News Archives

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

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!

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 the button below. 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 by clicking the button below. 

VAA President Susan Dusenbury Featured in EAA’s 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

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”

Congratulations 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 chooses 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:

An unprecedented effort to bring the EAA community at Oshkosh to aviation fans around the world was a grand success on July 21-25, as EAA’s inaugural Spirit of Aviation Week drew enthusiasts from throughout the country and around the world for five days of flying engagement and fun.

On-Demand videos will continue to be available for a limited time on EAA’s Spirit of Aviation Week page. Stay tuned to eaavintage.org for the addition of Vintage-related videos from the event, which will be permanently accessible through the Multi-Media section.

John Turgyan

August 7, 2020

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of John Turgyan, Lifetime Vintage Aircraft Association Member, current Director Emeritus, former board member, and 2019 Hall of Fame inductee. His contribution to Vintage and the aviation community in general has been nothing short of extraordinary. More information is available on his Vintage Hall of Fame inductee page.