Lisa Turner Featured in Aviation for Women International
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Lisa Receives the Tony Bingelis Award in 2015
Lisa Turner at AirVenture 2015
NEWS: Lisa Turner Receives the Tony Bingelis Award July 23rd, 2015 at AirVenture in Oshkosh
Lisa Turner: Comments at Award Ceremony
“Tony Bingelis (1920 – 2001) was a prolific writer of articles on aircraft building. Tony also wrote four books on homebuilding practices: Sportplane Builder; Firewall Forward; Sportplane Construction Techniques; and Tony Bingelis on Engines. These books have become classics and are still sought out by new builders and restorers. He was a promotor of safety as well as a proponent of technical excellence – those things that all of us building or restoring aircraft strive for.
It is a surprise and great honor to be chosen as the recipient of the Tony Bingelis Award!
[The award recognizes one individual every year out of the ranks of thousands of Technical Counselors and Flight Advisors working for the EAA on a volunteer basis.]
Lisa Turner Accepts the Tony Bingelis Award
My passion for flight began at an early age when I had a dream that I was flying over my neighborhood. I think every aviator has had a similar dream! I borrowed Tom Swift books from the school library and told my mother that I wanted to be a “rocketship pilot.”
In 1965 starting 7th grade, I went to the guidance counselor and asked him if I could take shop class. He looked at me in a strange way and asked if I was having trouble making dresses in home economics class (!!). I told him I wanted to work on engines instead of cooking and sewing. It was a tough sell, and I had to still take home econ!
Although it was difficult at times to obtain the knowledge and information necessary to become a mechanic, without exception the men in my life have been extraordinarily helpful.
Walt Disney said, ‘If you can dream it, you can do it.’