Kevin Hannig sits
in the F-100 cockpit in the Welcome Center and says it brings
back memories of when he was an A&P on the F-100. Photo by
Consider it the “help desk” to the
World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration.
“If you have a question, we can answer
it here, or direct you to who can,” said Katie Kollmann, EAA marketing
The EAA Welcome Center sits at the
northeast corner of EAA Member Square and provides membership services
to EAAers. It also serves as a resource to all AirVenture attendees
looking to learn more about EAA and AirVenture.
“You can join EAA, renew your
membership, and put it on AutoPilot,” said Barry Elk, EAA director of
membership marketing. “AutoPilot saves you $4 on this year’s
New this year is the EAA Welcome Center
Stage. This area holds daily presentations with seating for 120. Daily
presentations/briefings include: Early Bird Briefing at 7:15 a.m.,
AirVenture Insider at 8:30 a.m., EAA Programs at 9 a.m., Salute to
Veterans at 10 a.m., EAA Radio (Live!) at 11 a.m., Air Show Briefing at
1:15 p.m., and Meet the Air Show Performers at 1:30 p.m.
“The Salute to Veterans presentation
will have an individual or panel talking about their experiences,”
explained military historian and Vietnam veteran Bob Kupon. “Dick
Rutan will be speaking about his Vietnam experiences and flying the
F-100 on Thursday.”
If you are a veteran, make sure you sign
the Veterans Wall in the Welcome Center. “All those who served in
uniform, men and women, should come sign the wall,” said Kupon.
You’ll also find the Salute to Veterans
daily highlights schedule and information on the Veterans Parade and the
group photo scheduled for Friday, July 30.
Homebuilders or aspiring homebuilders can
stop by the Welcome Center and talk with EAA representatives.
Women pilots are invited to sign the
WomenVenture logbook and, if you took part in last year’s photo, to
sign the 2009 poster. Free WomenVenture T-shirts (yellow) will be
available at the Welcome Center to all women pilots to wear at the photo
of what is becoming the world’s largest gathering of women pilots on
AeroShell Square, Friday at 10:30 a.m.
Attendees can also sign up for the Young
Eagles Golf Classic on Friday, July 30, register for the Runway 5K on
Saturday, July 31, as well as purchase tickets for the Young Eagles
Raffle, and enter the Share the Spirit Sweepstakes.
Information will be available for student
programs including the First Flight Lesson, Sporty’s Next Step Pilot
Training Course, and the Young Eagles Flight Plan.
You’ll also find a social networking
kiosk where you can see what other members are uploading to Flickr. And
you can check out Oshkosh365, find out more about EAA on Twitter and
Facebook, and sign up for EAA’s e-newsletters.
For the first time ever, Canadians can
stop by and register as a guest at the Welcome Center, meet fellow
Canadians, and find out more about EAA membership in Canada.
Visitors can discover opportunities to
participate in the future of aviation through EAA’s many development
and fundraising programs, and ask questions about the many benefits
included with an EAA membership.
Representatives from Ford Motor Company,
John Deere, and U.S. Bank will also be present.
An Internet Café is also located in the
tent and is a convenient sun-free place for EAA members to check their
e-mail, surf the net, or research a new aviation gadget.
The EAA Welcome Center is open from 8
a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.