MAKE CHAPTER 288 YOUR AVIATION HOME! E-AB, TYPE CERTIFIED, VINTAGE, WARBIRD, ETC.
Some of you have heard of the airplane crash in Bartow, FL Thursday, that claimed the lives of two of our chapter members, Bonnie and Dennis Powell.
I, like many of you, as well as the leadership of Chapter 288, are devastated by this news. Bonnie and Dennis were always champions of the chapter, our youth programs, and the Atlantic High School RV Project. Both gave selfishly of their time, money, and resources to further the mission of EAA both on a local and a national level.
Dennis was instrumental in keeping the Atlantic RV project going all the way through to its successful flight last year. He was a mentor to students and had an infectious love for aviation which he shared with all around him. He was a leader of the highest caliber and a role-model for many, if not, all of the students working on the Eagles Nest RV Project.
Bonnie served as our Chapter's Secretary. I cannot begin to tell you how much I leaned on her when I was President. Bonnie personally is the reason that I am still an EAA member. Her love, guidance, and caring helped me to make a quicker recovery from my aircraft accident. There is great sadness in my heart.
I would ask everyone to lean on fact and not conjecture. The FAA/NTSB is investigating the accident and should have a preliminary report out within the next week or two. However, it may be a full year or more before we understand exactly what happened. I encourage our chapter members to remember Bonnie and Dennis as they were and not speculate on what may or may not have happened.
On a personal note, Bonnie was my rock for many years and one of my sources of strength. I'm sure her leadership, guidance, and friendship will be greatly missed by everyone.
We will update the chapter regarding the time and location of memorial services as soon as we get that information from the family.
Vice-President EAA Chapter 288