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EAA Homebuilders Tony Bingelis Award

Procedures and Guidelines


The Tony Bingelis Award recognizes EAA Technical Counselors for dedicated service and/or significant contributions in assisting members to build and restore aircraft. Awardees honored with the Tony Bingelis Award are carefully chosen by a committee of their peers as outstanding examples of people whose contributions have positively effected members aircraft building or restoration projects


  • Recognize select EAA Technical Counselors who have endeavored to educate and encourage fellow EAA members with the aircraft projects;
  • Provide for an appropriate forum in which to celebrate the recipients and present their award;
  • Commemorate the honorees with a permanent display at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.


  • Nominees must have been an active and current Technical Counselor for at least five consecutive years.
  • Nominees must be submitted by others for consideration via the formal application process.
  • Nominees must have achieved and demonstrated significant contributions in the education and facilitation of aircraft building projects such as:
    • Promoting builder education through publications, visits to aircraft projects, chapter meetings and air shows Promoting aviation safety
    • Promoting the benefits as well as maintaining the standards of the Experimental Aircraft Association and Foundation Nominations are open to any eligible candidate, living or deceased.


  • Invitations for nominations for the Tony Bingelis award are announced via EAA media and direct communication with the EAA Chapters and Technical Counselors.
  • Any EAA Chapter or EAA member in good standing may initiate a nomination by contacting EAA headquarters, request the Tony Bingelis Award packet, and submit a qualifying candidate.
  • Nominations to the Tony Bingelis Award must be submitted to the EAA Homebuilt Community Manager's office on the official Tony Bingelis Award Nominations Form, along with any other supporting documentation, by March 1 of each year.
  • Nominations to the Tony Bingelis Award postmarked after March 1 of each year will be considered for the following year.

Selection Process

  • Evaluation Criteria
    • Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of achievements and/or contributions of major significance to aircraft building and restoration; Inductees will be selected no later than May 1st of each year.
  • Selection Committee
    • The Tony Bingelis Award Selection Committee will be appointed annually by the EAA staff.
    • The selection committee shall consist of no more than five members, who are selected from EAA Technical Counselor ranks, one representative may be the previous year’s winner(s).
    • The Selection Committee Chairperson will be selected by staff.
    • Selection Committee members may not be a candidate for the award themselves or submit a candidate’s name for consideration for the award.

Award Presentation(s)

  • In order to ensure the high status associated with the annual Tony Bingelis Award and to preserve the long-term integrity of the potential pool of inductees, as well as to contain costs associated with such awards, no more than two (2) inductees will be awarded during any given year.
  • The inductees (or their heirs/or representatives as appropriate) will be notified no later than May 31st each year. Coordination of the awards and ceremonies with EAA Management/Staff will be handled by the Selection Committee Chairperson.
  • The award ceremony will be held during the EAA AirVenture Convention. Admission and lodging for two nights to attend AirVenture will be provided by EAA to the award winner and their spouse or guest (or to an heir and/or representative as appropriate).


These Tony Bingelis Award Guidelines are subject to review and/or revision as directed by the EAA Homebuilt Council.

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