Jim Olzacki New President Of EAA Warbirds Of America
Olzacki Succeeds Connie Bowlin -- Who Served Four Years- Jim “Zack” Olzacki of Punta Gorda, Florida, has been elected as president of EAA Warbirds of America, the special interest community dedicated to the preservation and safe operation of historic military aircraft now owned by civilian individuals and organizations.
Olzacki succeeds Connie Bowlin, who served four years as Warbirds of America president.
“We thank Connie for her service to the Warbirds of America as president, as she did a tremendous job to raise the visibility of the warbirds community, as well as leading the enhancements to programming and facilities in the Warbirds area at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. She set a very high standard of achievement for those who follow,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA CEO and chairman. “We look forward to working with Zack, as his passion for flying as a longtime pilot and EAA member will serve him well. He understands the dedication of those who are committed to ‘Keep ’em Flying’ as part of the Warbirds of America mission.”
Olzacki’s love of flying began when he earned his private pilot’s certificate in 1983, followed by complex aircraft and tailwheel endorsements in 1984, and multiengine rating in 1986. He has worked in aviation museum management, and has flown with formation demonstration teams. Olzacki primarily flies a T-34B in the blue-and-white U.S. Navy recruiting paint scheme, but also has time in a T-6 and Stearman, among other aircraft.
He has served as Warbirds of America vice president and commander of EAA Florida Warbird Squadron 24. He and his wife, Lynn, who is also a pilot, reside in Punta Gorda, Florida.
The EAA Warbirds of America is a family of owners, pilots, and enthusiasts of warbirds, or former military aircraft. Its purpose is: (a) To promote and encourage the preservation and operation of World War II and other such aircraft that are representative of military aviation operations, and (b) to educate its members and other interested persons in methods of safe operation and maintenance of World War II and other such aircraft that are representative of military aviation operations.