Barry Schiff in pilot seat of Spirit of St. Louis replica.
AOPA Pilot columnist and frequent contributor Barry Schiff on Saturday was honored with an international Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award. Schiff's submission—" The Spirit Flies On" (May 2002 Pilot)—chronicled his own experience of piloting a replica of The Spirit of St. Louis and marveled at the feat Charles Lindbergh accomplished.
For his writing, Schiff received the Aero-Club de France award for Best General Aviation submission. The awards are presented during the Paris Air Show by the London-based World Leadership Forum in association with the Royal Aeronautical Society to raise the profile of aeronautical reporting worldwide.
"We're proud of the work Barry does for AOPA Pilot," said Editor in Chief Thomas B. Haines. "This award recognizes his love of general aviation and reflects well on Pilot as the worldwide authoritative magazine for general aviation."
Schiff is the author of the monthly "Proficient Pilot" column in AOPA Pilot and the challenging "Test Pilot" quiz. In addition, he has written articles for Pilot on everything from oddities such as the Lincoln PT-K and Culver Cadet to the de Havilland Chipmunk and the Lockheed U-2 spy plane.
Schiff is a retired TWA pilot with more than 26,000 hours of flight time.