July 28, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - While
they each have their niche, they share one big similarity. They are
helping to make EAA as well as its annual fly-in convention better each
Four EAA members will be presented the
President’s Award at 7:30 p.m. today at Theater in the Woods. The
President’s Awards provide EAA President and Chairman Tom Poberezny an
opportunity to personally acknowledge members whose participation and
contributions represent the “essence” of EAA.
The 2009 winners include Skip Lehman, Roscoe
Morton, Bob Lumley, and Jack Dueck.
Lehman said he’s like a kid on Christmas morning—even in the middle of
January—if he’s in Oshkosh.
But EAA members should feel the same way,
thanks to Lehman’s work with EAA and its partners.
“Skip Lehman has been invaluable in his
support and working with EAA partners whose relationships bring great
value to the organization,” Poberezny said. “Not only has he helped at
AirVenture, but he has been helpful on a year-round basis.”
Lehman began working at Oshkosh in 1994, and
put together the original Young Eagles sponsorship. He now represents many
of the largest firms that have a presence at the fly-in convention.
During that time, manufacturers have improved
their facilities on the AirVenture grounds, from non-air conditioned tents
to indoor trade show displays with concrete flooring and underground
“We were instrumental in bringing EAA into
the 21st century,” he said. “Other manufacturers are now doing the
same things with more permanent displays and more beautiful displays.”
But a partnership must work both ways, he
said. “Ford Motor Company, for example, is truly a great EAA partner.
They give EAA members special pricing on vehicles and sponsor the Fly-In
Theater and opening day concert,” Lehman said. Ford also donates a
one-of- a-kind car to be auctioned off for Young Eagles. (This year it’s
called the AV-X10 Dearborn Doll, and it’s based on the 2010 Ford
to the flightline any time during AirVenture and you’ll hear him,
explaining aerobatic maneuvers or talking to aviation greats about their
It’s the voice of Roscoe Morton, who has
been chief announcer at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh since 1974, as well as
chief announcer at Sun ’n Fun and other events throughout the nation,
Canada, Europe, and Australia.
“Roscoe Morton has been the voice of EAA and
the public address system for decades,” Poberezny said. “He not only
does a great job in organizing our air show announcers and activities, but
he has done so for a long time.”
In fact, Morton estimated he has interviewed
more than 800 of aviation’s greats. His favorite interviews? EAA founder
Paul Poberezny, airplane builder and racer Steve Wittman, and aerobatic
pilots Marion Cole and Charlie Hillard.
Why does he do it?
“I get pleasure out of saying good things
about people,” he said. “I like to describe what they are doing so the
audience can better understand and appreciate it.”
Morton began his aviation career by soloing—illegally—at
age 15 in 1947. He worked as a locomotive fireman to pay for flying early
on. A U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, he retired as a Boeing 747
captain for what is now Delta Air Lines. He is also a three-time captain
of the U.S. Aerobatic Team in world competition, and he wrote the first
U.S. aerobatic rule book.
30 years ago, Al Kelch dreamed about improved facilities for the Vintage
area. He asked Bob Lumley, of Brookfield, Wisconsin, for advice on those
building projects, and soon Lumley was in charge, from building additions
to the VAA Red Barn, to converting a shed into a workplace, and more.
But Lumley also found himself thinking of
improvements. “I dreamed of getting rid of the tents beside our building
and in 1994 drew up an initial rendering of what that building should look
like,” he said.
That dream finally became a reality this year,
with VAA in its own new building. After major construction of the VAA’s
Vintage Hangar was completed by MPB Builders of Ripon, volunteers took
over, framing the new administrative rooms and volunteer center in time
for the 2009 fly-in convention.
But construction isn’t the only thing Lumley
has done for the vintage division. He also is in charge of merchandizing,
with the help of Georgia Schneider.
“Bob Lumley is one of the active leaders in
the Vintage aircraft area,” Poberezny said. “He shows year-round
dedication as a director and spends countless hours preparing for
activities during AirVenture. He certainly deserves to be recognized.”
Lumley may be receiving the President’s
Award, but he said he couldn’t have accomplished what he did without the
support of the vintage board members, past and present.
“Everyone gave me an opportunity to be
involved,” he said. “They made it happen. I just happened to be around
to do it.”
Dueck, of High River, Alberta, Canada, has been a homebuilding and
restoration enthusiast for his 50- year aviation career, having restored a
CF-PII, an Aeronca Chief 11AC, a Luscombe, and also having “slowbuilt”
a Van’s RV-4 that first flew in 1999. But he’ll tell you first and
foremost, “I’m a volunteer.”
And how. Dueck serves as a member of the EAA
Canadian Council and of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council; is EAA Chapter
1410’s founding president, where he also serves as a technical counselor
and flight advisor; and is a SportAir Workshops instructor. His most
recent volunteer effort: editor of the EAA e-newsletter for aviation and
Canada, Bits and Pieces.
He has also been a featured instructor on
several of the popular Hints for Homebuilders videos on the EAA website.
That led to his recent publication of the book Sheet Metal Building
Basics, which provides the fundamentals “that everyone starting a
sheet metal project should know,” he said, plus plenty of solid info
that steps beyond the “how-to” basics into the “why-to” of the
“Jack Dueck is a member of our homebuilt
council, and he’s been a great leader in developing and distributing
information from the standpoint of the design craftsman who is trying to
design an airplane,” Poberezny said. “He is also a strong voice for
EAA in Canada.”