Chapter 333

Current Board Members

 

2024 Board Members

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Eric Gettel, President

Lifetimes ago I worked in the jet engine industry and was always fascinated by aircraft. Back in those nearly penniless days I found racing sports cars to be a more accessible pursuit and by the mid 1990’s racing’s adrenaline rush was deeply infused in my blood. Yet one fine day when my new brother-in-law took me up in a tired 172 rental here at ARB I instantly became hooked on flying. My wife and I then moved to Boston and in those 7 years she earned a graduate degree while I earned a private pilot license. We found our way back to Ann Arbor, which was good because both sets of our parents had somehow become grandparents. I have been an EAA member since the early 2000’s and associated with chapter 333 since 2016. I am presently building an RV-9A and am halfway through the wing sub-kit. I rent 172s and 182s from Michigan Flyers where I maintain currency and strive for that ever-elusive sense of proficiency.

 
 
Beth Wichterman 

Beth Wichterman, Vice President

When I joined the Ann Arbor Flyers in 1998, I was asked, "What was your most memorable flight?" There were 2 then: taking the controls of an aircraft for the first time in a 99's Pinch Hitter course, and being a passenger on the VFR arrival into OSH during the big EAA convention (WOW)! I wanted to get my license from the moment I took the controls back in 1998. There have been many memorable flights now, lots of camaraderie and aircraft ownership. Retiring from materials engineering work has left more time for aviation including a long trip out west with my husband. Flying to OSH from ARB last summer in my RANS S-6 LSA and parking in Homebuilts was quite memorable! While I am not building myself, I have helped hot wire molds and layup and vacuum bag components for my husband's fiberglass bird. I have been a member of EAA for many years and active most recently with EAA333 since the fall of 2016.

 

 

Jeff Cohen, Treasurer

 

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Larry Sissom, Secretary

Larry grew up in the Wayne - Westland area near the old National Airport where he used to ride his bicycle to watch aircraft take off and land. Now retired, he worked for Ford Motor Company for 45 years as an engineer in truck manufacturing. Larry is married to Ginger, who works part time as a Pilates instructor at the Chelsea Wellness Center, and has one daughter (Halley) who is a financial analyst at the University of Michigan. Larry has been flying since 1992 and is currently building a RV-7A at his home in Chelsea, Michigan. Larry has been an EAA member since 1997.

 

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Matt Bushore, Director

After a small town Iowa youth spent riding my bicycle to the  library and reading Model Airplane News, I eventually graduated from my venerable Sig Kadet (and college- go Hawkeyes!) to building rally cars and racing through the woods with my brother. Several job changes and a home purchase later, I got back to finishing up the private pilots license I'd started 20 years earlier.  The following year, I drove my girlfriend to Oshkosh - a place I’d last been as a 13 year old in 1987- for her first time, where we camped in a muddy parking lot.

I currently fly with a local club while waiting for used aircraft pricing to return to earth so we can take mountain biking trips to far off lands without days in the car. I’m pretty new to the chapter, but I’m very curious about building, and enthused about the opportunity to help build a thriving local aviation community.

 

Brian Pearson, Director

 

 

Bob Sultzbach, Director

 

 

 

 

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