Antique Aircraft Association National Directors
These fine folks are joined by the Airpower Museum Trustees in leading the AAA and APM.
Paul Berge, Indianola, Iowa
Paul Berge lives in central Iowa. He was an FAA air traffic controller for many years, is a CFII and utilizes his own Aeronca Champ for instruction. He also owns a Marquart Charger. Paul was the editor of IFR magazine for 5 years as well, as well as a freelance producer. Among his TV features was a story about the WWII Glider Pilots and one on the APM.
Paul is a professional writer with a regular column called "Flights of Fancy" in The Pacific Flyer magazine. His books include Bootleg Skies, Ailerona and the Logbook plus the short story, Zen and the Art of Pumpkin Bombing for AVWeb's online magazine. He currently hosts the Hangar Flying Theater aviation blog. Paul has been the MC of the annual "Gone Home" awards ceremony at the AAA/APM Fly-In and was elected to the AAA Board of Directors at the 2007 AAA/APM Fly-In. He claims he once shook hands with Richard Nixon at Teterboro Airport, NJ, where he grew up.
Gary Van Farowe, Holland, Michigan
AAA Director, State Director for the Michigan AAA chapter and President of the Rearwin Club. He has been a lifetime member of AAA since the early 70's.
Gary's love for aviation began at around the age of fourteen when his uncle took him flying in a Cessna 172. He was hooked, but his dreams did not become reality until 1968 when he was drafted and became a crew chief on a UH-1 (Heuy) helicopter. Following a tour in Vietnam (1969-1970) Gary enrolled in Spartan School of Aeronautics. It was there that he became interested in the AAA/APM while hanging around Dave Warren's hanger at Airman Acres.
While at Spartan, Gary earned a Airframe and Powerplant Certificate and began flying. He has since received his Multi-Engine, Instrument and Commercial Ratings. In 1974 an Inspection Authorization was added to his A&P Certificate.
Gary's career has been in general aviation, charter operations and corporate aviation. He is currently working for a Fortune 100 company. In 1972 he joined the Army National Guard, continuing to work with helicopters until he retired as First Sergeant in 1992.
Gary and his wife Carol have a small grass strip in western Michigan with a small repair shop for older aircraft. They own an Aeronca Champ, Rearwin Sportster and Cloudsters. They have two grown children, Elizabeth who is married and has begun a career in Social Work and Derek who is currently a senior at the University of Michigan.
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