EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — Dave Ross of Wakeman, Ohio, is the 2014 recipient of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Tony Bingelis Award, recognized for his hard work as an EAA Technical Counselor, RV builder, and EAA chapter safety chairman.
Ross, a retired corporate pilot, has been an active EAA member for 39 years and a member of EAA Chapter 50 in Sandusky, Ohio. He has held numerous chapter positions, such as the chapter’s safety chairman for many fly-ins and other shows, EAA Technical Counselor and captain of a Ford Tri-Motor aircraft. He was also a member of theInternational Aerobatic Club (IAC) for 20 years.
Apart from his various roles throughout the years, Ross is known for his workmanship as a builder of Van’s aircraft kits.
According to those who nominated him, “he offers up space in his personal workshop to anyone who wants guidance in building an aircraft. He provides on-site instruction and advice, never downgrading others’ techniques but offering helpful suggestions throughout the process.”
Ross is an A&P mechanic and a CFI, recognized by all for his commitment to aircraft safety.
Ross’s passion for homebuilding has inspired others through his extensive knowledge and hard work. He displays his RV-4 at airshows throughout the country, and has influenced many others to purchase and construct RVs.
Ross will receive the Tony Bingelis Award on Thursday, July 31, during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at the Homebuilders Dinner. Tickets for the dinner will be available at Homebuilders Headquarters on the EAA grounds.
The Tony Bingelis Award was created in 2002 to recognize a member from the aviation community who has contributed to homebuilt projects and safety promotion while maintaining EAA values. The award honors the late Tony Bingelis, who was noted as a homebuilding authority and EAA Sport Aviation columnist.
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