Poberezny, Culp, Younkin Inducted into ICAS Hall of Fame
December 11, 2009 — EAA President Tom Poberezny was inducted into the International Council of Airshows (ICAS) Hall Of Fame last night (December 9) at the organization’s gala banquet in Las Vegas, Nevada. The dinner was the final event of the ICAS convention that brings together performers, organizers, production companies, and vendors.
Poberezny was inducted as an air show event organizer for his long stewardship of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the world’s largest general aviation event. Poberezny thanked his wife, Sharon, and reminded the audience of the responsibility that those in the air show industry have.
EAA Chairman/President Tom Poberezny humbly accepts his induction to the ICAS Hall of Fame December 9. Photos by Tom Trinkwalder, TNT Photographics
“You are the ambassadors of aviation and the aviation community,” he said. “Think about the tens of millions of people you reach and touch who have the dream of flight and are impacted by this three dimensional space we work in. You represent all pilots, all aviation enthusiasts, all that love and participate in aviation.”
Charlie “The Flying Farmer” Culp and the late Bobby Younkin were also inducted into the ICAS Hall of Fame. Amanda Franklin accepted the award on her father’s behalf. “I’m very happy to see dad being recognized and honored for his tremendous flying ability and impact on air shows,” she said.
Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Virginia, received the Dick Schram Memorial Community Relations award for coordinating a breast cancer awareness campaign to coincide with their air show after the dates had to be moved. This award is given to military air shows.
The 2009 Art Scholl memorial showmanship award was given to Chuck Aaron.
Tom Poberezny, pictured with Danny Clisham and ICAS Foundation Chairperson Dale Drumwright.
Listen to Tom Poberezny’s award presentation and acceptance remarks.
(Audio courtesy of AirshowBuzz.com)