President’s Newsletter, EAA Chapter 92 – January 2010
I love this time of the year for all the Wright reasons. It’s December 17, 2009 as I create this
newsletter – the 106th anniversary of heavier than air – man powered and controllable flight.
Boeing had its first flight of the B-787 Dream Liner on the 15th. What a world we live in!
These seminal epoch events pull us all together. Just think of it, Wilbur and Orville Wright were
the first successful experimenters and homebuilders that managed to get their mechanical flying
contraption airborne for a notable distance. All of us are just following along the pathway they
pioneered all those years ago. It finally took two World Wars and 50 years to pass before the
Poberezny family founded the EAA in 1953. Paul and Audrey’s efforts continue today to foster
the homebuilding and recreational flying industry. Their insight and inspiration of a family
atmosphere continues for this excellent global organization. I am proud to begin my fourth
consecutive term as EAA Chapter 92’s president for 2010.
As you know, I am an aviation romantic and historian at heart caught up in all that happens on
December 17th each year. As a 2009-2010 EAA Chapter President, I received a Holiday Card
from Paul Poberezny. I loved the picture included with the note of the “early EAA days in Hales
Corner, WI”. Of course, the early days are faithfully reproduced in the Founder’s Wing of the EAA
Museum in Oshkosh, WI – the stage for this Photo-Op with Paul and Audrey, now in their late 80s
sitting at their desks. What a fantastic capstone to their efforts.
Paul founded the EAA, but many of us did not know or realize it was managed by Audrey. The
Pobereznys, working as a team, focused on a common vision and goal for the EAA. Audrey
managed the operational and fulfillment side the store as Paul, like the rest of us fly-boy and flygirls,
was out flying or in the workshop building something! Sounds like a similar arrangement for
EAA Chapter 92, with our Secretary and Young Eagles Coordinator conducting the behind the
scenes work! The great news is she is my life’s partner and I truly appreciate, as I know you all
do, the work Penelope has done for EAA Chapter 92. Please do the same to encourage your
spouse to join the team and move us to a successful future.
This day is also special, since the new Lyon Air Museum (LAM) finally opened its doors to the
public. We know the stars of the LAM show - a rare Douglas A-26, a Boeing B-17, a Douglas C-
47 and a Douglas DC-3 in American Airline livery. These airplanes have heritage related to
Orange County, of which we are EAA Chapter 92 – The Orange County Chapter that pulls all of
us together. So I’ll spend my time with flying friends from the Orange County Pilots Association,
whom a number of us 92ers are also members – thanking them for their past and continuing
support of our Young Eagles program. Of course, if you want to get up close and personal with
American airplanes of historical significance, we know the places to go are in Chino, CA, the
home of our Base Operations. We thank the Whittlesey family, the Yanks Air Museum and the
Planes of Fame Air Museum for supporting us in past years and in 2010. Lastly, a special thanks
to Bill Moyle, our 2009 VP who is relocating to Mansfield, TX to continue our EAA 92 traditions.
So have a great Holiday celebration and a Happy New Year. I look forward to seeing all of you at
the General Meeting on Tuesday, January 5, 2010.
Keep ‘em flying
President and Flight Advisor – EAA Chapter 92
CFII, MEI, AGI & IGI
FAA Safety Team (FAAST) Representative – Aviation Safety Counselor