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EAA Announces Publications, AirVenture Staff Changes

McClellan named Director of Publications; Smith moves to VP-AirVenture

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. — (September 22, 2011) — EAA today announced several changes and upgrades to its publications and AirVenture planning staff.

“These are staff moves that will upgrade EAA’s ability to reach even greater success in two of our highest-visibility areas: AirVenture and publications,” said EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower. “Both of these areas are essential to our mission of growing participation in aviation and continue to be among the most valuable assets to EAA members.”

Mac McClellan, who last year joined EAA as a contributor to its publications, has been named the organization’s Director of Publications in a full-time capacity. McClellan, former editor-in-chief of FLYING Magazine and one of aviation’s most-respected journalists, began writing for EAA’s publications and electronic communications in October 2010. In his new role, he will be responsible for the daily management of EAA’s publications as well as future efforts to expand the reach of the flagship publication, Sport Aviation.

Mary Jones, who had served as EAA Director of Publications for the past two years, including through Sport Aviation’s extensive redesign and re-launch in January 2010, will remain with EAA as Executive Editor for the publications group. Jones’ experience and background within the lightplane, ultralight, and homebuilt aircraft communities, will remain valuable in those areas long served by EAA.

EAA Young Eagles co-chairman Jeff Skiles will begin contributing a monthly column for Sport Aviation based on his own aviation experiences. Skiles has an extensive aviation background, extending from his early years as the child of two EAA-member pilots, as a professional and airline pilot, and his rediscovery of recreational aviation. His first column will appear in the October issue.

EAA vice president Adam Smith – who previously was responsible for the publications area – has been named Vice President – AirVenture Features and Attractions. He has been extensively involved in these activities in past years, but will also add many of the AirVenture organizing duties handled by former EAA President and Chairman Tom Poberezny prior to his retirement last July.

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