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Cessna's Pelton to Chair EAA Gathering Of Eagles Committee Through 2009

Cessna CEO Jack J. Pelton
Cessna CEO Jack J. Pelton

December 11, 2007 — EAA is pleased to announce that Jack J. Pelton, chairman, president, and CEO at Cessna Aircraft Company, has extended his chairmanship of the EAA Gathering of Eagles Committee for two more years. That aligns with the company's pledge to serve as hosting sponsor of the event through 2009.

The Gathering takes place each summer during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. People representing all corners of the aviation community come together at the Gathering to affirm and raise funds to help support EAA's youth-inspiring, educating, and history-preserving work.

"EAA's programs use aviation to benefit young people, encouraging them to believe in themselves, apply themselves, and achieve," Pelton said. "Cessna wants to continue to be a part of that work by hosting the event. My personal commitment to EAA drove my decision to stay on as the Gathering of Eagles Committee chairman throughout this time.

"Some of the kids participating in EAA's youth programs go on to become aviation leaders - pilots, engineers, mechanics, executives, and more. By supporting EAA's programs, Cessna is investing in the future of the general aviation community," Pelton added.

EAA President Tom Poberezny welcomed Pelton's announcement. "Jack, who is a lifetime EAA member, brings the highest level of leadership and dedication. Most importantly, he has a true understanding of, and passion for, our work to enhance the role of aviation in enriching people's lives," Poberezny said.

Given the diversity within EAA, Poberezny characterized the organization as the ideal venue for congregating and rallying various constituencies within general aviation. "EAA's essence lies in its ability to bring together in a single community aviation's most passionate participants," Poberezny said. "It's a community made up of individual enthusiasts, corporate interests, philanthropists, and more -- all of whom believe in keeping the spirit of aviation alive."

Pelton also focused on the common ground shared among diverse participants. "As the people who live and love aviation, we can't afford to take it for granted. Aviation's future depends on our ability to collaborate and build a legacy to carry forward," Pelton said.

Visit to www.airventure.org/gathering to learn more about the EAA Gathering of Eagles and see highlights from AirVenture 2007.

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