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Volume 9, Number 1 July 27, 2008     

Where do these names come from?
Camp Scholler was named after long-time EAA member Ray Scholler, who served on the board of directors for 55 years. Photo by Jaclyn Zwerg
Fergus Chapel, at the foot of Compass Hill, was donated by Bob Fergus of Columbus, Ohio, as a memorial to his brother John. The chapel is used for denominational and non-denominational worship services, weddings, and other events. Photo by Jaclyn Zwerg
Pitcairn Aviation Hangar at Pioneer Airport was built in part by Stephen Pitcairn, who donated the funds for the hangar. Pitcairn was also a founding member of the EAA President’s Circle. Photo by Jaclyn Zwerg
This area near the Nature Center was named for Audrey Louise Poberezny. Photo by Jaclyn Zwerg
There’s nothing else like it in the world. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is an air show, a trade show, an educational workshop, and most of all, the biggest family reunion of aviation enthusiasts.

People from around the world fly and drive to Oshkosh to see familiar faces, new exhibits and workshops, air shows, and a lot of planes, both new and old. But, AirVenture isn’t just a time to learn and see new things, it’s also a time to reminisce over the old—a time to remember aviation’s history.

This year, while you’re visiting AirVenture, take time to notice the various streets, buildings, airplane hangars, and other landmarks. Have you ever wondered why certain things on the convention grounds are named what they are? Some of these are easy to recognize, such as Paul’s Park, named after EAA Founder and Chairman Paul Poberezny, or Museum Road, named after, of course, the EAA AirVenture Museum. Other landmarks and street names, however, are not so recognizable.

Many of the areas around the AirVenture grounds hold significant ties to EAA. Roads, buildings, and other areas have been named after long-time EAA members and supporters, various committee and Board members, famous aircraft builders and pilots, and others who have made significant contributions to EAA and its continued success in preserving the spirit of aviation. Here are just some of the areas of note:

Camp Scholler —Located south of the AirVenture Museum, Camp Scholler was named after long-time EAA member Ray Scholler. Scholler was the longest serving director (55 years) on the EAA board of directors. He and his wife, Bernice, are also founding members of the EAA President’s Circle.

Compass Hill— Located northeast of the AirVenture Museum, Compass Hill includes an aviation compass rose at its top, along with a sculpture entitled, "Directions" by Larry Anderson. "Directions" depicts a family enjoying aviation together and was provided by Walter and Olive Beech. Milestones throughout EAA’s history are also spread along the walk up the hill, and were provided by James Ray and Mr. and Mrs. David Scott. EAA members and aviation enthusiasts from around the world have also contributed to Compass Hill by leaving keystones that describe memorable aviation experiences.

Fergus Chapel— The small white building with the red door located at the foot of Compass Hill is Fergus Chapel. Bob Fergus of Columbus, Ohio, donated it as a memorial to his brother, John. Fergus, president of Midwestern Enterprises Inc. Fergus Chapel is used for denominational and non-denominational worship services during AirVenture, and is also used for weddings, baptisms, and memorial services. The annual Memorial Wall ceremony is held just outside the chapel.

Forest Home Avenue —Located west of AeroShell Square, Forest Home Avenue is the street name where Paul and Audrey Poberezny lived in Milwaukee.

Hillard Flight Operations Building—Named after Charlie Hillard, the first American to be awarded the Aresti Trophy after winning the 1972 VII World Championships in France. He was also a member of the Eagles and Red Devils aerobatic teams with Tom Poberezny and Gene Soucy and a generous contributor to the EAA Aviation Foundation.

Kermit Weeks Hangar —Located north of Wittman’s Runway 9/27, the Weeks Hangar was named after Kermit Weeks, a long-time EAA supporter and EAA President’s Circle founding member. Kermit founded the Fantasy of Flight Museum in Polk City, Florida, designed his own aerobatic plane, and was a member of the U.S. Aerobatic Team for several years. The facility is used as EAA’s aircraft maintenance and research center.

Kilps Avenue —Located north of the Main admission gate, this street was named after Art Kilps, a sponsor of the Sun ’n Fun Fly-in in Lakeland, Florida, and long-time EAA supporter. Kilps donated the Chester Special Racer "Jeep" to the AirVenture museum in 1977.

Lake Essie-Audie —Located across Poberezny Road from the EAA Aviation Center, Lake Essie-Audie was named after Paul Poberezny’s two granddaughters, Lesley and Audra.

Lake Fly —Located southeast of the Fergus Chapel, Lake Fly was named in honor of the very thing that EAA was built on—recreational flying.

Lake Louise— Located near the Nature Center, named after Audrey Louise Poberezny. From its earliest days when the Pobereznys’ basement served as EAA headquarters, she has helped EAA grow from a Milwaukee-area club for amateur aircraft builders to an international aviation organization.

Leeward Court —The courtyard behind EAA headquarters was dedicated to Jimmy Leeward’s father, Al. Jimmy, owner of the Leeward Air Ranch, served as chairman of the EAA Aviation Foundation Building Committee, which planned and oversaw the construction of the EAA Aviation Center.

Lindbergh Street —Of course, named after Charles Lindbergh, located within Camp Scholler.

Pitcairn Aviation Hangar —Located at Pioneer Airport, this structure was built in part by Stephen Pitcairn, who donated the funds for the hangar. He was an EAA Aviation Foundation Board member and donated three of the autogiros to the EAA AirVenture Museum. Pitcairn was also a founding member of the EAA President’s Circle. Pitcairn’s father, Harold, became known among the aviation community for his first commercial success in Autogiro design with the PCA-2.

Ryan Flying Hangar —Also located at Pioneer Airport, this hangar was named after Ryan Aeronautical Company, which built EAA’s flying replica of the Spirit of St. Louis. That airplane hangars here and is used during EAA’s Good Ol’ Days event held in August.

Schaick Road —Located within Camp Scholler, this was named after Will Schaick, who created Flight Line Operations with Bob Ring and served as chairman for 20 years. Will has also received two President’s Awards from Paul and Tom Poberezny, recognizing his outstanding volunteerism. In addition, Schaick was a Charter Contributor to "Wings on Dreams" campaign for the construction of EAA headquarters.

Sharon Lakes —Located next to Fergus Chapel, these lakes were named after Sharon Poberezny, wife of EAA President Tom Poberezny.

Stits Road —Located within Camp Scholler, named after Ray Stits, designer of Stits Aircraft. Ray started EAA Chapter 1 in Riverside, California, and also donated the prototype Stits SA-3A Playboy to the AirVenture Museum in 1973.

Vern Avenue— Located south of AeroShell Square, and named after Vern Lichtenberg, who was Paul Poberezny’s maintenance man during his service in the Wisconsin Air National Guard. Vern later became Director of EAA Facilities and served the association for 29 years. He played a key role in developing EAA’s world-class convention buildings and grounds.

Vette Theater —Located within the EAA Aviation Center, the theater is named after John and Janet Vette, local Oshkosh citizens and long-time EAA supporters. Land along Lake Winnebago owned by the Vette family is where the EAA Seaplane Base is located.

Wittman Regional Airport— Named after Steve Wittman, legendary air racer and aircraft designer/builder who was also the Oshkosh Airport manager from 1931-1969. Steve was an EAA member since 1953 and played a key role in bringing the EAA’s annual fly-in to Oshkosh in 1970. Wittman Road, which runs along the flightline, is also named in his honor.

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