Rockford, of Overland, Missouri, has been selected as the 2008 recipient of
EAA's Tony Bingelis Award, recognizing his involvement as an active volunteer
Technical Counselor and aircraft builder.
Rockford (EAA #166773) has volunteered as a
Technical Counselor for more than 12 years, sharing his knowledge and providing
thousands of hours of advice to builders and instruction in teaching workshops
in the St. Louis area. He is also the founder and current president of EAA
Chapter 1394. Rockford often opens his home shop to assist builders in his area
and is always the first to volunteer for a project.
Rockford has been building, repairing and flying
airplanes for more than 60 years, including antique airplane restorations for
the Historic Aircraft Restoration Museum in St. Louis. He is also an A&P
Mechanic and has contributed outstanding support and participation in the FAA
General Aviation Aircraft Accident Prevention Program since its inception on
July 1, 1968.
Rockford will be honored during the EAA
AirVenture Homebuilder’s Dinner on Thursday, July 31. Tickets for that dinner
will be available at Homebuilder’s Headquarters during EAA AirVenture 2008.
The Tony Bingelis Award, created in 2002,
recognizes an individual’s significant contributions of encouragement of
homebuilt aircraft projects, the promotion of air safety, and maintaining the
values of EAA. It honors the memory of the late Tony Bingelis, noted
homebuilding authority and EAA Sport Aviation columnist.