August 8, 2012
By Dan Namowitz
AOPA Southern Regional Manager Bob Minter will join an elite list of aviation luminaries when he is inducted into the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame at its annual gala and induction ceremony Nov. 3.
Minter will be among four inductees honored at the eleventh annual ceremony, to be held at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
“Since its inaugural event in 2002, the Aviation Hall of Fame has enshrined 41 men and women who have made enduring contributions to aviation for Tennessee, our nation, or the world,” said a Hall of Fame news release.
The organization described Minter—who is a 50-year AOPA member—as a “staunch aviation advocate, activist, and public policy strategist.” Minter, who has been a corporate pilot, fixed base operator, flight school manager, and a state aeronautics official, is a co-founder of the Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame.
“For almost 30 years Bob Minter has been the face of AOPA in state houses and capitol buildings throughout the Southeast, and we are exited to see him honored for his dedication to promoting general aviation and protecting the freedom to fly,” said AOPA President Craig Fuller.
Also to be enshrined are Joseph R. Fleeman, an award-winning antique aircraft restoration craftsman and artisan; retired Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Bruce K. Holloway; and Dr. Morris W. Ray for “two extraordinary careers that benefit both medicine and aviation,” said the announcement
Past inductees include such aviation notables as Evelyn Bryan Johnson, aviation pioneer Walter Beech, airshow performer Bob Hoover, and aviation educator and author William K. Kershner.
The Tennessee Aviation Hall of Fame is located in the Tennessee Museum of Aviation at the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport.
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