One of the great heroes of general aviation, Paul Poberezny, died today at the age of 91. Poberezny inspired thousands of people to build and fly their own airplanes by sharing his own experience as a homebuilder. He founded the Experimental Aircraft Association in 1953, where he served as president until 1989 when his son, Tom Poberezny, took over the role. Paul Poberezny continued as the organization’s chairman until his retirement in 2010. His contribution to the small aircraft community earned him a long list of awards and trophies, including a spot in the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association and the Lindbergh Eagle Award.