New Directors Bring Extensive Aviation, EAA And Business
Three directors have been added to the Experimental Aircraft
Association board, which governs the 176,000-member aviation
organization. The three new directors ... Jack Pelton, Stuart
Auerbach and Darren Pleasance ... bring extensive aviation and
business background to the board, in addition to longtime EAA
involvement and thousands of hours of flight time.
Pelton (pictured) is the retired President/CEO of Cessna
Aircraft Company and has more than three decades of aviation
experience. He also served as chairman of the General Aviation
Manufacturers Association and on the board of the National Business
Aviation Association. He holds Airline Transport Pilot and
Commercial Pilot certificates, and also flies vintage aircraft.
Auerbach, who has been an aviator for more than 30 years,
previously served on the EAA Foundation board and the EAA
President’s Council. He is a Certificated Flight Instructor
and holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate, as well as
ratings in single- and multi-engine land and seaplanes, turbojets
and rotorcraft. Auerbach is a general partner at Ampersand Capital
Partners based in Boston, Mass.
Pleasance, who has more than 6,000 hours of flight time, owns
several Experimental category and other light aircraft. He has been
a flight instructor, charter pilot, corporate pilot and Alaska bush
pilot. Pleasance also is a board member for the International
Aerobatic Club and served as president of the Northern California
Aerobatic Club. He is a partner for McKinsey & Company in Palo
“We are very pleased to have Jack, Stuart and Darren join
the EAA board,” said EAA President/CEO Rod Hightower.
“Along with their impressive business experience, they are
all first and foremost passionate aviators and EAA members. Their
expertise will be very valuable as EAA aims to grow participation
in aviation and inspire the next generation of aviators.”
Pelton, Auerbach and Pleasance will each serve one-year terms as
Class III EAA Directors, which by organization bylaws are elected
by the EAA board. The majority of the EAA board members are elected
by the organization’s membership during the
organization’s annual meeting at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.