It started promptly at 8 a.m., 65 five or more of us wedged into the hangar, but still comfortable behind the tables with chairs facing the front. It was the EAA Chapter Leadership “Boot Camp” hosted by EAA Chapter 288 at Spruce Creek Air Park and conducted by the leadership team from EAA headquarters in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It was a one day program condensed from a normal 2 day event, the proverbially 10 # shoved into a 5# bag. We didn’t skip anything, just buckled down and absorbed it all.
There was one of us for every year EAA has been in existence. Born at Curtis-Wright Field on January 23, 1953, Paul Poberezny held the first gathering of what was to become the Experimental Aircraft Association. The philosophy was simple. “We are: a community of passionate aviation enthusiasts that support and promote recreational flying. Our Mission: to grow participation in aviation.”
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