Special Edition: EAA Founder Paul Poberezny surprised the
aviation world with the announcement that he has retaken the
Presidency of EAA.
Leaving retirement, the Senior Poberezny cited "the renewed need
for basic grassroots support to see the Sport Pilot program through
to a proper conclusion, the experience I have with the true rank
and file of sport aviation, and the fact that I am bored out of my
skull with retirement," for the reason that he sought and claimed
the Presidency once again.
Flanked by troops
comprised of some of the more militant members of the
Antique/Classic division and a smattering of warbird flyers,
Poberezny set upon EAA HQ shortly before the opening of business,
changed the locks, and let selected staff members through after
signing a loyalty pledge promising allegiance to the Association's
founder. Over the course of the day, a majority of staffers jumped
ship (minus a number of the marketing folks) and pledged
their loyalty to Paul, as well... leaving EAA running a "little
leaner and a lot less meaner" than before, according to Paul.
Former President Tom Poberezny was nowhere to be seen. Repeated
questions were met with silence until one unnamed spokesperson
noted that, "Tommy's been sent to his room..."
EAA Spokesman Dick Knapinski said the power transfer happened,
"...swiftly and with surprisingly little bloodshed." Knapinski also
noted that the Senior Poberezny is making big plans for a "new EAA"
that includes lower admission prices for the annual Oshkosh
airshow, a renewed emphasis on cost-effective and affordable
aviation, and strong support for the Sport Pilot initiative
regardless of who gets the credit for it, or who profits from
Poberezny, in a short interview with ANN added that, "Aviation
is taking some hard knocks from the government, an unfriendly
media, and a world that has lost much of its fascination with
flight. We're going to get back to basics, we're going to support
the grassroots of aviation, and we'll grow slowly from there. If
aviation can rediscover its roots, maybe we can get the rest of the
world interested, again, in aviation."