News Release: AKIA President Appointed to EAA Board

December 9, 2013


Oshkosh, WI – AKIA President Dick VanGrunsven, has accepted an invitation to join the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Board of Directors during the board’s fall meeting on Nov. 14-15 at Oshkosh, Wis. As a Class III director for EAA, VanGrunsven will serve a one-year renewable term on the EAA board. VanGrunsven joins two others as the newest members of the EAA Board of Directors, Joe Brown and David Pasahow.

“Each of these three EAA members has a diverse aviation background and, more importantly, a longtime connection with our organization in multiple areas,” said Jack Pelton, EAA’s chairman of the board. “We are grateful that each of them has stepped forward to represent our membership and help lead the association as we pursue our mission of growing participation in aviation.”

VanGrunsven (EAA 3204), of Hillsboro, Oregon, is founder and CEO of Van’s Aircraft, which has become one of the largest kit aircraft manufacturers in the world with more than 8,500 airplanes completed worldwide. An EAA member since 1964, VanGrunsven has received EAA’s Freedom of Flight Award and August Raspet Memorial Award, and is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He is also a founding member of the Aircraft Kit Manufacturers Association (AKIA), currently serving as president of the organization, and an enthusiastic sailplane pilot.

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