Baird was honored in recognition of “his long-time support and recognition of the important economic and tourism value” of the airport, said Warren Hendrickson, AOPA Northwest Mountain regional manager.
The award presentation was part of the chapter’s Annual EAA Community Pancake Breakfast July 2, which drew an enthusiastic crowd of local residents and summer vacationers despite rain showers and low clouds.
Aircraft owners opened their hangar doors so those attending could get a closer look at the variety of aircraft based at the field.
An aviation scholarship silent auction doubled the funds raised in the 2015 effort, with all of the proceeds to go to chapter support of local children’s participation in EAA Aviation Camps, and to help students pursue aviation careers.
“This award is an excellent example of a way for airport users to say thank you to those in the community that support your airport,” Hendrickson said.