NORWICH Ė On Monday, local aviation enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the activities of the Experimental Aircraft Association at the groupís annual dinner. Held at Park Place Restaurant in Norwich, the event was a time for those involved with the organization to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year, and discuss its plans for 2011.
Comprised of local recreational pilots, flight instructors, experimental aircraft builders and balloonists, EAA is dedicated to generating interest in aviation. The local chapter is led by long-time president Dave Sheldon.
During the event, Sheldon welcomed Mathew Giltner to the chapterís board. He also presented Service Awards to members of the chapterís leadership team for their continued efforts to promote aviation and contributions to the organization. Those recognized were the groupís vice president, balloonist Steve Bliss; ultralight pilot Joe Toriello, who serves as chapter treasurer; and private pilot Dave Dibbell.