Tue, May 25, 2010
Award Recognizes An Individual's Contributions To The
Organization And The Industry
James Baldwin of Pickerington,
Ohio, will receive the EAA's 2010 Tony Bingelis Award recognizing
contributions to EAA and the broader aviation community.
Baldwin has tirelessly dedicated more than 60 years to the
aviation community, encouraging builders and their projects as well
as promoting aviation safety. As a frequent contributor to EAA
Chapter 443's monthly newsletter, Baldwin has reported on his EAA
Technical Counselor visits and has made himself available at each
chapter meeting for an open forum of dialogue. Since becoming an
EAA Technical Counselor in 1993, Baldwin has conducted sheet metal
construction workshops at the Mideast Regional Fly-In, been a
flight line safety volunteer at AirVenture, and has advised many
builders in Ohio on construction, design, and weight and
A retired Aeronautical Engineer for North America Rockwell,
Baldwin has performed several weight and balance programs over the
years and has been a major participant in the EAA Young Eagles,
providing 332 youths with their first flight and helping send 18
youths to the Air Academy.
Baldwin, who received his private pilot certificate the day
before he reported to the U.S. Air Force in 1948, built the second
RV6 kit to ever fly in 1989 then built an RV10 in 2007.
Additionally, Baldwin has owned and maintained several aircraft,
including a BC12D Taylorcraft, Cessna 140, Cessna 120 and Cessna
170, and has invested time in rebuilding and maintaining aircraft
(most notably a Mitchell B25 and Douglas B26) of The Historical
Aircraft Squadron in Lancaster, OH.
The Bingelis Award will be given to Baldwin during the EAA
AirVenture Homebuilder's Dinner on Thursday, July 29, during the
annual EAA AirVenture fly-in at Oshkosh, WI.
The Tony Bingelis Award was created in 2002 to recognize a
member from the aviation community who has contributed to homebuilt
projects and safety promotion while maintaining EAA values.
The award honors the late Tony Bingelis, who was noted as a
homebuilding authority and EAA Sport Aviation columnist.
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