EAA Halls Of Fame Induct Eight New Members On Nov. 9
Cirrus Design CEO is main speaker at induction dinner
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (November 13, 2007) — Eight people who have contributed greatly to the world of flight were honored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) as the newest members of the EAA-affiliated Halls of Fame. The group was inducted on Friday, Nov. 9, during a banquet program at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh, Wis.
Randy Schlitter was inducted into the EAA Homebuilders' Hall of Fame; Debby Rihn-Harvey and Bill Kershner are the newest members of the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) Hall of Fame, while Wilson "Connie" Edwards joins those in the EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame. In addition, Chet Peek joins the Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame, while the EAA Ultralight Hall of Fame inducted Mike Markowski, and the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) Hall of Fame welcomed Hal Shevers and Wolfgang Langewiesche. Kershner and Langewiesche are posthumous selections.
"Each of these eight people has made a unique contribution to the world of flight," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "Those of us active in aviation today recognize their commitment and passion for flying. These inductees represent the best that recreational aviation has to offer and serve as an example for everyone involved in flying. We are honored to welcome them as our newest inductees to the EAA Halls of Fame."
Cirrus Design CEO Alan Klapmeier was as the main speaker for the induction dinner. In addition, Ruth Elliott, retired director of Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, received the Henry Kimberly Spirit of Leadership Award for her efforts on behalf of the EAA and the local community.
Members of EAA, NAFI and EAA Divisions nominated the inductees for the Halls of Fame. The final selection was made by selection committees within each group. Nominees were considered for contributions to the history, development and growth of a particular facet of sport aviation. The IAC Hall of Fame was founded in 1987, while the Homebuilders' Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 and the Warbirds of America Hall of Fame in 1995. The Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame was created in 1993, while 1999 was the inaugural year for the Ultralight Hall of Fame and 1997 the first induction for the Flight Instructors Hall of Fame.
EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world's most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA's 170,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org.