June 25, 2014 - Dave Ross, EAA Lifetime 98512, of Wakeman, Ohio, is the 2014 recipient of the EAA Tony Bingelis Award, recognizing his dedication as a volunteer EAA technical counselor, RV builder, and safety chairman for Chapter 50 of Sandusky, Ohio. A retired corporate pilot, Ross has been an active EAA member for 39 years, flew as captain of EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor, and was a member of the International Aerobatic Club for 20 years.
Ross is an A&P mechanic, flight instructor, and is known for his workmanship as a RV builder. According to those who nominated him, he offers up space in his personal workshop to anyone who wants guidance in building aircraft. Ross provides on-site instruction and offers helpful suggestions throughout the building process.
Ross’s passion for homebuilding has inspired others through his extensive knowledge and hard work. He displays his RV-4 at air shows throughout the country, and has influenced many others to purchase and construct RVs.
Ross will receive the Tony Bingelis Award during the EAA Homebuilders Dinner on Thursday, July 31, at AirVenture Oshkosh. Tickets for the dinner will be available at Homebuilders Headquarters on the AirVenture grounds.
The Tony Bingelis Award was created in 2002 to recognize an EAA member who has contributed to homebuilt projects and safety promotion while maintaining EAA values. The award honors the late Tony Bingelis, who was noted as a homebuilding authority, author of several homebuilding books, and a well-read EAA Sport Aviation columnist. A permanent display at the EAA AirVenture Museum commemorates the honorees.