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First Woman to Receive Tony Bingelis Award

July 22, 2015 - Lisa Turner, of Hayesville, North Carolina, will be presented with the 2015 EAA Tony Bingelis Award tonight at the EAA Homebuilders Dinner.

She is the first woman to receive the award since it was created in 2003.

The award honors the late Tony Bingelis, homebuilding authority, author of several homebuilding books, and a well-read Sport Aviation columnist. A permanent display at the EAA AirVenture Museum commemorates award honorees.

The award recognizes her 10 years as an EAA technical counselor, promoter of builder education through EAA chapters, and author of numerous articles on flight building and safety in such publications as EAA’s Sport Aviation, The Experimenter, along with Kitplanes, The Safety Wire, and chapter newsletters. She’s also an EAA SportAir Workshops instructor.

Turner is honored and humbled to be the first female recipient of the award.

“It means so much,” she said. “What I do has traditionally been considered ‘men’s work’ but hopefully I can demonstrate that a woman can do whatever she wants, given the right discipline and planning.”

Turner, EAA 509911, is passionate about spreading awareness of flying and building safety for aircraft builders. She has also been involved with various member projects as a technical counselor and flight advisor.

Like the Wright brothers, she started in bicycles, opening a repair shop in the mid-1970s. In 1995, she built the first of two airplanes, an Aero Designs Pulsar XP. Later she built a Kolb Twinstar Mark III.

For the Kolb, she signed up for an EAA fabric workshop at Sun ’n Fun in Lakeland in 1999 and was introduced to EAA. That’s where Turner met her future husband, Jerry Stadtmiller, fabric course instructor.

“I love flying, but I love building a little more,” she confessed.

Turner works for Moog Components Group as an avionics manufacturing engineer.

“I still have at least two more aircraft projects in mind,” she figures. “The building bug will bite again and I’ll be in the garage all weekend again.”

The Homebuilder’s Dinner is held in the Nature Center, and tickets are still available at Homebuilders Headquarters on the flightline, but are in limited supply.

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