July 28, 2009 - Oshkosh, Wisconsin - Doug
Reeves borrowed a line from Wayne’s World, the 1992 comedy film based on
a cable access TV show, when asked his reaction about receiving the 2009
Bax Seat Trophy.
“I’m not worthy,” he said about the
award given annually to the EAA member who perpetuates the Gordon Baxter
tradition of communicating the excitement and romance of grassroots
aviation. “I’m not even a journalist.”
While he may not be a traditional journalist,
he certainly is worthy.
Reeves, of Highland Village, Texas, started
what is now VansAirForce.net as an online build log, and it has evolved
into an RV news site that allows people building and flying Van’s RV kit
planes a place to socialize, network, and receive help from others.
The web site’s forums currently have 10,400
registered users, plus 40,000 users who aren’t registered.
Reeves said he started the site after he began
building his own RV-6 in 1996. For years, he worked on the web site early
in the morning or late at night, when he wasn’t at his regular job. But
in February 2007, he quit his full-time job to devote his full attention
to the web site.
“The heart of the site is the forums;, the
lungs are the white pages,” Reeve said. “But more than anything else,
the site promotes safety.”
Reeves will receive the award during the Van’s
Air Force Banquet, which begins at 5 p.m. today at the Nature Center