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Marion Blakey to Receive  

2013 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy

   Marion Blakey has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy. 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 in the United States."

   Since 2007, Blakey has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Aerospace Industries Association, the voice of the aerospace and defense industry. Before that, she served a five-year term as Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration. During her tenure, the traveling public experienced the safest period for air travel in nation's history, and she was a tireless safety advocate both in the United States and internationally. Under her leadership, FAA launched the Next Generation Air Transportation System − the shift to a satellite-based system that will modernize air transportation, save fuel, and decrease delays.

   NAA Chairman Walter Boyne, a member of the Selection Committee, praised the choice. "I couldn't be more pleased with the selection of Marion Blakey for the Wright Trophy," Boyne said. "She has been a public servant of the highest order and one of the leading advocates of our nation's aerospace industry."

   Prior to being named FAA Administrator, Blakey served as Chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board. During her tenure, she led a number of accident investigations, including the 2001 crash of American Airlines flight 587, dealing with both the highly technical aspects of the investigation as well as the tremendous public interest in the accident. Blakey improved the Board's accident reporting process and strengthened its advocacy and outreach programs to promote safer travel throughout all modes of transportation.

   Including her service at the FAA and NTSB, Blakey has held six presidential appointments, four of which required Senate confirmation. She served as Administrator of the U.S. Transportation Department's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and held key positions at the Department of Commerce, the Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the White House, and the Department of Transportation.

   "The long list of recipients of this most historic award reflects the diversity of leadership of our nation's aviation and aerospace industry," said Jonathan Gaffney, President and CEO of NAA and Chairman of the Selection Committee. "Over its 65-year history, the Wright Trophy has been awarded to industrialists, explorers, innovators, and public servants. Marion Blakey has joined a remarkable group of Americans."

   Blakey will receive the award at the Wright Memorial Dinner, hosted by the Aero Club of Washington, on Friday, December 13, 2013. For more information on the award, please visit For more information on the Wright Memorial Dinner, please visit

Barrington Irving to Receive Brewer Trophy for Aviation Education

   Barrington Irving will receive the Frank G. Brewer Trophy for Aviation Education. The Brewer Trophy is presented annually for ". . .significant contributions of enduring value to aerospace education in the United States."

   Irving was raised in Miami's inner city, surrounded by crime, poverty, and failing schools. But he beat the odds to become the youngest person and only African American ever to fly solo around the world. He built a plane himself, made his historic flight, graduated Magna Cum Laude from an aeronautical science program, and founded a dynamic educational non-profit - all before age 28.

NAA President and CEO Jonathan Gaffney, Chairman of the Selection Committee, said, "Barrington Irving's inspirational story combined with his passion and dedication to aviation education is apparent in all he has done. He truly reflects the spirit of the Brewer Trophy."

   The moment of inspiration for Irving came at age 15 while working in his parent's bookstore. One of their customers, a Jamaican born professional pilot, asked Irving if he'd ever thought about becoming a pilot. "I told him I didn't think I was smart enough," Irving recalled, "but the next day he gave me the chance to sit in the cockpit of the commercial airplane he flew, and just like that I was hooked. There are probably millions of kids out there like me who find science and exploration amazing, but lack the confidence or opportunity to take the next step."

   To follow his dream, Irving turned down a full football scholarship to the University of Florida. Instead, he washed airplanes to earn money for flight school and increased his flying skills by practicing at home on a flight simulator video game.

   He also has a message for kids: "The only thing that separates you from CEOs in corner offices or scientists in labs is determination, hard work, and a passion for what you want to achieve. The only person who can stop you from doing something great is you. Even if no one believes in your dream, you have to pursue it."

   Irving's nonprofit organization, Experience Aviation, aims to boost the numbers of youth in aviation and other science and math-related careers. Middle and high school students attend summer and after-school programs tackling hands-on robotics projects, flight simulator challenges, and field trips to major industries and corporations. In his "Build and Soar" program, 60 students from failing schools built an airplane from scratch in just 10 weeks and then watched Irving pilot it into the clouds.

   Irving's next endeavor will transform a jet into a flying classroom that will circle the globe sharing science, technology, engineering, math, geography, culture, and history. The web-based experience will make it easy for kids to participate at home and school, voting on everything from where Irving should make a fuel stop to what local food he should sample. He plans to call classrooms from the cockpit; broadcast live video from 45,000 feet; blog with students; collect atmospheric data; communicate with the International Space Station; and wear a NASA body suit that transmits his heart rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs.

   Irving will receive the award at the NAA Fall Awards Dinner on Tuesday, November 12 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

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Barden, Crosby, Risseeuw, Whitman, and Zuccaro to be Honored as Distinguished Statesmen of Aviation

   Janice Barden, Ralph Crosby, Hugh Risseeuw, Bruce Whitman and Matt Zuccaro will receive the 2013 Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Awards at the NAA Fall Awards Dinner on Tuesday, November 12, 2013, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

  The Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award was established in 1954 to honor outstanding Americans, 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.


Janice Barden

   In 1971, Janice K. Barden leveraged her 16 years as a professional aviation psychologist to create Aviation Personnel International (API) - the first female-owned-and-operated retained search firm designed exclusively to serve the hiring needs of private and business aviation professionals. It has contributed immeasurably to the aviation industry. An Industrial Psychologist, Barden developed the company's Psychological Testing Program, a successful battery that has evolved into API's PEQ (Professional Evaluation Quotient), which assesses aviation professionals/candidates based on 17 factors.

   API is the longest-running aviation recruiting business, exclusively serving the hiring needs of flight departments in corporate and private aviation, including senior aviation leaders, pilots, maintenance, cabin safety crew, schedulers, and dispatchers.


Ralph Crosby

   For over three decades, Ralph Crosby has been involved in the management and leadership of aerospace. Crosby served as Chairman and CEO of EADS North America from 2002-2009 and was responsible for augmenting the presence of EADS in the United States, developing strategic partnerships with U.S. companies, and enhancing the involvement of EADS in the U.S. marketplace. Today he serves as a member of the EADS Executive Committee as well as Chairman Emeritus.

   Previously, Crosby was President of the Integrated Systems Sector of Northrop Grumman Corporation, a position he held since establishing the sector in 1998. Before that, Crosby was Corporate Vice President and General Manager of the B-2 Division. Joining Northrop Grumman in 1981 as Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Marketing and Technology, Crosby was named Executive Director of the company's Washington Office in 1983. From there Crosby held numerous positions within the company, including Deputy General Manager of its Commercial Aircraft Division in April 1996 and General Manager in September 1996.

   Prior to his industry career, Crosby served as an officer in the U.S. Army with duty in Germany, Vietnam and the United States. In his last military assignment he was the Military Staff Assistant to the Vice President of the United States.


Hugh Risseeuw

  Throughout his career, Hugh Risseeuw has been a leading advocate of military aviation as a pilot, corporate executive, and industry leader. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Risseeuw flew with fighter squadrons VF-111, VF-213, and VF-126, amassing over 3,500 hours of flight time and 350 carrier landings in fighter and attack aircraft, including the A-4, F-4, and F-8. Flying the venerable F-4 Phantom II, he was selected to be one of the Navy's first aggressor pilots in a flight tactics school that eventually became known as "Top Gun." He was awarded numerous Air Medals for his heroic airmanship in combat, the Vietnamese Service medal (for two combat tours), and a host of unit commendations.

   Upon his retirement from Naval Service in 1985, Risseeuw joined Pratt & Whitney, where he eventually served as the Director of Navy and Marine Corps Programs in the Washington office until his retirement in 2011. During this time, Risseeuw participated in the development and successful fielding of the F119-PW-100 and P&W F135 engines as well as the successfully fielding an Aft Lift Fan Nozzle (a project which was awarded the 2001 Collier Trophy).


Bruce Whitman

   Bruce Whitman joined FlightSafety International in 1961 as Assistant to the President and, later that year, was elected Vice President and a Director of the company. In 1962, he was named Executive Vice President and, in 2003, was named President and CEO.

   Whitman has served on the Associate Membership Advisory Council of the National Business Aircraft Association and Board of Governors and Executive Committees of the Flight Safety Foundation and the Civil Air Patrol. He is also a former Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Petroleum Helicopters and chaired the Nominating, Compensation and Governance Committees of the Aviall Board of Directors. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of FlightSafety Boeing Training International and Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association.

   Whitman is currently a Director and Chairman of the Executive Committee of PASSUR Aerospace; Co-Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Nominating Committee of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation; a Director of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association; an Executive Committee member of NATA's Air Charter Safety Foundation Board of Governors; a Director and member of the Executive Committee of ORBIS International and a Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. He is Vice Chairman of the Air Force Academy Falcon Foundation; President of The Wings Club; a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of the National World War II Museum and Trustee of Kent School; member of the Harvard Medical School Immunology Advisory Council; member of the Boards of Business Executives for National Security, Corporate Angel Network and the USO of Metropolitan New York.


Matt Zuccaro

   Matt Zuccaro has served as President of the Helicopter Association International (HAI) since 2005 and, under his leadership, HAI has become one of the fastest-growing aerospace organizations in the world as well as the leading advocates of the rotorcraft industry. A relentless advocate of safety, he has established a vision for the rotorcraft industry of 100 percent accident-free operations and he strives daily to achieve it.

   Zuccaro's 40-year career in the helicopter industry included several field and executive level positions with corporate, commercial, airline, and law enforcement helicopter operations in the New York City area. During his tenure with the Port Authority of New York, Zuccaro served as Senior Pilot, Operations Supervisor of its New York City Heliports, and Operations Supervisor at Kennedy International Airport.

   Zuccaro is a highly-decorated Army helicopter pilot, first serving in Vietnam with the 7th of the 17th Air Cavalry, then as a flight and classroom instructor at the Army flight school at Fort Rucker. He holds Airline Transport Pilot and Instrument Flight Instructor Certificates for both helicopter and fixed wing. He is the recipient of HAI's 10,000-hour pilot safety award and the NBAA Pilot Safety Award.


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NAA Luncheons Feature Outstanding Speakers

   The 2013-2014 NAA Luncheon Series is off to a strong start. In October, Asian affairs expert Dr. Michael Auslin gave a wide-ranging analysis of the U.S. military presence in the region and how it affects international perceptions of the United States (see article in this newsletter).

   On November 26, 2013, Lieutenant General Robert E. Schmidle, USMC, Deputy Commandant for Aviation, United States Marine Corps, will speak about Marine aviation capabilities.

   On January 21, 2014, Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group will deliver the annual NAA "State of the Union" speech.

   Luncheons are held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia; reception begins at 11:30 and lunch is served at Noon. For more information and to register, visit



President's Message

Please Join Us for the NAA Fall Awards Dinner

   I refer to it as the "most enjoyable evening in aviation" because previous years' attendees have pretty much described it that way. Of course, I am speaking about the NAA Annual Fall Awards Dinner, to be held November 12, 2013 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. 

   At "Fall Awards," we highlight some of the great people and companies who lead our industry - corporate leaders, industrialists, educators, heroes, and trailblazers.

  This year, we will welcome the Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, General Larry Spenser, who will make the 101st presentation of the NAA Mackay Trophy (the second oldest NAA Award) for the most meritorious Air Force flight of 2012.

   We will honor the contributions of five true "Statesman of Aviation" - Matt Zuccaro, Ralph Crosby, Bruce Whitman, Janice Barden, and Hugh Risseeuw. We will present the Katharine Wright Trophy to two remarkable women - Kim De Groh and Mary Feik.

   We will add an extremely important award to this annual event - Public Benefit Flying - which awards and acknowledges a remarkable group of organizations and people who put their flying skills and resources to work for their fellow man.

   We will present the Fédération Aéronautic International (FAI) Silver Medal to our own Art Greenfield, NAA's Director of Contest and Records. And we will present the Brewer Trophy for Aviation Education to Barrington Irving.

   For those who haven't attended Fall Awards - please give it a try. It is fun, moving, and certainly reflects the unique and singular role NAA plays in our aviation and aerospace industry. Register online or contact for further information.

Jonathan Gaffney

  NAA President and CEO

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Dr. Michael Auslin Analyzes  

U.S. Presence in Asia

   Dr. Michael Auslin, columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, spoke at the NAA October Luncheon about the evolving role of the U.S. military in Asia and how it is affecting international perceptions. Auslin is an expert in Asian affairs and provided a sweeping overview of the region with an emphasis on China.

   "China is politically and socially fragile," he declared. "The Communist Party has no legitimacy, government is hated, and corruption is rampant. Provinces are broke. There is a labor shortage because of the one-child policy. The next 30 years for China will be more challenging."

   Despite this, China remains an economic power and perhaps a military power as well, although Auslin noted that it is difficult to gauge the nation's true military capabilities.

   A larger concern, he said, is "the fear that the United States is accommodating the role of China in a way that upsets the balance in the region." Among Asian nations, he said "China has lost a lot of the goodwill it had built up."

   Consequently, when these nations "see the United States becoming less engaged, less capable, and always one step behind China," Auslin says it makes them uneasy. "Allies and others who work with us are concerned about the long-term trajectory of the United States in the region."

   He said issues include not standing up to China while wrestling with our own budget problems.

   Auslin added, "I am amazed at the little knowledge Americans have about the Pacific." By contrast, he noted that "Asians are very politically aware. The Chinese are talking about the need for the United States to get its debt under control. They understand the impact even as Americans don't."

   "The Pacific has totalitarian powers and should be taken seriously as it makes contributions everywhere in the world. It's an economic powerhouse whether you are looking for skilled labor forces or solid supply chains. The Pacific is a fundamental part of our lives and will be for generations to come."

   According to Auslin, there are two major factors that will assist in strengthening America's relationship with the Pacific. First, America must maintain a steady presence in the Pacific. "We must be engaging with Asia and provide what they need economically and politically," said Auslin. He noted that Asians are concerned about security and if we change our security strategy we risk losing the Asians' trust. Auslin added that America must have a presence in Asia year after year and decade after decade to prove our loyalty and commitment to Asia.

   Second, Auslin declared that Asians are confused about what we say we will do versus what we are doing in their region. To combat this, we must have the aerospace capability to do what we say we are going to do. Asians worry that America is increasingly shifting away from complex issues that affect the balance of power and combat effectiveness.

   Auslin noted three military budget areas that he believes are critical if the United States is to maintain its influence in Asia. They are structure, which impacts where America can be within the region at any time; Readiness, which protects our military stability and credibility, followed by modernization.

   "Asia's military has changed dramatically and if our readiness declines we lose our competitive edge," he said. "Our capabilities must be cutting edge. If America is going to be serious about our presence in the Pacific we must answer what we will do with our hypersonic capabilities and we must rethink structure, modernization and readiness."


Nominations for the 2013 Collier Trophy Open

   Nominations for the 2013 Collier Trophy are open and due by January 31, 2014. 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." Nominations are now being accepted and are due by January 31, 2014. Click here for details on the nominations requirements.

   The trophy was commissioned in 1910 by Robert J. Collier (the only son of Collier's Weekly publisher P.F. Collier) while he was President of the Aero Club of America, National Chapter (now the National Aeronautic Association). His intent was to encourage the American aviation community to strive for excellence and achievement in aeronautic development.

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NAA Annual Meeting in December

   On December 13, 2013, NAA will hold its Annual Board Meeting and Members Meeting in Washington, DC at the Hogan Lovells law firm at 10 a.m. For questions or information, contact 

Air Sport Organization News


USPA Membership Continues Growth

   The United States Parachute Association (USPA) has been setting membership records nearly every month in 2013, and reached yet another record at the end of August with 35,458 members, an increase of 2.7 percent over August 2012. USPA grew by 4 percent in 2012, and has grown every year since 2008.

   So far in 2013, the number of USPA-issued skydiving licenses and instructor ratings exceeds those issued for the same period in 2012. "Skydiving continues its popularity, with over 500,000 people trying it for the first time every year, fueled in part by the many skydiving scenes in movies, TV shows and commercials," said USPA Executive Director Ed Scott.


Aero Club News


ACONE Presents Godfrey L. Cabot Award

To Boeing 747 Designer Joseph Sutter

   The Aero Club of New England (ACONE) presented the prestigious Godfrey L. Cabot Award to Joseph F. Sutter, one of history's top airplane designers. A Seattle native, Sutter is best known for leading Boeing's 4,500-person design team for the Boeing 747. He was recognized for his efforts in bringing to life the designs of the Boeing 707, 727, 737 and the 747. He is affectionately known as the "Father of the 747."

Joseph F. Sutter (left); John G. L. Cabot, grandson of Godfrey L. Cabot (center); and ACONE President Charles Bures presenting the award.

  The prestigious Cabot Award, created to commemorate Dr. Godfrey L. Cabot, now deceased, is presented each year by ACONE to an individual or team who has made a unique and unparalleled contribution to encourage and advance aviation and space flight.

   The luncheon was held in June 2013 at the Harvard Club in Boston and over 200 ACONE members and guests attended.


Aviation Author and Humorist Rod Machado to Receive

2013 Crystal Eagle Award from Aero Club of Northern California 

   Aviation author, humorist and flight instructor Rod Machado will be the 31st recipient of the prestigious Crystal Eagle Award, presented annually by the Aero Club of Northern California to honor those whose achievements are among the highest endeavors in aviation and aerospace. The awards dinner will be held Friday, November 1, 2013 at the Hiller Aviation Museum at San Carlos Airport in San Mateo County, California.

   The Aero Club will also present awards from NAA to two individuals who have made significant contributions to aviation. Three $2,000 scholarships, funded by a Silent Auction at the dinner, will be awarded to students enrolled in San Francisco Bay Area college and university aviation programs. 

   Machado, a pilot since 1970 and holder of multiple ratings, is best known as an author of aviation books and a seminar speaker at events such as EAA AirVenture, Sun 'N Fun and AOPA Expo. His seminars include Defensive Flying, Handling In-Flight Emergencies, and Aviation Humor.

   Born in Oakland, Machado started flying at age 16 at Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose. He soloed at age 17 and took his private pilot check ride with famed flight instructor and air show pilot Amelia Reid. By age 19, he was as certified flight instructor. Over the years, he earned a number of other pilot ratings, including instrument, commercial and airline transport pilot. He has several type ratings but usually flies a Cessna 150. He has logged more than 8,000 flight hours, most of it giving dual instruction.

   Click here to learn more and register for the awards dinner.   


Atlanta Aero Club Hosts Fall Events

   The Atlanta Aero Club (AAC) Luncheon in September featured Hal Shevers, Founder/Chairman of Sporty's Pilot Shop, as the guest speaker. More than 80 AAC members and guests listened to Shevers share stories and photos of his career in aviation and the launch of Sporty's in 1961.

AAC Vice President Elaine Weatherby and President Steve Champness.

  On October 4, 2013, AAC members and guests attended a private air show and luncheon at Paulding County/Silver Comet Airport. This special event included a CF 18 Hornet demonstration by Captain Patrick "Flocho" Pollen.

   The next AAC luncheon will be at the Capital City Club in downtown Atlanta on November 14, 2012 with guest speaker Louis Miller, General Manager of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

   The AAC meets at the Capital City Club for bimonthly luncheon events. To join the club or RSVP for upcoming luncheons and events, visit

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Wright Brothers Trophy
Brewer Trophy
Distinguished Statesmen Awards
Upcoming NAA Luncheons
President's Message
Dr. Auslin Analyzes Asia
Collier Nominations Open
NAA Annual Meeting
Air Sport News
Aero Club News
Call for Nominations
Meet our Members
Records Claimed
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NAA Fall Awards Dinner

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Crystal Gateway Marriott

Arlington, Virginia



NAA November Luncheon

Speaker: Lieutenant General Robert E. Schmidle, USMC

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Crystal Gateway Marriott

Arlington, Virginia



Wright Memorial Dinner

Friday, December 13, 2013

Washington Hilton

Washington, DC



NAA January Luncheon

Speaker: Richard Aboulafia, the Teal Group

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Crystal Gateway Marriott

Arlington, Virginia


Call for Nominations

Stinson Award

Nominations Close 11-30-13

The award recognizes a living woman for an outstanding and enduring contribution, a meritorious flight, or a singular technical development in the fields of aviation, aeronautics, space or related sciences.

Click here for details.


Robert J. Collier Trophy

Nominations Close 1-31-14

This 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.

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Records Claimed
July 1 - August 31, 2013     

FAI Smaller   



Duration #171: 18 hrs 6 min 13 sec

Andre Mellin, David G. Brown & Joe Mekina

Class F5, Radio Controlled, Electric Powered Flight

Liberty, Indiana





Speed Around the World, Westbound: 568.48 mph*

Thomas C. Horne, Harold R. Ball, John A. McGrath, Ross D. Oetjen & Eric S. Parker

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

Gulfstream G650

2 Rolls-Royce BR725

San Diego, CA



Speed Over a Recognized Course:


San Diego, CA to Agana, Guam: 590.82 mph*

San Diego, CA to Bangkok, Thailand: 523.81 mph*

Agana, Guam to Bangkok, Thailand: 599.57 mph*

San Diego, CA to Dubai, UAE: 400.72 mph*

Agana, Guam to Dubai, UAE: 581.21 mph*

Agana, Guam to Dakar, Senegal: 544.5 mph*

Agana, Guam to Sal, Cape Verde: 525.88 mph*

Bangkok, Thailand to Dubai, UAE: 602.46 mph*

Bangkok, Thailand to Dakar, Senegal: 567.97 mph*

Bangkok, Thailand to Sal, Cape Verde: 557.84 mph*

Bangkok, Thailand to Jacksonville, FL



438.63 mph*

Dubai, UAE to Dakar, Senegal: 582.12 mph*

Dubai, UAE to Sal, Cape Verde: 565.74 mph*

Dubai, UAE to Jacksonville, FL: 485.65 mph*

Dakar, Senegal to Jacksonville, FL:



545.72 mph*

Dakar, Senegal to El Paso, TX: 550.58 mph*

Dakar, Senegal to San Diego, CA: 544.86 mph*

Sal, Cape Verde to Jacksonville, FL:



590.42 mph*

Sal, Cape Verde to El Paso, TX: 583.72 mph*

Sal, Cape Verde to San Diego, CA: 573.79 mph*

Jacksonville, FL to El Paso, TX: 573.71 mph*


Jacksonville, FL to San Diego, CA: 556.51 mph*

Thomas C. Horne, Harold R. Ball, John A. McGrath, Ross D. Oetjen & Eric S. Parker

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

Gulfstream G650

2 Rolls-Royce BR725



San Diego, CA to Savannah, GA:  

601.38 mph*

Transcontinental Speed, West to East: 601.38 mph*

Ross D. Oetjen & John A. McGrath

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

Gulfstream G650

2 Rolls-Royce BR725



London, UK to St. Petersburg, FL: 537.49 mph

Ross D. Oetjen & Robert J. Kraft

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

Gulfstream G650

2 Rolls-Royce BR725



Omaha, NE to Madison, WI: 133.18 mph

Douglas R. Cairns

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

Piper PA-28R-200 Cherokee Arrow II

1 Lycoming IO-360



Omaha, NE to Madison, WI: 133.18 mph*

Christopher R. Isler

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

Cessna 172

1 Lycoming IO-360



Omaha, NE to Madison, WI: 133.18 mph*

Jason N. Harmon

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

Diamond DA40 XLS

1 Lycoming IO-360



San Juan, PR to Foz do Iguacu, Brazil: 484.67 mph

Ivo Maia & Joseph F. Zingaro

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

Gulfstream G280

2 Honeywell HTF7250G





Speed Over a Triangular Course of 100 km: 43.5 mph

Neita Montague

Class D15, 15 Meter, Feminine

Glasflügel H-301 Libelle

Moriarty, NM



Speed Over a Triangular Course of 1,000 km:  

86.37 mph

Three Turnpoint Distance: 664.87 mi

Triangle Distance:



664.87 mi

Alan M. Polinsky

Class DM, Motorglider, Single Place, General

Schleicher ASH 31 Mi

Ely, NV



Speed Over a Triangular Course of 750 km:



93.21 mph

Alan M. Polinsky

Class DM, Motorglider, Single Place, General

Schleicher ASH 31 Mi

Ely, NV



Speed Over a Triangular Course of 300 km:



97.56 mph

Speed Over a Triangular Course of 500 km:



97.56 mph

Alan M. Polinsky

Class DM, Motorglider, Single Place, General

Schleicher ASH 31 Mi

Ely, NV



Speed Over an Out and Return Course of 500 km: 96.31 mph

Alan M. Polinsky

Class DM, Motorglider, Single Place, General

Schleicher ASH 31 Mi

Ely, NV





Distance: 136.49 meters

Jessica A. Edgeington

Class G-1, Competition, Female

Kolomna, Russia



Speed: 2.37 seconds

Greg A. Windmiller

Class G-1, Competition, General

Kolomna, Russia


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

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