History of DGA Aviation
DGA is a twist on Benny Howard's designation for his racers. The
first one he built in 1930 won many air races. After his racing
success he started building them to sell as DGA-10, -11, -12, -14,
and -15. Did you notice? No DGA-13! The letters DGA stood for Damn
Good Airplane. The letters for our little group stand for Damn
Good Association. And, so it is, a Damn Good Association.
DGA Aviation started as a loose association of three pilots--Rod
Farley, Stan Lawrence, and Bruce Walters--in 1993. The main
purpose was to share hangar costs of a newly acquired hangar. Stan
talked Rod into buying a Cessna 140, then taught him how to fly
it. Bruce was restoring his RV-1. Stan was flying a Culver Cadet.
The first contract was drawn up in 1995, and the stated purpose of
the Association was as follows: "This group is formed for the sole
purpose of having fun." Individually, we were limited to owning
one or maybe two airplanes each. By pooling our resources, we
could buy, hangar, and maintain as many different airplanes as
could possibly fit into the hangars.
Over the years, many people have been a part of this Damn Good
Association, including: Stan Lawrence, Rod Farley, Bruce Walters,
Carl Stolnacke, Max Bandi, Jeff Barnes, Kevin Black, Scott Monroe,
Nick Leonard, Larry Warren, Tom Culling, Mark Zukowski, Norman
Champ, Nancy Trugeon, Tony Machado, Kim Ioanidis, Tim Redden, Sue
Wiseman, Cimone Nunley, Glenn Davis, Dale Morris, Joe
Marquering, Greg Smith, Emmet Welch, Steve Lightstone, Scott
Collins, Jim Sobelewski, Justin Frei and Drew Blase.
|Over the years we have had the
following aircraft in our group, in order of acquisition:
- Culver Cadet LFA "Charlie"
- Piper Apache
- Cessna 140
- Globe Swift (125)
- Vans/Lawrence/Farley RV-4 "Lucy" (2x)
- Jungster II
- Cessna 140 (another one)
- Beechcraft P35 Bonanza
- Mooney M20E
- Starduster I
- Vans/Wassom RV-6A "Ketchup & Mustard"
- Starduster II
- KR II
- Luscombe 8A
- Cassutt Racer
- Globe Swift (145)
- Thorpe T-18
- Mustang II
- Smyth Sidewinder
- Vans/Lawrence RV-4 "Speedy"
- Culver Cadet LCA "Charlie II"
- Vans/Lawrence RV-8A
- Vans/Leonard RV-10
- Vans/Richburg RV-6A "Peanut"
- Boeing Stearman N2S-5
- Rans S-9 Chaos
- Rans S-7S Courier
- Cessna 150L "Bumblebee"
- Piper J-3 Cub (under
- Cessna 172F
- Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche "Twinkie"
- Vans/Lawrence RV-12
- Beechcraft S-35 Bonanza
- Piper PA-24-250 Comanche
- Globe Swift GC-1B-180 "Jonathan"
- Cessna 190 Businessliner "Orange Whip"
- Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon
- Cessna 180 "Scruffwagon"
- Lancair 360 Mk2
- Cessna 172K (under
- Vans/Lawrence RV-14
- Yakovlev Yak-52
- Laser 230