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Steven Udvar-Hazy Receives
Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy

   Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, a visionary, educator, and accomplished philanthropist who distinguished himself as a pioneer in aviation, received the 2009 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy from the National Aeronautic Association at the annual Aero Club of Washington Wright Memorial Dinner on December 18, 2009.
   NAA established this award in 1948 to honor the memory of Orville and Wilbur Wright.  The trophy is awarded annually to a living American for "significant public service of enduring value to aviation inUdvar the United States."
   Udvar-Hazy was praised for his achievements and generosity by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHood, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Director Jack Dailey, and NAA President Jonathan Gaffney.
   A staunch advocate of aerospace education, Udvar-Hazy has given back to the aviation and space community in many ways including making a multi-million dollar donation to the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum, to build the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center near Dulles International Airport.  This donation funded approximately half of the initial construction costs for the museum.
   His family also contributed funds to build the Christine and Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Library and Learning Center at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott Campus, one of the nation's centers of undergraduate aerospace education.
   NAA Chairman Walter Boyne presented the trophy to Udvar-Hazy (shown at left in photo) "for innovative aerospace business practices, improved aircraft design, piloting skills, and selfless philanthropy ensuring preservation of our aerospace history - all major contributions of enduring value to aviation in the United States."
   Udvar-Hazy is currently the Founder, Chairman and CEO of International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC), the worldwide market leader in the leasing and remarketing of advanced technology commercial jet aircraft to airlines around the globe, with a portfolio valued at more than $52 billion consisting of more than 1,000 jet aircraft.
Muilenburg of Boeing and Under Secretary of
Defense Carter to Speak at NAA Luncheons

     On Monday, January 11, 2010, Dennis Muilenburg, President and Chief Executive Officer, Integrated Defense Systems, The Boeing Company will speak. He leads a $32 billion, 70,000-person business unit that is a provider of integrated solutions to meet the enduring needs of defense, government, space and intelligence customers in the United States and around the world. RSVP by January 7 online or email [email protected]. NOTE: This luncheon will be held at the Hyatt Arlington (1325 Wilson Blvd.), an alternate locati
Carteron from the usual luncheon venue.
   On Thursday, February 11, 2010, Dr. Ashton Carter, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics will speak. Carter has served in his position since April 2009, and he was previously chair of the International and Global Affairs faculty at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Co-Director (with former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry) of the Preventive Defense Project, a research collaboration of Harvard and Stanford Universities. This luncheon will be at the usual location Crystal Gateway Marriott, 15th & Eads St., Arlington,VA.
   Each luncheon begins with a reception at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at Noon, and will adjourn by 1:30 p.m. The cost is $60 per seat or $420 for a table of eight. RSVP by February 5.  Click here to register online. Questions? Contact [email protected]
   Season Table Sponsors for the NAA Luncheon Series include The Boeing Company, Cobham, DRS Technologies, EADS North America, GE Aviation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, UTC/Pratt & Whitney, Aurora Flight Sciences, and Curtiss-Wright Corporation.
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2009 Collier Trophy Winner to be Named at 2010 Spring Awards Ceremony on March 3
   The 2009 winner of the Robert J. Collier Trophy  "the Greatest Award in Aviation" will be announced at the upcoming NAA Spring Awards Ceremony and Luncheon, to be held March 3, 2010.
   The Spring Awards Luncheon and Ceremony will also recognize the Most Memorable United States and World Aviation and Space Records of 2009. For more details on the Spring Awards Ceremony and Luncheon Event and to register to attend, click here.
   The list of previous Collier winners represents a timeline of aviation, as many of the awardees mark major events in the history of flight. In the decades that followed, the award has come to represent the height of aeronautic achievement. Nominations for the 2009 Collier Trophy are now open and must be received at NAA by January 31, 2010. Click here for complete nomination guidelines and information.
President's Message
Small Jonathan Moving Forward
   On December 11, 2009, NAA hosted its Annual Membership and Board of Directors meetings to elect new Board Members and report on our activities for the year. With approximately 25 Board Members in attendance and 35 people total, it was the largest gathering of NAA leadership in recent history, and was another welcome sign that, as an organization, we are clearly moving forward.
   We proudly reported to those gathered that 2009 was another positive year for our association. In the midst of one of the worst economic environments of the last 50 years (or more), we projected that we would remain modestly profitable for the year, we were able to carefully expand our work, and that we clearly established an operating model which is sustainable.
  Considering where we were just two years ago, we are very proud of that accomplishment and have plans in place to move forward with our work in 2010, continuing to concentrate on our mission to advance the "art, sport, and science of aviation" through our primary responsibilities of record certification, award recognitions, air sport support, and member services.

Jonathan Gaffney
NAA President
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NAA Members Clay Lacy and NBAA to be  Honored by National Aviation Hall of Fame
   NAA Life Member Clay Lacy, CEO of Clay Lacy Aviation at Van Nuys Airport, was one of four people selected to be inducted in to the National Aviation Hall of Fame in July 2010.  Lacy currently holds 29 World and United States records, including the World Record for Speed Around the World, Eastbound for jet airplanes weighing 661,386 < 881,849 lbs. He is a 50,000-hour pilot, holds 30 type ratings, has flown over 2,500 air-to-air photo flights, and shot film for many Hollywood pictures, including Top Gun and The Right Stuff.
   The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), an NAA Affiliate Member for more than 20 years, also earned the 2010 Milton Caniff Spirit of Flight Award from the National Aviation Hall of Fame. NBAA is the world's foremost organization representing the interests of business aviation. The award is bestowed annually upon a group or organization in recognition of its achievement in advancing aviation.
   Captain Alan Bean, an astronaut and lunar module pilot on Apollo 12, Warren G. Grimes, the father of aircraft lighting and inventor of aircraft navigation instruments, and Noel Wien, Arctic flight expert and founder of Wien Alaska Airlines, were also selected for induction into the Hall of Fame.
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Desprez Named FAI Secretary GeneralStephane
   Stéphane Desprez, the former Competition Director of the 2008 Rugby World Cup in France, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of FAI - the World Air Sports Federation. He will begin his new position February 1, 2010. Desprez will succeed Secretary General Max Bishop, who is retiring from the position after nearly 17 years of leadership.
   FAI is the international federation dedicated to furthering all forms of airborne sporting activities, including ballooning, aeroplanes, gliding, aeromodeling, parachuting, aerobatics, rotorcraft, microlights, paramotors, hang gliding, paragliding, and astronautics.
New FAA Certificates Now Available
Paper Certificates Expire March 31, 2010
   Pilots should be aware that their current Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot certificates will expire on March 31, 2010. New counterfeit-resistant plastic certificates are now available from the FAA. The cost is $2 to replace a paper certificate with a plastic certificate. Processing by mail takes 4-6 weeks and online processing takes up to 10 days. Some non-pilot certificates, such as those for flight engineers and mechanics, are good for another three years but then they will also have to be replaced. Student certificates are not affected. Pilots can also ask the FAA to issue a new certificate number that does not match their Social Security number for additional protection. Click here for more information.
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Air Sport Organization News

USPA Honors Army Parachute Team
   Hundreds of Golden Knights, past and present members of the elite U.S. Army Parachute Team, and their families and friends gathered in December 2009 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina to celebrate the golden anniversary of the team's existence.
   Initially called the Strategic Army Corps (STRAC) Sport Parachute Team, the original group of 13 was formed to halt the Eastern Bloc countries' dominance of international skydiving competitions and record-setting of the day. The team changed its name to the U.S. Army Parachute Team in 1961 and in 1962 adopted the nickname Golden Knights. The official purpose of the team is to compete in national and international parachute competitions, help develop new military parachuting techniques and equipment, and put on demonstrations in support of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.
   The United States Parachute Association (USPA) congratulated the Golden Knights on this auspicious occasion and for all they've done for the skydiving community in general and USPA in particular.  The association says it looks forward to at least another 50 years working with these top-notch ambassadors of the sport.

IAC Establishes Memorial Scholarship                         for Late President
   The achievements and legacy of the late Vicki Cruse, International Aerobatic Club (IAC) president and Experimental Aircraft Association director, will live on through a memorial scholarship established by women pilots from the Ninety-Nines and aviators throughout the world.
   The Vicki Cruse Memorial Scholarship, which will be administered through the Ninety-Nines' Amelia Earhart Memorial Scholarship Fund, will provide financial aid to women pilots for emergency maneuver and aerobatic training. Cruse died on August 22, 2009 while representing the United States at the World Aerobatic Championships in England.
   The Ventura County 99s have established a "Remembering Vicki" web site at as a tribute to Cruse and a way for the aviation community to contribute to the scholarship fund. Each dollar donated to the Vicki Cruse Memorial Scholarship over the next five years will be matched, up to a maximum of $30,000, to create a solid foundation to help women pursue emergency maneuver and aerobatic flight training. The Ventura County 99s pledged $5,000 in matching funds, while Lightspeed Aviation has pledged to match up to a maximum of $25,000.
   Cruse, 41, won the U.S. National Unlimited Aerobatic Championship in 2007, and was a four-time member of the U.S. national team. She served as IAC president since 2005 and was also a board member of EAA and Unlimited Aerobatics USA Inc. Along with other awards, she achieved the All Ten Achievement Award, 1998 U.S. Sportsman National Aerobatic Championship, and was the 1999 and 2000 Champion of the Americas.

USHPA Honoree David Barish Dies at 88
   David Theodore Barish, an aeronautical engineer and inventor who has been called the "forgotten father of paragliding" died on December 15, 2009 in New York City. He was 88.
   In 2004, Barish was recognized by the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association with the Presidential Citation "in recognition of outstanding contributions which have significantly enhanced and promoted the sports of hang gliding and paragliding in the United States."
   In the 1960s, Barish began working on a new design that addressed the need for a high-performance gliding parachute. This would eventually become the Barish Sailwing, a lobed parachute with a rounded self-inflating leading edge. Originally developed in 1965 as a controllable method to return space capsules safely to the earth, David manufactured a lightweight, smaller version for testing. In the 1970s, this new idea of flying from the ground using a wing-shaped parachute began to be referred to as "slope soaring." Eventually the slope-soaring sport, redubbed paragliding, would flourish.

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Aero Club News
Atlanta Aero Club Promotes Aviation ProclamationGaGov
   Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue recently signed an Aviation Proclamation supporting aviation and declaring October 2009 "Aviation Appreciation Month." The proclamation was written and promoted by Steve Champness, President of the Atlanta Aero Club, along with Lisa Piccone of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and NBAA President Ed Bolen. Bob Minter of the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association also provided encouragement and support for the project. Click here to see the full story.
   In other news, the Atlanta Aero Club December luncheon featured Lockheed Aeronautics F-22 Program Manager Larry Larson. The First Annual Atlanta Aero Club "EPPS" Award Dinner will also be held January 28, 2010 at the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant. The first award recipient will Dr. Debi Huffman for her work in the Atlanta Education community to promote aviation and her tireless efforts to promote the industry. Graduating students of Dr. Huffman have gone on to fly NASA Space Shuttle missions and credit Dr. Huffman for her encouragement. Darrell Collins, National Park Ranger and noted Wright Brothers historian from Kitty Hawk National Park in Kill Devil Hills, NC will be the guest speaker. Click here for more information.
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In This Issue
Wright Memorial Dinner
NAA Luncheon Series
Spring Awards Ceremony
President's Message
Clay Lacy and NBAA Honored
New FAI Secretary General
Plastic Pilot Certificates Available
Air Sport Organization News
Aero Club News
Upcoming Events
Call for Award Nominations
Featured Member Orgs
Records Claimed
Air Sports Link
NAA Credit Card

Upcoming Events
January 11, 2009
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Monthly Luncheon
Arlington Hyatt Hotel (This is an alternate location from usual)

Featuring Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems
Registration Deadline January 7.
Click here for details

February 11, 2010
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Monthly Luncheon
Marriott Crystal Gateway
Arlington, VA
Featuring Dr. Ashton Carter, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Click here for details

March 3, 2010
NAA Spring Awards Ceremony and Luncheon featuring 2009 Collier Winner Announcement
Reception 11:30 am
Lunch at Noon
Program 12:45-1:15pm
Collier Winner
Announcement 1:20pm
Marriott Crystal Gateway
Arlington, VA
Click here for details

Call for

   Nominations for the 2010 Katharine Wright Award are open now through March 31, 2010.
   Named in honor of the Wright Brothers sister, Katharine, this award was established in 1981 by the Gates Learjet Corporation and is made annually to a woman who has contributed to the success of others, or made a personal contribution to the advancement of the art, sport and science of aviation and space flight over an extended period of time. The first award was made to Moya Lear, wife of Bill Lear. For more information and Nomination Guidelines click here.

This month's featured member

DRS Technologies
GE Aviation




Records Claimed
November 1-30  2009

Speed Over a Recognized Course:

Kona, HI to Melbourne, Australia:  512 mph
Joseph N. Griffin & Thomas N. Lovingood
Class C-1.l, Group III (Jet)
Gulfstream G550
2 BMW Rolls-Royce BR710

Dover, DE to Adana, Turkey:  549 mph
Mark Alderson & crew
C-1.t, Group III (Jet)
Lockheed Martin C-5M
4 General Electric CF6-80C2

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