Countdown to EAA AirVenture 2024
John Parish, Sr. Inducted into EAA’s Halls of Fame
On Thursday, November 9th, five new members were welcomed into the EAA Halls of Fame during the annual induction dinner held in the museum’s Eagle Hangar. Representing the Vintage Aircraft Association was inductee John Parish, Sr.
You can read more about John as well as watch a video highlighting his involvement in the world of aviation here.
L to R- VAA 2023 Flightline Volunteer of the Year Paula Gruizenga,
Dennis Gruizenga, VAA President Susan Dusenbury, and
Flightline Chairmen Michael Kosta, Patty Dorlac, and Kathy McGurran
VAA President Susan Dusenbury with VAA 2023 Behind the Scenes Volunteer of the Year Mary Wendorf
Newly retired VAA Tall Pines Café Chairman Steve Nesse and
VAA President Susan Dusenbury
VAA Volunteers Recognized
Several outstanding Vintage volunteers were recognized during the 2023 VAA Fall Board Meeting on Thursday, November 9th at the EAA Air Academy Lodge in Oshkosh. Flightline Volunteer of the Year Paula Gruizenga (pictured at left with her father, Dennis Guizenga- recipient of the 1994 VAA Volunteer of the Year award) and Behind the Scenes Volunteer of the Year Mary Wendorf were presented with engraved clocks to commemorate them for their exceptional service. You can read more about both Paula and Mary by visiting our Volunteer of the Year section.
In addition, newly retired Tall Pines Café Chairman Steve Nesse was presented with a plaque celebrating more than 20 years of leadership at the popular AirVenture breakfast spot. You can read more about Steve in the President’s Letter of the November/December 2023 issue of Vintage Airplane magazine.
Congratulations to these dedicated and much-appreciated volunteers!
VAA Youth Center- Coming July 2024!
The Vintage Aircraft Association Youth Center is slated to open at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2024 and will serve as an exciting place for future generations of aviation. Learn more about the building, see updates as they become available, and find out how you can leave a lasting legacy by purchasing a commemorative brick to be placed outside the Youth Center!
It’s Sweatshirt Season!
Gear up for cool weather with our cozy hooded sweatshirts! Whether you’re attending an aviation event like a fall fly-in or pancake breakfast, or hitting up the local pumpkin patch, you’ll look great while staying warm and comfortable!
Click the button below to be taken to the Vintage section of EAA’s webstore. Alternatively, if you’re already visiting the EAA webstore, click “Special Interest” in the darker blue bar at the top of the page and select Vintage.
Webinar- Vintage Aircraft Parts Substitution
Click HERE to be taken to the EAA website, where you can watch the webinar, which originally took place on August 17, 2023. Note that you’ll need to log into your EAA account in order to view the content.
2023 VAA Aircraft Award Winners
Check out the winners of this year’s Antique, Classic, and Contemporary aircraft awards below!
The Best of Times by VAA
Director Emeritus Ronald Fritz
Vintage Aircraft Association Director Emeritus Ronald Fritz recently shared an account of his involvement with aviation, EAA, and the EAA Antique/Classic Division (now VAA). You can read his story here.