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CHARLIE BECKER, DIRECTOR OF MEMBER PROGRAMS
Name: Patricia Deimer, EAA 695724
Position: Manager, Int’l Aerobatic Club
WHO’S WHO AT HQ
HAVE YOU MARKED MAY 15, 2010, on your calendar yet?
If not, you should. This will be the inaugural International
Learn to Fly Day. Just think of it: One day where we, people
who love aviation, can make a big deal about how great flying
is and share that passion with new people. I’ve made it a
personal goal to mentor two people to become pilots during my aviation
life. If we all commit to a similar goal, there is no doubt we will grow the
pilot population. So, invite a friend to go flying that day, sign your spouse
up for a lesson, put up a sign at work inviting colleagues to your hangar,
organize a chapter Learn to Fly event, or, if you’re not yet a pilot, take your
first lesson on May 15. I’m sure you can come up with lots of great ideas,
but at the very least, please make a concerted effort to expand our ranks
and get aviation growing.
What do you do? I manage the
International Aerobatic Club. I answer
members’ questions, put them in touch
with experts, help them plan contests,
and act as a liaison between members
and the board.
First airplane ride: My dad, a
commercial pilot, took us flying when I
was little, but the first ride I have clear
memories of was in college when my
husband-to-be took me up in a Cessna
150 on one of our first dates.
What do you fly? I am a student pilot
flying mostly in a Super Cub, but I am
part owner of a replica Krier clipped-wing Cub, built by the nephew of
famous air show pilot Harold Krier.
Aviation inspiration: My husband
was my biggest inspiration. I’d never
met anyone who really had flying in his
blood until I met him. He was happiest
when he was in or around airplanes…
and could be a bear when he wasn’t.
Dream aircraft: A Seabee. There’s this
aura of a romantic time with a slower
pace about seaplanes and flying boats.
Plus they can land in exotic places with
blue waters. Who doesn’t love that?
Unique EAA experience:
Volunteering at EAA’s Pioneer Airport,
especially during Good Ol’ Days when
we dress in vintage clothing and do
living history skits.
Don’t Know Much About… IAC, A DIVISION OF EAA
Did you know that as an EAA member, you are qualified to be a member of the International
Aerobatic Club (IAC)? The core purpose of the IAC is to promote and enhance the safety and
enjoyment of sport aerobatics. IAC members can join one of 40 local chapters, have exclusive access
to a member website, attend safety programs, have specific government representation, receive Sport Aerobatics magazine
monthly, and can apply for the IAC Insurance Plan. IAC chapters also sponsor approximately 50 regional sanctioned aerobatic
competitions each year in the United States that only members can participate in.
To find out more about the IAC, visit www.IAC.org or call 800-564-6322.
Special aviation story:
About a year after my husband, Gregg,
passed away from cancer, my friends
came home with a trophy from the
Antique Aircraft Association’s
Blakesburg Fly-In for Gregg’s clipped-wing Cub. He won the year before, but
we didn’t know it at the time. It made
that trophy very special.