There are 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.
In early 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.
Now that 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 instrument rating.
“We are so glad we went to the Maker Faire. We both talked about flying off and on but didnâ€™t really take it seriously until the Faire. We had the impression that flying was just for millionaires, and now we feel that thatâ€™s not true.”