Experimental Aircraft Association

The Experimental Aircraft Association is an international organization of aviation enthusiasts based in Oshkosh, United States. Since its inception it has grown internationally with over 200,000 members and nearly 1,000 chapters worldwide, hosts the largest aviation gathering of its kind in the world, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh; the EAA was founded in 1953 by veteran aviator Paul Poberezny along with other aviation enthusiasts. The organization began as less a flying club. Poberezny explains the nature of the organization's name, "Because the planes we flew were modified or built from scratch, they were required to display an EXPERIMENTAL placard where it could be seen on the door or cockpit, so it was quite natural that we call ourselves the "Experimental Aircraft Association". Homebuilding is still a large part of EAA, but the organization has grown over the years to include every aspect of aviation and aeronautics. EAA's first location was in the basement of Poberezny's Hales Corners, Wisconsin home.

In the early 1960s, the association's first headquarters was built in the Milwaukee suburb of Franklin. That was the headquarters for the organization until 1983, when EAA combined its headquarters and fly-in site in Oshkosh, Wisconsin; the EAA Aviation Center includes the EAA Aviation Museum, with more than 200 aircraft 130 of which are on display at any given time. In 1953 the Experimental Aircraft Association released a two-page newsletter named The Experimenter; the newsletter was written and published by founding members Paul and Audrey Poberezny along with other volunteers. The newsletter transitioned to a magazine format and was renamed Sport Aviation and became a membership benefit; the Experimenter name lives on, however, in an online magazine for amateur-built and light plane enthusiasts that debuted in 2012. It was folded into the monthly Sport Aviation print magazine in 2015. In 2010, the United States' national aeromodeling organization, the Academy of Model Aeronautics, was involved in negotiations with the EAA homebuilt aviation organization, that resulted in a "memorandum of understanding", intended to encourage collaboration between the two American-based sport aviation organizations, in developing, in the words of the AMA's then-President Dave Mathewson, "the creation of new concepts that will promote aviation, both full-scale and modeling, as a perfect family recreational and educational activity".

This link with the AMA has further strengthened in the face of unprecedented FAA concern of aeromodeling as a form of UAS activity they now have a reason to regulate, are now tasked with regulating - the EAA, in late November 2019, stated that "We see model aviation as an important pathway to manned flight," adding that "Our goal in this risk assessment process is to represent the safety concerns of our members while allowing the highest degree of freedom for legacy model aircraft, which have flown alongside us in the airspace for decades."In 2015, the EAA and EAA Young Eagles were inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame at the San Diego Air & Space Museum. Located adjacent to EAA's headquarters in Oshkosh, the EAA Aviation Museum is an extensive collection of aircraft and aviation displays; the Museum is home to EAA's collection of more than 200 aircraft, of which more than 90 are on display inside the museum at any time. The museum's Pioneer Airport is a re-creation of a vintage aerodrome, with more than 40 additional airplanes on display.

From May through mid-October, flights are offered in vintage aircraft. To help ensure that all amateur-built aircraft are well-constructed, safe aircraft, the EAA organizes a group of volunteers, known as Technical Counselors, who will visit the construction project to identify any areas of concern. Technical Counselors are EAA members who volunteer their time and who have met at least one of the following criteria: Have built an experimental category aircraft Have restored an antique/classic aircraft Hold an A&P, IA, DAR, DER or Aerospace Engineer rating in the United States, an equivalent international rating or have the qualifications for those ratings. There is no charge for this on-site review; the program is voluntary. The recommendations of the Technical Counselor are advisory only; the EAA recommends a minimum of three Technical Counselor visits over the course of construction. The Flight Advisor Program is designed to increase homebuilt aircraft safety by developing a corps of volunteers who have demonstrated expertise in specific areas of flying and making them available to EAA members who may be preparing to fly an unfamiliar aircraft.

A Flight Advisor helps the pilot conduct a self-evaluation as well as evaluate the flying characteristics of the aircraft. The pilot uses that evaluation to decide whether he or she is capable of flying that airplane. If not capable, the Flight Advisor explains where and how he or she can get the proper instruction, or alternatively find someone to make the initial flights. Under the EAA Flight Advisor Program, the Advisor does not fly or decide whether or not the pilot is capable of flying the airplane to be tested; the Advisor provides the pilot with the pros and cons as they relate to this specific combination of pilot and airplane. The pilot makes the final decision on; each summer EAA presents the largest annual general aviation event in the world, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh commonly known as the "Oshkosh Airshow". During the event, the city's airport, Wittman Regional Airport, is the busiest airport in the world; the week-long event annually attracts around 10,000-12,000 planes and a total attendance of more than 500,000.

The event attracts more than

USNS Lt. Robert Craig (T-AK-252)

USNS Lt. Robert Craig was a Boulder Victory-class cargo ship built for the U. S. Maritime Commission during the final months of World War II, she was acquired by the U. S. Army in 1946 and renamed USAT Lt. Robert Craig and served the Army until 1950 when she was acquired by the United States Navy, she served the Navy worldwide until 1973 when she was sold. Lt. Robert Craig was laid down as Bowling Green Victory under Maritime Commission contract by California Shipbuilding Corporation, Los Angeles, California, 21 June 1945, she operated under the War Shipping Administration until July 1946 when she was transferred to the Army Transportation Service and renamed Lt. Robert Craig, she was acquired by the Navy from the U. S. Maritime Commission 9 August 1950 and assigned to duty under the Military Sea Transportation Service. Manned by a civilian crew, Lt. Robert Craig steamed from New York City to the U. S. West Coast late in August and began Pacific Ocean supply runs out of San Francisco, California, 14 October.

During the next 4 years, she made more than a score of deployments to American bases in the central and western Pacific Ocean, ranging from the Marshall Islands, the Mariana Islands and to the Philippine Islands, South Korea, Japan. Throughout in much of 1953, she provided logistics support for the U. S. nuclear testing program in the Marshall Islands. During a deployment in the Far East between March and May 1954, she steamed to French Indochina carrying supplies for French forces fighting the Vietminh in Vietnam. Lt. Robert Craig returned to the U. S. East Coast in mid-August and during the next month completed a roundtrip voyage out of New York City to Europe and back. Thence, she made a 3 month deployment via the west coast to back. Arriving New York 21 December to resume transatlantic supply runs. Since 1954, Lt. Robert Craig maintained a busy and wide-ranging schedule of operations which has sent her over the major sealanes of the globe in support of far flung American naval and ground forces.

She completed more than three dozen transatlantic roundtrips between east and Gulf Coast ports and European ports in Scandinavia, West Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, France. In addition she operated in the North Atlantic from 1955 to 1964 while making numerous runs in support of military construction programs and operations along the coast of Greenland. Lt. Robert Craig made her first deployment to the Mediterranean between 25 March and 20 May 1956. Since that time she has completed more than a dozen such runs to that unsettled sea and has visited ports in North Africa, Italy, Turkey and Lebanon. Following American intervention against Communist subversion in the troubled Middle East in 1958, she supported U. S. peacekeeping operations in Lebanon. In addition several of her Mediterranean cruises have sent her through the Suez Canal for additional logistics missions in the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Indian Ocean. Lt. Robert Craig has alternated her busy Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean service with more than a dozen deployments to American bases in the Pacific and the Far East.

Operating out of New York, her supply missions have sent her via the Panama Canal and the west coast to ports in the Far East from Japan to Southeast Asia. Between December 1961 and November 1964 she made two round the world cruises out of New York to the Far East and back. During the latter deployment, which lasted from 7 May to 18 November 1964, she visited ports in 17 European, Middle Eastern, Asian nations from Denmark to South Vietnam, as well as U. S. bases in the Philippine Islands and the Mariana Islands. Following the increase of American military support in 1965 for the defense of South Vietnam, the ship provided increased logistics support for U. S. forces in Southeast Asia. The vessel served the Navy until she was placed out of service and struck from the Navy List on 15 June 1973, she was sold for non-maritime use on 26 December 1973. Her subsequent fate is not known. Qualified vessel personnel were authorized the following: National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

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Alain Traoré

Sibiri Alain Traoré is a Burkinabé footballer who plays as a striker for Nahdat Berkane, the Burkina Faso national team. He started his career before moving to France as a 17-year-old. Traoré began his career with Planète Champion in his homeland, he came to prominence whilst playing for Burkina Faso in the 2005 African U-17 Championship, with his performances earning him a one-month trial with English Premier League side Manchester United. He was not able to sign for them due to work permit issues, he had the option of going on loan to a Belgian club, but had interest from French Ligue 1 side AJ Auxerre. With the decision of his mother, he joined the French side instead. On 4 January 2009, he was loaned out to Stade Brest 29 for six months, he returned to AJ Auxerre on 31 June 2009. Traoré became a central figure in the Auxerre team. In July 2012, he joined Ligue 1 side FC Lorient after Auxerre were relegated to Ligue 2. On 31 January 2015, Traoré moved on loan to AS Monaco FC till the end of the 2014–15 season, with an option for AS Monaco to make the deal permanent.

In July 2018, he joined Moroccan team RS Berkane on a free transfer and was part of their Confederation Cup participating side. He scored a goal in their Confederation Cup group stage match against Sudanese team Al-Hilal. Traoré represented Burkina Faso at under-17 level, where they qualified for the 2005 African U-17 Championship, he scored one goal in the 3–1 defeat to Mali. He scored one goal in the 2012 African Cup of Nations, versus Angola, he scored the goal, which took Burkina Faso through to the 2013 African Cup of Nations at the expense of the Central African Republic, scored three goals in the 2013 final tournament itself. On 4 February 2017, Traoré scored a wonderful free kick against Ghana in the third-place playoff in the 2017 Africa cup of nations in Gabon; the goal went on to win the bronze medal for Burkina Faso. Scores and results list Burkina Faso's goal tally first; as of 17 May 2014 Traoré's younger brother, plays for French club Lyon. The two were part of the Burkina Faso squad for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

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