Those three words ended up bringing a
couple of new friends my way, Brady being
one and Caleb being the other. They are
building a Bearhawk together in Caleb’s
basement, and because of my then (still?)
new position at EAA, I was invited over to
observe, interact, and help where I could
on their project.
The organization has always
been open to the world—
everyone is welcome.
The “interact” part of my participation
went beyond Brady and Caleb, though.
What I found out is that they have created a
bit of a stir in the Bearhawk community,
and it has begun to reach other communi-
ties. Dream Build Fly shows up again in the
form of their blog documenting the build of
their Bearhawk, and that also includes the
live stream build session every Tuesday
(unless one of those special Hallmark holi-
days happens to fall on a Tuesday) that is
very well-attended. A sense of community
comes from this live stream every Tuesday,
and it’s talked about all week among friends
in the various forums. They are using a new
form of community to bring friends and
builders together every week.
IT BEGINS WITH A DREAM
So how does that encompass EAA from the
beginning? Well, when Paul got his small
group of 36 enthusiasts together in that first
official meeting back in 1953, they each
either had a dream to build or fly, they were
already building and wanted a community
to share ideas with, or they were fliers who
now had a place to come together to share
stories and pass the enthusiasm along.