Volunteer Spotlight — Tenley Ong – Hangar Flying

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You may recognize Tenley Ong, EAA 1388744, from her contributions to EAA’s blog, where she has written relatable stories about working toward her pilot certificate. Tenley, a talented writer and pilot, is also one of the hardworking volunteers who make AirVenture special. Tenley not only cleans and sets up the forum buildings but also has been contributing to AirVenture Today, the official newspaper of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, for two years. She’s a dedicated journalist who is not afraid to cover subjects people want to know. From a behind-the-scenes look at the Van’s Aircraft 50th anniversary flyover to how much free stuff one young pilot can collect just by walking through the AirVenture grounds, Tenley loves being involved in and writing for the EAA community.

“I’ve been involved in a lot of stuff in my short life at the age of 23,” she joked. “Not once have I encountered … a community quite like the aviation community. The amount of support that I’ve had in the last couple years has been incredible, and I want to find a way to pay it forward and give back.”

Tenley, originally from Sacramento, fell in love with aviation when she was little. She dreamed of flying cars and flying to school. In high school she had the opportunity to go on a flight over Sacramento. “I was looking at the ground and all these places that I knew from a completely different angle … I couldn’t stop thinking about it,” she said. From there she connected with a flight instructor, and the rest is history.

She first got involved with EAA through her local chapter, EAA Vintage Chapter 25 in Sacramento, California, in 2020. She worked on chapter members’ airplanes on Saturdays, eventually mentoring other young pilots and earning a seat on her chapter’s board. In 2021 she tagged along with Ray scholars from her chapter to AirVenture, where the group helped with sweeping the pavilions and getting the forum stages ready. While…

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