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EAA Chapter Major Achievement Awards

Gil Coshland
Gil Coshland, EAA Chapter Major Achievement Award

Norm Isle
Norm Isler, EAA Chapter Major Achievement Award

William Hirzel
William Hirzel, EAA Chapter Major Achievement Award

Chapter breakfast
Future EAA President Rod Hightower addresses the EAA Chapter Leaders Breakfast at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010.

August 26, 2010 — EAA’s annual chapter awards recognize chapter members for their personal commitment and contributions to EAA, chapters, and their fellow members. Through these award winners, EAA members share qualities including a sense of volunteerism, accomplishment, creativity, professional achievement, and a dedication to their chapters.

The following awards were presented at the annual EAA Chapter Breakfast on Saturday, July 31, at EAA AirVenture 2010.

2010 Major Achievement Awards
The EAA Major Achievement Awards recognize individual EAA chapter members for their personal commitment and contributions to EAA, chapters, fellow members and the recreational aviation community. The recipients have illustrated outstanding dedication to their chapter and EAA, service to the aviation community and significant personal achievements in aviation. Their volunteer spirit and desire to share their knowledge with others are qualities they all share.

Gil Coshland, EAA 600597, of Chapter 186 in Manassas, Virginia, has served on the chapter board of directors for 10 years, including as treasurer from 2003-06. He is a ground coordinator and safety observer for the chapter’s Young Eagles flights and leads the chapter’s “Learn to Fly Day” event and Bar-B-Que.

Coshlund volunteers his time as a docent at the Udvar-Hazy Center at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. When he’s at EAA AirVenture, Coshland volunteers in the Vintage Aircraft area by assisting in aircraft parking. He culminated his professional career as an airline transport pilot in the left seat of a Boeing 777 after previously captaining L-1011s and Boeing 747s. Coshlund is now currently building a Celebrity Fisher aircraft and is an active member of the Quiet Birdmen.

William Hirzel, EAA #154192, of Chapter 582 in Toledo, Ohio, has been an active chapter member since 1983, the year he began the historically accurate restoration of his U.S. Navy N3N World War II biplane purchased in the late 1970s and completed in 2001. He flew his N3N in commemorative flights at AirVenture from 2006 to 2008, receiving a judge’s choice award for the restoration.

A member of the Quiet Birdmen and the Yankee Air Force, Hirzel has served as chapter president and vice president and other roles on the board of directors. This includes four years as the Heavy Iron Chairman for all chapter fly-ins, the Chapter Plane Fun Fly-In Chairman and as the Builder’s Corral Fly-In Chairman.

Hirzel has flown more than 337 Young Eagles and has been a Boy Scouts Aviation Merit Badge advisor since 1983 in addition to his work with the Boys & Girls Club and Make-A-Wish Foundation. He has helped educate students in the Toledo Public School Aerospace Program on radial engines at the Youth Aviation Academy and mentors high school students with aviation interests.

Since 2006, Hirzel has served as chairman of the Warbirds Training Command at EAA AirVenture. He also organized the “Meeting of Bombers” featuring the B-29 “FIFI”, a B-24, and two B-17s in the special WWII veterans salute.

Norm Isler, EAA 201308, of Chapter 44 in Rochester, New York, has been heavily involved in the chapter since 1978, holding several positions including president, vice president, and publicity manager in addition to serving on the board of directors.  He currently serves as co-coordinator for the chapter’s Young Eagles effort and has flown 35 Young Eagles. Additionally, Isler conceived and developed a youth outreach Adventure Program that takes inner city school children through classroom sessions on the basics of flight and culminates in a Young Eagles flight.

For the past 27 years, Isler has managed the chapter’s Oshkosh Airlift fundraiser that helps to fly participants to and from AirVenture, introducing more than a thousand aviation enthusiasts to the Oshkosh experience.

Isler’s fundraising efforts, sound money management, great leadership and attention to detail culminated in the opening of the chapter’s Sport Aviation Center this summer. He also took an active role in the formation and operation of the local Aviation Explorer post, and continues to serve on the Rochester Wings Aviation Expo Committee as well as supports the aviation club at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

2010 Chapter Newsletter Editor Awards
Chapter newsletters keep members informed while providing a venue to highlight various members’ accomplishments, recap chapter events and share information. Much like your hometown newspaper, they are directed to the local aviation community and reflect the spirit of your chapter.

The EAA Newsletter Editor Awards recognize the editors that have shown high excellence in their newsletters while focusing on content, layout, appearance, and consistency.

EAA Chapter Newsletter Editor Awards went to Frank Almstead, Warbirds of America  Squadron 2, Seattle, Washington, first place; Allison Banning (Chapter 822 in Wetumpka, Alabama, second place; and Ed Seurer, Chapter 35 in San Antonio, Texas, third place.

2010 Chapter Web Editor Awards
Chapter websites are an outstanding communication tool for a chapter. Their editors devote many hours to create and maintain the sites using their knowledge and creativity for the benefit of the chapter. Through their efforts the chapter is able to expand their presence in the community, communicate with their members and recruit potential new members.

The EAA Chapter Web Editor awards recognize the commitment and creativity these editors put forth to maintain these informative and high-quality sites.

EAA Chapter Web Editor Awards went to Sylvia Pfeifle, Chapter 99, Vero Beach, Florida, first place; Rod Hatcher, Chapter 839 in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, second place; and Tom Turnbull, Chapter 292, Independence, Oregon, third place.

Young Eagles Awards
The EAA Young Eagles program has become a success thanks to the efforts of EAA member-volunteers around the world. Their dedication and commitment to promoting the program is resulting in more and more young people getting involved in the world of aviation every day and building our next generation of aviators.

The 2010 award winners are:

  • Chapter Coordinator:  David Williams, Chapter 1114 in Apex, North Carolina;
  • Chapter Coordinator:  Rudy Kniese, Chapter 301 in Denver, Colorado;
  • Ground Volunteer:  Zelner Giles, Chapter 292 in Independence, Oregon;
  • Conoco/Phillips Leadership:  Jim Quinn, Chapter 168 in Farmers Branch, Texas
  • The Horizon Award, recognizing efforts going beyond the basic Young Eagles flight: Sporty’s Pilot Shop, Batavia, Ohio.
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