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From: Larry Walls <larryw at CIO.hhsys.org>
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 1997 21:14:50 UTC
--- Begin Forwarded Message --- Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 13:54:21 -0400 (EDT) From: DFinn7971 at aol.com Subject: [canard-aviators] Access to the Convention Flight Line Sender: owner-canard-aviators at betaweb.com To: canard-aviators at canard.com, cozy_builders at hpwarhw.an.hp.com, webmaster at eaa.com Reply-To: DFinn7971 at aol.com Message-ID: <970804135250_-1607203415 at emout02.mail.aol.com> [The Canard Aviators's Mailing list] Hello everyone. I am posting this to the Cozy mailing list, the canard mailing list and if I can figure out how, to the REC.AVIATION.HOMEBUILT Newsgroup. I will also send a copy to the EAA. If any of you wish to forward it further, please feel free. Obviously I feel strongly about the subject! This year the EAA implemented a new policy of allowing all attendees along with food and drink on the flight line. I asked several EAA people about this and was told that in the past they had received a significant level of complaints from the general public about the old policy of allowing only aviation people on the flightline. People were unhappy about bringing their families to the show, paying $16 per head and not being allowed to get up close to look at the planes. I was told at the Main Gate Information Booth, that the EAA management felt that requiring people to purchase an EAA membership would not automatically educate them about the need to take care with the planes so they might as well just let everyone in. I talked to an EAA security guard who stated that this allowed the EAA to reduce their security cost by about 40% (this came from one of the workers so it may or may not be accurate). I'm sure the new rules allowing food and drink on the flight line increased revenue. Some things I observed on the flightline: - People smoking next to the planes. - I saw a father and mother allow their children to duck under the ropes surrounding Tim Merrill's Grand Champion Cozy and touch the plane. I warned the parents who acted highly insulted that I would criticize their children. - I saw large numbers of people leaning on homebuilts during the airshow. - I observed a child, accompanied by his father, spill a soda on the canard of a Long-eze. The father wipped it off with his hand. - I saw a fellow lean over an RV and leave a scratch from his belt buckle in the paint. - Carl Denk's wife told me that she was a nervous wreck after Carl left her in charge of his Cozy and she had to spend the whole time shooing kids away from the plane. - One of the fellows at the EAA information booth outside the main enterance told me that he had to tell people to stop standing on a planes wheel pants. - During the Saturday airshow people were very crowded on the flight line and were pushed up against the planes. I saw one mother sit her little girl on a wing near airshow center. Okay, I'll admit that these things happen every year but I've never seen it to this degree before. People who are not involved with aviation, homebuilding, restoration, etc. do not understand the importance of these planes to their owners. Consequently they do not all take the care that we would wish. I hope to be finished with my Cozy Mark IV in about two years, throughout the whole building process I've looked forward to flying it to Oshkosh and being an active part of the show. If this is how my baby will be treated I will have to carefully think my decision through. I've observed that organizations take on a life of their own as they grow. Their goals change from serving their constituancy (the members) to sustaining and encouraging growth. In Tom Poberezny's article in the new Sport Aviation he discusses planning for the future. While the details of his strategic plan will be unveiled over the next few months it is implied that the EAA will expand its goals to working for the general betterment of the aviation community. In this light it is plain that exposing more people to aviation by allowing them on the flight line is a good thing. Unfortunately, I feel it has a negative effect on the members who fly in to the show. While working toward advanicing the cause of general aviation is a worthy goal it should not be done at the expense of the association members. It is worth remembering that Oshkosh is the Annual Convention and Fly-in of the Experimental Aircraft Asociation. As such, it is for the members. Its success is based on the members participation. Without the show planes, Oshkosh would be no better then any local airshow revolving around aerobatics. Given the importance of these planes to their owners I think it is critical that the EAA base their decisions on assuring that they be protected from the uneducated public. As a middle ground, I suggest that the central taxiway where all the big planes are located be left open but the grassy parking areas where the show planes and warbirds live be restricted under the original guidelines for admission. Perhaps it would be good to require at least two months of membership before granting access. These two months would allow the EAA to provide a couple of copies of Sports Aviation to the new members. In these issues they could have articles describing what is considered proper behavior on the flight line. If you agree (or disagree for that matter) please write the EAA with your thoughts. They need input from the members to properly evaluate their decision. Aside from this complaint, I had a fantastic time time at the convention! Dick Finn EAA 363844 ---------------------------------------------------------------------- To remove yourself from this list, send email to: majordomo at canard.com and put the following as the very first thing in your message body: unsubscribe canard-aviators you at youremail.com If you have problems, please email support at canard.com For more information visit: http://www.canard.com --- End Forwarded Message ---