LAURAN PAINE JR.
Heart and Longevity
The passion that keeps EAA strong
EAA IS A VIBRANT ORGANIZATION: magazines, forums, all manner of
stuff on the website, chapters, advocacy, and, of course, The Big
Show—AirVenture. It’s just an exciting and fun group to be a part
of. I sometimes shudder to think where we’d be in aviation without
it. So how did it get to be where it is today? It only takes four words
to answer that question: Paul and Audrey Poberezny. But, beyond
that (and Paul and Audrey will be the first to tell you this), it’s
because of people, airplanes, and passion. Over—and I want to
emphasize this—a long period of time. That’s why we’re here, and
that’s why we’re strong.
FIFTY YEARS OF CHAPTER 105
So let’s look back a bit. And what better place to start than EAA
Chapter 105, located in the Portland, Oregon, area, headquartered
at Stark’s Twin Oaks Airpark (7S3). It
recently celebrated its 50th anniversary
as a chapter. And, by golly, the chapter
members did it with style! It was fit-
ting of them, and it was fitting of the EAA
spirit. They held their celebration in the
Pearson Air Museum. The Pearson Air
Museum is on the grounds of the histori-
cal Fort Vancouver in Washington. It is
an old hangar that was built in 1918 and
says “Army Air Corps - Pearson Field”
on the front. Pearson Field (KVUO) has a
3,300-foot-long by 60-foot-wide runway.
It’s a very nice airport nestled in a notch
under the Class C airspace
of Portland International
Airport. You need to mind
your p’s and q’s to go in
there, but it’s not too
tricky and is well worth
the trip. You’re starting to
get the picture, right?
Chapter member Rion Bourgeois, EAA 326742, presents Ron Singh, EAA 573045, with an award in appreciation
of his hard work and dedication as Chapter 105 president.