) is eligible to participate in these programs. More about these programs will be presented at one of the upcoming meetings. The most important things to know about both of these programs are that they give you, the pilot, an opportunity to fly, and it brings new blood into the aviation community. It also puts quite a smile on your passengers’ face.
We will continue to reach out to the pilot community in Middlebury, holding some general meetings at that airport as well. If attendance is satisfactory and those pilots join our chapter, we will maintain that relationship.
By late December you will receive a questionnaire related to your aviation interests, so that we may provide an interesting and enjoyable experience for you. Chapter members and non-members are encouraged to complete and return the questionnaire. Of course, the desires of our membership come first.
If you are not presently a chapter member, please submit an application along with a check to the address on the form. If you are presently a member, payment for the next calendar year can be submitted at anytime between October 1st and the end of the year. Once a new year begins, you cannot participate in member only functions until dues have been received.
I also encourage everyone to join the national organization. Besides promoting aviation, the EAA represents all pilots by working with the FAA, elected representative at the national level, and with those in the media.
A meeting for January will be scheduled shortly to expand upon these ideas. Please see the Events schedule on this website for the possible dates.