Joined Aug 11 2011
I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, the Birthplace of Aviation, and decided that aviation was one of my passions at the age of 7 years when my uncle showed me his T-6 at Wright Field, which after WWll became Wright-Paterson Air Force Base. When I was a junior at Ohio University that summer a friend took me for a ride in his Comanche over the coast of Maine and I knew that I had to become a pilot. Upon graduation from Ohio U I became an engineer and a pilot in 1963 but started my military career as a Army Officer since I had taken Army ROTC. After Vietnam I chose to enter the business world and did not fly much until after I started my own business in 1981 and bought my first airplane in 1985. I then joined AOPA and it wasn’t until my first trip to AirVenture in 2007 that I realized the value of EAA and joined the chapter upon my return. I still am enjoying my work as a specialist in Wire Electrical Discharge Machining, a career that has spanned over 30 years working in partnership with many Fortune 500 companies as well as small shops matching their requirements with my unique technology of machining complicated intricate parts in tolerances of +/-.0001".
I have enjoyed the fellowship and the "Spirit of Aviation" of our chapter, the B-17 with the "Salute to Veterans Program" and the Ford Tri-Motor events, and especially the Young Eagles Program. I encourage all new members to get involved in the chapter activities!