PROCEDURE FOR 2005 PUBLIC BENEFIT FLYING AWARDS
Deadline June 30, 2005.
The National Aeronautic Association sent nomination materials to the
primary administrative offices of all public benefit flying groups in May, 2005,
via U.S. Mail and follow-up email messages. 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
The National Public Benefit Flying Awards Program is presented by the National
Aeronautic Association in association with the Air Care Alliance The Deadline
for the 2005 Award Nominations is June 30, 2005 - see the Detailed Information
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) traces its roots to the Aero Club of
America, founded in 1905. Since its beginning, NAA's primary mission has been
the advancement of the art, sport, and science of aviation in the United States,
including space flight. Through its annual national awards
program, NAA "celebrates the past," while at the same time recognizing
the achievements of those who are developing technology and "inventing the
The NAA is famous for a number of nationally prominent awards that have been
given since early in the history of flight, such as the Robert J. Collier
Trophy, the Wright Brothers Memorial Trophy, the Frank G. Brewer award for
aviation education, and the Elder Statesmen of Aviation awards. Full information
about their awards programs can be found at www.naa.aero
along with the criteria and procedures for these new national Public Benefit
NAA's first awards for Public Benefit Flying were presented on September 10,
2003, celebrating the service and accomplishments of the many volunteers in
aviation who "fly to help others," performing missions of community
and individual service. These awards were developed by NAA in association with
the Air Care Alliance. More than thirty nominations were received in 2003.
The NAA page describing the 2005 Awards can be viewed at
Or you can read here the following text from the NAA email announcement sent to
the groups earlier this year:
NOMINATION PROCEDURE FOR 2005 AWARDS
Deadline June 30, 2005.
Call for Nominations
2005 Public Benefit Flying Awards
Presented by the National Aeronautic Association
In Association with the Air Care Alliance
The National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and the Air Care Alliance (ACA) have
created a new set of national awards designed to recognize the contributions of
Public Benefit Flying and the outstanding work of individuals, groups of
individuals and organizations engaged in this humanitarian activity. The awards
have been divided into five categories as outlined below. Interested individuals
and organizations are invited to submit nominations in each of these categories.
I. Award Categories
Distinguished Volunteer Pilot - awarded to an individual or individuals for
outstanding service as a pilot volunteer.
Distinguished Volunteer - awarded to an individual or individuals for
outstanding service as a non-flying volunteer.
Outstanding Achievement in Support of Public Benefit Flying - for outstanding
achievement by a group of individuals, or an organization, that helped raise the
standard of service of or contributed significantly to the
advancement of Public Benefit Flying overall.
Public Benefit Flying Team 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.
Champion of 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.
II. Category Criteria
Distinguished Volunteer Pilot: Performance that exceeds expectations and
distinguishes nominee volunteers for 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 the 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
Public Benefit Flying Team Award: Exemplary collaboration involving individuals
and/or unaffiliated and independent 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: 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. Consider the nature and scope of the support itself and/or its
impact on encouraging others to provide the necessary lift for public benefit
III. 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 or groups of individuals or for the
benefit of the general public, and for which no fee was charged for the aircraft
or for 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
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.
IV. 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, 2005 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 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 June 30,
2005 (1737 King Street, Suite 220, Alexandria, VA 22314). Full
information is available at http://www.naa.aero.
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.
Director, Awards & Events
National Aeronautic Association
1737 King Street, Suite 220
Alexandria, VA 22314
Thank you for helping the National Aeronautic Association and the aviation
community honor those among us who have contributed the most to public benefit