AKIA maintains an Advisory Board to provide guidance and counsel in select key issues affecting the kit aircraft industry.
Tom Poberezny functioned as President of EAA for 23 years and was Chairman of AirVenture for 35 years. Mr. Poberezny has had extensive experience in dealing with the FAA, NTSB and has a thorough knowledge of the evolution of the Experimental Amateur Built (EAB) movement.
Frank Christensen, was head of Christen Industries, and revolutionized the kit aircraft business with the introduction of the Eagle aerobatic aircraft kit in 1977. He also organized and supported the Eagles Aerobatic Team for 25 years. As the founder of the modern aircraft kit movement, Mr. Christensen has had extensive experience with issues of marketing, liability and insurance.
Dale Klapmeier, CEO of Cirrus Aircraft, got his start in aircraft kit manufacturing with the VK-30. He successfully transitioned into certificated aircraft production with the SR-20 and SR-22, which has become the most popular General Aviation aircraft with over 5,000 units on the flightline. With his experience in EAB and Part 23 aircraft, Dale has invaluable insight into the issues facing both types of manufacturing.
Robert Goyer is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Director at Plane & Pilot Magazine. Prior to joining Plane & Pilot in 2015, Robert served as editor of FLYING Magazine for 20 years after serving as editor at Sport Pilot and Hot Kits and Homebuilts. He has flown over 200 types of homebuilt, ultralight and GA aircraft, in addition to dozens of turbine aircraft. Robert will provide advice and counsel for AKIA related to issues that affect the homebuilt industry’s growth and regulatory environment.