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2012 Collier Trophy Winner

to be Announced March 12

   The nomination period for the 2012 Robert J. Collier Trophy closed on January 31, 2013. The Selection Committee to choose the winner has been assembled and includes stalwarts of the industry and past Collier recipients. The selection will be made on March 11, 2013 from the following nominees:

    The 2012 Collier Trophy winner will be announced the day following the Selection Committee meeting at the NAA Spring Awards Ceremony and Luncheon on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott.

   The NAA Spring Awards Ceremony and Luncheon will also recognize the Most Memorable Aviation Records of 2012 listed in the following article. Register now or email [email protected] for additional information.

    The Collier Trophy has been awarded annually since 1911 "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."  The 2012 Collier Trophy will be presented at the annual Collier Dinner on May 9, 2013.


Most Memorable Aviation Records of 2012

   As the official record keeper for United States aviation, NAA tracks dozens of world and national record attempts. New U.S. records are certified and those qualifying as world records are then ratified with the F�d�ration A�ronautique Internationale (FAI). At the end of each year, under the direction of the Contest and Records Department, records certified for that year are reviewed and a list of the "most memorable" is created.

   NAA has just released its latest selection. These amazing records and record setters will be honored at NAA's Spring Awards Ceremony and Luncheon which will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott, Arlington, VA on March 12, 2013.

   Here's an overview of the Class of 2012:

  • After jumping from the Red Bull capsule more than 24 miles up, Felix Baumgartner fell for 4 minutes and 20 seconds accelerating to 843 mph and falling 119,431 feet before deploying his parachute. This parachuting Vertical Distance Freefall record jump occurred on October 14 and beat the previous record distance of 80,380 feet set in 1962. Jump with him.
  • Record setting model aircraft aren't likely the ones you played with as child. Jon Ellias and Dean Gradwell have nearly identical kit-built MXC model gliders with wingspans of 13 feet! On September 28, they used a winch to launch them and flew them by remote control 17 miles away where they then reversed course and flew the back to their starting point in California City, CA. These model aircraft flights covered a total distance of 35 miles smashing the 2005 Distance Goal and Turn record of 18 miles.
  • Airplane pilot Will Whiteside owns a Russian Yakovlev Yak-3 and set out in it for a flight on April 23rd from Yolo County Airport in California. The remarkable nature of the flight is that it broke the previous record set in 1987 for Speed Over a 15 Kilometer Course by more than 90 mph as he made two passes along a stretch of Interstate-505 west of Sacramento at an average speed of 381 mph. Check out Will and his plane.
  • Gulfstream G150 pilots Timothy McClelland and Brian Erickson established a record for Transcontinental Speed, West to East for airplanes weighing 19,842 - 26,455 pounds on January 22. Averaging a speed of 599 mph, they flew from Santa Ana, CA to Hilton Head, SC in 3 hours and 26 minutes.
  • With lessons learned from previous flights and with a much lighter airframe, Colin Gore pedaled the University of Maryland's "Gamera II" aloft for 1 minute and 5.1 seconds on August 28.  The effort set a new Human Powered Rotorcraft Duration record, bettering the Gamera Team's 2011 record of 49.9 seconds.  Watch it fly.
  • Hang glider pilot Dustin Martin hung for 11 hours while he flew his Wills Wing T2C 474 miles over the Edwards Plateau and rolling prairies of Texas-check out the view. He started in Zapata and landed near Lubbock, breaking the previous the hang glider Straight Distance record set in 2001 by 39 miles.

Click here to read more about record setting.  

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Unmanned Air Systems and Cyber Security

To be Discussed at NAA Luncheons



On February 19, 2013, Carl O. Johnson, Vice President, Advanced Programs and Technology, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems will share his insights and knowledge on, "Unmanned Air Systems: Past, Present and Future." Click here for luncheon details. Click here to register to attend now.






On April 9, 2013, Lt. General Jon M. Davis, USMC, Deputy Commander of the United States Cyber Command will bring the luncheon audience up to date on Cyber Security. Click here for luncheon details. Click here to register to attend.




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Wright Memorial Dinner Honors Bob Stevens


   On December 14, 2012 at a formal dinner at the Washington Hilton, the National Aeronautic Association presented the 2012 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy to Bob Stevens, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin at the Annual Aero Club of Washington's annual Wright Brothers Memorial Dinner.  

Bob Bergman
    The Master of Ceremonies, Aero Club of Washington President Bob Bergman, greeted the 700 guests and gave remarks about the history of the dinner and the importance of the award to the industry.

   Marilyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin's President and Chief Operating Officer (who 

Marilyn Hewson

assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2013) followed up with a brief video outlining the life and career of Stevens, including personal remarks about his integrity, leadership, and remarkable career. "For Bob Stevens, the mission has always come first. He never forgets who he's working for. In every word and every deed, Bob has shown us how to lead. . .and how to serve," she concluded.

   The formal presentation of the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy was made by NAA President and CEO Jonathan Gaffney. His remarks centered on the illustrious history of the trophy and the many aviation and aerospace leaders who have received it, including people like Charles Lindbergh, Kelly Johnson, Senator Barry Goldwater and Astronaut Gene Cernan. 

   Gaffney explained that Stevens was being honored with the trophy because of his "excellence, leadership, and exemplary service to our nation," adding that "under his leadership, Lockheed Martin has helped advance the security of our nation, the safety of our skies, the exploration of space, and the sustainability our industrial base."

   As CEO of Lockheed Martin, Stevens had

NAA Chairman Walter Boyne (L) presents the trophy to Bob Stevens.

responsibility for some of the most important aviation and aerospace projects and products in our nation's history including the F-35 Lighting II, the F-22 Raptor, the C-130 Hercules, C-5M Galaxy, the En Route Automation Modernization program, and the NASA Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.

   As a leader in the aerospace industry, Stevens served in numerous positions, including the Executive Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association's Board of Governors, President George W. Bush's Commission on the Future of the U.S. Aerospace Industry, and President Barack Obama's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.

   After receiving the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy from NAA Chairman Walter Boyne, Stevens spoke about his career at Lockheed Martin and stressed how important his employees were to his success and the success of the company.

   Click here for complete photos of the event.

Richard Aboulafia Provides Aviation

Outlook at January NAA Luncheon

   At the January NAA Luncheon, Richard Aboulafia, Vice President, Analysis for the Teal Group, provided an outlook on the 2013 aviation industry to a full audience of aeronautics industry representatives. In his "Aircraft Market in an Age of Extremes" presentation, Aboulafia spoke to key factors that have, and are, contributing to considerably different performance levels among commercial, military/rotorcraft and business aircraft segments. Such factors include financing, production volume, and model conformity. Richard

   While the aircraft industry overall has experienced solid growth compared to many others since the start of the 2007 economic downturn, segments within the industry have performed quite differently. Nevertheless, the industry's future remains promising. "This is a solid industry with good long-term prospects," Aboulafia said.

   According to Aboulafia, within the civil aviation market, business aircraft, regional transports and civil rotorcraft have declined by 20-30% since their market peaks in 2008. By contrast, commercial jetliners experienced 2008-2011 compound annual growth rates consistent with the 2003-2008 period. In fact, worldwide deliveries of large jetliners in 2012 increased by a whopping 27 percent by value over 2011. No other segment, neither civil nor military, claimed a year-over-year improvement in 2012 any greater than 7.6 percent.

   The military aviation market overall performed similarly to the overall civil market from 2008-2012. It was buoyed by the military rotorcraft segment, which enjoyed an 18.3 increase during this period. However, the military market experienced a 5.9 decrease from 2011-2012 while the overall civilian market enjoyed an 18.8 percent increase during the same one-year period.

   In addition to the uncertainty of the impact of sequestration and budget cuts, the military market's future appears pale compared to the civilian market for reasons that include maintenance costs of legacy systems, the relative lower profitability of export sales, and a military transport segment that competes against cheaper surface transport options (also a concern for commercial cargo).

   Aboulafia also emphasized that foreign governments want value for their money. He noted that, for many, the $100 million cost of an F35 is prohibitive compared to the $45 million cost of an F15.

"This is an industry that favors critical mass and performing on the right platform," Aboulafia observed. As his data showed, the larger aircraft segment has fared better over the past decade and promises to continue this trend over the coming years. Jetliners and regional aircraft are projected to account for more than half of the production value through 2021. Value in deliveries will be led by Airbus and Boeing, with 54 percent of market output comprised of the A320/NEO and 737NG/MAX.

   The success of the jetliner market has been due to the abundance of third-party financing. According to Aboulafia, in the absence of other attractive investment opportunities, commercial jetliners, especially, have represented safety and profit for investors.

   This cannot be said of the business jet market - particularly at the lower end of the business jet market - which has been more adversely affected by tepid demand and changes in financing terms. The top half, however, has performed better thanks to recent strong corporate profits that enable larger corporations to self-finance their purchases.

   While Aboulafia acknowledges that the aviation outlook is promising, especially for larger commercial aircraft, potential changes in market drivers complicate forecasting. Traditional market drivers - economic growth and fuel prices - combined with new market drivers - interest rates, competing investment opportunities and investor risk tolerance - will ultimately determine how reality plays out.

   "At the end of the day," he said, "we've been fortunate. Our overall growth has been solid and our long-term prospects are good."


Marion Blakey Predicts That

Sequestration Will be Averted

   As the battle over "sequestration" looms over the political landscape, those connected to the defense-related aeronautics industry can take solace in the fact that Marion C. Blakey, President & CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), doesn't think it will happen.

In a speech she gave at the December 11, 2012 NAA Luncheon - well before the fiscal cliff was narrowly averted and the decision on sequestration was delayed - Blakey predicted that neither the fiscal cliff nor sequestration would happen. Blakey

   She cited a Politico poll taken in early December that showed 59 percent of American voters oppose making significant cuts to the defense budget to reduce the federal deficit. At the same time, she noted that despite the concerns of most Americans, "some pundits continue to say, 'It's okay - let those cuts happen. The defense industry can absorb them.'"

   "I respectfully disagree with that assessment," Blakey declared. She noted that the Budget Control Act had already cut defense spending by $487 billion and that another $500 billion over the next 10 years would be too much.

   She also warned about the effect that just the threat of sequestration would have on the economy, noting it "is already affecting hiring and investment decisions," building her case by citing numerous corporate examples of hiring and spending cuts.

   Indeed, report from early February showing that the U.S. Gross Domestic Product shrank during the Fourth Quarter 2012 as defense spending ratcheted downward in anticipation of possible sequestration proved that Blakey was right.

   AIA ran a campaign last year called "Second to None" that highlighted the impact that program cancellations due to sequestration would have on national defense capabilities, people, jobs, and communities. She also pointed out the effect it would have on non-defense government agencies.

   "The partnership between government and industry continues to yield capabilities that in demand by government and commercial customers around the world, and they are helping keep the United States competitive in the global market," Blakey said. "This collaboration continues to product new engine designs, new aircraft and wing designs, alternative fuels, and advancements in air traffic control, weather prediction, unmanned systems and hypersonics.

   "We live in a time when we still have the need to be faster, smarter and more lethal than our adversaries. Now is the time to ensure that our warfighters continue to have access to the best technologies our industry has to offer. The best to do that is through an alternative to sequestration."

   She added that "those who refuse to acknowledge the dangers of sequestration assume that our industry could endure major cuts, close down manufacturing lines, lay off workers, shutter facilities, and simply retool in the event of a national security crisis.

   "As anyone can tell you, this is a lot harder than it sounds. First of all, a lot of knowledge, expertise and innovation - once lost - is never captured again. When you lose people who have been working on new systems and new technologies - perhaps for decades - you can't simply call them off the bench again and say, 'Okay, just pick up where you left off.'"


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President's Message

If the Wright Brothers had a Facebook page

. . .could you imagine how many "likes" they would get?


   The Oldest national aviation organization in the United States is making the leap into social media.

   In early January NAA started building a Facebook page to find an easier and less-intrusive way to keep our members and followers up-to-date on our work. We tested some ideas and content and concluded that it was time to get into the current century.

   For those who are on Facebook, linking to our site will get you the latest information on where we are and what we are doing. We will use the page to keep you up-to-date on nomination deadlines for our awards, aviation records once they are certified by FAI, brief reviews and photos of our concluded events, information on upcoming events, and immediate announcements of award recipients. Complete information will still be available on our website, .

   This newsletter will continue and our Facebook page will complement it nicely with brief, timely "hits" of what NAA is doing to support the aviation and aerospace industry in America.

   So if - like me - you have put off doing the Facebook thing, this might be the right time to start.

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Happy "Liking,"


Jonathan Gaffney

  NAA President and CEO

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Air Sport Organization News

USUA Board Member Appears in Video

About World Paramotor Championships


Roy Beisswenger,a board member of the U.S. Ultralight Association 
(USUA), was President of the Jury during the 7th FAI World Paramotor Championship in 2012 in Marugan, Spain. Paramotoring is the sport of flying a powered paraglider that consists of a frame that combines the motor, propeller, harness (with integrated seat) and cage. It provides two attachment points for the risers of a paraglider wing that allows for powered flight.


Paramotor    He appeared at the end of a video documentary of the championship and talked about the event.

   "This has been great," he said. "I really wish we had things like this in the United States. Getting a chance to visit with so many different pilots doing so many different things - it works at the spectator level and it works at the competitor level.

   "You may be the very best pilot in your little airport. When you come to something like the world championship, you see the best; they are part of the 'Been There, Done That' club. When you fly the paramotor, when you are flying around the hills or around the hay bales and over stuff, smell the woods, wave at people, see the animals, just have that whole superman thing going on, that's what I mean by life-changing. It's something that if you haven't done it you need to do it."


Aero Club News

ACONE Winter Icebreaker to

Feature Garry Kozak

   The Aero Club of New England (ACONE) will present its popular Winter Icebreaker Social at the Papa Razzi restaurant in Burlington, Massachusetts on February 20, 2013 from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

   Guest Speaker Garry Kozak, a world renowned salvage expert, will give an excitingsikorsky presentation on the last flying Sikorsky S-39 Amphibian, a 1930 aircraft that was lost some 55 years ago in a very remote lake in Alaska.

   He will tell the story of the S-39, its history, the tragic loss, and the many futile searches spanning over 40 years; a story of frustration, failure, and success; all played out in one of the world's most scenic, yet treacherous places.

   Registration and payment is required by February 17 and the cost is $25 per person, which includes appetizers and a cash bar.


Wichita Aero Club Trophy Presented to

John O'Leary and Airbus Americas Engineering

   The Wichita Aero Club presented its 2012 Wichita Aero Club Trophy to Airbus Americas Engineering in Wichita and its current head, John O'Leary. Airbus was selected by the Club's Selection Committee from among nine nominees. The WAC Trophy was presented at the Wichita Aero Club's third annual Trophy Gala at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton at Wichita Airport on January 26, 2013. O'Leary

   "The selection of Airbus Americas Engineering acknowledges an impressive decade of development and growth," noted Dave Franson, Wichita Aero Club President. "Eleven years ago there was no Airbus presence in Wichita when the European aircraft manufacturer recognized an opportunity that would create jobs, allow Wichita to retain talented engineers, and provide the company with a resource in the 'Air Capital.'

   "The vision that Airbus displayed and the confidence they demonstrated has resulted in an important and productive presence in Wichita that has contributed significantly to the company's product development over the past 10 years on such projects as the A-380. Under John O'Leary's leadership, the operation has grown to over 350 engineers from an initial force of less than 30. It is Airbus's largest engineering site outside of Europe."

   The Wichita Aero Club is also accepting applications for the Edward W. Stimpson scholarship. Created to honor the memory of the late President of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and ICAO Ambassador, the $2,000 scholarship will be given to a student who has completed at least 50 percent of the required credits for a certificate, associate's degree, or a bachelor's degree at an accredited educational institution and has demonstrated an interest in pursuing a degree and/or obtaining professional certification in an aviation-related field of study.


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In This Issue
Collier Nominees Announced
Most Memorable Aviation Records
Upcoming Luncheons
Wright Memorial Dinner
Aboulafia's 2013 Aviation Outlook
The State of Sequestration
NAA President's Message
Air Sport News
Aero Club News
Upcoming Events
Call for Nominations
Featured Member Orgs
Records Claimed
Air Sports Link
NAA Credit Card

Upcoming Events

February Luncheon

Tuesday, February 19 


Carl O. Johnson

VP, Northrop Grumman

Topic: Unmanned Air Systems

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Spring Awards Ceremony and Collier Winner Announcement

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

NAA's annual event to recognize the Most Memorable Aviation Records of the previous year and announce the winner of the Collier Trophy.

Click here for details and registration


April Luncheon

Thursday, April 9, 2013


LtGen Jon Davis, USMC

Deputy Commander

U. S. Cyber Command

Topic: Cyber Security

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Call for Nominations

Katharine Wright Memorial Award

Nominations Close 3/31/13

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.

Click here for details.

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Northrop Grumman     

Rockwell Collins    

Rolls Royce




Records Claimed
November 1 - December 31, 2012     

FAI Smaller   



Speed Over a Commercial Airline Route:


Tel Aviv, Israel to Philadelphia, PA:

470.47 mph*

Paris Michaels,

William G. Williams, Wayne T. Nearing & Jeffrey D. Janszen

Class C-1

US Airways Airbus A330

2 Rolls-Royce Trent 772B



Dallas, TX to Philadelphia, PA: 534 mph

Douglas L. Rice

Class C-1

US Airways Airbus A320



Speed Over a Recognized Course:


Anchorage, AK to Savannah, GA: 567.62 mph*

James T. Allen &

Bruce L. Barefoot

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

Gulfstream G280

2 Honeywell HTF7250G



Savannah, GA to Buffalo, NY: 502.17 mph*

Buffalo, NY to Long Beach, CA: 463.74 mph*

Brian D. Dickerson &

Scott S. Evans

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

Gulfstream G280

2 Honeywell HTF7250G



Long Beach, CA to Honolulu, HI: 465.82 mph*

Brian D. Dickerson &

Scott S. Evans

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

Gulfstream G280

2 Honeywell HTF7250G



Honolulu, HI to Savannah, GA: 568.55 mph*

Brian D. Dickerson &

Scott S. Evans

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

Gulfstream G280

2 Honeywell HTF7250G



Savannah, GA to Bangor, ME: 515.52 mph*

Bangor, ME to San Diego, CA: 463.33 mph*

Stephanie M. Ruyle,

Brian D. Erickson &

Santiago J. Koritschoner

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

Gulfstream G280

2 Honeywell HTF7250G



San Diego, CA to Bellingham, WA:

493.11 mph*

Bellingham, WA to Miami, FL: 554.15 mph*

Brian D. Erickson, Santiago J. Koritschoner & Stephanie M. Ruyle

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

Gulfstream G280

2 Honeywell HTF7250G



Aspen, CO to Fort Lauderdale, FL:

532.21 mph*

Fort Lauderdale, FL to Washington, DC:

474.22 mph*

Santiago J. Koritschoner, Brian D. Erickson & Stephanie M. Ruyle

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

Gulfstream G280

2 Honeywell HTF7250G



Washington, DC to San Jose, CA: 463.07 mph*

San Jose, CA to Savannah, GA: 549.75 mph*

Santiago J. Koritschoner, Brian D. Erickson & Stephanie M. Ruyle

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

Gulfstream G280

2 Honeywell HTF7250G



Savannah, GA to Long Beach, CA: 471.32 mph*

Long Beach, CA to Savannah, GA: 551.73 mph*

Timothy J. McClelland & Glenn M. Gonzales

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

Gulfstream G280

2 Honeywell HTF7250G





Speed Over an Out and Return Course of 1,000 km: 133 mph

Philippe Athuil &

Jean-Marie Clement

Class DO, Open Class, General

Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 4DM

Nahuel Huapi, Argentina



Free Out and Return Distance: 650 mi

Free Three Turnpoint Distance: 958 mi

Out and Return Distance: 625 mi

Speed Over an Out and Return Course of 1,000 km: 133 mph

Three Turnpoint Distance: 806 mi

Philippe Athuil &

Jean-Marie Clement

Class DM2, Motorgliders, Multiplace, General

Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 4DM

Nahuel Huapi, Argentina



Free Out and Return Distance: 780 mi

Free Three Turnpoint Distance: 922 mi

Philippe Athuil &

Bruce Cooper

Class DM2, Motorgliders, Multiplace, General

Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 4DM

Nahuel Huapi, Argentina





Altitude: 14,803 ft

Ryan D. Shaw

Class RPF2T, Paraglider, Foot Launched, Two Persons, Thermal Engine

Nirvana Instinct

1 Simonini Mini 2 Evo

Peoria, AZ



Time to Climb to

3,000 Meters: 56 min

Ryan D. Shaw

Class RPF2T, Paraglider, Foot Launched, Two Persons, Thermal Engine

Nirvana Instinct

1 Simonini Mini 2 Evo

Peoria, AZ





Longest Sequence:

13 formations

Chris J. Gay,

Eli Godwin,

Brian A. Pangburn &

Michael Paolin

Class G-1, Competition

Dubai, UAE



Distance: 154 meters

Nicholas J. Batsch

Class G-1, Competition

Dubai, UAE



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



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