|Donna Shirley Wins
Katharine Wright Award Donna Shirley has been selected as the recipient of NAA's 2009 Katharine Wright Award, which is presented annually to a woman who has contributed to the success of others or who has made a personal contribution to the advancement of the art, sport and science of aviation and space flight over an extended period of time. Shirley is being honored for her remarkable career as a pilot, NASA engineer, educator, and an inspiration to young women seeking engineering and technical careers. The award was presented at The Ninety-Nines Annual Convention in July 2009. Read more
|2008 Mackay Trophy Awarded to Bone 23 Crew
The B-1 crew of BONE 23, including Major Norman Shelton, Captain Kaylene Giri, Captain Louis Heidema, and First Lieutenant Boyd Smith, has received the 2008 Mackay Trophy, awarded for the "most meritorious flight of the year" by an U.S. Air Force person, persons, or organization. NAA and the U.S. Air Force jointly administer and present the award.
The crew distinguished itself on July 13, 2008 while flying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, when it responded to a call for immediate air support to help thwart an enemy attack on a U.S. observation post. The crew accomplished three bombing runs which decisively slowed the enemy attack and allowed coalition forces to regroup.
The Bone 23 Crew will be on hand to be recognized for its accomplishment at the NAA Fall Awards Banquet, November 2, 2009 in Arlington, VA. Read more
|Public Benefit Flying Award
Recipients Announced NAA, in partnership with the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian flying organizations, has announced the recipients of the 2009 National Public Benefit Flying Awards. They include:
- Distinguished Volunteer Pilot-Mack Secord, Angel Flight of Georgia, for more than 23 years of volunteer service to countless families in need of lifesaving medical care.
- Distinguished Volunteer-Robert J. Munley, Wings of Mercy, for selflessly coordinating and flying missions for those in need in Eastern Michigan.
The Public Benefit Flying Awards were created to honor volunteer pilots, other volunteers, and their organizations engaged in flying to help others, and those supporting such work. The awards will be presented at the special "Above and Beyond" ceremony at the U.S. Capitol on September 10, 2009. Read more
- Outstanding Achievement in Public Benefit Flying-Corporate Angel Network, for representing the best of the aviation industry by bringing together the Flight Departments of American business as a lifeline for citizens battling cancer. The photo shows an aircraft transporting a sick child to an important medical appointment.
|The Public Benefit|
In today's culture, where it seems that many people are just concerned with advancing their own interests, it is heartening to see many people giving selflessly of their time and energy to benefit others - particularly when those people are involved in aviation.
Nowhere is this volunteer spirit better exemplified than through the NAA Public Benefit Flying Awards. Public Benefit Flying is one of the most selfless, compassionate, and civic attributes of our nation'sl aviation industry. Every day across America, men and women contribute their skill, time, and expertise putting their aircraft to use to the benefit of their fellow man, their communities, and our country.
In this edition of the NAA Record we announced the recipients of the 2009 National Public Benefit Flying Awards, which will be presented at the special "Above and Beyond" Awards Ceremony on Thursday, September 10, 2009, in the Lyndon B. Johnson Room of the U.S. Capitol.
You are invited to join us - I guarantee you will be moved by the presentation and come away with a powerful appreciation of the good that our industry does across the nation.
|NAA 2009 - 2010 Luncheon Series |
The NAA Luncheon series brings together people from all sectors of the aviation industry and features speakers from military and government leaders to corporate executives. Last season attendees heard from Air Force Chief of Staff, General Norton Schwartz; ATA President Jim May; Marine Corps Assistant Commandant; General James Amos, Marion Blakey, AIA President and others.
The 2009-2010 Season plans for eight luncheons from September through May; the March program will be the venue for the NAA Annual Spring Awards and 2009 Collier Winner Announcement.
NAA thanks last season table holders: The Boeing Company, Cobham, DRS Technologies, GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and UTC/Pratt & Whitney. Season Table Holders receive reserved, priority seating for eight at each luncheon, recognition in each luncheon program as well as the NAA website, and the opportunity to select/suggest speakers and topics for a luncheon.
Click here for Season Table Reservation Form.
|AirTran CEO Fornaro Speaks to Wichita Aero Club|
Bob Fornaro, CEO of AirTran Airways, spoke to The Wichita Aero Club at its June 2009 luncheon. He addressed the benefits of the solid relationship AirTran has established with Wichita and other cities in its system and the importance of working together to ensure quality of service. He also discussed key issues facing the industry going forward, including climate change, energy and commodity trading reform, the potential impact of cap-and-trade legislation, and the Next Generation Air Transportation System. The Wichita Aero Club will host Kansas Fourth District Congressman and Senatorial hopeful Todd Tiahrt on August 11, 2009. www.wichitaaeroclub.org
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue Speaks to Atlanta Aero Club
Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue spoke to the Atlanta Aero Club at its July 2009 Luncheon and drew the largest crowd in the history of the club. An aviation enthusiast and commercially rated pilot, Perdue discussed the new Aviation Authority Program. Aviation veteran Lance Toland, who serves as Chairman of the Board of the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame and has been a member of the Museum of Aviation Foundation Board since its inception in 1983, also spoke. Toland has been instrumental in fundraising and developing awareness for both the Museum and the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. "This was one of the most important meetings in our club's storied history," said Steve Champness, President of the Atlanta Aero Club, shown in the photo behind the lectern presenting a gift to Governor Perdue. "It was a great way to celebrate our 25th anniversary." www.atlantaaeroclub.org
Aero Club of Southern California to Celebrate 1910 Air Show
Members of the Aero Club of Southern California are working with aviation, academic and veterans' groups to plan a centennial celebration in 2010 of the event that put Southern California firmly at the forefront of American aviation. Plans call for a year-long series of events next year to commemorate the Dominguez Hills Air Meet, held in a suburb of Los Angeles during a 10-day period in January, 1910. A poster promoting the meet is shown here. It was the first major air show in America and drew 250,000 spectators to see flights by airplanes, manned balloons and dirigibles. Read more at www.aeroclubsocal.org.
Aero Club of New England Awards Scholarships
The Aero Club of New England (ACONE) awarded more than $23,000 in scholarships this year to 13 well-deserving students planning a career in the aviation industry. The scholarships were awarded for primary and advanced training, instrument ratings, and aeronautics and aircraft maintenance. Some of the scholarship winners pictured here (left to right) include Mike Catalfamo, Ashley Gordon, Josh Burtnett, Devan Wiebe, Francois Edouard, Kelsey Foley, Jason Schlup, and Robert Nee.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the ACONE scholarship program and a Gala Silver Anniversary Dinner Dance Auction is planned for November 6, 2009 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bedford, MA. The gala event will honor Anne Baddour, the founder of the scholarship program. www.acone.org
Northern California Aero Club Celebrates Mineta Airport Opening
Five years after groundbreaking, airline passengers are using the first new gates at Mineta San Jose International Airport. The public finally had a chance to see what construction crews and countless others have been putting together in a $1.3 billion project to build the airport of the 21st Century.
At a dedication ceremony July 14, 2009, several hundred dignitaries toured the new concourse for the airport's Terminal B. Five gates went into service the next day. San Jose Vice Mayor Judy Chirco is shown in the photo speaking at the dedication event in the new, cathedral-like concourse.
"The new airport reflects the history of the area and provides a sense of place," said Frank Sweeney, chair of the San Jose Airport Commission and a member of the Aero Club of Northern California Board of Directors. "When you arrive at this terminal, you'll know you are in Silicon Valley, and you'll know the valley has an agricultural history and you'll know its aviation history goes back nearly to the Wright Brothers.''
The entire James M. Nissen passenger terminal complex will open next summer. The complex is named for Nissen, who as manager between 1945 and 1975 built the airfield from a grass landing strip into a major airport. www.aeroclubnorcal.org
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|Call for Nominations:|
Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy
Elder Statesman of Aviation
NAA is accepting nominations for the these two awards through August 31, 2009.
The Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to a living American for "significant public service of enduring value to aviation in the United States." Click here for Nomination Guidelines.
The Wesley L. McDonald Elder Statesman of Aviation Award honors outstanding Americans, age 60 and above, who, by their efforts over a period of years, have made contributions of significant value to aeronautics, and have reflected credit upon America and themselves. Click here for Nomination Guidelines.
June 1 - 30 2009
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