AKIA Names Poberezny, Christensen, Klapmeier to Advisory Board
August 16, 2012 - The Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA) announced this week that prominent aviation figures Tom Poberezny, Frank Christiansen, and Dale Klapmeier have joined its advisory board.
"These men bring a level of credibility, knowledge, and experience that not only contributes instant recognition to AKIA, but which will be invaluable in addressing the issues currently confronting all of us in the E-AB movement," said Dick VanGrunsven, president of AKIA.
Poberezny served as EAA president for 23 years, and was AirVenture chairman for 35 years. He has had extensive experience with the FAA and NTSB, and has a thorough knowledge of the evolution of the experimental amateur-built (E-AB) movement.
Former head of Christen Industries Frank Christensen revolutionized the kit aircraft business with the introduction of the Eagle aerobatic aircraft kit in 1977. He also organized and supported the Eagles Aerobatic Team for 25 years. As a pioneer of the modern aircraft kit movement, Christensen has dealt with many issues of marketing, liability, and insurance.
Klapmeier, CEO of Cirrus Aircraft, got his start in aircraft kit manufacturing with the VK-30. He successfully transitioned into certificated aircraft production with the SR20 and SR22, which have since become the most popular GA aircraft with more than 5,000 units on the flightline. Dale's experience in EAB and Part 23 aircraft has given him invaluable insight into the issues facing both types of manufacturing.
AKIA's mission is to represent aircraft kit manufacturers, designers, suppliers, and supporters with a unified voice in the promotion and safety of the aircraft kit industry.