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American Heroes Honored at

NAA Fall Awards Banquet

   A remarkable group of distinguished Americans and elite award-winners were on hand for the NAA 2010 Fall Awards Banquet on November 8, 2010.

   Well-known luminaries included astronaut Neil Armstrong; Barron Hilton (the head of Hilton Hotels and regarded by many as the "Patron Saint of Sport Aviation"); Lieutenant General Philip Breedlove, Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans, and Requirements; Gene Kranz (who led the NASA Mission Control team that rescued the

Barron Hilton (left), Neil Armstrong (center), and Gene Kranz (right)

Apollo 13 crew); the new President of the F�d�ration A�ronautique International (FAI) Dr. John Grubbstrm; and three former FAA Administrators: Alan McArtor, Marion Blakey, and Bobby Sturgell.

   Other American heroes on hand included the four-man Air Force crew of Pedro 16, which landed a Sikorsky HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter under enemy fire in Afghanistan and rescued nine American troops.

   As the evening progressed, it was evident that every person honored brought a unique and meaningful accomplishment and story to the world of aviation.

   The Pedro 16 crew received the Clarence Mackay Trophy, awarded for the most "meritorious" Air Force flight that demonstrated "gallantry, intrepidity, initiative, resourcefulness, and achievement of outstanding results in combat or non-combat conditions."

   "The crew of Pedro 16 honored our great nation and performed magnificently," Breedlove said. "They distinguished themselves and the U.S. Air Force."

   Captain Robert Rosebrough, First Lieutenant (now Captain) Luke Will, Master Sergeant Dustin Thomas, and Staff Sergeant Tim Philpott accepted the trophy from Lieutenant General Breedlove, who himself is confirmed for appointment to the grade of general with assignment as Vice Chief of Staff at U.S. Air Force Headquarters.

General Philip Breedlove (left) and NAA Chairman Walter Boyne (right) flank the four Pedro 16 crewmembers.  

   In accepting the award, Captain Rosebrough said, "It could have been any Air Force crew on that mission and the outcome would have been the same - it is what we are trained to do."

   Dr.  Grubbstr�m presented the FAI Gold Air Medal to Hilton for his contributions to the development of aeronautics by his activities, work, achievements, initiative, and devotion to the cause of aviation. Hilton has been a strong financial and inspirational supporter of aviation progress for more than 60 years, including helping to launch the Barron Hilton Cup, an international contest for long-distance motorless flight.

   "This is the greatest honor I have ever received,"

Hilton said. "I am grateful to my good friends at

Dr. John Grubbstr�m

EADS who have sponsored the competition for the past 15 years."

Jonathan Gaffney (left) and Barron Hilton (center) are shown with Phil Umphres of the Soaring Society of America.

Grubbstr�m also presented the FAI Gold Space Medal to Elon Musk, Founder and CEO of SpaceX, the company that built the first privately-developed rocket to deliver a commercial satellite to Earth orbit. "I hope to take the next step and extend life beyond Earth and become a multi-planetary species," Musk said. "My long-term goal is to transport people to Mars."

Elon Musk

   The prestigious Katharine Wright Award, presented 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, went to Master Sergeant Kimberly L. Muhlecke, USAF.

   Muhlecke is an Air Force Aerospace Physiological Technician and over the past 18 years has become one of the leading experts in the fields of physiology training, human performance training, altitude chamber training, endurance management, and U-2 pressure suit operations.

Muhlecke (center) received her award from Susan Larson, President of the Ninety-Nines (left) and the two are joined here by NAA President Jonathan Gaffney (right).

    Four men received the Wesley L. McDonald Elder Statesman of Aviation Award. Gene Kranz, who served in the U.S. Air Force, worked on many NASA projects, directed the Skylab program, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for leading the team that returned the Apollo 13 crew to Earth, and authored the book, Failure is Not an Option.

   Major General Charles D. Metcalf, USAF (Ret.), who is Director of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force also received the award, as did Robert L. Taylor, who served with the U.S. Air Force in World War II and the Korean War and then worked on a long list of civilian and military aircraft. He also founded the Antique Airplane Association.

   The fourth award winner was Barry Valentine, a decorated U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who went on to become a senior government official who made significant policy decisions benefiting the aviation industry and fostered international harmonization.

NAA Chairman Walter Boyne (left) and NAA President Jonathan Gaffney (right) flank Elder Statesman Award recipients (left to right) General Charles Metcalfe, USAF (Ret); Robert Taylor; Barry Valentine; and Gene Kranz.


Sandy Schlitt of the Air Force Association (left) and Lisa L Bacon (center) received their awards from Sheila Bauer (right) of the National Coalition for Aviation and Space Education.

  The Marvin K. Strickler Aerospace Education Awards went to the Air Force Association and Lisa W. Bacon. The Air Force Association has supported and led aerospace education since its founding in 1946 and recently initiated three new important education programs. Bacon is the Program Manager for Pre-College and College Student Conferences at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She has inspired thousands of students to study math and science by designing and delivering programs such as the World Space Congress.

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Remarkable Aviation Flight Records

Recognized at Fall Awards Banquet

   Each year, hundreds of aviation records are recognized by NAA as they are added to the record books; new record claims are publicized each month in the NAA Record newsletter.

   However, a select few are also honored each year at the NAA Fall Awards Banquet for their extraordinary accomplishments.

Rod Skaar, Chairman of the NAA Contest and Records Board, and Art Greenfield, Director of NAA Contest and Records, presented plaques honoring four outstanding record achievements.


Jeremiah Jackson (right) receives the certificate for his record-setting flight from Rod Skaar.

  Jeremiah D. Jackson was honored for his transcontinental speed record of 173.18 mph on a flight from San Diego, CA to Jacksonville, FL and back. "I flew 24 hours in a cockpit the size of a trash can punctuated by moments of sheer terror," Jackson said. "My wife gave me the inspiration to get home safe and the FAA was my guardian angel and guided me home with a good sense of humor." The record was set January 31, 2010 in Van's RV-6A aircraft and set a record in Class C-1.b, Group I (Internal Combustion Aeroplanes, 1,102 < 2,205 lbs.).

Michael Bob Starr, William P. Alcorn, Scott Hall, and Brian C. Owen were honored for a record time of 2 minutes, 26 seconds to climb to 3,000 meters with a 5,000 kg payload. The crew made the climb on May 1, 2010 in a Rockwell International B-1B aircraft at Dyess Air Force Base, TX, and set a record in Class C-1.q, Group III (Jet Aeroplanes, 330,693 < 440,924 lbs.). The crew made the flight in honor of the 25th anniversary of the B-1. "The record is a testament to the airplane and the General Electric engines more than us," Starr said. "One of them is over Afghanistan right now and has more life left in it."

Rod Skaar (left) presented plaques to the B-1 record-setting crewmembers.

   During the two days leading up to this flight, two other crews also set climbing records in the same aircraft.

   Brian P. Wallace and Michael S. Gerney were recognized for a record time of 3 minutes, 26 seconds to climb to 6,000 meters with a 5,000 kg payload. They made the climb on April 30, 2010 in a Rockwell International B-1B aircraft at Dyess Air Force Base, TX, and set a record in Class C-1.q, Group III (Jet Aeroplanes, 330,693 < 440,924 lbs.).

   Stephen A. Gerken, Paul R. Jones, Justin W. Boldenow, and Matt G. McKinney were honored for a record time of 4 minutes, 47 seconds to climb to 9,000 meters with a 5,000 kg payload. They made the climb on April 29, 2010 in a Rockwell International B-1B aircraft at Dyess Air Force Base, TX, and set a record in Class C-1.q, Group III (Jet Aeroplanes, 330,693 < 440,924 lbs.).

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President's Message

'Tis the Season to Recognize

A Century of AchievementSmall Jonathan

   'Tis the season.

   You may think I'm talking about the holidays, and yes, it is the holiday season. 

   But for the aviation and aerospace community, there's another important season going on - it's the Robert J. Collier Trophy nomination season.

   It began November 1, 2010 and extends through January 31, 2011, when nominations for this year's trophy will close.

   As most of us know by now, the Collier Trophy is awarded annually "...for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year."

    Winners in just the past few years have included the International Space Station, the Commercial Aviation Safety Team, and the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Team of Public and Private Sector Groups.

   The list of Collier winners since the award was created in 1911 represents a timeline of aviation, as many of the awardees mark major events in the history of flight.  For many, many years it was awarded by the President of the United States. We consider it the "Greatest Award in Aviation,"and it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

   But who was Robert J. Collier?

   In addition to being an aviator, humanitarian, and sportsman, he was a prominent publisher whose family created the popular Colliers Weekly, and to encourage the American aviation community to strive for excellence and achievement in aeronautic development, he commissioned the trophy in 1910.

   In recognizing the worth and future of aviation, Collier proclaimed the ideal that "the flying machine should be unselfishly and rapidly developed to its ultimate potential for America's economic advancement."

   To support his statement, Collier was the first person to purchase an airplane from the Wright brothers for personal use. Shortly thereafter, he loaned his aircraft to the U.S. Army for flight evaluations at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, which led to the first military orders for a flying machine. Mr. Collier died in 1918 after completing his military service in World War I.

   He was a visionary who loved and served his country, bought one of its first airplanes, and saw the potential for aviation to fuel economic growth. So it is fitting that the most prestigious award in aviation carry his name.

   Now the question is, who will win the award this year?

   I don't know - but part of the answer is that it is up to you and your industry colleagues, who will submit nominations. I have spent a good part of this past year traveling the country to visit and work with all of NAA's partners, and to discuss Collier Nominations. Now is the time to put fingers on the keys or pen to paper (although I don't think anybody does that anymore) to ensure that all "Collier-Worthy" nominations are submitted. The Collier Selection Committee will then meet in early March to select a winner from the nominees.

   So I encourage you to participate - visit the NAA website for details on submitting a nomination. The winner will be announced at the NAA annual Spring Awards Luncheon and the trophy will be awarded at the Collier Dinner later in the Spring.

Jonathan Gaffney
NAA President and CEO
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"Green" Fuel Powers Record-Setting Flight

   The search for a replacement for 100 low-lead aviation gasoline (100LL) took a big step forward on September 11, 2010 as Richard "Smokey" Young set an official U.S. airspeed record by flying his Western Air Racing Special aircraft an average of 242.07 mph over a 100-km closed course in a Class C-1.a aeroplane (internal combustion engine aircraft weighing between 300 and 500 kilograms).

Richard "Smokey" Young with his Western Air Racing Special aircraft.

Young flew from the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport in Coachella Valley, California (near Palm Springs) to the Salton Sea near the Mexican border and back at an average speed of 242.07 mph, using an unleaded, high-octane fuel called SwiftFuel, developed by Swift Enterprises Ltd., a firm based at the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, Indiana.  He broke the record of 238 mph set in 2004 with leaded aviation gasoline. Tradition Aviation, located at Cochran Regional Airport, sponsored the flight.

   The Western Air Racing Special is an International Formula 1 Aircraft powered by a Continental O-200 engine. Young is a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, president of International Formula 1 Air Racing and runs the Aviation Pilot Training Program at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, Calif.
   "As I researched SwiftFuel, I became more convinced that "green" fuel is the direction general aviation needs to move," Young said. "I am determined to show everyone that renewable fuel is just as good from a performance standpoint as general aviation fuel.

   "This record flight helped verify the performance characteristics of clean-burning Swift UL102 fuel and signals our race team's commitment to exploring eco-friendly alternatives to the current blends of aviation gasoline," Young said. "We hope to continue this program by establishing other speed records and through the exclusive use of biofuel in air show performances."

   According to a technical report about Federal Aviation Administration testing, SwiftFuel demonstrated 13 percent more energy per gallon than 100 low-lead (100LL) and demonstrated normal engine wear and lower fuel system deposits as compared to 100LL.

   Young's record has been forwarded to the Federation Aeronautique Internationale in Switzerland for approval as a World record.

Aero Club News

ACONE Member Killed in

Flying Accident

Reese Dill, Jr.

   Reese Dill, Jr., a longtime board member and past president of the Aero Club of New England (ACONE), passed away on November 6, 2010, while attempting to make an emergency landing in his North American AT-6 at Fitchburg Airport. His passenger survived the accident.

   ACONE hosted a celebration of Reese Dill's life on December 1, 2010 at Hanscom Field, Bedford, Massachusetts.

   Reese was well-known for his air show performances in his WWII plane and also for his support of general aviation. The memorial was a tribute to a wonderful man who truly enjoyed a passion for flight. His gentlemanly personality and great smile will be missed.


Piper Aircraft Exec to Address AAC

Randy Groom

   Flight Safety International opened its Atlanta-based simulator training facility to the Atlanta Aero Club (AAC) on November 13, 2010. A full-facility tour, simulator flight training, and a luncheon was enjoyed by 60 AAC members.

   In other club news, Randy Groom, Executive Vice President of Piper Aircraft Co. will speak to the Atlanta Aero Club on December 9, 2010, at the Capitol City Club in Atlanta.

   Groom previously held the position of President and General Manager of Raytheon Aircraft Company's Beechcraft business. Prior to joining Raytheon, Groom was Senior Vice President at Piedmont Hawthorne Aviation, a Beechcraft authorized service center and dealer.

   Groom is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and has logged more than 10,000 accident-free hours in his 40 years of flying -- 18 of those years as an aircraft owner. Groom's experience in the aviation industry ranges from U.S. Air Force contract flight instructor to charter pilot to a marketing instructor position at Cessna Aircraft.

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In This Issue
Fall Awards Review
Fall Awards Record-Setters
President's Message
Green Fuel Powers Record Flight
Aeroclub News
NAA Annual Meeting
Upcoming Events
Call for Nominations
Featured Member Orgs
Records Claimed
Featured Air Sport Org
NAA Credit Card

Annual NAA Membership Meeting and Election of Board of Directors
NAA hereby notifies all current NAA members that the annual meeting of the membership will be held Friday, December 17, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at the offices of Hogan Lovells, Columbia Square, 555 13th Street, NW, Washington, DC. All members are invited to attend. Please notify NAA of your attendance by December 9, 2010 by email to [email protected].

Upcoming Events

January Luncheon

Tuesday, January 18

Featuring John D. Procari, Deputy Secretary of Transportation

Click here for details and registration



Wright Memorial Dinner

Friday, December 17, 2010

Honoring 2010 Recipient Harrison Ford

Washington Hilton, Washington, DC

Hosted by the Aero Club of Washington which can provide information on tickets.

Call for Nominations

Collier Trophy

Nominations close

January 31, 2011

The Robert J. Collier Trophy is awarded annually "for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year."  Click here for details.

This month's featured member

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Aerospace Industries Association

Air Care Alliance

Records Claimed
October 1 - 31, 2010


Speed Over a Recognized Course:


Houston, TX to Houma, LA:  108 mph

Matthew M. Martelli

Class C-1.b, Group I (Internal Combustion)

Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer

1 Lycoming O-320


New York, NY to Odense, Denmark:  574 mph

Randall A. Greene & William R. McKenzie

Class C-1.j, Group III (Jet)

Dassault Falcon 900

3 Honeywell TFE731




Duration #118(d):  1 min 45 sec

Stan  Buddenbohm

Class F1N, Free Flight, Indoor Glider

Tustin, CA


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