Published in Midwest Flyer – August/September 2017 issue
Ohio native, and longtime AOPA and EAA member, Kyle Lewis, has been named manager of the AOPA Great Lakes Region. Lewis graduated from Ohio University’s Russ College of Engineering with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation. There, Lewis obtained his Private Pilot Certificate and Instrument Rating. Lewis spent the next 10 years with the Ohio Highway Patrol, but kept close ties with the aviation community serving on the Jackson County Airport Authority in Jackson, Ohio, where the board oversaw multiple FAA and locally funded projects. Lewis also serves on the Ohio University Department of Aviation Flight Training Alumni Board. In 2012, Lewis and his father completed the construction of their own aircraft, an RV-12, which Lewis currently flys and maintains with his Light Sport Repairman Certificate. Lewis replaces Bryan Budds, who accepted a position as Advisor to the Michigan Aeronautics Commission and Manager of the Transport and Safety Section of the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Aeronautics.