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Samuel Brozina Looks Back on History of Eerospace and Defense Manufacturer Engineering and Research Corporation
Licensed Pilot and Ercoupe Owner Samuel Brozina Shares a Brief History of Former Aerospace and Defense Manufacturer Engineering and Research Corporation, or ERCO Founded almost 90 years ago, Engineering and Research Corporation, more commonly known as ERCO, was an aerospace and defense manufacturer famed for designing the ERCO Ercoupe, a low-wing monoplane aircraft beloved by vintage aviation enthusiasts including Samuel Brozina. A licensed pilot, New Jersey native, and graduate of Cumberland County College in Vineland, NJ, Brozina looks back on the history of ERCO, first established to produce tools for manufacturing aircraft, parts, and propellers. “The company was started by Henry Berliner in 1930,” explains Samuel. Henry was, he says, the son of Emile Berliner. Emile Berliner had, previously, patented a variety of inventions tied to acoustics and sound. He was also a pio…
Samuel Brozina Explains Odyssey of The Mind
Millville Senior High School graduate and former OotM team member Samuel Brozina offers a closer look at the creative problem-solving program. A creative problem-solving program for students from kindergarten through college, Odyssey of the Mind sees team members work together to solve predefined long-term problems before presenting their solutions in a competition environment. Now a licensed pilot who, as a student, was involved in Odyssey of the Mind while studying at Millville Senior High School in Millville, New Jersey, Samuel Brozina explains more about the program, often abbreviated to OotM. “The Odyssey of the Mind program was founded in 1978 at Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey,” reveals Brozina. The program’s first-ever competition, then known as Olympics of the Mind, involved students from 28 New Jersey schools, according to Samuel. Odyssey of the Mind has since grown to include students from dozens of countries includi…
Samuel Brozina Showcases Broad Range of Hobbies And Interests Aviation enthusiast, choir singer, and hobby artist Samuel Brozina shares a personal insight into his interests. From piloting his own vintage aircraft to singing in his church's choir, landscaping service foreman Samuel Brozina's wide range of hobbies and interests also includes the traditional art of Ukrainian Easter egg dying. A licensed pilot from Millville, New Jersey native Brozina offers a closer look at his passions. "I've always been a huge fan of aviation," reveals Brozina, pointing toward his love of flying. A particular fan of World War II warbirds, among civilian aircraft, however, his favorite plane, he says, has always been the ERCO Ercoupe. Subsequently, Brozina has gone on not only to become a licensed pilot, but also to become the proud owner of his own Ercoupe, one of only an estimated 1,000 in the United States still registered to fly. Flying and aviation, however, is, perhaps, not…
Samuel Brozina Continues to Embrace Love of Traditional Ukrainian Easter Egg DyeingNew Jersey landscaping service foreman Samuel Brozina offers a closer look at his passion for dyeing traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs each year. From bringing him closer to his Ukrainian roots to learning patience and maintaining a steady hand, Samuel Brozina has enjoyed the traditional art of dyeing Ukrainian Easter eggs since childhood. Now a local landscaping service foreman and licensed pilot from New Jersey, Brozina shares details of the traditional Easter egg dyeing process, typically completed using a wax-resist method. “Dying Ukrainian Easter eggs is both a relaxing hobby and an excellent creative outlet,” suggests New Jersey native Brozina. He has, he says, spent years refining his Easter egg dyeing skills, and continues to embrace the joys of the process. “It remains an Easter tradition,” he adds, “and is something which my father and I continue to thoroughly enjoy every year.” According to exp…
Samuel Brozina Lands Himself Rare Classic Aircraft
Licensed pilot Samuel Brozina secures rare ERCO Ercoupe from Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
One of only around 1,000 ERCO Ercoupe aircraft still registered to fly, pilot and landscaping service foreman Samuel Brozina has landed himself something of a rare find, recently scooping up a good example of the low-wing monoplane aircraft from a seller in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. A particular fan of World War II warbirds, Brozina explains why, among civilian aircraft, the Ercoupe has always taken his fancy.
“Pass by any small airport and you’re bound to see numerous Pipers, Cessnas, and Beechcrafts, but you’re unlikely to see any Ercoupes,” suggests Brozina, a landscaping service foreman and licensed pilot from Millville, New Jersey.
Out of production for almost 50 years, the ERCO Ercoupe is today a rare find among American designed and built aircraft according to the aviation enthusiast and expert. Brozina is one of the very latest individuals to…
Samuel Brozina Reveals Passion for Traditional Art Amateur artist and qualified pilot Samuel Brozina offers a personal insight into his love of dyeing Ukrainian Easter eggs. Requiring patience and a steady hand, Samuel Brozina credits his passion for dyeing traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs with bringing him closer to his Ukrainian family roots. A traditional hobby enjoyed annually by the amateur artist and his father, Brozina offers a personal insight into his love of the artistic pastime and its history. “I consider it to be both a relaxing pastime and an excellent creative outlet,” suggests the hobby artist, licensed pilot, and landscaping service foreman from Millville, New Jersey. He has, he says, spent years refining his egg dyeing skills. Ukrainian Easter eggs, or pysanka, Brozina explains, are eggs adorned with traditional folk designs, achieved by employing what’s known as a wax-resist method within art. “Pysaty, which means ‘to write’ or ‘to inscribe,’ refers to the way in …
Samuel Brozina Becomes Proud Owner of ERCO Ercoupe
Licensed pilot Samuel Brozina discusses becoming the proud owner of an ERCO Ercoupe low-wing monoplane aircraft. A rare find among American designed and built aircraft, and now out of production for almost 50 years, the ERCO Ercoupe was originally marketed as the airplane which anyone could fly. With Samuel Brozina one of the latest individuals to get their hands on an example of this much sought-after postwar super-success, the licensed pilot, hobby artist, and landscaping service foreman from Millville, New Jersey, reveals more about the airplane and his own purchase. “Drive by any small airport and you’re bound to see any number of Cessnas, Pipers, and Beechcrafts,” suggests Brozina, “but you probably won’t see any Ercoupes.” According to Samuel Brozina, it’s not your usual airplane. “I sometimes call it my ‘What-is-it?’ as this is the question which I’m asked most frequently,” he jokes. The Ercoupe is a low-wing monoplane aircraft…