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O’Lena Named Youth Programs Manager

Brian O'Lena

November 19, 2009 — Brian O’Lena, from EAA Chapter 838 in Racine, Wisconsin, has been appointed EAA’s Youth Programs Manager. Brian will be developing programs targeted at moving Young Eagles from the “right seat to the left seat,” as part of the Next Step program sponsored by Sporty’s. Next Step was created to take young people from their first flight and prepare them for their first lesson by providing a free online ground school course to each Young Eagle participant.

“I would like to thank Hal Shevers and the Sporty’s team for their support and visionary thinking,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA president. “The EAA Young Eagles Next Step that they have created will further engage young people as they pursue opportunities in the exciting world of aviation.”

Sporty’s is funding the Youth Programs Manager at EAA. Young Eagles Executive Director Steve Buss will work with O’Lena to establish a clear path for aspiring pilots. “I am looking forward to working with Brian as we develop additional opportunities for our Young Eagles,” Buss said. “The Sporty’s Next Step initiative is just the first of what we hope to be many ways to engage young people and assist them in exploring the variety of ways they can be involved in aviation.”

Brian comes to EAA from Midwest Airlines where he worked for 20 years as a ground instructor developing training materials for pilots and dispatchers. His degree is in Aviation Administration from Indiana State University and he is a certificated flight instructor. He is an active EAA member who served 4 years as Young Eagles coordinator for Chapter 838 in Racine. He owns a share in a Piper Cherokee and has flown 100 Young Eagles. Brian can be reached at 920-426-6297 or bolena@eaa.org.

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