Somehow, EAA has become all about the people at the top and big money. It's no longer a fun grassroots type organization. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted and I don't regret not renewing my membership.
Ho-hum...yawn. And so the GA princes lop one another's heads off and fiddle while Rome blazes in a 100LL fire. Do you people never tire of one another and your intrigues? Do you think you could spare us a few moments from your palace plotting to join us in the bucket brigade?
One man dosen't make an organization.
However, one man can ruin an organization.
Thankfully there is a Board of Directors to keep the organization heading in the right direction.
I joined the Sport Aviation Association, recently resurrected by Ed Fisher. It is a grass roots organization that is not meant to replace the EAA, but to supplement. SAA is taking small steps on startup by recently publishing their first issue of " To Fly"
I thought it was a sad day when EAA stopped publishing the "Experimenter" This was the mag that really showed how to do things.. Does anyone know the URL of the SAA?
I started reading Flying Magazine way back in the days of Gil Robb Wilson. Things were simpler then. Then Flying moved more and more into the corporate flying sector and I pretty much lost interest. I wasn't interested in point-to-point bus driving. I have stayed with AOPA, even though it has gone the same route. I have stayed with EAA, even though it is going that route. I no longer attend Oshkosh. And I don't foresee any changes due merely to the departure of Rod Hightower - if he, in fact, was the real cause of EAA's problems. The fun and magic have gone out of sport flying because of increasing bureauratic regulations and fuel costs - both due to fun-and-games by our fearless leader and Congressional "representatives". I'll have to look into the Sport Aviation Association, but I suspect my time is short.