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Chapters to Present Major Achievement Awards

July 25, 2015At EAA’s annual Chapter Leaders Breakfast chapter major achievement awards will be presented honoring several members who have gone above and beyond this past year for the benefit of their chapters and EAA.

The awards are being presented to Ron O’Dea, EAA Lifetime 518444, San Antonio, Texas; Mark Scheuer, EAA 235919, Knoxville, Tennessee; Dr. Jim Wills, EAA 167788, Farmville, Virginia; Dennis Lord, EAA 9008238, Long Beach, California; and C.J. Stephens, EAA 304344, Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

Ron O’Dea has been an EAA member since 1997. He initiated programs to retire Chapter 35’s hangar mortgage and helped grow Chapter 35 to more than 160 members. As membership coordinator for the chapter, Ron maintains the membership database program and facilitates chapter member communications with other chapters and the FAA.

Ron serves as backup chair for the chapter hangar and tool crib, is an EAA flight advisor and EAA chapter safety officer, Ron is trained in the use of and negotiated the pricing on carbon monoxide detectors to chapter members.

An FAA Safety team member, Ron has been a Young Eagles pilot since 1997, and has logged more than 100 YE flights.

He holds a commercial certificate, ATP, multiengine, and has been a CFI and CFII since the 1970s. Ron currently flies a Citabria at San Geronimo Airpark in San Antonio, Texas.

Mark Scheuer, who has served as Chapter 17 president and vice president, has been an EAA member since 1981 and is marking his 30th year at Oshkosh this year.

A Chapter 17 Lifetime member, Mark brings tremendous vitality and energy to Chapter 17. He organizes the chapter annual banquet and has featured speakers such as Paul and Audrey Poberezny, Cirrus Aviation’s Dale Klapmeier, and Hal Shevers of Sporty’s.

Besides being a Chapter 17 financial supporter and newsletter contributor, he’s also a volunteer for Remote Area Medical, specializing in transporting doctors, nurses, dentists, and opticians into remote areas in the United States and foreign countries to provide free health care.

Mark has helped coordinate the World War II Veterans Recognition Ceremony each June.

He is founder and president of PS Engineering, which celebrated its 30th year in Oshkosh this year. Along with pioneering GPS moving map technology, Mark previously pioneered GPS systems on the Palm-sized HP 95LX.

PSE systems were used on Virgin Galactic SpaceShipOne and White Knight.

Mark is an instrument-rated pilot and an aircraft owner.

Jim Wills of EAA Chapter 1202 has been an EAA member since 1981. An instrument-rated and aerobatic pilot, he is also an experienced builder with completed projects including a Rogallo glider, an Easy Riser, a Sky Kite, and a Kitfox.

Currently flying a Cessna 182, Wills is also a Young Eagles pilot. He purchased a C-150 for local young people to begin flight training.

Wills improved chapter communications at the chapter. He was instrumental in installing a Wi-Fi system in the chapter hangar providing Internet access to the entire airport. He also created the Chapter 1202 website.

He’s a volunteer coordinator at Fuqua School’s Aviation Program overseeing the student’s Zenith 750 airplane build. Jim has also lent an extensive collection of aviation specific tools to the Fuqua school program.

Jim has revitalized the Farmville airport and kept it from closing, interacting with city council. He’s always mentoring young pilots and helping out by offering hangar space to new pilots.

A pilot for nearly 40 years, Dennis Lord has been an EAA member since 1999. He is a volunteer at Oshkosh, Chapter 96 vice president, and pilot of more than 500 Young Eagles flights.

Dennis is the author of many “Chapter Chatter” newsletter columns. He coordinated a business plan that kept the chapter afloat during a tough time.

He coordinated and spoke at EAA 96 Fly-In and AMA Model Expo and is the go-to guy regarding Compton Airport and Los Angeles County oversight.

As a 12-year member of the Commanders Group representing the LA AFB to Air Force Space Command, he helped coordinate the first LA County Air Show at Fox Field in 2014, and again this year, drawing 140,000 attendees.

Dennis has educated civic leaders on the value of their community airports, especially as a resource in their emergency response plans. He has also worked with the FAA, KEMT, and KCPM airports to address and resolve helicopter noise concerns.

Dennis served as a member of an advocacy group that succeeded in revising legislation when California flight schools were hit with thousands of dollars in fees as a result of SB48.

He flies tributes to veterans on Memorial Day each year at his own expense and is an 18-year volunteer for LIGA International, a flying doctors group. Finally, Dennis has served as commissioner of the LA County Aviation Commission for 13 years and is a former chairman.

Based in Windsor California, C.J. Stephens bought and started flying a 37-hp Piper J-2 Cub when he was 15 years old. He has been an EAA member since 1980, and an EAA Chapter 124 board member.

In 1988 C.J. became an EAA flight advisor, working with 15 builders and conducting 20 first test flights for EAA builders.

He has built a VariEze and a Glasair III, logging some 1,700 flight hours this far. He was also the first recipient of the Spirit of Flight Award by the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. C.J. has also been honored with the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Flight Research by EAA.

A CFI in multiengine and gliders, C.J. has provided training for in-flight emergencies and formation flying techniques.

He’s a safety pilot and race starter for the Sport Class at the Reno National Air Races as well as a safety pilot for the Reno Unlimited Class. C.J. has also raced a Hawker Sea Fury and P-51s at Reno.

He’s also chief test pilot for the CAFE Foundation and developed the J-Curve Method for predicting performance of experimental category aircraft.

Founding member of the Pacific Coast Air Museum, he has logged 14,000 flight hours in 130 types of aircraft and is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force flying 232 combat missions in Vietnam, and totaling 3,000 hours in F-4 Phantoms.

C.J. was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and 12 Air Medals, and holds USAF, Navigator, and Bombardier wings.

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