October 16, 2012
Contact: Benét Wilson 301-695-2159 Benet.email@example.com
Frederick, MD – The AOPA Foundation has recognized four members of the general aviation community for their efforts to promote and grow GA. The award winners were chosen by AOPA Foundation “Hat in the Ring” members--those who commit to donating $1,000 a year to support AOPA Foundation initiatives to teach safety, preserve airports, grow the pilot population and support charitable work being done through general aviation. The awards were presented at the foundation’s annual Night for Flight fundraising gala before a sold-out crowd in Palm Springs, Calif.
John Black, executive director of the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority, was given the the Achievement in Airport Stewardship award for his efforts to connect the local community to the airport through regular presentations to civic organizations and other airport groups.
Welles Murphey Jr., a generous supporter of AOPA Foundation and member of the AOPA President’s Council and the Ambassadors Society, received the Achievement in Public Service Award. He has flown hundreds of missions for Angel Flight and other humanitarian organizations. He holds commercial pilot ratings for single- and multiengine airplanes.
Dana Siewert, director of Aviation Safety at the University of North Dakota, has been honored with the Achievement in Aviation Safety Award. He is a designated Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot examiner for private through airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates and was on the FAA’s designated pilot examiner “Honor Roll” three times. With more than 11,000 accident-free flight hours, he is the holder of an airline transport pilot certificate in both single- and multiengine aircraft and commercial privileges in single-engine sea and helicopters.
Jerry Gregoire, founder and chairman of Redbird Flight Simulations, has won the Achievement in Aviation Education Award. He has guided Redbird into the world’s largest manufacturer of full-motion flight simulators for universities and flight schools. He holds an airline transport pilot rating for airplanes and helicopters and a single-pilot type rating for Cessna Citation 525 jets.
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As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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