Koehler To Receive EAA's 2007 Tony Bingelis Award
May 23, 2007 — Richard Koehler, of Burke, Va. has been selected as the 2007 recipient of the Experimental Aircraft Association?s Tony Bingelis Award, recognizing his involvement as an active volunteer Technical Counselor and aircraft builder.
Koehler (EAA #161427) has shared his knowledge of aircraft and provided thousands of hours of advice to builders as a Technical Counselor for more than 17 years. Koehler, the 2005 recipient of the Bax Seat Trophy from FLYING magazine for his aviation writing, also teaches an electrical systems class as a volunteer EAA SportAir workshop instructor.
Koehler has built a KR-2 and restored two Mooneys and a Swift. He also has many published articles in EAA?s Sport Aviation magazine and in chapter newsletters. Koehler continues to give presentation forums to educate and guide aircraft builders and instructs the sheet metal and composite workshops at AirVenture.
Koehler will receive his award at the EAA Homebuilder?s Dinner on Thursday, July 26, 2007, held during the annual EAA AirVenture fly-in convention in Oshkosh, Wis.
The Tony Bingelis Award, created in 2002, recognizes those who give significant encouragement of aircraft projects, promotion of air safety, and maintaining the values of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Bingelis wrote over 300 how-to articles and four homebuilding books before his death in 2001. Bingelis was also a founding member of Chapter 187 in Austin, Texas, in 1963, and helped organize the EAA Southwest Regional Fly-In in 1965.