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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedVolunteer Spotlight: Arcamuzi Family
By Kristy Hemp
FROM LEFT: Annie (Mom), Nikki (19), Sam (14), Harry (12), Stephanie (15), Alex (17), and Mike (Dad). All EAA members. Hometown: Memphis, Tennessee

Describe your position: Assist with show setup, drive performer cars, painting, and anything they ask us to do.

Years volunteering: 9

What do you enjoy most?
Family: We love it. It’s become so much a part of our lives. It’s the highlight of our summer.

How did you get started?
I was at KidVenture with the kids, and a lady asked if I would help her out for a second and I did. Now here we are.
Sam: I went to ask for a screw in the Workshops Plaza, and I saw the welding and liked it. They asked if I would like to help out. This year they gave me a welder to practice at home beforehand.

Day job: Mike: FedEx captain

Aviation background:
Mike: My father was a professional pilot, so I grew up around it. Never questioned that I would be a pilot.
Nikki and Alex: Soloed.
Steph: Slated to solo.
Sam and Harry: Plan on it.
Annie: Will one day.

First flight:
Mike: I was so young I didn’t understand how the yoke worked. I just knew that when the “silver tube” came out, it was okay to fly. Once it came out, I would say, “Got it!”
Nikki: I think we were all in the womb on our first ride!

Building aspirations?
Sam: I want to build an RV-6 one day.

If you could choose an airplane at AirVenture to fly, it’s:
Nikki and Harry:
Alex, Sam, and Annie: Harrier.
Mike: King Air.
Steph: Cirrus SR22.

Break time:
Nikki: We have more fun just watching airplanes. We bike to the Hilton for popcorn and Shirley Temples and end up having a trail of people that follow us.

Memorable AirVenture experience:
B-17 ride.
Harry: Meeting Patty Wagstaff!
Mike: He likes her so much I’m going to introduce myself as her father-in-law!

What surprised you about AirVenture?
Family: How fun it is. How nice the people are.
Nikki: You’re so used to asking people if they want a ride, and you go back home and you can’t do that!

Favorite time of day at AirVenture:
Family: Early morning shower fights! They are cold for the first 10 seconds before anyone uses them so it’s perfect! The end of the day around the campfire, too.

Who is an inspiration to you in aviation?
Kids: Our dad and grandfather.
Harry: Patty Wagstaff.

Fun volunteer story:
Sam: Every year we paint A-frames. We usually have paint everywhere. One time, Mom called Harry and…
Harry: I was running because I thought something was wrong. I fell on my butt, and it was like a banana slide. Sam washed me up and cleaned my feet with a brush.

AirVenture survival tip:
Family: Sunscreen, bug spray, and a hat. And, be nice to somebody every day.

If there’s one thing AirVenture-goers shouldn’t miss, it’s:
Warbirds Spectacular.

Volunteer advice:
Mike: Volunteering has given the kids a chance to have individual successes. Everyone has found their niche. It’s a relief to see more and more kids volunteering. Our kids have grown up here.

FUTURE AIRVENTURE DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3; 2015: July 20-26; 2016: July 25-31; 2017: July 24-30
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