Voice of Public Benefit Flying"
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 2011 National Public Benefit Flying Awards were presented in the U.S. Capitol Building on September 15, 2011.
We may add additional news and photos for the event sometime later, but for now please enjoy reading about this year's recipients in the news release below.
Award recipients at a prior "Above and
SPECIAL OLYMPICS AIRLIFT VOLUNTEERS AMONG THOSE HONORED WITH 2011 PUBLIC BENEFIT FLYING AWARDS
Washington, DC, July 7, 2011 -- 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 2011 National Public Benefit Flying Awards.
This year’s recipients are:
Distinguished Volunteer Pilot – Dr. Lewis Young, Angel Flight Central
Distinguished Volunteers – Dick Gooch, Angel Flight Central and
Outstanding Achievement in Public Benefit Flying –
Champion of Public Benefit Flying – 2010 Cessna Citation Special
“I am very proud of the recipients of the 2011 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, “Each year thousand of volunteers in aviation quietly work to fly patients for care, provide educational flights for youth, support environmental causes, serve in times of emergencies, help our veterans, and provide help in many other ways to those in need. Along with NAA, we are pleased to be able to work with leaders in our Nation’s capitol to honor these selfless individuals, their groups, and those who provide essential support for them.”
Members of the 2011 PBF Selection Committee were Jonathan Gaffney, NAA; Linda Daschle, LHD and Associates; Andrew Broom, AOPA, and Henry Ogrodzinski, NASAO. Members of the Selection Committee representing the Air Care Alliance were Judy Benjamin, Rick Durden, Lindy Kirkland, and Dan Meyer.
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. Since 2003, dozens of awards have been presented at the celebratory Above and Beyond Awards Ceremony, which this year will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2011, in the Lyndon B. Johnson Room of the U.S. Senate.
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 www.naa.aero.
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 www.aircareall.org.
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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 Prior Recipients PDF.
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.
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