I’ve been an officer in two EAA chapters, both of which held pancake
breakfasts that doubled as fun aviation events and fundraisers. EAA AirVenture
Oshkosh is really no different than those friendly gatherings—except it’s your
organization’s pancake breakfast on an international scale. Members fly and
drive in, check out airplanes, make friends, renew old acquaintances, and, of
course, eat. And just like those local pancake breakfasts, volunteers play a
crucial role. Without volunteers, it simply doesn’t happen. So on behalf of your
staff, I want to thank all the members who gave their time to make AirVenture
2009 another great success.
Charlie Becker, Director of Member Programs
(800 JOIN EAA)
Much About . . .?
EAA’s newest member benefit is
Oshkosh365, an online community created
exclusively for aviation enthusiasts to keep
that "Oshkosh spirit" going all year long.
You'll be able to post pictures, establish your
network of aviation friends, share information
through forums and message boards, join
special interest groups, and much more.
Members can also create personalized home
pages featuring news, weather, and events
tailored to their interests.
In addition, your exclusive EAA members-only
content can be accessed instantly through
Oshkosh365. You can enjoy the monthly digital
edition of EAA Sport Aviation magazine, access
decades of archived resources and other online
Who’s Who at HQ
Name: Hal Bryan
Position: Online Community
Manager EAA: 638979
Describe what you do: I manage
Oshkosh365, our new online community that
keeps the spirit of Oshkosh going strong all year.
What did you do prior to working
for EAA? I worked at Microsoft on the Flight
Simulator team for 10 years.
What is your favorite airplane to fly? The de Havilland Tiger Moth. Flying one
gives me the chance to feel, hear, smell, and even taste what flying was all about 30 years before
I was born.
Most unique EAA experience? Flying EAA’s Spirit of St. Louis replica. I was told the
Spirit had adverse yaw. After flying it, I would call it more "hostile" than "adverse."
Who is an inspiration to you in aviation? My dad. His airline career could never
be repeated as it spanned the era of DC-3s to 747s. He also let me “fly” at age 4, and paid for all of
my lessons when I was a little older!
What person in aviation would you want to have lunch with?
German inventor Alois Wolfmüeller who built a glider in 1907 that featured a conventional
tailplane and full three-axis control before the details of the powered Wright Flyer were even
public. Also, British pilot Amy Johnson who flew solo from London to Cape Town in 1932,
breaking her husband, Jim Mollisson's record. She became a pilot one year after women could
vote in the United Kingdom.