Re: Cancellation of Rutan Trubute flyby. Attn: Mr. Poberezny, Mr. Knapinski and Mr. Smith
Lynn Canatella <lcanatella@...>
These are excellent comments Patrick! When I began this discussion (see below) on July 29th, it was with the intent that EAA made a mis-step, which they still had time to correct. I thought that the more people that let them know so, the higher the motivation would be to correct it by doing it in the next couple of days.
It was not to give them the finger and tell them were out of here. EAA performs a service to all of us no matter what we fly, in terms of being at the fore-front when threatening rules/regulations/laws/actions/cuts are in play.
This continues to get worse on both sides. The July 2010 board minutes indicate that one of only three qualifications for a new president was "the ability to communicate". Not only has Mr. Hightower not communicated to this group on this subject, but apparently even Patrick can't find his email address, as only his bio is in the attached link. EAA is too small for him to be this hard to "find" electronically!
And you all do have the right to communicate with wallets, but isn't it more fun to see if you can effect change by participating? When you think about it our thoughts on where we end up being parked sometimes (in the grass and mud with fragile wheel pants that sit 3" off the ground); how much we are featured, or included in activities, etc. all have a lot to do with the fact that we don't have an active presence representing canards in general. Whereas Warbirds have their own publication, and enough of them interact with EAA to have calm discussions about what they need, or would like to see. And the obviously do things that help EAA put on a good show. So it's more of a group give and take that we don't really have.
I think EAA AirVenture is all the things everyone has written, fun, stressful, expensive, multi-faceted but not enough so, commercial-but that's why we have better bathrooms..... we could go on and on.
I personally took offense by Adam's email stating basically that the time they took to respond allowed us to "put our spin" on things. That was not something I expected to see from a communicator! and it was cut and pasted to more then one person so it was a form letter by the time the second person got it. Pilot's and those that work with and around them are used to having to make quick decisions; they made one when they cancelled the fly by. They should have made another one to respond in a better manner rather then let everyone be angry for days.
But, I digress, I just had to get that out. The main point I want to make is I think we need to be in their face, politely, saying we want more skin in this adventure that is both EAA and EAA AirVenture. And keep pushing until we see it.
on 7/29/11 I wrote:
"I wonder what the reason was? [in response to Steve Beert's email below] (I'm not there but my husband and his Reserve Grand Champion Xtra EZ were, and ready to fly). They should have made EXTREME effort to stick to what they promoted to everyone since the day after the show ended last year; they could have planned practice flights if training/safety was an issue. EAA has just really strayed from the HOMEBUILT focus at AirVenture, this is an example of that to me. We know we don't produce the dollars, but the the builders and flyers of these airplanes are both the beginning the heart of EAA.
You can't go to an air show and not see noisy warbirds- just not that unusual. (And I love warbirds, so I'm not against them.) But it would have truly been an unusual sight for most of the attendees to have seen a flight of canards, and would have meant a lot to everyone who has been thinking about it for a year and seriously wanted to show Burt what he was the impetus of. We can all do our thing at chapter events, and many are more oriented one way or another just based on what members happen to fly, but in the end the big celebration (AirVenture) should be well balanced.
It doesn't seem like this change of plans was handled well but AirVenture is not over! (The rest of the schedule is quite commercial oriented, loaded with guess what, warbirds and commercially produced airplanes.) There is still time to execute a fly over if they really wanted to.
At any rate, please -everyone let Mr. Hightower know of your concern/s if you agree. He's on a mission, and he's very focused, and I suspect he will listen. After searching for 20 minutes I could not find his email address, but if you use convention@... I'm sure they will get it to him. If we are specific and not nasty it will be a more productive exchange.
Xtra EZ N541SL
And EZ N2424SK
On Jul 28, 2011, at 8:05 PM, Steve Beert wrote:
On Aug 9, 2011, at 4:43 PM, Pat Panzera wrote: