It is the responsibility of the 88CHARLIES Board of Directors to oversee the many operational aspects of the organization. Such duties include setting and implementing policies and procedures, project selection, securing funding, and maintaining safety standards.
Alan is an entrepreneur with a passion for aviation. He operated his own auto repair business for 25 years, served on the Palmyra Village Board for 7 years, and also served as a municipal judge for 12. Additionally, Alan is a light sport aircraft repairman. The owner of a 1946 Luscombe 8A and a Smith DSA 1 Miniplane, Alan loves to talk shop when it comes to aircraft. He is a member of the Midwest Antique Airplane Club (MAAC), the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and the Vintage Aircraft Association.
Alan’s appreciation for aviation and all things mechanical came from three influencers in his life; his grandfather, Roy, his father, Carl, and a family friend, Stan. Those individuals taught him an appreciation for mechanics, instilled in him a passion for aviation, and showed him that goals are achievable even with adversity to overcome. These things, and more, are the types of skills and life lessons Alan hopes to pass on to the students and participants of 88CHARLIES.
A lifelong resident of Palmyra, WI, Alan’s goals for 88CHARLIES is to see young people find their way in life, to respect others, and to become honorable adults.
Dave is a Journey man Ironworker and former Erector, working in the trades for 39 years. Growing up on a farm in the age of spit and bailing wire, his love of building things started early in life. He loves the challenge of taking things apart and reconstructing them. Currently, Dave owns two Piper PA-16 Clippers, and a Loehle 5151 Kit.
Originally introduced to aviation by a family friend, Dave has been hooked ever since. A member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) since high school, Dave also fabricated and raced late model stocks. In addition to EAA, Dave also holds memberships in EAA chapter 117, the Midwest Antique Airplane Club (MAAC), the Vintage Aircraft Association, and the Antique Aircraft Association (AAA).
Dave is astounded at the growth of the 88CHARLIES organization. When originally developing the idea for 88CHARLIES, Dave wanted to do something for kids that lacked engagement in school; he wanted the opportunity to engage kids through aircraft mechanics. A current resident of Helenville, WI, Dave enjoys seeing kids active in 88CHARLIES as they have fun and learn things along the way.
Mike is a Business Development Executive with an eye for detail. With the help of his father, Mike built a Sonex airplane, and restored a 1946 Piper J3 Cub. He also has a 1979 Steen Skybolt.
Mike's appreciation of aviation derived from his father, William, who taught him the importance of patience and paying close attention to detail. Mike is involved in the Midwest Antique Airplane Club (MAAC), the Experimental aircraft Association (EAA), EAA Chapter 1177, the Antique Aircraft Association (AAA), The AAA Wisconsin Chapter, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and the Palmyra Flying Club (PFC).
A resident of Eagle, WI, Mike sees 88CHARLIES as an interactive opportunity to teach the skills of mathematics, science and technology. He also feels it is a great organization to get a start in the aviation industry to both learn the mechanics of the machines, and how to fly them. Mike hopes to share the knowledge that was given to him by his father with the youth involved in 88CHARLIES.
Doug holds both an FAA Airframe and Powerplant mechanics license (A&P), and an FAA Inspection Authorization (IA). At just 17 years old, he he earned his Private Pilot’s license and has worked as a mechanic for an air freight operator, helicopters in utility and EMS/hospital roles, and for a national size airline. As a hobby, Doug has restored, maintained, and flown both antique and classic airplanes. Currently he owns a 1949 Piper PA-16 Clipper and a 1946 Aeronca 7AC Champ.
When Doug was first introduced to 88CHARLIES, he related to the program because it was similar to the way he got his start in aviation as a young teen. His friend, Bill Amundson, taught him quite a lot about antique and classic airplanes, their history, and what it takes to restore an aircraft to original and museum quality. Doug feels that there is a need to get more young people involved in all aspects of aviation, and feels this program is a good way to repay the experiences he had as a teen, and hopefully pass along the things he has learned and enjoys about aviation. He would like to show and help students experience the many different aspects of aviation including being a pilot, a mechanic, a designer, an engineer, a historian, an artist, a service person, or an enthusiast.
Doug is a current resident of the Town of Troy, WI, and is a member of The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), EAA Vintage Aircraft division, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), Midwest Antique Airplane Association (MAAC), Friends of The National Museum of the United States Air Force, 376th Bomb Group Historical Association, and the Wisconsin Aviation Hall of Fame.