The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) is accepting entries for the 2006 Max Karant Awards for Excellence in General Aviation Journalism. Now in its seventeenth year, the competition recognizes fair, insightful, and accurate reporting on general aviation (non-scheduled, non-military, civil aviation) in four categories: print, television - news or short feature, television - program length, and radio.
News stories published or broadcast between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2005, are eligible for the 2006 competition. A panel of aviation and media professionals will judge entries. There is no entry fee. All entries must be postmarked by April 15, 2006.
An honorarium of $1,000 per category is provided to winners, along with airfare and accommodations to attend the awards presentation. This year, the awards will be presented on November 9, 2006, at the opening luncheon of AOPA Expo in Palm Springs, California.
During the competition's 16-year history, winning story topics have run the gamut from public-benefit pilot work to airborne law enforcement; technological advances to high-profile accidents; milestones of flight to the future of general aviation.
Detailed rules and entry forms can be downloaded from the AOPA Web page. They may also be requested from Patricia L. Rishel by mail at AOPA Communications Division, 421 Aviation Way, Frederick, MD 21701; by telephone at 301/695-2157; or by e-mail to [email protected].
Established in 1990, the awards memorialize Max Karant, founder and longtime editor of AOPA Pilot magazine, with a circulation now exceeding 400,000. Karant's legacy is the demand for fair, accurate, and insightful reporting, a credo that he imposed upon himself.
The more than 407,000-member AOPA has represented the interests of general aviation pilots since 1939. General aviation includes all flying except the scheduled airlines and the military. Nearly two thirds of all U.S. pilots, and three quarters of the GA pilots, are AOPA members.
January 18, 2006