Meet Earl Lawrence, EAA 265455
Vice President of Industry & Regulatory Affairs
I came to EAA headquarters in 1994 from EAA Chapter 723 in Camarillo, California, where I was the chapter vice president and annual fly-in chairman. A third-generation Californian, I moved to Oshkosh in February of that year and was immediately and fully introduced to a Wisconsin winter. I was soon followed by my wife, Kim, and our newborn son that following May.
I started my EAA career as a government relations specialist answering members’ calls for assistance and developing the EAA Flight Advisor program with a group of other members. During my time at EAA I’ve managed the EAA Ultralight Program, the Technical Counselor and Flight Advisor programs, and the EAA Aeromedical Advisory program, as well as leading EAA’s efforts on the sport pilot and light-sport aircraft regulations. I also led EAA’s efforts in the development of an experimental accident investigation class for the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board investigators, in partnership with the U.S. Transportation Safety Institute, where I still assist as an associate staff instructor.
I have led EAA’s efforts to develop the amateur-built designated airworthiness representative program and assist as a subject matter expert instructor at the FAA initial designated airworthiness school along with EAA Homebuilders’ Community Manager Joe Norris.
In my current role, I manage EAA’s industry and regulatory affairs offices in Oshkosh and in Washington, D.C., as well as EAA aircraft operations and AirVenture air show operations.
I hold the following certificates: airframe and powerplant mechanic with an inspection authorization, commercial multiengine airplane, and instrument pilot. I currently fly a 1964 Twin Comanche and hope to one day make time to complete my Lancair 320 project. Kim and our two children are now well-seasoned northerners after 16 Wisconsin winters. I have also become active in my local community, as the elected president of the Town of Algoma sewer and water department for the last 13 years.