Poberezny Attends Annual Tarkio Fly-In
July 14, 2009 — EAA Chapter 1405 held its annual Wingnuts Flying Circus Fly-In on Saturday, July 11, at Gould Peterson Memorial Airport (K57) in Tarkio, Missouri. EAA President and Chairman Tom Poberezny attended the fly-in, and participating in the town hall panel hosted by Congressman Sam Graves, EAA 619761. Other aviation organization leaders joined the panel, including Ed Bolen, president and CEO, National Business Aviation Association; Steve Brown, president and CEO, Commemorative Air Force; Pete Bunce, president and CEO, General Aviation Manufacturers Association; and Craig Fuller, president, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Poberezny addressed the future growth of the aviation industry, highlighting the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft initiative. He also recognized Congressman Graves for his support of the aviation community.
“Congressman, we appreciate all you do on behalf of aviation,” Poberezny said. “You do it because you want to, not because you have to.” Graves is not only a pilot, but also a homebuilder and aircraft restorer.
Also attending the fly in were John Cudahy, president of the International Council of Air Shows, Brent Taylor, president of the Antique Aircraft Association, and Congressman Leonard Boswell, who flew in from Des Moines, Iowa.
Marginal weather at the start cleared and yielded a great turnout of airplanes and enthusiasts. Poberezny applauded the preparation and organization of Chapter 1405 members, as the event featured breakfast and lunch, discussions with government officials, an air show, and numerous fly-bys.