*** EAA Press Release ***
EAA HALLS OF FAME WELCOME 15 NEW MEMBERS
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, WI (Oct. 22, 1999) Fifteen
people who contributed greatly to the world of flight were honored as the
newest members of Experimental Aircraft Association-affiliated Halls of
Fame. The group was inducted on Oct. 22, during a program at the EAA
Aviation Center at Oshkosh, WI.
Chris Heintz, Richard Van Grunsven and the late Henri Mignet were
inducted into the EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame. Henry Haigh became
the newest member of the International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame. Two
people Richard Ervin and the late William Dodds joined those in the
EAA Warbirds of America Hall of Fame. Anders Christenson, Dale
DeRemer and Verne Jobst were honored as inductees into the Flight
Instructor Hall of Fame, while Gene Chase, Tom Flock and Edward C.
Wegner were placed in the Vintage Aircraft Association (formerly
Antique/Classic) Hall of Fame. In addition, the new EAA Ultralight Hall of
Fame welcomed Homer Kolb, Chuck Slusarczyk and John Moody as its
"All of these men have contributed much to the world of flight," said EAA
President Tom Poberezny. "Each has carved a unique niche in aviation
history. They represent the best that recreational aviation has to offer and
serve as an example for everyone involved in flying. We are honored to
welcome them as our newest inductees to the EAA Halls of Fame."
The inductees were nominated by members of EAA, EAA Divisions or the
National Association of Flight Instructors. The final selection was made by
the Board of Directors of each group. Nominees were considered for their
contributions to the history, development and growth of a particular facet of
sport aviation. The IAC Hall of Fame was founded in 1987, while the
Homebuilders Hall of Fame was founded in 1993, the Warbirds of America
Hall of Fame in 1995 and the Flight Instructor Hall of Fame in 1997. The
Vintage Aircraft Association Hall of Fame was created in 1993, while this
is the inaugural year for the Ultralight Hall of Fame.
The 1999 inductees' biographies, plus a full list of all people enshrined in
the Halls of Fame, are available on EAA's web site.
EAA is the worlds leading recreational aviation organization, with 170,000
members and more than 975 local Chapters. For more information on EAA
and its programs, call 1.800.JOIN.EAA (1.800.564.6322) or explore EAAs
World Wide Web site at www.eaa.org.
Excerpted from the October 1999 Issue of EAA Sport Aviation magazine:
"Each year EAA and its divisions go through
a lengthy process of selecting individuals who have distinguished themselves through their
participation in and/or service to the major areas of sport aviation activity..."
"Nominations are accepted from the membership of EAA and
its divisions, and those ultimately selected are inducted into Halls of Fame that have
been established by EAA... Impressive induction ceremonies are held each fall at the EAA
Aviation Center and inductee's names are added to the Hall of Fame display plaques in the
"This year Chris Heintz, Richard VanGrunsven and the late
Henri Mignet have been selected as the 1999 inductees in the EAA Homebuilder's Hall of