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NOMINATION PROCEDURE FOR 2004 AWARDS - Deadline July 9, 2004.

The National Aeronautic Association sent nomination materials to the primary administrative offices of all public benefit flying groups in April, 2004. Those offices have been asked to distribute the information to their chapters, affiliates, and subgroups.

All interested organizations are invited to submit a nomination for a worthy individual or effort involving volunteer pilot and aviation community service missions. Please follow the procedures below to submit your own nomination.

Note: the nomination criteria and information can also be found on the NAA site at


General Criteria:

Nominees must be either U.S. citizens or U.S. organizations.

Public Benefit Flying is defined as those activities, conducted largely by volunteers, in which a general aviation aircraft was used to assist the health and well being of individuals, groups of individuals or for the benefit of the general public, and for which no fee was charged for the aircraft or pilot services.

Awards are intended to honor the efforts of volunteers working in the field of public benefit flying, or those who support them, especially through voluntary work.

Awards may be granted to individuals, teams, groups, or organizations, as appropriate. The intent is to honor those providing volunteer service through personal accomplishment and commitment.

Awards may be based on just one or several extraordinary events or accomplishments or may be based on long term or lifetime achievement. This must be clearly expressed in the nominating materials.

Award Category Criteria

Distinguished Volunteer Pilot: Performance that exceeds expectations and distinguishes nominee volunteers or their effort from others. Consider the amount and nature of effort, commitment, sacrifice, and impact on clients, organization, and community.

Distinguished Volunteer: Performance that exceeds expectations and distinguishes non-pilot volunteers or their effort from others. Consider the amount and nature of effort, commitment, sacrifice, and impact on clients, organization, and community.

Outstanding Achievement in Support of Public Benefit Flying: Outstanding contribution that advances the state-of-the-art, or raises the standard of service for public benefit flying. Consider the size, complexity, and unusual value of the achievement and its positive impact on public benefit flying.

Public Benefit Flying Team Award: Exemplary collaboration among individuals and/or organizations in order to complete a task beyond the scope and resources of any one public benefit flying organization. Consider the size, complexity, and unusual value of the collaboration and its positive impact on public benefit flying.

Champion of Public Benefit Flying: The award is offered to individuals or groups not directly or primarily involved in public benefit flying. Extraordinary support and contribution providing fair winds beneath the wings of public benefit flying organizations. 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.

Nominating and Selection Process

Each primary administrative office for organizations appearing on the Air Care Alliance listing of all public benefit flying groups as of March 1, 2004 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.

Individuals may submit nominations for one or more of these awards by forwarding their nomination information to the primary administrative office of their own organization(s) for consideration as that organization's candidates.

Each nomination shall be limited to a maximum of five (5) printed pages and be in a form acceptable to NAA. 

The nomination package will include a cover sheet page with 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 (work and home), and email address of each person. 

Justification for the award shall not exceed three pages in length. 

A final separate sheet containing a proposed award citation, not to exceed 30 words, summarizing the achievement meriting the award must be provided. 

The nomination, signed by an officer of the administering office of the organization(s), must be received by NAA at its offices no later than July 9, 2004.

The selection committee will be comprised of prominent individuals and representatives of aviation organizations nominated by both the National Aeronautic Association and the Air Care Alliance. The committee will meet in July to select the winners for these new awards. Awardees will be honored at a ceremony at the U. S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. in September.


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Arlington, VA 22209

Phone: 703-527-0226  Nicole Regele
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