The Rope Line


For those folks looking to show their commitment to EAA’s mission to promote sport aviation, one good way is to sign up for a lifetime membership. Besides providing a little extra funding for EAA’s many programs, (older members are unlikely to find the cost cheaper in the long run than an annual membership), Lifetime members tend towards leadership positions and the ability to influence the future of the organization. They also get a few small benefits like access to the exclusive Member Oasis located on the flight line just south of Homebuilders Headquarters. Inside, they’ll find air conditioning, chairs and tables, a few soft couches along with snacks and drinks provided free of charge.

Lifetime Members have to register and get a wristband for themselves and a guest the first time they enter during the show, and this can take just a few minutes-hence the appearance of a “rope line” like you might see at a fancy New York night club. But this is really an artifact of it being early in the week, with everyone stopping by to get a wristband – later in the week, everyone will have one, and will simply show it at the door for admittance.

So if you’re looking for a way to show your devotion to the core missions of EAA – or just want and ice cream bar, check into a Lifetime Membership – then get your wristband and enjoy the Oasis.

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Paul Dye
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 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.



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