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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 THE OFFICIAL DAILY NEWSPAPER OF EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH EAA annual business meeting today honoring Audrey Poberezny EAA matriarch Audrey Poberezny will receive EAA’s Freedom of Flight Award—the association’s highest honor—during the annual EAA member business meeting this morning that gets under way at 8:30 a.m. Audrey helped Paul get EAA started in the early 1950s and served in almost every role imaginable during EAA’s history. She and Paul, who passed away last August at age 91, worked side by side as the association grew to become the leader of recreational aviation and host of the preeminent annual aviation event, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Her skills were especially essential during the initial years of the organization, particularly when Paul was traveling as part of his full-time job with the Wisconsin Air National Guard. Also at the meeting, former EAA Vice President Earl Lawrence will receive the Chairman’s Award in recognition of his work to guide the sport pilot/light-sport Bobby Breeden and his Super Cub thrill Tuesday’s air show crowd during the Valdez STOL demos. Valdez STOL pilots enjoy camaraderie, competition By Barbara A. Schmitz I Baby Ace took a village to get here By Randy Dufault PHOTO BY PHIL WESTON t’s promoted as a flight demonstration, but the pilots flying during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 and the flyin’s first Valdez STOL (short takeoff and landing) events admit it’s a competition each would be proud to win. “On the surface, they’ll pat you on the back,” says Frank Knapp, EAA 1111767, from Palmer, Alaska, of the other STOL pilots. “I won’t say they’ll let the air out of your aircraft initiative through the complex federal bureaucracy to its approval 10 years ago. Lawrence is currently manager of the FAA’s Small Airplane Directorate in Kansas City. EAA’s board of directors and senior leadership team will be in attendance to chat with members and answer questions. In addition, EAA members will hear updates about their association and elect seven directors to threeyear terms from a slate of 10 candidates that include: Marc Ausman (incumbent) Richard Beattie (incumbent) Richard Beebe (Class III-incumbent) Mike Goulian (Class III-incumbent) Keith Kocourek (Class III-incumbent) Dan Majka (incumbent) Darren Pleasance (Class III-incumbent) Charlie Precourt (Class III-incumbent) Paul Schafer Eric Whyte tires when you’re not looking, but we’re a pretty competitive group.” Thirteen pilots competed Monday and Tuesday in heats to qualify for Wednesday’s final contest after the air show. The STOL pilots will also perform flight demonstrations later this week off the grass strip in the Ultralight area. The planes in the competition vary greatly, with some having CONT. P12 Early in 2011, EAA’s late Founder Paul Poberezny began a new version of the homebuilding project that really launched the organization to national prominence: the Corben Baby Ace that appeared on the May 1955 cover of Mechanix Illustrated magazine. In the spirit of all his projects, Paul enlisted help from any volunteer with an Sponsor of the day interest, regardless of his airplane-building skills or experience. Several signed weather up, including Kurt Mehre from CONT. P8

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