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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedAirVenture volunteer spotlight: Dennis Hasha
Story and photo by Kristy Hemp
 

Dennis Hasha, Chairman - Homebuilt Registration, EAA 227907, Chapter 615 - Hometown: Tuscumbia, AL

What do you do? I’m at the one-stop location on the flightline for homebuilt registration. You can get your showplane mug, armbands, camping credentials, rent tie-downs and a hammer, join or renew your membership, and a lot more!

Years volunteering: About 24.

Day job: Retired. Former business owner.

How did you get started? I couldn’t sleep one night because it was so hot in our camper. I got up and found my way to Camp Scholler security, and ended up volunteering for them at night!

What do you enjoy most? I love it all. I put in 152 hours by the time I’m done. By October, I’m already looking forward to next year.

Introduction to aviation: My mother said from the time I was small I loved airplanes. I sold my motorcycle in 1979 to take flying lessons.

Aviation background: Private pilot with instrument rating.

Building anything? Currently building an RV-8.

Aircraft arrival you would run to see? The DC-3 or B-17 mass arrival.

AirVenture experience you won’t forget: Flew in with a friend on a warbird mass arrival in a Nanchang.

Memorable person you met at AirVenture: Paul Poberezny. He has a quick wit, an answer for everything, and an ability to make you stop and think. Plus, he’s living history.

Favorite time of day: 7 p.m. Things are quiet and less crowded. I take a golf cart with my wife and ride from one end to the other talking to people.

I would love to have lunch with: Kelly Johnson from Lockheed Skunk Works. He was way ahead of his time.

If there’s one thing AirVenture goers shouldn’t miss it’s: Camping on the grounds. You miss half of the AirVenture experience if you stay off-site.

AirVenture survival tip: Don’t try to see it all in one day. Take your first couple years to enjoy the event and then volunteer. But, once you’re ready—we need young volunteers to start learning the ropes!

Fun volunteer story: I was riding with a friend on a golf cart and an older gentleman (looked 95) came slowly into the road waving. He asked if we could tell him where the closest portable toilet was. I asked my rider if he would get off because I didn’t think he could make it the 1.5 miles!

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