Petition Urges EAA to Honor Tom Poberezny

High profile EAA members encourage honorary ceremonies at 2014 AirVenture.

Ever since Tom Poberezny suddenly left the Experimental Aircraft Association in 2011, his presence has been lacking at EAA’s annual AirVenture. Now there are rumors that Poberezny will return to next year’s aviation extravaganza in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. A sizable group of high profile EAA members, including Bob Hoover, Dick VanGrunsven, Frank Christensen and Burt Rutan, have created an initiative to honor the son of the founding father of the EAA.

In an effort to convince the EAA board members to include a few honorary ceremonies for Tom Poberezny in the 2014 AirVenture program, the group has created a website called, which urges people to sign a petition in support of such celebrations. Whether you are an EAA member or not, you can sign the petition.

Tom was only five years old when his father founded the EAA and, until 2011, he had been involved with the organization during his entire life, serving as its president for 20 years out of his 42 years of employment. The website credits him with a long list of accolades, including introducing the Young Eagles program, the EAA Air Academy and the EAA AirVenture Museum and growing the organization by leaps and bounds by creating a culture within the EAA to include all of general aviation.

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