As so often happens when an organization is closely tied to an individual or a family, finding successors to run the organization becomes very difficult. When Tom Poberezny, son of EAA founder Paul Poberezny, announced his impending retirement the Board of Directors launched the search for a new president for the EAA. Apparently there are no heir apparents within the Poberezny family who want to continue the traditon of father and grandfather, so the organization hired an executive search firm and finally settled on Pete Bunce, current President of GAMA (General Aviation Manufacturers Association). But old habits die hard, and many board members want to keep Poberezny as long as possible, so when the vote came there was a split between those wanting to bring in new leadership and those who want to keep to old guard in charge. The fear now is that the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) will wind up leaderless at a crucial juncture of general aviation.
After screening some 22 candidates and an exhaustive process using some 11 specific requirements and settling on a candidate, the EAA board threw the whole process back in to chaos and questions the future of the organization. The board wants a unanimous decision in choosing a new leader. Having visited Oshkosh and the facilities in Oshkosh I can tell you it would be a shame to see distress in this fine organization. The EAA does a lot to foster the continuation of general aviation as well as promoting innovative new products and preserving aviation history. The museum at Oshkosh is a wonderful facility to visit. Let's hope they can resolve this problem soon, and amicably. Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7
Few people who know of the work of Langley, Lilienthal, Pilcher, Maxim and Chanute but will be inclined to believe that long before the year 2000 A.D., and very probably before 1950, a successful aeroplane will have soared and come home safe and sound.
— H. G. Wells, 1901.