February 10, 2011
AOPA ePublishing staff
General aviation has been nominated for the 2010 Robert J. Collier Trophy for its role in saving thousands of lives in Haiti.
Small aircraft carried relief supplies to outlying airstrips and remote roads after an earthquake devastated the island nation in January 2010. The life-saving nature of those flights has been recognized by a joint resolution in Congress and other honors. The Collier Trophy, awarded by the National Aeronautic Association (NAA), is awarded annually “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America.”
The 2010 nominees also include the Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System Fighter Risk Reduction program team, a U.S. Air Force/NASA collaboration; the MC-12W Project Liberty team; the Orion Launch Abort System development team; Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation and the X2 technology demonstrator team; the Boeing Company C-17A Globemaster III team; and the hypersonic X-51A WaveRider team.
The winner will be announced March 15 at the NAA Spring Awards Luncheon, and the formal presentation of the trophy will take place May 5 at the 100th anniversary Collier Dinner. Neil Armstrong, Dick Rutan, and Richard Truly, all former Collier Trophy recipients, will participate in the selection committee for the 2010 trophy, NAA announced.
MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.
The FAA will miss a deadline to reform aircraft certification by two years, the agency told the House Aviation Subcommittee during a July 23 hearing.
AOPA is testing whether aircraft ownership can be more affordable than many people believe with the development of “Reimagined Aircraft.”
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