October 11, 2012
By Benét J. Wilson
Nicholas F. Carlucci Jr. won AOPA’s 2012 Laurence P. Sharples Perpetual Award, one of its two highest honors, on Oct. 11.
A past president of the Venice Aviation Society, Inc. (VASI) at Florida’s Venice Municipal Airport (VNC), Carlucci has been recognized for his work on securing the longevity of the airport through informing elected officials, welcoming the public to the airport to demonstrate its importance, and effectively using the local media and Internet to showcase the airport’s contribution to the community.
In a letter to Carlucci, AOPA President Craig Fuller stated, “Your leadership and tenacity in advocating for the airport, your tireless efforts at telling VNC’s story to the local and national public, and your strong commitment to providing opportunities to engage young people were critical factors for AOPA’s Board of Trustees in making this award.”
Carlucci epitomizes the individual AOPA seeks for the Sharples award, which recognizes those in the private sector whose life’s work is outside the industry but whose contributions to general aviation are extraordinary, as were L.P. Sharples, the award’s namesake, one of AOPA’s founding fathers, and the first chairman of the board.
AOPA eNewsletter and Social Media Editor Benét J. Wilson joined AOPA in 2011. She is working on her private pilot certificate.
Steven Moore, executive director of the National Gay Pilots Association, died Oct. 27 when his Mooney crashed after takeoff at Boulder Municipal Airport in Denver.
Premier aerobatic pilot and GA supporter Sean D. Tucker will be honored at the Spreading Wings Gala at the Wings Over the Rockies Museum in Denver Nov. 15.
A touch of history, affordable flying, unique sightseeing, a good meal, and a community of pilots: Isn’t that what general aviation is all about?
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