October 1, 1999
Print category winner Mary Grady won for her Providence Journal feature on today's woman pilots entitled, "Their Dreams Took Wing." She covered the stories and motivations of young women pilots in the Rhode Island-Southern Massachusetts area.
In the Television—Program Length category, Dawn Bayman and Jennifer Lewis won for "Women in the Sky: Ninety-Nines of the Northwest" on public station KSPS in Spokane. The program told the story of women pilots who " bucked the system successfully, and led the way for all of us."
The Television News or Short Feature category was won by Karen Sunderman and Steven Ash of WDSE-TV in Duluth, Minnesota. A program in their "Venture North" series profiled "The Flying Houseboat Mechanic" who uses his J-3 Cub seaplane to make "house calls" for boaters in need on lakes throughout Northern Minnesota.
The 1999 Radio category winner is Art Cronk of WENG-AM in Englewood, Florida. Cronk's talk show gave equal time to airport supporters and opponents alike for an airing of long-simmering issues involving Englewood's Buchan Field residential airport. Ultimately, a ground swell of public opinion defeated a push to close the field.
Winners who garnered 1999 Honorable Mentions are:
"Montana's High Flyers"
The Billings Gazette
"Choppers to the Rescue"
"A Banner Day"
News Channel 8
Frank G. Benesh
Southwest Oakland Cable Commission
Farmington Hills, MI
"For the Love of Aviation"
Backstage Live News Talk 1450 KFIZ
Fond du Lac, WI
"Girls Can't Be Pilots"
Fort Wayne, IN
Entrants who did not win monetary awards are eligible to enter next year's competition. The postmark deadline is April 17. Entry forms are available on the AOPA Web site, aopa.org. There is no entry fee. Questions may be directed to Patricia L. Rishel, AOPA Communications Division, 301-695-2157, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Able Flight has received and $8,000 check from the AOPA Foundation.
A new law in New Mexico will exempt parts and labor used in aircraft maintenance from the gross receipts tax, saving aircraft owners millions.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.