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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Honors EAA Chairman Pelton

By Megan Esau

July 22, 2015 - Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University dedicated a Cessna 172 in Jack J. Pelton’s name Tuesday morning at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 as part of its Name a Plane program.

“I’m speaking from the heart as an EAA member,” said ERAU Vice President for Corporate Relations and EAA Lifetime member 31489 Louis C. Seno. “Three years ago, EAA kind of lost its way. There were some tough, dark days in there. The board made some changes. Jack put his life on hold, came to Oshkosh, and really, really has returned the organization, in my opinion.”

For $2,500, donors can name a Cessna 172 for either themselves, a loved one, or a company or organization. For $5,000, donors can do the same for a Diamond DA42 Twinstar.

The money raised from these donations goes directly toward ERAU’s scholarship and financial aid programs.

Louis said ERAU chose to honor Jack because they feel he recaptured the vision of EAA’s founder, Paul Poberezny.

“I think that was quite evident yesterday,” he said. “I think we had the best opening day; the vendors could not be happier. The convention, the membership really likes the changes he’s made, and just based on what’s happened we could just not not have chosen Jack as one of the recipients of this.”

Chris Lambert, senior executive director of development for ERAU, said out of the school’s fleet of 85 Cessna and DAs, 15 planes have been named so far.

Chris acknowledged the expenses it takes to become a pilot and said that is why the Name a Plane program is so important.

“Each plane is roughly about 10 percent of their cost of attending,” he said. “So if you can have a $2,500 or a $5,000 scholarship that goes toward that cost, it’s a significant benefit on a student basis.”
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