Todd Simms – President
I wanted to be a pilot when I was 12 years old looking up at the planes flying over our house as they were taking off and landing at the nearby airport. I joined the RCAF and have been flying for most of the last 35 years on the Challenger and Aurora. Last year, I realized I would still want to fly when my time in the RCAF ends and have started to build a BD-4C kit that will allow me to keep flying, but on my time and terms, when I retire. I’m hoping to pass on some of my love for flight to other pilots and those who someday also want to be pilots.
| Jim Walker – Vice President
Up is Better. I discovered this when I was 16. Pilot a Piper J-3 and discover the world. Thirty years as a Technology teacher taught me there are many effective ways to instruct and learn. Choral music has always been prominent. Hooray for Bach and Lauridsen. My pilot wife and I fly a 1970 fixed-gear Cardinal. Lots of room to share with fellow explorers. Please join us. You’ll experience an amazing reality. Up is Better.
Eric Sawler – Treasurer
Growing up, I remember seeing the Argus roaring over our house on approach into Greenwood. Becoming a pilot wasn’t something I had thought much about. By 1997, I was in a position to start flight training at the Waterville airport. Then, as it often does, life interfered, and it was Oct of 2000 when I finally got my license. Somewhere along the way, I became an EAA lifetime member. My wife and I enjoy travel in our Cirrus SR-22, based in Greenwood. I really do appreciate that “A Mile of Runway Can Take You Anywhere”.
| Larry Bogan – Secretary
I came to aviation late in my life, when I was 53 and chose to train as a sailplane pilot. The Bluenose Soaring Club provided my training and home for my Schleicher Ka6e (C-FVKA) purchased in 1996.
Early in my training, I became enthusiastic about exploring the air currents and mastering the techniques to climb into the sky and really soar relying on no engine but just the energy in the atmosphere. I have been fortunate to fly in many places and many conditions. Some memorable flights include seven hours in wave lift over the Green Mountains of Vermont, soaring for hours up to 14,000 feet over the mountains of New Mexico, and exploring hours of ridge lift at only 2000 ft over the North Mountain here in the Valley.
I was introduced to EAA when one of the BSC club gliders needed its wings repaired and recovered and I lead the team that did it. I have enjoyed the contacts with EAA members ever since. Unfortunately, I had to leave gliding in 2011 and sell my sailplane but I still fly with another pilot PIC when given the opportunity.