EAA 838 Hall of Fame

The EAA Chapter 838 Hall of Fame recognizes accomplishments by Chapter members. Many of our members have been working hard to achieve additional ratings, supplemental education or have been determined to be Master Pilots. This space honors the accomplishments of those individuals who have put forth that effort.

Wright Brothers Master Pilot Awards

The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots. This award is named after the Wright Brothers, the first pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as “Master Pilots”. We currently have four members who have earned that designation.

Steve Myers

Steve Myers

Master Pilot

Licenses/Ratings: Commercial Multi-Engine, Single-Engine, Fixed Wing, and Helicopter
First Flight: 1957
First Solo: 1957
Joined Chapter: 1994
Founder: EAA Chapter 838 Foundation (2001)
Aircraft Built: Lancair Super ES (2008)
Scott Scherer

Scott Sherer

Master Pilot

Licenses/Ratings: Commercial Multi-Engine, Single Engine, Instrument
First Flight: 1964
First Solo: 1968
Joined Chapter: 2010
President: EAA Chapter 838 (2021)
EAA Chapter 838 (2020)
Larry Stys

Larry Stys

Master Pilot

Licenses/Ratings: Commercial Single-Engine, Flight Instructor
First Flight: 1967
First Solo: 1968
Joined Chapter: 2013
CAP Colonel: Mission Pilot, Command & IG Tasks
Dave Finstad

Dave Finstad

Master Pilot

Licenses/Ratings: Commercial & Flight Instructor Multi-Engine, Single-Engine, Instrument, Ground Instructor Advanced Instrument; FAASteam Representative
First Flight: 1969
First Solo: 1969
Joined Chapter: 2008
Director: EAA Chapter 838 Membership
Dave Finstad

David Mann

Master Pilot

Profile:
  • Commercial, Instrument and MEL 1967
  • US Army, Fixed Wing Aviator 1969 - 74, served in Vietnam 1970 – 71
  • Flew for Department of Interior, Bureau of Land Management 1967 -77
  • Chief Pilot, Plasser Theurer Corp. flying North & South America 1977 – 83
  • Aviation Department Head, Virginia Tech 1983 – 91
  • Airport Manager, Batten International Airport 1991 – 2020
  • Flew DC-3 and B-17 for Experimental Aircraft Association 1993 – 2008
Steve Rehwinkel

Steve Rehwinkel

Master Pilot

Licenses/Ratings: TP SEL & MEL, CFI, CFII
Total Hours: 18,200 logged
First Solo: May, 1967
Work: Corporate Pilot for Modine Mfg., Inc. April, 1973 through August, 1988 & Chief Pilot September 1988 through June, 2007
Aircraft Flown:
  • Cessna, Piper, Bellanca, Beech King Air A100/200
  • Type rated in Learjet 20/30 & Citation 500
  • Founding & Executive Director WBAA 2009 – 2013
Jon Brocksopp

Jon Brocksopp

Master Pilot

Licenses/Ratings: ATP AMEL, Flight Engineer B727, Air traffic control certification
First Flight: 1963
First Solo: 1970 (U.S. Navy AOC program)
Aircraft Flown:
  • Military: T-34, T-28, S-2, TA-4, F-4, A-6, E-2, C-130A, OV-10, C-131, HU-16, Douglas C-118
  • Civilian: Piper J3/28/23, Commander 500 & 600 series, Rockwell 112, Citabria, Pitts S2, F-27, Falcon 20, King Air A-100
Fred Fleischmann

Fred Fleischmann

Master Pilot

Licenses/Ratings: Private Pilot, ASMEL, Instrument; also licensed in Australia
Work: Owner of aircraft flight training school
Aircraft Owned: Cessna 150, 172, 182, 182RG, 337 Skymaster, Beech Baron B-55
Doug Doers

Doug Doers

Master Pilot

Licenses/Ratings: Commercial, Fixed, Rotary Wing
First Solo: October 1968, Flight Class 69-13 WORWAC - US Army
Hours and Types:
  • Rotary wing: 12+, > 6000 flight hrs.
  • Fixed wing: 10+, > 1000 flight hrs.
Builder: Built Velocity Aircraft, currently own and fly
Membership:
  • EAA member since: 1971
  • Chapter 838 member since: 1996
George Snamiske

George Snamiske

Master Pilot

Licenses/Ratings: Commercial pilot, Airplane, single engine land, Instrument
First Flight: July 4, 1971 Alamogordo, NM
First Solo: August 22, 1971
Profile:
  • Cessna 172 owner since August, 1984
  • Airport owner, WS02 since 1986
  • USAF: KC-135 Boom Operator, 5,200 flight hours
Membership:
  • Chapter 838 member since: 1992

We also have several other Chapter members who are either in the process of being awarded the Master Pilot designation, and others who will be eligible later this year.

Additional Ratings

Justin Martin

Justin Martin joined Chapter 838 a few years ago, and has been a member of our Chapter Board, an Advisor to the Explorers and, most recently, earned his Commercial Rating.