A postmark deadline of April 16 has been set for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's 2001 Max Karant Awards for Excellence in Aviation Coverage, which honors fair, accurate, and insightful reporting on general aviation. GA includes all flying activities except scheduled airlines and the military.
The AOPA competition is open to all journalists working in the general (non-aviation trade) media. The $1,000 awards are presented annually in four categories—print, television/cable-news or short feature, television/cable-program length, and radio.
"Through the Karant Awards, AOPA highlights the important role GA plays in our economy and our daily lives," said Warren Morningstar, AOPA vice president of communications, "AOPA members who see outstanding examples of aviation journalism should invite local journalists to participate. It goes a long way to promote and preserve a good image for GA."
Work published or broadcast for public consumption between January 1 and December 31, 2000, is eligible for the 2001 Max Karant Awards. Participants may submit up to three entries. Previous cash award winners are ineligible.
The contest is judged by the Karant Awards Committee composed of media professionals with aviation expertise.
Complete rules are included on entry forms available on AOPA's Web site or through Patricia L. Rishel, AOPA Communications, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD 21701 (301/695-2157) or [email protected]. There is no entry fee.
The Karant Awards will be presented to winners in person during AOPA Expo 2001 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November 8-10.
The awards memorialize former newsman and founder/editor of AOPA Pilot magazine, Max Karant.
Previous winners have encompassed both national and local journalism and have included ABC's Hugh Downs, Rinker Buck of The Hartford Courant, Steve Grant of KYTV in Springfield, Missouri, and Susan Wiencek of WNND-FM "Windy 100" in Chicago.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, based outside Washington, D.C., represents more than 365,000 pilots who own or fly three quarters of the nation's 206,000 general aviation aircraft. GA aircraft comprise 96 percent of the total U.S. civilian air fleet.
January 5, 2001