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General Tom Stafford Honored With

Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy

   More than 700 aviation enthusiasts attended the 2011 Wright Memorial Dinner on December 16, 2011 to honor this year's recipient Lieutenant General Thomas Patten Stafford (USAF, Ret.). Former Wright Trophy recipients Gene Cernan (2007), Norm Mineta (2006), John Glenn (2003) and Neil Armstrong (2001) were on hand to honor General Stafford;  Aero Club of Washington President Monte Belger served as master of ceremonies.

Astronauts (left to right) Eugene Cernan, John Glenn and Tom Stafford with NAA Chairman Walter Boyne and NAA President and CEO Jonathan Gaffney.

   Captain Gene Cernan, a close friend and colleague of Stafford, gave an eloquent testimonial of Stafford's amazing contributions to aerospace. "I don't know of anyone in modern times who more exemplifies what the Wright Memorial Trophy stands for," Cernan said. "Tom is a leader who inspired others to major achievements as well."

   Cernan and Stafford flew twice in space together - once orbiting the earth and second time on a flight to the moon.

   "Over 40 years together we've had some hair-raising experiences," added Cernan. "I am humbled to be honoring Tom Stafford for what he has done for this nation then and now for over 50 years. From when your mother crossed the plains of Oklahoma in a covered wagon to this podium tonight, Tom, you certainly have traveled quite a journey. You are a pioneer, a visionary and a hero."

   NAA President and CEO Jonathan Gaffney reviewed the history of the Wright Memorial Trophy and the contributions of prior recipients, among them the most famous of aviation and aerospace pioneers, innovators and inventors who have received one of aviation's most prized honors. The Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy represents "the legacy of the Wright Brothers and the passion they have instilled in those who followed in their footsteps. Tom is joining a very exclusive club," Gaffney noted.

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NAA Chairman Walter Boyne presents the Wright Trophy to General Tom Stafford

   NAA Chairman Walter Boyne then presented the  trophy to Stafford for his "pioneering achievements which have led the way to the moon, to greater international cooperation in Space and to a safer America."

   Stafford gave an eloquent overview of a career that spanned 50 years. He has been a fighter pilot, flight instructor, distinguished test pilot, pioneering astronaut, aerospace record setter, author, and advisor to federal agencies and U.S. Presidents. He career path leads directly from the Gemini missions to the International Space Station (ISS), also a Collier Trophy recipient

   His Apollo X mission was a pathfinder that laid the foundation for the successful lunar landings. Today's international cooperation and partnership in space was forged upon the historic handshake he offered his (then) Soviet counterpart during the Apollo-Soyuz mission.

   As an advisor to NASA, he had a profound influence on the team that successfully repaired the Hubble Space Telescope, thereby providing a treasure trove of data and spectacular pictures, forever altering our understanding of the universe.

   While serving as Commanding General at Edwards Air Force Base, he presided over the development of some of the most important military aircraft in recent history including the B-1A and F-15. As the U.S. Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisitions, he conceived of and urged the development of the stealth aircraft technology which later led to the F-117, B-2 and F-22 Raptor.

   In all, Tom Stafford has lived an exemplary life which has been of significant public service and of enduring value to aviation, aerospace and to the security and safety of the United States of America.


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Military and Civilian Aviation Leaders to

Speak at NAA Luncheons in 2012

   The NAA Luncheon Series has a tradition of bringing many of the leading figures connected with aviation to a forum where they can share their views and insights with NAA members and others in the aviation industry.

Rear Admiral

Kenneth Floyd

   This month, the 2011-12 NAA Luncheon series continues with its strong lineup of military and civilian speakers.

   At the January Luncheon on Thursday, January 19, 2012, Rear Admiral Kenneth Floyd, USN, Director, Air Warfare Division (OPNAV88) will provide an update on Naval Air Warfare. Click here to register to attend.

   In February, attendees will hear about the current and future plans of the U.S. Air Force on Thursday, February 16, 2012 from Lieutenant General Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements. Click here to register to attend.

Lieutenant General Herbert Carlisle

   The March Luncheon is the NAA Annual Spring Awards Program, to be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. The NAA Collier Selection Committee will have selected the winner of the 2011 Collier Trophy the day before the luncheon, and the selection will be announced at the event. NAA will also honor the Most Memorable Aviation Records of 2011 and these memorable record setters will share comments on their achievements. 

FedEx President and CEO David Bronczek

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   On Tuesday, April 10, 2011, FedEx Express President and CEO David Bronczek will shed light on the aviation side of FedEx. Click here to register.

   The June Luncheon date and speaker will be announced at a later date; this closing lunch of the season will also feature the presentation of the 2012 Henderson Trophy.

   All luncheons begin with a reception at 11:30 a.m., lunch at Noon, speaker remarks at 12:45 p.m., and adjournment no later than 1:30 p.m. All luncheon events are held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, 1700 Jefferson Davis Highway (corner of 15th & Eads Streets), Arlington, VA.


dreamliner-croppedBoeing 787 Dreamliner Sets Speed,  

Distance Records

   Boeing has established two world records with its 787 Dreamliner, setting new marks for both speed and distance for the airplane's weight class.

   According to Boeing, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner is the first airplane to provide both long distance capabilities with mid-size capacity (210-250 passengers in a three-class seating), allowing airlines to open new, nonstop routes preferred by the traveling public. The airplane is 20 percent more fuel efficient than similarly sized airplanes.

   The 787, ZA006, powered by General Electric GEnx engines, departed from Boeing Field in Seattle at 11:02 a.m. on December 6, 2011 and set the record for Distance in its class (440,924 < 551,155 lbs.) with a 11,894 mile flight to Dhaka, Bangladesh. The previous record of 10,501 miles was set with the Airbus A330-200 in 2002.

   Following an approximately two-hour stop for refueling in Dhaka, the airplane returned to Seattle, landing at 5:28 a.m. on December 8, 2012, setting a new record for Speed Around the World, Eastbound, at 541 mph, with a total elapsed time of 42 hours and 25 minutes. There was no previous around-the-world speed record for this weight class.
   Kris Maynard, a member of the NAA Contest and Records Board was on board to serve as the Official Observer. 

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President's Message

A New Year - And a New Calendar

   Part of the ongoing "refocusing" of NAA concentrated on getting us on a more predictable calendar. Some of our work - such as aviation records - is somewhat irregular in how they appear, but most of our other work - particularly awards and events - we have managed into a more organized process.Small Jonathan

   And, of course, the first big project that pops up first on our annual schedule is the single most important responsibility of NAA - the Collier Trophy. Collier nominations are due now with a deadline of January 31, 2012. The NAA Chairman is in the process of assembling the selection committee which will convene on March 12, when the 2011 Collier receipient will be selected and announced the following day at our Annual Spring Awards Luncheon.

   Our Annual Luncheon Series continues this month with a speech by Rear Admiral Kenneth "Pink" Floyd, USN, who is the Director, Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N88).

   Interspersed with these projects are the selection and announcement of the "Most Memorable Records of 2011" and a number of trips to visit with our affiliated Air Sport Organizations, Aero Clubs, and Corporate Partners.

   With a modest staff and very lean operation, we have strived to spread our work out over the course of a year - but we always have something important and worthwhile to offer our industry. We look forward to having you all participate in our work.


Jonathan Gaffney

NAA President and CEO


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Air Sport Organization News

United States Sweeps Medals in

Canopy Piloting Zone Accuracy

   The United States Parachute Association (USPA) reported that three members of the U.S. Canopy Formation Team competing at the 3rd Dubai International Parachuting Championship swept the top three medals in the Canopy Piloting Zone Accuracy Competition. Winners included Curtis Bartholomew (First), Nicholas Batsch (Second), and Ian Bobo (Third).

   USPA noted that the event is "arguably now the most glamorous international skydiving competition in the world and without question boasting the most lucrative cash prizes in skydiving history."

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The U.S. Canopy Formation Team in Dubai. Photo by Paul Waschak.


American Patriot Mustang Brings

Wounded Veteran Home for the Holidays

   The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) reported that for the first time in more than two years, Private First Class Shawn Williams, of Wichita, Kansas, was home for the holidays as the Cessna Aircraft Company Citation Mustang American Patriot airplane flew its third Veterans Airlift Command mission this week. Williams, who was injured in Afghanistan in June of 2011, was greeted by his family, the local American Legion Riders, and several hundred Cessna employees.

   He was injured when the Stryker he was driving hit an IED. Williams

Private First Class Shawn Williams receives a hero's welcome December 14 in Wichita.

was airlifted to Germany, then to Washington, and ultimately to San Antonio for treatment at the Brooke Army Medical Center. He suffered burns to his hands and face, had pins inserted into his foot, and was confined to a wheelchair until November 2011.


SSA Awards Kolstad Scholarship Grant

   The Soaring Society of America (SSA) awarded its $5,000 Kolstad Scholarship Grant to Rachel Conklin, a member of Valley Soaring Club in Middletown, New York.


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Aero Club News

Aero Club of Southern California Club

Elects Directors and Officers for 2012

   Members of the Aero Club of Southern California elected five people to three-year terms on its board of directors beginning in 2012. They are incumbent directors Ramona Cox, John Stammreich and Alan Wayne, along with new directors Bob Ettinger and Steve Perry. Officers re-elected to serve in 2012 are Nissen Davis, President; Jim Ragsdale, Vice President; Art McAllister, Treasurer, and Alan Wayne, Secretary.

   At the final ACSC dinner meeting of 2011, members heard a report on new activities at Scaled Composites Corporation, now a division of Northrop Grumman. The Mojave, California-based company is preparing its SpaceShip Two vehicle for suborbital test flights in preparation for carrying paying passengers on rocket-powered flights to the edge of space. The club's next meeting is set for February 8, 2012, when veteran pilot and business innovator Clay Lacy will receive the club's annual Howard Hughes Memorial Award.


Craig Fuller Speaks to Atlanta Aero Club

   Craig Fuller, President of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, spoke at the Atlanta Aero Club meeting on December 8, 2011. The Capital City Club hosted 150 members and guests for this event.

Steve Champness, President, Atlanta Aero Club (left) and Craig Fuller, President, AOPA.

   The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) presented The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award to Atlanta pilot Rick Liegerot at the December Luncheon This FAA Master Pilot Award recognizes pilots who have demonstrated professionalism, skill and aviation expertise by maintaining safe operations for 50 or more years.

   Upcoming AAC meetings for 2012 will feature Matt Zuccaro, President, Helicopter Association International; Scott Ernest, President, Cessna; and Larry Flynn, President, Gulfstream Aerospace and the Lindberg Foundation.


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In This Issue
Wright Brothers Trophy
NAA Luncheon Series
Dreamliner Sets Records
President's Message
Air Sport Organization News
Aero Club News
Upcoming Events
Call for Nominations
Featured Member Orgs
Records Claimed
Air Sports Link
NAA Credit Card

Upcoming Events

January Luncheon

Thursday, January 19

Featuring: RADM Kenneth Floyd, USN,

Director, Air Warfare Division (OPNAV N88)

Details and Registration 


February Luncheon
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Featuring: Lt. Gen. Herbert J. "Hawk" Carlisle, USAF
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements 
Click here to register


NAA  Annual Spring Awards Ceremony

Recognition of the Most Memorable Aviation Records of 2011 and the announcement of the winner of the 2011 Collier Trophy

Details and Registration 


Call for Nominations

2011 Collier Trophy


Nominations close 1/31/12

Awarded annually for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.

Click here for details and nomination requirements.


2012 Katharine Wright Award

Nominations Close 3/31/12

Awarded 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.

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Records Claimed
October 1 - November 30, 2011  

FAI 80 




Speed Over a 3 km Course:  416.32 mph

Will Whiteside

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

Yakovlev Yak-3

1 Pratt & Whitney R-2000

Wendover, UT



Fastest Time to Visit All the Hard Surface Public Use Airports in Florida:  30 hrs, 46 min

Matthew Hayduk

Special Category

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche

1 Lycoming IO-540



Speed Over a Recognized Course*

Seattle, WA to Dhaka, Bangladesh:  454.14 mph

Charles Christenson & David Whitacre

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

Boeing 777-300

2 General Electric GE90



Except where noted by an asterisk (*), information is preliminary and subject to certification.



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