July 27, 2011
By Thomas B Haines
EAA spokesman Jeff Kaufman welcomed the greater participation of the Helicopter Association International (HAI) at EAA AirVenture.
HAI President Matt Zuccaro
The organization, which represents helicopter operators around the world, dramatically increased its presence at the airshow by putting up a large display tent with a second floor airshow viewing area on the flight line.
HAI President Matt Zuccaro said he wanted to demonstrate his support for EAA and create a place at the show where helicopter operators would feel welcome. For years, helicopter owners have told HAI and EAA that they felt underserved at the show, according to Zuccaro. The HAI president also said he hoped to attract youth to the pavilion in order to perhaps spur some of them to seek helicopter training.
“It’s important to work together and invite youth,” he said. “We all fly in the same airspace. The issues affect all of us; they are specific to no one.”
HAI staff members said the pavilion was just the beginning and that they hoped in years to come that the site would be filled with helicopters of all types.
AOPA Editor in Chief Tom Haines joined AOPA in 1988. He owns and flies a Beechcraft A36 Bonanza. Since soloing at 16 and earning a private pilot certificate at 17, he has flown more than 100 models of general aviation airplanes.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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