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Cessnas to Oshkosh!

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Hey Cessna Drivers! It's that time again. Oshkosh 2015 is quickly approaching and the good folks at Cessnas to Oshkosh are now gathering registrants to participate in this epic mass arrival. The 2014 Cessnas 2 Oshkosh Mass Arrival had 54 aircraft in attendance.

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Bob Rogers Mustang II Experimental Aircraft

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I made my first trip to the annual EAA air show at Oshkosh in 1990 and it was like going to heaven! I discovered that maybe there was a way to realize my dream and own an airplane. I would build it! For the of us who are willing to spend the time and effort, achieving the dream of owning and flying one's own airplane by building it has a lot of merit.

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Jimmy Doolittles Shell/Doolittle Stinson Reliant SR-10

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As historic old airplanes go, one of the premier examples of a true vintage aircraft now calls the Collin County Regional Airport in McKinney home. This very special aircraft is a rare 1938 Stinson SR-10 “Gull-wing” Reliant that still has its original government registration number NC21104 painted on the wings.  The beautiful bright yellow airplane was delivered in the spring of 2011 to the Ferraro Family in McKinney and prominently placed along side their collection of three other award winning aircraft based at the McKinney Airport.

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Building EAA Chapter Membership - Conquering the Caveman

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Before I say anything about building EAA Chapter membership I have to talk about men. I’m not leaving women out because they aren't important to an organization; it's just that women don't seem have the same issues that men do when it comes to being a social animal. Women have an inherent ability to "join in" and become part of any group they show interest in. 


My wife, who was a research scientist for many years, used to work with a team of Nobel Prize winning scientists, who at times, drove her nuts. Sometimes she would come home at the end the day, steaming and yelling "ARRRGH! Those MEN! They are a bunch of stubborn Neanderthals!" Although I often took offense to some of her comments, I knew it was probably best to just lay low and not throw fuel on the fire.

Having had been an EAA Chapter President in the past, I soon gained a better understanding of her frustration.

For quite a while, before joining an EAA Chapter, I would visit a chapter meeting here and there hoping to get in with a group of fellow aviation enthusiasts and share my love of flying with them. What I typically found was a tight knit group that didn't take a shine to "newcomers". This, combined with my shyness was a recipe for rejection. I usually left disappointed and in a huff, vowing to never return.

Although I was as much to blame as these chapter members were, I decided that if I ever get a leadership position in an EAA Chapter, things were going to have to change. 

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