A Tip of the Hat to Tom Poberezny

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What  with the government shutdown and politicians snarling at each other across a partisan divide that makes the Grand Canyon look like a sidewalk crack, there’s much to cheer about lately. So I was happy the other day to get a press release touting something simple that we can probably all agree on. I can’t really call it an organization so much as an organized effort with the sole declared purpose of putting Tom Poberezny back on the radar or at least affording him the respect he has earned. And for that, I’m cheering just for the hell of cheering.

Poberezny dropped off the edge of the earth in the middle of AirVenture 2011 and essentially hasn’t been heard from much since. At the time, I thought his treatment at the hands of either the EAA board or then president Rod Hightower—maybe both—was shabby at best. Whatever differences may have emerged that summer—and I’ve been told they were considerable—letting a guy of

Poberezny’s stature and achievement go loose in the middle of the very iconic airshow he helped create is simply not the way to do business. It was then and is still beneath an organization as important as EAA.

But that’s history and the next page of it is a groundswell movement that centers on a web site named simply HonorPoberezny.com.

The site details Poberezny’s achievements and contributions, both in aviation and to EAA. And let’s not forget his Dad, Paul, who died in August at the age of 91. He left a lasting aviation legacy that will long outlive him.

According to the press release sent to me by David Gustafson, Tom and family will appear at AirVenture again in 2014 and I’d say his return is overdue. You can click into the website and electronically sign a roster of support recognizing the younger Poberezny’s contribution. Isn’t that least all of us could do to offer a simple thanks? Here’s a guy who more than deserves at least that.

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Comments (3)

Tom has by no means disappeared. He has just taken on a new challenge. Tom has become a major asset to Citation Jet Pilots. Under his guidance and leadership, we just completed a highly successful annual convention. He has been very instrumental in the rapid growth of our organization.

Tom continues to make many new friends and I am proud to be one of them.

Howard Tobin Board Member - Citation Jet Pilots

Posted by: Howard Tobin | October 18, 2013 8:47 AM    Report this comment

Tom has by no means disappeared. He has just taken on a new challenge. Tom has become a major asset to Citation Jet Pilots. Under his guidance and leadership, we just completed a highly successful annual convention. He has been very instrumental in the rapid growth of our organization.

Tom continues to make many new friends and I am proud to be one of them.

Howard Tobin Board Member - Citation Jet Pilots

Posted by: Howard Tobin | October 18, 2013 8:47 AM    Report this comment

Good Morning Tom !!!

We have missed seeing you at Oshkosh, it is just not the same. Sorry to say this but EAA has gone to he!! in a hand basket since your Dad and you got out of it. From what he started so long ago "Oshkosh Bound" to what is now .....all too obvious "It's All about the Dollar". We all know it takes lots of money to organize and run EAA however this is NOT what your Dad started, what his love and passion was all about, this is a shamble to say the least and at the present rate we do not believe it will survive. The legendary "Thumbs Up Paul's Dream will be gone forever. You of all people know what your Dad worked to achieve, now get back in there and fight tooth and nail to correct the crap that has taken place since you both got out of it. Eat crow, eat crap what ever it takes to get in position to "Kick butt and take numbers to keep your Dad's Memory alive and ensure that it is a memorial to him for years to come.

Posted by: Novaro Nichols | October 22, 2013 7:58 AM    Report this comment

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