Emily Albinski and
Will Crane. Photo by Phil Weston
a lot of first-timers to AirVenture this year, and one couple in
particular is here because of a simple invite from an EAA staff member.
May, a day that started off ordinary turned extraordinary for Will Crane
and Emily Albinski, a young couple in their twenties. They decided to
attend the 3rd annual Maker Faire at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds
south of San Francisco. The Maker Faire had several central California
EAAers, from Chapters 20, 62, 338, and 393, displaying the things that
EAA homebuilders "make." The EAA chapter members offered
hands-on interaction and the opportunity to discuss "making"
your own airplane with builders who did just that.
from EAA headquarters were also there, including David Hipschman,
director of publications. David spent some time with Will and Emily and
showed them the Oshkosh: The Spirit of Aviation DVD. "We
were really impressed at the time David and the EAA staff took with us.
The ability to fly opened up to us once we talked to David, and he
offered to take us up flying and even opened his home to us for camping
during AirVenture." Emily and Will took David up on his offer and
camped in Davidís backyard earlier this week.
Will were also invited by the chapter president to attend an EAA Chapter
62 meeting after the Maker Faire. "Everyone from EAA has been very
open with a Ďcome join usí attitude," comments Emily.
able to spend only a day at AirVenture this year because they are moving
out east. They made a stop in Oshkosh on their way out there. Once they
settle in the New York City metro area, they will find a chapter to join
there. They hope to attend for the full week next year and would love to
fly to Oshkosh in their own plane someday.
Emily, now EAA members, both got their student certificates free at
AirVenture. They were worried how they were going to get them and said
it was really easy for them here.
really enjoyed the Light Sport Aircraft Mall and all the information
that they supplied for them.
favorite part is the vintage planes. His dad was a military history
teacher at West Point and is now a director of a museum. He remembers
going to a lot of air shows as a kid and always saw the planes at the
army/navy football games with the F-14s flying over.
wants to get his sport pilot certificate and wants to build a
light-sport aircraft some day from scratch. Emily, a graphic/industrial
designer, also wants to build a plane from scratch and has worked with
metal design in the past. She says thatís where her desire comes from
to build a plane.
they both have their student certificates, Emily and Will are going to
find a chapter in New York City and talk to them to see if they have a
plane and can recommend an instructor. Will also wants to get his
are so glad we went to the Maker Faire. We both talked about flying off
and on but didnít really take it seriously until the Faire. We had the
impression that flying was just for millionaires, and now we feel that
thatís not true."
Emily and Will said they
donít know a whole lot of people in aviation, and EAA feels like a
close-knit family to them and has been very supportive. "The quote
ĎItís not about planes, itís about peopleí really rung true for
us," Emily says. "We feel like we can ask questions about