Just Pitch In!

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Hanging out with the volunteers at AirVenture Homebuilt Camping, we noted an interesting phenomenon. Volunteers get a few perks for taking time out of their vacation to serve their fellow EAA members – not a lot, but a T-Shirt or hat, and maybe a free breakfast now and then seem attractive enough for folks to ask “just how do I get to be a volunteer?” The truth is, we talked to a number of chair-persons that run camping, parking, and headquarters, and they truly are always looking for folks to add to their teams. But most often, the folks they look for are the ones that just pitch in when they see something needs to be done.

Asking is fine, but what really gets attention are those folks that just selflessly see something that needs to be done, and just do it. Those are the folks that will be asked back in future years, and might become regulars – those folks you who we all get to know, if not by name, then as a familiar face.

So if you want to get involved, pick up something and just do it! Asking is fine of course – but the self starters are usually the ones that get involved for the long haul.

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Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor, as well as a former member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

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