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.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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