EAA Homebuilders Aircraft Council
The Homebuilt Aircraft Council was formed to ensure EAA's continued focus on vital programs of benefit to current and future homebuilders. This council of EAA volunteer leaders represents the homebuilder, and will provide direction for programs, services and activities that will add value for you, our members who are dreaming of, building, buying and flying homebuilt aircraft. Feel free to contact the council members with your ideas, suggestions and concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rick Weiss, EAA 214428
Rick is currently flying his Kitfox V, which he started building in 1994 and first flew in 2009. He is currently building an RV-7A, and hopes to complete it this year. He has flown a large number of GA aircraft, is type rated in a variety of jet aircraft, holds an instructor rating for airplanes, seaplanes, and helicopters, and is an A&P mechanic. He is a Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor for EAA Chapter 288 in Daytona Beach, where he resides with his wife, Brenda.
Rick graduated from Parks College with a BS in Aero Engineering and from Rollins College with a MSM. After a short tour in the Navy, he began his professional career with NASA at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) as a Propulsion Engineer on the Saturn V & 1B rockets, having launched all the missions to the moon and the Skylab. He was also KSC’s lead main propulsion systems engineer on the Space Shuttle. He left NASA for the FAA where he held increasingly responsible engineering, flying, and management positions including the Director of GA and Vertical Flight Research and Development and Technical Assistant to the Administrator. He retired from NASA/FAA and worked for EAA as their Washington DC representative until he became a pilot for Delta/Atlantic Southeast Airlines where he was also a member of the ALPA Safety Committee and Chief Accident Investigator until he retired as a Captain in 2006.
Joe Gauthier, EAA 31860
Joe has built four homebuilts and is currently working on a GlaStar. He is an active Technical Counselor and a Flight Advisor in the Connecticut area. Joe is an A & P, CFII, and NAFI Master Flight Instructor specializing in homebuilt transition, instrument and spin training. Joe has made 28 first flights in homebuilts. Joe is a member and officer of Chapter 166 in Hartford, CT. Joe volunteers at AirVenture-Oshkosh every year in the Workshop Plaza. He has been honored with EAA’s Major Achievement Award, EAA’s President’s Award, FAA Region CFI of the year and Safety Counselor of the year. Joe resides in Cromwell, CT, and is retired from Bell Telephone.
Fred Keip, EAA 93236
Fred has been a private pilot since 1974, and a member of the EAA and EAA Chapter I8 since 1975. He has served as Chapter President for 10 years, has held all of the other chapter officer positions except treasurer, and is currently the Vice-President. He has been an EAA Technical Counselor since 1987, specializing in tube and fabric, and aluminum construction. Fred scratch-built a Sonerai IIL, that he’s been flying since 1986. He has also built a set of wings for an Acrosport, a set of wings for a Sonerai IILS, and is currently scratch-building a Wag-Aero Wag-A-Bond. He was honored with the EAA Major Achievement Award in 1995. He was the Editor/Publisher of the Sonerai Newsletter from 1997 thru 2010, and has presented the Sonerai Builders Forum, along with other forums,at EAA AirVenture since 1997. Fred earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1972, and has worked in mechanical engineering and technical service support in the mining and construction equipment industries most of his career. He currently works as a Technical Support Specialist for CNH America, LLC in Racine, WI, and resides with his wife, Marian, in Franksville, WI.
Gary Baker, EAA 251742
Baker, who started flying at age 19, is a 737 captain for United Airlines. He lives in Medina, Ohio, serving as president of Chapter 846 in nearby Wadsworth. Baker is s a CFII and serves as flight advisor for his chapter. He is also an active Young Eagles pilot. He continues to work on his RV-6 project, balancing work, flying, and building in a juggling act known well by many EAAers. He's an EAA Lifetime member, and is especially interested in preserving and strengthening the Flight Advisor program.
Randy Hooper, EAA 438870
Hooper, of Nashville, Tennessee, is a longtime pilot and EAA Lifetime member. Along with his own RV-8, he's helped others build numerous airplanes over the last 20 years-and has started a second RV-8. Hooper is a past president and vice president of Chapter 863 in Lebanon, Tennessee, an A&P/IA, and technical counselor. Randy is especially interested in policies directly related to E-AB aircraft building.
Keith Phillips, EAA 5973
Phillips lives in Spruce Creek, Florida-one of the most well-known air parks in the U.S. He grew up in Napoleon, Michigan, soloed at age 16, and is a lifelong aviator. Phillips worked for B.D. Maule in Napoleon before joining the Air Force and served 20 years as a fighter pilot. Over the years he has built a modified Tailwind, a Swearingen SX300, and a Pitts Model 12. A past president of Chapter 288 in Daytona Beach, Phillips is also an A&P/IA and serves as a technical counselor and flight advisor. He received both the FAA Charles Taylor Master Mechanic and Wright Brothers Master Pilot awards.
Dave Prizio, EAA 436037
Prizio lives in Tustin, California, and has been a pilot for nearly 40 years. He is a member of Chapter 92 in Orange County, California, and serves as a Young Eagles pilot, aviation merit badge counselor, and a technical counselor. Prizio has built three airplanes including a GlaStar, a Glasair Sportsman, and a Texas Sport (Legend) Cub. In addition, he has helped many others-especially GlaStar builders-complete their airplanes. Prizio also served as president of the GlaStar & Sportsman Association for eight years. He hopes to do what he can to promote amateur-built safety and increase participation in aviation.