EAA and the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council are introducing a new venue at AirVenture this year - the Homebuilder's Hangar. Located just north of the "Aces Cafe", adjacent to the Forums area, the building, formerly used by NASA, has been converted for its new role. "The Homebuilder's Hangar will be a hub of activity for the homebuilder/craftsman community," said Joe Norris, EAA's Homebuilders Community Manager. "It's the first step in a multi-phase facelift of the homebuilt area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh."
Numerous presentations will take place there throughout the week, including a twice-daily "Homebuilts in Review,” where builders/designers will give background on their aircraft and answer questions. Notables including Burt Rutan are scheduled to speak. Check www.airventure.org/schedule for details. If you would like to make a homebuilt-related forum presentation in the Homebuilder's Hangar, we'd love to hear from you. Contact Mark Forss at 920-426-6588, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Homebuilder's Hangar is also designed to be used as a social gathering spot for homebuilders. That's where you come in! If you're attending AirVenture and would like to "brag" about your project, bring a picture of it to take up on the "What We're Building" board. This large bulletin board will give homebuilders a chance connect and get answers to their questions. There's also another board for those who have items for sale. If you have a project, aircraft, parts, or components that you want to sell, you'll have a place to post a notice where other homebuilders will see it. And if you need something, you can use the "for sale" board to post a want ad.
The Homebuilder's Hangar will also have tables and chairs for homebuilders to meet and chat in the shade. There will be water available to quench your thirst, and EAA will have a kiosk where you can get homebuilding information and answers to your questions while you meet EAA staff and members of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council.
Make sure to stop by the Homebuilder's Hangar and see what's going on!