Former Southwest Regional Fly-In Chairman Passes Away
January 5, 2010 — Stan Shannon, a longtime EAA member who became well known as the chief organizer and chairman of the Southwest Regional Fly-In in Texas, passed away Sunday after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 70.
Shannon (EAA #247516) was extremely active in Texas aviation for the past 30 years, and was also an avid builder and restorer of aircraft. He served as an EAA Technical Counselor, assisting other aircraft builders so they could complete and fly their projects safely and effectively. Shannon received an EAA President’s Award at Oshkosh, Wis., in 2006 and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Aviation Association in 2009.
After the Southwest Regional Fly-In (also known as the Texas Fly-In) completed its 40-year run in 2007, Shannon helped the organization evolve into the Tony Bingelis Scholarship Fund, which presented Texas youth with resources to pursue aviation careers. He was also a founder of EAA Chapter 1088, based in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Above all, Shannon was a tireless promoter of general aviation and EAA, and dedicated himself to encouraging people to discover and explore the world of flight. EAA’s condolences go to Shannon’s family and many friends. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at St. Barnabas Church in Fredericksburg, Texas.