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Lisa Turner to Receive EAA Tony Bingelis Award

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (June 30, 2015) — Lisa Turner of Hayesville, North Carolina, is the 2015 recipient of the EAA Tony Bingelis Award. The award recognizes her 10 years as an EAA technical counselor, promoter of builder education through EAA chapters, and author of numerous articles on flight building and safety in such publications as EAA Sport Aviation, The Experimenter, KITPLANES Magazine, The Safety Wire, and local chapter newsletters.

Turner (EAA 509911) has been heavily involved with EAA and is passionate about spreading awareness of flying and building safety for aircraft builders. She has been involved with various member projects as a technical counselor and flight advisor.

“Lisa’s contagious passion for reaching the dream of building or restoring an aircraft rubs off on everyone around her,” wrote Justin Griffin, the EAA member who nominated Turner. “The excitement is easy to enjoy, and has propelled many people to believe they can reach their dream of building and flying their own airplane, beginning the journey by joining the EAA.”

Lisa will receive the award at the Homebuilder’s Dinner on Thursday evening, July 23, 2015 during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.

The Tony Bingelis Award recognizes EAA technical counselors for dedicated service and/or significant contributions in assisting members to build and restore aircraft. Recipients of the Tony Bingelis Award are chosen by a committee of their peers as outstanding examples of people whose contributions have positively affected members’ aircraft building or restoration projects. Honorees are commemorated in a permanent display at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

 

Burt Rutan returns to AirVenture for VariEze’s 40th anniversary

By General Aviation News

Burt Rutan, the visionary aircraft designer, will be back at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2015 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his iconic VariEze aircraft.

AirVenture, the 63rd annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention, will be held July 20-26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

Burt Rutan speaking at the EAA AirVenture Museum in 2005. EAA photo

Rutan’s designs have been groundbreaking for more than 40 years, beginning with the VariViggen in the early 1970s through the concepts that became the SpaceShipOne and SpaceShipTwo vehicles that are launching the era of space tourism.

An early 1970s photo of Burt Rutan's first homebuilt design, the VariViggen.

His use of canard wings and composite materials changed the look and efficiency of homebuilt aircraft, with more than 1,000 airplanes based on his designs now flying in the U.S. alone.

“There are few individuals in the history of aviation who can match Burt Rutan’s imagination and accomplishments,” said Jack Pelton, EAA chairman of the board. “His presentations are eagerly anticipated whenever he is in Oshkosh. Although he officially ‘retired’ several years ago, his innovative mind continues to push forward with new concepts and ideas that he’ll share at EAA AirVenture in 2015.”

Rutan is perhaps publicly known best for his SpaceShipOne design, which in 2004 won the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE as the first successful private spacecraft.

White Knight One and SpaceShipOne flying over the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh grounds in 2005. EAA photo by Jim Koepnick.

He also designed the Voyager, which in 1986 became the first aircraft to fly around-the-world nonstop on a single tank of fuel. That accomplishment earned him, along with pilots Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, the Presidential Citizen’s Medal.

"Voyager aircraft" by NASA/Thomas Harrop - http://www.dfrc.nasa.gov/Gallery/Photo/Voyager/HTML/EC87-0029-02.html. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Voyager_aircraft.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Voyager_aircraft.jpg

Burt Rutan was also named to the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1995 and EAA Homebuilders Hall of Fame in 1998.

His VariEze aircraft first flew in May 1975, with the prototype causing a sensation at that year’s EAA fly-in. That canard design evolved into other Rutan aircraft innovations, such as the Long-EZ, that are still being built today. Rutan’s multitude of interests has also led him into successfully exploring space flight and into electric flight.

Burt Rutan (front) at the controls of his VariEze at Oshkosh in 1975 (EAA photo).

In honor of the VariEze anniversary, EAA is inviting all Rutan and canard aircraft owners to come to Oshkosh and participate in the festivities. More details on specific dates and events will be released as they are finalized.