Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame

2020 Inductee

Steve Dyer, EAA Lifetime 40862, VAA 27102

Steve DyerFrom 1976 until 2005, Stephen Edward “Steve” Dyer was the president of Univair Aircraft Corp., a manufacturer and supplier of aircraft parts and supplies for general aviation.

Steve has been an avid supporter of the vintage aircraft movement throughout his lifetime. He has been instrumental in developing replacement parts to keep vintage aircraft flying. Univair was founded in 1946 by Don Vest and Steve’s grandfather Eddie. Eddie died in 1963, and his wife, Veda, ultimately took over until she retired in 1976 and turned the thriving enterprise over to her son, Steve. It was under Steve’s leadership that the company added thousands of FAA-PMA approved parts. In addition, when Piper closed its operations, Steve led the development of STC-approved replacement ribs for older Piper aircraft and also bought Piper’s excess parts for fabric-covered airplanes. In addition, Univair purchased the type certificates for the Ercoupe, the Stinson 108 series aircraft, and Swift aircraft as well as the Flottorp line of propellers, ensuring spare parts support. Univair also provides ready-to-cover wing kits for a wide range of Piper aircraft, an STC to convert a Tri-Pacer to a Pacer, and parts and support for multiple other vintage types.

In 2005 the management of Univair was turned over to the third generation of the Dyer family, James E. “Jim” Dyer, EAA Lifetime 185794, and Steve took over as chairman of the board. He and his wife, Susan, regularly commute between Colorado and Wyoming in the family Bonanza.

Previous Inductees

2017
Jim Moss
2015
Dale "Gus" Gustafson
2014
Timothy Talen
2005
Richard Knutson
Charlie Nelson
2004
Espie "Butch" Joyce
2003
Al Kelch
Nick Rezich
2002
John M. Miller
2001
Ted Koston
Roy Wicker
2000
Jack Cox
1999
Gene Chase
Tom Flock
Edward C. Wegner
1998
None
1997
Harold Armstrong
Ann Pellegreno
Paul Poberezny
Jim Younkin
1996
None
1995
Joe Juptner
Cole Palen
Kelly Viets
1994
None
1993
E.E. "Buck" Hilbert
George York
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