For the past several years,
EAA AirVenture’s Member Village has served as a central location for
EAAers to go and discover all the benefits that come with their
membership. This year that area, located at the corner of Knapp Street
Road and the taxiway running to the west of AeroShell Square, becomes
the EAA Welcome Center. Along with providing the high level of services
to EAAers, the Welcome Center will also serve as a resource to all
AirVenture attendees looking to learn more about EAA and AirVenture.
Looking for general
information, directions, or exhibitor details? Visit the Welcome Center,
where EAA staff and volunteers will get the answers for you. This year
the Welcome Center will also offer unique aviation attractions
- A display from Virgin
Galactic, including scale models of the world’s first "spaceliner,"
White Knight Two and SpaceShipTwo, currently being developed at
Scaled Composites, the company founded by EAAer Burt Rutan.
- See the Sonex Electric
Airplane, and learn about a new initiative, backed by EAA, to make
electric-powered flight available and affordable to recreational
- Find out what
the future holds for the AirVenture grounds and check out the
proposed AirVenture site redesign project at a special Welcome
Center showcase. This 10-year site project will enhance the World’s
Greatest Aviation Celebration experience while maintaining the
culture of the event. It will ensure AirVenture’s continued
stature as the destination
that embodies the spirit of aviation.
- History buffs can hear
Historian Bob Kupon recount WWII B-17 bomber stories, including open
- Women aviators are
invited to help EAA make history by signing the WomenVenture logbook
at the WomenVenture exhibit. WomenVenture is a joint effort by EAA
and Women in Aviation International aimed at recognizing and
encouraging women of all ages to get involved in aviation. Women
pilots are asked to converge upon AeroShell Square at 10:30 a.m.
Friday, August 1, to help establish an unofficial record for the
number of women pilots gathered in one location at one time!
- The symbolic 30,000th
homebuilt aircraft to be registered in the United States will be
celebrated at AirVenture this year, and the EAA Welcome Center will
feature a special mural where members can have their picture taken
or add a picture of their homebuilt. By the end of the convention,
we’re hoping to create a unique tribute to builders. As EAA
Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny says, "It’s the airplanes
that bring us together. It’s the people that keep us coming
- EAA’s Government
Relations area will update visitors on what’s new with user fees,
the FAA homebuilt aircraft regulations, and more.
Some of the
"staples" EAA members can find at the Welcome Center return.
They’ll have a quick and easy way to renew their membership and sign
up for Autorenew (includes
a free gift). "We want our members to spend their time enjoying
their membership," says Barry Elk, director of EAA membership
marketing. "With Autorenew,
they won’t have to worry about keeping their membership current; we do
it for them."
Visitors can ask
questions about the many benefits included with an EAA membership, and
they can join EAA right at the Welcome Center.
Representatives from Ford
Motor Company, John Deere, Enterprise, AeroPlanner, the U.S. Bank EAA
credit card program, AirFleet Capital Aircraft Financing, and EAA
Aircraft Insurance Plan administered by Falcon Insurance Agency will be
present. (EAA members receive a free hat with an insurance quote.)
The Welcome Center also
brings back the Internet Café. It is a convenient place for EAA members
to browse the Internet, check their e-mail, or research a new aviation
gadget inside the AirVenture gates. Members can also rest tired feet at
café tables in a cool, sun-free nook.
AirVenture offers some
fantastic drawings, giveaways, and sweepstakes. EAA has made the entry
process for the Visitor Passport drawing (a booklet of daily prizes and
special discounts given to you with your AirVenture wristband) a lot
more user-friendly this year. Applicants can drop off their entry forms
at the Welcome Center. AirVenture attendees can also pick up their SPOT
satellite messenger, support the Young Eagles in the Mustang Bullitt
raffle, and enter to win a Cirrus SR20 and the second prize RotorWay
Talon A600 helicopter kit in the Share the Spirit Sweepstakes.
EAA AirVenture guests
should think of the Welcome Center as the "help desk" to The
World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, with some great perks that
can’t be missed!
EAA Welcome Center
- Virgin Galactic’s
Scale Models, White Knight Two and SpaceShipTwo
- Sonex Electric
- 30,000 Homebuilts
- AirVenture 10-year
Site Redesign Plans
- Sign the WomenVenture
- WWII B-17 Bomber
Historian Bob Kupon
- Find Out What’s New
with 51 percent Rule and User Fees
- EAA Member Internet
- Visitor Passport
Drawings (daily at 3 p.m. – See Visitor Passport for Complete