|Bendix/King President Kevin Gould shakes hands with Jack Pelton at the dedication of the Ed King Memorial Grove outside of Hangar B. (photo by Laurie Goossens)
By Gary Flick
July 28, 2013 - On Sunday morning, Jack Pelton and Kevin Gould, the president of Bendix/King, dedicated the first of 36 flame maple trees to be planted outside of Hangar B as part of the Ed King Memorial Grove named in memory of the Bendix/King entrepreneur who passed away on June 3.
"While Ed King enjoyed many successes," a release from Bendix/King read, "he truly was a pioneer of modern avionics, and Bendix/King would not be what it is today without him."
The tree planted in King's honor is the first of many that will be periodically planted throughout the next three years in front of Hangar B as part of the grove. Benches, tables, and a commemorative plaque to King will also be added to the area.
"We're excited for the grove dedicated to the great Mr. King," Gould said. "When we get some real Oshkosh weather, it will be a great place to relax in the shade."
In addition to the grove, Bendix/King is also excited to have its new two-story pavilion this year, and EAA shares the excitement.
"We are so excited to be here," Gould said. "We're happy to have our new pavilion, and we really think it represents the reinvigoration of our company."
The brand new two-story pavilion is quite a sight, with a back patio adorned with all the essentials: aircraft, comfortable seating, shade, and bag toss. Inside is the informational exhibit and a lounge area.
"Both the Memorial Grove and the new pavilion are representative of the great tradition that Bendix/King has," Pelton said. "We are proud of our tradition here at EAA, and Bendix/King should be very proud of theirs. We already have an exciting partnership, and we're excited for the future!"