The luncheon on opening day of AOPA Expo offered an opportunity for the association to recognize the best contributions covering general aviation made by general media over the past year, as well as give a Presidential Citation to Mike Melvill, pilot of SpaceShipOne. The 2004 AOPA Karant Awards went to, in the radio category, Hal Cannon and Taki Telonidis for a story that aired on NPR; in the print category, John Bowman and Eric Simons of the San Mateo County Times in California; and in the television category, John Miller and Tom Bishop of KING-TV in Seattle. And to top off the luncheon, 35-year AOPA member, test pilot, and astronaut Mike Melvill gave an account of the building process for SpaceShipOne and showed video from his Ansari X Prize-winning spaceflight. "We brought meaning to the words 'burn rubber,'" said Melvill, referring to the combination of nitrous oxide and rubber used to propel the spaceship into orbit. The crowd of more than 1,000 luncheon attendees gave Melvill a standing ovation and enthusiastic cheers for his accomplishment and that of the SpaceShipOne team.
Watch videos of Mike Melvill's presentation, the Karant Award presentations, and the winning entry in the TV category [broadband connection recommended].
Hear the winning entry in the radio category [broadband connection recommended].
October 21, 2004