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Klapmeier, Clark, Welch Join EAA Board

August 22, 2013 - Three aviators with extensive experience in EAA programs and activities have joined the top leadership of EAA members as the newest members of the EAA Board of Directors. Alan Klapmeier, James Clark, and Cody Welch were elected during the annual EAA membership meeting on July 31, held at AirVenture Oshkosh. As Class I directors, they will each serve a three-year term on the EAA board.

"Each of these three EAA members has a diverse aviation background and, more importantly, a longtime connection with our organization in multiple areas," said Jack Pelton, EAA's chairman of the board. "We are grateful that each of them has stepped forward to represent our membership and help lead the association as we pursue our mission of growing participation in aviation."

Klapmeier, of Superior, Wisconsin, is chairman and CEO of Kestrel Aircraft. He is also founder of Cirrus Aircraft in the 1980s, when it developed its first VK-30 kit aircraft, and in the 1990s, when the company certificated the SR20 production airplane.

Klapmeier was the 1992 recipient of EAA's August Raspet Memorial Award and received EAA's highest honor, the Freedom of Flight Award, in 2007. He is an IFR-rated pilot with more than 10,000 hours of flying time in a variety of aircraft.

Clark, of Columbia, South Carolina, is co-founder of BANG! Technologies and was previously vice president of AT&T, executive director of Bell Labs, and chief technology officer of NCR Corporation. He also served as chairman for 60th anniversary reunion of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Clark is a former president of EAA Chapter 242, has co-built an RV-6, and is building an RV-6A. He is an active Young Eagles pilot and a member of Team AeroDynamix, a precision formation aerobatic air show team featuring RV-series aircraft.

Welch, of Linden, Michigan, is a retired B-757 pilot for a major airline and was a 2003 EAA President's Award recipient. He helped develop EAA's Tri-Motor tour program and is currently its chairman, having flown as captain on the Tri-Motor since 1993. He is also vice president and a board member of the Tri-Motor Heritage Foundation, founder/president of the Wings of Mercy East Michigan organization, and active in the Air Care Alliance.

Welch is a co-developer of Horizon Lakes residential airpark, has been manager of Price Airport in Linden, Michigan, since 2001, and has owned/operated three FBOs and an aircraft sales business.
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