Thu, May 15, 2008
Site In Former NASA Building To Specialize In Less-Expensive
Ways To Fly
Between rising fuel prices, maintenance expenses, hangar fees,
the cost of an aircraft... pursuing a passion for aviation may
appear beyond reach for a lot of people. EAA notes one of its main
goals is to find a better way to do things, primarily through
pooling and sharing knowledge and information. That's essentially
what's behind an attraction set to debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
2008, the Affordable Flying Center.
"The EAA Affordable Flying Center will focus on ways our members
can achieve and maintain their dream of flight, even on a limited
budget," said EAA's Ron Wagner, who is leading efforts to organize
the new feature attraction. "EAAers have lots of creative ways to
get the most bang for their aviation bucks, and the idea is to
collect and make them available to share with each other."
Located in the former NASA building (north of the old control
tower adjacent to the Honda Forums Plaza), the Affordable Flight
Center will feature a mini-forum area, indoor displays, and
examples of Standard Category aircraft like the Taylorcraft, Piper
Colt/Tri-Pacer, etc., that can provide an economical pathway to
flight. EAA's staff of experts and volunteers will be on hand to
answer questions and provide information to those seeking a less
expensive way to pursue their aviation passion.
Some of the areas they'll be ready to discuss include
partnerships, and flying clubs; owner-maintenance opportunities;
plans-building, where the builder's time and sweat equity
substitute for money to create one of the most cost-effective ways
to own a low-cost aircraft; and sport pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft,
and how this growing category can help enthusiasts pursue their
passion for flight for less cost.
Wagner has put out the call to EAA members who would like to
share their story about innovative ways to affordably own, build,
buy, maintain, or fly an aircraft. He's also looking for featured
aircraft to display outside the Affordable Flying Center.
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