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David Kopanski

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70 years old
Garfield Heights, Ohio
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I have been passionate about aviation since I was a kid. My dad bought me an introductory flying lesson for my 16th birthday, but unfortunatel the CFI was all over the sky and turned me as green as a frog. I still wonder if my dad told him to do that. I went to Kent State for Aerospace Engineering. I moved to South Carolina for a job back in 1988 and lived down there until 2015 when a house fire and divorce placed me back in Ohio. My last job was working in Iraq from 2005 through 2009 as a military contractor. Shortly after I returned from Iraq my dad had a stoke and I came to Ohio to help take care of my parents, going back and forth to SC until the house fire and divorce. While living in SC I joined EAA Chap 1167 in Conway/Myrtle Beach and was active in rebuilding a member's wooden plane. He fed his helpers lunch, too. After coming back to Ohio I joined EAA Chapt 1252 in Columbia Station but felt like I needed to look for a more involved chapter so I joined EAA Chap 5. Then in Feb 2017 I bought a Spezio Sport DAL TuHoler project off Ebay and have been actively learning about building a homebuilt since then. I am VERY new at this and its taking me back to the beginning phase. I bought all 4 of Tony Bingelis's books on homebuilding and am learning more with every page. I hope to have the Spezio flying by Airventure 2018, but understand this might be a bit unrealistic with winter approaching and so much to learn before I feel comfortable even touching the project. Well, enough for now. 

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