When I first discussed details about finishing my Private Pilot’s License with Troy Walker, the Greenville Airport manger, he told me about the Greenville Pilot’s Association, the local EAA chapter 1382. They hold monthly meetings, host a fly-in each Fall at the airport, introduce kids to aviation through a Young Eagles program and members enjoy free use of the flight simulator.
I decided if I was going to throttle up for this flying endeavor that this organization would be a good opportunity to make some contacts and get to know some of the people I’ll see around the airport. Maybe even get invited on a ride along sometime in the future.
The best way to learn about news going around the airport locally or regionally is by talking to those connected to the local general aviation network. You might see some chatter on social media if you get to be friends with other pilots, but it seems to me the best source of information is through the time-honored mode of communication — conversation.
Via email, I’ve found that being a part of this group also allows access to find out which members have items for sale, activities at the airport or other local fields, or if a flying club has an opening for a new member. I was able to attend the delicious yearly appreciation pot luck breakfast in January, which was a treat in itself. There were about 60 people in attendance and a great spread of breakfast foods to feed the whole lot of us.
Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to attend one of the other regular meetings since I joined the chapter in December. I will say that I am likely one of the youngest people there. However, that demographic might change as the weather gets a little better. The best aspect is that the other active pilots all have much more experience than I do. Since aviation is a friendly, sharing hobby most pilots are more than willing to share their knowledge and wisdom; a real benefit indeed.