October 19, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
Sarah Bryn Rickman will receive the $20,000 Combs Gates Award from the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio, for her trilogy based on women pilots of the ferry command.
Her first book of the series is Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of World War II. The book focuses on the founder of the ferry command. The second book is called The Originals: The Women’s Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron of World War II. The third book is tentatively titled WASP in the Ferry Command.
Her award was presented by Amanda Wright-Lane, great grand-niece of Orville and Wilbur Wright. Aiding in the presentation during the NBAA convention in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 19 were astronaut Eugene Cernan, airshow legend Bob Hoover, Vietnam prisoner of war and fighter pilot Joe Kittinger, and Cessna Aircraft Chairman Emeritus Russ Meyer Jr.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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