July 17, 2014 - Audrey Poberezny, wife of EAA’s late founder Paul Poberezny and one of the organization’s major contributors in her own right, will be honored with EAA’s Freedom of Flight Award–the association’s highest honor–during the annual EAA member business meeting on Wednesday, July 30, beginning 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. They built the organization from literally below the ground up–their basement provided the original office space to administer the EAA during its early years. 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.
The Freedom of Flight Award is one of two awards that will be presented at the annual membership 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 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.
This year’s membership meeting will again be on Wednesday morning, a move inaugurated in 2013 that successfully boosted member attendance and participation. 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 three-year 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)
Candidate biographies are available in the June 2014 issue of Sport Aviation magazine.