Phone: 800-564-6322 (800-JOIN EAA)
FROM THE DESK OF...
CHARLIE BECKER, DIRECTOR OF MEMBER PROGRAMS
Name: Ted Mosman, EAA 849136
Position: Aircraft Maintenance Tech
WHO’S WHO AT HQ
DID YOU KNOW THAT our founder, Paul Poberezny, is still
building aircraft in his 90th year? I guess it shouldn’t really
surprise anyone since Paul was bitten early and hard by the
His latest project is a replica of the Mechanix Illustrated
Baby Ace that is in the EAA AirVenture Museum. He and a group of
volunteers have already started on it. If you’re unfamiliar with this
aircraft, it holds a special significance for our organization. Paul wrote
a series of articles on how to build a Baby Ace for Mechanix Illustrated
magazine. Those articles attracted worldwide interest in joining EAA
that turned a homebuilders club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, into an
international organization. Paul had to buy a bigger mailbox to handle all
the correspondence that resulted from the articles.
Paul, who is an avid history buff, hopes to build the aircraft and fly it
at AirVenture to educate our members about how this organization was
built. Keep on building, Paul!
What do you do? I help maintain
and restore EAA’s flying aircraft.
Years at EAA: 30
Before EAA: I was a mechanic
for a couple of commuter airlines
flying DC-3s and had my own dope
and fabric business.
I would love to own: The practical
Ted would own a Cherokee 235.
The not-so-practical Ted would
own a Bellanca Airbus because no
one I know of has one and I like
Unique experience: Helping get
the Spirit of St. Louis replica (now
in the EAA AirVenture Museum)
ready to ship to Paris, then my
trip to Paris to ship it back to the
United States. The same young
man that greeted Lindbergh in
Paris after his historic flight met
our replica in Paris.
Unique airplane you’ve flown:
I’ve flown with Paul Poberezny
in EAA’s P- 51, and I’ve flown a
Great Lakes Trainer—a two-place
Don’t Know Much About...
INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY
Hobbies: I’m part owner in a
hovercraft. The hover people call
THE SECOND ANNUAL International Learn to Fly Day takes place May 21, 2011. This
event is a cooperative effort organized by EAA to raise interest in flying and encourage current pilots to get others involved in aviation. How can you get involved? Invite
a friend to go flying that day, sign your spouse up for a lesson, put up a sign up at
work inviting colleagues to your hangar, organize a chapter Learn to Fly event, or, if
you’re not yet at pilot, take your first lesson. The goal is simple: Introduce someone new to aviation and help grow the pilot
Help us spread the word! Put the official International Learn to Fly Day logo on your website with a link back to
Aviation story you won’t forget:
I was helping actor Gene Hackman
with his chute and harness for a
P- 51 ride with Paul. I cut my finger
in the process, and he left with a
few red dots on his white shirt.
Find out what others are doing at
www.EAA.org/calendar. And don’t forget to submit your event while you’re there.
What are you building right
now? I’ve owned a VJ- 23 (glider)
kit for 30 years. I wouldn’t mind
getting it put together.