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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedVolunteer Spotlight: Brian Churchill
Story and photo by Kristy Hemp

Brian Churchill, Chairman Warbird Camping/Auto Camping, EAA 526177 Chapter: Warbirds Squadron 4, Hometown: Round Lake Beach, Illinois.

Describe your position: I’m responsible for anything that doesn’t have wings in the Warbirds area.

Years volunteering: Eleven. In 1998, I met a volunteer from Squadron 4, and he recruited me. My two sons also volunteer, and my wife, Diane, works in the Warbirds Store.

What do you enjoy most? Used to be because of the airplanes, but now it’s the people.

Day job: IT professional.

Aviation background: Private pilot working on instrument rating.

Who introduced you to aviation? My wife asked me what I really wanted to do. I said flying, and here I am.

First airplane ride: This was before discovery flights. I climbed into the plane, and the instructor said, “You’re getting into the wrong side–you’re flying today.”

Building anything? After seeing an EAA webinar, I’m interested in the Zenith 701.

Odd camper request: When someone asked me if I thought it was okay to order a beer trailer with a three-tapper for the campground. He thought it would save money. In case you’re wondering, the answer was no.

I was impressed with my campers when: They set up a homemade movie screen on the side of a camper. This was pre-Fly-In Theater days.

Memorable AirVenture experience: The 2010 monsoon!

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