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Vintage News

VAA Welcomes New Advisers to the Board of Directors

The Vintage Aircraft Association was happy to include four out of our five new Advisers during the Fall Board Meeting that took place on Thursday, November 21, 2021 in Oshkosh. We welcome (L-R) Maxwell Wenglarz, Luke Lachendro, Kathy McGurran, and Charlie Waterhouse! Jesse Clement was unable to attend, but we look forward to his involvement in the future!

2020 VAA Hall of Fame inductee Steven Dyer

2021 VAA Hall of Fame inductee Steve Nesse

Clyde “Cub Doctor” Smith, Steve Dyer, Jim Dyer, & Lucas Dyer

Steven Dyer and Steven Nesse Inducted into the EAA Halls of Fame

On Thursday November 11th, 2021, Steven Dyer and Steven Nesse were welcomed into the EAA Halls of Fame as the Vintage Aircraft Association 2020 and 2021 inductees at a ceremony held in the Eagle Hangar of the EAA Museum. VAA President Susan Dusenbury was on hand to help EAA President Jack Pelton present the awards. We’re proud to honor both men with this prestigious recognition. Congratulations to both!

Congratulations to our 2021 Vintage Volunteers of the Year!

Each year at AirVenture, Vintage recognizes exceptional volunteerism with two awards- The Flight Line Volunteer of the Year and the Behind the Scenes Volunteer of the Year. This year we’re proud to honor three volunteers among the two categories: 

Behind the Scenes Volunteer of the Year- Patti Hytry
Flight Line Volunteer of the Year- Joe Harmison
Flight Line Volunteer of the Year- Ron Brainard

Click the button below to read more about these dedicated individuals! 

The holidays will be here before you know it! Find the perfect gift for friends and family who proudly support the Vintage Aircraft Association- or even for yourself!

2021 VAA Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Nesse

2020 VAA Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Dyer

Steve Nesse to be Inducted into EAA Sport Aviation Halls of Fame on November 11th. 

Twelve individuals who contributed greatly to recreational aviation will be honored on November 11 as they are inducted into the EAA Sport Aviation Halls of Fame during a ceremony and dinner at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh.

The 2021 Vintage Aircraft Association Inductee, Steve Nesse, has been actively involved in EAA since the late 1960s and with the Vintage Aircraft Association since its inception in 1971 as the EAA Antique-Classic Division. He was instrumental in the creation of the Contemporary Aircraft judging category at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in the early 1990s, which allowed thousands of aircraft to be restored, maintained and judged to the high standards that are the hallmarks of the esteemed Lindy awards. Nesse is also a longtime member of the VAA board of directors, chairs the Tall Pines Café area, and involved in restoration workshops and other areas that serve AirVenture attendees.

Read more about Steve here.

In addition, 2020 VAA Hall of Fame Inductee Steve Dyer will be recognized on November 11th, as the 2020 Hall of Fame Ceremony was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Learn more about Steve here.

2021 Vintage In Review Interviews Available Online

Whether you missed a day, were unable to attend AirVenture 2021 in person, or just want to see an interview again, all five days of Ray Johnson’s “Vintage In Review” are available to watch HERE!

2021 Vintage Aircraft Association Award Winning Aircraft

Congratulations to the winners who received recognition at the 2021 Vintage Aircraft Association Awards Ceremony on Saturday, July 31st! A record number of vintage airplanes were on the field for EAA AirVenture 2021, and while each one is special, the hard work and dedication put into restoring and maintaining a select few gained special honor. You can see the winners of each category in the links below!

Antique Award Winners
Classic Award Winners
Contemporary Award Winners

Wes Schmid

12/31/1921 – 6/26/2021

The Vintage Aircraft Association was saddened to learn of the recent passing of former VAA Secretary and Director Emeritus Wes Schmid.

VAA Director Dan Knutson offered the following statement: “Wes Schmid was truly the real deal. He joined the EAA in

1956 and since he resided in the Milwaukee area, he became close to Paul Poberezny. While Wes was serving on the EAA board of directors, it was decided that each of the EAA communities would have a representative from EAA on their board. Wes went to the VAA or as it was called in those days, the “Antique Classic Division”.

“Wes always believed that moving the organization forward was far more important than personal recognition. He was always approachable and congenial. It must also be remembered that his involvement with EAA goes back 14 years before the convention was moved to Oshkosh in 1970, absolutely amazing . Wes Scmid truly stood for what the EAA and VAA are all about. Rest In Peace Wes.”

2019 VAA Contemporary Grand Champion Cessna 150 Featured in AOPA Video and Magazine

VAA member Dennis Ozment has earned a spotlight in the June 2021 issue of AOPA magazine along with his award winning Cessna 150 and Cessna 172. The article and two videos can be viewed by clicking here. Congratulations Dennis!

Vintage Volunteers Highligted in EAA’s Sport Aviation Magazine

Congratulations to Vintage volunteers Jim Hornby and Dennis Lange, who are featured in the Volunteer Spotlight of the February issue of EAA’s Sport Aviation magazine! Their combined hours of volunteering totaled close to 2,500 in 2019, due in part to the fact that they are on the EAA AirVenture grounds in the months leading up to and after the convention. Their dedication to the improvement and upkeep of the Vintage grounds make them a huge asset, and they deserve sincere recognition and gratitude.

You can read more about Jim and Dennis in the Sport Aviation article here, or by clicking the photo on the left.

Vintage Aircraft Association President Susan Dusenbury Featured in EAA Timeless Voices Video

Susan Dusenbury is a longtime vintage aircraft enthusiast, Vintage Aircraft Association member and chapter leader, and was named VAA’s president in 2017.

This content is availble only to EAA/VAA members, so make sure to have your EAA login information handy.

Joe’s Tech Corner

Owner-Performed Maintenance

By Joe Norris, A&P/IA, DAR, VAA Director

There are many benefits of owning a vintage airplane. One of the most impactful is the low initial entry cost, making vintage aircraft a true gateway to aviation. But there’s more to the story. Vintage aircraft owners can further enhance the ownership experience and save some money at the same time by doing some of the maintenance themselves.

VAA Director Named “Champion of the Month”

Contratulations to Vintage Aircraft Association Director Ray Johnson, who has been honored as “Champion of the Month” on the City of Marion (Indiana) website!

Ray began serving on the VAA Board as an Adviser in 2015 before becoming a Director in 2017. Those who have attended EAA AirVenture Oshkosh may know him better as the Chairman of Vintage in Review, a daily program where he choses a select group of aircraft to be featured and interviews the owners, pilots, and mechanics.

Read more about Ray and his accomplishments in this City of Marion Champion of the Month article: https://cityofmarion.in.gov/news-events/ray-johnson