The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Air Care Alliance (ACA)
have created a set of national awards designed to recognize the contributions of
those individuals in aviation who fly
and volunteer for the benefit of others, public
benefit flying organizations, and those who support them.
The 2012 National Public
Benefit Flying Awards were presented in the U.S. Capitol Building on September
13, 2012. Here is the news release!
VOLUNTEERS AND THEIR ORGANIZATIONS HONORED
WITH 2012 NATIONAL PUBLIC BENEFIT FLYING AWARDS
Washington, DC, July 3, 2012 -- The National Aeronautic Association, in
partnership with the Air Care Alliance, a nationwide league of humanitarian
flying organizations, is proud to announce the recipients of the 2012 National
Public Benefit Flying Awards.
This year’s recipients in each award category are:
Distinguished Volunteer Pilots –
Susan Lapis, SouthWings
For her enormous
contributions using her aerial aviation skills to protect the natural heritage,
communities and ecosystems of the Southeast.
Del Reiff, Wings of Hope
For his decades of dedicated effort and flying over 3,900 hours to solve the
causes of poverty and isolation and to serve mankind on several continents from
"war torn" Congo to the Amazon Jungles.
Distinguished Volunteers – Debi Boies, Pilots N Paws
For creating a national organization that has greatly contributed to
transporting rescue animals from kill shelters to forever homes.
Larry Scheffler, Miracle Flights For Kids
For his outstanding contributions to improve the quality of community life
for sick children across America and beyond.
Outstanding Achievement in Public Benefit Flying –
Bob Showalter and Showalter Flying Services
For committed support of public benefit flying organizations in times of
national and international crisis, such as relief work following the Haitian
earthquake and Hurricane Irene.
Champion of Public Benefit Flying –
Lightspeed Aviation Foundation
In recognition of Lightspeed’s significant contribution by creating a support
system enhancing groups involved in public benefit flying.
"I am very proud of the recipients of the 2012 Public Benefit Flying Awards,"
said NAA President and CEO Jonathan Gaffney. "All of the nominations were
worthy, but the list of our honorees demonstrates again the diversity of public
benefit flying in America and the many different people who benefit from it."
Air Care Alliance Chairman Rol Murrow notes, "These recipients are being
recognized for their own contributions and also because they serve as examples
of all those others who work to fly patients for care, serve in times of
emergencies, provide educational flights for youth, support environmental
causes, help our veterans, and provide help in many other ways to those in need.
We truly enjoy working with NAA to honor these worthy individuals and groups."
Members of the 2012 PBF Selection Committee were Jonathan Gaffney, President
and CEO of NAA (Chairman of the Selection Committee); Linda Daschle, LHD and
Associates; Steve Champness, President, Aero Club of Atlanta; Paula Hochstetler,
President, Airport Consultants Council; and Lindy Kirkland, Judy Benjamin, and
Rick Durden of the Air Care Alliance.
The Public Benefit Flying Awards were created to honor volunteer pilots,
other volunteers, and their organizations engaged in flying to help others, and
those supporting such work. These prestigious awards will be presented at the
Beyond" Ceremony at
4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, 2012 in the Lyndon B. Johnson Room of the
In order to nominate someone for a 2013 Public Benefit Flying Award
information regarding the nominations procedures.
The National Aeronautic Association is a non-profit membership organization
devoted to fostering opportunities to participate fully in aviation activities
and to promoting public understanding of the importance of aviation and space
flight to the United States. NAA is the caretaker of several major aviation
awards, and certifies all world and national aviation records set in the United
States. For information, visit
The Air Care Alliance is a nonprofit public service organization supporting
the work of dozens of volunteer-based charitable organizations whose members fly
to help others. ACA is devoted to fostering, enhancing, and promoting public
benefit flying in the United States and other countries. For information, visit
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Next year please follow
the information below to submit a nomination for your candidates in 2013. This
information can also be found on the NAA website at
2013 Public Benefit Flying Awards
Presented by the
National Aeronautic Association
In Association with the Air Care Alliance
Accepted through May 31, 2013
Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Air Care Alliance (ACA) have created a set
of national awards designed to recognize the contributions of those individuals
who fly for the benefit of others, and their public benefit flying
organizations. We are asking for your help in identifying those who have been
doing outstanding work which should be recognized.
To ensure that
your nomination receives full consideration please adhere to the following
guidelines. Nominations that do not fall within the specifications listed below
might not be considered during the selection process. Nominations must be
submitted through qualified organizations or from individuals, as specified in
the Nominating and Selection Process section below.
Volunteer Pilot -
awarded to an
individual or individuals for outstanding public benefit flying service as a
Performance that exceeds expectations and distinguishes nominee volunteers
and their efforts. Consider the amount and nature of effort, commitment,
sacrifice, and impact on clients, organization, and community.
Volunteer - awarded to an individual or individuals for outstanding service
as a non-flying volunteer working in public benefit flying.
Criteria: Performance that exceeds expectations and distinguishes
non-pilot volunteers and their efforts. Consider the amount and nature of
effort, commitment, sacrifice, and the impact on clients, organization, and
Achievement in Advancement of Public Benefit Flying - for outstanding
achievement by an individual or organization that helped raise the standard of
service of or contributed significantly to the overall advancement of Public
Criteria: Outstanding achievement or contribution by an individual,
group of individuals, an organization, or group of organizations that
significantly raised the standard of service, improved the state-of-the-art, or
contributed to the advancement of Public Benefit Flying overall. Consider the
size, complexity, and unique value of the achievement and its positive impact on
public benefit flying.
Benefit Flying Teamwork Award - for outstanding cooperation and coordination
involving two or more unaffiliated Public Benefit Flying organizations in the
accomplishment of a common mission, task, or objective.
Criteria: Exemplary collaboration involving individuals and/or
unaffiliated and independent public benefit flying organizations in order to
complete a task beyond the scope and resources of any one public benefit flying
organization. Consider the size, complexity, and unique value of the
collaboration to the furtherance of public benefit flying efforts.
Public Benefit Flying - awarded to an individual, organization, or company
who, while not operationally directly involved in Public Benefit Flying, has
provided extraordinary support for such efforts and thus advanced the cause of
Public Benefit Flying.
Criteria: This award is intended for individuals or groups not
directly or primarily involved in public benefit flying, for extraordinary
support and contributions providing fair winds beneath the wings of public
benefit flying organizations and their volunteers. Consider the nature and
scope of the support itself and/or its impact on encouraging others to provide
the necessary lift for public benefit flying.
Nominees must be
citizens or U.S. organizations.
Flying is defined as those activities, conducted largely by volunteers, in which
one or more general aviation aircraft were used to support the health and well
being of anyone needing charitable assistance or for the benefit of the general
public, and for which no fee was charged for the aircraft or for pilot
intended to honor the efforts of volunteers working in the field of public
benefit flying, or those who support them. Awards may be granted to individuals,
teams, groups, or organizations, as appropriate.
Awards may be
based on just one or on several extraordinary events or accomplishments or may
be based on long term or lifetime achievement. This must be clearly expressed in
the nominating material.
nominees must understand that the award recipient or a representative is
expected to attend the ceremony in Washington D.C. to personally accept the
award. Neither NAA nor ACA are able to fund the expenses for attending.
Each primary administrative office for
organizations appearing on the ACA listing of all public benefit flying groups
as of March 1, 2012 shall receive an invitation to submit one nomination for
each of the above named awards. Certain other organizations which are
supportive of or commonly working with volunteers and their public benefit
flying groups, or which are knowledgeable in the field of aviation, may also be
sent invitations, at the discretion of NAA.
An individual may submit nominations for one
or more of these awards by forwarding his or her nomination information to the
primary administrative office of his or her own organization for consideration
as that organization’s candidate(s), or may submit nominations directly to NAA
Each nomination may be no more than five (5)
printed pages and be in a form acceptable to NAA, as described here:
Contact Information (one page):
The nomination package will include a cover sheet page
specifying the award category proposed and complete contact information for the
nominee, the nominator, and two persons who are willing to act as references for
the nominee. The contact information shall include the name, title and/or
affiliation, mailing address, telephone numbers (work and home), and email
address for each person.
Justification (three pages):
complete yet concise details explaining why the nominee should receive the award
proposed. Provide such background information as considered pertinent and any
other relevant information that would assist the Selection Committee.
Justification for the award shall not exceed three pages in length.
Abstract and Citation (one page):
Provide the final separate sheet containing an
Abstract of the Justification statement in 75 words or less, plus a draft
Citation that might appear on the award itself. The Citation, which must be 30
words or less, should celebrate and capture the essence of the achievement for
which the nominee’s name has been submitted.
The selection committee
will be comprised of prominent individuals and representatives of aviation
organizations nominated by both NAA and ACA. Awardees will be honored at a
ceremony at the U.S. Capitol Building in
signed by the nominator or by an officer of the administering office of the
organization(s) submitting it, must be received by NAA at its offices between
now and May 31, 2013. Nominations received after the deadline will not be
accepted. Nominations must be submitted by email as an attached Word document
emailed to Nominations must be submitted by email as an attached Word
document emailed to
firstname.lastname@example.org with the words "PBF Nomination" in the subject line.
The National Aeronautic Association is a non-profit membership
organization devoted to fostering opportunities to participate fully in aviation
activities and to promoting public understanding of the importance of aviation
and space flight to the United States. NAA is the caretaker of several major
aviation awards, and certifies all world and national aviation records set in
United States. For information, visit
The Air Care Alliance is a nonprofit public service organization
supporting the work of dozens of volunteer-based charitable
organizations whose members fly to help others. ACA is devoted to fostering,
enhancing, and promoting public benefit flying in the
and other countries. For information, visit
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For a complete list of prior award recipients with photos
and descriptions of their accomplishments please click here and read our
To read more about prior awards and see photos of the events,
held in the U.S. Capitol Building, visit our Public
Benefit Flying Awards Page.