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EAA to honor 2020 and 2021 Halls of Fame inductees on Nov. 11

EAA to honor 2020 and 2021 Halls of Fame inductees on Nov. 11

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — Twelve individuals who contributed greatly to recreational aviation will be honored on November 11 as they are inducted into the EAA Sport Aviation Halls of Fame during a ceremony and dinner at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh. The large group of individuals represents the Hall of Fame classes of 2020 and 2021, as the 2020 induction ceremony was canceled due to the COVID pandemic.

The 2021 inductees include:

·         EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame: Flo and Bob Irwin (posthumous) 

·         International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame: Kirby Chambliss of Chandler, Arizona

·         Warbirds of America Hall of Fame: Carl Scholl of Chino, California, and Tony Ritzman of Ontario, California

·         Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame: Steve Nesse of Albert Lea, Minnesota

·         EAA Ultralights Hall of Fame: Roy Beisswenger of Greenville, Illinois

The November 11 event will also recognize the 2020 inductees:

·         EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame: Frank Christensen of St. George, Utah

·         International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame: Verne Jobst of McHenry, Illinois

·         Warbirds of America Hall of Fame: Mark Clark of Rockford, Illinois

·         Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame: Steve Dyer of Brighton, Colorado

·         EAA Ultralights Hall of Fame: Dan Johnson of Port Orange, Florida

The EAA Sport Aviation Halls of Fame were established to honor the outstanding achievements of men and women in aviation who share the spirit of EAA and its community. Those inducted into the halls of fame are selected by their peers for myriad contributions made to their respective areas of aviation.


About EAA

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and embodies The Spirit of Aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 240,000 members and 900 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org. For continual news updates, connect with www.twitter.com/EAA.

The Baggage Organizer

The Baggage Organizer

Make your life a little easier -

There are some events that stress a pilot out—for example, needing a jump start, dealing with a broken belt, blown tubes, a bad spark plug, not having an extra quart or two of oil, and needing a tool but not having a tool kit readily available.  You really don't want to toss all the items into a box or leave them sliding around the back of the plane. So, Steve designed a purpose-built baggage compartment organizer for pilots like you. The Baggage Organizer fits all aircraft and can make flying less stressful because you know you have what you need.  The Baggage Organizer fits all aircraft and can make flying less stressful because you know you have what you need.  One quick glance over your shoulder during flight will give you the reassurance that you have your immediate supplies.  Each item has a purpose-built compartment it fits in, so the critical gear is not sliding around.  It stays put.  Your Emergency Supplies Stay Put in Your Cargo Area With the Baggage Organizer.


         (Items shown in the example photo/video above not included)

 The Baggage Organizer has a special storage place for:

Tire Tubes – Nose & Main

Spare Alternator Belts

First Aid Kit

Four Quarts of Oil

Spark Plugs


Battery to Jumpstart Plane

Jumper Adapter

Wheel Chocks.

Designed with pilots in mind because you don’t want to be stuck at that far away airport and stranded. No, you don’t. I’ve learned that lesson.

For more information go HERE


Piper Aircraft and International AeroTech Academy Create Industry Leading Program to Secure the Next Generation of Aviation Maintenance Professionals

Piper Aircraft and International AeroTech Academy Create Industry Leading Program to Secure the Next Generation of Aviation Maintenance Professionals

Piper Aircraft and International AeroTech Academy announced today a joint program to provide Piper with the next generation of aviation maintenance professionals. 
The aviation industry relies on professional maintenance technicians to ensure aircraft are built to the highest standards, but demand for qualified maintenance technicians will outpace supply as early as 2022. Current industry forecasts indicate that 739,000 technicians are needed globally, with 192,000 needed in North America alone.
To help meet Piper’s need for skilled team members, the company is collaborating with International AeroTech Academy to create a pipeline for qualified Airframe and Powerplant Mechanics for Piper’s Vero Beach manufacturing facility. This flow through program is the first of its kind between the legacy manufacturer and an aircraft maintenance training provider and includes a potential job offer prior to beginning the training.
“We are excited about the new business relationship that we are forging with International AeroTech. We are in a unique position to help strengthen the talent pipeline by providing job opportunities at the beginning of the student’s education, which we believe will help attract additional candidates to the program and to Piper Aircraft”, said Greg Wendel, Senior Director of Manufacturing. 
Students at International AeroTech Academy will have the opportunity to interview with Piper prior to beginning Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic training. Upon successfully completing the interview Piper will provide students with a conditional letter of employment contingent upon the students’ successful completion of the AeroTech training program.  Following graduation, selected candidates will begin employment at Piper’s aircraft production facility. In addition, graduates will receive a $3,000 signing bonus and an annual tuition reimbursement stipend of $2,400 per year for up to ten years.
“We are very excited to partner with Piper in our new Airframe & Powerplant maintenance training academy. The aviation industry is now and will continue to experience a severe shortage of qualified maintenance professionals. Our new partnership creates a defined career path at one of the most recognized names in aviation. The availability of tuition financing coupled with Piper’s signing bonus and annual stipend creates a unique opportunity to attract, train and retain the next generation of aviation maintenance professionals,” said Steven Markhoff, President & CEO of International Aero Tech Academy.
About Piper Aircraft
Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single and twin-engine aircraft and is the first general aviation aircraft manufacturer in the world to certify Garmin Autoland. The single-engine M-Class series – the M600SLS, M500, and M350 – offers businesses and individual’s exceptional performance, value and a superior ownership experience. The Personal Class Seneca V, Archer LX and Archer DLX balance proven performance, efficiency, and simplicity in a piston-powered aircraft. The Trainer Class Pilot 100i, Archer TX, Archer DX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca V aircraft form the most complete technically advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. To learn more about Piper Aircraft, visit the company’s website at www.piper.com
About International AeroTech Academy
International AeroTech Academy (www.InternationalAeroTechAcademy.com) is part of the most comprehensive aviation training organization in the U.S. It includes International Aero Academy an FAA 141 international flight academy, International Aero Charters an FAA certified 135 Air Carrier and International Aero Maintenance, an FAA 145 certified repair station.
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